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Antonio Meccariello Shoes

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I agree that AM has some of the worst break in periods out of any brand i own but it shouldn't hurt your knees or soles. Instead, if there is pain, it should be coming from the thickness and stiffness of the leather, i.e. pain from the leather not yet conforming to your foot. Typically i would find some pain in my heel during the first 5-10 wears and because of this, i now make sure i wear new AMs on days where i walk minimally. Allows the shoe to mold to my foot while i sit at my desk all day.
If AMs are giving you pain 30 wears in or worse still after two years then it probably has got to do with an incorrect fit. Perhaps a last that is not suited to your foot? One width too small? half size too short?
Reading this I am quite shocked frankly. Why are you guys buying $600+ shoes if the fit is so poor. Am I just spoiled or got lucky with the variety of brands I have (JL, carmina, AE, CJ etc) ? This seems like a terrible agony to go through - including knee / heel pain - seriously? Of course the design is amazing, I do the like the look of AM. I am not trying to be insulting, really trying to understand it. This can't be normal.
 

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my break in regime is pretty simple (regardless brand), I walk everywhere (nyc) and all day, it breaks in no more than three days...
 

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Reading this I am quite shocked frankly. Why are you guys buying $600+ shoes if the fit is so poor. Am I just spoiled or got lucky with the variety of brands I have (JL, carmina, AE, CJ etc) ? This seems like a terrible agony to go through - including knee / heel pain - seriously? Of course the design is amazing, I do the like the look of AM. I am not trying to be insulting, really trying to understand it. This can't be normal.
probably little to do with brand, more how the specific last works, I sold all my EG because they were relative poor fits...
 

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They do not fit you and you will not break them in no matter how much or how long you are wearing them. Simply put the last is wrong for your feet.
+1, sometimes have to admit what doesn't work isn't going to work...
 

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Reading this I am quite shocked frankly. Why are you guys buying $600+ shoes if the fit is so poor. Am I just spoiled or got lucky with the variety of brands I have (JL, carmina, AE, CJ etc) ? This seems like a terrible agony to go through - including knee / heel pain - seriously? Of course the design is amazing, I do the like the look of AM. I am not trying to be insulting, really trying to understand it. This can't be normal.
It's a good question. I for one never had any heel issues from AM, but I've only had 4 pairs. I did have issues in the toe area due to the thick leather.

I will say that, knee pain is definitely not normal or good. That's a huge red flag.
 

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my break in regime is pretty simple (regardless brand), I walk everywhere (nyc) and all day, it breaks in no more than three days...
Sure, but in order to do that I would have to be pain free at least - maybe I am not tough enough for AM:)
 

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It's a good question. I for one never had any heel issues from AM, but I've only had 4 pairs. I did have issues in the toe area due to the thick leather.

I will say that, knee pain is definitely not normal or good. That's a huge red flag.
I give shoes a max of 2-4 minutes of casually walking in the store or at home on carpet if they don't feel absolutely comfortable I will not buy them...
 

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Sure, but in order to do that I would have to be pain free at least - maybe I am not tough enough for AM:)
might be last specific I have issue break in carmina (forest, tassel split toe loafer, end up sold for scrap money...), but no issue with AM out the box, took a bit longer for CJ and GG (2 days?)
 

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probably little to do with brand, more how the specific last works, I sold all my EG because they were relative poor fits...
Same here. Absolutely loved my EG Inverness and Asquith, but the 888 last didn't fit my feet. The latter is one of my absolute favorite shoe models, but the last just didn't fit my feet. Same goes with Carmina's Simpson and Rain lasts. There're some absolutely gorgeous shoes made on those lasts, but they just weren't the right fit for me.

Now sticking to what is working for my feet. Never had any breaking in issues with Meccariello, Bestetti, C&J, G&G, Enzo Bonafe, Vass amongst others.
 

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Has anyone had the issue of the opening of the shoe being very tight and digging into the sides of your ankles? I had this problem all day during the first wear of my Aeris soft square and it was really painful. Feels like the edges on the opening of the shoe is cutting into my ankle, and it’s caused blisters. For reference I used insoles. Any advice?
 

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Yep +1 on the last having to suit your foot, that is really the key. Some pain the first few wears/weeks due to stiff and thick leather is not an issue as it becomes comfortable and moulds to your feet. I recall AM wanted his shoes to look sleek and stylish like typical Italian shoes but be built like tanks (which is quite the opposite from most Italian shoes that use thin flexible leather and don’t last). In the larger scheme of things and if you think about how long good handwelted shoes should and will last, a few weeks of break in is really nothing.
Having said that, I own Brand’s from at least 15 other makers and so far none use as thick leather as AM (not that thick leather is a good thing per se). AMs have their place in any wardrobe and so do other shoes like your carminas, aldens, c&js etc
 

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Paolo Scafora estimates the break-in at about 20 hours of wear time. So if you need way more than that, look into stretching them at a cobbler or something.
 

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