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Originally Posted by middlepP View Post

Was thinking I would use the Labor Day sale to add a couple of 2nds to help fill a hole or two in my rotation, as well as address my recent foot issues (already shared some of my issues, so I won't go into detail). None of the sale prices jumped out at me to the point that I had to purchase something and the ATL's help fill the (hopefully) shorter team need for comfort.

Any thoughts on one or two shoes, perhaps included in the sale, that are missing from my current collection? 

I work in an academic setting, typically the low end of business casual (khaki/trousers + button up, jeans on Friday). Also, as part of my job I conduct visits (~2-3 days) to other universities about 10 times a year. During these visits I wear a suit without a tie or a trouser/coat combo. Since I am traveling, I like options that are versatile enough to go from plane ride to important meetings to jeans at dinner. (I've used Bleecker boots, Kenilworths in the past; could see using some of the road warriors in this manner too.)

So, as you can see my shoe needs lean more towards casual then dressy. I know I am missing the staples (i.e. Strands, Park Avenue, loafers), but I just don't think I will wear them enough to justify a purchase. Perhaps a heavier soled boot (missed out on the bayfield/eagle MTOs) or a double monk? I am still a ways away from entering the shell game... but some day I'm sure.


McTavish Black 
McTavish Tan (natural?) 
Kenilworth Bourbon 
Carlyle Bob's Chili 
Walnut Black Hills PTB
Rogue Bob's Chili 

Clark St Natural CXL

Franciscan Bob's Chili 
Fenway Walnut 
Amok Tan suede 
Addison Tan rough 
Fullerton Choc suede 

Gobi Snuff suede 

Shaker Height Chili

Bleecker Street Bob's Chili

Dalton Walnut
LGA Walnut
ATL Brown
MKE Bob's Chili

Kirkwood Blue CXL 
Maritime Light CXL

Sold off or returned:
Bourbon Daltons, Calf Eagle Rivers, Brown Calf Fullerton and Boulder slip on.

 
Thanks, gents!

I only own 7 pairs of shoes, but 5 are shell. I keep my collection at this number. If you think you have "holes" in this collection, I think you will ALWAYS think that.
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If you ordered a pair of black Lexingtons, brown or walnut MacNeils, and burgundy Patriot loafers you could more or less cover all of your bases for $600, or about $450 at the shoebank. They have closed out several different models of suede chukkas and classic-looking penny loafers in the past two years. Unless you need an unimpeachable classic like a Park Avenue, you could put together a full wardrobe from their clearance section.
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Originally Posted by Buster Brown View Post

+1. Now that I have a basic shoe rotation, I pretty much sit back and wait for insane clearance sales. I'm not sure if that 'strategy' is really saving me anything as I'll end up buying things that were never really on my acquisition list.
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Originally Posted by DNSamurai View Post

There is currently a pair of Truffle Shell McGraws in my size on Shoebank. The only other loafer I've tried is the Patriot, which was impossible to get my foot in without going up 2-3 size from my normal size. 

Are the McGraws more accommodating of a wide foot (EEE) with a high instep?

Thanks. 

I'm an E with a high instep and my own Truffle McGraws are quite tolerant of both width and instep.

You would be insane not to make a run at them. 😃 The color is great and, as you likely know, no longer available from AE. Similar to Carmina's "Cognac" shell.
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Originally Posted by smoothmoose View Post


But I found this on the Q&A on the Cornwallis page and this seems to be encouraging. Now if I buy 2 pairs of shoes in a week, I have some explaining to do with my wife and concede she can add 4 new times to her collection.... shog[1].gif

 

Hah!  That was my question on the AE site.

 

I found the answer encouraging. The 333 last is one that sort of fits my instep and I like the looks of the new Cornwallis.

 

Though at the moment I'm trying to get a pair of those Rutledge off of the shoebank, so that might eat my fall show budget a little early.

 

How long does it take to hear back from these shoebankers, by the way? I sent a message a couple of days ago and called and left a message. Haven't heard a word. Makes me wish they were in Freeport instead of Wisconsin so I could call the guy and expect some good advice.

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Anyone have the cornwallis? Do they work with jeans? I'm thinking brown burnished as a good shoe that at I can wear while traveling for work--dark wash jeans and sport coat on the plane and then wear with any number of suits.

 

I would totally rock the brown burnished Cornwallis with denim. I know the bal/blucher thing leaves it on the fancier side of the causal divide, but the toe medallion and the color go great with denim. If you are wearing a coat, you just make it look like you're dressing up the jeans not dressing down nice shoes.

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I'm a lawyer, usually in meetings or depositions which require full suit and if more than 2 consecutive days I am not comfortable wearing the same suit.
Agreed. Would rather have two suits than two shoes.

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No room for trees or another pair of shoes.
I'm surprised about the trees too. My trees definitely make my shoe boxes heavier. Don't think I would ever travel with them regardless of the length of time I'd be away.
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Originally Posted by BoxSRS60 View Post

Just got my first pair of shoes from the Independence line.  I'd been eyeing the closeout Jeffersons on shoebank for a while.  I wanted a new pair of black shoes, and I really wanted a pair of shoes in Walnut.  I watched them and watched them until they disappeared from shoebank.  I told my wife about them and she said "if they were that good a deal, you should have bought them." 

Bummer!  Well, I did a random "drive-by" on shoebank the other day and saw that there was both a black pair and a walnut pair back on shoebank at $199.  So I immediately called the missus, and she said "order them both and then you can pick the best one."  I ordered both, and we were both thinking that I would end up keeping both.  Hey, it was my birthday after all.

When they arrived, I tried them.  The black pair was practically, cosmetically perfect.  I think I found the "flaw", a small gouge at the edge of the welt at the heal, but besides the cosmetic flaw, they fit more like a 10 1/2 D than a 10 1/2 E.  The laces don't close up as nicely as I'd like.  The Walnut pair has some uneven coloring, but it's nothing that I can't live with and the fit is fantastic so I'm keeping those.  I'm pretty bummed that I'm not keeping the black pair.

I'd posted months back asking about the difference between the Independence and regular shoes.  The description seems to indicate a different sole and lining.  Well, the sole and lining are very nice, but it seems like that's not the only difference.  The leather for the upper on these is like butter.  These shoes are quite a bit more comfortable than my other AEs which is saying something. 

I still need to get a pair of something in cordovan to compare to my other shoes and see what all of the fuss is about, but I do love these Jeffersons!

PS  I then realized that I need a walnut belt, so I ordered one from Beth in Jeffersonville.  Well, what's the point in ordering something and not getting the free shipping?  So I also ordered a pair of the closeout MacNeils in black calf.  Hopefully, I'm happy with the fit and I get to give them a good home.
If you want to keep the black try peeling off the padding on the insole. It's just a layer of foam on top of the regular leather insole. That will give you more space/volume inside the shoe.
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Originally Posted by Moose22 View Post

Hah!  That was my question on the AE site.

I found the answer encouraging. The 333 last is one that sort of fits my instep and I like the looks of the new Cornwallis.

Though at the moment I'm trying to get a pair of those Rutledge off of the shoebank, so that might eat my fall show budget a little early.

How long does it take to hear back from these shoebankers, by the way? I sent a message a couple of days ago and called and left a message. Haven't heard a word. Makes me wish they were in Freeport instead of Wisconsin so I could call the guy and expect some good advice.

Any AE outlet store can order any factory second for you, regardless of where the shoe is physically. Call your man in Freeport and have him get the shoe for you.
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I'm thinking about using blue polish on a pair of Black Jeffersons to change the color slightly.  Is this a good or bad idea?

 

Do I run the risk of messing up the shoe entirely?

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Originally Posted by titojackson View Post

I'm thinking on getting a pair of Randolphs from the Shoe Bank as an everyday business casual shoe. Thoughts on chili vs bourbon? I'm thinking that the chili is a much nicer looking color, but I'm concerned about the versatility as a daily shoe.

I have and like both colors. I agree that the Bourbon will go with more. The Chili has red tones to it. It isn't a huge problem, but sometimes it looks like a brown will work better. Although other times I stay with Chili for a "louder" look to mix it up.
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Originally Posted by Shoes4play View Post
 

I'm thinking about using blue polish on a pair of Black Jeffersons to change the color slightly.  Is this a good or bad idea?

 

Do I run the risk of messing up the shoe entirely?

 

Give it a shot. It's just polish, and on a black shoe, you're hardly going to see any change. I've done the same thing on my black Fifth Street boots. If you don't like it, you'll be able to strip it off.

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I am selling a pair of size 11.5D chili-colored Manchester loafers on eBay. They were the feet pair of Allen Edmonds he bought, but hey never for quite right so he sized up to a 12D, and hasn't bought anything else since. Someone just offered me $30 for his shoes, which were only worn twice. Should I hold out for more?
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Originally Posted by Shoes4play View Post

I'm thinking about using blue polish on a pair of Black Jeffersons to change the color slightly.  Is this a good or bad idea?

Do I run the risk of messing up the shoe entirely?
Go for it!
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Originally Posted by BespokeBrooklyn View Post

Unless you need an unimpeachable classic like a Park Avenue, you could put together a full wardrobe from their clearance section.


+1 for using the word unimpeachable. And I agree with the thought as well. 

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I only own 7 pairs of shoes, but 5 are shell. I keep my collection at this number. If you think you have "holes" in this collection, I think you will ALWAYS think that.

 

I'm not exactly sure of the point of your comment, especially how it fits with the question that I posed to the group. Is it that I have too many shoes? That I should not be asking for input? Perhaps I am wrong, but I sensed some negativity and unhelpfulness in your comment. (Easily could be me... been one of those weeks.)

 

Guess I enjoy variety too much to limit myself to only 7 shoes. At some point I imagine a handful will get shipped off and I'll begin my shell addiction. In regards to holes, yes, I will always see new/other shoes and want to add them to my collection. I don't think that necessarily correlates with the size of my collection, rather desire, disposable income, other obligations, wife's willingness to look the other way when a new shipment arrives, etc.

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