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post #25816 of 52292

Thanks for the replies guys.

 

I went and tried on a 9.5 D this afternoon and to my surprise it seemed to fit almost perfectly, despite my foot measuring a 10.  How is it possible that a 9.5 D feels wider than a 10 D in the sides?

 

Looks like I am going to have to exchange a couple pairs.  I am having a hell of a time getting sized, every store I've been to only carries "D" width.  

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Originally Posted by Mark S View Post

Hi Guys,

 

This is my first post here and I was really hoping for some advice.  I am very new to the "high end" dress shoe world.  I bought 2 pairs of Allen Edmond Strands online.  The size is 10 D.  I have been searching all morning and haven't been able to find an answer to my question.  I measure exactly 10 D on a Brannock device.  The shoes appear to be perfect length, toe box/ball area is super comfortable, very minimal heel slippage BUT the shoe feels too tight in the middle area, across the outside arch of my foot (inside is OK).  Basically across the narrowest part of the sole, ahead of the heel, is where it feels tight on my foot.  Now, I would think going up in width would be the answer, however I believe width is measured at the widest part of the shoe (ball area) which fits me perfectly as-is.  Every question about width I can find seems to be regarding rubbing toes, but my issue is further back in the shoe, ahead of the heel but before the ball (essentially the part of the shoe below the laces, but on the lower outside edge of my foot).

 

I have only worn the shoes for a few hours, but I would like to know if that area of the shoe will stretch or not.  Again, the rest of the shoe is perfect (length, toe box, etc.) which is where everyone else seems to be having issues.  My only option is to buy online unless I want to pay $410/pair (I'm in Canada), so getting sized at an AE store isn't an option for me.  These are "5" last shoes.  I bought them from the Shoebank, so I can return them but at my cost of shipping.

 

Thanks in advance for any insight, I'm really torn.  They definitely aren't broken in yet, but I am wondering if that area will stretch, or if moving from a 10D to 9.5 E would be better, even though the 10 D fits well everywhere else.  I'm not sure I really want to go to a local Harry Rosen and waste a bunch of their time on sizes without any intention of ever buying from them, since I only buy online.

 

Someone mentioned in this topic that for a limited time there is FREE SHIPPING to CANADA for Strands at $229.  If you can't find the details, let me know.

 

Also, the standard shoe device may not take into account the exact fitting of your feet to a particular style.  I no longer deal with regular sales associates because the store managers seem to have the most experience and can accommodate customers more by over-riding certain polices. 

 

How far are you from a major USA City border?

 

David

post #25818 of 52292
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Originally Posted by Mark S View Post
 

 

Looks like I am going to have to exchange a couple pairs.  I am having a hell of a time getting sized, every store I've been to only carries "D" width.  

Keep a Christmas List of all of the AE Styles you have an interest in, then find out what the "last" size is for each style.  Once you know that, then you can order more freely online.

 

Remember, most of the major department stores who carry AE do not keep all styles and sizes in stock.  But they can order from another store for you or have AE drop ship directly to you from their store account using the store discount of up to 33% off the AE style they may advertise.

 

David

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Originally Posted by David Copeland View Post

 

Someone mentioned in this topic that for a limited time there is FREE SHIPPING to CANADA for Strands at $229.  If you can't find the details, let me know.

 

Also, the standard shoe device may not take into account the exact fitting of your feet to a particular style.  I no longer deal with regular sales associates because the store managers seem to have the most experience and can accommodate customers more by over-riding certain polices. 

 

How far are you from a major USA City border?

 

David

I brought up the free shipping, but just a heads up that it is $250 CAD. 

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1st family photo! Got my very first pair of AE's 3 months ago...bourbon strands, then the addiction took over.

On deck: merlot Mcallisters, walnut Rutledge, walnut Dalton's.
Anything else I'm missing? Thinking of getting a casual loafer too.


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The kitchen sink .  .  .

 

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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post

Neumok question. I'm close to pulling the trigger, but.....

 

two questions:

 

1) re: unstructured upper. I have occasional Achilles tendon issues. is there any reinforced ankle support at all, or is it all just soft mushy leather?

 

2) sizing. I wear an 11 3E in McTavish and it fits great width wise, but I can not wear strands, mccallister, park ave at all in 11 3e or 11.5 3e becuase of great pain (bunions). is the neumok closer to a mctavish or the 5 last dress shoes?

 

thank ye!

 

To answer both at one time, the whole shoe is mushy yes.  Of course there is a heel cup which gives it a little bit of structure.  The Neumok runs just a little large and the pliability will give way to your foot (mostly).  My Neumoks started just a little snug.  They are now just a little loose.

 

I think you'll find them to your liking.

post #25821 of 52292
I don't know why but every 8.5D I try on in strands and park aves flare open at the ankle opening.
post #25822 of 52292
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Originally Posted by David Copeland View Post

 

Someone mentioned in this topic that for a limited time there is FREE SHIPPING to CANADA for Strands at $229.  If you can't find the details, let me know.

 

Also, the standard shoe device may not take into account the exact fitting of your feet to a particular style.  I no longer deal with regular sales associates because the store managers seem to have the most experience and can accommodate customers more by over-riding certain polices. 

 

How far are you from a major USA City border?

 

David

 

Thanks David.

 

I actually bought 2 pairs from the shoe bank, and one pair from the Nordstroms sale which is $229 ($250 CAD) + free shipping.

 

I am stuck with the Walnut 10 D strands, because I wore them too much and they are noticeably used, however for some reason they seem to fit quite nicely.  My black pair of 10 D strands are simply too long and skinny, even compared to the 10 D Walnut strands.  It's very strange.  Then today I go try on 9.5 D strands and I feel like they fit perfectly, with no side tightness.  I am very confused haha.

 

I called Nordstroms and they are going to try swap the 10 D's for 9.5 D's because they haven't shipped yet.  As for the pair I bought from the Shoe bank, I'm going to be out $40 or so shipping them back there.  It's my fault for jumping the gun a bit, but I'd rather that than live with shoes that hurt my feet.

 

I am in Calgary, AB, which is several hours from the boarder.  I did learn of one store in the city (O'Connors) that seems to deal in all sizes & widths, but I have zero intention of buying from them so I feel bad going in to knowingly waste their time.

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Originally Posted by Mark S View Post

 

Thanks David.

 

I actually bought 2 pairs from the shoe bank, and one pair from the Nordstroms sale which is $229 ($250 CAD) + free shipping.

 

I am stuck with the Walnut 10 D strands, because I wore them too much and they are noticeably used, however for some reason they seem to fit quite nicely.  My black pair of 10 D strands are simply too long and skinny, even compared to the 10 D Walnut strands.  It's very strange.  Then today I go try on 9.5 D strands and I feel like they fit perfectly, with no side tightness.  I am very confused haha.

 

I called Nordstroms and they are going to try swap the 10 D's for 9.5 D's because they haven't shipped yet.  As for the pair I bought from the Shoe bank, I'm going to be out $40 or so shipping them back there.  It's my fault for jumping the gun a bit, but I'd rather that than live with shoes that hurt my feet.

 

I am in Calgary, AB, which is several hours from the boarder.  I did learn of one store in the city (O'Connors) that seems to deal in all sizes & widths, but I have zero intention of buying from them so I feel bad going in to knowingly waste their time.

 

When the Canadian Dollar was discounted 25%, my wife and spent 2 weeks at the historic Banff Springs Hotel just west of you - and spent $7500 for $10,000 worth of goods.  Now that the dollars are more even, you may wish to spend a few days in Spokane, Washington where Brett is the store manager, and he will order anything in for you in advance of your trip.

 

Then again, they are opening five (5) new Canadian Stores in a year or so . . . and that will make it easier.

 

David

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Originally Posted by David Copeland View Post

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All my best,


David

 

Thanks for the heads up David. Was so close to getting the Snuff Suede Neumoks but ran out of my size... great deal though!

post #25825 of 52292

That Long Branch price is only in the Gray confused.gif

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Originally Posted by OptoDoc View Post

That Long Branch price is only in the Gray

Yes, the picture I posted was the dark grey style - which looks pretty good.

 

There is more than one link, Doc, to the other Color for the Long Branch. 

 

The savings on the BROWN is $85.00 OFF:

 

Click here

 

 

post #25827 of 52292
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Originally Posted by jasonmx3 View Post

Allen Edmond's customer service is the BEST! Bar none!! Henceforth, except for running shoes, I will only be buying AE shoes -- and I am not exaggerating. 

I recently got two pairs of AEs, and I had a problem with one of them. I properly documented and communicated this problem with AE customer service. After exchanging several emails and pictures of the shoe, and talking to one of the customer service agents, they finally sent me an email saying that they had some good news for me and that I should give them a call. I call them first thing today and I was told that they have decided to just send me another pair (of any model at the same price point)! They also told me that I can just keep the defective pair (which is still definitely wearable) and, hopefully, have it repaired in the future. What makes this all the more special is that I have since left the US, so they'll be sending me the new pair abroad. Beat that, Zappos and Amazon!

I've heard of how wonderful AE's customer service is, and now I got to experience it firsthand. You just can't help but feel invested in a company that's willing to stand by their product and do right by their customers. Kudos, Mr. Grangaard and the AE CS team! I look forward to acquiring more AE pairs in the future!

Another example of great service from AE.
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Originally Posted by OptoDoc View Post

That Long Branch price is only in the Gray confused.gif

I have the grey and love them.
post #25829 of 52292
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Originally Posted by Mark S View Post


I actually bought 2 pairs from the shoe bank, and one pair from the Nordstroms sale which is $229 ($250 CAD) + free shipping.

I am stuck with the Walnut 10 D strands, because I wore them too much and they are noticeably used, however for some reason they seem to fit quite nicely.  My black pair of 10 D strands are simply too long and skinny, even compared to the 10 D Walnut strands.  It's very strange.  Then today I go try on 9.5 D strands and I feel like they fit perfectly, with no side tightness.  I am very confused haha.

I called Nordstroms and they are going to try swap the 10 D's for 9.5 D's because they haven't shipped yet.  As for the pair I bought from the Shoe bank, I'm going to be out $40 or so shipping them back there.  It's my fault for jumping the gun a bit, but I'd rather that than live with shoes that hurt my feet.

I am in Calgary, AB, which is several hours from the boarder.  I did learn of one store in the city (O'Connors) that seems to deal in all sizes & widths, but I have zero intention of buying from them so I feel bad going in to knowingly waste their time.

9.5 D should not be wider than 10 D, it should be narrower, I would suggest try another pair of 9.5 and 10, as there are small variances on how each pairs of shoes made.
post #25830 of 52292
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Originally Posted by wurger View Post


9.5 D should not be wider than 10 D, it should be narrower, I would suggest try another pair of 9.5 and 10, as there are small variances on how each pairs of shoes made.

I agree with you, however I tried on my pair of 10 D (5 last) Strands which are too long and skinny for me it seems, then went straight to the store and tried on 9.5 D strands (5 last as well) and they fit better with no side tightness.  Is it possible my foot sits better in the shoe, further forward, placing more of my foot in the wider portion, making it seem like they are wider?  I agree they aren't actually wider, but the side tightness wasn't there.

 

My other pair of 10 D strands fit well.  If anything they are a half size too big, but the side tightness isn't an issue and I have to keep them anyway because I wore them too much. 

 

I have exactly 1" of toe room (end of big toe measured to the end of the cap) in the 10 D strands, but the ball of my foot is across the largest part of the shoe so I think it's OK even though it seems a tad long.

 

Why is buying shoes so hard? haha.

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