I like the Kenwood for a casual penny loafer. You might check out the Montecito if you have a higher instep like myself.
Thanks bucksfan I really was 50\50 on the brown shell Strands and your advise is greatly appreciated. And respected. When I took the pictures I tried to take a shot of the heel on the left Strand to show the extreme color contrast of the sides but couldn't get it to show well on the camera. I'm sure most people will see it and think the shoes are defective, but they scream shell all the way. Thinking of the PA in brown shell next week when they go on sale as I almost never wear black any more. Still torn.
Spent first half hour last night brushing them, then Reno then another hour brushing again. I spent 3 hours brushing my shell Bradley's before I discovered the bowing and returned them. Someone is going to get a pair of Bradley seconds that absolutely glow!
Anyone able to comment on the fit of the Bayfield v. the Dalton? I realize they're on the same last. I have the Bayfield and, while I like them, they're just a bit too narrow , even in EEE widths, for all-day wear.
Also, my new favorite AE is my black McTavish. I wore them most of last week (alternating with the aforementioned Bayfields a couple of times in the wet) while in Europe with my family. They're one of the most comfortable shoes I've ever owned, and look better every time I wear them. This really gives me hope for some further exploration of the 5 last (I currently have only the McTavish and PA's in black on the 5 last).
My Bayfield's fits me snugly but well. I can wear them all day without issue. The Malvern on the other hand was too small in width and that boot is on the same last the #1. My shell Dalton boots are huge in comparison to any other shoe or boot I have on the 1 last. I have to use insoles to take up extra room.
Most of my shoes are on the #1 last and fit well but I too recently discovered the 5 last and find it extremely comfortable for me so far. It does open up the door to a lot of shoes... Until today the McAllister was my most comfortable shoe but I have worn my new shell Strands all day today and my feet feel great yet. I will end up working till ~2 AM this morning so I will know by then for sure but they currently are at the head of the pack for me. Especially for a new shoe that isn't broken in yet?! But have a different pair in the briefcase just in case.
some real beauts! jealous of those shell strands
Looks like a lot of new deliveries by AE over the last couple of days. I got my Clifton replacements in a half a size smaller than my last pair and they fit well, but bow badly at the throat. So they are going to have to go back for another pair. On the other hand got my Shell Walnut Strands that I ordered right before they discontinued them.. And they are a beautiful shoe. A bit darker in the toe box than my shell walnut Daltons so not sure I will pick up the brown shell strands now. The fit is perfect. Here is a comparison between calf walnut McAllister, shell walnut Strands, and shell walnut Daltons. I am very pleased with them all. With the exception of my picture taking abilities, no matter what I do got shadows today. Looks like uploading from the PC causes image reduction however clicking on it pulls up full resolution.
Couple pics of the Walnut fifths - per request of zerostyle.
The pants (all three) are slightly long, havent hemmed them yet but plan to take them up .5 to 1 inch or so.
Please excuse the gf's dorm room floor. I know the speckled tile is magnificent but please try to contain yourselves.
With light gray slacks:
with darker gray-brownish slacks:
with camel-brown slacks:
Thanks for the pics! they look pretty rad.
I saw it today also at the AE store. Since it was new, they also didn't have it in my size on hand. I did tried on the over sized one that they had just to get a rough feel for it. I had them order one in black for me to properly try out. Since it's on the #3 last, hopefully it will fit like the Larchmont model that I do have.