Planning on visiting the AE store in the city tomorrow.
Not sure what I'm going to come home with, but on my shortlist I have the following:
Cambridge (or burgundy calf alternates)
Boat shoes (Center Fielder / Eastport)
Do the stores keep inventory of shell shoes on hand or is anything made with shell a special order through AE?
Reporting back on my venture today. To say that I am shocked is an understatement right now.
For years I've been wearing a size 11.5D in AE Park Ave's Strands, McAllisters, Players, and Cliftons. For McTavish, I had sized down 1/2 size to 11D. This was all based on being fitted at my local Nordstrom store.I haven't been happy with the fit of a couple of my shoes lately. I thought it was due to a combination of weight loss, poor AE QC from a pair of Strands I sourced form Amazon that were significantly looser fitting than my other shoes, and warping / stretching after getting shoes wet. I thought perhaps I need either to size down 1/2 size to 11D or goto a narrower shoe to 11.5C.
Nope. Looks like I've been mis-sized for several years now. This is confirmed now that we a new local AE store. I came home with 2 pairs of shoes in 10E and ordered a third in 10EEE.
Merlot McAllister 10E
Burgundy Calf 10E
Center Fielder 10EEE ( fitted in a pair of Eastports. These felt as soft as slippers.)
I'm wearing Merlot McAllisters right now in my home on the carpet trying to break them in, and putting them side by side next to my 11.5D Players, the latter look like clown shoes. Astounding to me. I'm still not 100% sure I purchased the right size in the wingtips & loafers because the EEE felt perhaps a touch too roomy, the E feels a bit tight, and I could have ordered a EE in the wingtips. I think my vanity got to me as well as an unwillingness to want to deal with different sizes and widths in different shoes. I'll have to make a final decision tonight/tomorrow.
The staff in the AE store today was really great and patient in helping me find a good fit. I think I convinced myself that the EEE would not be necessary, and now I'm having my doubts as they still feel somewhat tight.
Now I have a closet full of shoes that I know all the wrong size, and my future purchases are going to be more complicated as what I thought I knew about my sizing needs goes completely out the window!