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Originally Posted by drbhrb View Post

I've had a pair of strands for a few months and they seem to be wearing in differently.  The right shoe has some creases as is to be expected(they are shoes after all) but the left shoe has much more pronounced wrinkling and more hairline wrinkles across the toe.  It looks like the leather insole is pulling on the side of the left shoe which may be causing some of the weird wrinkling.  Am I just being overly picky/crazy or is this unusual?

 

 

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My kenwoods and mctavishes haven't worn unevenly so I don't think it's the way I walk or anything.  Just picked up a pair of Nathan's(Fifth Aves renamed for JA BanK). Haven't worn em yet though.

Haven't read all the way through so not sure if this has been replied-to to death, but it looks these shoes may have worn outside, gotten wet, and dried with a hair dryer or furnace. I think that it would be valuable to contact AE to see if they can resolve the problem, but to start, you might want to consider applying some mink oil to the leather to relax it. The right side toe's crinkling does not suggest poor fit-it suggests a defect in the leather or over-dryness. 

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Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post

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Originally Posted by David Copeland View Post

Uh . . . I suspect not.  The posts removed were not a offer to sell by the poster.

We have some great moderators here, most of which mind their own interests in other threads where their personal interests are.  There are just too many thousands of comments posted on this site for any of the moderators to constantly keep tabs on what is going on or to misinterpret anything.  

In my belief, they respond primarily to a forum member pushing the "Report" button, and then the mods are alerted to interpret and remove without comment.  

Yes, they may have done their "job" . . . but I suspect only after "someone" chose they did not want to see any of the prices, styles, and selections posted outside of an official press release.

I know they weren't an offer to sell by a poster.  As I said above, advertising falls into similar SF rule categories.  As for the rest of your comment, I agree that there aren't enough moderators to go around policing all of the threads, so it may well have happened the way you suspect.  However, I don't know why anyone here would have been offended by knowing about upcoming prices in a sale and felt cause to report you.  This thread is one of the most active on SF, so I also suspect that it gets more moderator traffic than you might think.  

As I recall, instead of just listing what the specials were going to be at the upcoming Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale, you posted about some secret sale with stock AE pictures and special prices whereupon if anyone wanted to know any details about it they had to PM you for someone else's contact info. Instead of just providing news and/or information to the forum, you specifically made it about YOU and your manager friend in particular. Have you given any thought that maybe the posts were deleted because YOU violated the rules? As far as I know, Nordstrom isn't one of the official sponsors here and even if they were, they would not be allowed to "advertise" their upcoming sale in a post in this thread. Most folks here don't mind hearing about specials or sales on AE shoes, but I doubt anyone wants this to become David's Special AE Advertisement Thread to specifically benefit your friend. Stop blaming others for what you did.
post #23673 of 70737
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Originally Posted by tietherope View Post

Hi Pudman, They are very similar, but they are just so nice looking. Looks wins over function in my brain right now.

The great thing about my work is that I can really hit any part of the AE line up that I want. It is an office, but up until a few weeks ago I was wearing jeans and a polo and that was OK. I wasn't alone, but I was not in the majority either. I am now regularly wearing chinos and a dress shirt with brown, blue, or grey suede bucks/wingtips while the majority wears black dress pants, black square toe shoes, black socks, black belts, and a dress shirt. I actually think my outfits are much nicer even though they are not as formal. I'm also 27 so it suits me, and those in all black are 40-65. Today I had to wear dress pants instead of chinos in order to wear the Mcallisters and I was by far the best dressed in the building.

With that said, I don't think that black shoes will be needed any time soon and I'd rather spend the money on something fun. If at some point I'm looking for a new job, then certainly, but until then I'll use the merlot Mcallisters wherever I can for more formal events.

Seeing as you did not get the PAs until now and they are considered the go to business shoe, do you have any shoes in chili? If so what do you think of it? Also, do you have any in bourbon and what do you think of that colour vs. brown?
It looks like we have a chili recommendation even before I asked about it, that's a good sign! I do have burgundy, my Mcallisters are merlot and a great colour.
Hi Tie, here's my current collection (not incl black PA's about to arrive):

I'm sales so am seeing clients every day, and wear either a suit, or sportcoat/dress pants. Took me this long to get the black PA's, as I had some many others I wanted to get first, LOL I do own the Delray in Chili, love it. It's the top/middle pair in the photo. Don't have any in Bourbon, am and torn about Bourbon: have seen it in person and didn't care for it (not as 'rich' looking as I'd hoped), yet all the IRL pics I've seen in this thread make it look great. Might have to bite the bullet one day and get a pair in that shade. Anyhow, hope this helps!
J
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So I picked up a pair of dark brown Park Aves seconds in 10D during their current tent sale.  I'm fine with the shoes as the blemish is on the inner side on the sole.  However, when I tried on the shoes the right one felt perfect, but the left shoe felt as if there was a small mound in the middle of the ball of my left foot.  Normally, I'd say this is due to the shoe, but I had a pair of New Balance sneakers do this to me too to the left foot.

 

My question is would it be better to just return the shoes and try again or will the soles eventually mold to me feet?  I bought a pair of black strands during Nordy's winter sale and although there was the initial break in discomfort I don't remember being such a distinct mound in my left shoe.

 

I have not worn the shoes outside yet.

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Question about AE shell cordovan (and perhaps for the people who bought the SF MTO deal): Has anyone gotten a pair of unlined shell cordovan oxfords/bluchers, like the Macneil or Cambridge? I've seen some of the Walnut daltons were unlined, as well as the loafers, but haven't seen any examples of normal shoes like that.

I have the Wolverine x AE 721 and 744 (both unlined), and I think they've made me realize that when I buy more shell, I want unlined. The cow leather linings just always end up being a weak spot for me on lined pairs.

Anyway, would love to see pics if anyone happens to have an unlined pair floating around.

I have some MTO unlined shell Amoks on order, but it will still be a few a few weeks until I can post pictures. The suede Amoks are super-comfortable and I imagine these will be just as nice in shell and look great, too.
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Too big.  Not a question.

 

Absolutely agree with MWS (tough to disagree with MWS, though... ;-)). With all due respect to BB, the sales associates in DC are sub-par. I don't know if the regional manager is a bean-counter (and therefore overly anal about numbers, numbers, NUMBERS), but on multiple occasions, I have had to deal with either pushy, inattentive, or unknowledgeable SAs desperate to make a sale. Just last week, I went to BB on Connecticut and M, I had one SA give me a lecture on why it was important to buy "local" rather than online (the SA did not mention, however, that he earns a substantial commission on every "local" purchase--from him!). Alas, I digress from the topic of Allen Edmonds shoes, but I do think that it is worth mentioning that the DC AE store provides a far superior purchasing experience than any of the DC BB Stores (Brian at the Connecticut Ave. AE store is a total relationship type of manager. He is always calm, helpful, and earnestly believes in the product. Mike Maduka and Alex are also excellent sales associates, and their service is commendable, too.). In my experience, I have learned to stick with AE for all purchases. For me, the service, relationship building, and experience are worth more than the money saved by going to a BB sale.

 

Just my 2 ¢.


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Haven't read all the way through so not sure if this has been replied-to to death, but it looks these shoes may have worn outside, gotten wet, and dried with a hair dryer or furnace. I think that it would be valuable to contact AE to see if they can resolve the problem, but to start, you might want to consider applying some mink oil to the leather to relax it. The right side toe's crinkling does not suggest poor fit-it suggests a defect in the leather or over-dryness. 

They've never gotten wet and I regularly condition them and polish when needed. I emailed AE but haven't heard back.
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They've never gotten wet and I regularly condition them and polish when needed. I emailed AE but haven't heard back.

 

Ah I see. Well if the AE Customer Service route yields you nothing (and they are very, very helpful), I would suggest contacting DWFII or Ron Rider - they are both very knowledgeable about all things leather and can certainly help with a diagnosis and potential cure for this ailment. And, of course, I was joking about the furnace or hairdryer-nice to see that you took it in stride. Good luck!

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Originally Posted by bruinfan View Post

So I picked up a pair of dark brown Park Aves seconds in 10D during their current tent sale.  I'm fine with the shoes as the blemish is on the inner side on the sole.  However, when I tried on the shoes the right one felt perfect, but the left shoe felt as if there was a small mound in the middle of the ball of my left foot.  Normally, I'd say this is due to the shoe, but I had a pair of New Balance sneakers do this to me too to the left foot.

My question is would it be better to just return the shoes and try again or will the soles eventually mold to me feet?  I bought a pair of black strands during Nordy's winter sale and although there was the initial break in discomfort I don't remember being such a distinct mound in my left shoe.

I have not worn the shoes outside yet.

I had the same feeling on the right foot with my shoes a few weeks back. As there is cork inside that will mold to your foot I would suggest you wear them on carpet indoors for a while and see if the bump goes away. I wore mine inside and walked in them for about 15 minutes and didn't feel the bump anymore. Yesterday I took them out into the wild and they felt great.

I'm a newbie, but that's what worked for me. Let's see what others say.
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Originally Posted by tietherope View Post


You sure move quickly then if we got hooked at the same time! I'd be right up there with you, but I was actually revamping my whole wardrobe. Including the Allen Edmonds shoes I bought 10 pairs total, including a few pairs of boat shoes, some Johnston & Murphy suede nubucks, and some cheap suede wingtips. Rubber soles serve a huge purpose in Canada. I also replaced all of my pants, dress shirts, t-shirts, shorts, socks, belts, and all the alterations to go along with it. At which point money becomes an issue.

It's crazy though right? I never thought I would be hooked on shoes or look at the shoes of every guy I pass. I also never thought I'd spend so much on a single pair.

Please share your list of 1-7 so I can get some ideas of what direction to head next. I'm thinking of splitting the difference of my walnut Strands and merlot Mcallisters with some walnut Mcallisters. I'm able to hold off on them for this tent sale, but I think when the Nordstrom sale or the next AE sale hits I'm going to be getting the snuff suede Neumoks as well.

 

Ah, yes I had a passable wardrobe already. Because of the size of my feet I always had a hard time finding decent shoes, it turned into a case of, what do you have in my size vs do you have this particular model in my size.

 

So far I have:

-Dalton (black)

-Lasalle (chili, it is a great colour)

 

Enroute

-Kenilworth (Bourbon)

-Fifth Avenue equivalent (Black) - For more formal occasions, I won't get a huge amount of use out of them but they're classic and at this price I can't resist.

 

Next

-Shell Leeds

-Walnut Strands

-Macneil colour undecided.

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Yesterday, I went to a Nordstrom Rack store for the first time, to buy some Woodlore shoe trees.  The Woodlore shoe trees were $12.90 a pair, which I thought was a very good price.

I also looked at the AE shoes.   There was one pair in my size, size 9, but it wasn't the right width, nor was it a style that I wanted.  There didn't seem to be many AE shoes in any sizes.



 

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Originally Posted by tietherope View Post


I had the same feeling on the right foot with my shoes a few weeks back. As there is cork inside that will mold to your foot I would suggest you wear them on carpet indoors for a while and see if the bump goes away. I wore mine inside and walked in them for about 15 minutes and didn't feel the bump anymore. Yesterday I took them out into the wild and they felt great.

I'm a newbie, but that's what worked for me. Let's see what others say.

 

This is definitely the first thing that should be done when a bump is felt under the insole.  There is very little that can cause bumps under there, since there isn't anything present except the plyrib gemming, some stitching, and cork.  It is possible that the bump can come from the placement of the plyrib (if it isn't properly placed towards the perimeter of the insole).  However, wearing the shoes indoors for a while to see if the cork is the culprit is easy to do, and generally solves the problem.  

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I check in after seventeen hours and there are over a hundred new posts. This thread is nuts. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Haven't heard anything from AE yet about the burgundy shell Macneils I ordered on April 23. My checking account is just fine with that, but I'm itching to get them in the rotation.
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I bought a pair of Park Ave's about two weeks ago.  I've worn them two or three times a week since; I've been giving them two days between wears to dry out or whatever.

 

How am I supposed to clean them?  I bought a horsehair brush and premium polish from AE.  What I intend to do, tomorrow, is:

 

1) Lightly brush the the shoes with the horsehair brush

2) Apply the premium polish in a light coat around the entire shoe

3) Wait ten minutes for it to dry

4) Heartily brush the shoes with the horsehair brush

 

 

Is this bueno?  Anything else I should do?  Condition the soles or something?

 

I think it is beneficial to wipe the shoes with a damp cloth, and then apply some Conditioner/Cleaner between steps 1 and 2 above.  Without this step, you are "grinding" grime into your leather when you apply your polish.  At a microscopic level, this has some abrasive effect on the leather fibers.  Also, shoes accumulate stuff during normal wear that is good to remove, and Conditioner/Cleaner is gentle enough to use before each polishing (assuming you don't polish too frequently).  It only costs $4.00 for a bottle that will last a LONG time, and it only adds a few minutes to your process.  

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Originally Posted by Suit Up View Post

I also have another question, in a previous post (see spoiler), a member posted the following picture, I was wondering if the colors are accurate (second from the left being bourbon from what I understand).  On Allen Edmonds' website, the bourbon would be closer to the shoe to the far right:

 

I would have thought the shoe on the far right would be the bourbon one as well.  I think he may have meant that, but just didn't word it well.  I don't know for sure though.  That said, I think the shoe on the far right is a pretty accurate representation of what bourbon looks like in person.  

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