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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.
They are made to lace that way. Going up in width is not going to change that.
Fair enough. I was assuming the gap was excessive from threads I've read here, but I know absolutely nothing about real shoes.
I find it slightly disappointing to learn that Allen Edmonds arent entirely made in the U.S. All the rhetoric about pricepoints and value to quality ratios sound very reasonable and understandable to me, and I suppose this revelation doesnt change anything, but for some reason, I had been led to believe that all parts of the shoes were made in the U.S. as opposed to some mass production 3rd world sweatshop.
There is really no substitute for trying numerous shoes in various sizes. I tried on nine or ten pairs of Park Avenues, and I'm still not entirely sure about the fit. At the end of the day, you have to put some mileage on the shoe and see how you feel,but you want to get as close as possible. To put it perspective, I was measured twice by the sales staff as an 11C. I measured myself as an 11C using the AE fit guide (download online). I now wear an 11.5C in the Park Avenue. It's the best balance so far between heel and toe fit. If I'm not true-to-size (TTS), I would say it has to do with the shape of my foot (low arch etc.). The brannock only measures your foot in overall length and ball width.
Try Nordstrom. I purchased and exchanged a few pairs to dial in my size. They have a generous return policy.
Thanks for the link & info.
My initial reaction was disappointment as well. However after re-reading the CEO's post and allowing time to pass from that gut reaction, it doesn't bother me as much. I find AE shoes to offer a good value to quality ratio and the fact that some operations are located off shore doesn't change my perception of value to quality.I was encouraged by the comment that DR operations consist of AE employees at an AE owned plant. Manufacturing is not farmed out to a 3rd party or a subcontracting arrangement.
If I had to pay more for a completely US made AE shoe, I'm not sure the value would be the same.
Thanks for the advice. In the future, I'll definitely deal with Nordstrom. At present, I guess I'll return the Malverns, decide whether to keep or ebay the PAs, and hope Nordstrom runs the $200 Strands sale again this summer.
Anyone interested in Brand New size 8.5EE or 8.5EEE Walnut Mcallisters - marked as seconds but looks like firsts, no major issues. For $160 shipped.
Thanks. I decided to order the Jeffersons in walnut in 8E from a local Nordstrom... if that doesn't fit I might have to make a long trip to an AE store.
Thanks for the info.
Cambridge in Burgundy Shell Cordovan Pretty much first quality to my other AEs (actually better than some of my calf shoes)
Any thoughts on pairing the Flat Iron in Walnut with Navy and/or Grey suits? Besides not being a balmoral, think the toe is too ornate for suits?
Would depend on the context. For a party or an informal wedding, sure. In a conservative work context, no. The walnut color and the design of those shoes are both pretty informal and a little more on the fun side.
Unless you work in a conservative environment, I do not think it will be an issue. The blucher style, walnut color, and brogue pattern makes it a casual shoe yet I see guys walking around in driving loafers with suits.
Any tips on getting these on sale? Particular retailers I should be checking out or sales they might have at their own stores? I need a pair of good dress shoes for interviews and formal functions and these seem to be the consensus pick for value-minded quality. I'm not sure pressed right now so I'd rather not pay full retail, if I could get a pair of Kenilworths or Park Aves for under $250 in the next several months, I'd be stoked.
I have a quick question. I am returning a pair of snuff suede players shoes because the shoe it too narrow.
Right now I have:
Walnut: Dalton boot and Strand
Burgundy shell cordovan: Leeds and Cambridge.
Should I go ahead and order a wider players shoe? Or get the Bradley in Burgundy shell? Sadly I missed a steal on brown shell cordovan strands.
His is probably the last time I buy shoes for a few months, and I really like the way the burgundy shell looks, but I don't know if I am too plain.
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