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Old 04-03-2018, 05:20 PM   #21
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What do post men and women wear? They do a lot of daily "marching".

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Phil, our band wears spats for all parades and performances and most members can get away with pretty much any formal-looking but comfortable boots or shoes, as long as Drummie can see his face in your toes!

I prefer to wear ghillie brogues -- love those patterned peat-water draining punched holes (!) -- and the rubber-soled Avriels have been fantastic.
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Old 04-03-2018, 06:09 PM   #22
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....And the rubber-soled Avriels have been fantastic.
Curious what year did you buy them?

I ordered a pair of the Avriel marching brogues last year...had to return them as disappointing duds. Poor sizing fit, dodgy I dunno kind of “burnish leather”, terrible offgassing smell, only 7-8 stitches per inch at toe cap and other stitched detailing,.. versus tight 16 per inch on quality brogues by U.K. makers.
Made somewhere south of USA’s southern border or aways elsewhere offshore. I was not delighted by the Customer service.
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Old 04-03-2018, 08:20 PM   #23
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This is more like what I have Postal Shoes

They do now have a mirror shine.

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Old 04-04-2018, 04:37 AM   #24
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This is more like what I have Postal Shoes

They do now have a mirror shine.

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Now we’re talkin’. A good uniform and parade shoe. I use MOD issue regimental brogues myself.
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Old 04-04-2018, 10:59 AM   #25
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Curious what year did you buy them?

I ordered a pair of the Avriel marching brogues last year...had to return them as disappointing duds. Poor sizing fit, dodgy I dunno kind of “burnish leather”, terrible offgassing smell, only 7-8 stitches per inch at toe cap and other stitched detailing,.. versus tight 16 per inch on quality brogues by U.K. makers.
Made somewhere south of USA’s southern border or aways elsewhere offshore. I was not delighted by the Customer service.
I bought them new-used a couple of years ago. This is the brand that was sold at our local highland gear store, so I was able to size them up before purchasing the used ones at half the price.

On these Avriels, the leather, stitching, and details seem excellent, though the thick rubber sole gives a slight less formal look, IMHO, though most people would not likely notice. Compared to other brands, I do notice that the patterned holes are larger on Avriels.

For very formal events (usually solo and without spats) I wear a pair of leather soled Thistle brogues, which are almost as comfortable, but are a little more refined looking with the larger number of smaller holes. This pair that the clickety-click metal inserts in the heels. These would not do on parade, particularly on wet grass, etc. That's the job for the Avriels.

Been having some issues with image posting recently, but I'll try it again -- Avriels are represented by the shoe at the top:

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Old 04-04-2018, 12:14 PM   #26
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Would I be correct that you wear size US 8-1/2 D? What size are the Avriel marked?
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Old 04-04-2018, 05:06 PM   #27
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Old 04-20-2018, 09:58 AM   #28
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That brings up the questions: are these all available in women's sizes? I don't know what brand of ghillies our band ordered years ago; they are comfortable enough when marching but not so great for standing still. I haven't yet tried cushioned insoles but plan to try that. Anyway, the look great but are a bit of a loos fit side to side. Thick socks help with that.
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That brings up the questions: are these all available in women's sizes? I don't know what brand of ghillies our band ordered years ago; they are comfortable enough when marching but not so great for standing still. I haven't yet tried cushioned insoles but plan to try that. Anyway, the look great but are a bit of a loos fit side to side. Thick socks help with that.
I’ve figured out that ‘thick’ kilt sox really aren’t....much more than everyday sox.

Using thin foot pads will help take up the side to side loosenss.

I learned decades ago to wear men’s thinnest nylon ( GoldToe) dress Sox under my kilt hose to help alleviate rubbing ..and eats up just a little bit of space.
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Old 04-20-2018, 10:27 AM   #30
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Ditto for me on the liner socks. I use these under my hose and hiking socks.
https://www.wigwam.com/products/p-go...productid=2284

I have no interest in the company but the socks are good to your feet.

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