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Thank you Mr. Copeland
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I just received Kenilworths off ebay, and I have two questions:

 

1) has anyone here noticed the weird lump under the ball of your foot? I saw someone posted a review on the AE website noting the same problem. Its almost like you can feel the shank or something

 

2) there is a crack on the back heel tab. Should I color it in with meltonian, or should I return the shoes? They were pretty cheap and are in spotless condition otherwise:

 

 

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I've followed this thread for quite sometime now without posting, but wanted to get some opinions on the next pair of AE's to add to my current rotation. For work, I currently rotate the mcclain in chili grain and strand in walnut. I'm interested in adding a third pair so I can change up alternating between the two and give me some more options for wardrobe choices.

I work in a fairly casual office environment where most of the men where khakis and more casual button downs. I usually wear a nice pair of slacks and dressier button down, but no tie and hardly ever a jacket or suit.

I'm really wanting to know what color shoes I should be looking for that will cover more wardrobe options, and then possibly a couple suggestions on styles in those colors that will complement my current shoe collection. I am not a huge fan of black shoes, nor the more formal styles like the park/fifth avenue.

any help is greatly appreciated.

With chili and walnut, you have the brown/tan range covered. I am going to suggest the McAllister in Merlot - on sale now as a matter of fact.

Burgundy will give you a different color range to work with and it is very versatile. Wingtips are perfect for a dressy casual environment.

Chris
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Personally, I'd return them unless they were significantly cheaper than you can buy them for elsewhere. 

 

That said, it wouldn't bother me much to wear them. 

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They were about 120 shipped, and a new pair on ebay would be 185 and Im seeing park avenues for a little more than that

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They were about 120 shipped, and a new pair on ebay would be 185 and Im seeing park avenues for a little more than that

Tough call. Keep in mind it won't be seen when standing and rarely otherwise. 

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Thats why I am on the fence. The whole bump under the sole is another strange matter entirely but doesnt feel all that uncomfortable and hopefully will go down with wear.

 

As far as the tears go, can anyone recommend a way to color in the exposed part?

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So random question. I bought the Gramercy in like September. Anyhow, the color on them is Dublin Cognac. Do you think its the same horween Dublin leather used here http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF4035_1_40000000001_-1 ?
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Originally Posted by DerangedGoose View Post

I just received Kenilworths off ebay, and I have two questions:

1) has anyone here noticed the weird lump under the ball of your foot? I saw someone posted a review on the AE website noting the same problem. Its almost like you can feel the shank or something

2) there is a crack on the back heel tab. Should I color it in with meltonian, or should I return the shoes? They were pretty cheap and are in spotless condition otherwise:




AE doesn't use shanks for one, but if the crack wasn't mentioned in the ebay listing, I'd return them.
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AE doesn't use shanks for one, but if the crack wasn't mentioned in the ebay listing, I'd return them.

My understanding is that they use a composite (Fiberglass?) shank, as opposed to a metal one, but they do use one. 

 

I'm not 100% on this, just what I was told. 

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Assuming I paid around 130, and a new pair can be had for 180, how much is a decent partial refund to where I should consider keeping the shoes? Is this crack something that is likely to get worse?

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My understanding is that they use a composite (Fiberglass?) shank, as opposed to a metal one, but they do use one. 

 

I'm not 100% on this, just what I was told. 

 

They do not use shanks.  They used them on their 270 degree welted Executive line, due to the nature of the construction, but when they quit making those, the shank went with them.  They have never used shanks in their regular 360 degree welted shoes.  Some people spot the fiber heel tuck that is located in the heel area of the cork cavity.  This isn't a shank, it is there to provide a medium for the serrated nails to grip when they drive the nails in from the bottom up during heel base attachment.  Most other Goodyear-welted shoes nail their heels on from the inside down (going through the heel area of the insole).  That is one of the reasons that all other companies have 3/4 length heel cushioned sock-liners.  They have to cover up and cushion your heel against the nail heads.  This isn't necessary with AE due to the way they build their shoes. 

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Originally Posted by DerangedGoose View Post

Assuming I paid around 130, and a new pair can be had for 180, how much is a decent partial refund to where I should consider keeping the shoes? Is this crack something that is likely to get worse?

 

If you use a shoe horn (which hopefully you are), then the crack will probably not spread due to it's location.  It is in a part of the shoe that isn't flexing and stretching, and the heel area is reinforced with a celastic heel stiffener between the lining and leather upper.  You can probably fill it in with some colored cream polish to match colors, and then use some wax polish to build up the surface some (depending on how deep it is). 

 

On a side note, is that a Christmas tree in the background of the photo?  Have you had these since Christmas without wearing them outdoors?  I only ask because you can often return shoes that haven't been worn outside, but if you have been wearing them for several months I wouldn't think that returning them would even be an option. 

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Haha no, its actually an oversized set of mardi gras (purple green yellow) beads Ive had lying around for a while. I just received the shoes a couple days ago, they were bought as used shoes off ebay. The seller offered me a discount, I am just trying to decide how much I want to press them for or if I should just return them and go with new shoes

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Haha no, its actually an oversized set of mardi gras (purple green yellow) beads Ive had lying around for a while. I just received the shoes a couple days ago, they were bought as used shoes off ebay. The seller offered me a discount, I am just trying to decide how much I want to press them for or if I should just return them and go with new shoes

 

Ahh, that explains it. biggrin.gif

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