Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.
When will the next sale be? Any info?
I use a Allen Edmond combination shoe tree in my Dalton's 11d large tree
Woodlore Epic in my Dalton's. snug but perfect fit IMO.
I use the full toe tree in my 11D Daltons...size large I think.
I ordered them as seconds over the phone and asked the guy to just send whatever trees fit the best. Normally I would be wary of fixed toe since every shoe's a little different but it seems to work here.
yeah, i am definitely a little skeptical the fixed toe tree being best for all AE models given the wide variation in toe shape and size among different lasts, but that's what they tell us...
Are shoe trees really that complicated?
Further, will the difference between full and split toes really have a substantial effect on the shoes? There's nothing wrong with this, but I've noticed people appear to be becoming more and more concerned with things that aren't really all that important. Just wear, take care, and be happy!
But, strangely enough, the AE full toe trees and AE split toe trees are quite different. I have some of each.
Thanks to all of you for your input. After sleeping on it, these are going back. I've heard the "...dead animal skin..." logic but I'm not looking for perfection. There's lots of dead animal skin out there that is of extreme high quality. Bottom line is these boots should never have left AE as firsts. Barely as seconds, and maybe then if the price was right. Here's another pic of more creasing that I'm not sure would go away with wear. I could maybe have lived with that but the crease/ridge on the toe medallion was the deal breaker for me.
I just don't understand how AE quality control can let stuff like that leave their location. Not at $600. I do hope I can get a decent replacement.
As disappointed as I am with the burgundy shell Dalton experience, I am enjoying my Long Branches today.
what size are they? Maybe I can snag them as seconds!
8D. They'll return via UPS on Monday.
I put red laces into my North Plattes, and they create a great contrast. Perfect for foul weather.
I have the Long Branch too. Trying to decide whether or not to keep them since I just ordered the Bayfield. Oh decisions.
I have had experience with both as well. I have to say that I prefer the full toe trees on my AE models. I think that there is a misconception that the tree has to fill up every last bit of the shoe. It doesn't. It just needs to take up the majority of the space, be large enough to straighten out the shoe and keep it from bowing up, and smooth out the creases on the toe. My experience with the combination trees is that they are a bit more finnicky and sometimes don't fully expand within the shoe, which isn't a problem with the full toe trees. I remember someone saying that they didn't think the full toe trees are not as good with 7 lasted shoes as well, but they seem great on my Sanfords.
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