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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post

I've tried the Leydon lasted chukka (suede).  It is an excellent make up. I just happen to like the barrie last better.  FYI, if anyone is looking for a cheaper option, on a suede chukka, the AE Amok has a very similar feel and fit compared to the Leydon suede chukka. Not sure that AE still has this particular model in stock though.

I tried the Amok once at an AE outlet, and for whatever reason the shoe just didn't fit my foot quite right. It was too tight in the toes, but too wide in the heel. If it fit, I easily would have picked that over Alden's chukka and saved myself a ton of money. But in the end, I'm really happy with my tan chukkas, and I already had a pair in snuff as well.

There's a lot of talk about completing a shell LWB rainbow, but for myself I'd love a suede chukka rainbow......still need dark brown and navy.
post #48332 of 122416
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First shell purchase! Thanks to all for the inspiration.

Great start to a dangerous habit.  Good luck and enjoy!

post #48333 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post

I've tried the Leydon lasted chukka (suede).  It is an excellent make up. I just happen to like the barrie last better.  FYI, if anyone is looking for a cheaper option, on a suede chukka, the AE Amok has a very similar feel and fit compared to the Leydon suede chukka. Not sure that AE still has this particular model in stock though.

 

I ordered the AE Snuff Suede Chukka earlier this week from Amazon:

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006WDMX7C/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B006WDMX7C&linkCode=as2&tag=tt-20

 

I had been watching it for a while and my size happened to come in stock so I jumped on it. 

 

For under $200., I thought it was a good deal compared to Alden which is $480.

 

I've heard it is very similar, while the Alden one is a bit more comfortable and certainly a bit higher quality, it may not be worth over 2x the price. 

 

They are no longer available from Allen Edmonds (not sure why) so may be a good time to grab a pair. 

They were last year's stock.  AE has another suede chukka this season but it is a longwing and has a red vibram sole...

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF7034_1_40000000001_-1

 

Not sure I like this makeup.  BTW, great economical score Mediahound!  I had the opportunity to pick up that exact amok for about the same price last year (fall), but opted for the Alden suede PTB.  Amazon has my size in the tan and the snuff... tempted. biggrin.gif

post #48334 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Beatlegeuse View Post

I tried the Amok once at an AE outlet, and for whatever reason the shoe just didn't fit my foot quite right. It was too tight in the toes, but too wide in the heel. If it fit, I easily would have picked that over Alden's chukka and saved myself a ton of money. But in the end, I'm really happy with my tan chukkas, and I already had a pair in snuff as well.

There's a lot of talk about completing a shell LWB rainbow, but for myself I'd love a suede chukka rainbow......still need dark brown and navy.

If ever a doubt with fit and comfort, I'd always go with spending more to get it right.  Somehow, this is always how an AE decision plays itself out for me.  The shoe looks good, but the fit and comfort just isn't good enough to go with the cheaper price.  The Amok did feel pretty good to me though, but I preferred the PTB to the chukka in suede; no such PTB in suede from AE.

post #48335 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

I could see Frank rocking these, but they aren't his size.  (Creepy that I know that)

We discussed this, and I have these already. smile.gif Or close enough anyway. I'll post a photo when they get their first outing of the spring.

And we could probably play a game where everyone has to see if they can remember what size a certain thread participant is. There'd be extra points if you could recite the multiple variations: "Well, he's a 6.5C in Barrie, but a 7AAA in Aberdeen and Hampton and TTS in Grant." Or similar.
post #48336 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

I ordered the AE Snuff Suede Chukka earlier this week from Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006WDMX7C/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B006WDMX7C&linkCode=as2&tag=tt-20


I had been watching it for a while and my size happened to come in stock so I jumped on it. 

For under $200., I thought it was a good deal compared to Alden which is $480.

I've heard it is very similar, while the Alden one is a bit more comfortable and certainly a bit higher quality, it may not be worth over 2x the price. 

They are no longer available from Allen Edmonds (not sure why) so may be a good time to grab a pair. 
mediahound : thanks for the link and tip. i just picked up the last pair in my size (first color choice too) ive been prowling the web off and on all day not quite able to justify the $480 for aldens . im not that sure i like suede or chukkas that much . im more of a shell boot kinda guy but this accursed thread got me jonesing for suede chukkas. i had a pair of ae at one time on the same last that fit well so i should be ok there
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#4 + Black Shell Saddles by LS at work today
post #48338 of 122416
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post

They were last year's stock.  AE has another suede chukka this season but it is a longwing and has a red vibram sole...
http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF7034_1_40000000001_-1

Not sure I like this makeup.  BTW, great economical score Mediahound!  I had the opportunity to pick up that exact amok for about the same price last year (fall), but opted for the Alden suede PTB.  Amazon has my size in the tan and the snuff... tempted. biggrin.gif
RTP: An awful lot if the reviews i read on the discontinued amoks complained about the shoe squeaking. ae's stock response was that this was caused by the interface of oiled leather sole and suede . i would guess the new vibrams are intended as a fix but i agree i dont like the makeup as much
post #48339 of 122416
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Originally Posted by boibleu22 View Post

Will shell stretch a bit with time? I'm between a 8.5 and a 9 on the Braddock and currently wear a 9D in Barrie. I tried on an 8.5 and had no issues getting my foot in with thick socks, but there was a bit of toe cramp, but not enough to make it uncomfortable. Will shell cordovan stretch a bit after many wears?
What time were you trying on shoes? If late afternoon you may be ale to get away with toe cramp once footbe settles in. If its a boot though I'd go larger size for sure
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Are you guys treating your suede with anything when they're new?

Edit: I've heard good things about the Allen Edmonds protector but Ed at Shoe Mart said there's no need. Just wondering IF I need to treat them out of the box, and if so, will it affect the softness of the suede.
post #48341 of 122416
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Originally Posted by boibleu22 View Post

Will shell stretch a bit with time? I'm between a 8.5 and a 9 on the Braddock and currently wear a 9D in Barrie. I tried on an 8.5 and had no issues getting my foot in with thick socks, but there was a bit of toe cramp, but not enough to make it uncomfortable. Will shell cordovan stretch a bit after many wears?


i am pretty sure shell stretches/conforms to my feet as the shoes are broken in (and the insole compresses slightly, which also opens up the shoe). still, as bakes said, a cramped toebox is unlikely to improve drastically. i believe that most shoes will ultimately conform to your feet, but how fast that happens is a function of your pain tolerance, and some shoes may never fit you truly well within a reasonable amount of time.

post #48342 of 122416
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post

Aren't the PTBs on the barrie last?  I really like Alden's shortwing blucher, but I'm not really sure what I think of the plaza last (J.Gilbert's) for that particular makeup.

no, the ptb makeup from NRO is on the leydon, which is why i ordered it. i tried the standard suede ptb on the barrie and the heel was too wide for my comfort.
post #48343 of 122416
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Originally Posted by meso View Post

Gave in & snagged the navy suede PTBs from needsupply.
Already have a pair of dark brown chukkas, so would like another color for variety.
They'll look just so killer with light chinos.
Also, I'll need to pick up laces... like the way Unionmade pictured them. Only difference is the laces.


Looks familiar . . .

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post #48344 of 122416
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Originally Posted by archangle13 View Post

How about the Allen Edmonds #5 last? Would you know how the Aberdeen last compares with the AE Park Avenue?

Thanks for your advice!

The PAs are narrow. With the #5 last, I have to go up in width.
post #48345 of 122416
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Originally Posted by zippyh View Post

I do not need another pair of blue suede shoes.
I do not need another pair of blue suede shoes.
I do not need another pair of blue suede shoes.
I do not need another pair of blue suede shoes.
I do not need another pair of blue suede shoes.
I gotta remember that.

Of course not. But, what do you want?
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