- Nov 11, 2015
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I do see where Shiner is coming from...the 65 is a great classic last for Strand/PA, but it does feel a little bulbous or something through the ball of foot area. Of course, since most of the wholecuts we see are Italian and whatnot, with their really sleek and styled lasts, it's easy to feel like the AE ones are lacking. I think that a more chiseled and sculpted last is probably a bit better for the style...the 1943 might make a good candidate for instance. I think the Alden Plaza wholecuts work, for example.
That said, I'd be proud to own that pair as they are a nice looking shoe!
I guess the issue is that my idea of a wholecut is formed from the traditional English notion of a highly conservative formal shoe. To be blunt, I absolutely do not like most Italian (or, for that matter, continental) lasted shoes (older conservative Ferragamo styles, which I own, not withstanding), especially the overly pointy toed or chiseled-toe stuff mated to a high vamp (which simply doesn’t work for my low instep, low-volume feet).
But hey, that’s just like, you know, my opinion man.
Low volume/vamp and soft chisel strikes a nice balance IMO.