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If you really want to try Meermin and Carmina, I would advise that you stop by an AE store if one is close by and get your foot measured and try on a couple of shoes in different lasts. You can report back and then we may be able to help you with a pair of Meermin or Carmina since most of us are familiar with AE's shoe lasts.

 

I think I'm leaning away from the Spaniards, but maybe I'll try this anyway. I believe there's a new AE store in Boca Raton that's very close by.

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Andrew Lock and Kent Wang use (or have in the past) the same factory for suits, not shoes. Kent sells DC Lewis shoes which are great IMO. Well worth trying.
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Andrew Lock and Kent Wang use (or have in the past) the same factory for suits, not shoes. Kent sells DC Lewis shoes which are great IMO. Well worth trying.

 

Andrew Lock's benchgrade shoes are made in Spain, while KW's benchgrade are made in Asia (Vietnam?).  I think KW handgrade are DC Lewis.  I think you're right, though, that they use the same factory for suits.

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Originally Posted by New Shoes1 View Post

Andrew Lock's benchgrade shoes are made in Spain, while KW's benchgrade are made in Asia (Vietnam?).  I think KW handgrade are DC Lewis.  I think you're right, though, that they use the same factory for suits.

Yeah, sorry I didn't clarify between hand and bench. The hand, DC Lewis, is well worth trying.
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I think Andrew's captoes are all currently sold out. I have the burgundy double monks from him. They are made in Spain, and I like them a lot. I wouldn't put them up there with Carmina quality, but it seems in the same playing field as Allen Edmonds, but on a much more attractive last. It's worth giving him a call and asking if he's planning a restock of his shoes.

 

I don't know why AE does not try making shoes in less bulbous, rounded lasts. It would make life so much easier for those of us in North America.

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Bump, question about the cut? =/

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Iso, it's really hard to give useful feedback on the cut based on those pictures. From what's shown, though, it looks nice.
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Thanks, I understand. I appreciate it. :) Just wanted to know if anything specifically jumped out at anyone.

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Are these the Andrew Lock shoes we're referring to? I'm not crazy about the handgrade styles I see on his site right now. I don't see any captoes there.

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If I had Park Aves in black, I would definitely keep them. The ones I wear now are an odd hybrid of black (dress) with a rubber sole and blucher (casual) that don't look good with anything. The other AE pair I was referring to was supposed to be LIKE the Park Ave, but on a different last, made exclusively for whatever retailer it was having a sale last year. Those are much better, but too tight. In fact, I may try to sell them here on the B&S forum.

It sounds like you might have the Boardroom, which is a PA made on the 7 last. That is a relatively wider ((though it tapers faster) last for them. Does the "tightness" relate to width? Have you tried that same shoe in a wider width? Apparently JAB no longer offers their branded version of AE's in anything other than D's.

I mention the width issue because if, in fact, you need a U.S. E (or wider), with most of the non-AE options mentioned here your only option to get a wider fit from a particular retailer or manufacture is to hope they offer multiple widths for a particular type or multiple lasts in the type you want. Otherwise, deciding "I'll just order multiple sizes in the same shoe and decide which one fits best" you are liable to get too long a shoe width proper width or a too narrow shoe but with proper length.

Yes, overseas returns are expensive and a hassle but doing mail order domestically is also hit and miss as to whether they even sell the combo of length and width you need.

I think you could get more help here if you could really dial in a fit on a well recognized brand and last, then seek equivalents for e.g. KW, Carmina, etc. For example, if you said you were a perfect 10.5 E in an AE 7 last blucher, I'd say "get a Carmina blucher in a Detroit last UK 9.5. And hurry, before they jack up their U.S. Prices."

I think you need a benchmark. Re the quasi-Del Rays ... what is the name or model number printed inside? That should reveal the last. you could proceed from there.
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Need undershirt (singlet) suggestions

 

I have tried Zimmerli, Sunspel, Hanro, Paul Stuart, Brooks Brothers, Roberto Ricetti

Current top contenders are Roberto Ricetti and Sunspel. Size of former is better but hand of latter is better.

Any other (thin) undershirts to look at? No 1930s workwear repro henleys plz

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Need undershirt (singlet) suggestions

I have tried Zimmerli, Sunspel, Hanro, Paul Stuart, Brooks Brothers, Roberto Ricetti
Current top contenders are Roberto Ricetti and Sunspel. Size of former is better but hand of latter is better.
Any other (thin) undershirts to look at? No 1930s workwear repro henleys plz
I'm a big fan of Uniqlo's Airism v-necks.
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I'm a big fan of Uniqlo's Airism v-necks.

 

Ah, yes, I used those when exercising at one point. Synthetic, though, and gets smelly fast. Also, I find that anything Uniqlo bleeds like crazy.

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Ah, yes, I used those when exercising at one point. Synthetic, though, and gets smelly fast. Also, I find that anything Uniqlo bleeds like crazy.
Yeah, I stick to the white ones and bleach wash them once every three or four washes.
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Need undershirt (singlet) suggestions

Soft as a baby's bottom. 100% natural, sustainable. Will never stink. Ever. teacha.gif

http://eu.icebreaker.com/en/mens-underwear/anatomica-short-sleeve-v/100467.html?dwvar_100467_color=D04
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