Great choice - I have seen several here getting the walnut McAllisters. I picked up a pair myself a week or so ago and I think they are great - style, color, everything.
Putting on my Neumora this morning & the rear strap with the buckle broke off on the left shoe when I was buckling it. The strap broke off above where the stitching was at. Took the shoes back to the AE store for a refund. Didn't want to get a replacement pair since the same thing could happen down the road again. I probably wore the Neumora about three times.
Alden says unlined suede, but it's actually a 1/2-3/4 lining. Most of the vamp is unlined. The heel cup and tip are lined. It looks like a traditional lined shoe in photographs.
Any one here have experience with the Malvern chukka (leather, not suede) - I just ordered a pair but a number of reviews on the AE site complained about squeeking - I have had boots in the past where the squeeking would not go away, no matter what I did. Any thoughts?
The squeak goes away when the shoe is broken in. It took several weeks of being worn 2-3 times a week for me to break them in.
My leather Malverns squeaked obnoxiously for several weeks when I first got them and have been silent now for over a year. It was the tongue rubbing against the vamp. Like I said, it is typical of this shoe and it goes away once the shoe is broken in.
Has anyone special ordered Daltons with the mini lug rubber soles through AE's stores? I'm contemplating such and curious if anyone has any experience with it. That way I can get the Poron insole as well :) I think it'll be more comfortable and durable with this configuration (the SA quoted me $90 extra for both which isn't terrible).
I went to the Port Washington, WI AE outlet store and came away with a couple bargains. A pair of 11.5 3E Burgundy Macneil Cordovan seconds for $299.00 and a pair of 12 D Daltons in Dark Chocolate for $179.00. The Daltons were marked down lower than even the seconds price since they are a special order that was returned for one reason or another.