thanks for the help!
thanks for the help!
They look a little off, sure. Before reading the post I wasn't sure what you were talking about. After reading, it still took a little while to find it. If it bugs you, you could return or exchange. It wouldn't bug me on AEs, especially Neumoks.
Certainly not me. The shoes are beautiful, and clearly the nicest boat shoes AE has ever made (or at least in the past several years that I've followed the brand . . . much better and more "classic" than their other failed attempts). They use Horween CXL, I believe. And all for (currently) less than half of what OakStreet or Rancourt charges for similar shoes (and, to be fair, neither brand currently offers a beefroll penny loafer on a boat sole without going MTO . . . so, the Kirkwood fills an otherwise empty void).
Maybe if AE happened to have a similar "classic Allen Edmonds" branded Made in the USA type of similar looking boat shoe, I'd shy away from the Maritime/Kirkwoods in favor of them . . . but honestly even then I don't know that it would be worth the mark up. Boat shoes get kind of roughed up anyway, and as far as I'm concerned AE has finally found a way to make a ~$300 boat shoe for close to half that, and bridge the pricing gap between Rancourt/OSB and Sperry without sacrificing much in the way of quality.
Agreed. I've already put in another order for some Navy Maritimes and Dark Brown Kirkwoods.
It's a fair question. My response is, well, it is just a boat shoe. Very casual and almost certainly something that will be subject to harsher conditions than a dress shoe. The 100% price markup for a Rancourt would likely yield better build quality and longevity but not twice as much. It's sort of like buying a seersucker suit, which will (and should) look properly winkled and casual every time you put it on, every more so as you use it. It would be a bit much to go bespoke rather than finding a Haspel or JAB that fits.
Even Manton said it would be silly to spend a lot on white or dirty bucks. Sometimes "good enough" is, in fact, just fine.
I'll eat my words if these fail in just 2-3 years. But, my 9 year old made in China Gold Cups - though certainly showing their age - still have supple leather and every seam intact. I'm hoping my Maritimes will do likewise.
Looking to get a pair from shoebank but not sure whether I should get the Strand or Fifth Avenue, in Walnut or Bourbon. I've seen comments that the Bourbon is more versatile and less formal? I'll be wearing them with business casual, mostly navy and grey pants. I'm using a proxy to ship these as I live outside the US and so returns are not possible. Would appreciate any opinions and advice on alternatives. Thanks!