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Originally Posted by samadhi27 View Post

deusofhearts that looks like it's too narrow.


Agreed. At the very least I would try out the next width before committing to those.

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Originally Posted by OptoDoc View Post

I'm 30 years old. Just because you're young doesn't mean you have to be at the whim of every new trend you see in a magazine or online photo.

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Originally Posted by deusofhearts View Post

Hi all. Would these be considered too narrow for my feet? They're a snug fit at the moment.

 

Given you mentioned they are "snug," I'd try a wider size. 

 

However, I'd caution against putting too much focus on the angle of the "V."   Folks with a high instep can have a great fit but still have a V shape with oxfords (believe me, I know).  If the widest part of the ball of your foot is in the widest part of the shoe, and you have no heel gap, and everything feels comfortably snug, then your shoes fit, regarding of the angle of the V.

 

Having said that, if cosmetically it bugs you, you might consider a similar design in a blucher.

 

All this prompts a question: can someone weigh in as to which AE loafer looks the "least bad" for one with high arches?  I'm a 10.5E in several #5 last shoes.  The Patriot in 11D is very difficult to even get on and, once done, looks awful or laughable, depending on which family member is voicing her opinion.  Thoughts?  Any help would be appreciated.

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Even though I now mainly wear English made shoes now, like Alfred Sargent, I reckon I should still pay homage to Allen Edmonds.

I have 2 pairs of AEs, Park Avenue and Kenilworth. They are my first pairs of quality shoes, with their excellent online foot measuring guide, my online purchase went well and all of the shoes I wear now are purchased online.

For their price, their finishing are actually better than Loakes, and even Tricker's bench grade, and good solid classic designs. So I do wear each one of them on a fortnightly bases as a part of my shoe rotation.

My Park Avenue Black in action.

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Originally Posted by Count de Monet View Post

 

Given you mentioned they are "snug," I'd try a wider size. 

 

However, I'd caution against putting too much focus on the angle of the "V."   Folks with a high instep can have a great fit but still have a V shape with oxfords (believe me, I know).  If the widest part of the ball of your foot is in the widest part of the shoe, and you have no heel gap, and everything feels comfortably snug, then your shoes fit, regarding of the angle of the V.

 

Having said that, if cosmetically it bugs you, you might consider a similar design in a blucher.

 

All this prompts a question: can someone weigh in as to which AE loafer looks the "least bad" for one with high arches?  I'm a 10.5E in several #5 last shoes.  The Patriot in 11D is very difficult to even get on and, once done, looks awful or laughable, depending on which family member is voicing her opinion.  Thoughts?  Any help would be appreciated.

 

This is true.  Fortunately I don't have the issue, but for some it comes down to a question of the last being a good fit for your foot.  You can find balmorals with higher insteps than the 5-last.  Granted, they may me more money and be from other manufacturers, but if the gap in the lacing looks bad to you then it may be worth consideration.  Don't resort to a shoe that doesn't fit well simply because you want your lacing gap to look better.  You will suffer more in the long run.  

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AE Hinsdale shortwings today.



Real color is more chocolate brown. Flash makes them look like basic brown.
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Originally Posted by ScottyBoy920 View Post

 

Have you had success in them price matching Nordstrom before?

Absolutely . . . before and after the sale.

 

I purchased the LONG BRANCH boots, and then got $104 off on a price match a few weeks after I mentioned it.

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Picked up my first shell last year, some NOS 14AA black Leeds on eBay. I'd been wanting gunboats for years and upon receiving those Leeds knew I wanted shell gunboats. I purchased burgundy shell Daltons in November, but kept scouring eBay for longwings in my size to no avail. Finally I took advantage of Mr. Grangaard's offer a few months ago. FedEx just delivered 'em. I own half a dozen Allen Edmonds shoes; given that my office is biz casual and I only wear a jacket once or twice a month, I'm now absolutely content with my rotation.



(the nice thing about such a long narrow foot is that even chunky double-soled longwings look sleek!)

Adam those are beautiful gunboats!! Your right they do look sleek nod[1].gif

 

I wonder how many hands high that beast of burden was that they made them from ;-)

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I got a pair of Park Avenue's in black recently, but had to exchange them because of the size, too much slippage. Instead of shoes on standard leather sole I received combination v tap rubber. My question is should I keep them or exchange for leather? I dont wear formal shoes often at all, but may be in the future(not soon).
Also I need to build all shoe collection from zero and would like to have some recommendations on 2nd, more universal pair that can go with jeans. I know it was discussed here many times, but would like to have some recommendations. I was also eyeballing wolverine 1000 boots, but that's another discussion I guess...
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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post

I guess it depends on wear you'll be wearing them. I live in NYC, and feel more comfortable with the V-Tread soles when navigating wet pavement and filthy subway platforms. But if I lived somewhere where I mostly drove to my dedtinations and walked around indoors, I would prefer the all-leather soles. It's most likely psychological, but for some reason I feel that the V-Treads don't allow the sole to mold to my gait quite as well as they would otherwise.

BUT taking a complete wipeout on slippery pavement steps two years ago piqued my interest in the V-treads....

I prefer leather soles however leather soles and ice is not a good combination. Each year since I have moved to Mn. at least one person slips on ice and ends up dead in the small city that I live near. This last year it was a  young Doctor in his early 30's. When I moved up here from NC Dr. Atkins of the Atkins diet fame had just slipped on ice in NYC and hit his head which caused his death. Everyone back there all warned me that the same thing would happen to me so I am doing my best to prove them wrong :-) I do wear leather soles in the snow and ice a lot but can't say it is always the smartest thing to do, even walking across parking lots can be dangerous at times.

 

Concerning the Wolverine 1K boots if it is CXL boots your looking for I would look hard at the AE Bayfield which is still available at Lands End or Oak Street Bootmakers.

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I prefer leather soles however leather soles and ice is not a good combination. Each year since I have moved to Mn. at least one person slips on ice and ends up dead in the small city that I live near. This last year it was a  young Doctor in his early 30's. When I moved up here from NC Dr. Atkins of the Atkins diet fame had just slipped on ice in NYC and hit his head which caused his death. Everyone back there all warned me that the same thing would happen to me so I am doing my best to prove them wrong :-) I do wear leather soles in the snow and ice a lot but can't say it is always the smartest thing to do, even walking across parking lots can be dangerous at times.

 

Concerning the Wolverine 1K boots if it is CXL boots your looking for I would look hard at the AE Bayfield which is still available at Lands End or Oak Street Bootmakers.

 

Really?! You wear leather soles in rain, snow and ice? Doesn't that cause severe damage to them?

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Water will not hurt them if you allow them to dry naturally without heat and I try to avoid puddles, salt however is another story. I have a rubber maid open shelf above my deep sink and when I get home put my shoes on it where they have plenty of ventilation all the way around. If I had to go through salt or slush during the day then first I use a knuckle brush with saddle soap on the soles and wipe down the uppers after that. By morning they are usually dry and ready for the closet.

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Originally Posted by deusofhearts View Post

Hi all. Would these be considered too narrow for my feet? They're a snug fit at the moment.


Unequivocally, yes.
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I hope that the next webgem is hideous.  But if it's not hideous, I hope it's affordable.

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Originally Posted by deusofhearts View Post

Hi all. Would these be considered too narrow for my feet? They're a snug fit at the moment.



Given you mentioned they are "snug," I'd try a wider size. 

However, I'd caution against putting too much focus on the angle of the "V."   Folks with a high instep can have a great fit but still have a V shape with oxfords (believe me, I know).  If the widest part of the ball of your foot is in the widest part of the shoe, and you have no heel gap, and everything feels comfortably snug, then your shoes fit, regarding of the angle of the V.

Having said that, if cosmetically it bugs you, you might consider a similar design in a blucher.

teacha.gifTHIS ^ is a beautifully stated, informative and quality answer.

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All this prompts a question: can someone weigh in as to which AE loafer looks the "least bad" for one with high arches?  I'm a 10.5E in several #5 last shoes.  The Patriot in 11D is very difficult to even get on and, once done, looks awful or laughable, depending on which family member is voicing her opinion.  Thoughts?  Any help would be appreciated.

..as to your question....
I am sure you already knew that not all feet can wear all lasts. I am unsure as to whether or not AE would Custom make the Patriot (at a premium ofcourse) for you on a different last; one more agreeable to your feet.
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Originally Posted by deusofhearts View Post

Hi all. Would these be considered too narrow for my feet? They're a snug fit at the moment.

I'd at least try on a wider size. It looks like you have a harp on your foot.

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