Not my size, but you should pick that up and flip it to someone here.
I got my Cordovan McGraws in from the sale today. I have five pairs of firsts quality shoes from AE and these are my first seconds. I must say that they look really great! They don't even have a seconds mark on the sole! (unless AE puts the mark somewhere else on than on the Redenbach sole?) The only thing that I think could be wrong with them is one shoe is a lighter color than the other. Perhaps it was on display in the sun while the other sat in its box? Anyway, I am not worried about it and will be keeping them for sure.
On the other hand I wasn't as impressed with the Kinilworths. The seconds defects on them aren't bad, but the fit is off and there is excessive bowing at the ankles.
Does anyone know if there is a problem with sending one pair back for a refund in a 2 for $X sale?
I get asked for it all the time. I wouldn't worry about it if I were you.
There's a lot more choice when it comes to Alden. Pretty much every retailer has its own version of either Alden PTB or dover
With AE however, you are limited to the stock Leeds, which, IMO are unimpressive. This said, you can MTO your Leeds if you know what you want.
Other things equal, my suggestion would be to go with Alden. PTB in Barrie last look beautiful.
Actually, there's at least one other choice besides the Leeds - the Black Hills.
The San Marco (now discontinued) is another PTB still available through Brooks Brothers for $260. The more i think about it, the more attractive the shoe is as a casual PTD in my opinion. Exposed eyelets, mini lug sole, pebble grain...a nice rugged shoe for beating up. The only problem is that it's not a split reverse welt.
Yes to the Williams. No doubt. Also, anyone have the Harrison in walnut? Debating about getting it. With all the talk about rules and contradictions these past few months, is a plain, walnut captoe a shoe worth getting? It would be like getting a walnut Park Ave. Anybody have one of those who wants to share their experience?
Yep, this is a pretty standard practice. Don't worry about that at all.