Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.
You know, I appreciate everyone's input on this forum, and thank you very much. But to let you know, there's no way in hell that these shoes are too long. I've worn 12's most of my life, in Rockports, Eccos and every athletic shoe on earth. In AE, I seem to be a 11.5. Width & length seem right. I wish I'd have thought to maybe force a crease before it created itself. But I still love the shoe. And THANK YOU for replying to my question. Part of the reason I'm addicted to AE is this forum.
That could very well be a big part of it. Also, the smaller eyelet area on the Black Hills and hence larger throat/vamp make for more sleekness, IMO. I'm liking this idea more and more and really hope I don't have any fitment/gaping issues when my samples arrive. Thank you for the validation, MGD.
I'm also seriously considering some MTO Burgundy Shell Amoks--either as a back up--in case the BH don't fit me well, but more likely as a budget stretching second Paul special. I have two pairs of the Amoks now and they're absolutely the most comfortable AE I own. Other than 2 eyelets, instead of 3, I know that that this will be somewhat similar in appearance to the shell Leeds, but the Amoks are also unlined. Does anyone here have any experience with unlined shell shoes? I don't have any doubts regarding comfort, but I'm curious if durability/shoe life is affected when there isn't a lining. Any thoughts?
Have you considered a superfeet insole or some other supportive orthotics? I also have a herniated disc and have found that superfeet blacks and 3/4 inserts help quite a bit. I use them in all my shoes -- dress, casual and athletic. It's a little counter-intuitive to opt for a support insole over a gel insole if your goal is to absorb shock, but the reason that proper support can help so much for back pain is that it spreads the impact over a much larger surface area.
Every back problem is unique, so I don't preach this as gospel, but I think it's worth trying if you haven't already.
Trying to justify getting some strands in bourbon. Do most think this can be a solid dark brown dress shoe choice in banking?
looking to get another pair of shoes.
i currently have:
BB fifth ave - black
AE fifth ave - dark brown
AE mccallister - walnut
Cole Haan loafers brown
Sperry boat shoes - brown
J crew desert boots - suede brown
burberry tennis sneakers - white
what do you recommend i purchase before the sale is done?
One quick question; how does the 5 last match against the Allen Edmond self measure guide? According to the fit guide, I measure a 9.5E and am about to order the Strand in a 9.5E.
I can't speak specifically for the AE fit guide but typically on the 5 last you'll need to go down a .5 size and up a width. On the Brannock I'm an 8D but my size in the McAllister is 7.5E. You may want to consider 9EE. Others who have used the fit guide should comment however because the SA at the AE store mentioned that the Brannock isn't always the best at measuring width because of things like the height of ones arch (3rd dimension that it can't measure). In conclusion, it seems that most go down .5 size and up a width from their TTS on the 5 last. For instance in the Shelton (1 last) I'm an 8E.
One of the female SA at the AE store I have been to wears walnut Dalton boots. And yes there is something about a female wearing dress boots like that looks hot. Very much so!
Congrats on the new shoes gentlemen! Once you get started and used to wearing them it is hard to stop or go back to anything else. At least it was for me. Wear in good health!
Oh be afraid, very afraid . I was too in the beginning. After awhile once your hooked you start to look for the next one even before the last one you ordered has come in! Hopefully your trip turns out well and you get to see some great shoes and boots in shell.
I am fortunate enough that I have had no real back problems so I can't speak directly to that. My left foot has been pretty jacked up from soft tissue damage for the last year and a half and both feet have no arches left. I also wear the black superfeet inserts in all my shoes and boots and agree with the above statement. They do help me a lot and at $20 worth a try IMO.
Which last is the Clifton? Thanks.
Just for the comfort lovers out there- I tried these on side-by-side and had to go with the Chukkamok, as much as I love boots. They are unlined, and the Cronmok having that line across the instep just was not as comfortable as that smooth vamp on the Chukka- super soft leather and no seam, one awesomely comfortable piece of footwear...
Now what the hell belt am I gonna wear with them??
My webgem Dalton in Chili arrived yesterday. I LOVE the color, IMO, it looks better than walnut.
They look great. Color looks rich and deep. Mine arrive next week. Thanks for posting and enjoy them!
wow, nice daltons!
Be very careful with the "1/2 down in length & one up in width" formula. There are a few lasts that are exceptionally large or narrow. The #5 last isn't one of them. TTS will be just fine for most people with "average" feet. Of course, anatomical differences (flat feet etc.) may necesitate some size adjustment. Just remember that the actual difference between say a 10.5D and a 10E is very small. However, everyone should wear what is comfortable whatever that size is. I always suggest trying on two or three sizes when possible.
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