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I wonder how awesome Normandys would look in brown shell. That might be my plan if another trunk show rolls around.

post #1367 of 17687

If I'm considering selling two pairs of my very new collection, would the for sale threads here be a better source than eBay?

 

After stopping at my local AE store today, I'm realizing I did in fact purchase a half size too big in my Walnut Carlyles (first quality and paid full price).  They've been worn about 4 times.  Same with my Oxblood Daltons which were factory seconds which are also a half size too big.  They are both 10.5 D's in size.

 

This might not bother some people, but after picking up 4 pairs in 10D today after realizing how much better they fit me being a little more snug, I'd like to get pairs that match size wise and not have to resort to tongue pads.

post #1368 of 17687
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Originally Posted by Gumshoe View Post

I wonder if it's blasphemy to rotate polish from, say, walnut to bourbon and so forth. I'm frankly still a little nervous to apply coats of walnut polish now even though I see others haven't had an issue with a little walnut-on-walnut action (this is frankly delaying my test drive because I don't want to ruin them). I have seen some photos that have grown a bit darker from years of darker polish and I admit I like the results, which is where my rotate polish question comes from. As of yet I'm not sure what kind of maintenance schedule I'm going to be on, though my guess is once every couple of weeks (never wearing two days in a row, of course), which seem to be somewhat on par with what I've read here and elsewhere. 

I now have my eyes set on:

http://www.allenedmonds.com/shoes/mens-shoes/new-styles/leiden-weave-wingtip-blucher/SF1995.html?dwvar_SF1995_color=1994#start=2

and 

http://www.allenedmonds.com/shoes/mens-shoes/dress-shoes/dalton-wingtip-dress-boots/SF0112.html?dwvar_SF0112_color=0115#prefn1=refinementColor&prefn2=size&prefv1=Chili&prefv2=10&start=3

I know I need to pace myself but I'm not sure I can. God, I can see how this can become addicting. 

If it's of any reassurance to you, I only cautioned against walnut polishing based on my own experience after applying 2 or 3 passes of walnut polish during each polishing...and at that time (before I learned my lesson) I was just rabidly polishing my shoes sometimes up to twice a week. I think if you keep the amount of polish to a minimum (pea sized amount, occasionally) you likely won't notice much of a difference...I think the real issue arises when you don't know what to look for...but as long as you're attentive to how much polish you're applying, you'll probably be fine..
post #1369 of 17687
Can anyone help me out with figuring out the translating sizes from the 5 last (PA) to the 1 last (Dalton)? I've only tried 9.5D and 10D while wearing thin dress socks due to limited stock in my area.


9.5D feels quite snug, but since I only tried it in the store for 5-10 min, I don't know what they feel like after wearing them for a full day. I just assumed that's how dress shoes are supposed to feel like. My gut says they're too small in length and width.

10D feels like it has a bit of heel slip, at least for dress shoes. However, for boots, I think they could be fine. The width still feels a bit snug though.

Given that, I think I could go for 9.5E or 10E for the Dalton while wearing medium thickness socks. 9.5E might feel a bit snug for boots, but 10E might be too loose given the more generous fitting of the 1 last. What seems to be the right option?
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Originally Posted by NorseHorse View Post
 

If I'm considering selling two pairs of my very new collection, would the for sale threads here be a better source than eBay?

 

I have sold shoes on both the forum and on Ebay. Here is a general summary of the pros and cons as I see them.

 

Style Forum. Pros: free listing, no percentage is deducted by SF for the sale and you are dealing with forum members who are generally pretty trustworthy and discerning. Cons: smaller group of potential buyers; your ad is mixed with all others and it is only possible to filter down to footwear in general and not AE in specific; no filtering of shoe size and width for interested buyers. No auctions or buy it now options for the sellers.

 

Ebay. Pros: larger reach of potential buyers; buyers have ratings and past comments from other people who have sold to them; seller options for auctions, buy it now and make offer; powerful filers so buyers can filter down to color, size, width, style, new and used. Cons: Ebay takes 10% of the selling price; more of a learning curve using the various selling functions on Ebay; far more "lookie-loos" who take your time making unreasonably low offers.

 

In summary: Both outlets have their place. SF is simpler, fewer selling tools and no fees. Ebay is more geared towards people trying to sell more than just the occasional item or two.

post #1371 of 17687
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Did you find the heel area with the exposed fold uncomfortable? I have the same pair and live the look but that part right in the middle of the back of the show where the suede is folded into itself felt weird. I have used a layer of moleskin over it, wondering if someone smarter had a better fix.


No issues at ALL. Which is odd because I noticed that particular quirk and it gave me pause, but my foot goes right in/right out as smooth as butter. It's actually one of my best heel-fitting AEs.

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@middlepP
 if you wear casual often they are great...really like slippers...Wearing these today which the Shaker used to be my most comfortable boot but the Normandy has replaced it.

Have those exact Shakers with the Harris Tweed herringbone which I sport with THIS sport coat...a crazy, vintage early forties Harris Tweed that matches it perfectly—LOVE 'EM!

 

post #1373 of 17687
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Originally Posted by Neo1 View Post

@middlepP I found those Mojave at BCF also - good looking style but decided to pass. For me they were identical to the Gobi except for the sole. Same really large fit with a ton of volume. Crepe sole was very comfortable but provided little support (then again this is from mini-lug sole's biggest fan). If you have the Gobi id say the original Mojave is redundant.


Yeah...I got my Mojaves AND Gobis at BCF—both of 'em firsts for about $100.00 each. Love my Gobis, but as nice as they are, the Dainite sole isn't anywhere as comfy for walking around in as the Mojaves—and son-of-a-bitch, the Gobi is a damned fine walking shoe in its own right.

 

Love 'em both. My Gobis are Snuff Suede—hair rougher texture-wise than the Chocolate Mojaves. The Dainite sole makes the Gobi a bit—if you can imagine this—dressier. The Mojave I can wear with a T-Shirt and jeans effortlessly. The Gobi I pause with for a bit before going with a T-Shirt 'cause of that harder, brick-red Dainite. LOL.

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Originally Posted by 1cat2cats View Post

Can anyone help me out with figuring out the translating sizes from the 5 last (PA) to the 1 last (Dalton)? I've only tried 9.5D and 10D while wearing thin dress socks due to limited stock in my area.


9.5D feels quite snug, but since I only tried it in the store for 5-10 min, I don't know what they feel like after wearing them for a full day. I just assumed that's how dress shoes are supposed to feel like. My gut says they're too small in length and width.

10D feels like it has a bit of heel slip, at least for dress shoes. However, for boots, I think they could be fine. The width still feels a bit snug though.

Given that, I think I could go for 9.5E or 10E for the Dalton while wearing medium thickness socks. 9.5E might feel a bit snug for boots, but 10E might be too loose given the more generous fitting of the 1 last. What seems to be the right option?


Have you measured yourself on a Brannock device? Properly??  You state the 9.5D feels snug, in what way?  How is the instep??  All that aside, the 511 should feel wider in the forefoot area, and I don't experience instep issues with open laced boots like I do with Balmorals on the 65 last, but you may be different.  My best guess is go with 9.5D in the Dalton, as going from thin dress to medium should not make that much difference that the 511 can't accommodate.  Also, you could wear dress socks with the Dalton.

 

For reference I wear 8E in the 65 (Strand, McTavish), 8D in the 511 (Dalton, Dundee 2.0).  I can squeeze into 7.5E in the unlined Nuemok with OK V-Gap, but length is far less of an issue for me than width.

post #1375 of 17687
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Originally Posted by NorseHorse View Post

If I'm considering selling two pairs of my very new collection, would the for sale threads here be a better source than eBay?

After stopping at my local AE store today, I'm realizing I did in fact purchase a half size too big in my Walnut Carlyles (first quality and paid full price).  They've been worn about 4 times.  Same with my Oxblood Daltons which were factory seconds which are also a half size too big.  They are both 10.5 D's in size.

This might not bother some people, but after picking up 4 pairs in 10D today after realizing how much better they fit me being a little more snug, I'd like to get pairs that match size wise and not have to resort to tongue pads.

Depending on condition issues and what you are asking, you might not need to list those Oxblood Daltons at all. I might take them off your hands for you. When you decide to pull the trigger, shoot me a message.
post #1376 of 17687
Loving my properly fitted brand new 10D walnut Mcallisters. Should have listened to the store manager the first time with regards to the fit.

post #1377 of 17687
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Originally Posted by danwatts2005 View Post
 

I would wear the same shoes two days in a row, under one condition; if I have to go to a wake and a funeral for a family member.  That is the only occasion I can think of that would require black two days in a row.  

 

Also, I don't always match my belt exactly with my shoes.  Dropping $120 per belt would severely limit my shoe budget, so I have a few that I can get as close as possible to as many pairs as I can.  I read someone else here say, just recently, that it doesn't always have to be exact, though I do try to get as close as I can.

 

I can say that my shoes rarely, if ever, need polished.

^ This... also when trying to break a pair in, I'll wear it a few days in a row depending on how much I'm using my feet (e.g., not sitting at a desk or something).  A little Bick 4 and trees as soon as I get home, though... just like I'm breaking in a new baseball glove (minus the ball, ocean of conditioner, and the oven).

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Originally Posted by NorseHorse View Post

Loving my properly fitted brand new 10D walnut Mcallisters. Should have listened to the store manager the first time with regards to the fit.

 

Digging the bomb-pop-inspired socks... or are you actually a soccer fan?

 

usmnt-bomb-pop.png

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Originally Posted by coop23us View Post

One round of AE premium conditioner, two layers of Saphir Medaille d'Or in neutral. These will pop after two more layers, but these look good to me as is. Rogues in walnut and Fifths in chili.

 

Those Walnut Rogues are sweet.  I regret not picking up a pair when I had the chance.

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Digging the bomb-pop-inspired socks... or are you actually a soccer fan?

usmnt-bomb-pop.png

Haha thanks. Not a soccer fan. I just like having a little fun with my socks.
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