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True, but I didn't realize how easy it is to screw up shoe sizing.

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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

True, but I didn't realize how easy it is to screw up shoe sizing.

 

Very true  I thought I was an easy 12D until I learned my length is an 11.5, my arch is a 12 and I'm on the border between a D width and and E width.  And then try to transfer that to the various lasts and their individual nuances. . . .

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I hear you, I'm in between a B and a C.  Literally, right in the middle. 

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Carpe diem, dude!


lol. I seized the day, but unfortunately I haven't seized the shoes... My Brannock measurements are 9 C for my left foot and 9 B/C (in between) for my right foot. AE didn't have these sizes in stock but called-in a 9C and 9B, they should be here by next Thursday. Hopefully this resolves the bowing issue for me. Phi Psi, do you have the Park Ave's? If so, what width did you ultimately decide? Thanks.

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Does the rule apply of ordering a belt 2" bigger than actual waist hold true for AE belts?  I am a 33" waist.

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My heel to toe length is a solid 11C (as fitted at the AE store).  But the 11C doesn't fit me; it's too tight.  I got my own Brannock device.  I measure an 11.5 B/C heel to ball.  The 11.5C is a little loose.  The 11.5B is a little tight.

 

I actually went with the Alden shell cap toe in 11.5B, on order from Alden NY.  Shell cordovan is generally a little looser than the calf version.  However I wear the Neumok (also #5 last) in 11.5B, and they fit great.

 

The advantage to the AE store is that they will order two or three sizes for you, and you pick the one you like best.

 

Make sure you ask the SA if they are comparing the heel to toe and the heel to ball measurements.  You want the larger of the two.

 

Again, read the Brannock instructions so you know what the SA should be doing.  The AE store did not fit me properly.  You need to know yourself how the measurements should be taken.

 

http://brannock.com/cgi-bin/start.cgi/brannock/instructions.html

 

 

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lol. I seized the day, but unfortunately I haven't seized the shoes... My Brannock measurements are 9 C for my left foot and 9 B/C (in between) for my right foot. AE didn't have these sizes in stock but called-in a 9C and 9B, they should be here by next Thursday. Hopefully this resolves the bowing issue for me. Phi Psi, do you have the Park Ave's? If so, what width did you ultimately decide? Thanks.

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Originally Posted by ellsbebc View Post

Does the rule apply of ordering a belt 2" bigger than actual waist hold true for AE belts?  I am a 33" waist.

yes - I go up 2 inches from my pants waist size and I use the middle hole on the belt.

33 is kind of tricky - but I would probably go with the 36 belt

Chris
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

Looks like a classic case of topline bulge ie: bowing to me. Return them for another pair in the same size. I am a 10D in the 5 and 1 last, except my 3 rough collection shoes which are all 9.5D (including McTavish) and they fit perfectly.

thanks, i might just try and return for a different version of the same size.

i also tried tightening the laces a lot more, which did help, but didn't fix the bowing out comletely. i'd like to minimize it as much as possible.
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Originally Posted by hohneokc View Post

yes - I go up 2 inches from my pants waist size and I use the middle hole on the belt.
33 is kind of tricky - but I would probably go with the 36 belt
Chris

Many AE belts run small; if 33, I'm next to certain AE will tell the customer to go to 36 (not 34). And I would agree.
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Originally Posted by rootskier View Post

It may just be that the 5 last is not for you.
Welcome to the club. I don't even need laces to make shoes on the 7 fit my foot perfectly, however.

And the 7 last is perhaps the worst fitting AE last for me.

Go figure .... biggrin.gif
post #9086 of 52471

stopped into the local store in new orleans last weekend.. great service from the SA, but was surprised to see a pair of loafers I tried on were made in DR.. is this new? maybe due to them being lower priced, iirc $190. still would have purchased had they had my sz, but no luck. 

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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post

stopped into the local store in new orleans last weekend.. great service from the SA, but was surprised to see a pair of loafers I tried on were made in DR.. is this new? maybe due to them being lower priced, iirc $190. still would have purchased had they had my sz, but no luck. 

Not sure how new it is, but it is definitely a more casual and lower price point line that they are developing. Trying to compete with the Johnston and Murphys of the world, I suppose. At least they are very open about where particular shoes are manufactured.
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I also am experiencing bowing on my first pair of AE's I bought a month ago - 8D Park Avenue. I tried on an 8.5D and they were just a bit too big. My bowing is slightly less than what's been posted recently and interestingly, it's only on the left shoe. To me that says the quality control isn't quite perfect. If the exact same size shoe on one foot has no bowing but the other does it just seems like a quality issue. My feet are symmetrical as far as I can tell.

 

However, the bowing doesn't bother me enough to warrant a return or complaint. As long as it fits well and feels comfortable while walking around I don't see a reason to return them. Mine were also shipped directly from a factory because I wasn't satisfied with the creasing I found in the pairs at various Nordstroms.

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I know this is the "appreciation" thread and while I am quite appreciative of my first real dress shoes, the one thing I wish the Park Ave had was a longer cap on the toe. It seems a bit too short. For my next shoe I wanted a brown 5th Ave but since the cap toe is essentially the same size as the PA, I am looking at other brands.

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There have been a few discussions here about the cap toe length.  I would suggest contacting AE

 

customerfeedback@allenedmonds.com

 

And letting them know your thoughts.  It's the only way to get it changed I think.  Be sure to mention that you decided to go with another vendor because of this issue.

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