Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread - reviews, pictures, sizing, etc...

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  1. cincikid

    cincikid Senior member

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    What do you, gentlemen, think of a pair of MTO CXL McNeils (either black or brown) with the exposed brass eyelets, natural welt and the Dainite sole, simialr to this pair of Trickers?
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    Does AE have a supply of CXL?
     


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    Would be best in a navy CXL (which AE doesn't have), but black or brown would be pretty cool as well.
     
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  4. cincikid

    cincikid Senior member

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    Yes, AE has brown and black CXL from Horween.


    Agreed. I wish they had it in blue as well. Out of brown and black, which do you think would look better?
     


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    I've kind of always felt brown brogues looks better than black
     


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    I think black would be cool and give you kind of a sneaker look with the lighter edge. I think the black would actually be more interesting in this case.
     


  7. Winston S.

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    I'm not sure if you know this or not, but only a certain part of the horse (near the rump) is used for shell, so if the horses are smaller there is a good chance that there is not enough membrane to make a pair of shell shoes.
     


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    Can not understand for the life of me why AE discontinued the shoe. Btw, how do you find the fit compare to the AE shoes on different lasts?
     


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    yes, I am aware of this. They are smaller, but still large animals. Have you ever seen a full horse hide? They are enormous! While the shell is a small portion of the horse hide, it is still rather large. The difference in size would be insignificant, probably like the difference in the leather it takes to make a men's basketball compared to a women's basketball. Mongolian horses are smaller than American horses, but still large animals.

    Given the harsh environment that they are accustomed to it's possible that the difference in thickness or texture of the hides is the real issue.
     


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    gorgeous shoes!

    on a side note I notice you have the same shoelace loop issue that so many of us have. I solve this by double knotting... is that bad of me?
     


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    Why not just re-learn how to tie your shoes "correctly?"

    I know that's easy for me to say, since I've always tied mine "correctly" (I think it may have something to do with being left handed). The way a lefty naturally ties a shoe tends to result in the "correct" method, while the natural way for a right handed person (unless they were taught the correct way as a child), is to do it the opposite way which leads to the problem you have.

    It may be awkward for a few weeks, but you'd form a new habit sooner than you think.
     
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    Just cross the laces the opposite way you do now for the first knot...
     


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    I find the 0 last to be one of the most comfortable AE lasts. I wear an 8D on the 0 last, which is my "normal" shoe size, but on the 5 and 7 I prefer an 8.5B and on the 8 last an 8.5D. The 0 last doesn't have the uncomfortableness on the instep and ball of the foot that some of the other last have when they are at the shorter length of an 8.
     


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    Thank you for sharing this. Interesting, I know that most people, me including, go 1/2 size down and 1/2 size up on 5 last compare to their Brannock size. I am surprised and puzzled you found a good fit going 1/2 size up and 1/2 width down.
    I also found that the 7 last fits me way different from the 5 last.
     


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