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Originally Posted by fredsvard View Post

Hi, I just received a pair of PA in brown and a pair of Strands in walnut. The PA:s are flawless, I feel I will get a lot of use out of these.

The Strands look like they've been clumsily colored. The toe on the left shoe is darker than the right one. Is there anything I can do to even it out? Is this a permanent color or a superficial layer that can be removed or changed? I would prefer to lighten the dark one, but if that's not possible I'd like to darken the right shoe. I haven't owned shoes like these before and I'm hesitant to experimenting on them. Returning isn't an option (bought them from Nordstrom, I'm in Sweden now).






I got a pair of Strands in bourbon first, but returned them. To my eyes AE makes a better walnut, and an even better dark brown.

 

it'll even out with wear and subsequent polishing... either way it doesn't seem to be too bad. You can try giving the right toe a rub with AE cleaner/conditioner, some of the burnishing might come off (if its dye and not real burnishing)

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it'll even out with wear and subsequent polishing... either way it doesn't seem to be too bad. You can try giving the right toe a rub with AE cleaner/conditioner, some of the burnishing might come off (if its dye and not real burnishing)

Thanks, that calmed me down a bit. This was kind of a big purchase for me and I really want it to work, agonized for a year, tried lots of brands and models before i settled on these. Was a bit of a hassle gerting them from U.S. to Sweden too. I'll talk to a shoe shop tomorrow and see if they can clean up the dark one a little and give both pairs a polish.

Here are the PA:s, thought they'd be a bit too serious and discrete but I love them.

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What did you say to them?

From my experience, the price point is the biggest challenge since the typical consumer buys $60 leather shoes.

Well, what I typically find is the typical consumer looks at buying shoes as a chore and a necessary expense so they aren't really the right target for an Allen Edmonds pitch. For that type of person, you really have to let them grow and come to you on their own. Just wearing nice shoes and having shoe trees, shoe horns, and galoshes brings a lot of attention and I get to educate them on the subject which is always fun for me. I never go out of the way to specifically recommend to them to buy the shoes though, I just tell them the typical SF gospel about buying quality not quantity and looking at it as an investment that lasts.

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fing02%5B1%5D.gif Last year before Christmas I bought a pair of black PA from the BB sale for a younger guy that I work with. He along with most everyone else his age around me wear those ugly square toed clown shoes and he had talked to me for a long time about my AE's asking questions. People DO notice your shoes... Since then he has told me several times how he now hates his square toed shoes. Couple of weeks ago he said he might be wearing them too much as the "wood" was showing through and turning brown and asked if he should he send them in for recrafting. I told him no hang on he has a long time yet for that and the next day brought in some edge dressing and AE cleaner conditioner and gave a lesson in shoe care. It was an eye opener to me that there is a whole generation out there that doesn't know how to take care of real shoes.

Yes, it is exactly that. These are quality leads that you need to close. There are enough people interested but don't have the knowledge.

For me, it was easy to relate to my friends as a young and ambitious professional. It's really just a matter of gaining their trust and becoming their trusted adviser. So I'm just honest and sometimes say things that contradict my goal in order to convince them I'm on their side (i.e. Choosing Johnston Murphy Round Cap Toe for interview rather than square toed brown bluchers for the same price). I said that would work 99% of the time which is true, but I would also add stories of people having shoes lasting 10+ years and how the higher initial cost isn't as much if you depreciate the cost over its useful life (they were accountants) compared to a shorter useful life and lower initial cost. If you talk to them logically, and then talk how even though most people don't notice, there are certain events in ones career and lifetime where having nice shoes do matter, it's usually enough to tip them over the edge.

Basically, they wanted to be taken seriously and seen as professionals so there is an emotional need and if you can rationalize the financial perspective then the pieces fall into place. Plus, it always helps to compliment people on their style (if they are into fashion) and then probe and listen to people complain about shoes getting destroyed easily, being uncomfortable, etc. There are problems with clothing that people just choose to accept because they feel they have no other option. Rather than forcing them to change, I'm just giving them that option and helping them solve their problems be it through insoles or different sized shoes. For example, my friends sizes were actually E and EEE so I just had them try on a pair and they thought they were very comfortable and loved them.

Tl;DR - AE shoes sell themselves, you just need to wait for people to come around and build them a golden bridge so they can come up with the conclusion on their own.
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Hey gents. I already have the Mora 2.0 in bourbon. Love it, probably my favorite shoe across all brands in my closet. I'm debating whether I should pick up the brown color. Does anyone have both? There's already a limited number of looks I can do with the double monks (jeans and chinos, but I think a bit out of place with dress pants*), wondering if 2 somewhat similar colors makes sense...

*of course maybe I feel this way because my pair is bourbon- will the brown complement a more formal look?

I'd been waiting for the Mora (seconds) in bourbon to go on sale and as soon as it did I called but someone beat me to it and my size was gone. Brown was available at the sale price so I grabbed it. The next day another bourbon pair became available so I ordered it as well, telling myself that I'll send one of them back. At $189 I'll probably end up keeping both. The brown has arrived (still waiting on bourbon) and it's flawless. No idea why it's second quality.
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Do the $35 recrafting cards work on sale items? The card indicates it does not, but my sales associate seems willing to accept it.
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I sent them back. Too narrow frown.gif

 

Did you just buy and return these recently?  I just put in an order for a pair of these in the same color and 10.5EEE.... Probably the same pair you just returned, unless they marked them down to no-warranty.

 

I'll cross my fingers that they fit, but at $67 and free shipping, I'll take the gamble.

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Anyone know what leather is on the new brown strandmok and Odenwald? It looks a lot like Horween's Italian Brown Dublin, but AE simply calls it "Brown Leather".

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Did you just buy and return these recently?  I just put in an order for a pair of these in the same color and 10.5EEE.... Probably the same pair you just returned, unless they marked them down to no-warranty.

I'll cross my fingers that they fit, but at $67 and free shipping, I'll take the gamble.

That was back in April or May, and they were firsts. But if you somehow got those for 67, you're a lucky dude, because they were flawless!
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Originally Posted by rostov View Post

Anyone know what leather is on the new brown strandmok and Odenwald? It looks a lot like Horween's Italian Brown Dublin, but AE simply calls it "Brown Leather".

Paul G said (in the MTO thread) that it was a new analine pull-up from Horween. No further details.
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Bought these at the 2fer sale earlier this month. They are a little too big on me. If interested in these 10eee, send me a PM. These are the last Adams (Independence Collection) around.

Saw these on eBay, and they are my size.  Certainly tempting...

 

Can you explain how they were too big for you?  I only ask because I am usually a 10 EEE in every AE last, except had a bit of an issue in the Patriot (too low of an instep on that shoe)...

 

Just curious if these would fit the same as most others.

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Do the $35 recrafting cards work on sale items? The card indicates it does not, but my sales associate seems willing to accept it.

 

I've never had one refused.  It makes recrafting a great bargain, especially, the $50 refresh. 

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Vernon, especially in black, is super formal. Stick with Kenilworth. It's a great deal right now.

 

I just brought a pair of Walnut Strand! very excited.  I came across shoebank for their factory second Labor Day sales.  

 

With that said, what would you guys pick in black between Sanford, Hale, and Kenilworth?  I have plans to add Fifth Ave in my collection maybe this time next year.

 

Thanks

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I just brought a pair of Walnut Strand! very excited.  I came across shoebank for their factory second Labor Day sales.  

 

With that said, what would you guys pick between Sanford, Hale, and Kenilworth?  I have plans to add Fifth Ave in my collection maybe this time next year.

 

Thanks

 

Congrats! Given you already own a pair of Strands, I'd pass on the Sanford. I recommend a pair of Hales in black and the Kenilworth in bourbon. Prioritize the purchase by whichever color is going to see more wear, or fulfills a gap in your wardrobe.

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Congrats! Given you already own a pair of Strands, I'd pass on the Sanford. I recommend a pair of Hales in black and the Kenilworth in bourbon. Prioritize the purchase by whichever color is going to see more wear, or fulfills a gap in your wardrobe.

 

Yeah Thanks!  I am looking for a pair of blacks to stop wearing out my only pair of Park Ave. 

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I just brought a pair of Walnut Strand! very excited.  I came across shoebank for their factory second Labor Day sales.  

With that said, what would you guys pick in black between Sanford, Hale, and Kenilworth?  I have plans to add Fifth Ave in my collection maybe this time next year.

Thanks

Kennies all the way. DUPER versatile.
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