Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.
pics, hard to believe
I just ordered my brown shell Leeds, thanks bucksfan!
bucksfan laid it out extremely well IMO. I have the Leeds in #8 shell and black calf size 10D. Also the bayfield in CXL and black calf size 10D. The Malvern is an exception to the #1 last, they used memory foam in it which makes it extremely small compared to the other #1 last boots and the fit is a strange beast, I returned them. The bayfield is very snug on me compared to my walnut shell Daltons which are on the 1 last also. With light to medium socks the bayfield's feels like a custom made boot. My Leeds fit extremely well also, both the calf and shell. However I did develop a bunion at the base of my left foot after about a year due to the shell Leeds and the old cobbler leather of the Shelton. Once the bunion developed it was easy to tell who the culprit was as it is very painful. Both shoes just barely touched that part of my foot but it was enough to cause problems. I purchased a shoe stretcher with a bunion attachment and have not had a problem since. And the toe box felt\feels like it has enough room when new, to me they are extremely comfortable all day it was just my odd shaped left foot that was the problem and something that I need to be aware of with with all new shoes or boots that I try on. I have a very narrow heel so going up in width is usually not an option for me that I consider. It the toebox is too tight I move on to another shoe or boot.
In any event I would take bucksfan advise and go with a 13D.
I rest my shell overnight before treeing them in the morning, I do not recall where I read the reasoning for it but the logic behind it impressed me enough that I do it. I also totally agree that shell becomes more comfortable and molds to the foot over time and wear, more so than calf.
sevenfoldtieguy has had several recent posts on the Leeds and why they are a great shoe. My only regret with the Leeds is that my black pair are calf and not shell.
First day out with my brown Long Branches today. These were my Black Friday haul from the Jeffersonville outlet. Very happy with them so far.
Looking good! I've given my Long Branches a few good wears since I got them during the early Oct sale and I'm quite happy with them. We don't get much rain here so most of my boots are leather-soled and when it snowed here for the past couple of days, I resorted to these as my bad weather shoes! The heavy lug (as opposed to mini-lug) soles provided pretty good traction. You look like you're having good weather wherever you are!
Long Branches are nice casual work boots
Really happy with these. Color is walnut (my 1st!) Not natural light and camera flash makes them look more orangy. However, it is a nice brown. Will try to take some natural light pix of these when I wear them this week.
Those Westgates that dsmivtr posted would be marvelous -- but they don't exist in any form on eBay. I don't think I've ever fed a known model of shoe into eBay and not seen at least one hit for it. Yikes!
edited to add: just saw these lovelies on eBay. The toe is on the squared-off side and the size might be a smidge pinchy, but I'm looking at them long and hard for formalwear.
The burgundy shell Daltons are splendid. I've been meaning to grab some leather defender for 'em at the Alden store in DC; it's only a few metro stops from the house.
I know your shoe size limits your choices. It looks like this ebay seller sent the shoes back to AE for soles, but it would have been nice to have them fully recrafted, so they could maybe pull out some of the wrinkles. Don't look to have been treed much, either. But I guess you could always wear them and plan on recrafting later.
Those custom Daltons are great. I'd be tempted if I didn't have the Lindricks. They look very similar.
Thanks! Yeah, they seem to be fitting the bill for what I needed. I was all set up on my dress shoes for work purposes, but I wanted to move away from wearing cheaper quality shoes during weekends. I needed something that could go all over town on errands, take the kids to the park, take any weather that may pop up on any given Saturday, all while looking stylish and being able to last for years with recraftings. These seemed to be the best offering for that right now (at least from AE).
A while ago, someone in this thread linked an eBay sale of an after-market monk-strap based off an AE shoe. Here's one from Alden...
I just threw up in my mouth a little. I mean, those atrocities might as well have Velcro.
I completely agree.. Those are ugly
PSA I saw a pair of Shell Dalton's for sell on ebay in 11e. This particular pair though has commando type sole.
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