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QC on Bleeckers were terrible. Just a fyi
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Another shot of the franciscan in burnished chili.

 

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Originally Posted by middlepP View Post

Another shot of the franciscan in burnished chili.



Beautiful shoe...will most likely be my next purchase.
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Thursday Strand Day Here as well...

 

Walnut Shell Strand.

 

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

 

 

-Mike

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Originally Posted by JSO1 View Post

Here are three pairs of Dark Chili (Strand, McGregor, Bleecker Street), with an Oxblood First Avenue between the McGregors and the Bleeckers.

I polish the Oxblood First Ave with black polish because it looked even lighter and more cherry out of the box. Styles with more perfs/broguing tend to be darker, though.






I wonder why the welt on the Dark Chili balmorals is always a shade darker than it is on Dark Chili bluchers and boots?...is it because balmorals (even brogues) are supposed to be considered more formal /conservative than bluchers and boots, and darker = more formal/conservative?...idk...just something Ive always wondered.
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Just got my Merlot McAllisters. They look really nice but the top of both shoes have the vvvvvvv cut in the leather and it looks bad. I think these are going back.

Thoughts?
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Heres a closeup of the vvvvvvv
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Originally Posted by CaptFinny View Post

Just got my Merlot McAllisters. They look really nice but the top of both shoes have the vvvvvvv cut in the leather and it looks bad. I think these are going back.

Thoughts?
You mean the pinking? It's supposed to look like that.
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Originally Posted by naspratt View Post

You mean the pinking? It's supposed to look like that.
Had to go google pinking, but yes I mean that. My issue is that the pinking is not clean. It's jagged and sticks up from the vamp in a strange way.
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Originally Posted by CaptFinny View Post

Had to go google pinking, but yes I mean that. My issue is that the pinking is not clean. It's jagged and sticks up from the vamp in a strange way.

That's from their burnishing wheel. Not terribly uncommon.
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Has anyone had any experience darkening oxblood shoes with burgundy polish?
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No, I would not accept those as firsts, even on their clearance pricing. But, its only the first picture that makes me decide that, the rest of the pics are fine.
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Just received these Bleecker Streets as firsts- I was really excited to get them until I opened the box. Is there any way these are firsts?

I went through 3 pairs of Bleeker St "firsts" and never got a pair I would consider a first. Finally ended up with a pair that was suitable, but they squeak so bad I've still never had the courage to leave the house with them on.

I have 4 pairs of firsts bought in the last few months (Bleeckers, Strands, Strandmoks, and Gobis) and the only pair I think is worthy of being called "firsts" was the Gobis.

Quality control at AE has gotten pretty liberal. Unfortunately for me, the local AE doesn't stock many sizes so I have had to special order every pair I have and I think they reserve the iffy pairs for online and special orders. They know if they sent them to a retail store, they would never end up sold. This way they rely on people like me who don't have the patience to play the return game back and forth. If I lived closer than 50 minutes to the local AE, I would have returned every pair other than the Gobis.

Just for reference, my Strands had glue oozed out of the brogues perforations, and so when I cleaned all the excess glue off the calfskin under the glue was lighter colored than the rest of the shoe. So I have all these light colored spots on both shoes covering most areas of the perfs on the quarters of the shoes. They were also cut/sliced around the edges of a couple lacing holes, so the top layer of the shoe near the holes is peeling off.

The Bleeckers squeak like mad, and have tiger striping and a misaligned tongue on one shoe.

Strandmoks have misaligned lacing holes on one of the shoes.

I still love the shoes, but now expect basically I'll likely end up with shoes that have defects, and essentially pay firsts price for shoes I consider seconds.

I did try to order seconds a couple times, but those were horrid and unwearable. They shouldn't even be trying to sell shoes like the ones I received as seconds.
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@Jigg everythjng on the Bleeckers looks par for the course except that seam at the back. The pic is so blurry I can't really tell, but if that's a tear in the deen I would absolutely send back.

I also went through 3 pairs of Bleeckers and sent them all back.

@CaptFinny those McAllisters look just fine to me.
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