The Shell Cordovan, non-Alden Shoe and Boot Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jhcam8, Oct 2, 2011.

  1. NAMOR

    NAMOR Senior member

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    ^ you would buy one in that size?
     
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    El Argentino Senior member

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    11UK = 12US, so probably decent fit. Wouldn't want to try smaller on a blind buy
     


  3. peppercorn78

    peppercorn78 Senior member

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    not to break the AE - criticism, but here are a few pairs that fit my extra wide, low-instep feet really well. I know some people complain about bowing, but I haven't had any so far with any of these:

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    thinking about it myself.. watchmans pair is pretty great
     


  5. Watchman1

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    @peppercorn78

    You can tell that those fit you extremely well. If patina trumps pristine, then fit is paramount.

    I am glad you have found such a great fit with those AE.

    Not only do they fit you well, but they actually look good on you. And, that is hard to do when you have such wide feet like us.

    Thanks for the pics, AE has their shortcomings, but when you get them to fit well, they are hard to beat.
     


  6. Joenobody0

    Joenobody0 Senior member

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    The strand is the one AE design I really like, though your pair is creasing really oddly based on that picture. How do they look in person?
     


  7. Watchman1

    Watchman1 Senior member

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    All those examples Pepper showed are the textbook fit you would want to see.

    Even the creasing on his Strands was not into the Toe Cap. (As far as I could see....)

    Pepper's examples of his AE's are what make me not want to give up on the brand...even if mine are less than desirable in certain ways.
     


  8. peppercorn78

    peppercorn78 Senior member

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    Good, I think, though of course the 5 last in 3E width is on the bulbous side. Though most shoes are at this width, except for my Bonafes, which are extremely chiseled.

    I'm flexing my feet in that picture in order to make the shot, so maybe that's the creasing you're referring to. Also, I have a bunion on my right foot that causes a roll pattern that doesn't happen on the left foot.

    But I walk between 5-8 miles on days that I'm working, and all five of these pairs feel great on my poor dogs.
     


  9. Watchman1

    Watchman1 Senior member

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    Pepper,

    I find that Church's 173 Last to be a amazing.

    You could probably wear that well in a UK 10 "G" fitting.

    Especially if Barrie 10.5E is a good fit for you.
     


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    Thank you. That definitely makes me feel good about the purchase then. The place I bought them from still has a few left. . Plus some Santoni Townsend, Griffins and loafers I believe. The Griffins definitely look shell from what I can tell so I might snatch up a pair of those also.
     


  11. Joenobody0

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    There's creasing horizontally down the sides of the closed quarters - I've never seen that on a balmoral.
     


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    Watchman1 Senior member

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    Yes Sir.

    I seen that as well.

    I think it was due to the nature of the position that his foot was in.

    Unfortunately, we have all become a bit "gun-shy" regarding the creasing found on AE shoes and cordovans in particular.

    When we see a pic of AE's, we automatically start looking for the flaws.....

    This is primarily because they are so common...ha, ha....
     


  13. peppercorn78

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    Yeah, I was flexing my feet in that position. I'll take another pic next time I wear them.
     


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    Fantastic Watchman and congrats. I very much like my church's, even those influenced by Prada. Although somewhat different here on SF, in my world Church's hold a similar reputation to Alden,C&J, etc. After all not many people put that kind of money into their footwear! Enjoy!
     


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    Went with some old school Bostonian crown windsors today:

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