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@halfnhalfnhalf you know I've been on standby for a grey Long Branch -- how do you personally like that color in comparison to your current pair, even considering you haven't seen that particular shade of grey in person?
Aye, there's the rub. No way to tell without seeing them side-by-side. I say order both and keep the one you like better.
I had a feeling you were going to say get them both
I sent you a PM on size advice -- maybe you can shed some light there for me
Since everyone here is so damn helpful and all part 'enablers', I want to say THANK YOU -- and if anyone needs IT/computer/electronic related help/advice/etc.. don't hesitate to ask... at least I can help others there!
So does AE, albeit not on their website. The pair Allison sent me to size my MTOs are black. If you call her to have a pair made in black, you might just find that they have a pair in stock (they'll have 11.5Es once I send mine back, at least).
For the silent few of you who, like me, prefer to wear lightweight boot socks with boots (especially in winter) and are perhaps considering a Shaker Heights MTO: I find a half size up is perfect. I wear an 11E in all AE lasts that fit me, and I'm having these done in 11.5E.
I, too, suspected that the days of clearance prices for MTOs were numbered. My wife thought it was too good to be true; unfortunately, AE agreed. (BTW, I don't begrudge a corporate spy for lurking in this forum and taking notes--I do wish we had all been a little more circumspect in our postings. Loose lips sink ships--and unbelievable deals).
New store in DC. Just received this:
I've been thinking for a while that the entire "Allison system"'s days are numbered. Whatever benefit AE has been getting from it is I'm sure being outweighed by the burdens. I also can't help but think that other SAs (many of whom know about the arrangement) are none-too-pleased about losing out on business (i.e., commissions).
I've thought a lot about various MTOs but have never actually pulled the trigger on any of them. I really want a pair of Leeds in brown shell and unless they offer it very soon as a WebGem or something that will probably be my first Allison order. I'm prepared for it to be my last.
@halfnhalfnhalf Currently have the regular grey's LB (6061) on the way from a different warehouse so they weren't able to personally inspect (but they haven't been tried on as with my other seconds)... so I'm hoping I get good luck with the seconds LB as I have with all my others.
Damn ENABLERS! =]
My Brooks Brothers Park Ave's in Brown just came in today from the bank. I thoroughly reviewed them to look for any defects and I simply cannot find anything. I know PAs sometimes get lambasted for being too conservative or not interesting enough, but these shoes are remarkably elegant in person, especially in this color. I couldn't be more thrilled for the 149$ I paid.
On a side note, I also ordered 3 pairs of shoe trees from the SB because the SA offered them to me for about 15$ each. The recommended size for 11.5E (my size) is XL in the shoe tree; it is a "borderline size." However, they sent me 3 pairs in L. I put them in my shoes and they fit perfectly. I can't imagine why I would need XL for this size.