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Originally Posted by Count de Monet View Post
 

 

This exact make up, but in the LWB Macneil, was to have been an MTO for me when they shut down the original MTO program.


Here's a close up of them.  I think the people (some of whom post in this thread) who expect to get $1800.00 shoes for $400.00 and who examine every shoe using a high powered microscope and a micrometer were the people who sunk the old MTO program.

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Those look great. Other than brushing, how do you maintain your Dublin leather shoes?
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@robster35 Smart move not keeping a pair that's too short. Couldn't you just explain the sizing issue with the CS and ask to get a replacement at the sale price? It isn't your fault you have to order stuff without trying it.

I have some slight bowing on the Kirkwood but none on the northland.
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Let me start by saying that the midnight navy strands are superb (I'll post a pic in a day or two). The pictures likely won't do them justice as when you take a photo they appear black.

That said, Unlike some of you gents, I was determined to find a navy belt as I personally felt a navy belt would help bring out the navy in the shoes as well. After much debate I landed on a Mezlan 8594 belt. The pictures on the web make it look a bold blue with navy stripes. However, I was thrilled when the belt came and it's actually a very close match to the midnight navy shoe color and the style of the belt is a great match for the brogueing of the strands. Anyone who was debating which belt to choose to match the shoes should definitely check out this belt.
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I feel like I'm losing my mind a bit trying to determine my sizing. 

Went into two different Allen Edmonds shops last week, measure between a 6.5 and 7 on the Brannock device. Tried on a pair of Strands in a size 6.5D and they felt tight, although the salesmen kept sying they were better for me than a 7. The 7 felt pretty good to me but maybe a tad too long, but generally felt more comfortable than the 6.5. In the meantime, ordered Merlot Strands during the sale last week.

Then went to another AE nearby where I went through a similar process but the salesman told me go with a 7D (which may be too big, in his opinion) or a 6.5E. So I went home and ordered Merlot McAllisters and Chili MacNeil 2.0s from the Shoe Bank in 6.5E. 

All three pairs showed up today. The Merlot McAllisters just felt weird. Not even too wide being an E, but just off. Slightly too tight in some places.

The MacNeils were a bit better (they seem to be on a wider last to begin with) but not good enough for me to keep them. So I'm wondering now if I'd be better off with a 6.5D or 7D MacNeil 2.0.

Lastly, the original Merlot Strands in 7D feel really good. I can see where they might be considered just the slightest bit long for me but having tried 6.5D and 6.5E now I still prefer the 7D. I'll be keeping these!

What's left is that I'm kind of thrown off by the measurement on the Brannock. Maybe I'm just slightly not quite a 6.5 or a 7 and so I just have to accept neither is going to be absolutely ideal? Any tips on how to size in future AE shoes, if I ordered another MacNeil for example, or try something like the McGregor?

The 65 is notoriously difficult. The last itself is designed to be longer than the foot, though most people don't seem to like this. The correct 65 size for me in length and width is 10C. However, the 9.5D has virtually the same width while feeling more usual in the length. I usually opt for the 9.5D because my 10 length is due to extra long toes in the first place. I have two 65 lasted 10C's as well; they seem long comparatively, but they really aren't a bad fit, just different.

You will also get slight variations on the same last, because we are talking about leather that stretches and handcrafted work. My walnut strands are the longest 9.5D's I own and have almost as much length as my walnut PA's in 10. Don't go crazy, just return them and try again.

Glad to know you got the merlot and they fit. I'm super excited about mine as well. And for the record, they are the best fitting out of the box I've had so far.
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The 65 is notoriously difficult. The last itself is designed to be longer than the foot, though most people don't seem to like this. The correct 65 size for me in length and width is 10C. However, the 9.5D has virtually the same width while feeling more usual in the length. I usually opt for the 9.5D because my 10 length is due to extra long toes in the first place. I have two 65 lasted 10C's as well; they seem long comparatively, but they really aren't a bad fit, just different.

You will also get slight variations on the same last, because we are talking about leather that stretches and handcrafted work. My walnut strands are the longest 9.5D's I own and have almost as much length as my walnut PA's in 10. Don't go crazy, just return them and try again.

Glad to know you got the merlot and they fit. I'm super excited about mine as well. And for the record, they are the best fitting out of the box I've had so far.


@rbf1138 Similar to redmusic1 I size down and wider.  I brannock  8.5 D/E but my best fit in the 65 is 8E.  I could wear a 8.5D, it fits very well, but prefer the 8E because of length.  A lot has to do with your instep, length of your toes and your ball to heal length relative to your overall length. 

 

And yes the McNeil is on a different last.  I can wear an 8D in those no problem.

 

Also keep in mind that although those 6.5D's felt tight, they will loosen a bit when the insole sets after you wear them for a while.  Sometimes its enough to make them work (sometimes not).

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Originally Posted by Roycru View Post
 


Here's a close up of them.  I think the people (some of whom post in this thread) who expect to get $1800.00 shoes for $400.00 and who examine every shoe using a high powered microscope and a micrometer were the people who sunk the old MTO program.


I wouldn't mind a pair of those, but with a double oak sole.  Guess that would make them a McTavish with exposed eyelets.  Hmmm...  thats odd, why do I keep going back to the McT???

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McAllisters in dark chili vs. Strands in oxblood - anyone have any thoughts or recommendations on which of these I should get for my next pair of AEs?

Presently I've got a pair of black Park Aves, walnut Strands, and bourbon Fifth Aves. I'd be wearing this new pair to work and want versatility. I typically would be wearing them with trousers and a button-up, very occasionally with a tie and/or jacket. Most of my trousers are various shades of gray or navy.

Which should I get next - dark chili McAllisters or oxblood Strands? How different are the two colors in real life? Thanks for any thoughts.

One other question - would i be right to assume that merlot is too red/purple to be nearly as versatile as either chili or oxblood? Just wondering if I should consider merlot in either the Strand or McAllister given the merlot sale. Thanks.
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One other question - would i be right to assume that merlot is too red/purple to be nearly as versatile as either chili or oxblood? Just wondering if I should consider merlot in either the Strand or McAllister given the merlot sale. Thanks.
Personally, I consider merlot, oxblood, and burgundy to be interchangeable in terms of being the most versatile color.
The newer dark chili is right there too, but a little more towards the brown end of the spectrum. So I would not wear the dark chili with black, but I would wear merlot, burgundy, or oxblood with black.
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Personally, I consider merlot, oxblood, and burgundy to be interchangeable in terms of being the most versatile color.
The newer dark chili is right there too, but a little more towards the brown end of the spectrum. So I would not wear the dark chili with black, but I would wear merlot, burgundy, or oxblood with black.
Interesting. I would give chili the nod over oxblood, which I consider to be slightly too flashy to be appropriate for conservative business wear. Burgundy and merlot, on the other hand, I see as slightly too formal for casual wear, while chili bridges the two nicely.
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Do I sense a group MTO in the works?

 

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I wouldn't mind a pair of those, but with a double oak sole.  Guess that would make them a McTavish with exposed eyelets.  Hmmm...  thats odd, why do I keep going back to the McT???

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Will there be a Fourth of July sale?  If so, does anyone have an idea of what it will be?

 

Thanks.

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Originally Posted by ace13x View Post


I wouldn't mind a pair of those, but with a double oak sole.  Guess that would make them a McTavish with exposed eyelets.  Hmmm...  thats odd, why do I keep going back to the McT???

 



Because the McT rocks! (though my favorite of my three pairs is a screw-up in terms of finish - see my post #7766 above...)
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Whoever approves the reviews on AE's site has been busy today.  As of yesterday, there were 695 reviews for the Park Ave.  Today there's 793.

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Interesting. I would give chili the nod over oxblood, which I consider to be slightly too flashy to be appropriate for conservative business wear. Burgundy and merlot, on the other hand, I see as slightly too formal for casual wear, while chili bridges the two nicely.
The chart on here has pretty much been what I go by.
http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/pants/what-color-shoes-to-wear-with-what-color-pants/
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