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Strand Cap-Toe Oxford



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  • Lace-up oxford dress shoe
  • Cap-toe balmoral with perforated brogue styling
  • Dress it up or down, perfect any way you style it
  • Classic Fit, fits true to size


  • 360º Bench Welt construction for durability and stability
  • CustomCork™ insole naturally molds for a custom fit
  • Single oak leather sole
  • Craft

  • Handcrafted in Port Washington, WI of fine imported materials
  • Premium European calfskin leather upper
  • Built on the welted 65 Last
  • Recraftable
  • Care

    Care Instructions

    STEP 1: Using a damp cloth or sponge, lather our Saddle Soap and apply onto leather to clean and restore its natural oils.

    STEP 2: Moisturize the shoes with our Cream Polish to make them supple and soft, following instructions on the product.

    STEP 3: Condition the shoes with our Speed Polish, protecting them from dirt, rain and snow.

    STEP 4: Take our Heel dressing applicator and apply to the edge of the heel and sole.

    STEP 5: Apply our Leather Lotion as needed for added protection and polish in between cleanings. Use our Horsehair Shine Brush to buff shoes to a desired shine.

    *For camo printed leather, simply rub our Leather Lotion onto print with our Cotton Flannel Polishing Cloth as needed and wipe smudges or dirt away with a damp cloth.

    Classic Fit

    Most people consider a “classic” fit to be a “standard” fit. This fit more closely aligns with the natural shape of your feet.

    U.S. E.U. U.K.
    6 39 5.5
    6.5 39.5 6
    7 40 6.5
    7.5 41 7
    8 41.5 7.5
    8.5 42 8
    9 43 8.5
    9.5 43.5 9
    10 44 9.5
    10.5 44.5 10
    11 45 10.5
    11.5 45.5 11
    12 46 11.5
    12.5 47 12
    13 48 12.5
    14 49 13
    15 50 14

    For help getting the perfect fit, we recommend you visit a retail store to get your feet fitted. If you do not have the option to visit one of our stores, you may contact customer service to help you choose the right size.

    Width Available Sizes
    AAA 10-12, 13, 14 Narrow
    AA 10-12, 13, 14
    A 9-12, 13, 14
    B 8-12, 13, 14, 15
    C 8-12, 13, 14, 15
    D 6-13, 14, 15, 16 Medium
    E 6-12, 13, 14
    EE 6-12, 13
    EEE 7-12, 13, 14 Wide

    *Measurements are in inches

    Ask & Answer
    Strand Cap-Toe Oxford is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 920.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great business and casual shoe This is my second pair of EA shoes I bought. Like the Fifth Avenue I bought them in NY, but these in Walnut. As the Fifth Avenues, they are perfect to wear, look stunning and are extremely comfortable. I most of the time wear them with blue Jeans and they are my go to shoes when I am not 100% sure if I should go formal or casual.
    Date published: 2012-10-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from You can break my toe but don’t scuff my new AE’s The leather looks alive. Flawless although I noticed this pair is much more matte finish than the ones I’m replacing. The brown sole adds to the sharpness. Great with dark jeans or s blue suit. Get the matching belt. Ps - I originally bought from a big store’s anniversary sale, mail order great discount. Leather issue, returned and replacement had extra burnishing on one of the toes. I swear they were factory seconds. So I coughed up full price and went direct (no sale at the time) - and it was like opening a Christmas present. PPS - the Recrafting staff can answer any question about care. They’re super.
    Date published: 2019-09-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from AE is (Hopefully) Back! I hadn’t bought any Allen Edmonds for a year before I bought the Midnight Navy Strands. I was put off by, what I perceived as, the kitsch associated with the rebrand: Lower quality, unattractive styles trying to be hip, declining customer service and, overall, less attention to the craft of making shoes. I’d heard that AE had listened to its customers, its base, and things were changing for the better. I heard right. My navy Strands were a perfect Midnight Navy, sometimes looking black and other times showing an unmistakable rich, dark blue; the toes were perfectly burnished to an almost black; the shoes came immaculately packaged with dust bags; they had no loose ends or visible flaws; and they were perfectly symmetrical. I had them on for 9 hours for the first wear, and they were great: No squeaks, no rubbing my feet or ankles, just a little bit of normal new-shoe stiffness. The only marginal thing I agree with from other reviews I’ve seen is that the shoe feels ... thinner, maybe, than my other AEs of similar grade e.g. Park Avenue, Fifth Avenue. It’s not very noticeable, and I can’t really even say it bothers me. The quality doesn’t seem lesser; maybe it’s simply lighter. I don’t know. After a few wears I don’t notice it, and it does not make me regret my purchase. I love these shoes. And in fact, these Strands have worn better than any of my other AEs during the first few wears. But I have seen this comment in other reviews about the Midnight Navy Strand specifically, so I mention it. If you’re on the fence about the new AE, and you decide to give it another shot, I hope it works out as well for you as it did for me. Based on my latest interaction, it seems important AE that its customers have a good experience purchasing quality shoes. Hopefully, AE continues this resound focus on the craft; made to true AE standards, the shoes and the tradition of quality sells itself - no kitsch needed. I’m definitely already scouting my next purchase. Cheers!
    Date published: 2019-09-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good product Typical, when I order on line, or drop by a store. I try on two of the same shoe. Hand crafted products of this caliber are unique, and the try on is where the rubber meets the road, or shall I say the leather. Product build is first rate and after 25 years of being an A-E customer never have a pair fallen apart. Wear out, of course. Shoe maintenance is a must for the best look. You will be very happy. JD
    Date published: 2019-08-25
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    I don't expect you'll do anything, but have had something that bugged me since bought a black pair of strands a little under three years ago.

    I have loved the fit and the wear, but. I never cared for fact that their is a gap between the "subsole" and the leathelearned.Your picures make that part of the sole seem very smoothe. The gap has always been there and not gotten any worse. It just bugs me because I would like consider a pair of loafers but think that your product pictures don't match what you get. I bought these on $50.00 off sale from this site. Do you guys sell seconds on sale? I wish now that I would have sent them back forr another, but lesson learned.
    Asked by: Ken
    Hello, Thank you for your inquiry! We do offer a Factory Second version of the Strand Cap-toe Oxford for a significantly reduced priced. If you would like to check out our factory seconds, please visit an outlet store or -AE Consumer Care Dept.
    Answered by: Anonymous
    Date published: 2019-09-18

    Which belt do you recommend for the Strands in Cigar?

    Asked by: Russell
    Thank you for reaching out with your inquiry! We don't have a belt that matches the exact color for the Cigar. We're really sorry about that. Depending on your taste, we recommend a belt in Burgundy or Brown. We hope this helps!
    Answered by: CUSTOMER SERVICE
    Date published: 2019-08-31

    Will Strand Shell Cordovan Cap-Toe Oxford be made in Black?

    Asked by: SouthFla
    We would be happy to forward your request to the appropriate parties for future consideration!
    Answered by: Customer Service
    Date published: 2019-08-21

    Can the rubber sole be replaced If or when it wears down?

    It looks like it is stitch on together with the leather sole. How long will it last?
    Asked by: JKM

    I have full orthotics. Can I remove inner soles and replace them with my custom orthotics? Are the shoes deep enough to then be comfortable?

    Asked by: ss
    The insoles of the Strands are not removable. We would recommend taking your orthotics to your nearest store to try them out on a pair of Strands.
    Answered by: Customer Service
    Date published: 2019-05-06

    How is the durability of the combination tap sole relative to leather? Longer wearing, I assume?

    Asked by: cab
    I have the Mcallister Wing Tips with the combination tap sole. It is by far my favorite sole of all my AE’s. It’s extremely durable but more flexible than the leather soles. I believe the break in period was shorter compared to the traditional leather sole, I wore (and still wear) the shoes more often than any other AE’s I own. I got at least 2.5 - 3 years of solid use before I sent them to be re crafted and truthfully, I sent them in way too early. The soles had plenty of tread left. Let me put the 2.5 - 3 years of use into perspective... I am in outside sales. I walk on various surfaces ALL DAY LONG. Hot pavement, asphalt, carpet, tile, in the rain and blazing Alabama heat as well as climate controlled areas. They hold up so well that I will have them put on the Carbon Strands I am getting ready to order.
    Answered by: Mike
    Date published: 2019-08-17

    What polish for cigar?

    What color polish is recommended for cigar?
    Asked by: Whitebeard
    We recommend using Brown polish for the Cigar color. If you'd like extra shine, use a neutral polish. Hope this helps!
    Answered by: CUSTOMER SERVICE
    Date published: 2019-03-22

    Will this be available again in 13D? I would like to purchase

    Asked by: Anonymous
    We apologize this style is not currently available in size 13D. We’d love to be able to notify you if or when an item is available; however, we don’t have access to future inventory. We’re really sorry for any disappointment caused. Please keep checking back or contact your local store for availability. Feel free to contact us again if you have additional questions!
    Answered by: CUSTOMER SERVICE
    Date published: 2019-03-23

    How do you make cigar?

    It looks like it has a coffee base but then is burnished with black to make it darker, especially at the toe and heel. Is that right or is it an entirely new color?
    Asked by: helter-skelter
    You'll find the upper is a Cigar leather with brown burnish and the lining leather is coffee. Hope this information helps! ~Anne
    Answered by: CUSTOMER SERVICE
    Date published: 2019-03-20

    What color polish is recommended for Carbon, gray, black, neutral? Didn't see any Carbon products.

    Asked by: TH-Brk
    Carbon is a dark gray color, so we recommend Gray Speed Polish. Feel free to contact us again if you have additional questions!
    Answered by: CUSTOMER SERVICE
    Date published: 2019-03-15
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