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I shared this opinion until recently. I've become skeptical in light of how overt the attempt to sell Nordstrom products has been in recent posts.

 

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I believe David's intent is honorable. It is highly evident that he has an obsessive personality and when he finds something he likes, he mentions it repeatedly to anyone willing to listen. I have thought about blocking his replies before, due to the fact that the majority of his posts are redundant or copy/paste descriptions from websites, sometimes hasty (as when he called out ColdIron for mistreating his boots), but I do find some of his information useful and therefore live with the redundancy.

 

David has mentioned before that he has been ridiculed in other forums for being a bit overbearing, so he is aware of the fact that his personality can rub some people the wrong way. I, for one, enjoy having a few oddballs around the campfire...though, it would be nice if the Nordstrom Tales were available in Cliff's Notes.

 

I fall in line with OptoDoc and others on this. David likes providing information and it does seem rather obsessive, but then most of us on this forum, and this thread specifically, seem at least slightly obsessive about shoes at least.

 

I do agree that David posts terribly often about Nordstroms, but, and I don't mean to be insulting, his constant attempts to sell Nordstrom aren't refined enough for a true salesman. And his constant references seem to actually be having a negative effect. Again, I'm not trying to be rude, but it comes off a little bit like a child who has found a new toy and wants to show it to everyone. There doesn't seem to be a deceptive aspect to it...I think David is just trying to help people out and maybe not in the best way. He's a good sport though, he's even suggested that certain people should just block him!

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That is strange. Every time I have the outlets send me lists of their stock, it always has pairs of the BB version and I wear a EEE. So they clearly make or made them in the past.

 

Me too. I bought BB Strands in E. Maybe it's just BB PA's that come only in D? That would be odd though

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The gap on my new Strands and McAllisters is more prominent than on my broken in Park Avenues, so I'm assuming once you break the shoes it will close a little bit, especially when you break in the insole.  

I think I tied the shoe laces a bit lose in that picture -- I just quickly put them on to take the photo. When I tie them properly, the gap is a little narrower. And I agree, I just started wearing this pair (2nd time to wear them) and I expect the gap to become narrower as my foot settles in the shoe more.
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I can say no one can really tell by looking at photos, from my experience, a wider fitting doesn't help with the gap much. However, if the D fitting is just snug, as in any narrower while be uncomfortable, an E fitting won't be bad, any any reduction in that gap would be good.


I wear Loake UK F and G fittings, and F is just right, so I don't mind the extra room in G.

I also think a wider pair would not help with the gap (at least not significantly). I believe the gap relates mainly to the height of the foot's instep, whereas the the width mainly applies to the bottom of the foot/shoe and not the "height".

In any case, the D is indeed snug; however, I personally like my shoes to be snug rather than too roomy. That's why I want to make sure that going for wider width would not make my foot swim inside the shoe. I'm so tempted to get the E to try it on, but I'm currently abroad, so I only have one shot at ordering the right pair. Anyway, I'll probably end up ordering an E. Thanks!

I think a wider shoe would also have more material in the quarters to allow for tying closely, let us know how you went.
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Or get it in bourbon. 

My plan was to get this as a more formal shoe since I don't really have anything that qualifies right now. Adding the navy polish was just to give it a little color and appease my qualms about wearing black shoes

If you are looking for a more formal shoe, should get a proper one that is appreciate for all formal occasions, like PA or FA, because it's likely to be your only pair of black shoes.
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I think by a show of *hands* David has been more informative and helpful, then unhelpful with his information and guidance as to where to purchase shoes.

 

Of course one can argue its repetitive, but in the big picture, he has helped more members than hurt.

 

I vote for him to keep providing information to us all.

 

Plus, you have to remember, David only offers the information to other members, when others have questions about it.  He doesn't spam FYI's about things, unless relevant.

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Some new stuff showed up on the website, including a brown suede strand:


 

This is very tempting. Love it on the 3 last, very sleek

 

The Football grain PTB's look awful though. Of course, they're not as bad as those blue things

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If you are looking for a more formal shoe, should get a proper one that is appreciate for all formal occasions, like PA or FA, because it's likely to be your only pair of black shoes.
A black wholecut is not appropriate for all formal occasions? I tend to think its about the most formal shoe you can get. Did you think I was talking about getting them in bourbon? This was not what I meant at all in my previous post.
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If you are looking for a more formal shoe, should get a proper one that is appreciate for all formal occasions, like PA or FA, because it's likely to be your only pair of black shoes.
A black wholecut is not appropriate for all formal occasions? I tend to think its about the most formal shoe you can get. Did you think I was talking about getting them in bourbon? This was not what I meant at all in my previous post.

I used to think that too, like less is more in terms of formal, but reading from various internet sources, some here don't actually classify the whole cut as a formal shoe.

http://www.styleforum.net/t/221250/what-is-most-formal-captoe-oxford-plaintoe-oxford-or-wholecut-oxford/30#post_4056770

Here is an interesting read.
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I used to think that too, like less is more in terms of formal, but reading from various internet sources, some here don't actually classify the whole cut as a formal shoe.

http://www.styleforum.net/t/221250/what-is-most-formal-captoe-oxford-plaintoe-oxford-or-wholecut-oxford/30#post_4056770

Here is an interesting read.
That was quite the interesting read, thanks for posting it. Although I think the main trend of that thread boiled down to the utter minutiae of the difference in formality between a black wholecut and captoe was based on personal opinion.

One opinion from that thread that tends to resonate with mine was that a black captoe, while formal, seemed more business-like than a black wholecut. Were my choice of shoe based on ability to wear in a formal work environment, I wholeheartedly agree that a black captoe would be more appropriate. But for a formal event like a wedding, I would tend to lean toward s the wholecut. Just personal preference I suppose.
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So I went into my local AE store today and heard some great news (apologies if this has previously been shared), but the Mora is coming back as the Mora 2.0 with the original design. Gone will be the days of sifting through ebay and forum post. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

 

In honor here is a picture of my freshly shined original Mora's 

 

 

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I was at my local AE today and they happily did a price match of Nordstrom on a pair of Strands. I prefer to buy from the guy I've been dealing with for previous pairs.

Also, someone asked recently about mixing left and right shoes from different pair. They ordered two pair in my size to be sure I got one that fit just right as I had an issue with my original pair. After trying them on I was inspecting them to pick the best left and right and when I was done he checked the codes on the inside to make sure I hadn't split the pair. He said they are marked and unfortunately can't be split up. Luckily I had chosen two that were from the same pair.

Just thought I'd pass the info along.
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So I went into my local AE store today and heard some great news (apologies if this has previously been shared), but the Mora is coming back as the Mora 2.0 with the original design. Gone will be the days of sifting through ebay and forum post. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

 

In honor here is a picture of my freshly shined original Mora's 

Great news. Though I like the the 3-333 last, I prefer double monks with a rounded toe. 

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which last was the original mora on again?
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Awesome. What last was the original Mora made on?
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There seem to be a number of people asking about "formal' shoes.  It has always been my understanding that men's formal shoes are always made from black patent leather.  The Mayfair is the only "formal" shoe presently offered by Allen Edmonds, although black patent leather pumps would be more formal than the Allen-Edmonds Mayfair.......

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF2025_1_40000000001_-1

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