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On Sep 11 of last year--

 

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Originally Posted by bl@ster View Post

Just to reiterate a point already made... I got my Morgan wingtips in the mail today. They are one of the worst AE shoes I've ever seen. The brush off leather is a joke and the leather feels like it has a thick coating of plastic on the outside. Avoid at all costs. Here are a few pics of just how bad these look:
Morgan (Click to show)


 

 

And OptoDoc replied--

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Originally Posted by OptoDoc View Post

 

I can't believe AE actually let these leave the factory. If these are not a closeout shoe within a year, I'll give every poster in this thread a free eye exam.

 

A rare instance of AE's website pics looking 100x better than the actual shoe.

Looks like OptoDoc will not have to give out any free exams....

 

Personally I think AE should take every MTO that bl@ster has ever done and put it into mainstream production under a new line named the Bl@ster collection and charge a premium. They would have to assign additional workforce to it just to stay up with demand.

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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post Morgan (Click to show)

 

Personally I think AE should take every MTO that bl@ster has ever done and put it into mainstream production under a new line named the Bl@ster collection and charge a premium. They would have to assign additional workforce to it just to stay up with demand.

 

100% this!!

 

 

I enjoy all of Bl@sters makeups, I especially love the grain jeffersons and the brown cordovan promontory.

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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

Morgan (Click to show)

And OptoDoc replied--
Looks like OptoDoc will not have to give out any free exams....

Personally I think AE should take every MTO that bl@ster has ever done and put it into mainstream production under a new line named the Bl@ster collection and charge a premium. They would have to assign additional workforce to it just to stay up with demand.
Perfect timing. I'm due for an exam.
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

Perfect timing. I'm due for an exam.

LOL tifosi that is what you said in Sept, your overdue! :) Hey wait I am too...

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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

LOL tifosi that is what you said in Sept, your overdue! smile.gif  Hey wait I am too...
Haha. I believe it. Still haven't gone...
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Originally Posted by Burzan View Post
 

 

100% this!!

 

 

I enjoy all of Bl@sters makeups, I especially love the grain jeffersons and the brown cordovan promontory.


PARTICULARLY the brown cordovan prommies - seeing as I'm the proud owner of the first rejected pair he got (wrong welt colour and insole type - great for me)!  :slayer:

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Originally Posted by Adorno View Post

So, yesterday I purchased a pair of Park Avenues. I wear a 10.5 in Strand, so I assumed that a 10.5 in Park Avenue would fit the same, since they are on the same last.

Alas, I have to return them. The left shoe feels tight around the arch of my foot, and the top of the right shoe rubbed at the top right portion of my foot, seeming to indicate that it was too large. Seriously, one felt too small and the other too large?

Anyone have any input on this? My Strands feel great, and felt great out of the box. The Park Avenues felt very wrong out of the box.
I've gotten a pair of first quality before and one shoe was bigger than the other. It felt strange the first time putting them on so i try to compare them sole to sole and the right shoe was visually bigger than the left.

My point is that these are made by human and there will be errors. I would suggest to try on another pair in the same size to see if that resolved your sizing issue.
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

Morgan (Click to show)

And OptoDoc replied--
Looks like OptoDoc will not have to give out any free exams....

Personally I think AE should take every MTO that bl@ster has ever done and put it into mainstream production under a new line named the Bl@ster collection and charge a premium. They would have to assign additional workforce to it just to stay up with demand.

Exposed brass eyelets for everyone!
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Just got a note that my favorite SA is resigning. Sad day
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Originally Posted by YoungSweet View Post

Just got a note that my favorite SA is resigning. Sad day

I got that email too.

What a Shame.
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First Post!  I wanted to say hello to everyone and let you all know I much appreciate the chatter in this thread.  As I went hunting for replacement shoes, an activity that seems to happen once a year, I considered investing in something more serious.  However, at places like Bloomingdales or Nordstrom, the fashion brands seem to dominate the upper echelons of the price spectrum.  Prada shoes just didn't seem substantial.  After a bit of time on this forum, the overwhelming choice seemed to be for AE in the $300ish range.  I jumped in head-first and picked up a pair of bourbon and brown strands.  AE provided exemplary customer service, particularly Chris.  

 

I fear I am hooked!  I am contemplating my next pair, which will need to be black to match my occasional-wear black suit.  I am an attorney, so it does make it into the rotation.  I tried the Mora and Franciscan as a bit of a change, but they simply do not fit well in any size.  I know conventional wisdom says Park/Fifth Ave and be done, but I want the shoe to be slightly more versatile-- I spend 50% or more of my working time in business casual attire.  

 

See the comparison in shoes below!

 

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Originally Posted by bespoken pa View Post



And they want to get rid of their staples for this?

This is possibly one of the ugliest shoes I've ever seen. However, I also appreciate them - I like the fact that AE isn't afraid to push boundaries and try something new.  The last thing I want is for them to offer only the traditional types of shoes like Strands and Park Ave.s' - I love my Amoks and other more casual shoes.  These shoes are ugly as heck but if someone out there transitions from some sort of wild Kenneth Cole or Cole Haan design to this and then moves into the "better" AE shoes I'd consider this style a success.

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Originally Posted by JubeiSpiegel View Post


Well, lets look at this realistically. If you consider that most men are content to wear box shaped, bike toed, glue jobs. I can see how such men would consider this boot an upgrade, or even fashionable.

IMO the biggest atrocities in the shoe world are credited to Prada, which i will abstain from posting here, at risk of causing sudden burning blindness...

Quite true, however, I purchased my first pair of glasses a month ago - with Prada frames - and they FREAKIN' ROCK!

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Originally Posted by beenthere View Post

First Post!  I wanted to say hello to everyone and let you all know I much appreciate the chatter in this thread.  As I went hunting for replacement shoes, an activity that seems to happen once a year, I considered investing in something more serious.  However, at places like Bloomingdales or Nordstrom, the fashion brands seem to dominate the upper echelons of the price spectrum.  Prada shoes just didn't seem substantial.  After a bit of time on this forum, the overwhelming choice seemed to be for AE in the $300ish range.  I jumped in head-first and picked up a pair of bourbon and brown strands.  AE provided exemplary customer service, particularly Chris.  

I fear I am hooked!  I am contemplating my next pair, which will need to be black to match my occasional-wear black suit.  I am an attorney, so it does make it into the rotation.  I tried the Mora and Franciscan as a bit of a change, but they simply do not fit well in any size.  I know conventional wisdom says Park/Fifth Ave and be done, but I want the shoe to be slightly more versatile-- I spend 50% or more of my working time in business casual attire.  

See the comparison in shoes below!


Welcome to the thread, I'm sure you will find lots of advice here.
If you are looking to match your black suit, I think that leave you with black shoes. Two that come to mind would be the kenilworths (which is on sale at the moment) and the Lexington. Both are bluchers which may or may not be acceptable to wear with suits but I think both have very clean line and can be worn casually with grey or light color trousers.
The Parkway is also another good option to look at.
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Originally Posted by beenthere View Post
 

First Post!  I wanted to say hello to everyone and let you all know I much appreciate the chatter in this thread.  As I went hunting for replacement shoes, an activity that seems to happen once a year, I considered investing in something more serious.  However, at places like Bloomingdales or Nordstrom, the fashion brands seem to dominate the upper echelons of the price spectrum.  Prada shoes just didn't seem substantial.  After a bit of time on this forum, the overwhelming choice seemed to be for AE in the $300ish range.  I jumped in head-first and picked up a pair of bourbon and brown strands.  AE provided exemplary customer service, particularly Chris.

 

I fear I am hooked!  I am contemplating my next pair, which will need to be black to match my occasional-wear black suit.  I am an attorney, so it does make it into the rotation.  I tried the Mora and Franciscan as a bit of a change, but they simply do not fit well in any size.  I know conventional wisdom says Park/Fifth Ave and be done, but I want the shoe to be slightly more versatile-- I spend 50% or more of my working time in business casual attire.

 

See the comparison in shoes below!

 


Were these seconds because the shoe colors do not match?  :)

 

As for the black shoe you can wear casually and with a suit, the Delray is the best answer to a bad question.  People start out looking for the most versatile shoe they can wear in the most situations and later end up realizing that wasn't the best decision.  In your case, I would opt for a proper black suit shoe for work and hold off on buying anything black for business casual.  Most here end up wearing multiple shades of brown with most everything and burgundy/merlot with the rest.

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