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post #40021 of 46990
I'm in England so have no chance to try AE shoes before buying, but I have the following...
MacNeil - 7 last
Shelton - 1 last
Quinton - 8 last

The MacNeil and Shelton are 8.5D, as the printable AE size guide recommended, and are a good fit.
The Quinton, (a rubber solder version of the McClain) are 8D and are comfortable now, but it took lots of stretching to get there.

Anyway, there are a nice pair of Fifth Avenues for sale on ebay locally, and they are size 8.5D. Would they be a good fit, based on the above, or should I size down to an 8 and go up in width to E ?

Thanks
post #40022 of 46990
Why would you buy AE in England? There are so many other options?
post #40023 of 46990
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Originally Posted by wurger View Post

Why would you buy AE in England? There are so many other options?

As far as the MacNeils and Sheltons go, I like the style. Nothing similar available, unless you pay a lot more. Cheaney have some nice longwings, but at about double the price I paid for AE seconds.

As for nice saddle shoes, that's really an American style, although I do have some Loake Asquiths too.

Why do people in the US buy English shoes? Style.
post #40024 of 46990
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Originally Posted by Odradek View Post

I'm in England so have no chance to try AE shoes before buying, but I have the following...
MacNeil - 7 last
Shelton - 1 last
Quinton - 8 last

The MacNeil and Shelton are 8.5D, as the printable AE size guide recommended, and are a good fit.
The Quinton, (a rubber solder version of the McClain) are 8D and are comfortable now, but it took lots of stretching to get there.

Anyway, there are a nice pair of Fifth Avenues for sale on ebay locally, and they are size 8.5D. Would they be a good fit, based on the above, or should I size down to an 8 and go up in width to E ?

Thanks

I go up in width for the five last, 10D in Sheltons, 10E in Strands. Many go down a 1/2 size in length in the five last.
post #40025 of 46990
I actually have the same problem as i live in Brunei. What I did was order on eBay models on lasts that I haven't tried before, before buying from Allen Edmonds or ordering an MTO. Of course shoes from the bay have already formed to the previous owners foot (depending on how many times they've worn it) but at least it gives me chance to get an idea of the fit. I know it sounds like a silly way to try on last sizes but I can always flip the shoes that I don't end up liking/fits bad at minimal loss (or give to someone else hehe) and keep those that I like. Definitely better than doing an MTO of the wrong size or having to deal with international shipping for returns.

I measure 8.5D on the brannock and I'm one of those people that wear 8.5D on the 5 last, 7 last and the 4 last. I can probably go half a width up on the 5 last as my right pinky toe feels tight after hours of walking. But I went with the same width as the 8.5E had a bit more room on my heels than what I felt was comfortable.

It seems most people here that are 8.5D on the brannock go 8E on the 5 last and 8.5D on the 7 last.
Edited by watchidiot - 3/4/14 at 6:49am
post #40026 of 46990

I do the same thing - and I live in the states and several pairs had I tried on in the store and seemed great would have turned out otherwise. So the bay for last education has been great and picked up some beautiful pairs lightly used or seconds for dirt cheap including a walnut Macneil MTO that I am sure I bought from someone on this forum but do not know who.

 

Wearing my Olive Neumok's(seconds though I still can not figure out why) today for their first extended run...oddly after thirty minutes there was a weird pressing under my right heel that felt like a bump in the footbed - by time I got out of the car not there at all.

post #40027 of 46990
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Originally Posted by FreedBird View Post

You have a pretty nice collection going there and some solid choices for adding to the collection. I do think you have enough black shoes with the Park Avenues and Sanfords. Have you thought about taking the plunge into shell cordovan in burgundy with the Leeds, Dalton or MacNeil? I think the Strand is good idea, you already do have shoes in walnut and bourbon, so that may be a nice one to do in chili, burgundy or dark brown. A pair of loafers mixed in there or some suede shoes wouldn't be a bad idea either.

Once you start it is hard to stop.....

The bolded sentences are where the money starts to really flow out of your bank account. I started when my godfather bought me some black bit loafers (Verona), which I wore pretty much every day at an internship my senior year of college, then when I started my job, I jumped into some walnut strands and black PAs right away. I've added some brown suede wingtips (an old model), some brown Veronas, and some brown PAs from a combo of Ebay, SF, and Shoe Bank all for $130 or less. Then the trouble (fun?) began....

Next was a pair of Meermin monkstraps (the Neumora 2.0 wasn't out at the time) for around $250. Next was a pair of Alden boots from a local store in my hometown for $500. Then brown shell Jeffersons for the big bucks. Then a pair of burgundy shell longwings from Alden.....

I'm thinking I can't possibly need any more shoes at this point, my closet is already stuffed as it is. What a fun few years! I need to pull out everything and do a group shot pretty soon.
post #40028 of 46990
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I've begun having an issue on a year old pair of strands. Its hard to describe but it feels as though there is air in the left toe box that is squishing in and out when I walk. It kind of reminds me of the old Nike air max she the air pouch in the heel would get a hole and make a squishing sound. anyone ever experience something like this? I'm afraid to think that air is getting in and out through some sort of hole (which I have not found).

 

Post a picture.  I wonder if you have significant bowing of the sides.

post #40029 of 46990
Went with some Randolph's today. Willing Spring to get here. Especially since it was 70 here on Sunday. However I do have on an AE sweater I got from the clearance sale. Think I like it.

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post #40030 of 46990
Does anyone here own the Mojave in unlined cordovan? If so, would you be able to comment on the fit? I'm normally a 13D and am wondering if I could squeeze (comfortably) into a 12E... At the moment I'm thinking this is unlikely.
post #40031 of 46990
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Originally Posted by hoit1981 View Post

Does anyone here own the Mojave in unlined cordovan? If so, would you be able to comment on the fit? I'm normally a 13D and am wondering if I could squeeze (comfortably) into a 12E... At the moment I'm thinking this is unlikely.

Was not aware Mojave came in shell?
post #40032 of 46990
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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post

Was not aware Mojave came in shell?

Might have been a MTO.
post #40033 of 46990
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Originally Posted by Olifter View Post


I go up in width for the five last, 10D in Sheltons, 10E in Strands. Many go down a 1/2 size in length in the five last.


+1 my strands in 11D are a little tight but I have other shoes from them in 11D that were fine.

post #40034 of 46990
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Originally Posted by New Shoes1 View Post

Post a picture.  I wonder if you have significant bowing of the sides.
won't be able to post one now, as I was wearing the shoes yesterday. But none of my AE's have any bowing issues.
post #40035 of 46990
My new Portlands - kopped the floor model during the sale (last pair and in perfect condition = sign to buy) for $220.
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