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:shrug: I've never worn an AE. Come to think of it I don't own any American shoes.
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:shrug: I've never worn an AE. Come to think of it I don't own any American shoes.

The only best American shoes are those plain toe bluchers for the military, or else those shoes made by bespoke shoemakers at best.

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I've never worn a blucher.
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I thought you that some Corthays... Are they balmorals or bluchers?

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I got rid of them a long time ago. They were oxfords. The uppers cracked faster than any pair of shoes I've ever owned. Admittedly the fit wasn't great. I attribute that to part of their early demise.
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I got rid of them a long time ago. They were oxfords. The uppers cracked faster than any pair of shoes I've ever owned. Admittedly the fit wasn't great. I attribute that to part of their early demise.

It seems to me that Corthay gives me bad enough impressions... Funky looking shoes, weird last shapes, weird coloring AND choice of color... now they even crack fast and fit bad... Can't even LOL...

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I wouldn't be so fast to say they crack fast. Like I said, I really stuffed my feet into them, and it was during my frequent renovateur application days. I think it would be unfair to generalize Corthay based on a lot of factors that I had a part in seeing to their demise. Objectively speaking, they are a goodyear welted shoe.
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I wouldn't be so fast to say they crack fast. Like I said, I really stuffed my feet into them, and it was during my frequent renovateur application days. I think it would be unfair to generalize Corthay based on a lot of factors that I had a part in seeing to their demise. Objectively speaking, they are a goodyear welted shoe.

Good year welting shouldn't be a real problem. Even so, for the price, I expect at least hand welting and machine soling. 

 

Did the leather really stretch beyond its capacity? Was the width of the shoes really that awful for your feet? Because, let's be real, if the shoes were made with quality materials, it should stretch fine through the course of breaking in.

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They were stretched pretty good. Far beyond what is normal. I have a fairly high instep that the last wasn't suited for on top of being too narrow.
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Poorly designed last, I'd say.

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I've got a few pairs of AEs. A bit heavy/clunky they are, but hard wearing. In terms of overall construction and comfort, they're a far cry from my Church's custom grades, which are probably my nicest shoes thus far. They're comfortable enough, but the AE lasts I've got seem to feel a bit flatter than my Church's. But so do my Trickers, which are my heaviest boots by a margin.

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Poorly designed last, I'd say.

 

Not every last has to fit every foot. There are plenty of lasts out there that don't fit my foot; that doesn't mean the last is poorly designed.

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Not every last has to fit every foot. There are plenty of lasts out there that don't fit my foot; that doesn't mean the last is poorly designed.

Even so, for a pair of shoes that price, I can, and are subjected to total right, to expect more.

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FWIW, Leather Doctor Hydrator and Fatliquor can be used to hydrate and condition suede as well as calf and cordovan. Probably the only product I've come across that can be used on suede for conditioning.
PB can you speak further on your use of these two products. I've never conditioned suede, and have had mixed results with cordovan. TIA
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I know you can spend a lot more money on products, but I use this and have had great success with it. Anyone else tried it?

 

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