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A good vacation can be better than an amazing shoe collection, but I've found too many of my vacations end up being a disappointment.

 

how often are you disappointed when basking in the glory of your $5K shoe collection? Honestly, unless I were going to Mongolia, I would rather stay home than go anywhere else in the world. Awesome shoe collection or not, I'm just not a vacation kind of guy.

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People have run studies that have shown that, for many people, the pleasure of planning and anticipating the vacation is greater than the pleasure of actually taking the vacation.  I love planning and anticipating my shoe purchases - and I love wearing them when they arrive!

yep... shoes are a win-win for sure. I love the hunt, I love wearing them after the hunt, and I even love caring for them after wearing them.

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how often are you disappointed when basking in the glory of your $5K shoe collection? Honestly, unless I were going to Mongolia, I would rather stay home than go anywhere else in the world. Awesome shoe collection or not, I'm just not a vacation kind of guy.
yep... shoes are a win-win for sure. I love the hunt, I love wearing them after the hunt, and I even love caring for them after wearing them.
Could not agree more.
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The best thing to do is to buy the shoes WHILE you are away on vacation.  That's when you know things are going well.  

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The problem I run into is convincing my wife the money is better spent on shoes for ME than on a vacation for US.

She can be so selfish.
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The best thing to do is to buy the shoes WHILE you are away on vacation.  That's when you know things are going well.  
When my wife and I went on our honeymoon to the UK a few years ago, I almost tried to incorporate a trip to the Northampton factories to have some lasts made up and order some bespoke shoes... and then I realized that would cost more than the rest of the vacation (for both of us) combined. smile.gif
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The problem I run into is convincing my wife the money is better spent on shoes for ME than on a vacation for US.

She can be so selfish.

Geeez. You aren't kiddin'!
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Boys, my white MacNeils are in from Freeman's. 40% off was too much to pass up...



Geez, you love the whites, don't you!  Those are gorgeous. 

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The best thing to do is to buy the shoes WHILE you are away on vacation.  That's when you know things are going well.  


even better would be a vacation devoted specifically to shoes... A tour of the united states (or the world) visiting all of the best shoe making facilities as well as the best retailers. Make it one of those -grab everything you see and get it for free- type of all expenses paid shopping sprees and you've got yourself a can't miss dream vacation.

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The problem I run into is convincing my wife the money is better spent on shoes for ME than on a vacation for US.

She can be so selfish.

My girlfriend and I are planning a Europe trip in the fall and I'm definitely planning on stopping by a Carmina store or a C&J if we get to London.

 

FWIW, I think a good vacation is probably a better use of $5k than a $5k collection of shoes if you had to choose since it's something you can share with friends, family or significant other. If you have $5k worth of shoes, I would imagine you could take a $5k vacation every now and then.

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Bummer. Just received word that they weren't able to fix my brown shell Strands. I guess the benefit is that by the time I receive the replacement, I will have long since forgotten paying for them.
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Agreed.  I'd be curious to learn how your break-in process goes.  My impression of them is that the leather is so super-stiff that breaking them in would be quite unpleasant!

I'm wearing them right now.  Out of the box, I thought the same thing.  I used AE conditioner/cleaner before wearing.  So far, they have been very comfortable.  The Danite sole probably helps in that regard.  The only issue is that the tongue is so thick it tends to bite on the inside ankle of the right shoe.  The left boot's tongue is slightly off-centered, so I don't have any problems with it.

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Agreed.  I'd be curious to learn how your break-in process goes.  My impression of them is that the leather is so super-stiff that breaking them in would be quite unpleasant!

I'm wearing them right now.  Out of the box, I thought the same thing.  I used AE conditioner/cleaner before wearing.  So far, they have been very comfortable.  The Danite sole probably helps in that regard.  The only issue is that the tongue is so thick it tends to bite on the inside ankle of the right shoe.  The left boot's tongue is slightly off-centered, so I don't have any problems with it.

 

That's good to know.  I was very tempted by that boot when it first came out, but I've moved on to others since then so the hole in my collection that it would have filled isn't there anymore.  I seem to recall that the "ankle-biting" thing is referenced in many of the reviews on allenedmonds.com, so I hope it gets better for you!

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When my wife and I went on our honeymoon to the UK a few years ago, I almost tried to incorporate a trip to the Northampton factories to have some lasts made up and order some bespoke shoes... and then I realized that would cost more than the rest of the vacation (for both of us) combined. smile.gif

 

 

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even better would be a vacation devoted specifically to shoes... A tour of the united states (or the world) visiting all of the best shoe making facilities as well as the best retailers. Make it one of those -grab everything you see and get it for free- type of all expenses paid shopping sprees and you've got yourself a can't miss dream vacation.

 

 

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My girlfriend and I are planning a Europe trip in the fall and I'm definitely planning on stopping by a Carmina store or a C&J if we get to London.

 

On my next trip to Chicago (whenever that happens - tends to be every few years), I am definitely going to do my utmost to fit in a pilgrimage to Port Washington.  And, I used to think that my dream European vacation would involve golf, but not anymore.  Damn you, SF!

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if you could go on an around the world "shoe vacation" which places would you visit?

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On my next trip to Chicago (whenever that happens - tends to be every few years), I am definitely going to do my utmost to fit in a pilgrimage to Port Washington.  And, I used to think that my dream European vacation would involve golf, but not anymore.  Damn you, SF!

Really?  Make sure to visit the Milwaukee Art Museum and Miller Park.  I'd hate to think you made that drive for the sake of Port Washington alone.

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