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Just wanted to share my AE Amok experience. I thought I'd take advantage of the current sale and ordered a pair in each color after seeing how nice they looked (see first picture courtesy of AE). For $150/pair I was excited to get some cheap kicks that could almost pass for the Alden version (without the ~$270/pair upcharge). I get my box today and, much to my dismay, they look like the second picture. I arranged them in the same order (L-R: brown, maracca, chocolate). Even with the poor lighting, the picture makes them look better than real life. The maracca (middle) has been oversprayed to look like the color of dirt, the chocolate is actually darker than the brown as well as having some weird dye job, and, from a quality standpoint, the leather used on the brown shoes is so thin and cheap feeling you'd think you could poke your finger through it.

I also got blown off by their live chat person when I asked where I could find an accurate picture of the shoes. AE is not scoring points with me tonight.

I'm sure AE will make things right, but I'm pretty disappointed. For those of you who are interested in the Amoks, I'd size down 1/2 size due to them being unlined.

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Edited by REguy - 12/1/11 at 4:10pm
post #1157 of 70737
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Originally Posted by Karl_in_Chicago View Post

All 3 of those models have an odd number of eyelets so if you choose to go bar lace you will have to do what is, IMO, some unnatural and awkward lacing. Not to say you can't make it work but I've just found it to be too much hassle . . . so regular old criss cross for me.

The Van Ness and Lombards have 5 eyelets, but the Strands has 6. BTW I definitely agree with the other poster who have said how beautiful the Lombards are in Walnut, however I needed a black dress shoes and the Lombards in walnut are already very similar to my Strands in walnut.
post #1158 of 70737
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Originally Posted by REguy View Post

Just wanted to share my AE Amok experience. I thought I'd take advantage of the current sale and ordered a pair in each color after seeing how nice they looked (see first picture courtesy of AE). For $150/pair I was excited to get some cheap kicks that could almost pass for the Alden version (without the ~$270/pair upcharge). I get my box today and, much to my dismay, they look like the second picture. I arranged them in the same order (L-R: brown, maracca, chocolate). Even with the poor lighting, the picture makes them look better than real life. The maracca (middle) has been oversprayed to look like the color of dirt, the chocolate is actually darker than the brown as well as having some weird dye job, and, from a quality standpoint, the leather used on the brown shoes is so thin and cheap feeling you'd think you could poke your finger through it.
I also got blown off by their live chat person when I asked where I could find an accurate picture of the shoes. AE is not scoring points with me tonight.
I'm sure AE will make things right, but I'm pretty disappointed. For those of you who are interested in the Amoks, I'd size down 1/2 size due to them being unlined.
AEAmoks1.jpg
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That looks nothing like the picture. I too would be upset, send them back!
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Originally Posted by REguy View Post

Just wanted to share my AE Amok experience. I thought I'd take advantage of the current sale and ordered a pair in each color after seeing how nice they looked (see first picture courtesy of AE). For $150/pair I was excited to get some cheap kicks that could almost pass for the Alden version (without the ~$270/pair upcharge). I get my box today and, much to my dismay, they look like the second picture. I arranged them in the same order (L-R: brown, maracca, chocolate). Even with the poor lighting, the picture makes them look better than real life. The maracca (middle) has been oversprayed to look like the color of dirt, the chocolate is actually darker than the brown as well as having some weird dye job, and, from a quality standpoint, the leather used on the brown shoes is so thin and cheap feeling you'd think you could poke your finger through it.
I also got blown off by their live chat person when I asked where I could find an accurate picture of the shoes. AE is not scoring points with me tonight.
I'm sure AE will make things right, but I'm pretty disappointed. For those of you who are interested in the Amoks, I'd size down 1/2 size due to them being unlined.
AEAmoks1.jpg
AEAmoks-1.jpg

WTF? Those look nothing like the catalog photos - even the welt and sole edge are different colors. I'd be disappointed, as well.
post #1160 of 70737
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Originally Posted by iroh View Post

OK, time for an update. Are Allen Edmonds shoes still clunky? And are they easily available (either online or instore at non-ripoff prices) in Canada now? In the past they were clunky and there were no real sources to get them here at a good price.
I wouldn't consider AE to be clunky by any means, they aren't slim but not clunky. They seem like traditional american dress shoes.
post #1161 of 70737
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Originally Posted by AnGeLiCbOrIsView Post
I like them but they run very narrow.

I have the Van Ness, and they are every bit as nice looking as an AE with a leather sole.

I can also bear witness that they run narrow. I wear a 10.5EEE, and I wish I'd have gone up a half size.
I would like to bump this, since you mentioned you wish you had sized up with the EXEC COLLECTION. Did you end up sizing up? If so, did you size up in size or width?
post #1162 of 70737
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Originally Posted by Karl_in_Chicago View Post

All 3 of those models have an odd number of eyelets so if you choose to go bar lace you will have to do what is, IMO, some unnatural and awkward lacing. Not to say you can't make it work but I've just found it to be too much hassle . . . so regular old criss cross for me.

I go with bar lacing for all oxfords/balmorals and criss cross for the bluchers/derbies. I think it looks nicer that way. Different strokes...
post #1163 of 70737
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Originally Posted by Winston S. View Post

I go with bar lacing for all oxfords/balmorals and criss cross for the bluchers/derbies. I think it looks nicer that way. Different strokes...

Doesn't bar lacing cause you to be unable to tighten the laces when pulling?
post #1164 of 70737
Sorry, I might be using the wrong terminology. I do straight lacing the European way and it allows you to tighten it to some extent.
post #1165 of 70737
I do criss-cross lacing because that's what I learned when I was five. nod[1].gif
post #1166 of 70737
What are people's thoughts on the Firenze and the Italian collection in general? I never really like the look of AE's Italian line from the website photos, but I was trying on a suit at Nordstrom last weekend, and the Verona was the shoe they had in the dressing area to try on with dress pants. They were super comfortable and actually not that bad looking. Given that the special running right now includes the Firenze, I was considering them. Anyone own them? Are horsebit loafers too douchey?
post #1167 of 70737
The most comfortable shell loafers I've had in years, very supple brown shell cordovan Allen Edmonds Cole.

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Originally Posted by reidrothchild View Post

What are people's thoughts on the Firenze and the Italian collection in general? I never really like the look of AE's Italian line from the website photos, but I was trying on a suit at Nordstrom last weekend, and the Verona was the shoe they had in the dressing area to try on with dress pants. They were super comfortable and actually not that bad looking. Given that the special running right now includes the Firenze, I was considering them. Anyone own them? Are horsebit loafers too douchey?

I personal like the Verona, I'll be pickup up a pair I'm the near future. The idea of a bit loafer has slowly burrowed itself into my mind biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by REguy View Post

Just wanted to share my AE Amok experience. I thought I'd take advantage of the current sale and ordered a pair in each color after seeing how nice they looked (see first picture courtesy of AE). For $150/pair I was excited to get some cheap kicks that could almost pass for the Alden version (without the ~$270/pair upcharge). I get my box today and, much to my dismay, they look like the second picture. I arranged them in the same order (L-R: brown, maracca, chocolate). Even with the poor lighting, the picture makes them look better than real life. The maracca (middle) has been oversprayed to look like the color of dirt, the chocolate is actually darker than the brown as well as having some weird dye job, and, from a quality standpoint, the leather used on the brown shoes is so thin and cheap feeling you'd think you could poke your finger through it.
I also got blown off by their live chat person when I asked where I could find an accurate picture of the shoes. AE is not scoring points with me tonight.
I'm sure AE will make things right, but I'm pretty disappointed. For those of you who are interested in the Amoks, I'd size down 1/2 size due to them being unlined.
AEAmoks1.jpg
AEAmoks-1.jpg

 

That is definitely a massive difference. I bought some Amoks as well (in Maracca) and unfortunately I won't be able to see them for a couple weeks. Has anyone else been delivered them and noticed a difference in how they look or a deficiency in the quality of the shoe?
 

 

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Yeah, it's burrowing itself into my mind as well. I'm just a bit concerned because I've never really liked bit loafers before. I may go see how the pebbled leather of the Firenze looks in person this weekend.
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