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Yesterday for "Monkstrap Monday", bourbon Mora 2.0's:
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Today, navy Cornwallis:
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Originally Posted by Neo1 



These again?! I'm gonna wear these things out, but they're so comfortable.  I'll have to go with these.

Mine are getting wet today too...
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Originally Posted by redmusic1 View Post


Versatility is relative to your wardrobe and what personal values you want to portray with your attire.  

First, why would you think a red shoe (oxblood) would be more versatile than a shoe with both red and blue in it (Merlot)? In my opinion Oxblood just stands out more, it isn't more or less versatile than Merlot. Merlot works best with navies and grays, but not at all with browns. I can't see oxblood being worn with browns either. I'm sure some people do, but I can't condone it. Both colors come with black soles for a reason. Merlot is the dressier color, so in a sense of formality, it may be less versatile; but again, I remind you that oxblood has a black sole. It is meant to be a more formal color as well. 

Chili is technically the most "versatile" color of the three. However, it is severely stunted when worn with navy IMO, and I don't think it looks stellar with browns either. It really only pops with med-light grays (I don't like chili with charcoal), while also looking nice and conservative with tans. When I consider how amazing Merlot looks with every shade of gray and with navy, it becomes a better option than chili, even if not as technically "versatile." Don't get me wrong, I love dark chili and wore it today with navy trousers. Just pointing out that versatility is really only something to be considered when 1. a wardrobe is not built around grays and navies 2. you only want two pairs of dress shoes to rotate or 3. you aren't planning on buying any more shoes from AE. 

Bottom line, get the Merlot Strand or McAllister and wear them with your gray and navy trousers.

Hmm, this is very helpful, thanks. You've really got me considering that perhaps I should buy the merlot Strands today (with the added bonus of their current sale price of $237). I suppose I said versatility is important because I'd want to be able to wear these with most, if not all, of my trousers. But all my trousers are either gray or nave (with the exception of one taupe pair that I rarely wear), and so with that, I see what you're saying that merlot probably goes with my wardrobe better (or just as well) as chili or oxblood.

I guess that for some reason my impression was that the merlot was less neutral than chili or oxblood - I guess I had that wrong? And I dress moderately conservative at work, but not necessarily super conservative (put it this way - I regularly wear my walnut Strands and bourbon Fifth Avenues, and rarely a tie or jacket, so I'm not at the far extreme of conservative I would say).

With all that said, does anyone think that going with merlot Strands would be a mistake for me (or rather, that one of the other colors in a Strand or McAllister would be better)? Thanks again for the help.
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Originally Posted by ace13x View Post


Here is a side by side of my Merlot and Walnut Strands (color accuracy in this pic is pretty good).  I'm pretty sure someone posted a side by side of Merlot and Oxblood but I can't seem to find it now.




Edit: Indoor lighting.

Also very helpful, thanks. As mentioned in my post above, I had the impression that merlot was less neutral than chili or oxblood for some reason. Your picture certainly makes the merlot look plenty neutral for a moderately conservative dresser. Would you ever feel like the merlot is too much in a basic business casual setting?
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I consider Merlot to be more conservative than the shades of burgundy (such as the regular AE calf burgundy color that they now rarely sell) which is more red than purple.  The darker, more eggplant-y merlot is less flashy with a dark business suit.

 

A question for the forum: If you purchase a pair of shoes at a brick and mortar store, and later wish to return them for a different size, does the salesperson who sold you your pair lose their commission?  Does that only occur if you return for a refund, without exchanging them?

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This is my first time wearing my new-to-me Leeds 2.0s, purchased on eBay from dabondo1. They'll replace these similar pebble grain plain toe bluchers from Clarks, which I bought at least six or seven years ago and whose soles are now closer to racing slicks than the sturdy lugs they once had.
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Did I hear someone say Gobi? Ha, these were in the way back of the closet with some of my other boots. With rain in the forecast, I figured these would be slightly cooler than some tall boots. Every time I put these on, I am reminded of the crazy fit. One of only 2 pairs that I went down to 8.5 - yet they still have CRAZY volume.

 

I know it is only Tuesday, but... perhaps it'll be a chukka week for me? :satisfied:

 

 

My daily @dapkicks pic: (Click to show)
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Lasalle Tuesday. And Neo -- great to finally see you sharing some pics of your large collection.  

 

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A little shell on a Tuesday.
Edited by MattRiv - 6/28/16 at 9:20am
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@Lobster33you know that san Marco was for you buddy 😊
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Just out of curiosity, what is everyone's favorite suede shoe and color from AE? I'm debating getting another pair of suede shoes. Right now I'm sporting a pair of Johnston & Murphy Morrell Wingtips in grey (yeah, I know it's sacrilege but they are absurdly comfortable to me). Thoughts and opinions?
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@Lobster33you know that san Marco was for you buddy 😊

You're hard selling me on the San Marco.  Well, at least you're not that Nordstrom dude who was trying to sell me some Ecco sh*t.

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Originally Posted by lvrpl View Post

Hmm, this is very helpful, thanks. You've really got me considering that perhaps I should buy the merlot Strands today (with the added bonus of their current sale price of $237). I suppose I said versatility is important because I'd want to be able to wear these with most, if not all, of my trousers. But all my trousers are either gray or nave (with the exception of one taupe pair that I rarely wear), and so with that, I see what you're saying that merlot probably goes with my wardrobe better (or just as well) as chili or oxblood.

I guess that for some reason my impression was that the merlot was less neutral than chili or oxblood - I guess I had that wrong? And I dress moderately conservative at work, but not necessarily super conservative (put it this way - I regularly wear my walnut Strands and bourbon Fifth Avenues, and rarely a tie or jacket, so I'm not at the far extreme of conservative I would say).

With all that said, does anyone think that going with merlot Strands would be a mistake for me (or rather, that one of the other colors in a Strand or McAllister would be better)? Thanks again for the help.

Personally, I love the look of the dark chili McAllister over the merlot McAllister. Both are extremely versatile, but personally I just like the look of the dark chili with navy pants, jeans, and beige/tan pants a little better. I'd trade in my pair of Merlot in a heartbeat for one of the dark chili :-)
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You may remember the story I relayed on Father's Day. My autistic son was scammed out of nearly $400 trying to help someone out. My son needed that money for rent, and I decided I should help him out rather than buy some shoes that I had been eyeing. It was Father's Day, after all.
Well, it seems that this story was noticed by someone at AE.

They look and fit great!
I'm not sure that I should mention names here. I want to offer a great big "thank you!" to all of those at Allen Edmonds who made this happen.
This is a new reason why I appreciate Allen Edmonds.
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Originally Posted by redmusic1 View Post


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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@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).

 

I decided to try the 7D Strands and 6.5E McAllisters (both in Merlot) on again tonight. Well, the McAllisters felt a bit better than they did yesterday but I don't like their look quite as much as the Strands. I then put the Strands back on, and while they still felt good to me, I noticed the dreaded "bowing" on the left shoe only. Pictured here:

 

 

 

Called AE to see if I could exchange the 7D Merlot Strands for a 6.5E but of course they were a special-made shoe for their recent sale and they don't have them and wont be making them in my size again. I'll only be wearing these shoes a few times a year for formal events, and who is going to notice that, right? As an additional note, I tried bar-lacing them and they didn't pull as snug as I wanted, then I tried whatever free-style lacing is pictured and they were better. Perhaps I could lace them a better way and they'd feel better AND fix that bowing?

 

So now I have to decide between the McAllisters which seem to fit ever-so-slightly better or the left-shoe-bowing Strands which I love. :(

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