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I went to the Reston, VA and D.C. stores in the same day and got excellent service. I was dressed casually in some old loafers, a button down, and Levis...i.e, not resembling anybody that would be mistaken for having loads of cash to dump on pretty shoes. Both (young) salesmen were chatty, informative, and exceedingly understanding of my newly-minted graduate financial situation despite there being other (obviously much wealthier) customers in the store that they could have wandered over to instead.

 

The D.C. guy spent about 30 minutes with me just discussing my shoe interests and the shoes that he's sold to Congressmen, leaders of state, and well-to-do out of country visitors. Fascinating stuff actually. Nowhere in either interaction was there a hint of dismissal. Although I experienced some personal tragedy in having to walk away from cord Park Avenues which felt like heaven. :(

 

Then the prompt, polite, and effective service at the shoe bank and the main customer service line was was almost perplexing to me as a long-time East Coast resident. The shoes are great, but the service thus far has been impeccable.

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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. 

 

You make a good point. One of them was the store manager though. He/she is pretty recognized in the company and has even been in their videos online. If I can't get good service from a person at that level, then who?

 

Also, the stores were always empty when I went.

 

The LaSalle store actually had very friendly, affable salespeople--just not very good at sizing. I posted this pic a while back in this thread. They tried to sell me on these, saying they would stretch.

 

 

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Just a bit tight
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Its like you are baking loaves of feet and they are rising mercilessly out of the shoepan

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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...

I haven't idea. I got mine on eBay, for a steal. They have a scratch on the tongue - can you see it? Didn't think so... I really love that shoe. Took them off when I got home and even commented to my wife (who has a real issue with my growing AE collection) "I think these are my favourite AE's". Look good, feel good, polish good...
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Do you all think that there is such thing as a compulsive shoe buyer?  I have been just that for a while now.

Yes, many are at first, I know I was. Once you get a feel for what style and lasts you like best, you will become less compulsive and more strategic.


A while back, someone requested pics of black shell Leeds. Here are mine at about 2 yrs old

LL
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My next pair of Allen Edmonds is in the pipeline - a 6-8 week pipeline! I ordered the walnut grain MacNeil as I do not have a longwing.

If you have any good photos of the walnut grain MacNeils, could you post them here to help me pass the time. The AE website photos are OK, but I know there are better photos out there. Kentyman's photos of the bourbon Strand put me over the edge on that shoe!

Chris

Best i can do for now...

LL
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Those look awesome!!

 

My thought was the same as yours that the Gwinnett is on the 5 last and I hope to pick up a pair this fall. Then again I need a dark brown and black shell boot yet. Hmmm...

 

Thanks, CI.  Keep me posted if you hear anything more about this Gwinnett.

 

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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.

 

Can you share what MTO you're doing?  Sounds interesting.  And congrats for being honored with an invite to their factory. 

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Best i can do for now...

LL
Here are mine
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Silly question for you AE pro's.

I have the AE kenilworth and fifth avenue's for work purposes. I'm upgrading my casual shoe game, would you say that the McTavish and the Neumok would be classic styles? I don't want to purchase either pair and then 4 years down the road it turned out to be a trend.

Again sorry for the silly questions... Still a AE noob nod[1].gif
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Silly question for you AE pro's.

I have the AE kenilworth and fifth avenue's for work purposes. I'm upgrading my casual shoe game, would you say that the McTavish and the Neumok would be classic styles? I don't want to purchase either pair and then 4 years down the road it turned out to be a trend.

Again sorry for the silly questions... Still a AE noob nod[1].gif
If it were me, I'd look at the McTavish first, and see above for a pic of my MacNeils, in Walnut Grain. Great shoes, can't say enough about the MacNeil J
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

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.


Excellent on both counts!
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Quick PSA...

I just ordered a pair of tan Elgins for $150.15USD from this site:

http://www.nowstyleshoes.com/allen-edmonds-mens-elgin-p-3125/

The website doesn't look completely set up yet, as there are sections containing instructions to the seller on what to type where, but they took Paypal and $150 just seemed like a pretty good deal, and free world-wide shipping to boot.

 

First, how did you find this site? They have a pretty descent selection at prices that are too good to pass up.

 

Second, let us know how they come. Im hoping they are legit- Proper box, shoe bags, and not scuffed up.

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Originally Posted by 7_rocket View Post

Silly question for you AE pro's.

I have the AE kenilworth and fifth avenue's for work purposes. I'm upgrading my casual shoe game, would you say that the McTavish and the Neumok would be classic styles? I don't want to purchase either pair and then 4 years down the road it turned out to be a trend.

Again sorry for the silly questions... Still a AE noob nod[1].gif

 

For a casual shoe, AE would certainly recommend the two you are looking at. I personally have the Neumok and love it… I am a big fan of Wingtips. 

 

You can also look at the Ridgeway.

 

Take a look at the site below, they seem to have a pretty good selection of both the McTavish, Nuemok and the Elgins (another casual option). Just note they only carry D widths.

 

http://www.nowstyleshoes.com

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Originally Posted by 7_rocket View Post

Silly question for you AE pro's.

I have the AE kenilworth and fifth avenue's for work purposes. I'm upgrading my casual shoe game, would you say that the McTavish and the Neumok would be classic styles? I don't want to purchase either pair and then 4 years down the road it turned out to be a trend.

Again sorry for the silly questions... Still a AE noob nod[1].gif

Not knowing how many times you will be wearing your "work shoes" each week, or how formally you dress for it, I'll hazard a recommendation for some nice penny and/or tassel loafers. This way, you may be able to reduce the number of times you wear each pair to 1x per week and greatly increase their longevity. These sorts of shoes can pull double-duty, may be dressy enough for work and casual enough for casual. Nothing wrong with the two you mentioned, just personal preference.

For me, casual shoes fall into 1 of 3 categories:

1) borderline casual/dress shoes (plain toe bluchers, longwing bluchers, tassel loafers, penny loafers; with denim, chinos, shorts or linens)

2) boat shoes (I know, been played out over the past few years, but I actually own a sailboat, and have raced sailboats for 30 years so I refuse to let that stop me from wearing them) if just hanging about (but I've also been known to break out some cordovan penny loafers here too)

3) running shoes / flip flops.


Edit, for example, I recently went on a trip to Florida. I wore cordovan tassel loafers and took golf shoes. The loafers were worn with everything from dress wool slacks to golf shorts, when not on the course.
Edited by bucksfan - 5/30/13 at 6:56pm
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