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I'd look for a nice new/used one in the B&S here (Razl's "best of B&S" thread is an excellent start). I've acquired many new and used pieces that way. The hierarchical suit quality list is also helpful.

 

Given, what I've found here, I'd pass on a BB1818 at that price. I bought a BNWT RL Black Label on here for that much. You can also find nice BNWT D'Avenza and Belvest suits on eBay for that money (I've bought some of those too).

 

 

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Also the LuxeSwap - Official Affiliate Thread.    @SpooPoker   Great high end stuff.

 

Piggybacking on to agree with these posters. You get much better value for your money going used. There are many prolific eBay sellers on this website, @SpooPoker the most prominent among them.

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Picked these up from the shoe bank. What's the consensus on bourbon? I can't decide if it's a rich golden brown color or a diarrhea color (sorry but that's what came to mind).

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@St Hubbins I'd forget about the suit and concentrate more on the shoes you'll be pairing with them. Do you know what would happen if god forbid you showed up with something like a Leeds for the communion? Everyone would be preoccupied with you not looking sleek enough.

Well played, sir.

Considering my current lineup, I think there's no question that it would be between my Bourbon Fifth Avenues and Merlot Strands as they are the only two calfskin balmorals that I own. This fact is among the reasons that I would go for navy over a dark charcoal as the navy would be a match for both shoes and offer me a greater variety of looks that I could go with. And when I finally decide to pull the trigger on the obligatory Black Park Aves, they would work, too. And all quite "sleek" I hope everyone can agree.
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Thank you, and everyone else, for your opinions. Keep them coming. You have already given me much to ponder. I have been wanting to buy "Dressing The Man" for a while now, and maybe this is the right time to do so.

From the pictures online at least, the Madison fit suits always looked a bit too generously proportioned to my eye. Perhaps that is because I need a bit more education on the matter. My goal would be to have the elegant appearance of a Cary Grant or a Fred Astaire rather than a Neil Patrick Harris in a Heineken commercial or a Chris Hardwick. That is to say, not too trendy but still flattering to my modest physique.
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@kopo Forgot about you, my apologies. First thing - the comment about everything fitting great screws me up - can you elaborate on the Wilbert, Carlyle & park? If instep is of totally no concern, my guess is that the Wilbert feels significantly wider and shorter than the other too. What I'm getting at is you might need even a 10.5D with the flatiron - wouldn't be unheard of.

No worries, thanks for responding. I rescind my comment about PA's fitting well in 11d, they're actually the most uncomfortable of all my AE's.  But here's a more info on the fit for each below in 11d.  Keep in mind, these only have limited wears if any, I bought my first AE about 3 months ago, mostly from eBay.  Most are barely worn if at all.

 

Wilbert - Comfortable all around, limited space above toes, but not tight...due to wide toe box?

Carlyle - Really comfortable all around, plenty of room above toes, looks great to me

Flatiron - Pretty comfortable as well....the elongated toe box just look off to me

Park Avenue - A bit narrow in the ball area and toes, plenty of space above toes; not unreasonably tight, might get better with 5+ wears?

Ashton - Pretty comfortable all around with a dozen+ wears


Edited by kopo - 9/27/16 at 6:35am
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@kopo Ok - definitely better, I'm a little confused but I'm getting there (I am a slow padawan learner). These shoes should be relatively comfortable - sure, some need more break-in than others, but you should *basically* forget you have them on during the day. When you say "plenty of room past the toes" do you get deep bending & creasing in the parks & Carlyle, enough that you think they might even be too long? Same size, apples to apples, you will sort of fall into each of these differently - depending on how long you find those, you may want to try 10.5D just to see (from the pic they do appear on the long side). Flatiron is on the 333 - the longest, longer than the Carlyle 108. But keep in mind dropping to 10.5 might alter the fit enough based on you being in a different position. I'd try D before E. One variable at a time.
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Picked these up from the shoe bank. What's the consensus on bourbon? I can't decide if it's a rich golden brown color or a diarrhea color (sorry but that's what came to mind).

I think of them as a golden dark brown.  Bourbon is extremely dicey from the bank, but it looks like you got an excellent pair.

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Inaugural run for the navy suede Dundee 2.0s today.


Chris
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Thanks again @Neo1. No unusual creasing on the Carlyle or PA's, no creasing in the PA toe box. I'll see if I can find a 10.5d.
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So, you are out shopping at the local Nordstrom Rack for a bargain on some AE shoes and upon returning home find your wife has flipped out and set fire to your closet. You only have time to rush in to said smoke filled closet and rescue two pairs, consigning the remainder to the flames of marital discord. Which two do you save? There is no correct answer as everyone has different shoes and needs. For me, it would be a black shell LWB and #8 PTB.
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I know I'm committing forum suicide with not waiting until tomorrow to wear these...

But I missed them.
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Originally Posted by mosy View Post

Picked these up from the shoe bank. What's the consensus on bourbon? I can't decide if it's a rich golden brown color or a diarrhea color (sorry but that's what came to mind).


Bourbon is a very independent minded color, being walnut with black burnishing, so every bourbon shoe is different, and becomes more different looking every time it gets polished, since everyone polishes their Bourbon shoes differently.  Bourbon often ends up looking similar to Museum Calf, the leather some $3000.00 shoes are made with.

Here's a picture of my (MTO rubber soles and heels and Poiron insoles) bourbon Park Avenues which are several years old.


Look around the internet, look at pictures of Museum Calf shoes, and congratulate yourself on getting the same look with your bourbon Park Avenues that others have paid thousands of dollars for.

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Rainy overcast day has me reaching for some boots. Malverns today.

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I know I'm committing forum suicide with not waiting until tomorrow to wear these...

But I missed them.

I can't wait until a moderately priced, lightly used pair of those come through the bay.  I will not be able to control myself.

 

Your lacing habits have evolved like mine have.  Didn't you used to bar lace everything?  I also bar laced, but got tired of the look with a gap on the shoe.  I feel like the criss cross adds more detail.

 

Looking great, man.


Edited by MattRiv - 9/27/16 at 7:34am
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Originally Posted by MattRiv View Post

I think of them as a golden dark brown.  Bourbon is extremely dicey from the bank, but it looks like you got an excellent pair.

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Bourbon is a very independent minded color, being walnut with black burnishing, so every bourbon shoe is different, and becomes more different looking every time it gets polished, since everyone polishes their Bourbon shoes differently.  Bourbon often ends up looking similar to Museum Calf, the leather some $3000.00 shoes are made with.


Here's a picture of my (MTO rubber soles and heels and Poiron insoles) bourbon Park Avenues which are several years old.





Look around the internet, look at pictures of Museum Calf shoes, and congratulate yourself on getting the same look with your bourbon Park Avenues that others have paid thousands of dollars for.


Thanks guys. You're helping me lean towards keeping them. It doesn't show up in the picture much, but when looking closely at the shoe, you can see the brush strokes of the black polish. Would that bother you? Also it almost seems like a dirty walnut shoe. Should I polish them before wearing to "clean them up" a bit? If so, how do I polish these?
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