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I own one pair of black shoes (fifth avenue). Am I the only one who thinks black shoes are a bore? I have the Brooks brother version which is very comfortable but damn I feel asleep looking at it.

Anyone feel the same?
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Originally Posted by 7_rocket View Post

I own one pair of black shoes (fifth avenue). Am I the only one who thinks black shoes are a bore? I have the Brooks brother version which is very comfortable but damn I feel asleep looking at it.

Anyone feel the same?

 

I have 37 pairs of shoes, 6 of which are black, and I think that's far too many. Thinking of selling two of them.

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I have 37 pairs of shoes, 6 of which are black, and I think that's far too many. Thinking of selling two of them.

I have just 4 and I pretty much wear them once a week. Casual friday is jeans and running shoes.

Kenilworth
Strands
Fifth Ave
Lasalle

I don't know how you have that many! They collect dust?
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Originally Posted by 7_rocket View Post

I own one pair of black shoes (fifth avenue). Am I the only one who thinks black shoes are a bore? I have the Brooks brother version which is very comfortable but damn I feel asleep looking at it.

Anyone feel the same?

yes sometimes, but then again, a good pair of black dress shoes says "i'm not f'ing around" like nothing else (clothing wise, at least)

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I have just 4 and I pretty much wear them once a week. Casual friday is jeans and running shoes.

Kenilworth
Strands
Fifth Ave
Lasalle

I don't know how you have that many! They collect dust?

 

Just realized I gave one pair to my father, so 36 in total. 9 spectators, 4 suede, and 1 Ritz, so those see summer/non-rain/black tie use respectively. 3 pairs of boots, two of which are for hiking. 2 loafers. 1 double monk. 6 black, and the Park Avenues are really the only black shoes I wear on a regular basis, when I'm serving Mass or attending funerals. That leaves 10 pairs of shoes in various shades from walnut to dark brown; captoes, quarter brogues, semi-brogues, and wingtips. A well-rounded collection, but yes, some of them definitely do collect dust. That's one reason I'm going to sell some of the black shoes.

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Has anybody else experienced increased perspiration while wearing their independence collection shoes? The MTO that I recently received has the independence lining & insole, and halfway through my day, my feet are sweating. Something I have not experience with my other AE shoes...
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Originally Posted by 7_rocket View Post

I own one pair of black shoes (fifth avenue). Am I the only one who thinks black shoes are a bore? I have the Brooks brother version which is very comfortable but damn I feel asleep looking at it.

Anyone feel the same?

yes sometimes, but then again, a good pair of black dress shoes says "i'm not f'ing around" like nothing else (clothing wise, at least)


There is a time and place for black dress shoes.  As beebs says in so many words, in some situations you do not want your shoes acting as a distraction.  For example, I'm not going to wear ravello or walnut shell wingtip oxfords (bals) to a job interview.  I want them to be stunned by me and qualifications, not my awesome shoes.  I suppose it also depends on what type of work you do, but I think my point still stands.

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After some years of enjoying nothing but brown variants, i am actually liking the idea of a couple of black shoes. I have a pair of black balmoral boots, and i plan to get some kind of black chukka as well. To finish up the black rotation, a black whole cut for formal occasions will do just nicely for me.
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Cross posting from the MTO thread. Wearing my botched up MTO Lexington. I'm actually quite glad with how this off spec MTO turned out.
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Cross posting from the MTO thread. Wearing my botched up MTO Lexington. I'm actually quite glad with how this off spec MTO turned out.
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I said it over there, but it's worth saying over here. I really love those. They look fantastic, almost like Trickers. You got a fantastic deal on that.
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Picked up some $299 #8 shell Graysons in February. My father-in-law's retirement party was yesterday at an old colleague's house; they have a bocce court. I couldn't resist:

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Yes, they all approach a medium brown color over a long time. It's the uneven rates in which they do this make the patina and create their beauty.

The only one that I am uncertain about is Black Shell, however given enough time it will also fade.

Here is an example of Whiskey Shell, the Penny Loafer on the right has about 5 years of wear. The rest are predominantly pretty young.





Sweet! Interesting as I always thought that sun exposure always causes shell to lighten.

 

Re. black shoes.  If you wear loud stuff up top, it's a good idea to moderate that with some black shoes. I've seen this done successfully.

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Am I the only one that is bugged by the steady increase in price on AE shoes? When AE was bought a while back the shoes were 349 for a new pair of calf skin shoes. Now they are 385. The shell has also increased significantly, to the point where they are the same price as Aldens. From what I have heard, Alden shell is consistently better than AE shell, though I have never seen a pair of Aldens in person (to my knowledge).

 

Am I the only one considering looking elsewhere for my footwear?

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To all those who responded to me, thank you. I appreciate the output and was leaning toward the Dundees, but in the end decided to go with the brown Park Aves. I know I was already set on bals, but I felt the PA's would fit my wardrobe better than any other.

 

 

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Am I the only one that is bugged by the steady increase in price on AE shoes? When AE was bought a while back the shoes were 349 for a new pair of calf skin shoes. Now they are 385. The shell has also increased significantly, to the point where they are the same price as Aldens. From what I have heard, Alden shell is consistently better than AE shell, though I have never seen a pair of Aldens in person (to my knowledge).

 

Am I the only one considering looking elsewhere for my footwear?

 

I see where you're coming from, especially since there seems to have been an increasing loss of quality control. However, I will still stand by AE with the saying "you get what you pay for." Although the quality control issues can be bothersome, AE's excellent customer service makes up for it. I've never once been let down by their customer service.

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Originally Posted by Trader George View Post
 

To all those who responded to me, thank you. I appreciate the output and was leaning toward the Dundees, but in the end decided to go with the brown Park Aves. I know I was already set on bals, but I felt the PA's would fit my wardrobe better than any other.

 

 

 

I see where you're coming from, especially since there seems to have been an increasing loss of quality control. However, I will still stand by AE with the saying "you get what you pay for." Although the quality control issues can be bothersome, AE's excellent customer service makes up for it. I've never once been let down by their customer service.

That is true about the customer service... Does Alden or others have poor customer service? Do they have quality control issues? 

 

PS. I don't wish to cause an argument, I really just don't have any experience with other companies.

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