Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.
Persistence . . . there is a size that will work for you. You just have to find it.
Wow - not even sending cheap, fake shoes! I wonder how they decided on AE as bait?
Need some advice. I'm getting Merlot PAs. I'm also considering either the Walnut Calf Strands or Fifth Avenues?
Walnut Strands look great. I personally would not get the Park Avenues unless you absolutely need a formal/conservative shoe. Even in that case, I would go black. I have a pair of Merlot McAllisters that I love.
+1 - Walnut Strands. If you're going less formal than the PA, might as well go all in with the stunner.
Thanks for the advice guys. I like variety too, but I usually wear casual clothes. I usually wear shirts along with a pair of raw jeans or chinos and I'm wondering if the strands would match that type of style? Is the design on the strands more suitable for more formal wear or can it be pulled off as a casual dress shoe? Thanks again.
The Strands will look great with chinos and jeans. Generally speaking, the more detailing on a shoe, the less formal it is. So the Park Avenues are very formal, while the Strands, due to the detailing and the walnut color, are considerably more casual, though I still think they can go with some suits, depending on the look you are going for. Park Avenues I would only wear with a conservative suit, or possibly with formalwear, assuming they are well polished.
Thanks again for the suggestion. Going to invest in a pair. Would you say that the sizing is similar to PAs and FAs (I wear an 8.5D)?
The sizing on the Strands should be very similar to the Fifth Avenues and Park Avenues, since they are built on the same last.
Thanks, definitely going to get the strands.
Also, whats the difference between the "custom calf" and the "burnished calf"? What's better suited for the strands?
Walnut Strand only comes in custom calf, unless you special order. Burnishing is a finishing technique applied to the calfskin, particularly to the toebox (usually).
I personally consider the Strand as maybe AE's most versatile shoe, as I am not afraid to wear with either a navy/charcoal business suit or with jeans and dressed down. Others consider them a niche shoe for the opposite reason - they would only wear them with a very causal suit or with odd trousers and a nice SC or blazer. Your personal style and requirements will dictate how well this particular shoe works for you.
I found some on ebay, selling both the burnished and custom calf in walnut. What do you recommend?
Hi guys quick question.
I work in finance in NYC and wear blue and grey suits everyday. As of now I have 1 pair of black ferragamo plain toes, and while I love the look and the sleekness, they just dont seem durable enough to walk around the city and wear a couple times a week. I am looking for a pair of black lace ups and I know AE has a great reputation. Could anyone recomend a pair of AE's that are a little more sleek and modern?
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