Originally Posted by laufer
I hate to be a smart ass but you do realize that Kenilworth (gator shoe), Park Avenue and Fifth Avenue are all built on the same last. The last # 5.
Honestly I think this is a smart move on the part of AE, they have realized there is a market among their existing customers for gator shoes and AE is bringing those products to marketplace. Personally I would not buy those.
But not the same styling. The Kenilworth is a blucher (open lacing). My preference would be a Balmoral or Chelsea or if it has to be a blucher then a sleek chukka would be nicer.
Kenilworth is a nice looking traditional and ever-loved style and looks fine in calf or shell.(photo courtesy of SF member JubeiSpiegel)
It is only my personal preference that croco or gator deserves a sleek last, possibly because, at least to my eye, a sleeker last reminisces the animals head shape. Now I'll admit I haven't seen these gator Kenilworth's in person so I may just warm to them yet but for the time being, these are my thoughts on it. Maybe I am wrong.