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Not unless you ordered during the trunk show from Michigan Ave. and somehow they messed up your order.



I love AE and have had great experience with Allison, the staff from jeffersonvillle and folks from CAC. This makes my experience with the Michigan Ave store so much more forgettable (or maybe unforgettable but not in a good way) because I know how great AE customer service can be.

 



Sorry to hear about your bad experience. I guess what I was getting at was that while AE might screw up, sometimes spectacularly, they do whatever they can typically to make it up to you. At least thats been my experience.
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Not unless you ordered during the trunk show from Michigan Ave. and somehow they messed up your order.



I love AE and have had great experience with Allison, the staff from jeffersonvillle and folks from CAC. This makes my experience with the Michigan Ave store so much more forgettable (or maybe unforgettable but not in a good way) because I know how great AE customer service can be.

 



Sorry to hear about your bad experience. I guess what I was getting at was that while AE might screw up, sometimes spectacularly, they do whatever they can typically to make it up to you. At least thats been my experience.
I agree with you for the most part. I guess I was merely pointing out that not everyone in AE is in the same level when it comes to customer service.
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What's the best way to protect my new Brown Cronmoks from water/salt without altering the finish too much?

 

Sno-seal? Saphir?

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Recently got a pair of Strand seconds.  I didn't see anything wrong with them, although I did not spend hours inspecting them with a magnifying glass and a micrometer as some people do.  

I thought that maybe if I wore them, someone might notice what might be wrong with them, so I tried wearing them, but as people's feet are as far from people's eyes as is humanly possible and as feet are usually moving, no one has noticed anything yet.

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Black McClain today
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Recently got a pair of Strand seconds.  I didn't see anything wrong with them, although I did not spend hours inspecting them with a magnifying glass and a micrometer as some people do.  

I thought that maybe if I wore them, someone might notice what might be wrong with them, so I tried wearing them, but as people's feet are as far from people's eyes as is humanly possible and as feet are usually moving, no one has noticed anything yet.

Did they accidentally put black laces in the left?? I can't quite spot the defect.

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Recently got a pair of Strand seconds.  I didn't see anything wrong with them, although I did not spend hours inspecting them with a magnifying glass and a micrometer as some people do.  

I thought that maybe if I wore them, someone might notice what might be wrong with them, so I tried wearing them, but as people's feet are as far from people's eyes as is humanly possible and as feet are usually moving, no one has noticed anything yet.

 

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Only fault I can see is they are different colors.

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Did they accidentally put black laces in the left?? I can't quite spot the defect.

Totally the laces!
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Recently got a pair of Strand seconds.  I didn't see anything wrong with them, although I did not spend hours inspecting them with a magnifying glass and a micrometer as some people do.  


I thought that maybe if I wore them, someone might notice what might be wrong with them, so I tried wearing them, but as people's feet are as far from people's eyes as is humanly possible and as feet are usually moving, no one has noticed anything yet.


I took out my caliper and based on the picture I measured the left shoe was wider by 0.002mm. You'd have to return them. 😭
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Recently got a pair of Strand seconds.  I didn't see anything wrong with them, although I did not spend hours inspecting them with a magnifying glass and a micrometer as some people do.  

I thought that maybe if I wore them, someone might notice what might be wrong with them, so I tried wearing them, but as people's feet are as far from people's eyes as is humanly possible and as feet are usually moving, no one has noticed anything yet.

 

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You might consider lightening the left shoe slightly... maybe by putting it in a windowsill for a few days. :)

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Casual day at the office + plans to be on my feet a bunch + chance of rain + walking to a lunch meeting = the perfect day for walnut Black Hills.

 

This is yet another instance where I feel that AE's stock photos did little justice to the shoe. 

 

These are super comfy workhorses for sure. The "tread" is much less aggressive and doesn't have nearly the contrast of the stock photos. I added some lighter flat laces to casual things up a little more and hit them with some leather lotion/conditioner. Other than that, I envision these getting very little in the care department... 

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I love AE and have had great experience with Allison, the staff from jeffersonvillle and folks from CAC.

 

Everyone has different experiences, I suppose, as I've had several disappointing interactions with CAC, and have been very unhappy with the service I've received at two different shoe banks. I personally have had great experiences at two different AE retail stores and with Allison, both with making new purchases and with returning/replacing pairs due to flaws.

 

That said, I am growing more concerned with the quality of AE firsts. I have ordered several pairs of firsts over the past few months, and have been disappointed with the quality. It has gotten to the point where I order a pair of shoes and wonder "are these going to be flawed" until I open the box. I don't scrutinize every detail ad nauseam under a microscope, and if a pair looks fine at a glance, I'm fine with it. But if it has noticeable flaws that I see every time I put the shoe on, it sort of ruins the pair for me.

 

The most prevalent issue I've noticed pertains to burnishing: two first quality pairs of the Strand in Dark Chili Burnished have had really noticeable tiger striping on the vamp of one shoe, and one pair had two noticeable scuffs right on the medallion. For seconds, these would have been fine. But for firsts, these flaws were unacceptable. The fact that one has to request "special attention" on an order to get a pair with consistent burnishing is very disappointing. This seems to affect Bourbon, Dark Chili, and Oxblood the most - I'm not sure why it's so hard for them to get the burnishing right on these colors, but sending out firsts with very visible tiger striping on the vamp is disappointing and needs to be rectified.

 

I'm not a perfectionist when it comes to shoes by any means, and have accepted pairs of firsts and seconds with minor flaws in the pinking, burnishing, stitching, pattern cutting, or whatever, but when flaws, especially on firsts, are very noticeable, it concerns me. And the fact that I have had to send different pairs of shoes back with the same flaw - that seems like the very definition of poor quality control.

 

I am a huge proponent of AE and think that their retail presence, wide variety of sizes and lasts, and made-in-USA heritage make it an excellent choice for American gents. However, when Carmina is knocking at the door with free USA shipping, lower prices on firsts, and far superior quality and finish (Carmina quality really is superb), AE just can't afford to let quality slip through the cracks. Carmina isn't perfect, especially for people with oddly sized feet, but when I have the option of buying a first-quality pair of Carmina for ~$350 with any duties that might come or a first-quality pair of AE for ~$400 with tax, the choice is pretty clear to me, sadly. Of course, if the USD weakens or the Euro surges, things might be different, but right now is the very time when AE needs to ensure its quality is unassailable.

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I picked up my Strands from Nordstrom this evening and as I tried them on and looked them over I noticed the back of the right shoe is not quite stitched up the middle... I brought them home anyways, as they had no other pairs in my size in stock... Thoughts?  These are firsts as far as I know since they are from Nordstrom, but perhaps this is a portion of the shoe that is not reviewed in the QA process... Anyone else have anything like this going on?

 

 I would keep those in a heartbeat.  That is practically unnoticeable when wearing. 

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Walnut shell Daltons today. Back from the factory after some stitching on the uppers came loose. Will be wearing these until summer comes. 

 

 

 

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Walnut shell Daltons today. Back from the factory after some stitching on the uppers came loose. Will be wearing these until summer comes. 

 

 

 

Pure sex.... just fantastic

And I think it's only fair that you're selling your burgundy shell's b/c you having both and some of us having none is far too unbalanced ;) 

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