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post #19471 of 27508
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Originally Posted by CoolNickname View Post

What would be an alternative to Allen Edmonds Park Avenue?
The Alden Plain Toe Oxford, maybe. Or Brooks Bros. carries the Peal & Co. Straight Captoe Bluchers.

Of course, if the Park Avenues hurt your feet, are you sure you're wearing the correct size Park Avenues? Maybe, because of the characteristics of the AE Park Avenue's last or something, you simply need to size up half a size in length, or a letter or two in width, for the Park Avenues to fit you comfortably. Just as it's not uncommon for a man to wear, say, a regular length jacket in one line, but need to buy a long length in another, so may you wear, for example, a size 10D shoe in some lines, but a size 10E or even 10.5E, in others.

(I'll add parenthetically that feet can - and often do - change in size and shape over the years. Yet most men figure that if their shoe size was, say, a 10D when they "stopped growing" at age 17, it's still a 10D now, when they're 20 years older. Many men go decades without having their shoe size measured on a Brannock device. I'm not saying that all men act this way, just that lots do. And I can tell you from personal experience that even a single letter difference in shoe width can be the difference between comfortable feet, and sore, aching feet. And that this is especially true with dress shoes - for various reasons, sneakers, moccasins, "casual shoes," etc., are often more forgiving of such things. I wonder whether this isn't one reason why so many men claim to find dress shoes uncomfortable.)
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post #19472 of 27508

Thanks for your suggestions.

 

I got sized at Nordstroms.  Tried 9 and 9 1/2 D with the latter feeling better.  They both hurt my toes near the cap toe where the shoe creases as my foot bends when I walk.  An Allen Edmonds associate suggested 9 1/2 E.

 

I'm considering the Vernons which are made with the same last as the Cliftons which I bought in walnut. Would the Vernons still be considered a conservative formal shoe despite its cap toe perfing?  I rarely wear suits, and dress mostly in business casual, but I want a shoe that I can't go wrong with when wearing suits.

 

 

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post #19473 of 27508

I apologize for the double post.


Edited by CoolNickname - 1/3/13 at 9:39pm
post #19474 of 27508
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What would be an alternative to Allen Edmonds Park Avenue?  They hurt my feet.  Looking for a black lace up without frilly or ornate details.

 

 

I wear a Ferragamo cap toe- not sure if they offer the same model now but they sell the "Fantino" oxford for $495.

Very comfortable and great looking. 

 

post #19475 of 27508

I am looking for a good wingtip oxford or boot(Boot doesn't have to be wingtip but can.) Does anyone have any brands they would suggest or particular models they would suggest? I don't think I am willing to fork out Alden or Allen Edmund prices yet. Still developing the style.
 

post #19476 of 27508
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Originally Posted by AmericanLion View Post

I am looking for a good wingtip oxford or boot(Boot doesn't have to be wingtip but can.) Does anyone have any brands they would suggest or particular models they would suggest? I don't think I am willing to fork out Alden or Allen Edmund prices yet. Still developing the style.
 

I think the lowest price you can really go and still expect to have something that could possibly last you a while is Meermin.  They're not big on boots, but have some very attractive wingtips.

post #19477 of 27508

Grenson makes a number of very sharp brogue/wingtip boots.  I like their Ella boot. 

 

I have always been partial to Red Wing boots- very well made and while they cost $300 and up, you will never need to buy another boot again- so choose wisely!   They have a nice brogue "ranger" style# 8127 that I like. 

 

Spend your money well and you will only have to spend it once!
 

post #19478 of 27508
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Originally Posted by Chase H View Post

I think the lowest price you can really go and still expect to have something that could possibly last you a while is Meermin.  They're not big on boots, but have some very attractive wingtips.


Those wingtips are attractive! Thanks for the info Chase! I am going to read up on them and may order!


Edited by AmericanLion - 1/3/13 at 4:52pm
post #19479 of 27508

I am looking for good looking, comfortable Chukka boots. for the most part i am looking for something on the casual side of things, but want to be able to wear it to church. I wont be wearing it with a suit or nothing to insult the name of proper dressing but i want chukkas.
please bear in mind my budget wont permit me to mess around with the likes of meermin and brooks bros brands. i am a college student, with a minimum wage job please do bare with me.

 

Help?

post #19480 of 27508

Someone convince me to get a pair of Allen Edmunds. I have been lurking on Styleforum and understand they will last a long time and are made of quality materials. The only thing I am worried about is there is not a single retailer in my area that sells them so I have to order online. I went to the mall and had my foot measured and all that so I know exactly what I am in that regard, but all shoes run a little different. So how do you order a pair online without ever trying them on?
 

post #19481 of 27508
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Originally Posted by AmericanLion View Post

Someone convince me to get a pair of Allen Edmunds. I have been lurking on Styleforum and understand they will last a long time and are made of quality materials. The only thing I am worried about is there is not a single retailer in my area that sells them so I have to order online. I went to the mall and had my foot measured and all that so I know exactly what I am in that regard, but all shoes run a little different. So how do you order a pair online without ever trying them on?

 
You sound like you're already convinced. They're reasonably comfortable and well-made so if you like the style just buy it from somewhere with a return policy.
For what it's worth, mine (MacNeils) ran true to size. I think AE has a size chart on their website, you might want to check that out.
post #19482 of 27508
So I just bought a suit jacket from J Crew and several different size dress shirts from BB. What's the best way to go about posting pics to get opinions on the fit and/or tailoring recommendations? Should I post here or in a different thread? Should I start a new thread? Thanks.
post #19483 of 27508
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Originally Posted by Mr Sola View Post

So I just bought a suit jacket from J Crew and several different size dress shirts from BB. What's the best way to go about posting pics to get opinions on the fit and/or tailoring recommendations? Should I post here or in a different thread? Should I start a new thread? Thanks.

There is a tailor's thread dedicated to just fit pics. This is also a pretty decent place to post.
post #19484 of 27508
Thanks. I'll try the tailor's thread.
post #19485 of 27508
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Originally Posted by Sahadoha View Post

I am looking for good looking, comfortable Chukka boots. for the most part i am looking for something on the casual side of things, but want to be able to wear it to church. I wont be wearing it with a suit or nothing to insult the name of proper dressing but i want chukkas.
please bear in mind my budget wont permit me to mess around with the likes of meermin and brooks bros brands. i am a college student, with a minimum wage job please do bare with me.

 

Help?


Timberland makes a Chukka boot- around $100.  Go to Zappos and type in chukka and there are about 10-15 good boots there by Clarks, Sperry, Timberland and other less expensive brands.  Unfortunately $100 shoes will only last you about 1 year. 

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