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What's Everyone's thoughts on the fifth ave in walnut?

 

My initial thought was that for a formal shoe such as a calf, punch cap, balmoral, that a casual color like walnut didn't seem to make much sense and that it would be a better choice for a blutcher or a wingtip.

 

However, two of my coworkers own the walnut fifth ave and when paired with light grey/navy/earth tone slacks/chinos, they do seem to work well IMO. To me, the brogueing on the punch cap is just enough to tie a business casual outfit together. That being said, I probably wouldn't wear them with jeans which would limit their versatility a bit for me.

 

If you like them then go for it! I'm sure you will get schools of thought on opposite ends of the spectrum in this forum from folks such as @SLCRich and @peppercorn78.

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My initial thought was that for a formal shoe such as a calf, punch cap, balmoral, that a casual color like walnut didn't seem to make much sense and that it would be a better choice for a blutcher or a wingtip.

However, two of my coworkers own the walnut fifth ave and when paired with light grey/navy/earth tone slacks/chinos, they do seem to work well IMO. To me, the brogueing on the punch cap is just enough to tie a business casual outfit together. That being said, I probably wouldn't wear them with jeans which would limit their versatility a bit for me.

If you like them then go for it! I'm sure you will get schools of thought on opposite ends of the spectrum in this forum from folks such as @SLCRich
 and @peppercorn78
.

My personal opinion is that it's a fine 4th or 5th dress shoe to add to your rotation if you're in suits every day. They will wear extremely well with light to mid grey or dark brown or mid to light (non navy) suits. I would definitely have black, dark brown, burgundy in the rotation first. Then maybe walnut or chili as a garnish.

I'm in suits rarely during the day so I'm getting away just fine with one black and one dark brown Oxford. For most folks that's plenty to get you through occasional suit wear. If you're dressing up for work every day then obviously you need more options.

But I tend to be a by the rules sort of guy.

I'm mostly in business casual and SWD these days personally, so I don't wear my oxfords as much as I would like.

Here are my Shakers this evening:

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Originally Posted by Dd1101 View Post

What's Everyone's thoughts on the fifth ave in walnut?

My initial thought was that for a formal shoe such as a calf, punch cap, balmoral, that a casual color like walnut didn't seem to make much sense and that it would be a better choice for a blutcher or a wingtip.

However, two of my coworkers own the walnut fifth ave and when paired with light grey/navy/earth tone slacks/chinos, they do seem to work well IMO. To me, the brogueing on the punch cap is just enough to tie a business casual outfit together. That being said, I probably wouldn't wear them with jeans which would limit their versatility a bit for me.

If you like them then go for it! I'm sure you will get schools of thought on opposite ends of the spectrum in this forum from folks such as @SLCRich
 and @peppercorn78
.

I would like them. Here are my Bryons, which were replaced by the Fifth ave.

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I did, I still have the Hopkinsons. 

Sold the Bartletts to @nbj08
.  Great Shoe.


One of my favorite shoes, too — I'll wear them tomorrow and snap some pics.
post #14900 of 17644
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Cool.  Me 2!  Those are nice.  I'm a big fan of those Chukkas.  

Thanks!
post #14901 of 17644
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My brannock is 8E which can work for me with balmorals on the 65 last however they do run tad long and are a bit tight at the ball even with a large V-gap. 7.5EEE feels like a larger shoe to me in general compared to the 8E. It is probably almost the same length but is slightly wider at the bal and has more room around the instep area.

 

7.5EE is just right for me. I will say that my 7.5EE calf McAllisters require a faily wide V-gap to begin with and by the end of the day can start feeling a bit tight on my right foot. My 7.5EE shell Strands are quite comfortable with a small V-gap and never cause me pain by the end of the day.

 

Based on your above post, I think your hypothesis of going with 8E in shell is most likely correct. A few questions to help me understand why the 8E was a better fit...

 

Did you feel that the 7.5EEE had a bit too much room around your instep? Was the ball slightly too wide? Was it a bit too short for you in comparison to the 8E? Where is the 8E tight for you that requires thin socks?

 

Both the 8E and the 7.5EEE seems slightly snug, but not uncomfortable.  The tightness is around the midfoot and the pressure is always on the lateral part (5th metatarsal area) of my foot.  When I was walking into the store, I could see that creasing would be prominent on the 7.5EEE very near the cap but that this would not be the case with the 8E.  If I wear my typical lightly cushioned sock, the V-gap would be huge on both shoes.   I know that the length of the 8E vs 7.5EEE should be almost identical, but there seemed to be a tad more heel clearance on the 8E.  I was surprised by this.

 

At this point, I think I'm going to dial in the fit by trying 7.5 3E, 8 EE, possibly 8 3E in a Mccallister.  I always feel bad doing this but my local store just does not stock these sizes, and I am a loyal AE customer and I guess I've earned the right with all the money I've spent on AE shoes.  ^_^

 

Interestingly, a 8E on the Alden Hampton last in shell cordovan seems to fit my foot perfectly.  If I just can't dial in the 65 last fit, I'll just spend extra dollars buying Alden balmorals.  When you're on your feet all day, proper fit is #1.


Edited by bkdc - 10/17/16 at 5:38am
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Highly polished Bloor Streets.

 

 

 

 

 

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Highly polished Bloor Streets.

 

 

 

 

 

Look'n good!  

 

Side note: I would bar lace those.  Would look cleaner and allow the vgap to close.

post #14904 of 17644
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Originally Posted by Middlife View Post
 

 

My initial thought was that for a formal shoe such as a calf, punch cap, balmoral, that a casual color like walnut didn't seem to make much sense and that it would be a better choice for a blutcher or a wingtip.

 

However, two of my coworkers own the walnut fifth ave and when paired with light grey/navy/earth tone slacks/chinos, they do seem to work well IMO. To me, the brogueing on the punch cap is just enough to tie a business casual outfit together. That being said, I probably wouldn't wear them with jeans which would limit their versatility a bit for me.

 

If you like them then go for it! I'm sure you will get schools of thought on opposite ends of the spectrum in this forum from folks such as @SLCRich and @peppercorn78.

 

 

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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post


My personal opinion is that it's a fine 4th or 5th dress shoe to add to your rotation if you're in suits every day. They will wear extremely well with light to mid grey or dark brown or mid to light (non navy) suits. I would definitely have black, dark brown, burgundy in the rotation first. Then maybe walnut or chili as a garnish.

I'm in suits rarely during the day so I'm getting away just fine with one black and one dark brown Oxford. For most folks that's plenty to get you through occasional suit wear. If you're dressing up for work every day then obviously you need more options.

But I tend to be a by the rules sort of guy.

I'm mostly in business casual and SWD these days personally, so I don't wear my oxfords as much as I would like.

Here are my Shakers this evening:

 

Thanks,  I got a gift card I need to burn.  These shoes will be 20th or so in rotation :hide:...... I think they will match well with a lighter blue suit. 

post #14905 of 17644
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Originally Posted by MattRiv View Post
 

Look'n good!  

 

Side note: I would bar lace those.  Would look cleaner and allow the vgap to close.

Thanks.  What v-gap are you seeing?

post #14906 of 17644
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Thanks.  What v-gap are you seeing?

There isn't much of one, but bar lacing should allow for complete closure of the quarters.

post #14907 of 17644
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Originally Posted by Dd1101 View Post

Correct butyl soles don't have it.

What's Everyone's thoughts on the fifth ave in walnut?

I have the Nathan (the Jos A Bank 5th Ave) in burgundy- it got a ton of wear before my shoe collection expanded. Still love that shoe. I think burgundy (or similar shades) are the ideal color for it personally- lighter colors such as walnut just seem too casual for it.
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Kenilworth derby:

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Kenilworth derby:


I like the shine job on those. What did you use ?


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I like the shine job on those. What did you use ?


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Thanks! Just a wet rag, brush, and microfiber cloth. Some Saphir neutral cordovan cream about twice a year.

Here's another pic in indoor lighting. This is closer to the IRL color.

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