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Originally Posted by Storm33 View Post


I, like you, am a 9.5 / 10 depending on brand, last, etc. I also have wide feet. I ordered walnut Strands in 10 EEE and ended up having to go down to 9.5 EEE. The 9.5s fit great.
The funny thing about the 5 last is I have a pair of McTavish, another shoe made on the 5 last, in 9 EEE and they fit just like my Strands in 9.5. My advice, particularly because you are close to a 10, would be to order the Strand in 9.5 EE. Keep in mind that if you order them online during the 90th anniversary sale you get free shipping and free return shipping as well - no penalty if you need to exchange them.
Best of luck.

 

I don't think the Strand is available in EE? So would you suggest the 9.5 E or the 9.5 EEE?

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I don't think the Strand is available in EE? So do you suggest the 9.5 E or 9.5 EE?

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Originally Posted by Storm33 View Post


I, like you, am a 9.5 / 10 depending on brand, last, etc. I also have wide feet. I ordered walnut Strands in 10 EEE and ended up having to go down to 9.5 EEE. The 9.5s fit great.
The funny thing about the 5 last is I have a pair of McTavish, another shoe made on the 5 last, in 9 EEE and they fit just like my Strands in 9.5. My advice, particularly because you are close to a 10, would be to order the Strand in 9.5 EE. Keep in mind that if you order them online during the 90th anniversary sale you get free shipping and free return shipping as well - no penalty if you need to exchange them.
Best of luck.

 

I don't think the Strand is available in EE? So would you suggest 9.5 E or 9.5 EEE?

 

Thanks!

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My first post, thanks to the forum I found out about the seconds deal on Bradley Chili Seconds.  I just got them (ordered Monday) can barely find one tiny little nick (and I mean tiny) on them.
They look and fit fantastic.  I'll definitely be ordering from the Shoe Bank at the factory again!

I do have a question, it looks to me that the heel and sole edge dressing is chili color, do others agree that's what I'd use?

Congratulations--chili is really a cool color. I use brown edge dressing on my chili colored shoes, looks great. i would assume the actual chili color would be good too.
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Hey guys. I'm new to the forum, but I've been reading posts for a few weeks now.  I got into this whole "stye" thing about a year ago, and I've been having some fun with it. I've become an AE addict, I fear.  I just bit the bullet and ordered some Walnut McAllisters 9.5C direct from AE. The stated wait time is 2-3 weeks, fyi.  I already have Walnut Strands and Walnut Daltons. The Strands are still my favorite shoe in my ever-growing collection. 

 

I read the forum's sales rules and I think what I am about to do is okay, but please let me know if it isn't.  I've got an ebay listing for the burnished brown Williams from the Independence Collection in size 9D.  There are still about 4 days left in the auction with no bids yet, so I thought I would post a link here.  Starting bid is $165 since they retail for $445.00.  They are in great condition, but just a bit tight in the toe box area, so I replaced them with the Jeffersons. The 5 last is my best fit as it turns out. Link below, which has all the other details and pics:

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Allen-Edmonds-Williams-Retail-445-00-Independence-Collection-/280864679839?pt=US_Men_s_Shoes&hash=item4164d6e79f

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Originally Posted by ayoungs View Post

My first post, thanks to the forum I found out about the seconds deal on Bradley Chili Seconds.  I just got them (ordered Monday) can barely find one tiny little nick (and I mean tiny) on them.
They look and fit fantastic.  I'll definitely be ordering from the Shoe Bank at the factory again!

I do have a question, it looks to me that the heel and sole edge dressing is chili color, do others agree that's what I'd use?

Congratulations--chili is really a cool color. I use brown edge dressing on my chili colored shoes, looks great. i would assume the actual chili color would be good too.

I own the chili Bradley's in smooth calf and those look like brown sole edges to me. I held them up to the Brown Strands too and they look the same. I looked at the picture of the pebble grain version on the AE website and it also looks brown.

Compare it to the picture of the chili Lasalle's--now those look like chili colored sole edges.
Edited by runners n jeans - 4/20/12 at 10:02pm
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Originally Posted by Storm33 View Post


I, like you, am a 9.5 / 10 depending on brand, last, etc. I also have wide feet. I ordered walnut Strands in 10 EEE and ended up having to go down to 9.5 EEE. The 9.5s fit great.
The funny thing about the 5 last is I have a pair of McTavish, another shoe made on the 5 last, in 9 EEE and they fit just like my Strands in 9.5. My advice, particularly because you are close to a 10, would be to order the Strand in 9.5 EE. Keep in mind that if you order them online during the 90th anniversary sale you get free shipping and free return shipping as well - no penalty if you need to exchange them.
Best of luck.

 

I don't believe the Strand is available in EE. So do you suggest the 9.5 E or the 9.5 EEE?

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I no longer believe in the TTS argument.  The #5 last is TTS for some, but not for others.  You just can't generalize these things.  There is length, width, and girth which creates the three dimensional fit of a shoe.  That has to match up to your foot as well (variations in the arch from flat footed to high instep seem to have the most impact).  And your foot is not always the same size/girth.  Your feet swell and reduce over the course of the day.  So the Brannock size is just a starting point.

 

Plus there is this advice from the AE fit guide:

 

TIP #5: GIVE YOURSELF A BIT OF ROOM
If your measurement is on a length line, we recommend you go to the next halfsize
longer in order to give your toes a bit of room.

 

Take it literally if you want, but I read that as saying err on the side of going longer.  Also consider that the difference in length between half sizes is about 1/5 to 1/6of an inch (with some change in width and girth as well).  It's really not that much.  However, changing one width can have a dramatic effect.  I went from a 10.5D which squeezed my foot like a vice to a 10.5E in which my heel was swimming.  I really didn't think one width size would make that much difference, but it did.

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Winston S. View Post


I guess I don't understand how a Brannock device works then. I thought if you measured a 9D (between a 8.5 and 9, but not over) and the shoes you were buying were TTS you would get a 9D. If your foot went over the line for a 9 you would then move up to the next size length.

 

 

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If you go to the AE website and look at the user reviews, the Strand runs long and narrow; sizing up on this particular shoe is a mistake.
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My Bradley's sole and edge dressing look very close to the Lasalle's.  I have the Wilbert's that have a brown edge dressing and now I can see the difference.
I'm off to the AE retail store to buy a ton of supplies this weekend, my AE shoes are well worth the TLC.

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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

Get used to the idea of ordering multiple sizes and returning whatever doesn't fit.  I won't force the issue, but I have some experience in this area.  You order a pair, you try them on, and they fit "great".  You wear them a few times, and oops there's a problem.  This hurts.  That isn't creasing right, etc.

 

Furthermore, you won't learn anything unless you compare adjacent sizes (i.e. you have no frame of reference for that style and fit of shoe).

 

My suggestion, try a 10D & a 10E.  I am extremely confident that chasing an extra wide 9.5 will not help you.  I also suggest ordering from Nordstrom.com which offers free shipping and free returns.

 

Don't get caught up in the AE sale pricing.  Discounts appear periodically on AE, Nordstrom, Amazon, etc.  Say you save $100 on a $300 pair of shoes, if they don't fit, you've wasted $200.  Blind ordering shoes on sale is best for people who already know what size they need in that brand.

 

Hey, do what makes you happy, but be kind to your feet.

 

 

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Originally Posted by UglyJoe View Post

Hey guys, new here, and I have a question on sizing for a pair of Strands. I measure at EXACTLY 9.5 length and dead in the middle of E width. Verified this both with AE's online sizing guide and at a local men's store that sells AE. Both the website and the salesman suggest I purchase a 10 E to keep my toes comfortable. However, I know the size 5 last tends to run a bit long and narrow. Questions is, should I order a 9.5 E, a 9.5 EEE, or a 10 E for the Strands? Unfortunately the local AE "dealer" only has samples in store, and so I couldn't try on a pair, and I can't find anywhere that actually maintains stock of AEs within driving distance. I need to order the pair online or from the dealer, and since I can get a much better deal online, that's what I am doing. I don't want to go through the whole receive and return spiel, so I want to make the most informed choice possible the first time and hope for the best.

 

Any suggestions? Thanks!

 

 


If you find that, after having them for a week or two, that the shoe is causing some pain in one of your feet, do you have any recourse, even if you bought them at an Allen Edmonds store? I have a pair of 5th Avenues that I bought about a week ago. I got measured in the store, tried the shoe on, and it felt fine. After wearing them 3 times, the right one feels good, but for the left one, the shoe presses hard on the top of my big toe. I don't suppose I can take them back now?
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^AE has exceptional customer service. Give them a chance to wow you. Start with the store where you made the purchase.
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Thanks for the advice guys. I tried posting last night but the forum kept saying "your post is being held under moderation" or some such. I think I am going to try a 9.5 E, since my foot technically measures that and I should get that little bit of comfort room I need with the extra length of the 5 last. Thanks again!

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Originally Posted by Storm33 View Post

If you go to the AE website and look at the user reviews, the Strand runs long and narrow; sizing up on this particular shoe is a mistake.

 


I don't believe it.  I'm a perfect 11C on the Brannock, and I'm wearing the Burnished Brown Strand 11.5C right now.  Fit's pretty well considering I am flay footed.  So, no, sizing up on this shoe was the best thing I ever did.

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