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My collection so far. I need some black Cap Toe Balmorals for formal occasions but I keep running into issues with the Allen Edmonds Park Avenue rear quarters being warped. I might go Alden Shell Cordovan instead. Need to find a place to be fitted.


Left to Right: Walnut Strand, Black McAllister, Chili McAllister (all calf)

 

 

post #43892 of 70737
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Originally Posted by rink View Post
 

 

You can check completed eBay auctions by selecting "Completed listings" under the "Show only" category on the left side of the page after you have run a search.

 

Also, if, as you suggest, the difference in price between a used pair on eBay and a new pair of seconds is only $25, I would go with the new pair of seconds every single time.


I would take this on a case by case basis. The 2 for $250 is a nice deal, but it it rolls around twice (?) a year,  so I wouldn't exactly use this as my basis for price unless you consult the seconds list often and plan on waiting around in the meantime.

 

IMO going above $125 for a pair of lightly used firsts might not be too shabby if the sole/heels are truly in great condition. Size plays a big factor on both ebay/shoebank as far a selection and price go so YMMV. Also, this is minor but shoe bags are always nice, and you only get them with firsts.

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I would take this on a case by case basis. The 2 for $250 is a nice deal, but it it rolls around twice (?) a year,  so I wouldn't exactly use this as my basis for price unless you consult the seconds list often and plan on waiting around in the meantime.

 

IMO going above $125 for a pair of lightly used firsts might not be too shabby if the sole/heels are truly in great condition. Size plays a big factor on both ebay/shoebank as far a selection and price go so YMMV. Also, this is minor but shoe bags are always nice, and you only get them with firsts.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Allen-Edmonds-LASALLE-Oxfords-10-E-Walnut-/121328507957?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEWAX%3AIT&_trksid=p2047675.l2557&nma=true&si=HnB4K5qQap8hZilZyqKiGcZDZRI%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

 

$75 for that seems to be an pretty good deal even if there is possibility of not being able to re-soled.

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Originally Posted by cadmonkey View Post
 


I would take this on a case by case basis. The 2 for $250 is a nice deal, but it it rolls around twice (?) a year,  so I wouldn't exactly use this as my basis for price unless you consult the seconds list often and plan on waiting around in the meantime.

 

As I stated in my post, I was just using $125 as the base comparison point because that is what @Spiker referenced.  And if you are talking about a $25 difference (again, as @Spiker suggests) between new seconds or a used no warranty pair off eBay, I would go with a new pair of seconds every single time versus dealing with the crap shoot that eBay tends to be - as witnessed by the misleading auction described by a fellow SF member a few pages ago.  The shoe bags aren't worth taking on that risk, and you can buy those separately for like $10 if you so desire.

post #43895 of 70737
Nevermind, we are talking about different things here. If a used no warranty pair on the bay pops up while the same shoe is available during the 2 for $250 then yes shoebank is probably the better route.
Edited by cadmonkey - 5/3/14 at 7:26pm
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Allen-Edmonds-LASALLE-Oxfords-10-E-Walnut-/121328507957?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEWAX%3AIT&_trksid=p2047675.l2557&nma=true&si=HnB4K5qQap8hZilZyqKiGcZDZRI%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

 

$75 for that seems to be an pretty good deal even if there is possibility of not being able to re-soled.


I don't see any markings on the sole which suggests these look like firsts to me.

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If you get a pair of ebay and it says: no return/no warranty. Can they still be resoled? Will AE still fix it if there becomes a structural problem?

 

There seems to be alot shoe that are only worn once or twice for only about $70. There are also ones that the sole is barely scratched/completely new. They werent marked as seconds, are they just store returns?

 

Do you have the links?

i am looking for some AE shoes.

post #43898 of 70737
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Originally Posted by RefleX View Post
 

My collection so far. I need some black Cap Toe Balmorals for formal occasions but I keep running into issues with the Allen Edmonds Park Avenue rear quarters being warped. I might go Alden Shell Cordovan instead. Need to find a place to be fitted.


Left to Right: Walnut Strand, Black McAllister, Chili McAllister (all calf)

 

 


Beautiful collections...compliments

post #43899 of 70737
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Personally, I would keep that pair - that is pretty minor and there no way that any other person beside yourself would notice the crease if you wore them.  Does the creasing level out at all once you have laced them up?  Also, depending on how your pants fit, your pant leg may cover up that area entirely. 

As is often discussed in this thread, each of us has a personal threshold for "imperfections."  You appear to expect absolute perfection, which you are entitled to.  If it bothers you (which it obviously does), return the pair and try for a third time.  But keep in mind that if you look close enough at any pair of shoes you can likely spot something that is not perfect.  Finally, I assume you got these during BB's last sale - so think about if you can live with the trade-off of getting the shoes at a great price versus dealing with this minor issue.

Just some food for thought - best of luck finding a pair that better suits you!

In the last couple of years I've picked up a number of shoes made by AE, including Ralph Lauren Sanderson gunboats I got from DSW for $200 or so, Hales I got from AE on clearance, strands from Nordstrom, and a number of others. If I pick them apart, they all have little quirks, but they're all shaped right. Even the made-in-India Florsheim gunboats I bought as beaters, with their cheaper materials, don't show same kinds of assembly defects I found in these two pairs of longwings. Maybe my standards are high, but they've been set there by AE themselves over the last few years. Even at sale prices, I'm just looking for my latest purchase to meet that quality standard. Maybe the 3rd time will be the charm...
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Does the Shoebank charge sales tax to orders from NYC?
post #43901 of 70737
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I know this is slightly OT, but since this is such an awesome tight group, I just want to get some quick feedback from you guys. I got residency interview coming up that I am trying to assemble a wardrobe for the social /before interview. (I been only wearing scrub/t-shirts or suit for past 3 years).

I am thinking about getting

  1. Dark jean
  2. Light chinos
  3. Blue blazer
  4. Button down plaid dress shirt

For more casual:

Dark Jean-tennis/boat shoe-polo/shirt-w or w/o tie/blue blazer

For more formal:

Light Chinos-Loafer/Walnut Strand-shirt-w or w/o tie/blue blazer

What do you think on combination?

 

Have you tapped into the putthison-archive? Since I'm in a different social/cultural context, I can't offer specific advice, but these guys sure can:

 

http://putthison.com/post/283365444/businesscasual

 

Good luck!

post #43902 of 70737
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Originally Posted by Spiker View Post
 

I know this is slightly OT, but since this is such an awesome tight group, I just want to get some quick feedback from you guys. I got residency interview coming up that I am trying to assemble a wardrobe for the social /before interview. (I been only wearing scrub/t-shirts or suit for past 3 years).

I am thinking about getting

  1. Dark jean
  2. Light chinos
  3. Blue blazer
  4. Button down plaid dress shirt

For more casual:

Dark Jean-tennis/boat shoe-polo/shirt-w or w/o tie/blue blazer

For more formal:

Light Chinos-Loafer/Walnut Strand-shirt-w or w/o tie/blue blazer

What do you think on combination?

 

Honestly you may want to check beforehand with the program coordinators for each program and inquire about the typical dress (or, at the very very least, find out where you'll be going and look them up online to get an idea of the standard dress).  When I was interviewing for residency (in a field that tends to be known for well-dressed or flashy-dressing people), there was a pretty wide variety of dress and it also varied greatly depending on venue.

 

As a general comment, I don't think I ever saw anyone wearing a tie at one of the dinners the night before - except me, the very first dinner.  I wore a blazer and a tie, and felt out of place (another guy had a boxy blazer with jeans, the rest all had either khakis or jeans and a polo/button-up.  I'm not saying you shouldn't dress WELL, just make sure you're dressing appropriately.  I interviewed in Charleston, SC at a very nice restaurant, and the standard wear for that dinner was noticeably different from the Mexican restaurant in Houston, TX I went to on the next interview.

 

Good luck!

 

P.S. In looking more closely at your proposed wardrobe, I think the more and less formal iterations are both good combos (when appropriate for each situation).  As I alluded to, I'd tend to avoid the tie at these things.

post #43903 of 70737
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Does the Shoebank charge sales tax to orders from NYC?
I would say no. I've ordered from the Long Island store and there was no tax. I think that would apply to all stores in ny state.
post #43904 of 70737

New webgems are up.  Disappointing.

 

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New webgems are up.  Disappointing. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


Agree. I guess the good news is Allison won't be swamped with any MTO requests for these webgems thus more time to for existing MTO discussions.
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