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who here has the McAllisters in Merlot? ive purchased 3 pair of AE this year - walnut strands,chili madison parks,maritimes, really need something in Merlot/burgundy and black. should i pick up the McAllister in merlot at this nice price?

Definitely worth it.

 

 

 

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same size as other 65 last shoes?? ive read a couple reviews saying they seemed a little bigger than their strands and PA's, i figure those are likely in the minority tho

They seemed smaller than my Strands but fit will vary from shoe to shoe, they are built on the same last and should fit the same. The multiple layers of material used may have resulted in extra pulling during construction and a tighter fit.

post #9932 of 17573
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Definitely worth it.







They seemed smaller than my Strands but fit will vary from shoe to shoe, they are built on the same last and should fit the same. The multiple layers of material used may have resulted in extra pulling during construction and a tighter fit.

o wow. yeah im pretty sure ill be gettig a pair. sheesh this is becoming an addiction
post #9933 of 17573
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@robster35

Same size as those. The only 65 last shoe I ever downsized from a 9.5d to 9d was the unlined neumok in acorn hill fire I just bought and that is likely because I plan to wear sock less and the rumor that the made for Nordstrom shoes may fit a bit bigger. Don't know if there's any truth in that.
Mine arrive Friday and I did my Strand size for them. Hopefully they work but if not Nordstrom service will make it right. They had a full size lower at the store which was a horrible fit. Would have loved to try a half size down but here we are
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Mine arrive Friday and I did my Strand size for them. Hopefully they work but if not Nordstrom service will make it right. They had a full size lower at the store which was a horrible fit. Would have loved to try a half size down but here we are

update us when u receive yours man. will probably go on and order my strand size as well before they sell out
post #9935 of 17573

Bourbon Fifth Avenues today. I call this look "Cheap Clothes, Expensive Shoes." Hope you enjoy.

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If you search my history you'll find a lot of thoughts on this. Short version is that the 1943 never worked for me - it was both too narrow and too short. For the toebox, I would need a half size and a width up from Brannock, and for volume I'd need a width up (medium volume for me). Based on your description, I'd start with 12D.



For reference, I had to go up a width in the 65 to accommodate toes; that works ok but is a bit loose in the heel. I'm Brannock on other AE lasts.

Hmmm...

That makes me want to try the 12E as well. Based on a conversation I had when I called AE once, the Strand (and its derivatives Rush St. et. al.) are tightly cut. I'm new enough to this game that I won't say this is a definitive fact, but I think many people who say they struggle with the 65-last are actually (mainly) struggling with the cut of the Strand pattern on the 65-last.

In any case, I guess I'll ask Nordstrom to bring in all four sizes (11.5D, 11.5E, 12D, 12E) frown.gif

Or maybe not.

This is when I wish an AE store was close - I have to believe the Raleigh area could support one...

1) They won't stock the sizes, so I say f-em, give them what they want.  I'd order every possible thing and return the ones you don't want.  Hey, must be more profitable to do that than to actually stock the sizes so why not.

 

2) As another high instep person, I have to ask you - have you ever tried something out that you feel is bad instep wise but ok everywhere else?  I've definitely been burned in the past when I try to go to E width to fit instep - anytime shoes feel too long or too wide, I feel like I'm "carrying" the shoe rather than it "carrying" me.  I get tired, with muscle fatigue.  Give you my latest example.  Got the bourbon Carlyle, good fit from the start, total lacing gap closure from the start.  Instant return.  I know, from trying on a zillion pairs, that this is not good.  Switched out for a  merlot strand, same size.  Instep pain was probably 9/10 out of the box.  Use the 3 wear break-in method - 3x12hr wears, 1 mi walking with each wear minimum, with overly heavy socks.  I'll tell you, on the 3rd wear today, the instep pain was basically a 1/10 if that.  Maybe pick up an ebay pair and see how it goes.  You don't want to introduce heel slip to compensate for instep, trust me on that...

post #9937 of 17573
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Originally Posted by robster35 View Post


o wow. yeah im pretty sure ill be gettig a pair. sheesh this is becoming an addiction


This is my response to anyone who is hesitating getting a pair of merlot Macs or Strands at the current 1sts clearance pricing:

post #9938 of 17573
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1) They won't stock the sizes, so I say f-em, give them what they want.  I'd order every possible thing and return the ones you don't want.  Hey, must be more profitable to do that than to actually stock the sizes so why not.

I think I'll have them brought to the store.  I'm not sure I blame them for not having E-widths - the sheer number of lines and models they carry would make that hard to manage.

 

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2) As another high instep person, I have to ask you - have you ever tried something out that you feel is bad instep wise but ok everywhere else?  I've definitely been burned in the past when I try to go to E width to fit instep - anytime shoes feel too long or too wide, I feel like I'm "carrying" the shoe rather than it "carrying" me.  I get tired, with muscle fatigue.  Give you my latest example.  Got the bourbon Carlyle, good fit from the start, total lacing gap closure from the start.  Instant return.  I know, from trying on a zillion pairs, that this is not good.  Switched out for a  merlot strand, same size.  Instep pain was probably 9/10 out of the box.  Use the 3 wear break-in method - 3x12hr wears, 1 mi walking with each wear minimum, with overly heavy socks.  I'll tell you, on the 3rd wear today, the instep pain was basically a 1/10 if that.  Maybe pick up an ebay pair and see how it goes.  You don't want to introduce heel slip to compensate for instep, trust me on that...

 

I definitely get you on heel-slip - I don't want any of that.


It may just be there is no good size for me here.  I could not find a Strand that worked - I tried 11EE, 11EEE, 11.5D (my McTavish size), 11.5E, 12D and 12E.  They were all bad in some way - the 11's were too short for sure, and width was bad.  11.5D had a pretty significant V-gap (my McT's are much better) and was very tight, which was why I sold my Rush Streets.  11.5E was OK, but still had a big V.  Both 12's had better gap, but my foot felt very "forward" in the shoe and there was heel slip.

 

I actually went through this at my sorta-local ShoeBank as well as an AE retail store while I was traveling - the SA seemed to be very solid and agreed that none of those fit.

 

I reaaaally wanted Warwicks to fit.  Nope.  I didn't get to try an 11.5E in those (I wanted Dark Chili and those are Nordstrom only and not made in E for them...).  The Alden monks didn't work either for the same reason - too much volume at the vamp.

 

I threw an 11.5D Cornwallis pair on at the ShoeBank a while back, but they were clearly mis-lasted, so I'm not sure if the fit there was anything to go on.

 

I like 'em - they just might not have a fit for me...  :(

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Brown McGregors acquired on Monday from AE eBay store are waiting for me at home along with my wife who will probably be holding a frying pan.

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Brown McGregors acquired on Monday from AE eBay store are waiting for me at home along with my wife who will probably be holding a frying pan.

Just tell her to, "Take that pan back into the kitchen and cook me some dinner!" Yeah, right, that will work. s/o

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My first purchase from the ShoeBank. A Dearborn Bourbon belt for $40. Looks and feels amazing!
post #9942 of 17573
Four more! What do you think?
post #9943 of 17573
Anyone else use going outside the house to run trivial errands as an excuse for AE shoe pr0n or just me? Trip to the grocery store, so of course using this valuable time to further break in the Mora 2.0
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Four more! What do you think?

What models? I like the second from the left
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Four more! What do you think?

Nice.  Do you need an intervention to get you into a barnweasel 12 step program?  :fonz:  What's your running total?

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