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post #12076 of 17757
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Originally Posted by ace13x View Post
 


I believe the closest AE match is the Brogue suede belt, but maybe they made a Snuff.  Seems they all disappeared off the AE and ShoeBank sites, they had been on sale not that long ago.

They have the Wide Basic in a number of suede colors, including Snuff, but only size 44 in Snuff. Might have to bend my belt matching rule in the short term because I'll be dying to wear these babies.

post #12077 of 17757
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Originally Posted by CharlesThe1337 View Post

Haven't posted here before, but I wanted to share my recent purchase with you gents!

I managed to get a great looking pair of the Brooks Brothers grain leather Macniels in chili from the shoebank. They are a great addition my my Elgins, Players Shoe, and Fifth Aves!





Pardon the Elgins, I recently oiled them and liked how it darkened the leather, so I put another coat on last night after polishing up my new Macneils.

Whoa, baby. Those Elgins are a nice looking shoe! Very cool collection you have forming there.

post #12078 of 17757
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Originally Posted by TexasTexter View Post
 


Wish those were all 12D!


The 721s are 12D!  I even have the shoe trees and (oddly enough because there were originally two) one boot bag.  And they're for sale!

 

 

 

 

 

post #12079 of 17757
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Originally Posted by polojock615 View Post
 

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.

 

 

 

For those of you who asked about the 744s:

 

I've attached some photos of the boots.  The only thing I need to disclose is that in an effort to make them work, I stuck a heel pad on the inside of one boot to try and get some cushioning.  Didn't work.  Did, however, leave some residue.  I've used renomat and Bick 4 to get 95% of it off.  I've included a picture or two so you can see it for yourself.  Honestly, it wouldn't bother me.  I've also got the original box (it's seen better days, though), the certificate of authenticity, both shoe bags, and the original Wolverine shoe trees. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #12080 of 17757
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Originally Posted by ace13x View Post
 


Don't beat yourself up on figuring your sizing.

 

Where did you buy them?  Did you order them from AE or did you go to a retail store?  If the latter, its worth a shot to bring them in and see if they'll take them back in exchange.  Probably worth it to call AE even if you ordered them online.  You have nothing to lose, and AE Customer Service is pretty damn good.

 

For any lurkers reading this, I feel it is seldom correct to size up in length on the 65 from your brannock.  I'm sure they're are a few exceptions, but usually  1/2 down, or 1/2 down + up one width, is the best place to start if your actual brannock doesn't work.

 

As an update. I was encouraged to come to my local retail store when the manager, Brian, was working. And that's what I did yesterday before my huge Nordstrom Rack score.

 

I believe I might have found one of the "master fitters" I read about on the web site. Brian seemed very knowledgeable indeed. He used the laser measuring device on my feet. It claimed that lefty was 9C and righty (the mutant) is 8.5C. This I found quite curious because if there's ever a problem with crowding of the toes, it's on righty.  Brian confirmed that my instep is high. His opinion was that 8.5D was my correct size in the 65-lasted bals.

 

He recommended a shoe-tying trick to cope with the bump on the instep of my mutant right foot which, so far, seems to have helped.  He also told me to ditch the bar lacing for the same reason. He said stick with the timeless lasts (65, 201, 511, 79, etc) and stay away from the 1943, 108 and 97 (doh! I own MacNeils). Overall he was a treasure trove of seemingly helpful advice.

 

To address the issue of my Merlot 9D strands being too large for me, he comped me a pair of Road Warrior inserts to help fill up some of the volume. They seem to have done the trick but I'll know for sure during their next outing.

 

Overall a very satisfying customer experience.

 

Also, he said the McAllister will be one of the models offered at $150 off during the Rediscover America sale. He mentioned two others, but I got distracted the moment he said "McAllister." Will have to run some numbers and see if the old slush fund can support that acquisition next month. Daddy needs more Walnut.

post #12081 of 17757
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Originally Posted by pineappleguy16 View Post

Hey Lobster, I am a bit stumped on the sizing of the 5 last. I tried on the 7.5 E's again, they definitely feel better than an 8 D as there wasn't any heel slip. I think I could almost close the V gap. The AE store measured my foot on the brannock and it came out to be 8-8.25 E with thin dress socks. Based on the photos, would you think it will be too big after it breaks in? I've noticed quite a few others with the V gap that looks exactly like the photos from my size 7.5 D which you guys mentioned is too small. Thanks again. Any inputs from others would be great too.



 

 

The V is a preference thing.  Most people would probably say those those Strands above look like a very good fit.  Most people don't like the V to be larger than 3/4 of an inch at the top.  However, there are some of us that have no choice and have to accept the large V, due to fit restrictions.  If you don't feel any heel slip and the shoes feel right, I'd say you found your best Strand size.  Also, you measured 8 E on the Brannock, which tells me that 7.5 D is probably not gonna be your best fit.  The V you had on those 7.5 D's wasn't awful, but it did look like the shoe was a little tight.  The V in my experience, can close about a 1/4 inch or so after break in, but it depends on the several factors (leather type, size, etc.).  Larger shoes in my experience, do not change much in terms of the V size, while tighter-fitting ones do. I have a pair of bourbon Carlyles that were about 3/4 an inch wide at the V when I bought them, but the V is now slightly less than 1/2 inch.    

 

Here's a pic of them when they arrived (notice how much better the color was then, before I screwed it up with conditioner):

carlyle small.jpg

 

Here is a pic after about 2 months of wear:

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@CharlesThe1337, welcome to the thread. Nice group of shoes there. Watch out for the bad influence of the guys on the thread. Before long you will become convinced your group photo is just a "starter set."

Hahaha! I'm afraid I'm past that. I am well aware that my modest group photo is an appetizer to some people here! I appreciate the warning though, some folks on here have really awesome collections! I've been lurking here for the past few years, actually. Haha.

 

I've been trying to balance my addictions lately, I've also got a pretty steady Red Wing, denim, and book habit. Sadly, my AE's don't get as much wear time as my other footwear. My job calls for generally more conservative/neutral dress, and I'm not comfortable enough yet to wear more attention grabbing footwear. With that being said, I plan on taking my MacNeils on their maiden voyage this week after breaking in the double leather sole around the house this weekend!

post #12083 of 17757
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Originally Posted by pineappleguy16 View Post

Hey Lobster, I am a bit stumped on the sizing of the 5 last. I tried on the 7.5 E's again, they definitely feel better than an 8 D as there wasn't any heel slip. I think I could almost close the V gap. The AE store measured my foot on the brannock and it came out to be 8-8.25 E with thin dress socks. Based on the photos, would you think it will be too big after it breaks in? I've noticed quite a few others with the V gap that looks exactly like the photos from my size 7.5 D which you guys mentioned is too small. Thanks again. Any inputs from others would be great too.




If they are snug, they're fine.  Enjoy.

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Also, I've been wanting to pick up a pair of plain toe bluchers, but I'm not quite sure about the Leeds 2.0, and the raise in price. That almost puts them into Alden territory. I sort of regret not picking up a pair of the original Leeds, especially when their price was hovering around the $300 range (if I remember correctly). 

 

Does anyone have any thoughts on the whole 2.0 lineup? Like the Macneils, Leeds, and Dundees. I'm kind of bummed to see that AE has moved them towards the poron insoles, I really like the leather footbed once it breaks in. I'm sure adding more colors will come in the near future, so I am hoping to see the Leeds 2.0 in burnished brown (non-grain calfskin).  

 

I've actually had a really hard time finding any articles or information on the 2.0 change, it seems like it was done rather quietly. As far as I can tell, I think there *might* have been a change in last on a few models, they added the poron insole, and a butyl sole/dainite on some. I also read something about less piping on the shoes, but I can't find the thread that I read it in (might have been here). 

 

I'd really, really appreciate it if anyone has and feedback or insight on the 2.0 lineup! I'd love to hear opinions and thoughts, apparently I was out of the loop on AE's offerings for a bit.

post #12085 of 17757

Stopped by the ONLY AE store between San Francisco and the Mexican border to check out the Academy, Higgins Mill, Alumnus and others. The Alumnus looked nice but I passed on them all. The leather and finish on the Alumnus struck me as more rustic and casual than indicated in the pictures. Nice, but just not what I was expecting from the web shots. It did inspire me to give some wear time to my Fenways. They have not seen much wear since I darkened the toe box area, but this is not terribly noticeable in this image.

 

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Sorry, excuse the double post.


Edited by smfdoc - 9/3/16 at 1:51pm
post #12087 of 17757
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Originally Posted by smfdoc View Post
 

Stopped by the ONLY AE store between San Francisco and the Mexican border to check out the Academy, Higgins Mill, Alumnus and others. The Alumnus looked nice but I passed on them all. The leather and finish on the Alumnus struck me as more rustic and casual than indicated in the pictures. Nice, but just not what I was expecting from the web shots. It did inspire me to give some wear time to my Fenways. They have not seen much wear since I darkened the toe box area, but this is not terribly noticeable in this image.

 

 

I hope you also stopped at the NR if you drove to SCP.

post #12088 of 17757
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Originally Posted by St Hubbins View Post
 

Whoa, baby. Those Elgins are a nice looking shoe! Very cool collection you have forming there.

Yeah! I'm really glad that I oiled the Elgins. I used Otter Wax leather oil for both applications. After the first, they lightened up after they dried out. Its been about 15 hours since I applied the leather oil, and I think they'll continue to get lighter. I really like how the oil didn't penetrate all of the broguing holes. I wish I had a before picture to put up for comparison, but I don't. Heres a closer up of them though!

 

post #12089 of 17757
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Originally Posted by St Hubbins View Post

As an update. I was encouraged to come to my local retail store when the manager, Brian, was working. And that's what I did yesterday before my huge Nordstrom Rack score.

I believe I might have found one of the "master fitters" I read about on the web site. Brian seemed very knowledgeable indeed. He used the laser measuring device on my feet. It claimed that lefty was 9C and righty (the mutant) is 8.5C. This I found quite curious because if there's ever a problem with crowding of the toes, it's on righty.  Brian confirmed that my instep is high. His opinion was that 8.5D was my correct size in the 65-lasted bals.

He recommended a shoe-tying trick to cope with the bump on the instep of my mutant right foot which, so far, seems to have helped.  He also told me to ditch the bar lacing for the same reason. He said stick with the timeless lasts (65, 201, 511, 79, etc) and stay away from the 1943, 108 and 97 (doh! I own MacNeils). Overall he was a treasure trove of seemingly helpful advice.

To address the issue of my Merlot 9D strands being too large for me, he comped me a pair of Road Warrior inserts to help fill up some of the volume. They seem to have done the trick but I'll know for sure during their next outing.

Overall a very satisfying customer experience.

Also, he said the McAllister will be one of the models offered at $150 off during the Rediscover America sale. He mentioned two others, but I got distracted the moment he said "McAllister." Will have to run some numbers and see if the old slush fund can support that acquisition next month. Daddy needs more Walnut.

Is the road warrior insert relatively flat in the arc section? I use inserts for the 65 last, and I find the inserts that I usually use a little too thin for my Strands.
post #12090 of 17757
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Originally Posted by CharlesThe1337 View Post

Also, I've been wanting to pick up a pair of plain toe bluchers, but I'm not quite sure about the Leeds 2.0, and the raise in price. That almost puts them into Alden territory. I sort of regret not picking up a pair of the original Leeds, especially when their price was hovering around the $300 range (if I remember correctly). 

Does anyone have any thoughts on the whole 2.0 lineup? Like the Macneils, Leeds, and Dundees. I'm kind of bummed to see that AE has moved them towards the poron insoles, I really like the leather footbed once it breaks in. I'm sure adding more colors will come in the near future, so I am hoping to see the Leeds 2.0 in burnished brown (non-grain calfskin).  

I've actually had a really hard time finding any articles or information on the 2.0 change, it seems like it was done rather quietly. As far as I can tell, I think there *might* have been a change in last on a few models, they added the poron insole, and a butyl sole/dainite on some. I also read something about less piping on the shoes, but I can't find the thread that I read it in (might have been here). 

I'd really, really appreciate it if anyone has and feedback or insight on the 2.0 lineup! I'd love to hear opinions and thoughts, apparently I was out of the loop on AE's offerings for a bit.

The Poron insole, while sort of a slap in the face of tradition, is quite comfortable under foot. With that said, I still do prefer the "old style" plain leather insole. Too bad the Poron is not just an option.

I busted my AE cherry with a pair of MacNeil 2.0s in dark chili. I love them even though they are just a tad big on me.... but that's a problem between my foot and the last not a problem with the shoe. Not having an older pair of MacNeils to compare against, my commentary ends there.

I think the price increase you mentioned was a temporary website error a while back. They look to be the standard main line $395 at the moment fwiw.
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