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Lionel Hutz

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Agree. I’m a 10eee and I want the 1776, too.
Until recently I didn’t realize how many versions there are

I have the most common wingtip but it bothers me that the only red is at the heel so they look like blue/white spectators from many angles
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But I really want this gunboat
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And I’d prefer the strand or this wingtip to the 1776 wingtip I have
 
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Until recently I didn’t realize how many versions there are

I have the most common wingtip but it bothers me that the only red is at the heel so they look like blue/white spectators from many angles
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But I really want this gunboat
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And I’d prefer the strand or wingtip to the wingtip I have
I like the 1776 specifically because it can hide as a standard spectator. I prefer the webgems because they're leather soles!
 

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American classic wings today

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Until recently I didn’t realize how many versions there are

I have the most common wingtip but it bothers me that the only red is at the heel so they look like blue/white spectators from many angles
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But I really want this gunboat
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And I’d prefer the strand or this wingtip to the 1776 wingtip I have
the only one of this mix id consider is the MacNeil.
 

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Question for the group: anyone here have lived-in experience with the XL Extralight lug sole versus the Itshide commando? I like the Itshide based on past experience; wondering about differences in feel and whether (and if so how much) the XL is a downgrade in durability.
I had the xtralight on my Tate boots. They were quite comfortable but the sole wore away in about a year of wearing them. To be fair I wore them almost every day and im a rather rotund fellow so I was asking a lot of them. When I had them resoled I decided against the gummy xtralight type sole. I also have a pair of Stirlings with commando sole. I don't think the amount of comfort gained with xtralight is worth the faster deterioration of the sole.
 

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Well, if you like them, wear them. Just for me they are simply ugly. If I want sneakers, I'll buy sneakers from a sneaker company, I don't want dress shoe uppers with sneaker soles. But if you like them, wear them.
That's basically what I told the SAs when they asked me my opinion. Nothing really beats Vans.
 

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Today is a strange day. I am wearing a button-down shirt...and it is buttoned... It is still a flannel though.
 

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Until recently I didn’t realize how many versions there are

I have the most common wingtip but it bothers me that the only red is at the heel so they look like blue/white spectators from many angles
View attachment 1485831
But I really want this gunboat
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And I’d prefer the strand or this wingtip to the 1776 wingtip I have
I think I’d take any!
 

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How symmetrical should new heels be?
(I am not going to disclose if this is an Alden, Allen Edmonds, or another shoe brand and I only posted in AE because, as a newbie, it seems more people frequent here, will see this post, and possibly respond.)

I was looking over a new pair of shoes and while I am not a perfectionist, I do like things to be nice and tidy especially when they are new so my questions are:
  • How symmetrical do heel stacks (heel and toplift) need to be?
    I understand these are "mostly" handmade but the ones shown below are not the same size and one is 1/3 of an inch longer front to back than the other one.

  • If they are not symmetrical will that cause an issue with walking or other possible injury to the person wearing them?

  • What is a fair amount of variance in what is mostly a handmade item?
    The reason I ask is that a pair of my wife's low-heel motorcycle style GYW boots just came back from a well-known cobbler after getting new leather soles, new leather heel stack, new rubber toplift, and new rubber sole protectors stitched-on and the heel stacks are basically identical.

Again, not trying to bash any company but rather looking for what is an acceptable variance and what may cause physical harm to the wearer after long term (or short term) use if not constructed correctly.

I traced while on a flat service and one is one obviously wider and also about 1/3 inch longer front to back.

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