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Amazon has the Ventura Highway for about 76, unfortunately they did not fit well for me.
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Just a Sidenote JOS A Bank again has shoe trees on the buy 1, get 2 program... Noticed some new AE models as well. A single monk, a split toe with rubber sole and loafer have been added, likely all based on an AE line shoe but with a different last I assume, like others. But 258 ea.
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My first foray into the seconds market didn't go quite as well as anticipated. On the upside, this will be better for my wallet.

I ordered a pair of chilli carlyles, but the burnishing on one is almost tiger striped. It was very noticeable in my bedroom, which is poorly lit, so in office lighting I think they'll look ridiculous (my wife noticed the flaw immediately).

Still tempted to pick up a pair of seconds gridirons before the sale ends, as it's a bit niche of a shoe for me to drop $300 on, but I'm a little gunshy now. I'm on mobile and can't figure out how to upload multiple pics, but below is a side by side. I took it I'm the bathroom where the lighting is more bold, but it's still more subtle in the pic than in person. Am I being too picky? I was expecting a scuff or deep scratch in the leather, but for $219+tax this is a deal breaker for me.
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I'd give it a good polish
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Hey guys, I jumped on the AE Grayson seconds in Shell when they were mistakenly priced at $199. They are gorgeous, but the only issue I can see is the left shoe is slightly lighter then the right. Any way to change the color of the shell?
If you have access to a really sunny window and a fair bit of patience, you might leave the darker shoe in the window for a few weeks. Part of the fun of shell, though, is the variation in color from hide to hide; I have Daltons that over the last couple of years have aged somewhat differently. Mismatched slightly they may be, but I'd never trade that patina.
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I'd give it a good polish

I was concerned that if I tried to even it out with polish and it didn't work, they wouldn't be eligible for return.
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I was concerned that if I tried to even it out with polish and it didn't work, they wouldn't be eligible for return.

 

 Making those streaks disappear with polish and shoe cream will likely require stripping off the factory-finish first, which you'll have to do on both shoes for an even look , before rubbing in the polish or pigmented cream. Overall a lot more work that rubbing some polish onto one shoe.

 

Since you envisioned these as office shoes, it might be better to return them.

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My first foray into the seconds market didn't go quite as well as anticipated. On the upside, this will be better for my wallet.

I ordered a pair of chilli carlyles, but the burnishing on one is almost tiger striped. It was very noticeable in my bedroom, which is poorly lit, so in office lighting I think they'll look ridiculous (my wife noticed the flaw immediately).

Still tempted to pick up a pair of seconds gridirons before the sale ends, as it's a bit niche of a shoe for me to drop $300 on, but I'm a little gunshy now. I'm on mobile and can't figure out how to upload multiple pics, but below is a side by side. I took it I'm the bathroom where the lighting is more bold, but it's still more subtle in the pic than in person. Am I being too picky? I was expecting a scuff or deep scratch in the leather, but for $219+tax this is a deal breaker for me.

If these were part of a two for $299 deal I'd keep them.  But, at $220 each I'd return them, especially considering that another pair of seconds is likely to pop in your size soon.  Good luck!

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Thanks guys. It's too bad my first try was a swing and a miss, but hopefully I'll snag something better next time.
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Running around in the Bocas, my new favorite pair. Picked them up as part of the 2/299 sale.

Edited by YoungSweet - 8/31/14 at 10:21am
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So it seems like ive heard this a few times, and im wondering if its true...the general consensus seems to be that Allen Edmonds shoes arent a good value at full price ...and that theyre really only a good value if they are discounted or on sale.

Doesnt this mean that allen edmonds shoes are of low quality if the only dress shoes they are superior to are Cole Haans/Kenneth Coles? And since this appears to be the case, why do people still seem so excited about getting a pair of these sub par Allen Edmonds shoes?
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Thanks guys. It's too bad my first try was a swing and a miss, but hopefully I'll snag something better next time.

 

It's the nature of seconds - you pays your money and you takes your chances.  At least you're only out the $10 restocking fee!

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If you have access to a really sunny window and a fair bit of patience, you might leave the darker shoe in the window for a few weeks. Part of the fun of shell, though, is the variation in color from hide to hide; I have Daltons that over the last couple of years have aged somewhat differently. Mismatched slightly they may be, but I'd never trade that patina.
Thank you! I might just wear them and say F it.
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So it seems like ive heard this a few times, and im wondering if its true...the general consensus seems to be that Allen Edmonds shoes arent a good value at full price ...and that theyre really only a good value if they are discounted or on sale.

Doesnt this mean that allen edmonds shoes are of low quality if the only dress shoes they are superior to are Cole Haans/Kenneth Coles? And since this appears to be the case, why do people still seem so excited about getting a pair of these sub par Allen Edmonds shoes?


AE is miles ahead in materials and construction compared to Cole Haan and Kenneth Cole. A lot of people on this forum already have enough AE/Alden/Northants shoes, so the only reason one would buy yet another pair of AE's would be if the deal was too good (e.g. sales, clearance etc).

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Guys back when Paul first opened up the MTO order I did one Cappacino Shell Leeds and one Brown shell Bayfield in mini lug sole boot both 11e well both have had maybe 5 wears and I have to thin out the herd. I been running lots edward green, vass, and viberg through and wife says something has to go. What I need help with is what should I be asking for these shoes in fantastic condition.

hmmm.  I wear a 10.5 3E on the 5 last. I wonder if I could fit that Leeds. Did you figure out a price? Perhaps I could stop by an AE store this week to get fitted...

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