Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.
Recent purchases, Strand and 5th Avenue:
That's exactly what I have except inversed colors.
Keep us posted with the fit, maybe it's just me
The Strands in Cordovan, walnut were really nice too. Might go for them next time!
I actually stumbled upon some AE Fairfax in Chili (pictured below, with and without my flash) at Nordstrom Rack. Price was $219, but I had some store credit there so I ended up paying ~$150 (but obviously the other 70 bucks plus tax was my own as well from a while back). I know the shoe tends to be somewhat polarizing on SF, but I really dig the style, and I honestly love the Chili color (I love my Chili Delrays). And I really like the Navy pants/Chili shoes look.
Plus, I haven't seen many 29 year olds rocking Fairfaxes.
are Brooks Strand or 5th ave look the same as AE strand or 5th ave?
what about the quality? are they as good? i know the outsoles are different.
many thanks to the one who can help!
As promised over a month ago, photos of my new cordovan Norwich shoes. Contrast with a pair of Alden chukkas in Cigar shell. I apologize for presenting such beautiful shoes on the water-spotted date-mobile. The AE Norwich are superior to the Alden chukkas. I was kicking myself for not getting the AE cordovan capuchino chukkas during their limited run, so later I bought the Alden's. I don't know if you can tell by the picture, but the Alden's aren't quite symmetrical. The LH shoe has a nice shape, but the RH has a more rounded toe. But the Norwich from AE--perfect fit. symmetry, beautiful color. I haven't taken a brush to them yet, but they looked really nice out in the sun.
What's your opinions on the neumok as a casual shoes with jeans and cords/chinos? Also, does the sizing down, going up in width holds true on this unlined shoes compared to PA and strands? (from reading, seems not every models on the same last fit the same), on 5 last, i'm a 9.5e. I'll wear them with thin socks.
Thanks for your help.
Does anyone have experience with the Vernon? User feedback on ae.com indicates that it runs narrow. If I usually wear an 8.5D, I'm wondering if I should go up a wdith to 8.5E or go up to 9D.
Found a pair of black Paxton captoe bluchers in my size at the thrift store. Picked them up as I need black shoes for upcoming wedding at the end of the month, but I normally don't wear black shoes.
I tried a shoe on in the same last in the Allen Edmonds store. The 10D fit me best. As a point of comparison, I wear a 9.5E in the 5-last. I also have a pair of shoes on the 2-last in 9.5E that are too narrow in the toe box, yet have heel slippage, so I think the 10D would have worked better for me (2 last is very similar to the one for the Vernon).
I run a half size larger in the Vernon over the Strand, but the same width.
I just wanted to add something to my earlier post about the beautiful color of these new AE Norwich shoes. Under indoor flourescent lighting, the Norwich's and the chukkas look almost identical in color--dark brown. But outdoors, in natural sunlight, the AE's look really different depending on the angle they're viewed from--gorgeous. You get some idea of the effect from the pictures. The Alden chukkas look the same, indoors or outdoors.
My second pair from the 2 for $200, brown/brown Strawfuts straight out of the box. These shoes fit great and are beautiful in person. So my AE collections as it stands now: natural McTavish, walnut Flatiron, Cambridge brogue and the Strawfuts.
In my experience, sizing a 1/2 size down on the 5-last holds true. I wear my natural Mctavish with jeans and chinos all the time. They look great.
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