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alchimiste

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Originally Posted by NoVaguy
are you serious? european brands aren't known for their width selection.
C is not overly narrow. So some brands basic width may do fine. That's within the error bar.
 

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Vman, I liked the Park avenue and Byron the most of the four you showed.
It's true I'd prefer a blucher and ideally no more than 5 pair of eyelets. I'm more comfortable with four.

Thanks for taking the time to include links.

If you have their catalog, look at the Hillcrest. That looks good to me...Kennett and Joplin also look good.

Jerry
 

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Originally Posted by alchimiste
C is not overly narrow. So some brands basic width may do fine. That's within the error bar.

true, but with most european shoes, the error bar goes the other way, towards E.

meanwhile, AE has 41 models at exactly 12C.
 

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Originally Posted by Jerry52
Vman, I liked the Park avenue and Byron the most of the four you showed.
It's true I'd prefer a blucher and ideally no more than 5 pair of eyelets. I'm more comfortable with four.

Thanks for taking the time to include links.

If you have their catalog, look at the Hillcrest. That looks good to me...Kennett and Joplin also look good.

Jerry


I have the Hillcrest in chestnut. Excellent in isolation, tricky in combination. Doesn't go with suits, and doesn't go with denim. Doesn't really look good with khaki, either. If you can get it in black, dark brown, chili or merlot, it's probably more useful. I know its available in black, not sure about the other 3 colors.

Most of my AE's are currently discontinued, but I like the Bradley, and the Park Avenue always looks great.
 

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Oddly enough, while I've always worn 12-C in Aldens, the used pair of AE's I have are 11 1/2 - D and fit OK.
 

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Originally Posted by NoVaguy
I have the Hillcrest in chestnut. Excellent in isolation, tricky in combination. Doesn't go with suits, and doesn't go with denim. Doesn't really look good with khaki, either. If you can get it in black, dark brown, chili or merlot, it's probably more useful. I know its available in black, not sure about the other 3 colors.

Most of my AE's are currently discontinued, but I like the Bradley, and the Park Avenue always looks great.


Do you suppose your perception that it doesn't go well with suits, denim, khaki is solely because of the color, or color AND styling? But I agree, color must be carefully considered. I'm usually partial to black. One nice thing IMO, might be to get a shoe with the same color but two KINDS of leather. That would make it more exotic...

Jerry
 

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Originally Posted by Jerry52
Oddly enough, while I've always worn 12-C in Aldens, the used pair of AE's I have are 11 1/2 - D and fit OK.
That's not surprising. Oftentimes, narrower and extra 1/2 size compensate. So you may wear regular width shoes a half size smaller. The basic question is: would you really spend US$350 on AE or Alden shoes?
 

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Originally Posted by Jerry52
Do you suppose your perception that it doesn't go well with suits, denim, khaki is solely because of the color, or color AND styling? But I agree, color must be carefully considered. I'm usually partial to black. One nice thing IMO, might be to get a shoe with the same color but two KINDS of leather. That would make it more exotic...

Jerry


definitely color AND styling.

the black would be easier to wear with both suits and denim. i had a friend who had the hillcrest in black, was wearing a suit, and I didn't really notice it was the hillcrest until I was talking to him.

there's a hillside floating around, been discontinued for a few years. just like the hillcrest, but the middle panel was woven. that might do the trick.
 

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Originally Posted by alchimiste
The basic question is: would you really spend US$350 on AE or Alden shoes?

Who does? If you can just wait 6 months, and are not really locked into a style, and lurk on ebay, you can pretty much fill up your closet with NIB shoes at 25-50% the price. That's what I did. When I was filling out my closet with AE's, I set a limit ($125 plus shipping for either AE or Alden) on what I would pay and just let the market dictacted what I got.

I'll admit I went over that a few times, but my average for brand new was probably $110 or so.
 

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