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post #36211 of 43279
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Originally Posted by BWV988 View Post

 

I agree with kentyman. For this boot, straight bar is really awkward to tighten, and straight European looks messy. Display shoe lacing, maybe?

 

Display Shoe Lacing looks just as good (maybe a tad better since it's always over the top), but it's harder to tighten and having the laces come in the top eyelets makes typing pretty awkward. But again, it does look good:

 

post #36212 of 43279
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There seems to be a lot of heated emotion behind your post, but that's fine.  For what it's worth, he did say that the BB Park Ave's fit tight (see his post), just not as tight as the Strand.  Also, for what it's worth, I would expect that (I assumed he was referring to the BB Strand, and may be wrong).

 

I'm not making any excuses for inconsistencies beyond what should be expected for different shoes made on the same last (i.e., different leathers, different amounts of stitching, differences in how many pieces of leather a shoe is made from, different insoles, different lacing styles, etc.).  If you have two pairs of Park Avenues with no difference between them, but each fits drastically different, there's no excuse.  It's an issue.  However, there are more variables to consider between shoes of very different styles than just the type of leather and the insole.  The Strand and McAllister are made of more pieces of leather and use significantly more stitching (which will change how they conform to the last, and how they stretch over time).

 

I didn't see anyone giving you vicious backlash, but I may have missed it.  If you read it into my post, I sure didn't mean it that way.  I maintain a practical standpoint on shoes, and don't get offended when people don't appreciate something about a particular brand, including AE.  It's not my company.


yeah... I certainly noticed that when I read it as well. MWS has NEVER been anything but civil in his comments on this thread that I am aware of, nor has he ever gone after someone for having anything negative to say about Allen Edmonds or any of their shoes.

 

Of course, it's possible that no heated emotion was intended in indyoshi68's post either, and I've misinterpreted it.

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Originally Posted by rc121 View Post

anyone here remember what last the Austin wholecut was on? I might have the opportunity to pick up a pair

 

Don't know, but perhaps a back catalog might provide a clue (if you've never browsed through them they're fascinating in their own right):

 

http://issuu.com/allenedmonds

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Good news: finally heard back from Allison, looks like she's almost all caught up from vacation. She provided a shipping label immediately

Bad news: it sounds like I may need to wait for another pair to be made and sent out. I inquired specifically about just having the stitch fixed (the shoes were otherwise perfect), but got no response on that front. So I may get back a shoe that has more issues than the one I'm getting rid of.

So begins another 6 weeks of waiting for $600 shoes that haven't been worn yet.

I feel your pain. Paid $570 for some webgems in late Sept and had to send them back. As of yesterday, I'm still 2 weeks away as the first remake was rejected by their QC. So I've been waiting well over 3 months to wear my shoes as well. Will just make them even better when they finally arrive!
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I feel your pain. Paid $570 for some webgems in late Sept and had to send them back. As of yesterday, I'm still 2 weeks away as the first remake was rejected by their QC. So I've been waiting well over 3 months to wear my shoes as well. Will just make them even better when they finally arrive!

That sucks, but I do trust them. A frankly, I won't be really wanting to wear them until about April. Maryland has some weather that's truly on crack.
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I had to send my Banchory's back and decided to take a refund instead of a remake, as I don't feel the need to force them to make the shoes a 3rd or 4th time. They somehow got to me with a lot of the pinking (the zig zags) overlapped by stitching that was supposed to be underneath. So the stitches are half over the tips of the pinking and half off.

I have no hard feelings. It was an experiment and Allison has been great. I do think I'll order a MTO brown CXL pair of the Leeds at some point. And still waiting on the Neumoks.
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Originally Posted by halfnhalfnhalf View Post

Don't know, but perhaps a back catalog might provide a clue (if you've never browsed through them they're fascinating in their own right):

http://issuu.com/allenedmonds

I actually had looked through some of them initially but was unsuccessful. I went back through and finally found them, but they are not on a current last and I can't find any info on it. Supposedly they are on the ivanhoe last
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Originally Posted by New Shoes1 View Post
 

 

Try shell Patriots.  I've never been a loafer guy, but have not regretted this purchase one bit.  Very comfortable and perfect with a pair of jeans on the weekend.


Maybe in the future, but my first venture into shell certainly won't be a loafer.

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That sucks, but I do trust them. A frankly, I won't be really wanting to wear them until about April. Maryland has some weather that's truly on crack.
I didn't realize you were local -- for that stitch, if you like the shoes otherwise, it may be worth visiting A.M. Kroop & Sons in Laurel to get it fixed.

They've been doing goodyear-welted shoes for over a century; stepping into their facility is like walking back in time to the Edwardian era. Good people.
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Originally Posted by Jonkr15 View Post
 

Is this common for the McAllisters to fit differently than the Strands?

 

In my experience, yes. My McAllisters fit a bit larger than my Strands, but not to the point where I need to size down. My Strands have about a 3/8" gap at the top of the lacing and my McAllisters about 1/8".

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Good news: finally heard back from Allison, looks like she's almost all caught up from vacation. She provided a shipping label immediately

Bad news: it sounds like I may need to wait for another pair to be made and sent out. I inquired specifically about just having the stitch fixed (the shoes were otherwise perfect), but got no response on that front. So I may get back a shoe that has more issues than the one I'm getting rid of.

So begins another 6 weeks of waiting for $600 shoes that haven't been worn yet.

Good luck.

Just for the record, six weeks is an incredibly fast turnaround for a pair of MTO shoes. Not trying to come off like a jerk or anything, but I doubt you'll find any other manufacturer who can even come close to this. There are several folks on here who have waited several months for their MTO's from AE.

 

Hmm . . . there have been many recent complaints regarding quality control on the MTOs and customs, AND six weeks is incredibly fast turnaround by industry standards.  Brings to mind the old saying:  Among fast, good, and cheap (relatively in this case), you can only have two.

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Originally Posted by OptoDoc View Post
 

 

In my experience, yes. My McAllisters fit a bit larger than my Strands, but not to the point where I need to size down. My Strands have about a 3/8" gap at the top of the lacing and my McAllisters about 1/8".

 

Interesting, thanks for the reply.  Customer service told me that the black leather tends to be stiffer and can sometimes slip in the heel.  They suggested I flex them by hand to loosen them up.  The weird part is that the right shoe from the first pair fits almost identically to my Strands.  The other three are all loose.

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Originally Posted by kentyman View Post
 

 

I just use Criss Cross Lacing, though as I always do with criss cross, I start the bottom as "straight across on the inside outside" of the bottom eyelets. Basically, like this:

 

gorgeous boots. What color is that? Bourbon?

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Originally Posted by BolognaFingers View Post
 

gorgeous boots. What color is that? Bourbon?

 

Stole it from Google Images, but yes that looks like Bourbon to me... unless they used the "black burnishing wheel" Instagram filter on a pair of Walnuts. ;)

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Originally Posted by Jonkr15 View Post

Interesting, thanks for the reply.  Customer service told me that the black leather tends to be stiffer and can sometimes slip in the heel.  They suggested I flex them by hand to loosen them up.  The weird part is that the right shoe from the first pair fits almost identically to my Strands.  The other three are all loose.
Not sure if it has to do with black leather. I have walnut strands and Merlot Mcallisters. I have the same fit experience as OptoDoc.
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