PSA: Allen Edmonds Clifton and others for $200 at Nordstrom - Page 2
That is a really nice shoe at the price range - especially in burgundy and walnut.
I never considered AE shoes before, and have a pair of burgundy Aldos (yes, I need to wash my mouth out - however, soft leather and extremely comfortable) and a pair of black Loake 1880s Aldwych. I'm not keen on the style (capital last) on the Loake Aldwych - too wide (chunky) and too conservative. Also, the sole is quite hard. That said, for my first adult pair of shoes, good construction and I like the smell of the leather. Pity I missed the boat in terms of the Norwich, Truro and Wells.
I have a pair of black Meermin wholecuts and black Meermin single monk shoes on the way. Too much black. Unfortunately, unless I MTO, neither available in any other colour. Besides, those will be for play.
£135 for the AE Clifton Oxfords? I think these could work both for business use and casual. I really like the style and the choice in colours. I'll make a mental note to consider these AEs for my work 'go to' shoes, because I cannot get on with the styling for Loakes 1880.
If it wasn't for the fact that I need other wardrobe pieces, and I have a very expensive trip to Japan in Autumn, I'd buy the AE.
Goddamn! This forum is bad for the wallet.
cliftons are bluchers, no oxfords. Wonder why Nordstroms has them listed that way.
The Players and McAllisters fit a bit differently, as they are on different lasts. I wear a 9.5E in McAllisters (5 last) and 10D in Players (2 last). The 2-last is not quite as long as the 5. Do you find that you have a little extra toe room in the McAllisters?
100% the wrong move.
the players are on the 2 last, which runs very narrow. I would have gone wider, not narrower.
Whenever I've typically looked at bluchers (Derbys), they have typically looked less elongated and streamlined than Oxfords. I guess this perception is based on the fact that I'm relatively new to knowing the characteristics and construction of shoes. Hence, I need to do some more in depth reading on the subject and browse shoes to update my mental framework to not erroneously confuse 'Oxfords' and 'Derbys' [lacing] with particular styles i.e full / half brogue, plain toe, etc.