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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.
Very nice! Congrats on finally getting the shoes you've wanted for a while.
The Black Hills is on the 5-last while the Leeds is on the 1-last. Perhaps that's why the Black Hills appeals to you more? The standard Black Hills is basically a 5-eyelet version of the Kenilworth with a rubber sole. I think a shell cordovan Black Hills with a Rendenbach sole would make a great MTO shoe.
Dang I love that makeup....it's my Alma Mater colors.....oh well maybe one day.
These are beautiful. I always thought the Neumok would be better in a captoe and these have convinced me of it. What did it take to get these made? I'd love a pair in blue or red.
Talked to our friends at Jeffersonville Ohio Outlet today and wanted to remind everyone that the sale ends on the 27th. There were a couple new shell shoes added to the list in my size compared to the last time I got one a few weeks ago. Now I just have to make up my mind which ones....
Outstanding selections and congrats on the new shoes! I hope they turn out well for you.
What a great job PhiPsi32 and congrats! I agree with you about wingtips, after awhile it becomes redundant. I just ordered the McAllister in cappuccino but I think it will be my last wingtip, I just have so many now. Great choice in shoe and color.
My 2 cents is that OptoDoc and David are both outstanding gentleman, and contribute much to this thread. Thank you for doing that.
Just wait for Suede strands in the fall.
My first impression is that the shoe is too long. I have experience with several pairs of that exact shoe. My first pair was 9D and it fit pretty well, and it barely creased anywhere after about one year. I thought I later figured out that 9.5C was my better fit in 5 last shoes, so I sold that one and bought 9.5C during Nordstrom sale. Wore that for a few months, but it started creasing above the cap (ie toward the toe), and it fit loosely. I called Nordstrom, and even after months of wear, they replaced with a different 9.5C strand (I own many 9.5C 5 last shoes and they all fit better than the first one from Nordstrom). That pair fits better, like most others I own, and I have had no above cap creasing thus far. I figured that first pair from Nordstrom was just an anomaly and wasn't fitted as tightly during the lasting process (as if I know what I'm talking about).
However, the width on your pair looks pretty good to me. I wonder if sizing down 1/2 size on length but keeping same width might work?
Warning: I am no expert, but I did stay at a Holday Inn Express last night, and I do have a ridiculously large collection of AE shoes at this point.
Oh- here is the aforementioned female AE associate wearing the Fifth Avenue boots- is this cute or what??
I had to go back and buy these- DAMN they are comfortable, just the softest leather you have ever felt, had to wear them out of the store...
I've got some more, with the matching belt...
These shoes (macktasticgdogg's as well as others still in production) were made at the direction of Allen Edmond's CEO, Paul Grangaard.
Thank you, sir, for the kind words. On the abundance of wingtips, if someone was to go heavy on any one style, the wingtip is a great choice. Wingtips just work very well under a variety of circumstances. So I see why AE would lean on that design. You can have seven or eight pairs of wingtips and get away with it for daily work and off duty wear.
I just took delivery of my first pair of Allen Emonds shoes a pair of Fiesole's that I bought on clearance. I have not really worn them as yet, I will do so when I return to the office on Tuesday but from what I have been able to see from trying them on in my den they seem to be everything that you all make them out to be, not to mention being the only pair of Italian leather shoes that I own or have ever owned.
jbcohen - I hope you enjoy the shoes. I hadn't seen them so I had to look them up. They look very nice.
PhiPsi32 - great looking shoe, love the Olive Green
Hope everyone is doing well. I have added one more shoe since my last post a few weeks ago, a black dress shoe- Delray with vtread soles for the few occasions I need a black dress shoe. The vtread soles should be pretty versatile in all weather. I currently have the Elgin, Bradley, Katmai and now Delray from AE. After my first post, Cold Iron suggested Shell Boots J The shell fever- trying to avoid it for now. But I love the looks of the boots and shoes in shells, however the shoes I have are already a lot better and dressier than my peers at work. I work in IT with a very casual dress code, a lot of jeans and casual shoes I have been thinking about Paul Grangaard’s offer and while I love all the shell combinations and pictures coming out, I was thinking of a more casual shoe. More along PhiPsi32 new Olive strandmok but more casual. I want to add some more blue to my collection other than a suede Johnson Murphy shoe I bought for summer. I have bought and loved the Blue Neumok but the leather sole is just too firm for me for an everyday shoe (rehabbing a herniated disc) and had to return it. Has anyone seen or own the Neumok with the Clare rubber sole? For Paul’s offer I was thinking of maybe the Neumok blue leather in the Leeds/Rapid City with the red gumlite sole. Another combination may be the neumok blue leather on the Aberdeen shoe with either the rubber sole or gumlite. Another possibility would be the Chukkamok or Banchory. Looking for a softer sole where possible. Anyone have any other ideas for the blue Neumok leather? Thanks
Keep in mind that shell is very versatile. I work in extremely casual startup company environments and I wear shell regularly with jeans and a button down. Obviously you need to do whatever works for your style but don't be afraid of shell
Thanks rydenfan, just afraid of the pricetag I hope to see some in person when I go down to Plano next month and visit an AE store. Have a great memorial day weekend.
Congratulations! You've picked up a sweet pair of shoes and at a nice discount too. That's an all around winner.
I like the design ideas you're proposing. If I may point out something that might help, you can change the sole on almost any style without too much fuss. The AE store or telephone agent can process that request. If you want a full custom spec shoe, then you would have to go MTO. I don't know if AE is still offering this.
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