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I think the Carminas look more refined.  Looks like this is a 270 welt and the heel is closed.  Even in the front part, you can't see the welt from above.  I have a walnut strands and i can definitely see the welt stitching.   But as people have already pointed out, unless you're in a city where there is a retailer, it's quite hard to get your right fit.  Also, I think Carminas don't offer widths.  To me this is crucial since I have a narrow foot.  The Strands do came in widths.  Decisions, decisions indeed.
how narrow is your foot? While carmina might not offer different widths, their different lasts offer very different fits/widths. The simpson last is supposed to run pretty narrow. Now if your in the same boat (or maybe the exact opposite one depending on how you look at it) as me where even the widest lasts aren't wide enough, then I understand where u r coming from.
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A lot of great looking MTO's and new shoes on here lately! Never even knew that AE offered double butyl soles and wish I would have those put on my MTO Leeds last year now.

 

Shooting Sporting Clays after work today so it is a good time for the maiden voyage of the cappuccino Bayfields today. Which will see duty until late this evening, it is a very comfortable boot. 

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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.

The one pictured is a 10D.  By the luck of who knows, Nordstroms had a 10C in store.  They never carry C.  I talked to the guy working there and I brought home the 10C.  It felt pretty snug, but, judging from how much the D stretched, I'm assuming these C's will stretch as well.  I've worn them for about 12-14 hours so far (a couple days ago), and will wear them tomorrow.  I'm really hoping these stretch out in the toe box a little bit more.  I notice that around my ankle is a lot more snug which I like.  A small small small amount of bowing which will probably get a little worse, but not as bad as the D's.

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My first pair of MTO AE came today. They are a dark brown shell Leeds on the double butyl sole to help them break in easier...



I have to wonder how many of us emailed Mr. Grangaard after viewing this post. I certainly did!

I also visited the Freeport, ME outlet this week while in the area for business. I ended up trying on the Patriot for size and the new store manager found a pair in brown shell to have shipped to me. They were still on sale so they turned out to be a great deal.

On a sad note, Edward Whickham who helped me a lot over the years is no longer working there. I wish him the best. The new manager, Alison was a fantastic resource and provided me with exceptional service.
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^That is a tough one, newshoes1. They are pretty similar. I'd probably go with the AE as I could go try them on and dial in the fit. I have nowhere to try on Carmina. Although that doesn't stop me from wanting a pair.
I was in the same dilemma, however, took the chance after talking with Mike from Epaulet and had a perfect fit. There are a lot of people knowledgeable about the Carmina lasts floating around. That said the strand looks awesome. How is AE's suede quality?

Yes, it's not that hard to get the right size and fit, and Carmina is one tier above AE in terms of finishing, and the toe shape is oval instead of Strand being round. So they are on rather different lasts, just the same style.
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Issues posting today, attempt 3, in better sunlight:



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I have to wonder how many of us emailed Mr. Grangaard after viewing this post. I certainly did!

I also visited the Freeport, ME outlet this week while in the area for business. I ended up trying on the Patriot for size and the new store manager found a pair in brown shell to have shipped to me. They were still on sale so they turned out to be a great deal.

On a sad note, Edward Whickham who helped me a lot over the years is no longer working there. I wish him the best. The new manager, Alison was a fantastic resource and provided me with exceptional service.

I worked with Alison as well, albeit over e-mail only. She was fantastic. Much better experience than some at the Shoe Bank who i understand are likely handling more e-mails and as a result are slower to respond. 

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What do you mean by they were not what you expected?  

Very nice shoes by the way.  I can't wait for my Lexington to arrive.

I was expecting my suede MacNeils and not he shell. I ordered the suede over 3 months ago and the shell only about 3-4 weeks ago.
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New second Chili Dalton's showed up today. I can't for the life of me figure out what's wrong with them and they fit better than any of my other AEs. Can't beat it for $199!
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The Montecito get zero love and are really only good for guys with flat feet. I used some Renovateur and some lovely neutral polish. I really like how they turned out!

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Good day gents,  I have a quick question.  I used Saphir Renovateur on my bourbon McAllisters.  I had no idea it would take off so much polish (tested an area on the inside part of the shoe near the sole).  It is far too light. Should I go ahead and use Reno on the rest of the shoe and hope that the polish will return it all to it's original bourbon color?  I love the original color.  Thank you in advance.

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Good day gents,  I have a quick question.  I used Saphir Renovateur on my bourbon McAllisters.  I had no idea it would take off so much polish (tested an area on the inside part of the shoe near the sole).  It is far too light. Should I go ahead and use Reno on the rest of the shoe and hope that the polish will return it all to it's original bourbon color?  I love the original color.  Thank you in advance.

 

Ouch, AE's Bourbon is a hard to get back; unfortunately the bourbon polish won't bring it back to factory finish. Try using the polish and then finishing with the brush you use on your black shoes

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Originally Posted by tradbrah View Post

Good day gents,  I have a quick question.  I used Saphir Renovateur on my bourbon McAllisters.  I had no idea it would take off so much polish (tested an area on the inside part of the shoe near the sole).  It is far too light. Should I go ahead and use Reno on the rest of the shoe and hope that the polish will return it all to it's original bourbon color?  I love the original color.  Thank you in advance.

To get it back where you want it. I'd take it to a cobbler and have him polish them with black polish on his wheel. They're not terminal they're just sick at the moment. You'll get them back to where they belong.
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New second Chili Dalton's showed up today. I can't for the life of me figure out what's wrong with them and they fit better than any of my other AEs. Can't beat it for $199!

 

Nice! I bought some Dalton's too, I hope tomorrow they confirm me the payment and send them to Oklahoma and then travel all the way to Mexico. $199 is a hell of a deal.

 

I decided to buy them 9D US as the guys from the customer service told me that it should fit perfectly. 

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Issues posting today, attempt 3, in better sunlight:




They looked pretty good in the indoor pics but they look great in the sunlight. Maybe I'll put this model back on my list of AEs to consider.
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