Allen Edmonds Bayfield boot- any experiences?

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  1. random-adam

    random-adam Senior member

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    The last and soles are preventing me from getting these. Asked AE if they could make it on the #8 and they said they couldn't, although I thgouht they could put any shoe on any last if they wanted. Leather soles and shell cordo are possible, but a 125 custom make fee on top of the 525 price, which I suppose isn't bad.

    They were also unable to custom make some for me in an AA width.

    I'm inclined to believe their boot lasts are just different enough from their shoe lasts (higher in the ankle, I suppose) that they're more limited in what they can create.
     
  2. scooby-doo

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    You sure they wouldn't work with a suit if they were in black? Granted, the ribbed rubber soles look a bit militaristic, but I dont think the majority of people would notice.... and even if they did, perhaps it would just give off an old-timey grapes of wrath/suited farmer type look right? Maybe if one of you owners has the time, you could show us a pic with suit trousers on.

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  3. Svenn

    Svenn Senior member

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    ^ I think that looks great! A slightly manlier alternative to normal dress shoes, and otherwise unnoticeable. Thanks for posting that. I suppose for a final verdict, if I could pester you some more [​IMG], we'd have to see what they look like in slacks while you're sitting down, i.e. showing the upper ankle area, since that's when it would be most noticeable as boots as opposed to shoes.
     
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    I suppose for a final verdict, if I could pester you some more [​IMG], we'd have to see what they look like in slacks while you're sitting down, i.e. showing the upper ankle area, since that's when it would be most noticeable as boots as opposed to shoes.

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    Svenn Senior member

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    ^very cool, they almost look more formal than regular dress shoes to my eye. They also provide the advantage of not showing sock (while standing up) if one wants breakless trousers. This is definitely going to be my next purchase. A gratifying 1001st post.
     
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    I like the boot quite a bit as a casual/work boot, but IMO it doesn't work with the suit. It might look better with a heavier tweed suit.
     
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    Can't put my finger on why but it looks TERRIBLE with the navy suit, perfectly fine with the gray
     
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    Svenn Senior member

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    Can't put my finger on why but it looks TERRIBLE with the navy suit, perfectly fine with the gray

    probably because you're used to seeing dark shoes with dark suit; here the lighter burgundy color of the boot, combined with the fact that it's physically a sturdier-looking boot, makes it look a tad out of place... but IMO "terrible" is overstating it [​IMG] I plan on getting it in black to go with my darker suits to avoid this.
     
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    Its not the color of the pants that is the problem. Is the one with navy a wide width? It looks like a steel-toed security guard shoe. The shapes look different
     
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    probably because you're used to seeing dark shoes with dark suit; here the lighter burgundy color of the boot, combined with the fact that it's physically a sturdier-looking boot, makes it look a tad out of place... but IMO "terrible" is overstating it [​IMG] I plan on getting it in black to go with my darker suits to avoid this.

    I plan to wear mine with casual business (sportcoat and tie). I think the chunkier sole makes it difficult to wear with a suit.

    I'm still hopeful they will put out a balmoral boot like the Fifth Street next year which would probably go perfectly with a suit.
     
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    probably because you're used to seeing dark shoes with dark suit; here the lighter burgundy color of the boot, combined with the fact that it's physically a sturdier-looking boot, makes it look a tad out of place... but IMO "terrible" is overstating it [​IMG] I plan on getting it in black to go with my darker suits to avoid this.

    No, I think terrible is about right. It looks like someone put on an elegant navy suit and had no other shoes to wear, so they wore some fancy work boots. I'm an AE fan and I think the boots are cool, but you need a much sturdier cloth/tweed suit, or preferably a sport coat if you want to wear those boots in a dressy way.
     
  12. scooby-doo

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    I wonder if the flat, wide laces are signaling "work boots"? You don't see the laces much with the gray wool trousers.
     
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    I was really looking forward to this boot. And then I saw it at my local Allen Edmonds yesterday and was really looking forward to it getting discontinued.
     
  14. scooby-doo

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    OK, here they are with thinner laces. Obviously too short but you can get the idea.

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    I still can't decide if I should buy these boots for a compromise in terms of price or just dish out the extra cash and go for the Wolverines. Ugh. I hate tough decisions.
     

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