Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.
Isn't it!? I didn't think I could pull them off either (well still that is arguably true according to some people here ), but I like them. They are different.
Alden Natty CXL is my favorite. After handling the natural AEs in store, I'd rather pay the Alden price premium.
I bought a pair of tan and navy Finch in the recent sale, got them for $185 by buying a discounted gift card in B&S, but there's really no comparison between the natural steerhide used on these and natural CXL, which is much suppler and "pulls up" more.
How does the 1-last fit (on most AE boots) compared to the 5 last or 7 last?
The 1 last is fuller and rounder if that means anything. I would start TTS and work my way from there. I tried the Katmai. The toe box and heel were fine, but the mouth was huge. I couldn't close it around my ankle. Probably too big, but I went with the suede Neumok instead.
Just ordered 4 pair of cedar shoe trees and two cedar shoe racks. Used the SHIPJULY code and the FATW10 code. Ended up paying $43 for everything. Great posts.
I wear 11B in the 5 last (Strands) and just recently got a pair of boots on the 1 last (Bayfield) in the same 11B size.....no problems.
I'm pretty much a solid 10D on both the 1 last and 5 in shoes with the exception of the black hills (rough collection) where I had to drop down to 9.5D. Both lasts fit me well the #5 maybe a little bit better than the #1. Because of all the pictures the bastages on here are posting I am ordering the McTavish in natural and Rutledge in walnut, I will start with a 9.5D in both of those also.
Each boot is a slightly different fit even on the same last. Malverin is on 1 last but was just too narrow in the toebox no matter what size I tried, ended up returning it. Cascade is on the 4 last and has a lot of room, enough for heavier socks and fits me very well. I thought they were too long at first but creased perfectly. I like them a lot and use them for the fall, winter, and spring. Yuma is 800 last and I really should have sized up at least a half size in length and likely width too. Dalton on 1 last (shell) has plenty of room, in fact too much in the heel area. Bayfield is on the 1 last and snug enough I will not be wearing them with heavy socks. But fit my foot the best of any boot so far if I am walking long distances. Katmai is also 1 last and a fair amount of room all the way around, they fit me very well also. My opening at the throat is fine in my case and I am wearing them a lot this summer. They are my first suede boot in many years and I am really liking them a lot. They are on closeout for $219 right now, which is a fair price for a lined suede chukka of that quality IMO.
I ordered two more since I realized that this is quite a good deal. The Free shipping code (SHIPJULY) stopped working though, so I just called them and added it to my previous order. All good!
Wow thanks! Exactly the detailed description I was looking for!
Hope someone can help me out. This will be my first AE purchase, and looking at a pair of Cliftons (8 last from what I have read on this forum) I have no experience w/ their last, and hope someone can chime in on sizing. I wear 7.5 in Alden Barrie/Trubalance. Should I buy a 7.5 or an 8 in this shoe?
Honestly with a shoe like this, you need to just try it on. This is a common shoe they have at Nordstroms as well, so it might be worth heading to a local one if you have any in the area. If not, AE is very good with exchanges. If you feel you need a different size, ship it back and they will get another size to you within a reasonable amount of time.
Also, check out the reviews on their website and see what others have commented on the fit/sizing.
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