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For what it may be worth, I got the Nomad shortwing at 1/2 less than my normal size (in, say, the 65 last) and seems will work out. Also got the Surrey down 1/2 and working out too, though yes, still roomy.Stopped in at the store today and tried on an Independence line shoe for the first time. Hubba hubba. I get the hype. A lot of instep space on the vamp, but not nearly as bad as I thought it would be at the laces/facings. Certainly much better than the Nomad that I also tried, which I was swimming in. Bummer on the Nomad, I was kinda liking the suede short wings blucher.
While there, I had a brannock measurement. For the first time, I was measured as a B width. As @Shoenut has mentioned before, he often gets remeasured, and it is often different than an optimal fit. Whenever I have tried a B width, my toes get crunched, so I'll be sticking with wider than that.
Lastly, I'll throw myself on the mercy of the thread, and a special apology to resident strand nut @BFT9000. I didn't snap photos of the new release Strandmok. It's a grey-brown nubuck on a ....wait for it @ProfilaBinding .... Olive dainite sole. It is a winning combination that I don't see on the website yet. I see this as a future purchase for me.
They do it again and again. I think it only bugs you and me.I was expecting a dress boot. Balmoral and all. I’ve never understood the “let’s take a formal pattern and casualize the hell out of it” attitude but that does seem to sell a lot I guess.
I was hoping for a calfskin boot with leather soles.
Sorry to get your hopes up, but definitely not the same look as the conniston shown. No real green-ness to it. Much more brown with a hint of grey.Very nice. A Strandmok in that material with olive Dainite soles would be killer.
Continuing the streak of my Lost Boys. Behold the natty Academy with blue AE laces and a pair of AE butterfly socks. That's 3 AEs for the price of 1!!!!. Not seen on these feet in almost 100 days. Just a great, do-anything shoe that hasn't been doing anything for me all year. This is just the 3rd wear in 2019. Again, I'm not sure why.
That's a lie.
I totally know why. I've become pretty much a boot-only guy year-round for the last 2 years. Shoes just don't see as much time off their trees. Of course, given that every day this week has felt like about 8 bajillion degrees in Chicago, I think I chose a good week to break out the golden oldies.
Also, that corporate carpet just continues to mesmerize.
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Yeah, I guess I missed the powerclash wave years ago. But judging by how many people seem to love shoes like the Strandmok and similar, I guess that’s in and I’m an outlier.They do it again and again. I think it only bugs you and me.
I'd love it if they'd make a calf Bal boot on the 201 with no medallion and a proper flat welt. Maybe brouguing on the "bal" seam and punch cap. Suede or pecary above the seam. JR sole.
A brown suede oxford such as the Strand should be an everyday offering. It’s a quintessential style, no? I’d take vtred over dainite but prefer leather. I know one can wear suede and shell in the rain but I prefer to wear calf grain in the wet.HM is nice, but would be a later purchase if it grabs my fancy due to already having a fair amount. View attachment 1211519
(New green not shown). I think my Bowerys actually fill this waxed suede role really well.
Nomads would be a win in my book if not for the sole. Grey suede is good though; my first pair of suede was grey.
MY Strands don't have dainite. There's already the best compromise sole on past Strands; why not use it?
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So you were looking for something like this?Yeah, I guess I missed the powerclash wave years ago. But judging by how many people seem to love shoes like the Strandmok and similar, I guess that’s in and I’m an outlier.
It just seems very odd for them to actually call it a dress boot and then Do what they did to it.
I’ll refrain from complaining further. Hope it sells well!
5 is an odd number, 6 works better for OCD (or CDO)The trunk show would be cool, but in thinking about it, I really don’t know what I would order? It would have to be some really unusual offering. So few shoes work for my strange feet and I already have 5 MacNeils. Does one need 6? Not really. But I am willing to see the details.