Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.
Good thinking on this!
Great post, thank you for taking the time. It's been clear to me that this is an issue with the way the shoes are lasted. Now it appears to be indisputable that this has nothing to do with your feet (which was laughable since it seems to happen with AE about 1000 times more frequently than any other maker).
To be honest I think its that the toe cap could use a bit of elongation. The chisel toe looks a bit wide, almost square toed with the short toe cap, seen here:
I just don't think it has the same elegance as say the C&J hallam.
The first thing I noticed about it was that they seem to have not darkened the leather where the laces tie. It causes an odd two tone effect.
Cold Iron brings this up a lot about AAFES (Military Exchange) but as a special heads up for active and retired military, for today only they are having a special code that gives you $29 off of every $100 spent. I just picked up the walnut strands at an amazing price. I might call and have the Park Aves. added to my order. It is a one time use code per eligible sponsor.
Cold Iron, I didn't break out the calipers, but I surmised the same thing. It's like squeezing the middle of a plastic cup. The more you squeeze, the more distorted the mouth becomes. Likewise, the more you tighten the laces, the more the mouth of shoe distorts.
I've noticed that if I fold my toes under my feet and raise my arches, thus filling the shoe more completely, these bulges go away. Not sure what this means or if anybody has noticed...
That's really funny...I tried the same and had the same result...
So is it the shoes or the foot?
Like Mars Blackmon says: "It's gotta be da shoes"
Either one, it's a function of foot volume vs. shoe girth. The bigger the difference between your foot and the shoe, the bigger the gap.
Is that corrected grain?
I'd tend to doubt it, but could be
Model 6275 in the 1985 catalog shows up as Polished Cobbler, aka corrected grain.
Two AE questions. I'm sure you guys can help me out. I'm buying my first pair of quality shoes, and need some help.
First, about fit. The footbed on all AEs I've tried on has gone up right where my big toe is. The rest of the shoe feels great, but right at my big toe (big toe only), there is an upswing that is a little uncomfortable (but tolerable). Is that something that will go down as the shoe is broken in? Should I keep looking?
Second, I ordered these Weybridge in walnut. The leather has some streaking. It's not very noticeable, but is that normal? I'm assuming it will become less noticeable with wear and polishing, but I didn't know if it's something to make a big deal out of (and return the shoes). Any advice? Picture in spoiler.
How is the last not elegant? Shoe me an elegant last then...
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