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As a Gobi and, obviously, a Higgins Mill, owner I can say with certainty that the HM is not nearly as "blobby" as the Gobi. I think inherently any boot from AE that's not on a 65 (or similarly narrow) last is going to have some blobbiness to them. It's sort of the nature of the beast that it's going to have wider lines, as opposed to longer lines. If I had anything even closely resembling camera skills, I'd shoot a photo of them side-by-side so you could see.


FYI, I returned some new Odenwalds specifically to get the HM. In looking at them both, the HM is definitely sleeker, for lack of a better word. Not a ton, but enough to notice. 

I agree. I too own the HM, Odenwald and Gobi and I can say that the HM is definitely sleeker than the Odenwald and Gobi.
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Well I have a day off and finally have time to post some pics of the HM's. I know there has been a lot of play but as I picked the least popular option in black I figured I would throw up some unboxing pics. 

 

First some thoughts: 

 

-They fit me best in my usual 12D size, they are wider than a dress shoe, and that roominess is apparent in the ball and toe. Not really a negative to me, as that is the nature of the boot. 

 

-The black is growing on me but I, like many of you, am not totally sold. The more I wear the more I like it however, and I think my biggest issue is that its least flattering angle is straight down from a wearers perspective. Side profile sold me.  I may trade for natural before I take them in the wild, but need to mull. 

 

-They are comfortable, and should prove to be very versatile this fall and winter, they look great with denim and will with navy and grey chinos as well. Not sure what else I would try with at this point. 

 

-Quality is good on my pair, the black obviously covers all leather flaws, but the welt was well done and stitching was well sorted. It does have the standard subtle marks on the toe, but not really a thing to me. The black on CXL is what I struggle with however, I feel you really lose the fun of the CXL with black where it just seems reads like a black leather boot. 

 

Now to some pics, I made a little unboxing album because I'm having a rare lazy Friday off. 

 

 

 

 

Feel good in the hand, and always welcome the out of box smell!

Bad kitchen lighting.

Welt was tidy. 

A little natural light at the apt. pool, I looked very out of place in black boots and dark denim on a warm Friday.

 

 

Probably the best shot I could get out of them. 

 

 

All in all I am excited about them, and really they are insane value at $250. I don't currently own any Alden or Rancourt boots, but these are on par or better than ones I have tried on. Happy Labor Day to all, hope the weather holds up as well for you as it seems to be trending in the Twin Cities.

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I went to SCP today and had my Strands with me. Here they are next to a new pair. You can really see how brown shell ages.

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Nice! My favorite thing about shell is the color variation.
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Rainy day calls for rain shoes
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I went to SCP today and had my Strands with me. Here they are next to a new pair. You can really see how brown shell ages.

 

 

Prime example of Pure Grade A Enabling. 

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Saw the Stuttgart on Hautelook. Any info on the last and general opinions on the style? Perhaps compared to the Madison Park?
TIA for the help.

 

I don't believe I saw an answer to this one. The Stuttgart is on the 108 last and the Madison Park is on the 222 last. Style-wise they appear to be nearly identical with the exception of the medallion on the Madison Park is a bit more intricate.

 

According to the AE website on the lasts...

 

222 Last

Known more simply as the 2 last, the 222 last has an elongated toe with a slightly higher instep and a more narrow fit in the forefoot creating a sleek silhouette and rounded European look.

 

108 Last

Known more simply as the 8 last, the 108 last has an elongated forepart with a tapered and flatter toe. It is similar to the 222 last with a longer, narrower fit and a rounded toe.

 

 

I own the Madison park and it's one of my favorites in appearance and fit. I personally could use perhaps a bit more instep allowance, but that's me. If your foot is more on the narrow side across the toes, I'd say go Stuttgart. Otherwise, go Madison Park.

 

Here are a couple of real world pictures of the Madison Park.

 

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The Higgins Mill and the Red Wing Beckman/Gentleman Traveler are both on sale this weekend. Between my Chippewa bad weather boots, my Bleecker Streets and Daltons, I probably don't need another pair, although I don't have a "style" work boot, but rather my Chippewa is a "work work" boot. What are your thoughts, comparing between those two styles/brands? And if I someday want to buy an Alden Indy chromexcel, would one or both have too much overlap with the Alden to be worth buying?
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Gentleweasels - 

 

I have decided to sell off a few pairs that I just am not getting to for one reason or another.  Thought you'd like first dibs:

 

Wolverine 721 in burgundy shell (AE-made) - 12 D, worn half a dozen times

Wolverine 744 in brown shell (AE-made) - 13 D, worn half a dozen times - still have the box and shoe trees

Eagle Country in black sharkskin - 12 EEE - worn 3x

Parrot in brown suede - 12 EEE - still has some life

Leeds (on the old 8 last) in burgundy shell with a natural split reverse welt - 12 E - recently recrafted, worn twice

Long Branch in grey - 12 EEE - worn half a dozen times

 

PM me for deets.  As you can see, unlined shell didn't work that great for me.  The only unlined I'm keeping are my walnut shell Daltons.

 

 

 

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Gentleweasels - 

 

I have decided to sell off a few pairs that I just am not getting to for one reason or another.  Thought you'd like first dibs:

 

Wolverine 721 in burgundy shell (AE-made) - 12 D, worn half a dozen times

Wolverine 744 in brown shell (AE-made) - 13 D, worn half a dozen times - still have the box and shoe trees

Eagle Country in black sharkskin - 12 EEE - worn 3x

Parrot in brown suede - 12 EEE - still has some life

Leeds (on the old 8 last) in burgundy shell with a natural split reverse welt - 12 E - recently recrafted, worn twice

Long Branch in grey - 12 EEE - worn half a dozen times

 

PM me for deets.  As you can see, unlined shell didn't work that great for me.  The only unlined I'm keeping are my walnut shell Daltons.

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

 


I'm so relieved that we're nowhere near in foot size.

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I'm so relieved that we're nowhere near in foot size.


I'm not; I want these to go to a good home...

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I've pleased to see that there were at one point, several colors of suede Park Aves.  I'm always interested in unusual colors and rare shoes.   

 

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I've pleased to see that there were at one point, several colors of suede Park Aves.  I'm always interested in unusual colors and rare shoes.   

 


You and I should be friends.  My shoes are kind out there.

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You and I should be friends.  My shoes are kind out there.

 

I think we share some similar tastes.  You have both the navy and Park Ave, Leeds and Carlyle, correct?  And you also have some rare green shell if I remember correctly.  I hope I can get one of those at a trunk show (assuming they make them again).  Seems like those would be worth a lot because of how few are produced.   It's not so much the shell I'm interested in, but rather the colors.   

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So sorry to hear.  We have two boxers and the threat of cancer scares the shit out of me.  


Thanks everyone for the well wishes.  The prognosis from the Cancer doc wasn't good.  She is in Stage III.  At most the treatments can be done but they are about $5500 and that only gets her another year of life and she may be sick during that time.  Sad really sad....I'm praying she gets better.  They gave her a few meds to help with swelling. 

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