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in my experience, yes. they still have to ship the shoes back to the outlet. you can get out of the fee by paying for shipping yourself, but it would be pretty minimal.

I just emailed them and they said that you don't have to pay the fee. Soo....

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green strands

 

!!!

 

Olive like the Neumok, or some other green?

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Originally Posted by DeathandTaxes View Post
 

I picked up this pair of McTavish in Brown Distressed during the 2 for $250 sale and would like some opinions on whether they are keepers.  The thing I noticed was the dark area on the left shoe.  Thanks in advance for any thoughts.

 


Honestly I don't even see where the 'error lies.  Is it the dark area beneath the toe/wing on the left shoe?  If so, I'd almost consider these firsts.  I have a pair of McTavishes and (while I'm not assuming you don't own any AE's with the 'rough' leather) they don't age in the same manner as the more formal calf leather shoes.  Rather, they develop bumps, colorations and such and this will blend right in.  I will recommend that you use natural color edge dressing to try and protect the color of the welt - mine got VERY dirty quickly and I take great care of them.  I've recently started sanding the edges down to get rid of the 'dirt' and can't get it all to go away!

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I just emailed them and they said that you don't have to pay the fee. Soo....

Good to know. Thanks.
post #41645 of 70737
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Originally Posted by rc121 View Post

in my experience, yes. they still have to ship the shoes back to the outlet. you can get out of the fee by paying for shipping yourself, but it would be pretty minimal.

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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

I just emailed them and they said that you don't have to pay the fee. Soo....
kudos
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I am getting good quality trees, I was more wondering if you need a set for every pair you own, or will one pair suffice?


I have a pair for every pair of my shoes (~25+ pairs I'd guess). The price for trees is really not indicative of their quality. The JAB ones (http://www.josbank.com/menswear/shop/Product_11001_10050_101593) are often $6.75 a few times a year and the exact same as the Woodlore ones that sell for $24.95 on AE's website (http://www.woodlore.com/mens-full-shoe-tree-pair/)

 

You won't regret buying them for each pair I don't think. I've had times where I haven't had shoe trees for all my shoes and I'd do the shoe-tree-shuffle moving them from the shoe I wore a few days ago into the shoe I wore today, etc... It's a pain and

 

One thing I have heard is after a while of use with a shoe tree, you should use some light sand paper to bring back out the fragrance of the cedar and it's moisture wicking qualities.

 

According to the CEO of AE, you want a shoe tree with the most RED cedar (not as much white in the tree) you can find as that color wood has the highest wicking qualities.

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I just emailed them and they said that you don't have to pay the fee. Soo....

i can confirm this for you. i've returned several shoebank pairs to the retail AE stores in NYC, even a ralph lauren boxed sanderson, and never paid a fee to do so!

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!!!

 

Olive like the Neumok, or some other green?

 

This is what the list says:

 

35

6118S

Strand Green Suede

Green

234.00

1

 

Soo....

 

I'm also tempted to get a pair of the fifth street boot and something else, but my 'formal' shoes far outnumber my fun ones and I was trying to change that with the suede strands. Oh well. Till the next sale :/

 

Edit: Found this.

 

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/288371182360502477/

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i can confirm this for you. i've returned several shoebank pairs to the retail AE stores in NYC, even a ralph lauren boxed sanderson, and never paid a fee to do so!

Yup. Sales guy at riverhead said you can avoid the fees by bringing back to any AE store
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This is what the list says:
35 6118S Strand Green Suede Green 234.00 1

Soo....

I'm also tempted to get a pair of the fifth street boot and something else, but my 'formal' shoes far outnumber my fun ones and I was trying to change that with the suede strands. Oh well. Till the next sale :/

Edit: Found this.

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/288371182360502477/



Funky suede strands were a webgem a few years back. There's a purple one on my size list.

Looks rather cole haan-ish
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I would rock the purple more so than the green!

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So neither my navy nor my brogue suede strands will work, which is a shame.

I got the list for the 8.5D's again and am kind of undecided on what to do. I like a bunch of the shoes they have left, but I don't love them. They have grey long branches (new ones as well!), brown fifth streets, and suede players shoes that I'd consider, but the rest is meh. I guess I'm sending them back...


They have green strands and grey cloud PA's as well. I think green would be too outlandish a color!

Good idea to just hold out for the next sale. $250 for a pair of green and grey shoes you might rarely wear is not as good a deal as $229 for one pair of staple Independence Collection shoes or $299 for cordovan during one of the sales. Or heck, even full retail $350 for a pair of AE's you'll wear all the time would be better.
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

This is what the list says:
35 6118S Strand Green Suede Green 234.00 1

Soo....

I'm also tempted to get a pair of the fifth street boot and something else, but my 'formal' shoes far outnumber my fun ones and I was trying to change that with the suede strands. Oh well. Till the next sale :/

Edit: Found this.

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/288371182360502477/


Funky suede strands were a webgem a few years back. There's a purple one on my size list.

Looks rather cole haan-ish

 

I think that green looks terrific.  Just Googled the purple and don't like it as much as the green.

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Good idea to just hold out for the next sale. $250 for a pair of green and grey shoes you might rarely wear is not as good a deal as $229 for one pair of staple Independence Collection shoes or $299 for cordovan during one of the sales. Or heck, even full retail $350 for a pair of AE's you'll wear all the time would be better.


Agreed in general.  However, I receive my navy strands (same style as the green but with dark navy with light blue stitching and light blue laces) today.  In my work environment I wear my 'casual' AEs more often than my 'formal' AEs (walnut Strand + Bourbon McAllister).  I wear all of my casual pairs about once per week.  If, however, I were first starting my collection or if I worked in a more formal environment I absolutely agree that spending the money on a better formal shoe is a better move :)


Edited by Scottyb06 - 3/26/14 at 1:21pm
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So, if you all were to wear one of the following shoes to an evening event with a midnight navy suit (not black tie), which one would be more formal? A balmoral is inherently more formal than a monk strap, but does the full broguing of the Jefferson make it a wash against the Neumora's plain cap toe?

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