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Question - the AE sales assistant said that if I have metal front taps put on my new shells (aka B Nelson's work, http://www.styleforum.net/t/240245/b-nelson-does-a-great-job/0_40) the AE recrafting policy would be invalidated. Thoughts?
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Thanks! Yeah, I think the Kenilworth looks better (especially polished up like a previous poster has shown - beautiful!) and the 5 last seems to fit me well. Just out of curiosity, what 'rule' would be broken when wearing them with suits - should suits be worn with balmorals only?


Yeah, supposedly, bluchers are not appropriate for suits as they're considered to be too informal. But I've seen guys, on here as well as in other pictures from the past and present on the web, wearing them together and they've looked perfectly fine, or even very stylish, and acceptable to me. It's all in how you put it together, IMO, settings being considered of course.
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I just picked up my Cambridge shell cordovans in burgundy! Very excited to give them a shot...
Suggestions on good AE belts to match? The prices seemed high and the quality was uncertain.

You could get a shell belt from Brooks Brothers during one of their frequent sales. That's the most affordable option if you're looking for shell. I imagine the quality is lesser than the AE belts, and I know by experience the BB belts are far less nice than those from Alden.
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I was looking to stay at or under $100 for what I believe should be a top notch belt to match this shoe and others of similar color down the road. Does not have to be shell. I just couldn't tell, at the store, how good the AE belts were; with the exception of one with perforations (brogueing) around its length, which seemed finished quite nicely, they all looked more or less like a $10 belt from TJ Maxx. The sales guy working at the store that night was not at the top of his game and seemed to know little about the belts; he kept flipping through the AE fall catalog looking for information to tell me about them.

The cordovan belts are quite expensive and at least the local store does not appear to have them in stock to even look at.
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Originally Posted by Samir View Post

Thanks! Yeah, I think the Kenilworth looks better (especially polished up like a previous poster has shown - beautiful!) and the 5 last seems to fit me well. Just out of curiosity, what 'rule' would be broken when wearing them with suits - should suits be worn with balmorals only?

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Yeah, supposedly, bluchers are not appropriate for suits as they're considered to be too informal. But I've seen guys, on here as well as in other pictures from the past and present on the web, wearing them together and they've looked perfectly fine, or even very stylish, and acceptable to me. It's all in how you put it together, IMO, settings being considered of course.

I think that's one of those 'rules', like black shoes are the only appropriate shoe for business attire. These days, there are other acceptable choices, including a blucher...especially one that shines up as well as the Kenilworth. I chose the kenilworth specifically because AE has a high quality calf that I knew I could shine well and that they would work well with business and casual attire alike. The Kenilworth allows me to bring one less pair of shoes during frequent business travel.
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Yeah, supposedly, bluchers are not appropriate for suits as they're considered to be too informal. But I've seen guys, on here as well as in other pictures from the past and present on the web, wearing them together and they've looked perfectly fine, or even very stylish, and acceptable to me. It's all in how you put it together, IMO, settings being considered of course.

that's good to know. Coming from the fashion mecca of Des Moines, IA, where olive green murano suits from dillards and light brown, rubber bottomed cole haans are of the norm, I'm hoping I can "rock" the Kenilworths with a suit. Especially if i can get half the shine that patrick did!

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that's good to know. Coming from the fashion mecca of Des Moines, IA, where olive green murano suits from dillards and light brown, rubber bottomed cole haans are of the norm, I'm hoping I can "rock" the Kenilworths with a suit. Especially if i can get half the shine that patrick did!
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Next time I find myself in Des Moines, we'll grab a beer, some renovateur, Kiwi, etc. and have at 'em! smile.gif

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Originally Posted by GHo View Post

that's good to know. Coming from the fashion mecca of Des Moines, IA, where olive green murano suits from dillards and light brown, rubber bottomed cole haans are of the norm, I'm hoping I can "rock" the Kenilworths with a suit. Especially if i can get half the shine that patrick did!
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I have high arches so it makes it difficult to find RTW balmorals that fit comfortably. I wore shoes with open lacing regularly when I worked in the financial district in San Francisco. It was never an issue.
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Next time I find myself in Des Moines, we'll grab a beer, some renovateur, Kiwi, etc. and have at 'em! smile.gif
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do you get to Des Moines from time to time?
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Originally Posted by swiego View Post

Question - the AE sales assistant said that if I have metal front taps put on my new shells (aka B Nelson's work, http://www.styleforum.net/t/240245/b-nelson-does-a-great-job/0_40) the AE recrafting policy would be invalidated. Thoughts?

Likely true. The metal taps are screwed in, which may damage the welt to some extent. That said, you could always just have B.Nelson do the resole.
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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post

I think that's one of those 'rules', like black shoes are the only appropriate shoe for business attire. These days, there are other acceptable choices, including a blucher...especially one that shines up as well as the Kenilworth. I chose the kenilworth specifically because AE has a high quality calf that I knew I could shine well and that they would work well with business and casual attire alike. The Kenilworth allows me to bring one less pair of shoes during frequent business travel.
Agreed, and that's a good point on the need for versatility as possibly being a considering factor, especially for people who fly frequently.
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Originally Posted by GHo View Post

that's good to know. Coming from the fashion mecca of Des Moines, IA, where olive green murano suits from dillards and light brown, rubber bottomed cole haans are of the norm, I'm hoping I can "rock" the Kenilworths with a suit. Especially if i can get half the shine that patrick did!
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That's the thing, there are so many people in the real world that are going to be breaking so many more guidelines of fit, style and appropriateness that nobody is going to notice or know. If you put even just a little thought and effort, as you are already doing, then you're going to be miles ahead of the game already so that I wouldn't think that you have anything to worry about. Best of luck!
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Forgive my AE ignorance, but which shoes are these?
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does anyone have the Strand in a Brown Burnished Calf? Wondering how they look in "real life". AE's website doesn't give you a good idea.
I'm either going to get the Strand or Kenilworth in brown. (and then have patrick_b shine them for me). icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gifnod[1].gif
Help/opinions please.


 

hey GHo here's a few photos of my Strand in Burnished Brown:

 

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Sorry for the poor lighting in some of the pictures :[

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Forgive my AE ignorance, but which shoes are these?

Strands in Brown Burnished Calf, good sir nod[1].gif
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Thank you much!
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