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So I'm looking to invest in a few premium quality dress belts. Premium to me means the belt can last 10 years and without tearing, cracking, or discoloring. My research online has told me that full grain leather is ideal for durability. My question to those of you who would know are AE belts full grain? I know they are made of calfskin but is it full grain calfskin? Will their belts truly last?

 

For dress belts, you might just consider shell cordovan or custom make ups.  You can buy a top quality custom belt from Rancourt or Hellbrand Leather Works for nearly the same price as a ready to wear from AE.

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While looking up the phone number for the AE outlets, I noticed that factory second Independence Collection shoes are on sale for $279 (normal seconds price is $379 and retail is $475). If you were thinking about these during the last sale but passed, this may be a second chance. I have the walnut Jeffersons and they are one of my favorites. I purchased as seconds and think they were in really good shape (maybe a bit wrinkled leather on the sides, and a slight difference in burnishing is all that I can see). The more I wear these the more I am convinced that the premium pricing is worth it, although I guess I really didn't pay one since I got seconds.

AppleMark
Really? Where did you see this? I've been drooling over rutledge for ages, but could never afford them...

Thanks !
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Question for you all.

Blue spiaggia vs Blue neumok

Clearance price and nordstrom sale price shouldn't be too far apart. Which would be better for jeans and khakis with polos and button down dress shirts. Might also try either with no show socks and shorts but that would be pretty advanced work for me. I am attracted to the rubber sole for all weather traction, but not sure about it being red. I could always topy the neumok for damp and winter wear in the Chicago area while the suede spiaggia might be too vulnerable despite the sole. In the past I wore a pair of brown grain leather cap toes with rubber soles but they became too tight and got sold off. By fall my mto cxl Bayfields should arrive and provide another nice casual option and damp approved sole.
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Really? Where did you see this? I've been drooling over rutledge for ages, but could never afford them...

Thanks !

On the Allen Edmonds site, go to the 'Stores' page and search for the outlet stores in Wisconsin. On the left hand side it lists 'store events', and this sale is listed for both outlets. You can read the full descriptions if you go to the outlet store's page. I'd call either of those stores and see if they have your size.
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Originally Posted by Fabian43 View Post

So I'm looking to invest in a few premium quality dress belts. Premium to me means the belt can last 10 years and without tearing, cracking, or discoloring. My research online has told me that full grain leather is ideal for durability. My question to those of you who would know are AE belts full grain? I know they are made of calfskin but is it full grain calfskin? Will their belts truly last?

 

For dress belts, you might just consider shell cordovan or custom make ups.  You can buy a top quality custom belt from Rancourt or Hellbrand Leather Works for nearly the same price as a ready to wear from AE.


I'll look into it, thanks
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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post

Really? Where did you see this? I've been drooling over rutledge for ages, but could never afford them...

Thanks !

On the Allen Edmonds site, go to the 'Stores' page and search for the outlet stores in Wisconsin. On the left hand side it lists 'store events', and this sale is listed for both outlets. You can read the full descriptions if you go to the outlet store's page. I'd call either of those stores and see if they have your size.

Yes, Kristle from J'Ville told me same thing earlier in the week that Independence collection will be $100 off (seconds) for July 4th sale. Probably gonna pick up Rutledge in walnut
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I'm conflicted between brown & burgundy shell in Patriots. Is this decision driven more by personal preferences or by convention? I also dont see much posted about calf versions of the Patriot. Part of me is wondering about the practicality of sinking $600 into a pair of loafers that I may still struggle to wear regularly. That said, the shell pictures I've seen sure are pretty!

Brown version pictured here. I really like the brown shell one and find myself wearing them a lot. I also bought but the burgundy shell and i've yet to wear them. I'm going to start breaking them in soon as I have a trip to NYC coming up and I think the burgundy shell patriots are going to be the only shoes I take.


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For dress belts, you might just consider shell cordovan or custom make ups.  You can buy a top quality custom belt from Rancourt or Hellbrand Leather Works for nearly the same price as a ready to wear from AE.
I'll second this. Nicest belt I own was forty something bucks from http://www.narragansettleathers.com -- very clean lines and will hold up forever.
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Nothing like getting home after a redeye flight and being gone all week to find these waiting for you





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I have a pair from Naragansett. Excellent quality, cut to order. However, they aren't super "dressy" ie no stitching on edges, no super polished sheen. My burgundy is too red to suit me for wearing with my burgundy shoes but great for weekends. I wear the brown all the time, including my Jeffersons today (just link two posts above together)'
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If I have a pair of walnut Players and it's my only pair of AE, would it be an unwise choice to get some walnut Daltons during the Nordstrom's sale?  From the pictures shown by rydenfan, they look darker than my Players.

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If I have a pair of walnut Players and it's my only pair of AE, would it be an unwise choice to get some walnut Daltons during the Nordstrom's sale?  From the pictures shown by rydenfan, they look darker than my Players.
To what end?

If you're in a suit regularly, probably unwise, yes. If your work dress code is biz casual or you're looking for something to wear with denim, walnut Daltons would be a solid choice.
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Originally Posted by deeselcyde View Post

If I have a pair of walnut Players and it's my only pair of AE, would it be an unwise choice to get some walnut Daltons during the Nordstrom's sale?  From the pictures shown by rydenfan, they look darker than my Players.

My pictures are walnut shell cordovan, not calf
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Can anyone mention their respective sizes in the Patriot Loafers (or any other loafers) relative to their size in a few other lasts, including a common 5-last shoe like the PA or Strand? I have a couple dozen AE's in all (in addition to some Carminas and Aldens, incluing an LHS) and have been fitted numerous times for various lasts, but I have not yet found a loafer that will fit me from AE. In fairness, I have not yet been fitted for this new last.

I fear that my wide toes and normal / narrow (relative to toebox) heels make me an impossible fit for most AE loafers, but I wanted to see if any others have overcome a situation like this. In addition, I frequently have to go with shoes on the higher end of my size range (since a 12.5E is an uncommonly stocked size), so the instep becomes an additional problem, as my foot is frequenly sitting further back in the shoe, away from the tounge. This is fine for oxfords, but becomes a huge concern for loafers. I'd prefer to avoid tounge pads for a shoe that will frequently be worn on hot days. I have a 12E Dornoch that doesn't fit all that well, as my foot sits too far back from the tounge. I commonly wear a 13D on the 5 and 1 lasts. Others have varied, based on the shoe.

Any ideas? So far, the Alden LHS on the Van last in a 12E has been my best option. Thoe toebox is great, the heel slips slighly (but I have yet to break it in so this may not be a real problem).
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Stunning burgundy shell cordovan on a sleek, sophisticated boot.

 

Someone wanted to see Shell Fifth Streets.... here you go! I pulled this from the AE website, looks like someone already thought of it.

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