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My shoe purge needs to move fast soon...just can not warrant so many shoes as I am more interested in wearing boots. Will keep the ones I love but crossovers or really niche shoes must go. Also will be putting the summer wear shoes away next week...so will have about 5 pair less to look at.

 

Summer shoes

Spiaggia(blue suede..rubber bottom)

Neumok Tan Suede

Neumok Navy

Neumok Olive

Addison

Clark St(original)

Randolph Shell loafer

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Originally Posted by BackInTheJox View Post

I was figuring out which shoes to wear this morning, when I suddenly realized that my shoe collection/wardrobe has exploded since I bought my first pair of AEs in 2011.  Prior to that, I was wearing a pair of awful Kenneth Cole square-toed monstrosities.  My first AEs were a pair of chili Delrays, and I was hooked since.  Here's a list of my collection, since I can't take a pic of them as I'm at work: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
1. Delray - chili
2. Lasalle - brown
3. Delray - brown
4. Bradley - black
5. RL Sanderson - tan/walnut
6. RL Sanderson - brown
7. RL Singleton - tan/walnut
8. RL Singleton - brown
9. Dalton - brown
10. Dalton - walnut
11. Long Branch - brown grain
12. Eagle County - tan

I used to own chili Fairfaxes that were gorgeous as well, but they didn't fit quite right so I sold them.

The Bradleys get next to zero wear.  I realize having brown Delrays and brown Lasalles is very redundant.  I bought the Lasalles used for an amazing price, and use them as more of a rainy day shoe.

As you can see, I have a few styles I really like, then I get them in various colors.  I also own J&M Meltons in black and burgundy that I got on ebay for ~$30 each . . . for the little amount of use I have for them, it didn't seem worth it to spring for AE PAs at this point.  Plus, I bought a pair of To Boot NY Caine plain-toe balmorals in black for my wedding to go with my tux, so I prefer wearing them for occasions that call for a black bal anyway.

Just thought I'd share!

I too started my shoe addiction in 2011 with a pair of burgundy shell Bradleys. (...hmm, what's up with 2011??) Now I have lost count (or more accurately, afraid to count) on how many pairs of shoes I own (very close to 40, I think), including at least 15 pairs of AEs. Difficult to imagine that before the Bradleys, I basically bought one pair of cheap/ugly shoes from DSW per year and wore them until it wore out. The Bradleys kind of led me to SF and thus revamping my entire wardrobe (also mostly cheap mall brand clothes), so I guess despite the craziness that followed, it was all for the better.
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I"m assuming the guys that have 15+ shoes probably wear a suit and tie everyday? I don't wear suits to work so my 5 dress shoes get plenty of wear. Casual Friday means jeans smile.gif

I only will wear one pair of shoe weekly. My black fifth avenues get the least wear shog[1].gif

Edit. Since I have 5 dress shoes, I'm going to start working on my casual now; meaning neumok's, mctavish, clark street etc:slayer:
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Originally Posted by 7_rocket View Post

I"m assuming the guys that have 15+ shoes probably wear a suit and tie everyday? I don't wear suits to work so my 5 dress shoes get plenty of wear. Casual Friday means jeans smile.gif

I only will wear one pair of shoe weekly. My black fifth avenues get the least wear shog[1].gif

Edit. Since I have 5 dress shoes, I'm going to start working on my casual now; meaning neumok's, mctavish, clark street etc:slayer:

 

I am all casual all the time...which is why a lot of my shoes are going bye bye...I am looking between boots(GMTO & Pre-Orders) and shoes to be around 25 pair then eventually scale that down also. A whle bunch of my shoes I got during the 2 for $250 sales so holding on to a few extra's is not a big deal. However some of the $300+ ones that get worn a few times a year are tough to keep lying around.

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Originally Posted by 7_rocket View Post

I"m assuming the guys that have 15+ shoes probably wear a suit and tie everyday? I don't wear suits to work so my 5 dress shoes get plenty of wear. Casual Friday means jeans smile.gif

I only will wear one pair of shoe weekly. My black fifth avenues get the least wear shog[1].gif

Edit. Since I have 5 dress shoes, I'm going to start working on my casual now; meaning neumok's, mctavish, clark street etc:slayer:

Actually, I pretty much never get to wear suits and wear a tie and SC at most once a week (basically to church). Most of the shoes I have bought are suitable for business-causual wear, but when you get far past 15+ pairs, I don't think there's any rational justification anyway.
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Originally Posted by 7_rocket View Post

I"m assuming the guys that have 15+ shoes probably wear a suit and tie everyday? I don't wear suits to work so my 5 dress shoes get plenty of wear. Casual Friday means jeans smile.gif

I only will wear one pair of shoe weekly. My black fifth avenues get the least wear shog[1].gif

Edit. Since I have 5 dress shoes, I'm going to start working on my casual now; meaning neumok's, mctavish, clark street etc:slayer:

I wear suits only about once a week now. Although last year it was more frequent. I have 15 pairs (going on 17), though many are casual and beater (voyager 2nds, long branches). Here's my closet.

Dress:

Neumora black
Jefferson black
Park ave burgundy shell
Strand brown shell
Ardsley Park austerity dark brown
Rutledge walnut

Casual:

MacNeil burgundy shell
Kenilworth burgundy shell
McAllister navy suede
Regent street chili calf/grain
McTavish grey distressed
Voyager brown distressed

Boots:

Amok snuff suede
Long branch dark brown grain
Shaker heights chili

Incoming:

Eagle County navy calf
Bleecker St. Bourbon

If I were going to shed any, it would probably be the Rutledge. Great shoe, but I rarely wear it. I wear my voyagers and long branches as everyday beater shoes, for taking the kids to the park, doing errands around the neighborhood, or trudging in bad weather.

Outside of those two shoes, the ones I wear the most are my burgundy Kenilworths, black neumoras (I know, I know), and chili shaker heights.
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Anyone have any suggestions on socks...I have a few pair of boot socks but need to up them so any suggestions there would be great.

 

Looking for socks that are thicker than regular dress socks but not boot socks...something to wear with Leeds for example...My office is on the cool side and my toes get chilly..plus my shell Leeds in 12.5 and 13 are both a tad roomy and a few other shoes as well.

 

I am fine with over the counter stuff...JA Bank, JC Penny, Macy's, online ordering etc not picky.

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Originally Posted by Kahuna75 View Post
 

Anyone have any suggestions on socks...I have a few pair of boot socks but need to up them so any suggestions there would be great.

 

Looking for socks that are thicker than regular dress socks but not boot socks...something to wear with Leeds for example...My office is on the cool side and my toes get chilly..plus my shell Leeds in 12.5 and 13 are both a tad roomy and a few other shoes as well.

 

I am fine with over the counter stuff...JA Bank, JC Penny, Macy's, online ordering etc not picky.


Wigwam Everyday Fusion.  Only problem is that they're generally available only in solid colors (although I have a few patterned pairs).

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Originally Posted by Kahuna75 View Post

Anyone have any suggestions on socks...I have a few pair of boot socks but need to up them so any suggestions there would be great.

Looking for socks that are thicker than regular dress socks but not boot socks...something to wear with Leeds for example...My office is on the cool side and my toes get chilly..plus my shell Leeds in 12.5 and 13 are both a tad roomy and a few other shoes as well.

I am fine with over the counter stuff...JA Bank, JC Penny, Macy's, online ordering etc not picky.

I have several pairs of AE rib casual socks that I wear in the fall/winter when I needed thicker socks. I find them to work pretty well and have been durable.
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Originally Posted by 7_rocket View Post

I"m assuming the guys that have 15+ shoes probably wear a suit and tie everyday? I don't wear suits to work so my 5 dress shoes get plenty of wear. Casual Friday means jeans smile.gif

I only will wear one pair of shoe weekly. My black fifth avenues get the least wear shog[1].gif

Edit. Since I have 5 dress shoes, I'm going to start working on my casual now; meaning neumok's, mctavish, clark street etc:slayer:

 

You should really not wear the same shoe two days in a row. You should rotate. They'll last longer and you'll look better (and smell better, most likely). For myself, I've opted to stock up during seconds sales to expand my collection on-the-cheap.

 

+1 on some of those casual shoes. I work at home and have 10 pairs. Only one, I'd wear with a suit: the black 5th Aves. The rest are all jeans and chinos casual for dropping the kids off at school and the occasional work-related social events and conferences.

 

 

Some notes on buying casual shoes:

 

  • Don't let the posters at AAAC or even SF dissuade you from buying shoes you love.
  • While classic styles seldom go on deep sale, the casual and seasons shoes frequently go on clearance and close-out. If you're looking for casual styles and don't need them *today*, the best thing is to wait. Also check shoebank.com.
  • Same deal as with classic styles... Recrafting coupons are awesome. $35 off firsts and applies to clearance items. Where this is great is that casual shoes go on clearance more often; This is is how I managed to buy first-quality Shreveports for $164. Coupons are good for 60 days. It's happens that AE will occasionally do twofers on these coupons, so watch out for that. I believe they did a deal like this in August, so those smart and lucky enough to recraft at the right time could have gotten an additional $70 off the RDA sale prices.
  • AE's photos are terrible for casual shoes, they're even worse than for traditional styles. Sometimes shoes look a lot better in person. Sometimes they look or feel a lot better on your feet than they look on the shelf.  Somehow, I seem to own no end of pants and outfits that work with the Navy Banchory. As odd a shoe as it might seem, it's incredibly comfortable and the blue version looks great in person. It's now my favorite shoe and with another pair in my size is at the shoebank for $107, it's incredibly tempting...
  • Be careful. I've bought and wore shoes I didn't immediately love and never fell in love with. I've fallen into and out of love with shoes. I barely wear my Walnut Strands now, they suddenly seem too formal/dressy for jeans compared to my Shreveport, which I now wear if I want the walnut+jeans combo. My Strand now has a v-thread, so I'll opt for these if the ground is wet, if or I need to rotate. The Cognac Ridgeway is probably my most practical casual shoe, but it's also the ugliest...
  • 10 pairs is "nothing". I feel like I am still suffering from holes in my rotation. I have only one shoe I can wear with shorts. While I seldom need dressy shoes, there is a big range between Walnut and Black that is lacking in my closet. Granted, I could probably have a better curated selection of shoes to do more with less... still, I can attest to the fact that one can ONLY buy casual styles with AE and still find a desire for having a 10-15 shoe collection.
  • As with any shoe style... find a good cobbler. Mine has been cobbling since he was 6 year old as an apprentice to his father.

 

 

More selfishly... what I'm desperately missing is a sneaker / walking / comfort shoe. I really dislike New Balance, but with my width, I'm lacking for options.  I know @peppercorn78 wears the Voyager, but I just can't see myself going there... Paul is promising some goodyear-welted athletic shoes which is both odd and exciting. Doing an MTO of the Wilbert or Mapleton could be in my future. I'm also starting to think about expanding into other brands, despite the difficulty of it.

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Originally Posted by New Shoes1 View Post
 

 

Same boat here.  I'm committed to stopping at 15 shoes, which is more than I would have thought were needed back in 2011.  Here is where I currently am and what I want:

 

 

  1. Duke (football-grain loafer)
  2. Navy Banchory (it's really more of a sun-faded blue)
  3. Brown Grain Eagle County... once the GMTO ships
  4. Walnut Shell Dalton
  5. Walnut Shreveport
  6. Brown Suede Strand
  7. Walnut Strand
  8. Cognac Ridgeway (ignore the yucky welt for the beautiful Cognac leather and versatile lug sole)
  9. Distressed Teak Ashbury (due for recraft or retirement)
  10. Black 5th Ave

 

Wish-list:

 

  1. 2 pairs of walking/comfort shoes
  2. 1-2 more pairs loafers and/or boat-shoes for wearing with shorts in summer
  3. Burgundy Shell MacNeils or Bob's Chili McGregors... or both
  4. Desert boot... preferably a Dundee, but considering going away from AE for this. Maybe Loake.
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@rostov

I mean't I wear one pair once a week and not one pair everyday biggrin.gif
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Is the cap on the Bleecker Street similar in length to that of the park/fifth aves? I sure hope not. 

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Originally Posted by rostov View Post

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
You should really not wear the same shoe two days in a row. You should rotate. They'll last longer and you'll look better (and smell better, most likely). For myself, I've opted to stock up during seconds sales to expand my collection on-the-cheap.

+1 on some of those casual shoes. I work at home and have 10 pairs. Only one, I'd wear with a suit: the black 5th Aves. The rest are all jeans and chinos casual for dropping the kids off at school and the occasional work-related social events and conferences.


Some notes on buying casual shoes:
  • Don't let the posters at AAAC or even SF dissuade you from buying shoes you love.
  • While classic styles seldom go on deep sale, the casual and seasons shoes frequently go on clearance and close-out. If you're looking for casual styles and don't need them *today*, the best thing is to wait. Also check shoebank.com.
  • Same deal as with classic styles... Recrafting coupons are awesome. $35 off firsts and applies to clearance items. Where this is great is that casual shoes go on clearance more often; This is is how I managed to buy first-quality Shreveports for $164. Coupons are good for 60 days. It's happens that AE will occasionally do twofers on these coupons, so watch out for that. I believe they did a deal like this in August, so those smart and lucky enough to recraft at the right time could have gotten an additional $70 off the RDA sale prices.
  • AE's photos are terrible for casual shoes, they're even worse than for traditional styles. Sometimes shoes look a lot better in person. Sometimes they look or feel a lot better on your feet than they look on the shelf.  Somehow, I seem to own no end of pants and outfits that work with the Navy Banchory. As odd a shoe as it might seem, it's incredibly comfortable and the blue version looks great in person. It's now my favorite shoe and with another pair in my size is at the shoebank for $107, it's incredibly tempting...
  • Be careful. I've bought and wore shoes I didn't immediately love and never fell in love with. I've fallen into and out of love with shoes. I barely wear my Walnut Strands now, they suddenly seem too formal/dressy for jeans compared to my Shreveport, which I now wear if I want the walnut+jeans combo. My Strand now has a v-thread, so I'll opt for these if the ground is wet, if or I need to rotate. The Cognac Ridgeway is probably my most practical casual shoe, but it's also the ugliest...
  • 10 pairs is "nothing". I feel like I am still suffering from holes in my rotation. I have only one shoe I can wear with shorts. While I seldom need dressy shoes, there is a big range between Walnut and Black that is lacking in my closet. Granted, I could probably have a better curated selection of shoes to do more with less... still, I can attest to the fact that one can ONLY buy casual styles with AE and still find a desire for having a 10-15 shoe collection.
  • As with any shoe style... find a good cobbler. Mine has been cobbling since he was 6 year old as an apprentice to his father.

More selfishly... what I'm desperately missing is a sneaker / walking / comfort shoe. I really dislike New Balance, but with my width, I'm lacking for options.  I know @peppercorn78
 wears the Voyager, but I just can't see myself going there... Paul is promising some goodyear-welted athletic shoes which is both odd and exciting. Doing an MTO of the Wilbert or Mapleton could be in my future. I'm also starting to think about expanding into other brands, despite the difficulty of it.

Yeah, it's a little ugly, but my foot likes the orthotic insert, and the leather is soft and stretchy so it accommodates my foot abnormalities well.

There's always Clarks, though those are even more ugly than the voyager. But damn comfy.

Dalton breaking in ok? wink.gif
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Originally Posted by Kahuna75 View Post

Anyone have any suggestions on socks...I have a few pair of boot socks but need to up them so any suggestions there would be great.

Looking for socks that are thicker than regular dress socks but not boot socks...something to wear with Leeds for example...My office is on the cool side and my toes get chilly..plus my shell Leeds in 12.5 and 13 are both a tad roomy and a few other shoes as well.

I am fine with over the counter stuff...JA Bank, JC Penny, Macy's, online ordering etc not picky.

I have several pairs of AE rib casual socks that I wear in the fall/winter when I needed thicker socks. I find them to work pretty well and have been durable.

 

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Originally Posted by MacktasticGDogg View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kahuna75 View Post

Anyone have any suggestions on socks...I have a few pair of boot socks but need to up them so any suggestions there would be great.

Looking for socks that are thicker than regular dress socks but not boot socks...something to wear with Leeds for example...My office is on the cool side and my toes get chilly..plus my shell Leeds in 12.5 and 13 are both a tad roomy and a few other shoes as well.

I am fine with over the counter stuff...JA Bank, JC Penny, Macy's, online ordering etc not picky.

I have several pairs of AE rib casual socks that I wear in the fall/winter when I needed thicker socks. I find them to work pretty well and have been durable.

 

 

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Originally Posted by WICaniac View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kahuna75 View Post
 

Anyone have any suggestions on socks...I have a few pair of boot socks but need to up them so any suggestions there would be great.

 

Looking for socks that are thicker than regular dress socks but not boot socks...something to wear with Leeds for example...My office is on the cool side and my toes get chilly..plus my shell Leeds in 12.5 and 13 are both a tad roomy and a few other shoes as well.

 

I am fine with over the counter stuff...JA Bank, JC Penny, Macy's, online ordering etc not picky.


Wigwam Everyday Fusion.  Only problem is that they're generally available only in solid colors (although I have a few patterned pairs).

 

 

Thanks ordered a few of the Wigwam and the I have the regular AE socks but will order the AE ones you suggest..

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