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Hello,

I've had several satisfactory purchases of AE factory seconds from shoebank.com.  Recently I scored a pair of grey Daltons for $200, which is an awesome price, but they turn out to be structurally defective - the left shoe's eyestays are uneven, making the shoelaces appear lopsided (see pics below).

Give the great price, I am leaning towards keeping them, and hoping that they won't cause foot problems or break down faster down the road.  The shoes fit well and aren't uncomfortable.  If that a recommended course of action?
 
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Thanks!

Luke
This is a pretty common problem for AE bluchers, even for firsts. You could actually try a different lacing pattern to correct the alignment.

I don't think it will cause you any foot problems however if the look bothers you that much you should return it.

 

This happens with many of my bluchers, not just my AEs.  In my case, I think it's exacerbated by the fact that I like to lace my shoes pretty tightly.  The unevenness used to bother me, but now I just live with it, and don't even really notice it.

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This happens with many of my bluchers, not just my AEs.  In my case, I think it's exacerbated by the fact that I like to lace my shoes pretty tightly.  The unevenness used to bother me, but now I just live with it, and don't even really notice it.

 



I can attest to this as well. I've had some firsts converted to seconds because of the mismatch, but they were cordovan shoes. My Banchorys and GridIrons have the issue as well and they were 1sts but just living with it. Especially the price I paid for them its hard to argue. Its a bit disappointing as I have to think about it now every time I want to buy a pair of bluchers from AE. All my AE boots have been fine though. I guess its just an inherent issue with the this type of shoe design and on a larger manufacturing scale.
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Anyone else order seconds with the intention of zeroing in on any flaw you can find so you can then bring them into a regular retail store and upgrade to firsts? 

 

I find myself doing this pretty often, I guess it helps me justify the purchase, lol

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Anyone else order seconds with the intention of zeroing in on any flaw you can find so you can then bring them into a regular retail store and upgrade to firsts? 



 



I find myself doing this pretty often, I guess it helps me justify the purchase, lol


 



So you just return the 2nds and gets 1sts then?
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Anyone else order seconds with the intention of zeroing in on any flaw you can find so you can then bring them into a regular retail store and upgrade to firsts? 

 

 

 

I find myself doing this pretty often, I guess it helps me justify the purchase, lol

 



So you just return the 2nds and gets 1sts then?

 

Pretty much, it's easy enough to do.

 

Whenever I buy a pair of AEs I am willing to pay full retail price for them, but instead of doing that off the bat I'll order 2nds of the pair I want just in case the imperfections are extremely minor and not easily noticeable. If they are noticeable I'll just bring them to one of the retail stores near me and return them there and pay the step up fee for firsts.

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Pretty much, it's easy enough to do.

 

Whenever I buy a pair of AEs I am willing to pay full retail price for them, but instead of doing that off the bat I'll order 2nds of the pair I want just in case the imperfections are extremely minor and not easily noticeable. If they are noticeable I'll just bring them to one of the retail stores near me and return them there and pay the step up fee for firsts.


That seems like a very wise method, since you can also try different sizes.

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I was originally told to try a half size up by my SA due to having a small, wide foot but the 7.5D was too large.

 

Thanks, @fiddlestyxThat's interesting. I felt like the 9D (my 5 last size) was a little big. Had the footbed been acceptable in either pair, then I might have kept them and just worn boot socks. Now that I sent them back, I am leaning towards ordering another pair. Just not sure if I should stick with same size or try 1/2 size down at 8.5D. (Too bad 9C isn't an option.)

 

And @Kahuna75 - Yes, I got them at the reduce priced (~$180 or so?) or else I would just buy firsts - in more than 1 size.

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Hey Luke, I'd try a different lacing pattern. Perhaps this site could be of reference: http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/lacingmethods.htm

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I was originally told to try a half size up by my SA due to having a small, wide foot but the 7.5D was too large.

Thanks, @fiddlestyx
That's interesting. I felt like the 9D (my 5 last size) was a little big. Had the footbed been acceptable in either pair, then I might have kept them and just worn boot socks. Now that I sent them back, I am leaning towards ordering another pair. Just not sure if I should stick with same size or try 1/2 size down at 8.5D. (Too bad 9C isn't an option.)

And @Kahuna75
 - Yes, I got them at the reduce priced (~$180 or so?) or else I would just buy firsts - in more than 1 size.

I find the Gobi roomy in the mid foot so I went a size down in width from my 511 last...13e in dalton. And 13d in Gobi....

I did the same got the Gobi for cheaper on shoebank when I missed the ae sale price...luckily my pair is in good shape or I would be kicking myself.
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Wondering if anyone can help me with sizing. I am a 10.5C in the Cambridge, 10C in Alden Cordovan tassels on Aberdeen last.

How do the shell cordovan Randolphs fit?
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Wondering if anyone can help me with sizing. I am a 10.5C in the Cambridge, 10C in Alden Cordovan tassels on Aberdeen last.

How do the shell cordovan Randolphs fit?

 

Wow, a fellow 10.5C!!! I find it odd that you are a 10C on the Aberdeen last, which is Alden's longest and skinniest last. I am a 10.5C TTS, 10.5C 5-Last and an 11B on the Aberdeen Last. Unfortunately, I do not own anything on the 9 last! :-( I do know that I am a 10.5C on the 7 last, but that doesn't help you here! Sorry Katch, I hope that someone else will have some sage advice for you.

 

-Mike

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Wow, a fellow 10.5C!!! I find it odd that you are a 10C on the Aberdeen last, which is Alden's longest and skinniest last. I am a 10.5C TTS, 10.5C 5-Last and an 11B on the Aberdeen Last. Unfortunately, I do not own anything on the 9 last! :-( I do know that I am a 10.5C on the 7 last, but that doesn't help you here! Sorry Katch, I hope that someone else will have some sage advice for you.

-Mike

Mike - Thanks!! I probably could have gone 11B on the Aberdeen last. Cursed with skinny heels. The aberdeen fits ok. Not perfect. I'm going to try a pair on before committing so i'll let you know the results.
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Pretty much, it's easy enough to do.

 

Whenever I buy a pair of AEs I am willing to pay full retail price for them, but instead of doing that off the bat I'll order 2nds of the pair I want just in case the imperfections are extremely minor and not easily noticeable. If they are noticeable I'll just bring them to one of the retail stores near me and return them there and pay the step up fee for firsts.

What is the step up fee?  Is it the full difference in price between the seconds and retail on the firsts?

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I find the Gobi roomy in the mid foot so I went a size down in width from my 511 last...13e in dalton. And 13d in Gobi....

 

Thanks for the info, @Kahuna75.

 

I've had three pairs on the 511 last (Fenway and Fullerton in 9D and a roomy Dalton in 9.5D). A width down would probably be perfect - unfortunately the Gobi only comes in B, D, and EEE. 

 

So that leaves me choosing between these available sizes: 9D (felt a little roomy), 9B, 8.5D or 8.5EEE. Any thoughts?

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