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post #22036 of 48098

I just took delivery of my first pair of Allen Emonds shoes a pair of Fiesole's that I bought on clearance.  I have not really worn them as yet, I will do so when I return to the office on Tuesday but from what I have been able to see from trying them on in my den they seem to be everything that you all make them out to be, not to mention being the only pair of Italian leather shoes that I own or have ever owned.

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jbcohen - I hope you enjoy the shoes. I hadn't seen them so I had to look them up.  They look very nice.

PhiPsi32 - great looking shoe, love the Olive Green

 

Hope everyone is doing well.  I have added one more shoe since my last post a few weeks ago, a black dress shoe- Delray with vtread soles  for the few occasions I need a black dress shoe. The vtread soles should be pretty versatile in all weather.  I currently have the Elgin, Bradley, Katmai and now Delray from AE. After my first post, Cold Iron suggested Shell Boots J  The shell fever- trying to avoid it for now.  But I love the looks of the boots and shoes in shells, however the shoes I have are already a lot better and dressier than my peers at work.  I work in IT with a very casual dress code, a lot of jeans and casual shoes  I have been thinking about Paul Grangaard’s offer and while I love all the shell combinations and pictures coming out, I was thinking of a more casual shoe.  More along PhiPsi32 new Olive strandmok but more casual.  I want to add some more blue to my collection other than a suede Johnson Murphy shoe I bought for summer.  I have bought and loved the Blue Neumok but the leather sole is just too firm for me for an everyday shoe (rehabbing a herniated disc) and had to return it.  Has anyone seen or own the Neumok with the Clare rubber sole?   For Paul’s offer I was thinking of maybe the Neumok blue leather in the Leeds/Rapid City with the red gumlite sole.  Another combination may be the neumok blue leather on the Aberdeen shoe with either the rubber sole or gumlite.  Another possibility would be the Chukkamok or Banchory.  Looking for a softer sole where possible.  Anyone have any other ideas for the blue Neumok leather?  Thanks

post #22038 of 48098
DuckOB,

Keep in mind that shell is very versatile. I work in extremely casual startup company environments and I wear shell regularly with jeans and a button down. Obviously you need to do whatever works for your style but don't be afraid of shell smile.gif
post #22039 of 48098

Thanks rydenfan, just afraid of the pricetag :)   I hope to see some in person when I go down to Plano next month and visit an AE store.  Have a great memorial day weekend.

post #22040 of 48098

Congratulations!  You've picked up a sweet pair of shoes and at a nice discount too.  That's an all around winner.

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Originally Posted by jbcohen View Post

I just took delivery of my first pair of Allen Emonds shoes a pair of Fiesole's that I bought on clearance.  I have not really worn them as yet, I will do so when I return to the office on Tuesday but from what I have been able to see from trying them on in my den they seem to be everything that you all make them out to be, not to mention being the only pair of Italian leather shoes that I own or have ever owned.

 

 

I like the design ideas you're proposing.  If I may point out something that might help, you can change the sole on almost any style without too much fuss.  The AE store or telephone agent can process that request.  If you want a full custom spec shoe, then you would have to go MTO.  I don't know if AE is still offering this.

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Originally Posted by DuckOB View Post

jbcohen - I hope you enjoy the shoes. I hadn't seen them so I had to look them up.  They look very nice.

PhiPsi32 - great looking shoe, love the Olive Green

 

Hope everyone is doing well.  I have added one more shoe since my last post a few weeks ago, a black dress shoe- Delray with vtread soles  for the few occasions I need a black dress shoe. The vtread soles should be pretty versatile in all weather.  I currently have the Elgin, Bradley, Katmai and now Delray from AE. After my first post, Cold Iron suggested Shell Boots J  The shell fever- trying to avoid it for now.  But I love the looks of the boots and shoes in shells, however the shoes I have are already a lot better and dressier than my peers at work.  I work in IT with a very casual dress code, a lot of jeans and casual shoes  I have been thinking about Paul Grangaard’s offer and while I love all the shell combinations and pictures coming out, I was thinking of a more casual shoe.  More along PhiPsi32 new Olive strandmok but more casual.  I want to add some more blue to my collection other than a suede Johnson Murphy shoe I bought for summer.  I have bought and loved the Blue Neumok but the leather sole is just too firm for me for an everyday shoe (rehabbing a herniated disc) and had to return it.  Has anyone seen or own the Neumok with the Clare rubber sole?   For Paul’s offer I was thinking of maybe the Neumok blue leather in the Leeds/Rapid City with the red gumlite sole.  Another combination may be the neumok blue leather on the Aberdeen shoe with either the rubber sole or gumlite.  Another possibility would be the Chukkamok or Banchory.  Looking for a softer sole where possible.  Anyone have any other ideas for the blue Neumok leather?  Thanks

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Originally Posted by PK35216 View Post

My first impression is that the shoe is too long.  I have experience with several pairs of that exact shoe. My first pair was 9D and it fit pretty well, and it barely creased anywhere after about one year. I thought I later figured out that 9.5C was my better fit in 5 last shoes, so I sold that one and bought 9.5C during Nordstrom sale.  Wore that for a few months, but it started creasing above the cap (ie toward the toe), and it fit loosely. I called Nordstrom, and even after months of wear, they replaced with a different 9.5C strand (I own many 9.5C 5 last shoes and they all fit better than the first one from Nordstrom).  That pair fits better, like most others I own, and I have had no above cap creasing thus far. I figured that first pair from Nordstrom was just an anomaly and wasn't fitted as tightly during the lasting process (as if I know what I'm talking about).

However, the width on your pair looks pretty good to me.  I wonder if sizing down 1/2 size on length but keeping same width might work?

Warning: I am no expert, but I did stay at a Holday Inn Express last night, and I do have a ridiculously large collection of AE shoes at this point.
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You know, I appreciate everyone's input on this forum, and thank you very much. But to let you know, there's no way in hell that these shoes are too long. I've worn 12's most of my life, in Rockports, Eccos and every athletic shoe on earth. In AE, I seem to be a 11.5. Width & length seem right. I wish I'd have thought to maybe force a crease before it created itself. But I still love the shoe. And THANK YOU for replying to my question. Part of the reason I'm addicted to AE is this forum.
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And you know what? While I can't exactly put my thumb on it, there is something about the Black Hills that appeals to me quite a bit more so than the Leeds. So again, thank you very much. AE should put you on the payroll, you're doing a fantastic job marketing the MTO's for many of us here! nod[1].gif

The Black Hills is on the 5-last while the Leeds is on the 1-last. Perhaps that's why the Black Hills appeals to you more? The standard Black Hills is basically a 5-eyelet version of the Kenilworth with a rubber sole. I think a shell cordovan Black Hills with a Rendenbach sole would make a great MTO shoe.

That could very well be a big part of it. Also, the smaller eyelet area on the Black Hills and hence larger throat/vamp make for more sleekness, IMO. I'm liking this idea more and more and really hope I don't have any fitment/gaping issues when my samples arrive. Thank you for the validation, MGD.

I'm also seriously considering some MTO Burgundy Shell Amoks--either as a back up--in case the BH don't fit me well, but more likely as a budget stretching second Paul special. I have two pairs of the Amoks now and they're absolutely the most comfortable AE I own. Other than 2 eyelets, instead of 3, I know that that this will be somewhat similar in appearance to the shell Leeds, but the Amoks are also unlined. Does anyone here have any experience with unlined shell shoes? I don't have any doubts regarding comfort, but I'm curious if durability/shoe life is affected when there isn't a lining. Any thoughts?
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Originally Posted by DuckOB View Post

I have bought and loved the Blue Neumok but the leather sole is just too firm for me for an everyday shoe (rehabbing a herniated disc) and had to return it.  Has anyone seen or own the Neumok with the Clare rubber sole?

 

Have you considered a superfeet insole or some other supportive orthotics? I also have a herniated disc and have found that superfeet blacks and 3/4 inserts help quite a bit. I use them in all my shoes -- dress, casual and athletic. It's a little counter-intuitive to opt for a support insole over a gel insole if your goal is to absorb shock, but the reason that proper support can help so much for back pain is that it spreads the impact over a much larger surface area.

 

Every back problem is unique, so I don't preach this as gospel, but I think it's worth trying if you haven't already.

post #22045 of 48098

Trying to justify getting some strands in bourbon.  Do most think this can be a solid dark brown dress shoe choice in banking?

post #22046 of 48098

looking to get another pair of shoes.

i currently have:

 

BB fifth ave - black

AE fifth ave - dark brown

AE mccallister - walnut

Cole Haan loafers brown

Sperry boat shoes - brown

J crew desert boots - suede brown

burberry tennis sneakers - white

 

what do you recommend i purchase before the sale is done?

post #22047 of 48098

One quick question; how does the 5 last match against the Allen Edmond self measure guide? According to the fit guide, I measure a 9.5E and am about to order the Strand in a 9.5E.

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Originally Posted by paperfire View Post

One quick question; how does the 5 last match against the Allen Edmond self measure guide? According to the fit guide, I measure a 9.5E and am about to order the Strand in a 9.5E.

I can't speak specifically for the AE fit guide but typically on the 5 last you'll need to go down a .5 size and up a width. On the Brannock I'm an 8D but my size in the McAllister is 7.5E. You may want to consider 9EE. Others who have used the fit guide should comment however because the SA at the AE store mentioned that the Brannock isn't always the best at measuring width because of things like the height of ones arch (3rd dimension that it can't measure). In conclusion, it seems that most go down .5 size and up a width from their TTS on the 5 last. For instance in the Shelton (1 last) I'm an 8E.
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Originally Posted by Busa View Post
Oh- here is the aforementioned female AE associate wearing the Fifth Avenue boots- is this cute or what??   smile.gif

 

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I had to go back and buy these- DAMN they are comfortable, just the softest leather you have ever felt, had to wear them out of the store...

 

 

 

 

 

One of the female SA at the AE store I have been to wears walnut Dalton boots. And yes there is something about a female wearing dress boots like that looks hot. Very much so!

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I've got some more, with the matching belt...  icon_gu_b_slayer%5B1%5D.gif

 

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Originally Posted by jbcohen View Post

I just took delivery of my first pair of Allen Emonds shoes a pair of Fiesole's that I bought on clearance.  I have not really worn them as yet, I will do so when I return to the office on Tuesday but from what I have been able to see from trying them on in my den they seem to be everything that you all make them out to be, not to mention being the only pair of Italian leather shoes that I own or have ever owned.

Congrats on the new shoes gentlemen! Once you get started and used to wearing them it is hard to stop or go back to anything else. At least it was for me. Wear in good health!

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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

DuckOB,

Keep in mind that shell is very versatile. I work in extremely casual startup company environments and I wear shell regularly with jeans and a button down. Obviously you need to do whatever works for your style but don't be afraid of shell smile.gif

 

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Originally Posted by DuckOB View Post

Thanks rydenfan, just afraid of the pricetag :)   I hope to see some in person when I go down to Plano next month and visit an AE store.  Have a great memorial day weekend.

Oh be afraid, very afraid smile.gif. I was too in the beginning. After awhile once your hooked you start to look for the next one even before the last one you ordered has come in! Hopefully your trip turns out well and you get to see some great shoes and boots in shell.

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Originally Posted by frogwash View Post

That could very well be a big part of it. Also, the smaller eyelet area on the Black Hills and hence larger throat/vamp make for more sleekness, IMO. I'm liking this idea more and more and really hope I don't have any fitment/gaping issues when my samples arrive. Thank you for the validation, MGD.
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I'm also seriously considering some MTO Burgundy Shell Amoks--either as a back up--in case the BH don't fit me well, but more likely as a budget stretching second Paul special. I have two pairs of the Amoks now and they're absolutely the most comfortable AE I own. Other than 2 eyelets, instead of 3, I know that that this will be somewhat similar in appearance to the shell Leeds, but the Amoks are also unlined. Does anyone here have any experience with unlined shell shoes? I don't have any doubts regarding comfort, but I'm curious if durability/shoe life is affected when there isn't a lining. Any thoughts?

 

I have my Black Hills sitting on the entrance way rug and grab them when the weather is wet outside. Now several times a day I look at the BH's and think how great they would look in a brown shell, I really believe that you have a winning combination and hope they work out for you. Not sure how the sizing will work for shell as I had to go down a .5 like the rest of my rough collection shoes. Pretty sure they will be able to figure it out for you though. Can't wait to see what happens and hope to see a picture of shell Black Hills soon for you!

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Originally Posted by robby View Post

Have you considered a superfeet insole or some other supportive orthotics? I also have a herniated disc and have found that superfeet blacks and 3/4 inserts help quite a bit. I use them in all my shoes -- dress, casual and athletic. It's a little counter-intuitive to opt for a support insole over a gel insole if your goal is to absorb shock, but the reason that proper support can help so much for back pain is that it spreads the impact over a much larger surface area.

 

Every back problem is unique, so I don't preach this as gospel, but I think it's worth trying if you haven't already.

I am fortunate enough that I have had no real back problems so I can't speak directly to that. My left foot has been pretty jacked up from soft tissue damage for the last year and a half and both feet have no arches left. I also wear the black superfeet inserts in all my shoes and boots and agree with the above statement. They do help me a lot and at $20 worth a try IMO.

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Which last is the Clifton? Thanks.

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