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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

 

Would wear that for exercise, no problem. But looking for a singlet (tank). Their tank is athletically inspired and has a super high neckline. No good.

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Need undershirt (singlet) suggestion
HANES
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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.

 

Others may be more knowledgeable, but I recall reading somewhere that he's closing out the first run and bringing in new styles.  The captoes you linked are the same ones we are talking about.  Nice last.  Nice build quality.  Maybe a little bit beneath AE with regard to the quality of the leather used.  I've had a pair of the brown ones for three years and like them.  FWIW, a great value at $150.

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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.

 

So I went to my local AE retailer yesterday and tried on balmorals. It seems that my foot is wider than I imagined due to a flat arch. I have been buying larger sizes in order to fit the width, but the length of these shoes was much too great as a result. After trying on a few sizes, it turns out that I am a 9E in the Park Ave, which the salesman explained was the 65 last (I'm assuming he knows what he is talking about). I imagine that might make finding shoes in "smaller" brands a little more tricky if they don't offer various widths.

 

Any recommendations now based on this new info?

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Thread Starter 

There are a number of British brands that offer wider lasts. Meermin's Rui should fit you well as well (it's basically an AE E width).

 

Just avoid anything described as a narrow last and consider anything that comes with wide options or is described as having a wide last.

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Originally Posted by Count de Monet View Post
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.

 

The Boardroom sounds right to me. I bought them in a 10D, and it was the width that caused issues. My foot felt squeezed on the sides and top. I wore it three times for an hour or so to see if it would stretch enough, but no go. I bought it online and never tried another size/width since I thought it was going to be a sure fit.

 

Any recommendations based on my last post just above this one? If I could get a list of brands/sizes that would be compatible, even over my price range, I'd just sit tight and watch B&S listings until the right shoe comes along.

 

As far as these Del Ray-esque monsters, I'll have to try to inspect them up close and see if I can make out the text. The print is very difficult to read.


Edited by flvinny521 - 9/20/15 at 11:15am
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Originally Posted by flvinny521 View Post
 

 

So I went to my local AE retailer yesterday and tried on balmorals. It seems that my foot is wider than I imagined due to a flat arch. I have been buying larger sizes in order to fit the width, but the length of these shoes was much too great as a result. After trying on a few sizes, it turns out that I am a 9E in the Park Ave, which the salesman explained was the 65 last (I'm assuming he knows what he is talking about). I imagine that might make finding shoes in "smaller" brands a little more tricky if they don't offer various widths.

 

Any recommendations now based on this new info?

I am an 8E in AE's 65 last.

 

I wear a 7.5UK in Meermin's forest, olfe, and elton last. I have a Meermin 7.5UK in the park last and it's a little snug (though not uncomfortable). I can probably go up to a 8UK in the park last.

 

I wear a 7.5UK in Carmina's Rain last. 

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Originally Posted by doodledoc View Post
 

I am an 8E in AE's 65 last.

 

I wear a 7.5UK in Meermin's forest, olfe, and elton last. I have a Meermin 7.5UK in the park last and it's a little snug (though not uncomfortable). I can probably go up to a 8UK in the park last.

 

I wear a 7.5UK in Carmina's Rain last. 

 

Similarly, I am:

 

12D Brannock

11.5E AE 65 Last

10.5 UK Carmina Rain last

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Originally Posted by doodledoc View Post

 
I am an 8E in AE's 65 last.

I wear a 7.5UK in Meermin's forest, olfe, and elton last. I have a Meermin 7.5UK in the park last and it's a little snug (though not uncomfortable). I can probably go up to a 8UK in the park last.

I wear a 7.5UK in Carmina's Rain last. 

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Similarly, I am:

12D Brannock
11.5E AE 65 Last
10.5 UK Carmina Rain last

Thank you both for your info.


Edit: my mystery shoe is the AE Tribeca in black. I have it in size 10.
Edited by flvinny521 - 9/20/15 at 8:58pm
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Gentlemen, what are your thoughts regarding peak lapels on single-breasted jackets?  There was a time, of course, when that was a no-no, especially in Britain.

 

The question is prompted by the Suit Supply ‘Washington’ jacket, if that matters.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

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This Darren Beaman still looks incredible, if only on a mannequin.

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Gentlemen, what are your thoughts regarding peak lapels on single-breasted jackets?  There was a time, of course, when that was a no-no, especially in Britain.

 

The question is prompted by the Suit Supply ‘Washington’ jacket, if that matters.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac


I like them on some jackets (both suit and odd jacket), but it depends on the fabric (texture/color/pattern); I wouldn't get a tweed or brown jacket with a peak lapel, I don't think, for example. I tend to think of them as being slightly sharper/more formal then notch, so I wouldn't get them with patch pockets. I do think that I am contravening some guidelines/SOPs, but I'm comfortable with that on the issue.

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Lol at Beaman. But yeah, looks good. Too bad you'll never get it!
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Originally Posted by poorsod View Post

This Darren Beaman still looks incredible, if only on a mannequin.

 

Thanks.

 

In this case I think the single button and dark fabric almost suggest evening wear, which of course has different conventions associated than the suit or the odd jacket.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

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In this case I think the single button and dark fabric almost suggest evening wear.

Or something Huntsman-esque.
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