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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.
The world is a beautiful place just full of people waiting to be offended.
...but this is the internet, and this is exactly where juvenile, know-it-all, "tougher than I really am" comments take place. The fact that it's a Classic Menswear thread doesn't make the quality of people any better.
Spoke with Debbie today, got some shell samples heading my way. Also confirmed with her Eagle County can be ordered in Dublin leather....
In 2012 they recrafted a pair of mine that had a W. However, they called me before commencing work on the shoes to tell me they cannot guarantee their work. They wanted to make sure I still wanted to do it. I said yes. They did a wonderful job. Indeed, nothing could be detected as a defect - either before or after the recraft.
I just received my calf patriots and had some sizing questions.
- I ordered the same size as my strands & pa's 9.5E.
The length is perfect and width however I am experiencing a little
bit of heel slipping. Did any of you experience any sort of heel
slipping when you first got yours? Could it be due to the sole not
being broken in? I'm worried that once they break in that they
may end up being too loose.
I'm currently wearing the no show loafer socks and experiencing
Also, since these were seconds do you find the stitching on the
Thanks again for the idea Cold Iron. I dropped by my clinic after work, where my Podiatrist happens to work on Fridays. Someone had just canceled their appointment and I was seen right away. She immediately knew what I was talking about and told me she would call my insurance and arrange for them to be made right away. She said they would work just as well as my current orthotics for supporting my foot but wouldn't give me the same level of stability for my ankle since it would be a much smaller form factor orthotic. However, she would look in to options for adding special support pins that wouldn't cause the heel to be too large and could still be worn with dress shoes. I'm very glad you suggested that and that I was able to get it all accomplished this afternoon with no extra effort.
Now I just have to convince my wife that we have extra cash for me to buy another pair of AE shoes. As soon as there is a sale that is... if I can wait that long.
I find that for loafers, it's best to size down a half or full size (depending on the last). I assume it's because there are no laces on loafers to keep the shoe on.
For firsts, I feel that you should get a perfect shoe. Seconds are another story.
For what it's worth, I had no heel slipping at all in either of my shell patriots. I found the soles to be nice and pliable right out of the box. I'd consider returning and getting a smaller size.
I did order a 9.5D alongside the 9.5E. The 9.5D is way too tight
the combination tap sole is great because once the rubber wears out it is back to the original sole.
my foot on the fitting machine is a 10 D(medium)
I purchased fifth ave in a 10 D, but on my little toe it feels slightly snug. is this normal for brand new shoes? should i switch to a 10 E for a little more space? or after many uses the leather will stretch out a little and i won't have that snug toe box feeling anymore.
need your advice guys.
The Fifth Avenue is built on the 5-Last. This last is best for a long and narrow foot. I suggest you get a wider shoe and see if that helps.
Black McTavish tonight. No one can convince me that there is a better looking wing-tip on the market. There's something about the rough leather and the red heel dressing that just jumps on me. The first time I saw this shoe, I knew I had to have it. It's a little bit pointier than my other 5-Last shoes.
Try a 10E and a 9.5E. As masernaut mentioned, it is a very long last, so sizing down a half size might help with the toe box without making the shoe too loose.
Me either...There's something about this particular wingtip that keeps drawing me back to it. I have a couple of wingtips that I love, both of which are classics, but after all this time, I still always find myself coming back to this particular style and wanting it. It is just a handsome shoe. Especially the black and brown combo. The cognac is incredible looking too, but the black color really piques my interest.
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