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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post

You see, this is where I'm getting into personal trouble. When I start buying shoes that I don't particularly want or need just because they're on sale, I start to become Carrie from Sex and the City.

I'm at 12 pairs at the moment. If I buy another, I'll have to sneak it past my wife and also never wear it around her (she has a photographic memory). And I don't want to become THAT guy.

However, I DO need a new beater walking shoe, which gives me an excuse to buy the fugly but comfy and practical Voyager.

Not as sexy a purchase, but more necessary, and less shame-inducing.

You can do better than those for walking shoes. Get something with dainite soles or good vibrams or even GATs. Those shoes are are an abomination.
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Any of you guys use AE boots for outdoor activities such as hiking and care to share your experiences?

 

 I'm looking to go on a easy hike this weekend, and want to whip out my MTO Promontory Points which are CXL and dainite soles. I'm not worried about getting them dirty as I'd like to develop some wear on them, but I'm more concerned about comfort. FWIW, they fit well. Why buy nice boots if I'm not willing to use them for what they were made for, right?

post #43263 of 53393
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post


You can do better than those for walking shoes. Get something with dainite soles or good vibrams or even GATs. Those shoes are are an abomination.

LOL the AE Eruo sneakers are ugly but I bought two slightly used pairs and while I only wear them when really crappy out they are some of the most comfy shoes I have ever owned..wait The Traveler is a dream to wear...ugly yes and the Mapleton is the other I am thinking of.

 

I swear the Traveler are as comfy as my good New Balances...and I think the Blue Voyager is cool looking for some reason....

 

I am not sure I consider Dainite a walker friendly sole in terms of real  walking..not much give like you would want when touring a city or putting in 4 or 5 miles a day.. I do love me some Dainite though

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Originally Posted by Kahuna75 View Post
 

LOL the AE Eruo sneakers are ugly but I bought two slightly used pairs and while I only wear them when really crappy out they are some of the most comfy shoes I have ever owned..wait The Traveler is a dream to wear...ugly yes and the Mapleton is the other I am thinking of.

 

I swear the Traveler are as comfy as my good New Balances...and I think the Blue Voyager is cool looking for some reason....

 

Have a little more respect for yourself.


If you're retired and over the age of 65-70, then ignore the above and do whatever you damn well please. You've earned it.

post #43265 of 53393
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

You can do better than those for walking shoes. Get something with dainite soles or good vibrams or even GATs. Those shoes are are an abomination.

Dainites don't work well for long distance walking and playground beating on my pronating, flat, bunioned monster feet. I like it fine on my Shaker Heights, but wouldn't walk 5 miles nonstop in them.

Any other suggestions for super-wide 3E in most AE lasts (many are still too narrow)?

I've sworn off Clark's because they rarely last me longer than a year. Cheap POS

Love new balance, but trying to avoid full-on running shoes for everyday wear.

Sometimes I think that a flat welt would improve the Voyager quite a bit. Perhaps an MTO may be in order. In CXL? Possibly....
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Originally Posted by Spiker View Post
 

Do you guys have any recommendation on affordable belts? I need a black and a brown dress belt to match with the PA and Delray. I am shooting for under $50.

 

Have you considered 2nd belts?  I just got a list from Jville and there are many options under $50.  The Madison 2nd belt is $49, one of what i've ordered

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Have you considered 2nd belts?  I just got a list from Jville and there are many options under $50.  The Madison 2nd belt is $49, one of what i've ordered

 

Heck yea I would buy second belts. Is there online list somewhere (like the shoe one?) Also what are the common defects with 2nd belts?

 

But 50 isnt much of a discount considering the sale makes madision 69? (does belt 2nd also have 10$ return charge? )

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Heck yea I would buy second belts. Is there online list somewhere (like the shoe one?) Also what are the common defects with 2nd belts?

But 50 isnt much of a discount considering the sale makes madision 69? (does belt 2nd also have 10$ return charge? )

Interested as well
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Originally Posted by Spiker View Post
 

 

Heck yea I would buy second belts. Is there online list somewhere (like the shoe one?) Also what are the common defects with 2nd belts?

 

But 50 isnt much of a discount considering the sale makes madision 69? (does belt 2nd also have 10$ return charge? )

 

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Interested as well

 

Just PM'ed you guys with the list that I have.  I don't have any experience with second belts but mine will arrive tomorrow so I'll let you guys know.


With regarding the return charge, I think it only applies to shoes, per my receipt.  Hopefully it doesn't apply to belts if I have to return them.  

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Beautiful LWBs ... when it is time to retire my Florsheim cognac pebble-grain version, I will seriously consider those.

PS - the creasing must really be minor because I can't see it.

Thanks Kwaker. These bad boys are hefty and will take some time to get used to. Even the thikness of the double sole is something new to me :-)

post #43271 of 53393

I've always liked just plain, boring black shoes. My first pair of AEs were black Park Avenues.

 

But then I got some bourbon Strands... and then today arrived my sale order of merlot McAllisters... wow, they are beautiful.

 

I suppose something in walnut will have to be next...

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"~~Hi Guys. Long time lurker, first time poster. I recently tried a couple pairs of Allen Edmonds McAllister wingtips, one purchased online, and one from the San Francisco AE store. Overall I was disappointed enough to return both pairs. My foot measures right between 11 and 11.5, and also right between medium and wide, so finding the proper size on that long narrow last was tricky. The SA and I decided that the 11D was sized the best, although it was tight, and I proceeded to take the shoes home. The two problems I immediately had was that the shoes were horrendously uncomfortable (not just tight but stiff), and the leather on the sides of the shoes "winged" out just while I was standing there. Going to a wide size gave me TOO much width, and the leather did the same thing. In addition, on one of the pairs the upper wasn't even stitched to the sole symmetrically on each shoe! Now, I'm certainly not as knowledgeable as many of you, but am also not a total shoe noob, having several pairs of Ferragamo, Gucci, Magli...ect, and this is the only time I have run into this "winging" problem, and certainly the most uncomfortable a new show of any type has been. In fact, when returning the shoes, I purposely wore a pair of Ferragamo Tramezza shoes to illustrate how that pair kept it's shape, which was possibly not a fair comparison given the price point difference, but it IS Allen Edmonds who touts their fine construction after all, so fair enough. To AE's credit, their sales staff was a pleasure to work with, and agreed that the shoe should not be performing like it did. I received a full refund. Now to my question. I REALLY want to like AE, but all the styles I enjoy are built on the 65 last, which just may not fit my foot well. However, regardless of which last, I came away from my first experience with AE disappointed in the quality of the shoes in general. Your "Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread" though has thousands of posts, seemingly from dozens of fans, but is their quality on par with what it once was, or has it gone markedly south?"



 



I had a similar issue with the AE sizing on the 65 last. I had originally purchased the Park Avenues in 7.5E from the Michigan store after being measured by the sales rep. They were very tight width wise, but the rep said they would break in after a dozen or so wears. They loosened up a little, but never felt comfortable or "right". I called AE customer service, and was set on exchanging them for a pair of 7.5EE, but the AE phone rep talked me out of it, and recommended 8E instead. Here is the way she explained the sizing to me:



 



~~the size increases in length 1/6th of an inch and ¼ quarter of an inch in width each half size. If you just change the width and stay in the same length, the width changes 3/16th of an inch in both the toe box and the heel.



 



I found that by moving up to the 8E, I was able to get adequate side and toe box relief, while still having a good, snug fit in the heel. Might be worth a shot to try on a pair of 11.5D in your case to see if that helps the fit. The pair you purchased was clearly way too tight, which probably contributed to the winging issues you were having.


 



From my understanding increasing the length will gain a slight width increase. the 1/6th and 3/16th is just standard for moving around different sizes. So the 8E prob gave a tiny bit more room. However I'd be worried about the foot falling in the correct locations in the shoe. I know I size down to an 11.5 in the 65 last in order to get proper placement from a 12D in most shoes. Found an 11.5 in the 108 was better as well. Its just the quirkiness of the lasts used.

Hmmm. So, even though my foot measures slightly longer than 11, is it your opinion that the 65 last May be so long that trying a 10.5 E may work better than the tight and long 11 D? Is the 65 last really that long?

I recently did a similar thing with a pair of ferragamo loafers (Tazio) which were WAY too long as an 11d. I found a great deal on Ebay for the shoe in 10.5E, but after wearing them a few times I think they may be a bit too wide, even though the length is good.
post #43273 of 53393
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Originally Posted by watchidiot View Post

Just received my 2nds BB MacNeil. Ordered this before BB went on sale. For usd60 I would have gone for 1st though. Having said that this pair looks great. Only thing I see is some minor creasing on the toe which any be seen on the 1st photo but is visible on the 2nd photo. Being in Asia, definitely not enough reason for me to ship back to US. 20140422-220117.jpg
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Very nice colors...compliments
post #43274 of 53393
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
 

 

Have a little more respect for yourself.


If you're retired and over the age of 65-70, then ignore the above and do whatever you damn well please. You've earned it.

 

:D that is an excellent point...I feel 65...does that count.

post #43275 of 53393
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Originally Posted by aDrummingDude View Post


Hmmm. So, even though my foot measures slightly longer than 11, is it your opinion that the 65 last May be so long that trying a 10.5 E may work better than the tight and long 11 D? Is the 65 last really that long?

I recently did a similar thing with a pair of ferragamo loafers (Tazio) which were WAY too long as an 11d. I found a great deal on Ebay for the shoe in 10.5E, but after wearing them a few times I think they may be a bit too wide, even though the length is good.

I am a 13D generally and have no problems going to 12.5E on the 65 last

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