I did not request that. There is a slight difference, and it looks awesome. Though the camera rally intensifies the color difference. Nonetheless, I am very happy with these. I have almost forgotten that they took 15 weeks to come. Well worth the wait though. They did only send me one pair of laces, and they were a natural brown, matching the welt. I had to dig around to find the darker par which I have in them. I think the lighter lace made the show look way to casual.
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Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread - reviews, pictures, sizing, etc... - Page 1778post #26656 of 707378/8/13 at 7:14pmpost #26657 of 707378/8/13 at 7:16pm
Between these, Polo Jock's MacNeils, and (I forget who)'s Walnut/Burgundy Sheltons, the creative minds at the AE design department should have plenty of food for thought for web gems these next few months.post #26658 of 707378/8/13 at 7:22pmQuote:Originally Posted by GOP Shoe Guy
Here are my MTO Walnut Shell Macneils. Love them. Can't wait to wear them tomorrow. Dang. (Click to show)
Those are absolutely sublime. How's it feel to have the coolest MacNeils on the planet, eh?
Speaking of MTO shell MacNeils -- I shot shoebank an email today asking about seconds and closeouts in my crazy not-even-listed-on-the-website size; sure enough, there was a pair of burgundy shell MacNeils that wasn't there this time last year (right alongside the two burgundy shell Leeds and pair of burgundy shell Graysons that were). 7/24/12 the shell seconds were $299, today they're $449... it's a whole lot easier this time around to say no.post #26659 of 707378/8/13 at 7:51pmQuote:
I would like them to get that great shine, but in practice I may not have the time and/or patience to brush for hourspost #26660 of 707378/8/13 at 7:53pmQuote:Quote:
I belive B Nelson charges 35.00 for tapspost #26661 of 707378/8/13 at 8:01pmQuote:Originally Posted by random-adam
Those are absolutely sublime. How's it feel to have the coolest MacNeils on the planet, eh?
Speaking of MTO shell MacNeils -- I shot shoebank an email today asking about seconds and closeouts in my crazy not-even-listed-on-the-website size; sure enough, there was a pair of burgundy shell MacNeils that wasn't there this time last year (right alongside the two burgundy shell Leeds and pair of burgundy shell Graysons that were). 7/24/12 the shell seconds were $299, today they're $449... it's a whole lot easier this time around to say no.
any idea why the price went up from 299 to 449? btw I just got them for 20% off the 449 = 359. Still not as good as the 299, but thought I'd pass that alongpost #26662 of 707378/8/13 at 8:05pmpost #26663 of 707378/8/13 at 8:28pmpost #26664 of 707378/8/13 at 8:29pmQuote:
I do like and respect Mcarthur a lot, however, I am convinced that he has a shining wheel at his house. I just find it too incredible that he is the only person on SF that is able to achieve that high of a sheen on his shell. For all of the people we have on this site, there is just no way only one person can get the glossy finish he achieves without mechanized help - we would have seen it by now. Moreover, I have achieved that sort of shine on shell...only after giving it over to a cobbler who used wax to polish it.post #26665 of 707378/8/13 at 8:35pmQuote:Originally Posted by JermynStreet
I do like and respect Mcarthur a lot, however, I am convinced that he has a shining wheel at his house. I just find it too incredible that he is the only person on SF that is able to achieve that high of a sheen on his shell. For all of the people we have on this site, there is just no way only one person can get the glossy finish he achieves without mechanized help - we would have seen it by now. Moreover, I have achieved that sort of shine on shell...only after giving it over to a cobbler who used wax to polish it.
Cold Iron gets a pretty incredible shine. His pics match the shine of Mac's.
Quantity of shell is another story....post #26666 of 707378/8/13 at 8:37pmpost #26667 of 707378/8/13 at 8:46pm
I've been lurking this website for about the past month and I finally decided to take the plunge for a nicer pair of dress shoes. I ended up purchasing a 8.5 E Park Avenue during Nordstrom's sale, but I'm sort of concerned about the quality of my shoes. I started with a 8.5 D, but I found that they were too tight on my toes so I returned them and ordered a 8.5 E. When I received my first pair of 8.5E the size was perfect, but there was a break/crack about 1 inch long around the lace hole of the shoe. I returned that shoe and ordered yet another pair of 8.5E that I received today. Upon opening the shoes were perfect and I decided to condition and clean them with the AE Conditioner/Cleaner. I bought the cotton flannel cloth and I watched the AE Shoe care video about 20 times and decided to go ahead and clean/condition them. Upon doing so I noticed that the toe of the shoe became rougher and there was a lot black residue discoloring my cloth. The result is this:
That glossy finish that came on the shoes is gone, is this normal? I'm guessing its not, but at this point what can I do. I can assure you that I rubbed the conditioner in gently (as advised in the AE calfskin care video), but perhaps I was still overzealous about rubbing? I don't know. I though that maybe I should take it to a cobbler tomorrow on my way into work to see what they thought. Well, I appreciate any input.
I suppose I'm just concerned that I may have messed up a beautiful new pair of shoes.post #26668 of 707378/8/13 at 8:56pmQuote:Originally Posted by David Copeland
Most often Amazon will not pay for the return postage of AE Shoes. That is why I either try to buy from www.6pm.com or www.zappos.com or AE or call a manager at a Nordstroms Store - all of which will pay for return postage!
"Working from home today on my laptop"
Not true, David. I ordered Shelton from Amazon a few months ago because I had the 20% coupon. I ordered two different sizes because I wasn't sure my size at the time. They were both flawless for the record. I easily returned the pair that didn't fit. All it took was a few clicks on their website and I had a paid shipping label.post #26669 of 707378/8/13 at 8:58pmQuote:Originally Posted by AdamAdam
I'd appreciate the opinions of the group on this one. I know much of this is personal taste so I'm conducting an informal survey. Which one should I keep?
LEFT: Ralph Lauren (by AE) Sanderson
I wore the McAllister a number of times but recently had it replaced because of a sizing issue so this one is brand new. If I need to return it, I can. I then found the Sanderson on sale from dsw.com so grabbed it knowing I could return it if needed. I plan to wear these with suits and dress pants on non-suit days.
I'm leaning towards keeping the Sanderson because I already have a McAllister in merlot and have a walnut Strand on order which is very similar to the McAllister in many regards. The McAllister is striking and I received many compliments the few times I wore them. I do feel however that the broguing along the closed part of the laces may be a little much and is a distracting. That is what attracted me to the Sanderson. The Sanderson however doesn't seem as sleek looking. Maybe it's just all in my head. The burnishing on the Sanderson means the details on the toe don't stand out as much and overall is not as flashy of a shoe; but that's what I have the walnut Strand for.
As a side note... I take a 7.5E in the McAllister. When I went to order the Sanderson they only offered D(M) width on the site. So, I went with 8D(M) since I understood that the 2 last runs narrow and my McAllister are slightly snug. Well, they sent me 8E. They actually seem to fit fairly well but maybe that's why they look a little bulky to me. I'm not sure how they sent me an E since it wasn't even offered on the site. So, if someone is looking to get this shoe for a good price and you don't take a D, maybe call DSW and see what they have in stock.
Finally (I know this is long, thanks for reading), I'm surprised that these are $525 (retail but I paid $279 on clearance) shoes. Nothing seems much different from a feature and quality standpoint versus the McAllister. Maybe there's something I'm not aware of? The Sanderson is listed as calf (just like the McAllister) but when I do the nose test (not official but my nose is sensitive) the Sanderson smells more like my Elgin (cheaper leather) than any of the AE calf models that I have. Also, check out the side of the right shoe. It's not the worst thing in the world and I understand that these are hand-made and things like this happen but it's rather unsightly.
Thanks for reading and for your opinion! I attempt to return the favor whenever possible.
Thanks to those who responded. I had to run out of town on a business trip so I'm just now getting to them all. I need to try on the shoes again and see what hits me. Someone suggested seconds from the Shoe Bank. I tried that before ordering these and there was very limited quantity because they are now closeouts and the price was $259. I figured for $20 more I could get firsts. Unfortunately this pair had some issues and they sent me the wrong size.post #26670 of 707378/8/13 at 9:16pm
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