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post #25291 of 46990

Hi everyone! Been a lurker and still absorbing all the great information on this forum!

 

I wanted to post something in case someone like me, new and confused with the world of quality shoes, can benefit from my experience. I apologize for the long novel

 

This past weekend, I finally manned up and decided to get myself an Allen Edmonds at Nordstrom to avail the sale pricing. Now I came to these forums while researching Florsheims that I had great experience with from having owned a pair in the mid-nineties (my first “fancy shoe” after graduating from college!). Suffice to say I was disappointed to learn that the Florsheim quality has degraded remarkably since the time I purchased my first pair angry.gif

 

I digress, but I trek down to the Nordstrom store in St Louis and after some waiting was greeted by a friendly SA who appeared knowledgeable and friendly. He gave me some good tips on shoe fitting and even went so far to measure my feet and told me I was a size smaller than I thought I was and perhaps my reason for wearing large shoes all these years was to accommodate my wide feet and high instep. Such profound wisdom revealed to me within minutes of making contact… I was beginning to like this place!!

 

So now comes the fitting process and he proceeds to fit me into a size 9D,  which fit me a little too snug. The SA assured me it was a “good snug” and would break in a few weeks. Plus it was a Blucher style (LaSalle) so would sit nicely with my high instep. But I noticed it “opened up” near my ankle which should have been a clear indication of an ill-fitting shoe but to this the SA responded it was “normal”. He sensed my reluctance and then pushed me a little to buy it, try it at home and get it back if the fit was still an issue. He was concerned I would not get my size if I were to ponder over it since these things were flying off the door due to the sale. I thought that was fair and bought it home. When I tried it at home, I just hated it! It was clearly not my size and was too narrow

 

So I came back to the forum to see if someone else had similar issues and realized couple things-

1)      Nordstrom does not always carry E and EEE sizes in store and usually need to order them in. So it’s not uncommon for SA’s to push D’s since it’s available on hand.

2)      The Allen Edmond’s store offers more accurate measurements that are more likely to match your requirement. And carry more sizes.

 

I can’t say if #1 above is a general reflection of Nordstrom conduct or based on isolated experiences (including mine). But I can say for certain that #2 above is a fact and I wish I had done that first!!

 

The SA at the AE store was patient, knowledgeable and let me try different sizes before I settled on a 9E. Night and day difference! What I was most impressed with was the AE store allowed me to -

1)      Exchange the 9D shoe purchased at Nordstrom for a 9E size at their store (she said they were all made by the same manufacturer and it did not matter) and

2)      Matched the Nordstrom sale prices so I did not have to pay any more than I did

 

Suffice to say, this gesture made it a great buying experience at the AE store. I am now a fan -  of the shoe, the company and the overall experience smile.gif

post #25292 of 46990

I'm normally 11.5D. I sized from 11.5D to 11D in the olive ones.  I also have snuff in 11.5D, and though I don't mind it, I probably would have slightly preferred getting them in 11D as well. 

post #25293 of 46990
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Do you know that Macneil is cordovan based off the number code? I have a pair of similar hue that has a nice patina and is developing rolls as opposed to creasing but like this pair, mine does not have dove tail heels...
Hmm. You know what. I just assumed they were cordovan because they were advertised that way and they seem pretty close to cordovan to me. I will double check the style number tonight. I just assumed that the heels were replaced and were not original. My recollection is that they are not similar to AE rubber heels, but maybe they are an older style.
post #25294 of 46990
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Originally Posted by OptoDoc View Post

Ah, so my memory was actually quite wrong.

Some people sized down for the McTavish
post #25295 of 46990
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Some people sized down for the McTavish

I have a pair of McTavish and they run a bit larger than all of my other AEs.  

post #25296 of 46990
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Some people sized down for the McTavish

I sized down from 9.5d on Park Avenue to a 9d McTavish. The 9.5d McTavish felt like really big.
post #25297 of 46990
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I have a pair of McTavish and they run a bit larger than all of my other AEs.  

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Originally Posted by Subutai View Post

Some people sized down for the McTavish

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I sized down from 9.5d on Park Avenue to a 9d McTavish. The 9.5d McTavish felt like really big.

Just to echo all of the above, I don't own the McTavish but I researched it for hours on end last week and found that sizing down is the way to go almost every time.

As the original comment was on the fit of the Neumok, is everyone saying that the McTavish and Neumok fit the same?
post #25298 of 46990
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Just to echo all of the above, I don't own the McTavish but I researched it for hours on end last week and found that sizing down is the way to go almost every time.

As the original comment was on the fit of the Neumok, is everyone saying that the McTavish and Neumok fit the same?

 

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Originally Posted by OptoDoc View Post

Ah, so my memory was actually quite wrong.

 

Nah, they're not the same. I think OptoDoc mistakenly thought the Neumok's ran big. I merely suggested he may have been thinking of the McTavish. 

 

My experience is that the McTavish runs big and the Neumok actually runs a bit small width wise. 

post #25299 of 46990
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Rockin' the Strands.  One of my favorite AE shoes!

perfection!
post #25300 of 46990
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Originally Posted by Rmeister View Post


I sized down from 9.5d on Park Avenue to a 9d McTavish. The 9.5d McTavish felt like really big.

 

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Originally Posted by dapperdoctor View Post

I have a pair of McTavish and they run a bit larger than all of my other AEs.  

 

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Originally Posted by Subutai View Post


Some people sized down for the McTavish

 

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Just to echo all of the above, I don't own the McTavish but I researched it for hours on end last week and found that sizing down is the way to go almost every time.

As the original comment was on the fit of the Neumok, is everyone saying that the McTavish and Neumok fit the same?

 

A like many of the posters here, I went to the local Allen Edmonds shop and tried on several pairs. I sized down from my normal 10.5C to 9.5D, although I probably should have done a 10D. Definitely recommend sizing down if going to a shop is not an option available to you. Best of luck and enjoy them, they are definitely a beautiful and unique shoe.

 

-Mike

post #25301 of 46990
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Beginning to feel like I am never going to get my MTO Bayfields...

 

I just received call today, my walnut shell Bayfields are ready.

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post #25302 of 46990
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Some people sized down for the McTavish

I tried several sizes but ended up going half size down and one width up. 

post #25303 of 46990
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I just received call today, my walnut shell Bayfields are ready.
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Lucky you! Post some pics once they arrive
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I just received call today, my walnut shell Bayfields are ready.
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Having just received my brown CXL Bayfields, I can only imagine how nice a Walnut Shell will be. Congrats!
post #25305 of 46990

Someone asked this couple of days. But I don't remember seeing the answer. Could anyone please comment on this.

Will AE price match Walnut Strand with combination tap sole ? (The Nordstrom sale has Walnut Strand with regular sole)

 

Thanks

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