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In that case, I'd go for it! They fit the bill perfectly for what you are describing, and you have plenty of opportunity to use them. I agree that the LWB's monks, and McTavish's do better in casual environments. I've become a big fan of AE's Burgundy Shell Cordovan, however, and they're a great deal as seconds on sale. Further, if the outlet from which you are buying is a Tanger Outlet, you may be able to use a 20% coupon for additional savings!
I have a pair of the Sheltons in burgundy; I'm torn as to it's versatility. I definitely think it works best as a casual or business casual shoe (slacks, etc but no suits). That, of course, is my humble opinion.
PS - I've never been to Utah but hope to experience that commute some upcoming winter!
Thanks for your advice! I was all set to pull the trigger, but was foolish enough to solicit one last opinion - my wife's.
Her words were something along the lines of "why the hell are you buying a fourth dress shoe when you're only in an office twice a week?"
Well, she promptly took control over the whole operation and ordered the Spiaggias that was drooling over all summer, because they're "cute" and "fun," and jazz musicians shouldn't look so serious anyway (she has a point, though I'm sure Wynton Marsalis wears cordovan!)
So, the burgundy shell...must be a project for next year. Ill take a break to refill the coffers and place a MTO when I can hide away enough bread to do it on the sly
Maybe I'll have them delivered to my office in Utah!!
How's the bulge in these Mcallisters? I was fitted by a guy at Allen Edmonds in Orange County and he said that bulge is def. from being flat footed, which I am very flat footed! He let me try some super feet which improved my arch and almost took away the bulge but I don't care for the way they feel in the heel. In regards to the picture, my right foot isn't as bad as the left, but still there.
Of course with pants on you can't tell unless you're looking.
Also he said bluchers are better for flat feet.
Bluchers should be better for high arch because the opening is not sewn into the vamp. The balmorals are definitely better for narrow feet because the lacing is closer. If you have narrow and flat, bluchers will be a problem because the quarters may misalign. My foot is narrow and flat so from experience I know Balmorals fit better. I wonder if this shoe is too wide for you. It looks like a lot of heel space.
I would say those would not work with a suit. The AE Rough Collection was not really designed for suits.
Just my .02.
I hope you had a chance this weekend to take at least some time for a break Doc. And the beer is still on me when we get together
If you work at a firm like Reuters or Bloomberg I see that kind of thing all the time. What I don't see is many suits there. So I'm guessing the answer is no.
Aye, in a way. Most people I see fly fishing now have ~$3k or more worth of gear between waders, rods and reels, and enough gear that they look like they are an add for Orvis. LOL I still use a pair of Red Ball waders I purchased in 92, they don't leak so... The 744's being a Wolverine work boots fit a unique place for me. Originally in the early 1900's when horses were much more common in the US Wolverine was the #1 manufacture of shell work boots. They sold millions of them. Not quite dressy enough for where I work but above average compared to most hikers, I really do like them for when light duty field use is required and then head out to farmers market, county fairs or local eating places during the day. I have worn the 744's hiking in the Az. desert and even shooting sporting clays in the mud and rain. If the weather or my time outdoors is more rugged than that I use "real" boots. There are 2 other AE footwear that I use in the same method.Sat- CXL Bayfields (Click to show)
Mon- Katmai (Click to show)
I'm very curious how they worked for you? Especially on marble, tile or stone floors that are wet. I am looking at a pair of lightly used MacNeils on ebay that have the identical half soles.
Was wondering about this myself so I recently decided to try out the AE combination tap soles. They are not thin at all and the rubber material is very robust, so I think they'll last for a while.
I wasn't really sure which sole I'd like best, so I had my cobbler install some tap soles and rubber toe taps on my other pairs. I'll probably know in a few months which sole is most preferable and which would last the longest.
First, a pic of my test AE pairs (all recently acquired after I found this thread):
With the different soles installed (L-R: Toe taps, OEM combination tap sole, vibram tap sole):
Very nicely done! I too would like your report after some wear. You encouraged me to do the same although I have not put much time into the presentation.
To the left, top. C&J for RL shell Marlows with metal toe tap installed by B. Nelson in NYC. They are slippery on marble, tile and stone even when not wet. The tip is worn down and the metal scratched pretty well so they can be considered broken in and do not see them ever getting any better in that regards. However I have worn some shoes down on the tips to almost a knife edge and to prevent that they have worked outstanding. Below them are my Walnut shell Daltons with 2 winters of use. The Vibram half soles have ridges on them, however they do not really "grip" or provide any more traction than standard leather soles. My cobbler knows my wear pattern very well and installed plastic toe taps over the half soles. They also work well for protecting the leather soles as they are designed to do. The ones to the right are the BB PA with the OEM half soles. Have yet to wear them in the winter as I prefer my black shell PA.
Comparison of AE vs. Alden commando soles:
Top is Alden #8 captoe boots on Grant last. You can certainly tell they have a lug sole especially from the heels. Bottom is AE cappuccino Bayfield with lug soles. The lugs are not as deep as the Alden ones however despite the fact they go all the way to the edge they are dressier, at least IMO.
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