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Originally Posted by jmcallister View Post
 

Hi everyone,

 

I have benefited greatly from reading over the past few months, but this is my first time posting.  Today, I suffered a tear to the toe cap area on the right shoe of my AE Park Avenues.  I've had these for only three weeks, so I am pretty upset about it.  The tear is not deep, but I have heard that tears in the upper cannot be fixed.

 

My foot passed under a couch, which must have had something sharp underneath.  That's how it happened.

 

Is this fixable?  Any idea how?  I can look for a good cobbler, though I'm distressed about the possible cost.   I'd appreciate any thoughts.  Thanks for all your advice in the past and for any help you can offer here!

 

 

http://www.hangerproject.com/blog/2012/06/01/how-to-repair-scratched-shoes/

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

 



I called up my store to speak to my normal SA. Was informed he was no longer there. Was surprisingly devastated as he got me some great deals. Not sure what to do now as the manager couldn't even send me a picture of what I was asking about. frown.gif
Hope these are isolated incidents and not changes made from up top. Good SA s are hard to find.
PM me if you have a good SA you're happy with, TIA
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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.

 

Ha!  I missed the smiley face while checking your response on my phone leading me to immediately discount your second paragraph.  

 

Now that I can see you were merely flexing some wit, I can peaceably respond :)  First, I completely agree that black can be a mess both for shoes and suits.  Be that as it may, I have several pairs of medium to dark grey chino type pants that I wear for work.  As a result, those would pair reasonably well with either black or brown shoes.  In addition, I do have that pesky black suit that I like to wear to project an image of, "bulldog attorney", especially when we are in front of an IRS agent.  I suppose I should abandon the monkstrap idea, but I thought it would be a nice compromise.  I have a pair of Jack Erwin double monks on the way in black but I suspect they will not do the trick.  

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Ha!  I missed the smiley face while checking your response on my phone leading me to immediately discount your second paragraph.

 

Now that I can see you were merely flexing some wit, I can peaceably respond :)  First, I completely agree that black can be a mess both for shoes and suits.  Be that as it may, I have several pairs of medium to dark grey chino type pants that I wear for work.  As a result, those would pair reasonably well with either black or brown shoes.  In addition, I do have that pesky black suit that I like to wear to project an image of, "bulldog attorney", especially when we are in front of an IRS agent.  I suppose I should abandon the monkstrap idea, but I thought it would be a nice compromise.  I have a pair of Jack Erwin double monks on the way in black but I suspect they will not do the trick.

 

If I were to buy a black casual shoe, it would be double monks, so I think those will do nicely.  Also, lose the black suit.  Contrary to what you think, it does not convey a positive impression for an attorney.  I've been practicing 17 years, so no go on the black suits somehow conveying a "bulldog attorney" impression thought.  My advice is to get a navy solid suit, a charcoal solid suit and then add in a navy pinstripe (or other pattern) and mid-gray solid suit.    As for shoes, I'm mostly in brown cap toes with my suits, but will typically wear black cap toes with charcoal suits.  Some like burgundy with charcoal, which is perfectly fine.

 

When I go more casual, I typically opt for burgundy shell with charcoal and brown with everything elses, so I have no need for black casual dress shoes.  Some here like black leeds or other more casual black shoes they can wear with jeans.  YMMV.

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Originally Posted by beenthere View Post
 

 

Ha!  I missed the smiley face while checking your response on my phone leading me to immediately discount your second paragraph.  

 

Now that I can see you were merely flexing some wit, I can peaceably respond :)  First, I completely agree that black can be a mess both for shoes and suits.  Be that as it may, I have several pairs of medium to dark grey chino type pants that I wear for work.  As a result, those would pair reasonably well with either black or brown shoes.  In addition, I do have that pesky black suit that I like to wear to project an image of, "bulldog attorney", especially when we are in front of an IRS agent.  I suppose I should abandon the monkstrap idea, but I thought it would be a nice compromise.  I have a pair of Jack Erwin double monks on the way in black but I suspect they will not do the trick.  

 

I'd also recommend taking a closer look at the burgundy shoes. It works nearly as well as black with darker pants but is way more versatile as it also works equally well with the lighter pants. 

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If I were to buy a black casual shoe, it would be double monks, so I think those will do nicely.  Also, lose the black suit.  Contrary to what you think, it does not convey a positive impression for an attorney.  I've been practicing 17 years, so no go on the black suits somehow conveying a "bulldog attorney" impression thought.  My advice is to get a navy solid suit, a charcoal solid suit and then add in a navy pinstripe (or other pattern) and mid-gray solid suit.    As for shoes, I'm mostly in brown cap toes with my suits, but will typically wear black cap toes with charcoal suits.  Some like burgundy with charcoal, which is perfectly fine.

 

When I go more casual, I typically opt for burgundy shell with charcoal and brown with everything elses, so I have no need for black casual dress shoes.  Some here like black leeds or other more casual black shoes they can wear with jeans.  YMMV.

 

Thanks for the response!  At the moment I have three beautiful custom suits in black, navy solid and a lighter charcoal with a whisper-thin pinstripe.  My plan was to wear the brown strands with the navy and grey suit.  I will wear the bourbon strands with my more casual wear (navy, tan, light/medium grey chinos) and possibly slot them in with the grey suit as well.  

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I am trying to narrow down my collection and want to solicit your opinions about the following two shoes. How similar do you think brown cordovan Strands are with the Alden's Alt Wien? While they are technically very different shoes, I feel that they fit the very similar purposes in my wardrobe and was thinking of selling the Strand. Thoughts? 

 

 

 

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Personally, if they were mine, they would fill different areas of my collection. One is a derby and one an oxford. I would not wear them the same way. If you are a more casual (biz casual) dresser like me...the derby wins all day.
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Personally, if they were mine, they would fill different areas of my collection. One is a derby and one an oxford. I would not wear them the same way. If you are a more casual (biz casual) dresser like me...the derby wins all day.

This is exactly my problem, Tif. I am mostly biz casual and almost never default to the Strand. 

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This is exactly my problem, Tif. I am mostly biz casual and almost never default to the Strand. 
Sounds like you already know the answer...
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Originally Posted by SlickTime View Post
 

Morning gents,

I'm trying to decide between the AE Park Avenue and the AE McAllister in black.  Their purpose will be foremost to be used in professional level job interviews, and then carried on into work shoes.  I like them both, but Park Avenue seems a bit plain and I'm worried that the McAllister may be too much for certain interviews.  The related fields would be Finance/Government/Oil Industry.

 

Your advice would be greatly appreciated! 

 

Thank you


My thoughts:

 

1. Based upon what I've read here for well over a year indicates that the McAllister (which I own in bourbon) is a shoe that's far too informal and flashy to be worn in an interview, especially for a conservative environment like you described in your post.  Honestly, I still don't understand this - I don't work in the industries you describe but essentially every single time I've interviewed someone their physical appearance is terrible and they wear Sketchers for shoes (and they usually are not in good condition).  If I interviewed someone in a nice pair of Strands or Macs which were well-maintained I would think positively about it ("This person is conscious about how his appearance impacts his brand and therefore my brand.  He believes wearing nice shoes and maintaining them well is important."  Why would I have a negative reaction to wingtips?).

 

2. Based upon similar questions asked by others I believe most would recommend the Park Ave. but I agree with you that it looks too plain (all of my AEs are more on the flashy casual side).  I have a problem spending $300+ on a pair of shoes I'll wear only once in a while. Perhaps the Fifth Ave. is a better solution.

 

3. Either way, I'd go for brown instead of black.  Brown seems to pair well with a charcoal or navy suit and is a more versatile color for other wearings.

 

4. I'm not a fan of black Strands or Macs. To me, the broguing (sp?) of the shoe is less visible because you're looking at "black holes" against black leather.  I think that's why the walnut Strand and Mac is so popular - the broguing really pops against the color of the leather.

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Originally Posted by jmcallister View Post
 

Hi everyone, 

 

I have benefited greatly from reading over the past few months, but this is my first time posting.  Today, I suffered a tear to the toe cap area on the right shoe of my AE Park Avenues.  I've had these for only three weeks, so I am pretty upset about it.  The tear is not deep, but I have heard that tears in the upper cannot be fixed.  

 

My foot passed under a couch, which must have had something sharp underneath.  That's how it happened.

 

Is this fixable?  Any idea how?  I can look for a good cobbler, though I'm distressed about the possible cost.   I'd appreciate any thoughts.  Thanks for all your advice in the past and for any help you can offer here!

 

  

I know someone else posted a link to a possible repair solution.  If that doesn't work, perhaps you could call AE and they would offer you a deal on a new pair?  If you purchased the shoes through them they should have the recent purchase on file.  I would imagine they understand that an accident happened and would want to off you at least decent deal on a new pair to demonstrate the value of their outstanding service (despite having no real obligation to do so).  If I were them, and assuming you don't have a record of taking advantage of their organization, I would offer you a significant discount, say a new pair of Park Aves firsts for ~$250 or a pair of seconds for ~$200.  Thoughts?

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Originally Posted by Scottyb06 View Post
 

The redraft looks great - you should really consider purchasing some edge dressing (chili in color) :)

 

At the time of sending the shoes in, on AE recommendation, I ordered some natural edge-dressing, but looking at photos I agree that chilli is likely a better bet.

post #46934 of 70737
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Originally Posted by cincikid View Post
 

I am trying to narrow down my collection and want to solicit your opinions about the following two shoes. How similar do you think brown cordovan Strands are with the Alden's Alt Wien? While they are technically very different shoes, I feel that they fit the very similar purposes in my wardrobe and was thinking of selling the Strand. Thoughts? 

 

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only you know how much you are wearing each and whether its worth to have both. From the tone of your post though it sounds like you are not finding a need for both. I think the Strand works well for certain environments where the Alt Wein may be a touch casual, but again I have no idea how often you find yourself in that situation. I would wager that outside of this forum 99% of the population would think they were the same shoe

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Originally Posted by jmcallister View Post

Hi everyone, 

I have benefited greatly from reading over the past few months, but this is my first time posting.  Today, I suffered a tear to the toe cap area on the right shoe of my AE Park Avenues.  I've had these for only three weeks, so I am pretty upset about it.  The tear is not deep, but I have heard that tears in the upper cannot be fixed.  

My foot passed under a couch, which must have had something sharp underneath.  That's how it happened.

Is this fixable?  Any idea how?  I can look for a good cobbler, though I'm distressed about the possible cost.   I'd appreciate any thoughts.  Thanks for all your advice in the past and for any help you can offer here!


  

I had a similar (though less severe) gouge in the toe cap of my black neumoras. It's somewhere in my posting history. I tripped over a jagged piece of concrete sidewalk in the dark coming home from a job.

Took them to my local cobbler. He filled it in with putty and polished it over, charged me 15$. Can't even locate the blemish now. As has already been said, you're lucky it's black. That makes it much easier to cover up.
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