I bought these shoes at Nordstrom after receiving a small Christmas bonus. I was looking for some shoes not made in China and these were made in Italy so I took the chance. I am sure glad that I did. I had never heard of this brand before but since then, I have bought anther pair and would recommend to anyone looking for a great quality shoe that fits like a glove to try these out. They fit true to size. I usually wear a 10 1/2 in Nike running shoes and a 9 1/2 in dress shoes. I got the 9 1/2 in these and they fit great. Go ahead and buy them, you won’t be sorry!
Decided to buy these shoes because they are a high quality dress shoe I can wear in a Manhattan Park Avenue office environment. But at the same time the shoe comes with a rubber sole. This is rather hard to find. Most dress shoes come with a leather sole and require an additional $35 to put on a rubber sole at the cobbler. I have worn the shoes in the city with great comfort and so far, I think they are a great shoe. Normally wear an 11.5, ordered 11.5 and they fit great.
These shoes are absolutely beautiful. The shade of brown varies throughout and is exactly what I was looking for as I do not like single shaded brown shoes.
I bought these snoes without seeing them in person and I am very impressed. These will be my staple brown shoes. The leather quality is fantastic and the style is professional and elegant. I’m very impressed. They look fantastic with nice grey wool pants.
This is a nice pair of shoes, and I really like To Boot, but the rubber soles are a deal breaker. They look less formal than leather-soled dress shoes, and you can’t put in taps or readily repair the sole. Invest your money in another pair.
I live in an apartment and only cook for myself, I haven’t used the stove since I received the griddler. I have prepared 1″ steaks to perfection, hamburgers, pork chops, chicken, and even pancakes with delicious results. The temperature control allows me to time how long to leave the food on the griddler without burning or guessing. The sear function provides a beautiful grill sear that competes with even the best steak houses. The adjustable height allows me to set the top grill just on top of the food without squishing out all of the juice leaving me with great tasting and juicy burgers. I also like how the top “floats” on the food so it cooks the top evenly. When you flip the grill grate to the other side you have a nice griddle that works perfect for pancakes, eggs, and fish.
The price for the unit seemed a little high but I’m very pleased that I decided to spend the extra. The construction of the unit is very sturdy. The plates attach/detach very easily. It has stood up to my daily use and I believe will continue to for awhile.
I normally don’t do reviews but this product deserves one. Everything I was missing in my old griddle came true here. The detachable and dishwasher safe plates are awesome, so is the temperature control knobs with light indicator that goes green when set temperature is met. The size is small enough to fit in my kitchen space, yet expands to have two griddlers space. I can’t think of any negative about this griddle. Absolutely, superior product to my old George forman.
I owned a larger Cuisinart Griddler which was one of the earliest models. It was great for chops, steaks, burgers, sausages, and even fish. I could do great French toast, pancakes, and eggs on it, too. However, for practical reasons this is the one I will be using more often. For empty nesters with occasional drop-ins this is more compact and takes up less space while offering the same features and then some that my other Cuisinart didn’t offer.
Size may be a valuable feature, but it doesn’t mean much if the end product is just o.k. This unit has an indicator that let’s you know when it is ready to go. It takes all the guesswork out of the cooking process. Everything is perfect unless you walk out of the kitchen and totally ignore it. The lid is sensitive as well as adjustable and will float gently to sear meat without eradicating all the cooking juices out of the meat and leaving it dry and unappealing.
The plates remove easily and are dishwasher safe. Nothing really ‘sticks’ to the plates so there is no such thing as scrubbing involved here. A quick wipe with a damp rag keeps all exterior surfaces clean and sparkling.
All you have to do is look at this Griddler and a visual inspection will reveal that this is a well made unit. It is neither cheap or flimsy.
Because it is smaller I find I use this with greater frequency. I have used this for grilled asparagus and squash, potato pancakes, omelets, stuffed French toast. Everything look and tastes great. I’m not a great cook, but you’d never know it when I use it.
This grill is perfect for singles, couples, or anyone dealing with limited surface space. It is so attractive that I leave it on the counter top all the time.
I purchased this product to replace my older George Foreman large grill I am not yet disappointed but there are several things I have noticed that are different . The GF grill cooked frozen meats/fish right out of the freezer quickly, this one will not they have to be previously thawed. The waffle plates advertised as GR-WAFP are only for the GR4 (smaller model) & will not fit this model ,in the open position & at 450 degrees the cooked product waiting time could be better. We have tried it on some panini sandwiches, pancakes, vegetables ,& beef fajitas but cooking time was noticeably slower than the GF. I like the multiple positions on the dials and that the ready light indicator advises you when the grills are ready. The upper lid works well and positions itself entirely over the lower level , Smoking is minimal when searing, flipping of the grill plates is very convenient & an improvement over the GF plates. Requires easy cleanup & food does not bake unto the grill plates. If you are wondering whether to buy the GR4 or this model this model has definitely more grilling space & the GR4 is too small.
-The adjustable height is probably the best part. George Foreman grills instantly mash all the juices out, but you can set it to have the top griddle barely touching the meat if you want, keeping juices in. It makes the meat taste SO much better than George Foreman grills.
-Prepares any piece of meat or food you want put on a griddle to your liking with the temperature controls. Very accurate temperature dials that adjust both plates independently of each other.
-Temperature indicator light lets you know when its at the right temperature. I have not found this feature on many other griddles like this.
-Laying it flat allows for cooking even more. This is the best way to make pancakes, bacon, eggs, etc.
-Large enough to cook 2-4 pieces of meat at once, but still small enough to fit comfortably on a countertop without looking out of place.
-The plates are really easy to remove and wash. So much easier than cleaning a grill top.
-Incredible build quality. It reminds me of the Cuisinart grills from the 50′s and 60′s its made so well.
-The griddles take a little bit longer to heat up than a George Foreman, but thats the only downside I could think of.
This is a great appliance for single and couples or even a small family in a crowded apartment. If you like to cook, this will make it easier to do so more often. Even if you dont like to cook, this will probably make you cook more often, its THAT easy to use.
For the most part…just the looks alone are nice and clean. It doesn’t look like a spaceship on the counter.
Nice simple straight lines and simple on / off / bake / broil / etc controllers.
There were later design ovens from this manufacturer, but for the price, and all the Basic Features, I figured how can I go wrong?
With 1800 watts for the total heating elements…right there that tells you that it is going to heat up fast…maintain quickly to attain the setpoint, and perform like a regular electric range / oven / broiler; but just in a smaller package.
Toast making is complete on both sides. Fast! And with no drying out of the toast bread.
I was looking for the ability to toast bread, without the bread sitting there in the oven just drying out on the inside of the bread; while the outside was browning. That is the problem with toasters that are Lower Wattage. It is a proven fact in the testing sequence of a toaster designed to do just that….make toast.
The setpoint maintains just that, with not much droop in temperature. It is quick to respond to maintain the setpoint (temperature selected) to do a fast cooking chore.
The crumb catch tray just slides out easily for cleaning which is a plus. My old toaster oven had to be turned on its side to flip open the crumb tray. Wow! Those crumbs really sat in there till they cooked themselves to the tray.
With the slide out easy clean tray…I clean the crumbs every two or three times I use the oven / toaster! Smart Design!
The only downside …and it does not affect the useability of the oven; but it is annoying trying to see the settings plainly stamped in black lettering and numbering; but very very small. Just one step UP in the font SIZE would be a big improvement.
I lost my 20 year old perfect vision some 40 or so years ago, and even with corrective lenses…I have to keep a little magnifying readers glass there just to see the settings of the controls. My 18 Y/O granddaughter who has perfect 20 /20 vision even has difficulty seeing the setpoints.
All In All….I recommend it highly. The functions and power of this little machine are absolutely great. It is definetely not in the toy division like some other products of the like are in.
I had to give this 4 stars**** only because of the inability to clearly see the setpoints on the controls that are printed so small. That’s My Opinion Anyway!
Oooops! one more important item, is the fact that there are multiple slots to position the shelves / rack etc for the different applications of cooking / heating / toasting etc.”NICE”
After a long search, I was unhappy with the selection of toaster ovens in my price range – my price range being as inexpensive as possible! My old Black & Decker toaster oven that I bought at my neighborhood drug store lasted for at least 10 years. I was totally happy with it. The cheaper new ones are not the same – they all have that timer dial for toasting with a space of 1cm (or less) to determine the shade of toast. I just don’t like that type of control knob.
Anyway… I decided to spend a little more to get what I really want, and this Cuisinart has all of the functions that I like – the generous shade control, nicely spaced options on the function and temperature dials, an on/off switch for toasting, and a pull-out crumb tray.
It has two heating elements on both bottom and top which seem to help the oven heat up quickly and toast evenly.
Like all toaster ovens I have encountered, the top and back do get hot – the sides not as much.
I could not find the true dimensions of this toaster oven anywhere (even on Cuisinart’s website & I don’t know where Amazon’s “product dimensions” measurements came from) so I’ll post the dimensions as I measured them here:
13″ D (That is WITH the “feet” on the back that prevent it from sitting flush against the wall [presumably for safety], but WITHOUT the handle, which adds 1.75″ to the depth)
It is bigger than I am used to, but definitely not the biggest out there.
I am very, very happy with this toaster oven and am only withholding a star because I’ve only had it for a few days. That fifth star has to be earned for durability!
****UPDATE November 2012****
Well, it is NOT getting that 5th star. In fact, I changed my review to 3 stars based on .
I have been happy with this toaster for 1.5 years. Then an element failed. It started basically melting and cracking, and I fully expected it to burst into flames at some point.
I contacted Cuisinart. The toaster iss still under the 3-year warranty, and they offered to send a replacement. I have to mail the current toaster to them, which would cost me about $20, and I would also have to pay Cuisinart $10 for processing/shipping the new one.
$30 seems like a lot of my money to spend replacing something defective, so I am still undecided about going forward with it, though I suppose it is worth it unless I simply want to buy a lower-end replacement. I do still like this toaster as a whole and have found it to perform well until its failure.
I’ve had two previous really cheap toasters that lasted 10 years each, so I’m very disappointed in the longevity of this one.
My more expensive, super fancy Krups toaster oven recently kicked the bucket after about 4-5 yrs of service, and it was time to replace it. While my Krups was a good toaster oven (before it died), it took up a lot of space on the counter, it was expensive to buy, and frankly it had a lot of features (convection) and interior space that I just don’t use and don’t think are necessary in a toaster oven. So when I shopped for a replacement, I decided to go downmarket a bit.
Problem is, the toaster oven market is bifurcated towards two extremes and IMO neither is ideal. On the low end, are super cheap pieces of junk. On the higher end, are expensive behemoths that take up all your counter space and have a lot of features that most of us will never use. Now I’ll admit, for someone who lives in say a small apartment and doesn’t have a regular oven, the second type may make sense. But I live in a house with a regular kitchen and I have a regular oven and a cooktop, as well as a gas grill and a big green egg. What this means is, I’m not going to be roasting a whole chicken or searing steaks or baking any cakes or cooking thanksgiving dinner in my toaster oven. What I mostly use my toaster oven for is 1) toast! and 2) heating up things like leftover pizza or empanadas or really anything else that will get soggy in the microwave but you don’t want to wait for the regular oven to preheat when alls you want to do is heat up a single item, and 3) odd things like maybe an open faced sammich or something. So really, anything small that you want to heat up quickly yet still have it be crispy.
I have a hunch a large percent of toaster oven owners use them pretty much like I do and want a quality product but don’t want a $300 large convection toaster oven taking up all our counter space, but also don’t want to trust the $20 hunk of junk that looks like it will die in 2 weeks and can’t toast evenly.
This toaster oven is a good choice because:
1) It’s simple – toast, bagel, bake, broil. The analog controls are simple to use, and unlike a digital keypad it “remembers” what your last setting was (for say toast darkness or oven temp), which you are likely to use repeatedly. Some reviews complained the controls are hard to read, and I don’t find this to be a problem although I do have good near-sight vision. The crum tray is easy to remove, clean, and replace.
2) It works – nice even toasting. Heats up quickly for reheating items. I was surprised at how light it was out of the box, but it works well so this doesn’t appear to be a problem.
3) It’s a fair price – way cheaper than the expensive convection ovens, but not so cheap as to be garbage
4) Small footprint – doesn’t take up much counter space yet still big enough for everything I want a toaster oven to do. Honestly if something can’t fit in this thing I have no problem firing up the regular oven.
Now, there seem to be 2 basic complaints on this model and I don’t find either to be a problem:
1) No timer – who cares? I’m only using it for toast (which does shut off when it reaches desired darkness) and to heat up small stuff that only takes a few minutes, I can hang around and keep an eye on it. Again, this seems like more of a problem for people who want to bake a cake or something and I don’t know why you’d want to use a toaster oven to do that.
2) A lot of people complain that the toast comes out too dark – I’m puzzled by these complaints as I find it extremely easy to set the toaster to desired darkness. The medium setting comes out pretty much what I’d expect medium toast to be, and more importantly you have infinite adjustability with the analog controls so it shouldn’t take you much experimenting to figure out how you want it. One person even complained they had this for over a month and couldn’t get toast that wasn’t burned – I’d say this person either got a defective unit, or they are severely challenged when it comes to the operation of small electronics and/or employing the trial and error method.
Overall – there should be more toaster ovens in this segment. If you don’t routinely roast whole prime ribs or do hard core baking in your toaster oven, this should suit your needs well.
This is a nice pair of shoes, fits perfectly and is very confortable. Most of all the sole is rubber, when you are leaving a conference room people won’t notice cause you gonna make no noise, as opposed to hard soles!
I looked at what seemed to be a million blenders. I do a lot of vegan and raw foods but I didn’t want to spend upwards of $400. I love this blender! It has handled everything I hoped it would, including frozen fruits for smoothies. It is very quiet for a blender. I like the die-cast base, the simple controls (who really needs 14 settings?), and the pulse setting. The only minor flaw is the difficulty in getting out the last 1/4 cup of whatever I’ve made. Overall, I very much recommend this blender.
After my 15th cheap blender in the past 4 years, I decided to quit buying garbage and put my money to better use and bought the cuisinart CBT-1000 poweredge 1000watt Die Cast Blender. Sure it cost $$ compared to the ones I had bought, but I wanted something durable and THIS thing IS durable! It has a really large 64oz jar that’s made of a nonbreakable BPA material. Normally I would say glass or nothing, but realizing that a jar that size in glass would be highly unwieldy, I decided to let that slide.
Operation of the blender is simple. There aren’t 20 buttons to sift through to try to find the perfect thing. Honestly, how many of us know the difference between puree, cream, and whip functions anyhow?!? It has HIGH, LOW, SMOOTHIE, ICE CRUSH, and Pulse. That’s all you need! It also has a tiny digital counter that counts UP how long it’s been blending. That’s a good thing to know when you are trying to decide the perect consistency of a smoothie or even a frozen margarita.
Our first time out, we deicded to go full steam and make smoothies for the family. Having a family of 7 means that I don’t have time to waste making smoothies then cleaning out and making MORE smoothies and cleaning out and making MORE smoothies. So the pitcher size is great! Right now one batch can cover the entire family since all 5 children are 10 or under and that means a happier smoothie making parent! So our first smoothie was a chocolate green protien powder,chocolate milk, and ice. The smoothie came out beautifully. In one cycle, we had perfectly blended smoothies, with no ice chunks. It was so smoothe, it was like a really good milkshake. Although, since I DID use a lot of ice, I chose to go with the ice function over the smoothie function.
I’m sure the smoothie function could have handled it, but I think that if something contains large cubes of ice, it automatically means ice function. After a month of near daily smoothies for the family, the machine is STILL cranking them out just as smoothe and delicious as the first time.
We also decided to give our blender a whirl at making several other frozen treats like margaritas! They came out perfectly frozen and blended smoothe as well. I haven’t had a really bad experience with this blender yet. The closest thing was that I wanted to make a blizzard type ice cream treat with ice cream and oreos and the blender was so powerful that it turned the cookies into utter dust in a mere 2 secs! In the future, I’ll whirl the ice cream and then mix the cookie bits in by hand or something, but even though it didn’t look very appetizing, it tastes really good and there were no white spots, to show where it hadn’t blended well. Milkshakes come out perfect every time. Even if you like them EXTRA thick and dreamy!
After using the blender, cleanup is a breeze. The entire bottom with the blades screws right off and a simple rinse in soapy water is all it takes to clean. Be warned, don’t get your fingers or tongue! anywhere near the blades! They are blood hungry! My husband who NEVER listens when I warn him about the dangers of licking the blades, actually cut his tongue pretty bad on the blades and while washing his dried on bloody mess off after returning from the ER, I actually cut my finger(although no where near as bad)using a scrubber on them. My advice is to first of all(don’t bleed on your appliance by doing stupid stuff) but if you do, just put a little warm soap water in the blender and turn it on for a few secs and let the power do the cleaning for you.
All in all, I’d definitely reccomend this blender to anyone who is looking for a good blender with power that gets the job done and who isn’t afraid to pay a bit more for it. I love this blender and will probably look to cuisinart for the next tabletop appliance I plan to buy.
Looking for a blender with great power and finesse, without paying over $300 for a Blendtech / Vitamix monster led me to the Cuisinart CBT-1000. On the whole I’m very satisfied. This blender has excellent power and performs quite well in a wide variety of circumstances. It’s also very attractive. However there are few minor issues:
* Power – within shouting distance of the heavyweights – and more than enough power for anything I do with a blender.
* Large high quality plastic jar. I was looking for glass but above 48oz jars you don’t see glass anymore. The reason is weight. The jar on the CBT-1000 is a beauty – with a large 64oz capacity and excellent engineering for blending liquids.
* Beautiful die cast motor housing. The brushed steel base is heavy and looks awesome on the counter. This unit is probably the most attractive blender in my opinion – way more beautiful than the leaders Blendtech and Vitamix – at half the price of their intro models.
* 6 razor sharp blades get good action once there’s enough liquid down in the narrow neck area (see caveat below).
* Built-in pulse feature. You can turn on pulse at either power level and it will pulse automatically, showing you time elapsed.
Not so hots:
* Cover is a bit difficult to get on and off. This is a dual edged sword. The upside is that it doesn’t pop off accidentally.
* The jar / base interface isn’t damped, so motor vibration causes the jar to make noise which can be eliminated by holding the jar with your hand. This could have been eliminated with some compliant material where the jar and base meet. I might hack this myself at some point.
This is a quibble, but a missed opportunity for some engineering polish by Cuisinart.
* The shape of the jar is wide on top, tapering down to a narrow funnel down near the blades. This concentrates the cyclonic action of the blades in a liquid, but prevents chunks of solids from getting down to where the blades are easily. In practice this means that frozen chunks can have trouble getting down to be blended into the smoothie unless enough liquids are added. Vitamix uses this deep funnel shape, but integrates a tamping paddle to push things down. Blendtech goes with a wider jar, sacrificing some liquid cyclonic action in exchange for chunks integrating more easily. So this design decision on the part of Cuisinart is a dual edged sword too. It means you either use more liquid or stop to tamp down a bit more often. This isn’t a big deal. The power of this unit means that once the chunks start moving the whole thing gets integrated very quickly. But the narrow funnel shape at the bottom of the jar can delay the start of the integration if your starting point is mainly solid chunks.
* The way the buttons work is you turn the unit on or off with the power button. Then, once power is on, you select a speed and it starts to blend. Additionally you can select one of the 3 “pre-programmed” buttons (pulse (2 seconds on; 2 seconds off), smoothie, or ice crush). This arrangement means you are pressing a minimum of two buttons to get action – sometimes 3. This isn’t a big deal either, and enhances safety. However, my preference is for one button operation.
* As another reviewer notes, this unit is 16 1/4″ tall, assembled with lid; not 15″ tall as the specs say. I have to stow it under my cabinets (15″ high) with the lid off in order to fit. I wish they had given the correct dimensions on the site.
Bottom line, all my complaints are fairly minor. In the most important ways, this is an excellent blender and I have been very happy with it.
This review is from the standpoint of a smoothie maker. It is all I use it for so my review will be constrained to how it functions as a smoothie maker only.
Every day this blender makes a perfect smoothie for 2 to 3 people in one batch.
It is a high quality, extremely well made and designed, high quality blender.
It is high power and is not one of those that runs very fast.
It does not emit any electrical odors, even when run at high speed.
The blades are very thick and well made.
The plastic jug is made from a high quality, restaurant grade plastic.
It has a smoothie setting. Click it and in less then 30 seconds, this blender easily auto makes a smoothie out of these typical ingredients.
12 oz bag of rock hard frozen strawberries
16 oz of Yogurt
3 oz whole oatmeal (the unprocessed thick kind)
Handful of raw almonds (about 25)
TIP: I add juice last and have to poke a hole through the yogurt to allow the juice to flow down to the blades. Otherwise, they just spin. When done, a perfect smoothie results. I like to blend it on high an extra 8 seconds. 8 seconds in this blender is a long time and a lot of work is done.
TIP: The blade assembly screws on very tight and seems almost impossible to get off the blender jar by hand. A simple solution I found was to put the entire blender jar and blade assembly on the blender base. Then, turn the blender jar counter clockwise while the blade assembly is securely engaged on the base. The blade assembly then comes right off with little effort.
These, like all my AE shoes are great. Well made with quality leathers, fully lined, and distinctive in their understated way. The upfront cost of AE shoes may look high but when taken care of correctly they will last many people well over a decade and still look new.
As an added bonus these are some of the last shoes to be made in the USA.
These Allen Edmonds Wing Tips are quite simply the finest Wing Tips money can buy. While these shoes cost a buck or two more than competing brands, the Allen Edmonds are worth the money because they feel better, look better, and are better. Long after the competing foreign shoes have fallen apart and been thrown out, the Allen Edmonds look better than new and are giving your feet the comfort you deserve. I never buy any dress shoes other than Allen Edmonds and I never will.
The McAllister is broken in after a few steps. These shoes are comfortable from the get-go; no breaking in period to speak of, at least not for me. Some Allen Edmonds styles can be a little odd as regards sizing. I normally wear an 8.5D (US) and this size for these McAllister shoes fits me to perfection. Some AE shoes run large by a half-size or so. Not this shoe.
These McAllister Wing Tips are a particularly nice model of the Allen Edmunds dress shoe. The intricate wingtip styling simply exudes quality. I found that the shoe itself was sized correctly — I wear an 8.5D and this shoe in an 8.5D fits me perfectly. Some Allen Edmunds shoes have seemed to be sized a little larger, i.e. sometimes an 8D fits me, but not in the case of these McAllisters.
These Wing Tips look fantastic with a suit in a formal setting, and can be worn with panache with more casual clothes. I like this shoe so much I bought two pair, one in black and one in Merlot. Both totally exude class. There is literally nothing not to like about these Allen Edmonds Wing Tips.
I own numerous other Allen Edmonds dress shoes and I like all of them. However, these McAllister Wing Tips are my favorite, both for looks, fit, and comfort. This is a great shoe. RJB.
I can hear it now. Who pays three hundred dollars for a pair of men’s shoes? Let me put it this way. You don’t mind paying good money for a quality product. What I don’t appreciate is paying good money for something that turns out to be crap! You don’t mind paying for something if you are getting your money’s worth, or as some say, you get what you pay for…well I have to say, that when I dress up, and I put on these shoes, I look so good, I feel “…too damp to burn!” This is probably one of the best investments in myself that I have ever made…These shoes are so well made, and of such quality, that they even come with shoe bags! (An Allen Edmonds tradition)and if they ever wear out, as eventually they will, all you have to do is send them back to the company and they will replace the heel and resole them for you, so that you can continue to enjoy their comfort and splendor…you might even want to bequeath them you your sons in the will…they are so fantastic, they will be fighting over them when you’re gone!
Allen Edmonds Men’s McAllister Wing Tip, Merlot 13 D US:
These AE dress shoes are some of the most comfortable that I’ve ever owned. I’ve owned several pair since the 1980′s and always have been satisfied with my purchase. Allen Edwards is one of the few shoemakers left in the U.S. that uses quality leather, stitching, and comfortable inner lining that makes wearing these shoes a joy. When you wear a hole in the sole just send them back to the company and they’ll do their magic and you’ll get them back in almost brand new condition, as they replace the heal and the sole leather.
I keep these shoes with shoe stretchers inside when I’m not wearing them and I make sure they are cleaned and well polished before I put them away stored in a provided dust bag. I rotate my shoes so they are in good shape when I have to wear them the next time. Like anything in life, every item has a life span and these shoes are not immune to wear and tear over time. Weather conditions where I live can be quite hard on shoe leather and over time, no matter how well you take care of something it needs a professional’s touch to keep your shoes in wearable order.
Allen Edwards has always amazed me when the shoes finally arrive back to me from the factory. They look like new shoes. So with this in mind, yes, the price may be more than what you’d want to spend on a pair of fine shoes, but the care that they give the shoes more than makes up for the initial cost. You can’t say that for most of the other manufacturers of fine men’s dress shoes.
I am very pleased with the fine true fit to these shoes and would recommend to anyone that wants to experience true shoe comfort, get a pair of these shoes, your feet will thank you.
A good pair of shoes completes the total overall look, just like fine socks, a good cotton shirt and good quality neck tie will make your suit look better in the long run. This style of shoe is the classic wing tip and the Merlot color is a quality deep color that makes a sharp accent to a quality finished look. A full brogue wingtip balmoral with sophisticated details, the McAllister was first introduced in 1956 and quickly became a best-selling shoe. Its everlasting appeal ensures it will always be in style. With its rich leather upper, classic styling, and distinguished perforation detail, this shoe will add the perfect polish to your dress wardrobe. Dust bag included.
A couple say that their shoes acquired scuffs or scratches, and one guy even complains that his shoes “de-laminated” after some wear. Uh, guys? These are dress leather, open-lace, cap-toe shoes FOR GROWN-UPS. They cannot de-laminate because they aren’t laminated to begin with. As a presumably adult male, you should own shoe polish and the makings of at least a small shoe-shine kit and you should know how to use them. Don’t blame the shoemakers for your lack of couth.
To actually discuss the shoe itself, I would say that they do run slightly long in the toe. That said, I hesitate to order it any smaller than my normal size, as that might then be too narrow. I’m guessing that adding a pair or Dr. Scholl’s custom orthotic inserts might make these a perfect fit, but I think they’ll do fine just as they are. And yes, like all new dress shoes they will require some breaking in. But they are good-looking, versatile shoes. And while I normally prefer a leather sole, the non-slip soles on these should work out better for me at my job.
I’m happy with these so far, and will update if anything changes.
I went without the inserts, and after 3 or 4 wearings they broke in beautifully. I would now say they are among my most comfortable shoes, second only to my prized Ted Baker pair. And I don’t know if it’s the breaking in or my perception, but they no longer seem overly long either. Recommended.
- These shoes look fantastic.
- They have a modern appearance and go great with a tailored suit or dress pants look.
- They could also be worn with nice jeans to dress up the outfit.
- Great slim fit, and improved posture (adds nearly an inch of height)
- Fits true-to-form. I typically wear a size 11.5 dress shoe, and the size 11.5 in these fit perfectly!
- Terrible break-in period. I wore these during an 8-hour work day and after about 30mins my feet were rife with blisters and I could barely walk. After about 3 weeks and interchanging different shoes (and lots of band-aids) they are finally broken in and feel GREAT
- They scratch and scuff VERY easily. After my first day of wearing these shoes, I noticed a 1in scratch on the upper part of the shoe near the laces. I am very careful with my shoes and don’t recall bumping or scuffing them into any objects.
- After about 1 week of regular use, I am bewildered as to how they have acquired several other bumps, scuffs, and scratches
(Note my pre-care involved simply using a water repellent spray, I have yet to wax or polish these shoes. I use shoe trees daily.)
Let me first say that this is the second pair of Cole Haan’s that I have purchased and I absolutely love these shoes. I usually wear a 9.5M, but the toes are a little longer on these shoes so I went down to a 9M. It appears the color scuffs a little easy, but I have buffed them out with shoe cream every time and it looks good as new again.
These shoes hurt a lot until you break them in, so i recommend wearing them in short intervals during the first 2 weeks. After that, you get all the comfort and quality you would expect from Cole Haan.
I would have though the shoes would be broken in by now, but I’m afraid to wear them if I know I’ll be doing a lot of walking. I’m sure they will be fine once they’re broken in. I’ve had a prior pair of cole haan’s before and they’re a great comfortable dress shoe that doesn’t compromise in style.
The shoe itself looks great, not too narrow, not too wide, perfect for modern fit clothes. I’ve already gotten complements on the shoes. The shoes looks great with suits or for everyday office use. I bought the following shoe polish but haven’t had to use it yet http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001AJBN8S/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I bought these shoes for my wedding and figure I could wear them for work as well. I was worry about wearing them for the first time at my wedding, but they broke in easy and were very comfortable. They looked great at my wedding and are a great shoe to wear to work.
First time I have ordered a dress shoe online. The shoes came as pictured and fit as expected. I normally have a long break in time on non slip-on dress shoes before they are comfortable. These were comfortable all day long with no blisters or soreness anywhere. I was shocked. The leather is thinner than I would have liked but has a real leather sole.. Not as thin as typical "Italian" shoes which tend to be like glove leather but not as thick as my other expensive dress shoes.
I’ve typically worn a 10 1/2 for many year and many types of shoes. Sometimes I will go up or down 1/2 size due to slight differences in shoes.
These however were huge. I sent back the first pair and ordered a 10, in hopes it would fit. Got the size 10 and they’re still gigantic. They are nice looking shoes, but useless to me since they’re so oversized. I’m done exchanging, it costs me 6$ each time I have to send them back due to the lack of convenient drop off locations, so I’ve paid 12$ and taken over a month to "try on" a pair of shoes.
Next time I’ll stick with buying my shoes at a retailer where I can try them on first and only order shoes on-line if I’ve already bought, or tried, the shoes at a store previously and can get the correct fit.
These are a good value. They look great with convincing italian styling. The only negative I have is that these don’t fit true to size and feel about a 1/2 size large. I have a wide foot so I order shoes in E or 2E. These only come in D or 2E (W). If you’re ordering normal width, the extra length will be a non-issue because the shoe will hug your foot and italian styling is made to be long in the toe. But in my case, because I ordered wide, the shoes don’t squeeze my foot like most and the extra length allows the shoe to move forward and back too much. I could immediately tell this would be problematic over a whole day of walking. I returned/exchanged them for a half-size smaller. That’s the gamble you take when ordering shoes online without trying them on. Fortunately, Amazon’s return policy is fantastic and they’ll cross-ship exchange items with the caveat that they must receive the returned item within thirty days or they charge you.
I ordered two different pairs of these shoes: one black and one brown. The black ones arrived and were perfect. However, the brown ones arrived with scuff marks and scratches all over them. I had Amazon replace the brown shoes and when the second pair arrived, they had the same issue. Same for the third. I’m not sure if this is an Amazon problem or a problem with the manufacturer, but after the third pair of brown shoes I decided just to return them and find a pair of brown oxfords elsewhere.
Love them so far. I needed one piece shiny black shoes that could double for formals ( I WILL NOT wear patent ) and they hit the mark. The leather is extremely soft which is nice because the tracks are barely noticeable when they break in (which only took till lunch on the first day) so a little polish and they transform into formal evening ready.