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Could the forum share its thoughts on balmorals with Dainite soles?  I have been considering adding a few pairs of shoes with Dainite soles for the winter, but worry that they might look too casual on otherwise-formal styles such as a brown balmoral. 

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Could the forum share its thoughts on balmorals with Dainite soles?  I have been considering adding a few pairs of shoes with Dainite soles for the winter, but worry that they might look too casual on otherwise-formal styles such as a brown balmoral. 

I have a friend that wears Strands on Danite, every day with suits to the office and they look great unless he sits and crosses his legs :)

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Could the forum share its thoughts on balmorals with Dainite soles?  I have been considering adding a few pairs of shoes with Dainite soles for the winter, but worry that they might look too casual on otherwise-formal styles such as a brown balmoral. 


I have several pair of with Danite soles and heels.  Don't worry about them looking "too casual".  They won't and considering how few people ever see the soles of your shoes what difference does it make?

 

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Hey everyone, I tried on some Carlyle (the 8 Last) in-store. The fit is pretty spot-on, but there's some loose space/bowing (?) on the side corners of the shoes.

 

The sales associate said that it's most likely because I have flat feet and would need orthopedics?

 

Any tips? Thanks!

 

 

 

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I just got my Strandmoks in tan leather and one thing I noticed is that they feel a bit more loose than my other 5 last shoes. It should be the right fit because I also have the Park Ave, Fifth Ave, Strand and McAllister and those feel great. Why would the Strandmok feel more lose if it's on the same last? Is it probably because the different leather? I'm a bit confused..

I just ordered a brown leather pair of strandmoks in my usual 5 last size. Unfortunately they did not have them in stock at the AE store by me. Now I'm thinking I should've went with a 9.5D instead of my usual 9.5E in the 5 last. Will the unlined leather tend to stretch more over time?
Also, do you plan to wear the strandmok with jeans? I plan to and know it's a casual shoe but I keep hearing others say they won't ever wear a balmoral with jeans.
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Originally Posted by JilSlander View Post
 

Hey everyone, I tried on some Carlyle (the 8 Last) in-store. The fit is pretty spot-on, but there's some loose space/bowing (?) on the side corners of the shoes.

 

The sales associate said that it's most likely because I have flat feet and would need orthopedics?

 

Any tips? Thanks!

 

 

It will better help us if you can tie the shoes to see what it looks like when they are snug on you.  Just looking at them now, they don't look too bad.  In fact, I think they fit you really well.


Edited by Lobster33 - 10/12/16 at 1:08pm
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Originally Posted by FranklinMadison View Post
 

Could the forum share its thoughts on balmorals with Dainite soles?  I have been considering adding a few pairs of shoes with Dainite soles for the winter, but worry that they might look too casual on otherwise-formal styles such as a brown balmoral. 

Personally I like a leather sole the best if you are concerned about wet weather (winter) you can go for the Butyl leather sole or a V tread for added traction.

 

For me anything with nubs just wears down quickly so the point of them is soon gone to a flat bottom anyway.

 

Also for me the way I walk I wear out the rubber soles faster.


Edited by 007Bond - 10/12/16 at 10:40am
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I just ordered a brown leather pair of strandmoks in my usual 5 last size. Unfortunately they did not have them in stock at the AE store by me. Now I'm thinking I should've went with a 9.5D instead of my usual 9.5E in the 5 last. Will the unlined leather tend to stretch more over time?
Also, do you plan to wear the strandmok with jeans? I plan to and know it's a casual shoe but I keep hearing others say they won't ever wear a balmoral with jeans..

Well, for most bals/oxfords that's my policy, too. But, AE piles so many casual elements on many of their bals, eg rough leather, brouging, split welts, that the objection becomes muted.

A good example was the unlined suede Neumok with natural welt. Though a wingtip oxford, every other element leans to the casual end of the spectrum. Even I am tempted to wear them with jeans (though I don't). The Strandmok strikes me as similar. In other words, when considering all its characteristics and not just the lacing method, it nets out as a fairly casual shoe.

Hope that makes sense.
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Originally Posted by JilSlander View Post
 

Hey everyone, I tried on some Carlyle (the 8 Last) in-store. The fit is pretty spot-on, but there's some loose space/bowing (?) on the side corners of the shoes.

 

The sales associate said that it's most likely because I have flat feet and would need orthopedics?

 The SA was referring to "orthotics" as opposed to orthopedics. Unfortunately, orthotics are slip in supports for the arch and they do take up room. This would change a "spot on" fit to an unacceptable fit. If you ever use orthotics you will need to size and evaluate shoes with the orthotics in place to make sure the shoe fits properly.

 

AE does make a few shoes on the 678 last which is deeper to help accommodate the presence of the orthotic. The shoes on this last are the Benton (now discontinued) and the Ashton.

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Could the forum share its thoughts on balmorals with Dainite soles?  I have been considering adding a few pairs of shoes with Dainite soles for the winter, but worry that they might look too casual on otherwise-formal styles such as a brown balmoral. 

 

No one will see them unless you cross your legs, as stated by another person.

 

I personally dislike the FEEL of Dainite as I walk.  It does not feel as comfortable as leather.  I'd rather have leather with V-tread soles.  But if you like how it feels, I wouldn't worry about how they look.  Thankfully, I don't have to commute in Manhattan.  I have no qualms about exposing my leather soles to salt and ice and a little slush.

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No one will see them unless you cross your legs, as stated by another person.

 

I personally dislike the FEEL of Dainite as I walk.  It does not feel as comfortable as leather.  I'd rather have leather with V-tread soles.  But if you like how it feels, I wouldn't worry about how they look.  Thankfully, I don't have to commute in Manhattan.  I have no qualms about exposing my leather soles to salt and ice and a little slush.

I agree with you on the leather and a little weather does not seem to hurt as long as you are not walking miles on rough concrete and you dry things out when you get home.

 

You bring a good point I too don't like the Dainite just like you said it feel like there are pressure point with the nubs.

 

Also the V-tread is a great in bad weather I have been in very wet conditions with mien and no issue feet don't get wet and sole still looking just fine.

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I'd be more worried about slipping with leather soles (butyl doesn't help with this) in wet weather than the durability of the soles in general. Walking along brick, lightly/non textured concrete, or marbled floors REALLY sucks when wet.

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 The SA was referring to "orthotics" as opposed to orthopedics. Unfortunately, orthotics are slip in supports for the arch and they do take up room. This would change a "spot on" fit to an unacceptable fit. If you ever use orthotics you will need to size and evaluate shoes with the orthotics in place to make sure the shoe fits properly.

 

AE does make a few shoes on the 678 last which is deeper to help accommodate the presence of the orthotic. The shoes on this last are the Benton (now discontinued) and the Ashton.

 

I have a regular foot for fitting in AE shoes. That said I use to own a pair of Benton that had the stock orthotic insert. Bought them since they looked ok and were a good deal. Mistake I really hated that shoe and how it fit so much so that I put it up for sale on eBay shortly after purchasing. So I learned that if you don't really need an orthotic you should not buy a shoe that has one or can accept one.

 

Also I much prefer leather soles and the Benton had not only a rubber sole but this padding below the insert and the insert itself was additionally padded. So the feel for me was walking on this big sponge cushion bouncing every step.

 

Unless you really need the orthotic it's best to just buy shoes on the last that fits you best.

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