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 And then she asked if I would like to come take a tour of the AE factory, recrafting center, Woodlore and the Handsewn last division across the street.

 

Wow. Before you know it, CI, you'll have a full spread feature in the next AE catalog. If they allow it, please take pictures when you go.

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So got a call from the SWAT team late yesterday about a MTO that I'm requesting which is difficult to fill. But they are trying hard to do it, even to the point that they are going to talk to Skip Horween about it this week. I asked her to tell Skip to keep that shell flowing in the doors of AE and she laughed and said you bet!

 

 

She also said I must have a lot of pictures of my shoes on that Style site from some of the requests coming in from my friends there smile.gif. And then she asked if I would like to come take a tour of the AE factory, recrafting center, Woodlore and the Handsewn last division across the street. You bet I would, in fact honored to is more like it! Booked hard for the next 7 weeks or so but looking forward to going when I can and it fits into their schedule.

Wow! That is awesome! Should be an incredible experience, and well deserved.

 

I cannot wait to hear more about this MTO...

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In your defense, I had a similar experience with a SA at the AE store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago last December. I was wearing jeans, sweater, peacoat and Clark's Desert Boots. I wasn't given the time of day and when I was finally waited on, the attitude of SA was very dismissive, as if he knew

he was wasting his time. If I had mentioned that I was a physician, I'm sure his tune would have changed. Alas, I simply walked out.

That said, I have never had anything but knowledgeable and courteous SAs at
the AE store in New Orleans.

+1 The SA's have always been wonderful to me. They provided me with free shoe bags for my seconds and always go the extra mile, Juan the Asst. Manager is really easy to work with.
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as i mentioned a few days ago, i ordered a pair of park avenues using the sizing guide.  of course, they were way too big, (i measured 11.5 D). 

 

the width seemed ok, so i'm packing them back to amazon now, and ordered 10 and 10.5 from zappos.  hopefully i'll nail it this time (just hoping they won't be too narrow in D in that size).

 

such is life.

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anyone swear by the fit guide on ae's website?  i wear 10 in red wings, 10 in clarks db's, 10.5 in nikes/sneakers, and 10.5 in other dress shoes.

the fit guide measured me as 11 on one leg and 11.5 on another, so i went with a 11.5 as it recommends?  or did i screw something up?

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as i mentioned a few days ago, i ordered a pair of park avenues using the sizing guide.  of course, they were way too big, (i measured 11.5 D). 

the width seemed ok, so i'm packing them back to amazon now, and ordered 10 and 10.5 from zappos.  hopefully i'll nail it this time (just hoping they won't be too narrow in D in that size).

such is life.

That's odd. Are you sure you used the fit guide correctly? I'm also a 10 in Clarks Desert Boots, but the AE online fit guide gave me a result of 10.5D, which I found to be spot-on. I was also measured at 10.5D in an AE store, and my Park Aves and Fifth Aves in that size fit great.
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New Bitter Chocolate Amoks just arrived

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I have the same problem, with my left foot about a half size larger than the right. In the case where I have a pair of shoes that fit the left foot well, I have put a tongue pad in the right shoe and that has improved the fit quite a bit and makes the gap in the laces match the left foot. If you don't think you could go any smaller (7.5D?) due to your left foot, the tongue pad may help. I have a pair of McTavish's that started out with a small gap in the laces (about a half inch at the top) and after many wears that has closed. So at least in my experience there was some closing of the gap, but I don't think any more than a tongue pad would add. So you may just want to try a pad and see what it does.  

 

Thanks for the tongue pad suggestion. I think this might be the way to go. I don't want to change the size because in my McAllister, 7.5E is just barely wide enough and one could argue that I'm actually a EE. I had to have the left one stretched slightly. So, in the Elgin my left foot fits great. With the tongue pad in the right I should be good as this shoe breaks in. I'll give it a shot. Thanks!

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In your defense, I had a similar experience with a SA at the AE store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago last December. I was wearing jeans, sweater, peacoat and Clark's Desert Boots. I wasn't given the time of day and when I was finally waited on, the attitude of SA was very dismissive, as if he knew he was wasting his time. If I had mentioned that I was a physician, I'm sure his tune would have changed. Alas, I simply walked out.

 

That said, I have never had anything but knowledgeable and courteous SAs at the AE store in New Orleans.

 

That was one of the stores I had a problem at.

 

I work in retail on Michigan ave myself, right down the street from that AE store. When a customer walks into our store, I treat them with respect regardless of appearance or social class. These AE associates work on commission so I can understand how their attitude toward their jobs can be different, but it's pretty shitty to blatantly discriminate like that.

 

edit: The other store I went to wasn't rude at all, but they were very ignorant about sizing.


Edited by Distorbiant - 5/30/13 at 3:24pm
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You could probably close the gap a little more if you use the "Straght Bar Lacing" or "Over Under Lacing" methods from this website. Both of these lacing methods would allow the gap to close completely.

 

Thanks for the response but I wasn't looking to close the gap more. I was concerned that out of the box they were TOO close and that once they broke in I wouldn't be able to tighten my right one (smaller foot). I'll try the tongue pad. Anyone else think that once these shoe break in they will be impossible to tighten even with a tongue pad? Is it normal for it to close that closely out of the box?

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Originally Posted by OptoDoc View Post

 

In your defense, I had a similar experience with a SA at the AE store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago last December. I was wearing jeans, sweater, peacoat and Clark's Desert Boots. I wasn't given the time of day and when I was finally waited on, the attitude of SA was very dismissive, as if he knew he was wasting his time. If I had mentioned that I was a physician, I'm sure his tune would have changed. Alas, I simply walked out.

 

That said, I have never had anything but knowledgeable and courteous SAs at the AE store in New Orleans.

 

I had a similar experience. I decided that I needed some new nice shoes, did my research and decided I wanted to go try on some Allen Edmonds (which I had never owned before). I went to a mall AE retail location so they probably get people who stop in all the time as they're walking by, see the price and walk out. I was with the family on a weekend and dressed down in jeans and sneakers. The guy barely gave me the time of day. I told him what I was looking for and he pointed out one shoe and said that was the only one in the style I wanted. I pointed to another rack and said "What about those?" His response was, "Oh, those have a few more features - a little nicer - just more shoe." They were one of the Independence Line shoes and clearly he didn't think I'd be interested.

 

I asked to try on a pair of McAllisters and when they fit I said I'd buy and his demeanor quickly changed. He was very nice and helpful after that. I wish I had said something to him and maybe I will in the future if I'm back at that location.

 

I've always looked younger than I am and have received treatment like that before. It's not right an initially left a bad taste in my mouth for the brand. Luckily I live near two other locations and have been treated very well in those.

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RL Saunders by Allen Edmonds today!

Thought they only made it in dark brown??
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Originally Posted by Distorbiant View Post

 

That was one of the stores I had a problem at.

 

I work in retail on Michigan ave myself, right down the street from that AE store. When a customer walks into our store, I treat them with respect regardless of appearance or social class. These AE associates work on commission so I can understand how their attitude toward their jobs can be different, but it's pretty shitty to blatantly discriminate like that.

 

Wanted to quote OptoDoc as well, but technical glitches are preventing it.  Anyways, my question to both of you is whether you have considered the fact that the salemen you encountered are just poor salemen who do not enjoy their jobs?  I'm 41 and frequently in nice suits and have been blown off as well at both the Michigan Avenue and the LaSalle St. AE stores.  So, let's not jump the gun on accusing them of youth or income discrimination.  In fact, I've found that both stores tend to blow people off when they're busy, which is why I try to go around 10-11 a.m. when I need to go.  I've found that I get excellent service when I'm the only one in the store. 

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That's all I could ever find too without really hunting online. Found a European shoe site that had the Tan Saunders "by an American Manufacturer", but that's it. I also saw on a couple of lists from the jville outlet "Saunders Tan Calf". So they existed...they DO exist on my feet!
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Originally Posted by OptoDoc View Post

 

In your defense, I had a similar experience with a SA at the AE store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago last December. I was wearing jeans, sweater, peacoat and Clark's Desert Boots. I wasn't given the time of day and when I was finally waited on, the attitude of SA was very dismissive, as if he knew he was wasting his time. If I had mentioned that I was a physician, I'm sure his tune would have changed. Alas, I simply walked out.

 

That said, I have never had anything but knowledgeable and courteous SAs at the AE store in New Orleans.

I normally go to the AE factory outlet store in Port Washington, WI--usually on the weekend and usually dressed like a bum from down on skid row(except for AE shoes).  They always treat me like a king but it probably helps that I'm wearing AE shoes--I walk in the store and am greeted by a salesperson who then immediately and invariably looks down to see what I'm wearing for shoes.

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RL Saunders by Allen Edmonds today!

Is this the tan color that was on sale just now?

 

I wanted to grab a pair but wasnt sold on the tan, but didnt even stop to realize that I could try darkening them...I wonder if theyre still available...

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