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post #29431 of 53298
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Originally Posted by Kap120 View Post

Looking to try a 3-last shoe. I've heard that sizing down 1/2 size from what you wear in last 5 is typical. Anyone have experience with this?

I have tried the Parkway, Larchmont and Harrison in my normal size 11B. The fit was a little roomy in all three both lengthwise and volume wise so I tried sizing down to 10.5B and the fit is spot on with the Parkway (the only style I kept of the three, for now). Sizing down was a little tight at first but after settling into the corkbed the fit is awesome--probably the best fit of the AE's I have had.

I've never had to size down like that in AE before, but I did try a pair of Patriots in 11B that seemed oversized as well and I did not keep them. If I try the Patriot again it will be a half size down.
post #29432 of 53298
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Originally Posted by g.michael View Post


I have tried the Parkway, Larchmont and Harrison in my normal size 11B. The fit was a little roomy in all three both lengthwise and volume wise so I tried sizing down to 10.5B and the fit is spot on with the Parkway (the only style I kept of the three, for now). Sizing down was a little tight at first but after settling into the corkbed the fit is awesome--probably the best fit of the AE's I have had.

I've never had to size down like that in AE before, but I did try a pair of Patriots in 11B that seemed oversized as well and I did not keep them. If I try the Patriot again it will be a half size down.

Thanks alot for the reply! I'm looking into the Parkway and Larchmont myself. Was the larchmont fit pretty spot on as well or just the Parkway?

post #29433 of 53298
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Originally Posted by Count de Monet View Post
 

 

 

Well, "casual" varies, of course, from office to office.  But, of the four colors in which the McTavish is offered, it would be last on my list.

 

To me, a black oxford wingtip just doesn't seem a good choice for casual wear, despite it being rougher than typical calfskin and with "waxed infused" leather.  The "dark brown cognac" and the "natural" (close to AE walnut) seem like good looking, casual shoes that would be more versatile than black, both as to the colors and types of casual pants one might pair with them at the office.

 

I'm new to focusing on dressing well, so bear with me. 
 
In the past I have often worn grey/charcoal chinos with black shoes/belt to work. I'd pair this up with a shirt or polo for business casual wear. I figured it was a safe path to go down. 
 
Should I get completely away from this? I guess I've already noticed there aren't a ton of grey chinos out there anymore. 
post #29434 of 53298
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Originally Posted by BobStrauss View Post

I'm new to focusing on dressing well, so bear with me. 
 
In the past I have often worn grey/charcoal chinos with black shoes/belt to work. I'd pair this up with a shirt or polo for business casual wear. I figured it was a safe path to go down. 
 
Should I get completely away from this? I guess I've already noticed there aren't a ton of grey chinos out there anymore. 

Don't see anything wrong with grey chinos. I'd say black shoes for your work environment seem more appropriate. I'd stay away from Polos or at the very least make sure they are knits and not the golf dri-fit ones.

Also I have a pair of black McTavish and McAllister's. I think they are completely different shoes. Whie I prefer brown shoes for my casual (dark denim and button up) outfits, I think the McTavish in black is a good black alternative. They have a chili sole and brown stitching with the flat wax infused leather keeps it from being formal. I think it works in a business casual setting, but leans more casual. Just because its a balmoral doesn't make it absolutely formal.

That being said, my McTavish are the least worn in my rotation (not much of a spring/summer shoe) and if you need one black shoe, those are likely not going to be a go to shoe. I think the MacNeils might be what you're looking for.
post #29435 of 53298
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Originally Posted by Fabian43 View Post

[IMG]http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/09/19/ejeru3y2.jpg[/IMG][IMG]http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/09/19/utajemer.jpg[/IMG]Received my 2nds walnut Mcallister today and am undecided on whether I should return them for a different pair. The finishing is disappointing on the sole/welt. I'm not sure I can permanently fix that with edge dressing. Can anyone chime in on whether its an easy fix or should I exchange them?

Bump plz
post #29436 of 53298
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Originally Posted by 850csi View Post

Fellas, I went to an outlet today and figured out that my true size is 13C. Unfortunately I can't find the Park Aves in black in that size, I have to go up to a 13D (which definitely felt a bit wide). Worth buying? Perhaps with an insert? Any suggestions?

Thanks!

Spend the extra money and buy what fits. What doesn't fit won't be worn. A 13C can be ordered at a first quality price. You'll be much happier with the shoe and your decision in the long term.
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Originally Posted by BobStrauss View Post

What do you guys think of the McTavish in black as a casual work shoe?

If you go by the "gut feeling" book, it's a casual shoe in any combination, even black on black on black. In style, it's safer to err on the side of conservatism and it's better to be overdressed than under.
post #29437 of 53298
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Originally Posted by Fabian43 View Post


Bump plz

 

You already got your answer, there is nothing wrong with these shoes. I have Lasalles and Fifth Avenues with the Chili welt and they look exactly like that. 

post #29438 of 53298
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Originally Posted by Fabian43 View Post

Bump plz
I agree with everyone else. You're making a mountain out of a mole hill. That is hardly a defect in my eyes. They are not my shoes though and if they bother you, you should return them. If you exchange the shoes you may get a pair that have more of a problem. I think shoe edge dressing would easily fix that.
post #29439 of 53298

just got my first pair park aves from the nordstrom sale, took a while to find someone to bring it over to China for me. but they feel great. upgrading from some Aldos and they definitely feel better. wish the prices in china were the same as the US, they are about $800 here!!!

post #29440 of 53298
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Originally Posted by XFi1382 View Post
 

Hi guys,

 

I just wore my Daltons for the first day. They look great but I have some instep issues. At the end of the day, it really really hurt on the top of my feet. Should I get them stretched? Or will this completely disappear in a few wears?

 

Thx!

 

My Daltons made their maiden voyage today as well.  When I got them, they felt great - slightly snug around the vamp and toebox, but not tight at all.  I wore them around the house for a couple of weeks, and while they weren't completely comfortable, they didn't hurt.  After being on my feet all day, walking to and from public transportation, and around a hotel for a conference, my feet hurt! Mostly on the lateral side of each shoe, where the vamp hits the quarter.  I hope this isn't because they are too narrow, but the next few times I wear them, I'll only wear them out for a couple of hours at at time, or when I'm not walking all day long, in order to see if they'll break in and stretch a little.

 

In other people's experiences, how long of a break in is common?

post #29441 of 53298
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Originally Posted by JermynStreet View Post


Spend the extra money and buy what fits. What doesn't fit won't be worn. A 13C can be ordered at a first quality price. You'll be much happier with the shoe and your decision in the long term.

 

Ugh you're probably right on this but it's just not a viable option for me. I'm on a very tight budget to begin with, and I'd pay $100 more for firsts in the 'right' size than I'm paying for two shoes tomorrow, one in the 'right' size (walnut Fifth Aves in 13C - my absolute dream shoe) and the other one width size too big (black parks in 13d) that's the most important shoe in my wardrobe (and is badly needed). Really the alternative for me isn't firsts, it's buying cheap dress shoes, all of which come in 13D/M anyways.

 

 

Does anyone know what happens if you get two shoes for $250 and then decide you want to return one?

post #29442 of 53298
didn't know width C to D make that much of a difference...
post #29443 of 53298
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Originally Posted by yoose View Post

just got my first pair park aves from the nordstrom sale, took a while to find someone to bring it over to China for me. but they feel great. upgrading from some Aldos and they definitely feel better. wish the prices in china were the same as the US, they are about $800 here!!!

how much Yuan?
post #29444 of 53298

Those are better than fine... as mentioned before, I've received firsts with worse defects than those (I didn't keep them), and I've kept seconds with worse defects. You can't expect a perfect shoe when you are ordering a second quality shoe... after wearing your shoe a couple times, you will knock or scrape your shoe against something and give it worse damage than anything pictured below.

 

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Originally Posted by Fabian43 View Post

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Received my 2nds walnut Mcallister today and am undecided on whether I should return them for a different pair. The finishing is disappointing on the sole/welt. I'm not sure I can permanently fix that with edge dressing. Can anyone chime in on whether its an easy fix or should I exchange them?
post #29445 of 53298

Apologies if this has already been asked before, I would just like to ask MacNeil and Strand owners their experience regarding the differences between the 7 last and the 5 last. I currently own an 8.5D Strand (5 last) and 8.5D Chukkamok (4 last). Both are very comfortable but I do find that the width of the Strand fits better.

 

I'm wondering whether I should get an 8.5C or 8.5D Macneil. I have read some reviews saying that the Macneil is wider than the Strands and some people suggest sizing down the width if you prefer the width of the Strands.

 

I know best thing for me is to try them on, but unfortunately this is just geographically impossible at the mean time.

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