Those look great, especially with the tweed! Were these a standard offering or G/MTO? I've thought a few times that I would love to have my Black Hills in snuff or chocolate suede.
My 2nd black strands were better than my 1st bourbon strands.
The firsts are in great shape, a very minor blemish very low in the upper right above the stitching. You would never see it unless you were 2" from the shoe. The seconds were flawless however (cosmetically anyway). For $199 they were an absolute steal.
I guess it's just luck.
Ok. First off, on the brannock, the way I had it explained to me (also I just looked it up), you should be looking at both arch length (reading on the side) and heel to toe, taking the longer of the two numbers. In your case, it looks like you are a 12 in arch and 11.5 in heel to toe, so you take the 12 number and find where the 12 matches up on the width on the right. I read you as a 12 B/C, which ironically is my size as well (although I lean more to a B than a C). The difference is, it seems like your left foot is bigger, while my right foot is (are you a lefty?), hence the fit issue on the left shoe. I went with a 12B as I had a more secure fit on my smaller foot and have the option to stretch my right shoe if it ever causes me any trouble. Another point is that my v-gap on the 12C was basically nonexistent and was too wide for me. Did you happen to take any pics of the 12C (or brannock) on the left foot? I would definitely have AE bring in a 12B for you to try and go either 12B or C based on the fit of the front of your foot/toes.
One thing I will offer is that the pinching sensation on those 11.5Ds is unlikely to go away with wear and will drive you insane. Also, stretching didn't even help for me and I think I'll need to unload some shoes afterall. Has anyone been able to get AE to replace shoes that don't fit/are the fault of the SA?
Thanks Matt. I will try the 12Bs. Here is my left foot in 12C - not as much bowing as the right, though, strangely.
Your left foot looks perfect in a 12C, but your right foot looks a little loose. I think you have the same problem that I do, but with opposite feet. You could try snugging the lacing a little more on your right foot to see if that will draw the bowed out area tighter to your ankle. Definitely give the 12B a shot, but I think you are pretty close to the desired result.
Quick question or maybe you can link me to your other post about your experience, but I have a pair that was sold to me by a SA that doesn't fit that I'm trying to decide what to do with.
Are they worn? If not, call your SA for a shipping label to send them back. If so, have you tried calling the customer service line?
They are worn. I brought them into the store to have them stretched and wanted to give them one honest wear before I tell them I want a different size. The bad part is that they are boubon and likely only have seconds left (which is really fine, IDC at this point). What do you suggest?