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Also, given I just mentioned shorts: Which AE shoes/boots do you think pair nicely with shorts? Preferably, not loafers, as I don't dig loafers, but any suggestions besides?
Lots of choices - the Sea Island, Catalina, Nashua, Super Sport.....oh wait...
 

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Great post.

All feet are different but I would not give up on the Leeds/511 just yet. I grew up and spent most of my life in Manhattan, walk a few miles a day, and many more on Saturdays and Sundays. The only shoe that has ever been comfortable enough for me past the 5 mile mark, is the Wilbert/511 which has a poron insole and a blown rubber outsole. If I know we are going to be walking more than 5 or 6 miles, I throw caution/fashion to the wind and wear sneakers.

I have been considering converting a few other leather or suede PTBs to more comfortable "walking soles" when the leather soles on those shoes wear out. I no longer have a 9 to 5 job so my outfits are more casual these days (i.e. jeans or chinos and an ocbd) so I can get away with shoes (not sneakers) that do not have traditional leather soles. I have also found that even a rubber sole protector can add a bit more comfort.

On the other hand, none of this may matter and you might just need a different size and/or last.
This is interesting stuff. If I couldn't make it past 5 miles I would consider that the shoes didn't fit. I can think of two occassions where I knew I was going to be doing crazy amounts of walking - the first I switched from sneakers into my Brooks Bros Aberdeens because I could literally walk 1000 miles in those, and the second time I switched from my sneakers to my GS natty cxl traveler's because those are up until this point the best loafers I've come across. If you have any sneaker recommendations that accommodate a high instep and don't run super wide I'm all ears haha - haven't found anything comfortable yet.
 

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Hello Neo1--

So you're saying that the fit of the Hamilton will depend on the type of leather used? I hadn't even considered that. The large-fitting pair I bought last year in size 13 was in fact the Cognac (how did you know?) with what I believe they called "tumbled leather." The style is great, but they feel like they are a full size too large when wearing anything but thick, itchy, woolen hiking socks: I lift my foot off the ground and wiggle back & forth at the ankle, and the boot slops around out of sync with my foot. This pair fits like I imagine a size 14 would, as opposed to a 13.5, if such a thing existed.

The pair I pulled the trigger on last night @20 minutes before the sale ended is this one:


They are calling it "European weatherproof leather" in the ad copy. Per the advice of the gentleman above, I went with a size 12.5 as that locks me into the sale price should the fit be too snug and I need a 13.

You're saying I should expect a different fit with the pair I ordered last night as compared to the fit I experience with the Cognac pair, solely based on the type of leather? I still can't figure out why the Hamilton in Cognac, size 13D, fits so enormous when my Strands & McAllisters are a perfect fit in a 13E...
 

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Going with Patton today.
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Also, given I just mentioned shorts: Which AE shoes/boots do you think pair nicely with shorts? Preferably, not loafers, as I don't dig loafers, but any suggestions besides?
I rock Maritimes and sometimes my lone pair of Kirkwoods, although the Kirkwoods or mostly beater shoes by now.

I think I read somewhere that the Maritime is made on a different last name? I bought four pairs of them all at once during a Father’s Day sale back in 2015 or 2016. Each pair was $125 each and they were probably the best purchases I made that year. Almost wish I had stocked up on even more.

(also, lately I have been wearing a pair of low top Converse Chuck 70s - the much more comfortable/higher quality version of the classic Chuck Taylors), but they have a very different aesthetic and vibe. Since I am still a hair under 40 years old, I guess I can get away with it.)
 

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Just took a quick one at the shop and one when I got home with a dirty car from the rain.

Walnut Daltons should arrive tomorrow. I bought like 6 pairs during this sale. I have to be more careful no one to tell me no anymore.
looks good! I'm guessing it was a Euro shop you went to, all those VW's and Audi's in the backround, IIRC didn't you used to have a GTI?

I also have walnut daltons. I have a hard time with matching the color, I got AE's cream, but it's not the same shade, it's more yellow/orange and looks weird on the wing's and heel counter.
 

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Nomad bucks seem like an obvious pairing with shorts.
Also, given I just mentioned shorts: Which AE shoes/boots do you think pair nicely with shorts? Preferably, not loafers, as I don't dig loafers, but any suggestions besides?
 

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looks good! I'm guessing it was a Euro shop you went to, all those VW's and Audi's in the backround, IIRC didn't you used to have a GTI?
The new Supra is a Euro car other than the Toyota steering wheel and suspension tuning. Just about everything else is by BMW. The Euro shop I take my Audi to was working/modifying one not to long ago. Such a cool car!
 

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looks good! I'm guessing it was a Euro shop you went to, all those VW's and Audi's in the backround, IIRC didn't you used to have a GTI?

I also have walnut daltons. I have a hard time with matching the color, I got AE's cream, but it's not the same shade, it's more yellow/orange and looks weird on the wing's and heel counter.
Never had a VW; past couple of cars have been BMW and Subaru.

As to Walnut I have 3 other pairs in Walnut. I wear them mostly with Navy or any blue, green, rust, burgundy pretty much any earth tone and blue.

Some examples:
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The new Supra is a Euro car other than the Toyota steering wheel and suspension tuning. Just about everything else is by BMW. The Euro shop I take my Audi to was working/modifying one not to long ago. Such a cool car!
Other than the bodywork/design it's a BMW Z4 and I'm sure a few other bits and bob's.

The shop is primarily VW/AUDI but they handle most anything German. I'll add a catback in a few months once I pay off my recent shoe acquisitions, the mods to my R9T and taxes.

Wore Frosties today but didn't have time for a pick I'll snap one later today. I may change the laces again, I thought white would be better than the tinsel like silver they came with but perhaps a light gray would work better.
 
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I can’t remember the name of this style. But I like it.
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Acheson. It is starting to come back now.
I like the Acheson a lot. Have a pair in Olive suede and they always bring a smile to my face!

I believe I have the exact same pair of Aldens. I haven't worn them for a few months, as sadly they are stranded back home in NY.
Model 9854... Real classics! Rats, you fled NY, aka Escape from New York?
 

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