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Hi guys, I just got a pair of neumoks and on the right shoe it seems as the shoe is asymmetrical. Ive attached pics for reference, but it seems the half circle on the toe box seems larger on once side than the other (the outer half circle seems larger). Im not sure if this is normal or not? There are NOT factory seconds. Am i being overly critical?





thanks for the help!
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Originally Posted by UltraMagnetical View Post

Hi guys, I just got a pair of neumoks and on the right shoe it seems as the shoe is asymmetrical. Ive attached pics for reference, but it seems the half circle on the toe box seems larger on once side than the other (the outer half circle seems larger). Im not sure if this is normal or not? There are NOT factory seconds. Am i being overly critical?

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.

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^ yeah it was hard to describe, will AE exchange them for me even if I didnt buy directly from them?
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^ yeah it was hard to describe, will AE exchange them for me even if I didnt buy directly from them?

Can you return a TV you bought on Amazon to bestbuy?
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not exactly the same thing here, since allen edmonds manufactured the shoes. Did best buy manufacture this "TV"? Plus stores have all kinds of return/exchange policies. Nordstrom will let you return just about anything.
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Is no one else put off by the fact that the Maritime and Kirkwood are the lesser AE brand, manufactured in the Dominican Republic?....Im particularly fond of the Maritime...but I just couldnt bring myself to purchase the budget brand, or an already budget brand shoe.

I'm not too worried about it. For $125 I will happily buy as many pairs of Kirkwoods as my wife will let me. IMO, the AE budget brand is still much better than the typical crap I would see in a random dept store. Plus I'm a triple wide, so I can't just go to the mall for shoes.
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Originally Posted by UltraMagnetical View Post

Hi guys, I just got a pair of neumoks and on the right shoe it seems as the shoe is asymmetrical. Ive attached pics for reference, but it seems the half circle on the toe box seems larger on once side than the other (the outer half circle seems larger). Im not sure if this is normal or not? There are NOT factory seconds. Am i being overly critical?

thanks for the help!

They look fine. I really don't see the issue. Besides, they are meant to be a casual shoe.
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Is no one else put off by the fact that the Maritime and Kirkwood are the lesser AE brand, manufactured in the Dominican Republic?....Im particularly fond of the Maritime...but I just couldnt bring myself to purchase the budget brand, or an already budget brand shoe.

 

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.

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I'm not too worried about it. For $125 I will happily buy as many pairs of Kirkwoods as my wife will let me. IMO, the AE budget brand is still much better than the typical crap I would see in a random dept store. Plus I'm a triple wide, so I can't just go to the mall for shoes.

 

Agreed.  I've already put in another order for some Navy Maritimes and Dark Brown Kirkwoods.

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They look fine. I really don't see the issue. Besides, they are meant to be a casual shoe.


If you look at the last pic...focus on where the broqued piece is stitched to the shoe. It forms two half circles on the to box area. the right half circle seems misshaped compared to the left (on the right shoe)
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I looked at all three pictures, and they look good.
If it looks OK after studying these pictures, I can't imagine anyone noticing a slight difference when their eyes are going to be at least 6 feet away.
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Originally Posted by UltraMagnetical View Post

If you look at the last pic...focus on where the broqued piece is stitched to the shoe. It forms two half circles on the to box area. the right half circle seems misshaped compared to the left (on the right shoe)
Once they are on your feet, no one will notice beside you. If you are not happy, exchange them.
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Originally Posted by harlequin782 View Post

Is no one else put off by the fact that the Maritime and Kirkwood are the lesser AE brand, manufactured in the Dominican Republic?....Im particularly fond of the Maritime...but I just couldnt bring myself to purchase the budget brand, or an already budget brand shoe.

 

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.

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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!

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Originally Posted by tomyamsoup View Post

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!
I would look at oxblood or chili
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