Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by watchidiot, Feb 12, 2016.
Bourbon are and Oxeblood are my 2 favorite Dalton colors.
Just got some Bellevue firsts in the mail yesterday and they fit like a dream. My first chukka.
Thank you for the responses so far @danwatts2005 @jcman311 @Neo1 @MattRiv , much appreciated.
I probably used the wrong term when saying am I too young for loafers. I know they have an older stigma but I'm also the person that would wear a cardigan every day of the week if I had that many and if I had them for the drastic weather changes here in Salt Lake. There's some amazing looking loafers out there.
So how should a loafer fit? For reference, most of my shoes are 9d. The Mora and Dundee are 9.5d and obviously more roomy in the toe box (think the guy at AE fit me wrong because the next time I went in the other SA said I was a 9d for sure and questioned the 9.5) but the shoes still feel great. I might have some weird creasing after a bit but I'll embrace it.
My 1000 Mile boots are 8.5d and the Chelsea Montague's are an 8 (figured without laces or straps I needed something a little snug.) For a loafer I'm thinking along the lines of a more snug fit, especially when wearing without socks or thin no show socks. Should I be looking at an 8.5? Also, is it bad form to head to AE and try on a loafer sockless?
I don't think they'll let you try them sockless. They'll probably give you the hose socks, which should make the fit basically sockless. FWIW, I wouldn't recommend wearing your expensive AEs without socks. Get some no-shows.
@SLCRich I've seen people try loafers on barefoot in the store - I wouldn't advise that. Figure in using the ped things.
Depending on the last, the loafers will fit very differently. 114, 800, 145, 2592, 79, 97, 555, 108, 222, 606, 2042, not to mention the Italian stuff. I consider myself far from an expert but I've tried on examples of loafers on everything I just mentioned - what did you have in mind?
Just noticed cordovan seconds jumped to $529 regular price.
Ha! You know more about the handsewns than anyone else I know. I've learned so much from your custom last recommendations, @Neo1 .
The SA at the AE Outlet I went to yesterday mentioned that was coming. They had a pretty nice pair of brown shell Larchmonts in 10.5D there for $399, but he said shell was going up.
That is awfully close to Alden first money for me (though I'm sure they're going up soon too...)
I'm eyeing the Patriot in burgundy and Steen in brown in the shoe bank. I feel those two colors will compliment all my pants. However the Graysons are looking really good, mainly because I rarely see tassels and it would be a little peacocky, and also because they have the best reviews on the AE site. @Neo1
Sad that it took me so long to finally post in this thread for 2016.
Very happy, however, with this pickup from the clearance sale. I have wanted this Strand double-flap briefcase for a long time and its closeout price made it a bargain. The Strand is my favorite shoe, I love the briefcase's matching brogueing and I am looking forward to watching its color character develop over time.
Chock full o'Strands:
I'm very happy to finally have a quality leather briefcase that can hold more than just a laptop and a few papers. I also have the Neumok messenger bag, and it's small in comparison.
I hope everyone is having a great week, as always.
@CMT1 wow that looks amazing - congrats!
These just in from the ShoeBank (I love this color - chili burnished). Two related questions: the flaw in these is the back dot on left part of the right shoe; so, how to minimize that? Also, my general approach to shining new shoes is to wait till after several wearings (no rain or other weather) then condition with AE premium conditioner (or Ren) then premium polish (if color is needed) then wax neutral for two or three layers. In this case, I'm not sure what to do with the dot. Maybe just let it be for now as a reminder that it saved me $160. Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.
Please direct me to where shell Alden firsts are $529.
Maybe you should try reading for comprehension first...
C'mon man. No need to get snippy. He said the $529 price is close to Alden money to him and at around $688 for Alden firsts, is $150 really that much of a stretch once one is spending that much on shoes?
It's all relative. I think the sad point here is that the wondrous days of $325 shell seconds sales are long gone.
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