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Originally Posted by BespokeBrooklyn View Post

I'm still trying to figure out my sense of style with regards to loafers. Since I started buying Allen Edmonds's shoes a few years ago, I have mainly focused on dress shoes and boots. I bought the McGraws because they seemed to be about as versatile as a loafer could get, but something about the last makes them blister my feet if I wear them without socks, or if I walk to far in them (I could wear them for a full day of playing tourist, for example).

I'm a 36 year-old lawyer. I love how the Graysons look, but I mainly see them on older men -- people at the partner/supervisory level, and I'm worried about looking like a parvenu!

Also, tassel loafers seem to be particularly popular in #8 shell. Would it make sense to hold off on burgundy pair finds its way to eBay or the Shoebank?

 

Interesting on the comment about that last tearing your feet up.  I typically don't wear any of my nicer shoes without socks, but instead use invisible socks because I do love that sockless look... especially with loafers.  I find that the invisible socks both protect my feet and the shoes (my feet sweat a lot).  Apparently the last that shoe is made on is roughly the same one as the 97 (toe box is slightly different) used for the Grayson, so just keep that in mind.

 

I actually think the Grayson is more of a "young mans" tassel loafer if you compare it to something handsewn like a Maxfield for instance.  The sleek look that a lasted loafer can give lets you pull the tassels off (if that makes any sense, it does to me at least).  #8 is definitely awesome and if you can hold off and find a pair that you like, that would be a great way to save some coin.  

 

If you were going to go with some handsewn, I would forgo the tassels.

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New lasalle just bought on clearance. So Damn comfy.



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Originally Posted by smfdoc View Post

Drop into the Allen Edmonds next to the corner of 44th and Madison. Give them a call ahead of time, speak with a SA and they will try to help. But be warned, this is the most dangerous intersection in Manhattan because the Alden shoe store is immediately around the corner. Depending on your needs and budget, you may want to drop in there too.
+1 on that store. Alyssa worked w/me on my shell PAs. A good team all around.
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Seconds are on the right.

I would have thought that too.  But, I bought the brown grain Dundees on the right as firsts directly from AE.  Unfortunately, they lace up a bit diagonally as you can see.  After I sent the SA this picture, she replied that she was sorry that they were not up to my (?!?) standards.  I'm sorry that these were up to AE's standards as firsts.  (I admit that I would have kept them as seconds.)

 

She did also send me a UPS label for an exchange, but I think I'll just return them if this is indicative of AE's standards for this model number.  This reinforces what I've experienced--AE has nice products, but their quality control is wildly inconsistent.  

 

Ok, done complaining.  I just pulled off my tie and PAs and it's time to relax....

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Hey guys. Closest AE store for me is about 90 minutes away and happened to be over there last week. Stopped in and they recommended a 1/2 smaller than my first pair. I tried on both my size and the recommended size in store on the 5 Last and the smaller seemed like it might work fine. I decided to give that a shot for my second pair.

 

I purchased a pair on the shoebank sale and they came in today. I'm being very aware of the fit here because I'm trying to decide whether to keep these or not. I'm planning to carry them into work tomorrow and wear on the carpet for a bit. 

 

I noticed the sides are bowing slightly. At first I thought this was a fit issue, but didn't experience this in the store. Then when I took them off, I noticed they appeared to be bowed on their own. They don't seem that bad on the foot. I'm not looking for perfection and I accept some issues with seconds. Just wondering if this should be a concern such as it may get worse over time or otherwise cause a fit issue. Or perhaps may improve with wear, conditioning and tree time.

 

Here are some pics best I could manage. 

 

Seems the greatest bowing is on the right side of both shoes. 

 

 

Hard to tell, but here's me standing. Slight bulge in corresponding spots on right side

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Dd1101 View Post

New lasalle just bought on clearance. So Damn comfy.



My favorite dress shoe.  Dark chili looks great!   And yes, they are very comfortable.  Wearing my Lasalle's right now...

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Especially as seconds, that gap doesn't bother me.  I had some 1st Shannon Drives arrive last week that had a significant gap (could put my finger in it well down the side of my foot), and the replacements are on the way.  I'd be fine with what you're seeing, especially if everything else looks good.

 

 

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Originally Posted by flaminiom View Post
 

Hey guys. Closest AE store for me is about 90 minutes away and happened to be over there last week. Stopped in and they recommended a 1/2 smaller than my first pair. I tried on both my size and the recommended size in store on the 5 Last and the smaller seemed like it might work fine. I decided to give that a shot for my second pair.

 

I purchased a pair on the shoebank sale and they came in today. I'm being very aware of the fit here because I'm trying to decide whether to keep these or not. I'm planning to carry them into work tomorrow and wear on the carpet for a bit. 

 

I noticed the sides are bowing slightly. At first I thought this was a fit issue, but didn't experience this in the store. Then when I took them off, I noticed they appeared to be bowed on their own. They don't seem that bad on the foot. I'm not looking for perfection and I accept some issues with seconds. Just wondering if this should be a concern such as it may get worse over time or otherwise cause a fit issue. Or perhaps may improve with wear, conditioning and tree time.

 

Here are some pics best I could manage. 

 

Seems the greatest bowing is on the right side of both shoes. 

 

 

Hard to tell, but here's me standing. Slight bulge in corresponding spots on right side

 

 

 

 

 

You can probably improve that a bit by lacing slightly tighter too...

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New color dropping Sunday!
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New color dropping Sunday!
Such as?
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Look outside at 12am smile.gif. Only available for a week in two styles. Real good price for firsts.
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New color dropping Sunday!


The proverbial waiting for the shoe to drop.

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Look outside at 12am smile.gif. Only available for a week in two styles. Real good price for firsts.

I think you should tell us haha.
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Hints please :) 

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Yes, hint?

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Look outside at 12am smile.gif. Only available for a week in two styles. Real good price for firsts.


When I look outside at Midnight it looks Midnight Blue.

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