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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.
What exactly are the Brooks Brothers and Ralph Lauren models that are $159?
There are too many to identify. My suggestion is that you ask the Shoebank for a list of shoes available in your size and then Google the names to see what they look like.
This is the guy who had a super wide gap wearing a size 7D walnut strand. I took the forum's advice and moved down half a size and wider and exchanging it for a 6.5E. Here's how it looks like:
The ball of my feet still feels like it's on the widest part of the shoe, which was also true for size 7D. My toes aren't cramped together but the circled area and the upper area feels pretty tight. It's also a lot harder for me to slip my foot in the shoe even with a shoe horn. The tongue gets pushed down and my socks get scrunched back when I put on the shoes making for a tight feel and uncomfortable experience putting my foot in.
Plus the gap is still there albeit a little smaller. The picture makes it appear wider than it seems. In reality, the gap still exist but perhaps not as wide.
Should I go back to size 7? And with that, EE? Or would 7E be wider than 6.5E? No gap would be the ideal look so should I keep raising the width until it closes up completely?
Brooks Bros, you'll see the word "Brooks" under the shoe name (e.g., Brooks Strand)
Ralph Lauren, there's only a handful of models that are RLs...Saunderson, Slaton, Singleton, Saunders.
Hopefully I'm not giving you bad advice here, but at this point I think you should worry about comfort level first (whether it's 7D or 6.5E) and closing the gap second. I believe some people's insteps are just high and closing the gap just might not be reasonably attainable.
The bayfield can still be ordered through AE.
7D had a really huge gap. I'm thinking maybe moving back up to 7E or 7EE. I don't live close to an Allen Edmonds store so I can't really try it out and it takes a week or longer for the exchange process.
Have you been measured by AE? That should really be your first step in light of how bad both fits look. If that's not possible, I would try a 7E or a 6.5EE before a 7EE as these would be the next incremental steps. You really need to be professionally fitted, though.
Edit: I see you cannot get to an AE. How about a Nordstrom or any other department store that might carry AE's. We're just stabbing in the dark on sizing if you have never been professionally measured by AE or someone that sells AE's.
Yup..it's going to take a lot of patience. Just don't sacrifice comfort for gap. Good luck!
What is the worst pair of AE shoes in your collection? I have some Burgundy Bayfields and some special rough leather Macneils. They're comfortable, but they developed creases in the toe cap area-- so I generally use them as my beater shoes.
The others I have-- Walnut Cliftons, Walnut Shell Daltons (much darker than calf Walnut), Black Mctavishs, and Black Chesters-- are all wonderful, and I'd probably rank them in that order too. I've had those Cliftons for a while, and I always stare at them in admiration. What a great shoe! (Definitely my favorite, and at times, I'm scared to wear them)
I just go in and ask to be measured?
Can someone offer some input? Im really on the fence about the brown malvern chukka. Here on the nordstrom website, it is listed as brown grain and has a smooth appearance I really enjoy:
But on amazon you can clearly see the embossed grain pattern, which is way uglier:
The more I look at it the more Im thinking the nordstrom listing is incorrect...
I just picked up a few pairs of shoes from the Memorial Day Sale. Turns out the Brooks Fifth Ave Brown in 10.5 has a blemish that I can't live with so it's going back unless you all think I could fix this very easily:
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