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Originally Posted by losrockets View Post

It's been a while since I've purchased AE seconds. Do they typically exclude boots from the 2 for $250-300 sales? I want a second pair of Fifth Street boots and the seconds price is unreasonable.

Past 2nds sales with Fifth Street that I have info on:

2013 Labor Day: $254.15
2013 Rediscover America: $254.15
2013 Thanksgiving: $299
2014 February: $199
2014 March: 2 for $250 sale

I don't have info on sales after that. I have been doing my best to try not to buy so many Allen Edmonds shoes lately!
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Be aware also that if you wait too long, the deals aren't as good. Shell seconds were $299 back in February '14, then $325 last October... who knows what they'll sell for at the next drastic markdown?


I made use of that because they had a pair of Burgundy Shell leads in my size. 

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I made use of that because they had a pair of Burgundy Shell leads in my size. 


the $299 that is

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I wish I kept a list of the deals. I can offer this info:

There was a 2 for $250 sale on close out seconds in March of 2014.

There was a 2 for $250 sale on close out seconds, Brooks Brothers, and Ralph Lauren in September of 2013.

I do agree that there is no guarantee that future deals will be as good as past deals. I feel like $150 for a pair of decent 2nds is a very fair deal and appreciate to be able to buy nice shoes at an affordable price.

I would like to pick up a pair of Daltons and I am thinking I would be lucky to get a pair of 2nds for approximately $200. We'll see.


I made use of that 2 for $250 as well. I got all of my bad weather shoes set up. 

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Those look great...I still don't have any Balmoral boots....how have they broken in?

I'd say pretty good, maybe a half dozen wears. Either that, or I am not lacing them as tightly at the top. At first, I especially noticed some difficulty and discomfort going up and down stairs due to the limited ankle flexion. I don't notice that now.
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Does anyone own both the Gobis and the Bleecker Streets who can comment on fit differences. Obviously they're on different lasts, but boots always seem to complicate things further.

 

Neither "local" AE store has the Bleecker for me to try on. 


I'd be curious to hear others' comments, too, as I'm considering the Gobi.

 

Do you have any other 5-last shoes?  My Bleeckers fit awesome, and they're the same size as my other 5-last models (Black Hills, Shell Cambridge).

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I'd be curious to hear others' comments, too, as I'm considering the Gobi.

Do you have any other 5-last shoes?  My Bleeckers fit awesome, and they're the same size as my other 5-last models (Black Hills, Shell Cambridge).

Yes, but the consensus here seems to be 1/2 size down in the Bleecker vs other 5 lasts. The Gobi was the same story vs other 9 lasts. The creasing problem in the tongue/vamp area on these Bleeckers has me paying extra attention. I'm going to have to just order the BS and see for myself.

My foot size is troublesome, I'm an 8.5 heel to toe length, but a solid 9.5 for heel to ball length. It's hard to find shoes that fit perfect, real hard.
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Originally Posted by drcharlie View Post


Past 2nds sales with Fifth Street that I have info on:

2013 Labor Day: $254.15
2013 Rediscover America: $254.15
2013 Thanksgiving: $299
2014 February: $199
2014 March: 2 for $250 sale

I don't have info on sales after that. I have been doing my best to try not to buy so many Allen Edmonds shoes lately!

 

Very impressive. Thank you. I may have to take advantage of the next 2 for $250 or $300 and buy it then. Unfortunately I really don't want that 2nd pair of shoes. I need wingtip bals but I'd rather get something from Carmina and the only other need/want in my wardrobe is a pair (or two) of suede loafers, and again AE isn't the place for that.

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My usual 5 last size is 11e. I tried bleecker sts in that size and they were ok but my big toe was pushing against the captoe weird so I went to 11.5e. Those are better, and still a nice snug fit.

I got gobis in 11.5d which were ok with winter socks but too loose with regular socks. I've exchanged them for 11d which I tried on but they had to be ordered and shipped so I only had limited time to try on in the store. So the gobis are pretty roomy.
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I am 8.5D (close to 9 in length, though) on the Brannock, and I have narrow heels with a high instep, so I tend to go with 9D in 5-lasted balmorals. I stick with 8.5D in 5-lasted bluchers, and the Bleecker Street.

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It might be true in terms of priority and maybe even in practice (though they would never admit it), but on paper at least I believe there are no different grades of Horween shell as it relates to quality. I know the grades of shell pertain to the size of the hide. It could just be the thickness and quality of the liner leather used. Even my CJ Marlows feel thicker than some AE shells. I have a walnut shell dalton which is unlined, I'd have to compare to Alden's unlined shell. 

I have the unlined shell daltons (Walnut Shell) and I also have a pair of Alden captoe boots that have an unlined tongue. The Shell on the Aldens is significantly thicker than the shell on the AE's. I'm not sure if this means anything. My daltons have almost zero creasing after lots of wear so being think doesn't seam to have an impact on the boot wear.

As an additional side note, I have multiple Carmina shell shoes and the shell on my caimans is thicker than the shell on my Aldens.
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I have the unlined shell daltons (Walnut Shell) and I also have a pair of Alden captoe boots that have an unlined tongue. The Shell on the Aldens is significantly thicker than the shell on the AE's. I'm not sure if this means anything. My daltons have almost zero creasing after lots of wear so being think doesn't seam to have an impact on the boot wear.

As an additional side note, I have multiple Carmina shell shoes and the shell on my caimans is thicker than the shell on my Aldens.

Perhaps it's the lasting techniques??

Is the thickness consistent across all shoes from each brand?
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PSA: Black MacNeil on Nordstrom site with limited sizes for $235 (35%) off. Not bad price for firsts.

They also have a few belts for 50% off, limited sizes of course.

Good luck hunting

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Perhaps it's the lasting techniques??

Is the thickness consistent across all shoes from each brand?

Yes I think that it is. The only unlined are the AE Daltons and the Alden Captoe Boot they are the only ones that I can compare directly using on the the thickness of the shell.

With that said, my AE shell shoes (somewhere around 10 pair) are all consistent in the way the shell feels. Same thing with my Aldens. I actually think that AE and Alden are close in terms of quality. Almost all my AE shoes are dressier (with the exception of some boots) and all of my Aldens are casual. I prefer Alden for casual styles.

My Carmina shoes are quite obviously built at a higher quality than both AE and Alden and the price reflects this. I do have more AE's than anything else.
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