I'm really disappointed AE is discontinuing the 5th street, as it is their only formal boot offering, and the best looking.
Wonder if they plan on replacing it with another balmoral boot?
In other news, I bought a pair of the Haight chelsea boots a couple weeks ago at the Port Washington outlet store. 2nds for $219.00. I looked them over pretty well and couldn't figure out why they were 2nds, except for some very minor scuffs or tool marks. I went with a half size under my normal size--they run kind of long, in my opinion. I'd post pictures but it'd be a waste of time since they look exactly like the AE website pics.
I have bone/walnut and brown/walnut (prior web gem).
Agreed with everyone else, tons of compliments and it takes cajones, or at the very least, confidence to wear them.
I pair them with sport coats, ties, and slacks on more casual days. Haven't been able to pair them with suits yet, but maybe just haven't found the right combination of colors.
The navy/brown (current web gem) is interesting, may have to give it more thought.
Thanks to all of you who responded to my Broadstreet question- I appreciate your thoughts. I am living overseas in Napoli right now so of course there are a great many options for footwear here- but it is not cheap. I have 2 pair of Italian shoes and I could buy 4 pair of AEs with the same money. I want to buy things while living here in Napoli but these AEs are really take-the-cake gorgeous.
Totally with you on that.
I agree with the others, do it. But will also defer any and all Tux questions to Adam.
Use good paste wax not AE premium polish or a cream. When you think they are ready wear them in public where other professionals will be and compare them. Not to other men's shoes as you likely will not find many if any men with black shoes polished to a high shine. However females often wear black patent leather shoes, when your shine and glow match those you are ready.
jjr4884 posted a few pages back about using blue polish on black shoes and even captured it on camera which I wasn't sure was even possible, that is something worth doing IMO. If you showed up for general inspection like that I would gig you as it was out of uniform and broke the "rules of uniformity". However for special details like burial and flag detail I was fine with it, especially if everyone on detail did it. Topside or on land in the bright sun of the tropics or Gulf the blue hue looks fantastic with dark dress blues or black pants. Below decks in 60 cycle sunlight it was much harder to see, but still adds a subtle and attractive depth of color that I always appreciated. Good luck.
He's wrong in talking about the Magnanni's at Nordstrom Rack as being a quality shoe, but right in that you see all kinds of crazy AE make-ups and shoes that have been discontinued for years. AE dumps their seconds and discontinued items that they cannot get rid of on the Rack, but bizarrely prices them in the $200-$230 range. In the last year alone, I've seen variations of current shoes that I never knew existed from suede fifth avenues to various colors of suede for the Big Sur and MacClains.
The other day I spotted a black blucher that I had never seen or heard of. I forgot the name that was on the insole, otherwise I would have looked them up to see how old they actually were. It was quite ugly to say the least. I also spotted a black Player's shoe with a double sole and a full length topy on the sole and heel. The soles looked like they were nearly half an inch thick. I was hardly strong enough to flex the shoe with my hands. By the looks of them, they would have lasted for years before needing a recrafting. Unfortunately they were several sizes too small, but I enjoy walking up and down all the isles just to see what random AE's I can find just for the fun of it. It's a good learning experience sometimes.