Hi, question for armfield owners, how sleek is the shoe? I'm looking for an Oxford and currently I have my church city line HK model which I really like the shape of. I know someone posted a comparison pic with the AE pair but it still looks rather chunky to me. Any real life experiences? Thanks
I have handled and tried on Church's Hong Kong in David Jones, you need to keep in mind that AS Exclusive is about 2 grades above Church's City Line, since the city line is Church's entry level and below Custom Line, and AS Exclusive is above Custom line, generally speaking.
As for the leather and finishing touches, Armfield is calf, while the Hong Kong is binder finish, channelled sole compare to non-channelled.
As for chunkiness, its width at the ball of the feet is about the same for both shoes, Armfield probably slightly more wide, however, the toe is more asymmetrical and is slightly more pointy at the end.
Its fiddle waist is a lot more elegant and slim, and the toe of the shoe is pointed more forward than upward, while the Church's shoes' toes are more pointing upward. Personally, I don't really like any shoe that have that big curve in between the toe and the vamp throat line, reminds me of a duck bill,
AS is definitely a worthy buy for its price.
My Armfield in action today