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Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread 2020 - News, Pictures, Clothing, Accessories, etc.

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Correct, the 555 two widths wider than my 65 lasted shoes fits rather snug. A legitimate EEE would probably be out of luck.
The fact that AETampa has posted his Ely more than a couple times drove me to at least say there was "hope," lol. I picked up a pair of those also in a 7.5D and jesus are they tight to the wire.
 

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You know, it never even crossed my mind that they might be selling them rather than donating, but you're absolutely correct if so.

However, this article about furlough seemed to imply that they are donating masks to hospitals in Wisconsin, which is significantly more generous. Either way, hopefully the layoffs and furloughs have been reduced due to the mask making efforts.

In case anyone was wondering about the 64 Last vs the 78 Last, here are some comparison photos of my Navy Wooster St vs newly acquired Olive Mercer St:

On AE's website, the 64 and 78 are both described as being based on the 64, but "slightly roomier across the ball and forepart of the foot". The term "relaxed fit" is used in each case. The 64 is "slightly longer" while the 78 is "slighter (sic) elongated with a tapered toe".

It was not too surprising to find they were the same length, and they actually look quite similar in shape beyond the strap beginning a bit further fore and the accompanying larger opening. However, in terms of fit they feel immensely different.

On the Wooster I do feel a bit of pressure on the corners of my big and pinky toes, and to slide into these I absolutely require a horn - even then, it's a squeeze to get in there! On the Mercer, toes and ball of foot feel great, no pressure, but I literally walk out of the shoe. No horn needed, and the heel has a real gap with no grip. See below for example.

Comparing the profiles, only thing I can think of is that the slightly forward strap is making all the difference. On the Wooster, the strap is likely preventing my foot from sliding forward further into the shoe. And as the strap starts closer to the rear (aft??) of the shoe, the vamp tapers down to the toes more quickly, which may be more fitting to my foot. Additionally, I believe the Wooster has a more aggressive waist than the Mercer, which grips better.

For the first time, I'm thinking that sizing down may be in order! Got half size down in same width on the way to compare. Hopefully the reduction in width from sizing down doesn't kill the comfy toe box fit. This experience is further pushing me towards the 79, with its wider ball, low fit, and narrower heel.

The loafer fit journey continues. If any of you vets think I'm approaching this the wrong way, I'm open to any and all advice!
Dude, this post....just wow. This is definitely going to be my #1 spot for most useful and informative post of 2020 I'm pretty certain. I've tried the 64-lasted styles but not the Mercer, and I've always maintained that no matter what I or anyone else advises you, you never know if something is actually going to work until you try it for yourself. But based on this post, I can "know" without a doubt that the Mercer would NOT work for me in any available size.
 

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I was looking at my Chesters and came to the conclusion that if I purchased these when they were made, I probably would have sent back. These antique burgundy have a finish that reminds me of my recent pair of Wooster Street shoes. The Chesters even new in box had what look like tiny micro creases. The calf is even a bit bumpy in places. But because they are made with prime soles, almost no trench on the out stitch and some other touches that you do not see today, I cherish this shoe. Below, I took a few shots in different lighting.
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I was looking at my Chesters and came to the conclusion that if I purchased these when they were made, I probably would have sent back. These antique burgundy have a finish that reminds me of my recent pair of Wooster Street shoes. The Chesters even new in box had what look like tiny micro creases. The calf is even a bit bumpy in places. But because they are made with prime soles, almost no trench on the out stitch and some other touches that you do not see today, I cherish this shoe. Below, I took a few shots in different lighting.
The dark (black?) Pair it almost looks like a feature, that I kind of appreciate. The burgundy looks more like polished cobbler.
 

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People will be people, no matter what. The Prime rib at 5 bucks a lb is a great deal BTW.
hell if it’s really prime rather than choice it would be a great deal at $9.99
 

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Dude, this post....just wow. This is definitely going to be my #1 spot for most useful and informative post of 2020 I'm pretty certain. I've tried the 64-lasted styles but not the Mercer, and I've always maintained that no matter what I or anyone else advises you, you never know if something is actually going to work until you try it for yourself. But based on this post, I can "know" without a doubt that the Mercer would NOT work for me in any available size.
Now I know what winning an academy award must feel like, having the legend @Neo1 give such praise to a post about last fit!

Glad you found it useful. It's been a real learning experience trying to get into loafers.
 

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What color and type of pants would everybody wear with the denim strandmok/neumok?
 

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What color and type of pants would everybody wear with the denim strandmok/neumok?
Tans and darker blues would work too.
 

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so Thursday is the start on the sale?
 

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Reading the exchange between Rithrin and Neo is a great example of the helpfulness and good naturedness found in this thread.

That said, and with respect for all ... what’s the deal with “drivers?” What is their appeal? Do people literally change shoes to drive to and from somewhere? Or do they just see them as a superior casual comfort shoe to, eg a boat shoe, camp moc, tennis shoe, etc.?
 

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Reading the exchange between Rithrin and Neo is a great example of the helpfulness and good naturedness found in this thread.

That said, and with respect for all ... what’s the deal with “drivers?” What is their appeal? Do people literally change shoes to drive to and from somewhere? Or do they just see them as a superior casual comfort shoe to, eg a boat shoe, camp moc, tennis shoe, etc.?
Drivers were invented in Italy in the 60s, and were specifically made for guys who drove high-powered sports cars and needed the extra grip that the rubber nubs in the soles gave their feet on the pedals. Then Tod's got into the act and everybody wanted a pair.:

 

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Tans and darker blues would work too.
Would darker denim work
 

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