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post #7726 of 17864
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Originally Posted by firefit View Post
 

I saw the eyelets and I think that's the first time I ever mumbled "Oh my god" to a picture on the internet. I've never really seen anything like that. Is eyelet unevenness common?


Don't panic.  Wait and see how they look fully laced.  Beside there is always the option of creative lacing on a more casual shoe like the 1776.  Example:

 

post #7727 of 17864
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Originally Posted by firefit View Post
 

Which AE shoes are best for like... let's say a stroll around a mall? Or a date?

I'm really interested in those Grayson loafers, McAllister's, Strand's. Those are really appealing to me, but are they considered business casual? Since the term is slightly vague... I just need a little clarification.


I'm firmly in the suede Dundee camp (and its on the 511).  A FAR more casual option if you can find a pair would be an Odenwald (its on the B34 which is also very forgiving in width).  Or you can wait for the hopefully coming soon Bayfield boot in something like CXL (assuming they put one out in that leather).  Here is a picture of mine from a few weeks ago: post #7004.

 

The McA and Strand are a bit to much for a "stroll in the mall", and they are on the 65 last (i.e. more narrow).

post #7728 of 17864
@firefit I think when I read people's comments about how the eyelets & winkling were totally unacceptable for a pair of limited run 199 dollar 1sts it was the first time I said omg out loud too...😁

Was going to go back to an original suggestion but ace13x beat me to it - the odenwald might be a good option. Depending on what the climate is like, maybe the Boone.
Just trying to think what I've worn walking around, and it hasn't been anything you mentioned. I think the "furthest" I've gone is with the Maxfield or Rye, other than those its always been something more casual.
post #7729 of 17864
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Originally Posted by firefit View Post

Which AE shoes are best for like... let's say a stroll around a mall? Or a date?
I'm really interested in those Grayson loafers, McAllister's, Strand's. Those are really appealing to me, but are they considered business casual? Since the term is slightly vague... I just need a little clarification.

I haven't tried any loafers (not my cuppa) but my Strandmok 2.0s were all OVER the National Mall yesterday and were comfy as could be. Considering all the walking we did I couldn't have been happier.

For something a little less casual, regular Strands or McAllisters would do the job nicely. If you're going to be on your feet a while dainite may be worth the investment.
post #7730 of 17864
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Originally Posted by firefit View Post
 

Which AE shoes are best for like... let's say a stroll around a mall? Or a date?

I'm really interested in those Grayson loafers, McAllister's, Strand's. Those are really appealing to me, but are they considered business casual? Since the term is slightly vague... I just need a little clarification.

 

 

I don't wear loafers, but I would not hesitate for one second to wear McAllisters or Strands with a pair of jeans to the mall. Not for a second.

 

I don't own either, but I wear my Alden longwing bluchers to the mall all the time.

 

 

The closed lacing on the AEs does make them a little dressy, but they are brogued and should be fine. 

 

Besides, the rest of the world generally dress the slobs and will be wearing beat up sneakers, or neglected leather bicycle toe shoes

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Originally Posted by firefit View Post
 

Which AE shoes are best for like... let's say a stroll around a mall? Or a date?

I'm really interested in those Grayson loafers, McAllister's, Strand's. Those are really appealing to me, but are they considered business casual? Since the term is slightly vague... I just need a little clarification.

 

 

I also wanted to add the Mojave 2.0 as a cheaper ($189) alternative to he Dundee.  But the I find the 809 last a bit trickier to fit than the 511.  Maybe its because the Mojave is unstructured, but I find that the volume is quite low even when the width is fine.

 

 

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@firefit I think when I read people's comments about how the eyelets & winkling were totally unacceptable for a pair of limited run 199 dollar 1sts it was the first time I said omg out loud too...😁

Was going to go back to an original suggestion but ace13x beat me to it - the odenwald might be a good option. Depending on what the climate is like, maybe the Boone.
Just trying to think what I've worn walking around, and it hasn't been anything you mentioned. I think the "furthest" I've gone is with the Maxfield or Rye, other than those its always been something more casual.


Amen.  While I don't think anyone should keep something they aren't happy with, from my perspective, these minor issues seem to be par for the course on the discount Web Gems.  Wasn't there a whole lot of hemming and hawing on the Sauk Drive?

 

@Neo1 Shame there isn't something like the McTavish or Ridgeway around for those mall excursions.  Instead, we have the insanity that is the Newberg.

post #7732 of 17864
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Originally Posted by armedferret View Post


I haven't tried any loafers (not my cuppa) but my Strandmok 2.0s were all OVER the National Mall yesterday and were comfy as could be. Considering all the walking we did I couldn't have been happier.

For something a little less casual, regular Strands or McAllisters would do the job nicely. If you're going to be on your feet a while dainite may be worth the investment.


I get that some people swear by Dainite, but I find it MUCH less comfortable for a full day of standing than leather.  On the other hand the Vibram on the Strandmok is definitely way comfortable.

post #7733 of 17864
Thread Starter 
Out of the 3 Id wear the Grayson to the mall AND to a date. Same pair of Grayson with chinos, denim and trousers


post #7734 of 17864
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I get that some people swear by Dainite, but I find it MUCH less comfortable for a full day of standing than leather.  On the other hand the Vibram on the Strandmok is definitely way comfortable.

 

I'll allow it.  ;)

 

Obviously comfort is subjective, and a lot of it depends on the wearer, age of the shoes, how broken-in the cork is, etc.  But the Vibram is definitely superb.  Not very "businesslike", but I would probably still rock 'em on a Friday no hesitation.  :D

post #7735 of 17864
In response to all comments concerning the 1776's- the eyelets were one issue, but the biggest thing for me was the large area on the right upper that was separated from the liner on the right shoe
post #7736 of 17864
Kicking off merlot Monday. I picked up Jefferson 2.0 about six weeks ago and haven't wore them much since my chili belt didn't look right with the shoes, but thanks to the 2nds tent sale my merlot belt was delivered on Friday afternoon.
post #7737 of 17864
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Kicking off merlot Monday. I picked up Jefferson 2.0 about six weeks ago and haven't wore them much since my chili belt didn't look right with the shoes, but thanks to the 2nds tent sale my merlot belt was delivered on Friday afternoon.

Which belt did you end up going with?  I'm having trouble deciding which one would best go with a pair of merlot McAllisters on back order that should be arriving this week.

post #7738 of 17864
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Originally Posted by AndyMiddles View Post
 

Which belt did you end up going with?  I'm having trouble deciding which one would best go with a pair of merlot McAllisters on back order that should be arriving this week.

I have the poplar dress belt for my Hopkinsons.  

post #7739 of 17864
@ace13x Good call on the Mojave, didn't think about that one (weird considering I bought a pair of the 1.0 1st quality from bcf last Fri for my little bro).

Funny you mentioned the Sauk drive - I bought a pair as 1st quality and literally had to use needle nose pliars to flatten the metal eyes down so they wouldn't tear through the laces😉

Quit it with the Ridgeways - I got 3 Mctavish to try to fill the void.😐
post #7740 of 17864
While I fully recognize that today is Merlot Monday, I was really feeling the Chili Delray's today.

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