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Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread 2016 - News, Pictures, Sizing, Accessories, Clothing, etc - Page 576post #8627 of 155157/13/16 at 4:30amQuote:Originally Posted by Neo1
@TexasTexter Found your posts interesting. When I first saw the Acheson I assumed no one would buy it and it would go straight to clearance. Nice looking shoe, no doubt, but in my mind, its a step down from the Grayson in terms of looks, plus I have to imagine the 97 last fit is going to be far more accommodating than the "polarizing" fit of the Acheson that some might love but others would really hate. May I ask why you didn't just go for a Grayson?
Good question. I think the marketing got me.post #8628 of 155157/13/16 at 4:51amQuote:Originally Posted by Count de Monet
I thing some of you may worry too much about "matching" belt and shoe color. I think AE feeds this.
An exact match isn't necessary. If you have a darkish brown and a lighter brown, that's close enough for your brown shoes, assuming the levels of formality are on par. Add a black and a burg and you have it covered.
I respectfully disagree. From a look stand point in a professional setting having a belt that matches really is going to add a level of polish you don't get with just having the color set correct. People won't notice a perfect match, but they will notice something off. This has been touched on in more than one professional presentation class I've attended.post #8629 of 155157/13/16 at 5:14amHappy Walnut Wednesday!
I think I figured out what makes these seconds... The toe box on the left shoe is really soft, so whenever I try and apply a high shine on them, the wax cracks. I cleaned them off with Renomat a couple weeks ago, I have to figure out the best way to shine these up.post #8630 of 155157/13/16 at 5:57amQuote:
I'm wearing my bourbon Manistee with my walnut Strands as we speak. My belt is the same color as yours. I wear a dark brown Manistee for my bourbon McAllisters.post #8631 of 155157/13/16 at 6:09amQuote:Originally Posted by Lobster33
Oh I get it. I've read several disaster stories on this site. Some people received shoes with the wrong soles. I find that unnacceptable. A sole is often a very important part of why people buy certain shoes. You mention one really intersting point in that you've had mismarked sizes. I wonder how did you determine that? Did you measure the shoes? I have several pair of Carlyles, and even though they fit different at the vamp, they all are the same length and feel the same in the toe box.
I guess I've had one small negative experience with the merlot belt I received. Don't buy the basic wide dress belt in merlot.
I've run into sizing issues with the Grayson, Patriot, Cavanaugh, and Concord Aves (once with the Grayson, three times with the Patriot, twice with the Cavanaugh, and once with the Concord Ave). In all instances, I went to an AE store to try on firsts of the shoe, ordered the same size from Shoebank, and I couldn't even get my heel in the shoe (in cases where I was eventually able to force my foot in, the shoe was like a compression sleeve- couldn't even take a step). On one of the pairs of Shoebank Cavanaughs (which were otherwise flawless) I tore off a chunk of skin on my Achilles' tendon with my first step.
In fairness to the Patriot, that last was a horrible for for me after I tried on firsts, but more of the point was that all 3 Shoebank examples fit differently. Also, on the Grayson, on the pair I got that wasn't way too small, there was a 1/4" difference in heel height, as well as an obscene amount of excess volume in the top of the left shoe.
So yeah, my Shoebank fit experience has been awful lol.post #8632 of 155157/13/16 at 6:26amQuote:
To me that looks more Walnut. I don't know why, but for me a dark belt can might lighter shoes, where the reverse tends to bug me. My sanity is almost as questionable as my fashion sense, so take that with a grain of salt...
I've wound up with a lot of belts, and honestly I don't mind.post #8633 of 155157/13/16 at 6:36amQuote:
I ended up wearing with them today. The belt looks a bit darker IRL than this pic so it matches the lighter part of shoes, not 100% happy but my dark brown is closer to black than bourbon.post #8634 of 155157/13/16 at 7:23amQuote:
Now that I know you and I are hitting the same spots and looking for the same sizes of AEs, I have no choice but to beef up a bit on my breakdance fighting skills. Consider yourself warned.
On the other hand, I will gladly cede all the Bruno Maglis in the universe to you.post #8635 of 155157/13/16 at 7:43ampost #8636 of 155157/13/16 at 7:49amQuote:Originally Posted by sd-engnr
Question about width......
When you go up in width (say from D to E) does only the footprint of the shoe actually get wider without a change to volume? Or is the footprint the same and more volume is added? Or both the footprint (width) gets bigger and more volume is added?
If the one of the 3 dimensions gets larger and the others remain the same then by definition the volume increases no? I go from D to E its definitely the width footprint that gets bigger. I dont really have heel problems for me its at the ball of the foot where my issues arise. Going from E to EEE definitely leaves me with a lot of unused real estate. In most lasts I have to go up like an entire length to make a D work but then I have tremendous amount of toe volume and the ball of my foot isnt well seated either.post #8637 of 155157/13/16 at 8:27ampost #8638 of 155157/13/16 at 8:48am
An actual planned Walnut Wednesday... although I have slowly worked these Daltons away from the old AE orange-tinted walnut. The pics below came out lighter than in real life (pants are a dark rust color), plus I think some overeager brushing before/after the last few wears removed some of my dark polish burnish handy work.
As far as fit, I tried a variety of sizes before ultimately settling on my 5 last. When I first put these on, they feel slightly short, despite thinner socks. After a bit, this feeling goes way - but I am still getting heel slip, with one foot being worse than the other. Lacing them up tighter at the bottom doesn't really help because the thin laces seem to re-distribute the tightness throughout (and my skinny ankles/legs don't fill out the shaft completely).
I've messed with tongue pads for volume issues, but never had trouble with heel slip. Any suggestions on reducing it?
I am thinking about changing laces, if even for the short term, to something like what comes with LBs or even flat (Alden-esque) laces. This might help me secure them better. Also, since these have <20 wears, I may just need to suck it up and wear them a couple times a week for a few months.post #8639 of 155157/13/16 at 8:57ampost #8640 of 155157/13/16 at 8:59am
To piggyback on my post above, can anyone comment on how the Dundees fit in regards to the Dalton? Specifically the length and heel size of the two.
If, say, a 9.25C Dalton is the ideal fit, do you think I could get away with 9D in the Dundee? I'm wondering if I need to go up to 9.5D or even 10B and use an insert.
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