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Too much brown?  Prada, Falke, C&J Sydney

 

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They do offer multiple last shapes (see link below).  Some are not as narrow in the forefoot.  The boots are on the 174 last and the blues are on the 199, both 8.5UK which is my normal size.  The 174 fits well, but the 199 needed a bit of stretching in the toebox to accomodate for some pinching. If I ordered the 199 again, I would get 9UK.  Hope this helps.  

 

http://www.septiemelargeur.fr/last-w725-en.html

Thats a dangerous link right there.  Especially their "patina" tumbler page :worship2:
 
Today Merlot Calf MacNeils
 

 

post #16533 of 21029
good look mimo, cleav, crusty, euro and jungle.

mimo, they are the AS cambridge from AFPoS.

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Ah,....the ones I wept over at auction just the other day...must have blanked out the pain...Nice monks, Brostein.

 

Jungleroller: I get a bit bored of looking at AE sometimes, especially when it's SO unmistakably AE in shape and style.  But I really like the colour tone and the longwing is definitely one of the best styles for that last.  Really nice.

 

Euro - that was indeed helpful.  Will roll the dice on a 206 when the money tree is back in fruit.

post #16535 of 21029
wow everybody looks good, stitches your choice of colors and signature GGs
Mimo and jungle you're making me want to try AE -- i had a VERY bad fit experience long time ago and have never gone back, but both of yours look good.
Euro I like the Sydney combo and not too much brown in my view.
AND especially liking the patina on Cleav's Cliffords

CJ Pembroke, on 325 and Dainite
Ted Baker polka dot socks
polo/corneliani flannels, my onepant foo.gif

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Jungleroller: I get a bit bored of looking at AE sometimes, especially when it's SO unmistakably AE in shape and style.  But I really like the colour tone and the longwing is definitely one of the best styles for that last.  Really nice.

 

 

 

I completely hear ya.  These are my latest and probably last AE shoes.  While I like them I've opened my eyes to other makers as well.  I do love this Merlot Calf though.  In some lights its purple, indoors it almost looks black and in direct sun it looks cherry.  
post #16537 of 21029
Stitchy, Thanks for the nod man. Right back at yer, I'm liking that look. nod[1].gif

Same goes for CC Jung and Euro all too good thanks for sharing
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Crabby,

 

I found AE's printout guide to sizing very helpful: as I'm very far from any proper shoe shop, have weird feet, and had never bought shoes in US sizes before, I consider that a real bonus.  I now have six pairs.  Just one note: I find all of them just a little shallow at the top of the instep.  Nothing uncomfortable, just a wider lace gap than others.  That's something the measuring chart can't help with!

 

They're not the best shoes I have, to be honest (and I'm a bottom feeder compared to you fellows) either in leather or construction: at the same price range, I find the English makers are a bit better: better soles, thicker more natural leather, and nicer last shapes.  BUT for comfortable, decent, lightweight shoes, I really like them.  Also, their variety of width fittings gives- a fantastic range of ready-in-stock sizes, which literally nobody else matches.  That's the advantage of scale.  As is the "Shoebank" - a reveation, from which several pairs of mine were born.  The shell NSTs above - my only "heavier" pair of AEs, were $249.  Some of the others as little as $99 - and not all seconds either, some just end of line.  At that price, there's no competition.  I wouldn't pay full price for AE when it's more expensive than Loake or Barker, most Cheaneys, or Church's, AS, C&J in a sale.  But when you get a deal (and they seem to have offers constantly), it's well worth taking some.

 

So, yeah, do it.

post #16539 of 21029
thanks, cleav and CC.

nice combo, CC.
post #16540 of 21029
Mimo thanks for the comprehensive AE tips I my give them a try.
The shoe that has my eye is a brown shell strand I hear they make the cordos to higher std. With JR soles. Any of you bros hand that shoe?
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I have a walnut calf strand of theirs and I like it very much.  They now have the strand in the Merlot color/calf that I have in my MacNeil.   I believe AE in general is hit/miss with quality.  Some of their lower line shoes I've had great experience with and their higher end cordovan or independence collection I've had issues.  Their customer service is top notch in the case of any issues though.  edit: They use single JR soles.  My first cordovan from them was a MTO and I went with their independence sole because I liked the look of it.  

 

 

Their websit says JR soles on their cordovan strands - http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF1645_1_40000000001_-1


Edited by jungleroller - 12/18/13 at 10:07am
post #16542 of 21029
Thanks jungle ! Very helpful
Last question -- on your strand did you go from D to E ? I heard toe box is narrow
post #16543 of 21029
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Thanks jungle ! Very helpful
Last question -- on your strand did you go from D to E ? I heard toe box is narrow

I actually bought my strand in 12 D (online) because I thought that was the proper fit based on my park aves.  Since then, I've been properly fitted and gone a step down in all my other AE's to 11.5D.  I could see the need to go a hair wider on those though, especially in shell.  Do you have an AE in your area to try them on?  Even if you don't, they offer free return shipping on exchanges as long as you wear them on carpet to confirm fitment.  

post #16544 of 21029
Thanks so much jungle I think nordstroms I can try on or even in sf the AE store. I've just gotten lazy and accustomed to buying on the internet
Appreciate you sharing experiences and the helpful guidance
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Definitely!  Good luck and like Mimo said, keep your eyes peeled for sales, they are always going on.  I picked mine up at Nordstroms on sale for ~$200.  Maybe not in shell unless you want to go the "seconds" route.  

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