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Originally Posted by Kevin24 View Post

I had a question.

If anyone has any experiences with the AE Strandmok how is it? Is it worth getting?

I ask as I was considering getting the Strandmok in Brown as a birthday gift to myself.

Here's my take. I know a lot of people like them, but they replaced a better shoe. The brown is funny looking to me, and the leather isn't as nice as the Rush Street. I like the style, and I like the 65, but to me, the Strandmok is a cheap miss. Just my opinion.
post #3752 of 17636
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Originally Posted by danwatts2005 View Post


Here's my take. I know a lot of people like them, but they replaced a better shoe. The brown is funny looking to me, and the leather isn't as nice as the Rush Street. I like the style, and I like the 65, but to me, the Strandmok is a cheap miss. Just my opinion.


Agreed. If the leather was nicer I would buy them too... all they do for me is make me want the rush street that much more. 

post #3753 of 17636
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Originally Posted by Kevin24 View Post

I had a question.

If anyone has any experiences with the AE Strandmok how is it? Is it worth getting?

I ask as I was considering getting the Strandmok in Brown as a birthday gift to myself.

 

I got mine off ebay for < $80.  I love them and are easily my most complimented shoes, which is probably because it's kind of a unique casual shoe and my other AEs are somewhat "standard" looking dress shoes.  They are also durable as shit, but you will rub the brown burnish off over time, so be prepared for that tan to come through.

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I got mine off ebay for < $80.  I love them and are easily my most complimented shoes, which is probably because it's kind of a unique casual shoe and my other AEs are somewhat "standard" looking dress shoes.  They are also durable as shit, but you will rub the brown burnish off over time, so be prepared for that tan to come through.

 

One of the reasons I didn't pick up those Odenwald's in Brown yesterday.  They only had a small bit of tan highlighting the tips, and looked great.  But I don't think I could hope to keep them looking like that for long.

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I dunno  - the blue and especially the olive Strandmok are fairly tempting for me.  If it weren't for the fact that this particular shoe pattern in the form of my 11.5D Rush Street fits me poorly (even though my other 5-last shoes are very good or great) I'd be really tempted to have a pair of the Strandmoks.  I went by the AE store to see if I could dial in a size specifically for that shoe, and I just don't get great closure in a D or an E in these shoes, and sizing up in either width just isn't a fit.  But frankly my Rush Streets constrain my pinky toe and sorta make my feet tired.  The leather seemed much nicer than what they use on the Neumok too.  It ain't the CXL (which is what I like about my Rush Streets), but I think the two on-line-only colors are really cool.

 

The SA suggested I take my Rush Streets to my sorta-local AE (which is an outlet) and they can stretch them.  I'm going to see if my feet will do some of that work.  

 

If I did buy the Strandmok, I'd use the sale price to order either the v-tread or leather sole option...

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BTW - I sometimes wonder how much of the tiredness I feel from my Rush Sts. is from the Dainite sole - anyone else think that is a bit of an unforgiving platform? 

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The Dainite sole of my Clark Streets has never bothered me.

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Did you measure both your heel to toe size and your heel to ball size?  You might fit better in a 9.5D if the 9E was too loose.  Might be worth a try.

 

Hi, yes I measured both.  I am actually an 8.5 in heel to toe and 9 in heel to ball.  So 9.5 would be too long.  Thanks for the idea though.

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Originally Posted by ace13x View Post

One of the reasons I didn't pick up those Odenwald's in Brown yesterday.  They only had a small bit of tan highlighting the tips, and looked great.  But I don't think I could hope to keep them looking like that for long.

It's not overly easy to scuff the burnish off, but it will happen and I believe is supposed to. I think it adds character to the shoe myself, but can look odd if you scratch it off in a straight line, otherwise it's like reverse antiquing.
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Originally Posted by Neo1 View Post
 

There is a lot of variability within a last, especially with something like the 65.  We can break things down in general - 1) Have you tried a blucher instead of a bal, did it work better/worse/no difference?; 2) No loafers on the 65, so N/A for that; 3) Have you tried a boot, what was that like - better/worse? 4) Have you tried other materials such as suede? 5) Have you compared a "rough collection" against a dressy shoe - did it fit a lot looser? 5) Have you played around with the brooks bros models and are they better or worse?

 

Beyond that, as long as the shoes aren't too short in length, they will absolutely stretch out over time with extended wear.  To accelerate this, put on a pair of medium weight socks or something normally too heavy for the shoes and suck it up for a couple really lengthy wears.  See how they are afterwards.

 

Bottom line - don't rule out an entire last until you have exhausted every possible option.

 

Yes blucher is better, as I can tie a bit looser.  On the bal I can also technically tie looser; however I don't like too much of a gap in the v.

 

The shoes are definitely not too short in length (I am only an 8.5 in heel to toe).  The only area of tightness is that specific spot on the outside of my arch area.  I'm hoping they will loosen up, as I really like the oxfords on the 65 (PA, Strands, FA, etc).

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I'm hoping someone can answer:

 

How does the 108 last compare with the 65 in terms of sizing?  Do most go with the same size for both?

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Originally Posted by mosy View Post
 

I'm hoping someone can answer:

 

How does the 108 last compare with the 65 in terms of sizing?  Do most go with the same size for both?

 

I just bought a Carlyle this weekend. To me, the 108 was surprisingly roomy. I had been under the impression that it was a very narrow and tight fitting last all around. Compared to the 65 last though, I found it MUCH better for a higher instep. The width at the ball of the foot wasn't lacking, although it was slightly more narrow than the 65 last. My toes didn't feel cramped at all and the volume above the ball of the foot seemed to be a bit more than the 65 last, which can feel tight from the ball of the foot all the way up to the instep. Length-wise seemed to fit the same as the 65 last. 

 

With the 65 last I have to go 7.5EEE for bals, which end up being slightly long (heel doesn't grab all that well in the back), and ever so slightly wide at the ball of the foot (have to wear medium weight socks to get snug). If I wear a 7EEE, then the instep is painful, however, with 65 last bluchers it's perfect. With the Carlyles (and wearing thin socks), a 7.5EEE was comfortable in the ball of the foot such that going to a 7EEE should still be just right. I was able to lace the sides of the bal all the way up without feeling loose or firm pressure over my instep. The heel wasn't quite as wide as the 65 last, so it grabbed slightly better, but the length was the same as the 5 last, which is a bit too long for me. I went with a 7EEE in the Carlyles and expect them to fit very well.

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@FaRKle From what you described, you owe it to yourself to try the 201 & 222 if you haven't already.
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Originally Posted by Kevin24 View Post

I had a question.

If anyone has any experiences with the AE Strandmok how is it? Is it worth getting?

I ask as I was considering getting the Strandmok in Brown as a birthday gift to myself.

I'm getting them...they're a much better casual shoe than the Elgin or Rush Street from what I've seen of them at the store. The AE rep at my local store said that in her experience, it was one of the most liked styles compared to their other casual offerings. The suede versions are super soft, but can tend to look like a tennis shoe from certain angles to me.
Edited by harlequin782 - 4/20/16 at 5:00am
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Originally Posted by aero25 View Post

@Neo1 I'm not sure if I'm ready to jump in to tassels like the Jermyn yet. Baby steps... What color are yours?

With the Lamarche, I can see what you're saying, especially in black. I do not not wear suits (obviously by the other footwear I mentioned) and thought the Terra Dallas color may keep it casual enough for chinos. I haven't seen it in person though,have you? I have tried on a Lexington and found them comfortable, so fit shouldn't be a problem.

I have the terra Dallas Le marche, will post a pic of it in khakis today after I get to the office
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