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Originally Posted by Churchill W View Post


AE for me. The Italian shoes are too chiseled for me.

 

Thanks.  I should have included that my summer rotation already includes the AE Park Ave in dark brown burnished calf, and the AE Fifth Ave in dark chili calf.  Both of these are on the same last as the Strand - the iconic 65.  I'm not against adding another 65 lasted shoe to my rotation - if I was then I wouldn't be considering the Strand.  But I do think the fact that I already have those two shoes should be taken into consideration for this decision.

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Originally Posted by mosy View Post
 

 

Thanks.  I should have included that my summer rotation already includes the AE Park Ave in dark brown burnished calf, and the AE Fifth Ave in dark chili calf.  Both of these are on the same last as the Strand - the iconic 65.  I'm not against adding another 65 lasted shoe to my rotation - if I was then I wouldn't be considering the Strand.  But I do think the fact that I already have those two shoes should be taken into consideration for this decision.

Enzo Bonafe over AE any day.

post #2688 of 3546
I prefer the look of the strand.
post #2689 of 3546
AE all day my man 👍👍
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Go with the EB, assuming you can get sized properly. Otherwise, go with AE.

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Originally Posted by JSO1 View Post

Go with the EB, assuming you can get sized properly. Otherwise, go with AE.

Hmm sizing. If I am a 9d in AE and 8uk in most C&J lasts, would I just get an 8uk?
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To my eyes, the pattern of that AE model is awful.  On the other hand, those EB are beauties.
post #2693 of 3546
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Originally Posted by Zapasman View Post

Are you referring to the shape of the last, the brogueing, the medallion?
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Strengths of the EB include:

 

*Hand Welted Construction

*Hand Lasted

*Beveled Waist

*Beautiful Last

*Attention to Detail

 

Hope this helps.

post #2695 of 3546

But, OTOH the Strand is a classic model.

 

Perhaps you could pick one up in calfskin as a 2nd?

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Originally Posted by Churchill W View Post


Are you referring to the shape of the last, the brogueing, the medallion?

I should have used the word "design" insted of "pattern" (3 am here suffering from insomnia).  To me the design is awful and maybe because of that the last too.  Those lines of broguing are too wide and show me no finesse.  Too loud for and oxford.

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I have occasionally posted some pictures here of older styles that are more than 20 years if age and can thus be considered vintage. As a self serving PSA, I want to mention that I started a SF thread for the discussion and appreciation of all brands of vintage dress shoes. Show pictures, ask questions, share restoration information and post vintage shoes you may have for sale. All are invited to come to browse.

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Originally Posted by Watchman1 View Post

Strengths of the EB include:
*Beautiful Last

This is pretty subjective.
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Originally Posted by Churchill W View Post


This is pretty subjective.

 

Well, I guess you are right.  I thought you favored the chisel toe lasts from the Euro and English makers?

 

Anyway, the Strand is great.  I have owned it in 4 different shades, and still have the fabled Walnut Cordovan version as I know you do.

 

I guess in my mind, for another 200 quid the OP could have gotten a shoe that is literally handmade.

 

Thanks.

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Originally Posted by Watchman1 View Post

Well, I guess you are right.  I thought you favored the chisel toe lasts from the Euro and English makers?

Anyway, the Strand is great.  I have owned it in 4 different shades, and still have the fabled Walnut Cordovan version as I know you do.

I guess in my mind, for another 200 quid the OP could have gotten a shoe that is literally handmade.

Thanks.
I've found I don't really like the chiseled lasts, though I do have C&J Drummonds on the 348 last. They don't get very much wear. I do prefer sleeker lasts though like the 341 and 240 and you're right for the most part American lasts are a bit bulbous for me. With AE I prefer the 7 or 8 lasts which have a tapered, but not chiseled toebox.

All of your other points are valid with the Enzo Bonafe shoes though.
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