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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post
 

Those turned out well, very well. I use mine in fairly rough conditions, off road if you will, and the original soles work in my case because of the lugs and traction. Yes they were fairly stiff until broke in and bet yours are very comfortable especially on hard surfaces. Mine have taken a lot of abuse but they always bounce back with a brushing and occasional suede spray.

 

 

Thanks Cold Iron, yes they wear much softer on hard surfaces now.  For 70 bucks, I now have a pair of shoes I can wear again.  Thanks for sharing that picture again...that is the one that made me go looking for the katmai in the first place.  Glad to hear they are still going strong!  

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Digging my new (to me) Elgins - can't believe I scored these for $95 off the 'bay:

 

 

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If possible try each and all of them on and pick the best fit. As long as it is something you also like and fits your style IMO. The Patriots are one of the few loafers that fit me well without heel slip. I ended up purchasing them in both brown and burgundy shell. The brown shell I had B. Nelson resole similar to the Alden antique welt and am looking forward to summer and the opportunity to wear them again. More snow tonight, it is a ways off yet for me :(

 

 

I certainly am beginning to regret not buying these in shell, but I also snagged firsts for a handsome $165... so I guess I can't complain.

 

 

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Sharp! I need Summer shoes. I think I'm going to start with Kenwoods or Lowry Hill.

 

I was pretty set on buying the Kirkwood come April or June, depending on how the sales run... but it's hard to swallow the price compared to made-in-the-USA shoes.

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In general, I'm all for AE for any need you can fill with them.  But as far as summer casual shoes go, I think you're much better off investing in Rancourt/Oak Street Bootmakers/Quoddy if you're looking for loafers.

 

I do quite like the above repurposed patriot with the light welt/sole, though.

 

I'd like to see AE make a serious effort at some higher quality boat shoes and casual loafers to compete directly with the above mentioned brands.  I love AE as a company and prefer to give them my business when possible, but they just don't have anything comparable to these:

 

 

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Originally Posted by donkeyhoatie View Post

Today was a good day. Bought these Dark Brown Mctavishes about a month ago. Didn't quite fit right at first, but with a small insole, it's feeling better. This is about wear #4 or so and I can finally feel them starting to break in. It was a sunny day in Chicago for a change and thought I'd snap a picture in daylight even with the weird shadows and inconsistent lacing (left got a little loose on my walk).


Really, really like this color. 



I'm a bit jealous. I bought some expecting to be that color, but they were much darker. I still really like them, but zzzi would have preferred the lightercolor. I really love them and love the soles compared to the slicker soles of my other leather soled shoes. I just odered a pair in black from shoebank.
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Just saw the Kirkwood on the website.  This would be a decent (albeit still lower quality DR-made) foray into casual loafers, if it weren't for the boat shoe lacing around the top, and the weird tab in the back (the tab is less of an issue than the lacing).  This is what killed the McKinley for me.  

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114 last compared to the 5 last? Im a 12D in the 5 last (Park Ave) and I just received my cavanaughs in the mail and in a 12 D my left (slightly smaller) slips completely out of the heel and the right almost slips completely out. Width feels pretty good. 

Wondering if I should do an 11 or an 11.5... 

Any advice? 

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I was pretty set on buying the Kirkwood come April or June, depending on how the sales run... but it's hard to swallow the price compared to made-in-the-USA shoes.
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I saw the Kirkwood also. I agree about the DR pricing. Might pick some up in Fall for next year. I'm still building, so I think I'll stick with USA for now.
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I polished the Walnut Hales tonight, in an effort to darken them. It worked, a bit. I used the walnut polish because I didn't want to screw them up too badly, and I read here that AE walnut polish would do it. Can I use a different color to darken them more, maybe towards Bobs Chili? Sorry if this is a dumb question.
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

The Patriots are one of the few loafers that fit me well without heel slip. I ended up purchasing them in both brown and burgundy shell. The brown shell I had B. Nelson resole similar to the Alden antique welt and am looking forward to summer and the opportunity to wear them again. More snow tonight, it is a ways off yet for me frown.gif



Those look great - similar to my AE Cole brown shell loafers. Resole by B Nelson. They get much more wear since the sole change.

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Originally Posted by Al Dente View Post
 

Thanks for your thoughtful tip.  The Harrison's eyelets are misaligned on one shoe, and the bar lacing just brings attention to that fact.  I might try it with the Universities, but I do like just being able to pull the strings and tighten the shoe.  Some of my clients and people I run into might find the bar lacing a little too precious; I'm already pushing the envelope with what I'm doing now.

 

Although not AE, here is another criss-cross lacing job for your enjoyment . Now you won't have to worry about working off that big lunch!

thanks for taking my pompous assery in stride!

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Originally Posted by BackInTheJox View Post

In general, I'm all for AE for any need you can fill with them.  But as far as summer casual shoes go, I think you're much better off investing in Rancourt/Oak Street Bootmakers/Quoddy if you're looking for loafers.

Cannot necessarily disagree, especially at full price, except we are talking about a potentially large price gap compared to what one might find with AE during sales. If an AE is on sale and offered in the style/leather you desire, they're not so bad. Before leaning of the Kirkwood I had been planning to buy a Quoddy, in fact. Neither Oakstreet nor Rancourt offer my size. Yet, I figured by the time the Fathers Day sale hits, we'll be talking about a price close to $130-150 or so for DR loafers. Well-time a recraft and save another $35, possibly even get two coupons if they repeat the double coupon promotion this year.. Regardless, I suspect one could get into a Kirkwood for about $100-130... Well under half the price of a Quoddy, and about the same or slightly more than a full-price made-in-china boat shoe from the obvious brands.

As good as a Quoddy? No, nor are the AEs customizable, but there is something to be said about saving >50%... Especially for summer shoes that might end up getting wet and sandy. Perhaps I'm wrong, but I get the impression that plenty of guys on this forum buy Sebago or Sperry to wear as summer beaters... I see nothing wrong with buying DR-made AEs for the express purpose of being "cheap", disposable beaters.
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Originally Posted by BackInTheJox View Post

In general, I'm all for AE for any need you can fill with them.  But as far as summer casual shoes go, I think you're much better off investing in Rancourt/Oak Street Bootmakers/Quoddy if you're looking for loafers.

Cannot necessarily disagree, especially at full price, except we are talking about a potentially large price gap compared to what one might find with AE during sales. If an AE is on sale and offered in the style/leather you desire, they're not so bad. Before leaning of the Kirkwood I had been planning to buy a Quoddy, in fact. Neither Oakstreet nor Rancourt offer my size. Yet, I figured by the time the Fathers Day sale hits, we'll be talking about a price close to $130-150 or so for DR loafers. Well-time a recraft and save another $35, possibly even get two coupons if they repeat the double coupon promotion this year.. Regardless, I suspect one could get into a Kirkwood for about $100-130... Well under half the price of a Quoddy, and about the same or slightly more than a full-price made-in-china boat shoe from the obvious brands.

As good as a Quoddy? No, nor are the AEs customizable, but there is something to be said about saving >50%... Especially for summer shoes that might end up getting wet and sandy. Perhaps I'm wrong, but I get the impression that plenty of guys on this forum buy Sebago or Sperry to wear as summer beaters... I see nothing wrong with buying DR-made AEs for the express purpose of being "cheap", disposable beaters.

Sebago and Sperry for me ...can not beat the color combos...they hit the beach and boardwalk almost weekly In the summer.

I have a full line up of AE'S for summer work wear with shorts.
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Does anyone have experience with the following soles:
- Clare rubber sole
- VIP rubber sole
- Othello rubber sole
- Hamlet rubber sole

Are any of these 2 piece soles? I'm thinking of doing a casual boot MTO with a River sole with a bit more give than Dainite.

Also does anyone have a side by side of oxblood, bobs chili and merlot?

Thanks!
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