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The ones in my avatar are similarly light. Almost like color 2. I think that just weren't finishing their she as dark a few years ago. Now they're waaay dark (see the Cambride a few posts back.)


The many shades of burgundy shell.... bottom right is the newest finish.

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AppleMark

 

Another pic of new finish vs old finish

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Fit pic:

 

 

I really need to buy pants.

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Gentlemen:

 

Really need your insights here for potential defects on the AE PA in merlot I got on close-out sales.

 

The Allen Edmonds Park Avenue in Merlot I ordered has creases on the shoe before I was able to try them on first.  The pictures below show the right side of the left shoe; the same is true for the left side of the right shoe.  The outward sides of the shoes have no such problem though.  I tried to get a product replacement, but AE no longer makes merlot in my size anymore.  I got this pair at around $ 230 on close-out sales, but this pair was not labeled as "second".  So here is some of my questions in deciding whether to keep this one:

 

Question 1: Are these creases indications of structural problems with the construction of the shoes?

 

Question 2:  Barring from any structural construction problems, would these be considered fatal flaws on SF on stylistic grounds?

 

Question 3: Also any suggestions on how to treat them or restore the shoes if I do decide to keep them?

 

Question 4: When I showed these pictures to a local AE store manger a few days ago, he suspects that the shoes have been tried on by someone with flat feet.  What is your take on this suspension?  Would those try-on's destroy the shoe?

 

Many thanks for any of the insights or opinions!

 

 

 

 


Edited by ircfas133 - 7/25/15 at 9:09pm
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The joyous emotions coming from alternating between rubbing in leather lotion and buffing w/ a cleaning cloth... resulting in being able to make a very small/minor scratch from an AE belt diappear... priceless!

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by ircfas133 View Post
 

Gentlemen:

 

Really need your insights here for potential defects on the AE PA in merlot I got on close-out sales.

 

The Allen Edmonds Park Avenue in Merlot I ordered has creases on the shoe before first I was able to try them on.  The picture below shows the right side of the left shoe; the same is true for the left side of the right shoe.  The outward sides of the shoes have no such problem though.  I tried to get replacement, but product for merlot has stopped already.  I got this pair at around $ 250 on close-out sales, but it was not labeled as "second".  

 

Question 1: Is this an important product defect that I should worry about?  That is, is an indication of structural problems with the construction of the shoes?

Question 2:  Barring from any structural construction problems, would this be considered fatal flaws on SF?

Question 3: Also any suggestions on how to treat them or restore the shoes if I do decide to keep them?

 

Many thanks for any of the insights or opinions!

 

Personally, those would bother me BIG time considering those are supposed to be firsts.  Even on a pair of seconds I'd be annoyed.  I don't think you can reverse creasing that bad, but then again I'm relatively new to AE.

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First pair of Allen Edmonds

Nice. I looked hard at these also.
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Originally Posted by ircfas133 View Post
 

Gentlemen:

 

Really need your insights here for potential defects on the AE PA in merlot I got on close-out sales.

 

The Allen Edmonds Park Avenue in Merlot I ordered has creases on the shoe before I was able to try them on first.  The pictures below show the right side of the left shoe; the same is true for the left side of the right shoe.  The outward sides of the shoes have no such problem though.  I tried to get a product replacement, but AE no longer makes merlot in my size anymore.  I got this pair at around $ 230 on close-out sales, but this pair was not labeled as "second".  So here is some of my questions in deciding whether to keep this one:

 

Question 1: Are these creases indications of structural problems with the construction of the shoes?

 

Question 2:  Barring from any structural construction problems, would these be considered fatal flaws on SF on stylistic grounds?

 

Question 3: Also any suggestions on how to treat them or restore the shoes if I do decide to keep them?

 

Question 4: When I showed these pictures to a local AE store manger a few days ago, he suspects that the shoes have been tried on by someone with flat feet.  What is your take on this suspension?  Would those try-on's destroy the shoe?

 

Many thanks for any of the insights or opinions!

 

 

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1. No. 

2. Maybe.  

3. Shoe trees.

4. No. 

 

 

 

Only kidding. How do they look on your feet? What you're seeing is creasing around the counter of the shoe. Structurally it wont be an issue, and if your foot fills out the shoe at all they shouldn't be visible. And you got a heck of a steal on them. So sad to see Merlot on the way out. If you want a perfect pair, return them and buy a pair in oxblood. 

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1. No. 
2. Maybe.  
3. Shoe trees.
4. No. 



Only kidding. How do they look on your feet? What you're seeing is creasing around the counter of the shoe. Structurally it wont be an issue, and if your foot fills out the shoe at all they shouldn't be visible. And you got a heck of a steal on them. So sad to see Merlot on the way out. If you want a perfect pair, return them and buy a pair in oxblood. 

You got first quality (meaning they were "in spec" when they left the factory) for $155 off MSRP. Yes, they've been tried on, but maybe consider that a reason for the discount you received. As Kyle says above, if you need a pristine pair, consider oxblood at full retail.

Once you start wearing them, the shoes will likely crease around there anyway. AE shoes do that a little more than other brands due to the absence of a shank.
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Personally, those would bother me BIG time considering those are supposed to be firsts.  Even on a pair of seconds I'd be annoyed.  I don't think you can reverse creasing that bad, but then again I'm relatively new to AE.

 

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Originally Posted by garland View Post
 

 

1. No. 

2. Maybe.  

3. Shoe trees.

4. No. 

 

 

 

Only kidding. How do they look on your feet? What you're seeing is creasing around the counter of the shoe. Structurally it wont be an issue, and if your foot fills out the shoe at all they shouldn't be visible. And you got a heck of a steal on them. So sad to see Merlot on the way out. If you want a perfect pair, return them and buy a pair in oxblood. 

 

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You got first quality (meaning they were "in spec" when they left the factory) for $155 off MSRP. Yes, they've been tried on, but maybe consider that a reason for the discount you received. As Kyle says above, if you need a pristine pair, consider oxblood at full retail.

Once you start wearing them, the shoes will likely crease around there anyway. AE shoes do that a little more than other brands due to the absence of a shank.

 

Many thanks for your opinions.  The dilemma is keeping an imperfect shoe vs. purchasing a potentially perfect shoe at full retail price given that the sales event is now gone.  The shoe is in my size, and I have a black PA that fits me perfectly.  I haven't tried this pair on yet because I was thinking about returning before coming here for enlightenment.  After hearing garland and peppercorn78's insights, I might just keep them because I might the only one who knows or would notice the crease existence on this pair.  But then again I recall what Red said in The Shawshank Redemption "I mean, seriously, how often do you really look at a mans shoes?".  The following are pictures for guys to get a more complete view of the pair.  

 

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Many thanks for your opinions.  The dilemma is keeping an imperfect shoe vs. purchasing a potentially perfect shoe at full retail price given that the sales event is now gone.  The shoe is in my size, and I have a black PA that fits me perfectly.  I haven't tried this pair on yet because I was thinking about returning before coming here for enlightenment.  After hearing garland and peppercorn78's insights, I might just keep them because I might the only one who knows or would notice the crease existence on this pair.  But then again I recall what Red said in The Shawshank Redemption "I mean, seriously, how often do you really look at a mans shoes?".  The following are pictures for guys to get a more complete view of the pair.  











Those look great. Keep them and enjoy!
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I agree with the others... It looks like someone tried them on, possibly with wrong sizing.

 

If you like them, keep them as they will probably crease a bit there anyway and shoe tree's + conditioner should correct it a bit.

 

Add to it that you can't see the creasing 95% of the time, the low pricing you received, and the fact that there are no replacements available.

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There is nothing wrong with those shoes.

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I agree with the others... It looks like someone tried them on, possibly with wrong sizing.

If you like them, keep them as they will probably crease a bit there anyway and shoe tree's + conditioner should correct it a bit.

Add to it that you can't see the creasing 95% of the time, the low pricing you received, and the fact that there are no replacements available.
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Really, they look fine. Although I'm an example of a sicko who is ALWAYS noticing shoes. its fun to occasional spot a pair of alden cigar indies or walnut strands in the wilds of the NYC subway...
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Really, they look fine. Although I'm an example of a sicko who is ALWAYS noticing shoes. its fun to occasional spot a pair of alden cigar indies or walnut strands in the wilds of the NYC subway...

Walnut strands in NYC are pretty common. It's typically accompanied with pants hemmed way too short :D

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