Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.
More of the Brown shell shoes:
Just to clarify, bucksfan's image above shows a brown shell strand (next to the C&J/RL PTB) in AE's 'Brown Shell Cordovan" which has been available for some time now. It's not the new cappuccino color, correct?
My understanding is that the C&J/AE Dark Brown is Horween Dark Cognac. I don't think anyone knows the name Horween gives to the color shell used for AE Cappuccino. It could come directly from Horween, looking as it does in the photos, with the name Cappuccino. Alternately, it could be called something else by Horween and then undergo some post tanning finishing by AE (like Alden does with their #8 and Ravello).
can anybody else compare how the Macneil's fit compared to the Daltons? I wear 10.5D in Macneils and wouldn't mind any extra space in the toebox, but don't want any wider of a heel. I'm trying to decide between 10 and 10.5
You seem to like Cordovan. Which is the best pair to have in Cordovan/ what is your favorite pair of cordovans?
Hey fellas. saw a pair of AE Malverns on eBay but not sure if I should pull the trigger. Can someone give me more insight on sizing for the Malvern? I've read some people say it runs narrow. Not sure if I should go up 1/2 size.
I bought my usual size 11B from Allen Edmonds as they had it available (in the wrong color). I then decided to return them as they were a little tight on my little toe. I then ordered through Nordstrom 11.5B and I'm waiting for them to arrive. I sized up, but we'll see how it turns out.
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Let's get back to AE love shall we? Do you have a favourite pair?
I can confirm this as I was wearing my RL PTB recently and tried on the brown shell strand--same exact color. The RL's come out of the box darker but lighten up quickly to the same shade so I suspect C&J covers them with some dark polish before they leave the factory.
For comfort, I love my Macneils and Leeds. Something about the double sole makes them very comfortable. From a looks perspective, the Strands are my favorite. The RL PTBs also have a double sole, but something about that last makes them a little less comfortable on my foot.
I am a 12D in each, but the Daltons are definitely roomier in the same size. The heels are roomier in the Daltons, but most boots are I think.
What color do you like better in Cordovan? Burgundy or Brown?
I end up wearing my burgundy shell more often, but that might be a function of my clothing. I can wear burgundy shell shoes with almost anything, from jeans to suits, with any color except black.
My brown shell shoes are equally versatile with regard to formality, but less versatile regarding colors. For example, they really don't work well with brown slacks, which I sometimes wear. I end up wearing the brown shells mostly with navy, tan, or grey.
If you are looking to get your first pair of shell cordovan shoes, and want them to be as versatile as possible, I think I'd recommend burgundy shell Macneils or Leeds. If, however, you are not as worried about versatility, go for the brown. They are real eye-catchers.
What about Cambridge?
They are great shoes, and would make a great first shell shoe - I'm currently trying to decide whether to add those, cappuccino McAllisters or the RL brown shell wingtips next, since I don't have any shortwings.
I feel like there is something Im missing here. I hear so much about the decline in quality of Allen Edmond shoes. Yet I received my second pair of Allen Edmond's yesterday and I did what I considered to be a pretty thorough examination of the shoe, inside and out. Perhaps I just dont know which flaws to look for, but I am pleased as pie with my purchase. They look excellent to me, and fit perfectly. Undoubtedly my very finite knowledge base of men's foot wear is causing me to overlook what should be some extremely objectionable defects, but so far Im really pleased with the quality of both pairs of my Allen Edmond firsts.
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