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This is the pair that I mentioned:

http://m.ebay.com/itm/New-1st-Quality-Allen-Edmonds-Shell-Cordovan-MacNeil-15-D-burgundy-/321848044920?nav=SEARCH
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I would not hesitate to pay more for shell
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Originally Posted by BespokeBrooklyn View Post

I just received what I understand to be the last pair of brown MacNeil 1.0s, and I love them! Then I checked eBay and sailed a new-in-box shell pair for $300. Is the different between shell and calf so great that I should return these and pay $100 more for the shell pair, or should I just be happy I scored a pair of shoes I've wanted for a long time for less than $200 and move on with my life?


New 1st quality shell for 300 is a better deal than new calf shoes for 200. But can you afford the $100 difference? Shell is so different and #8 will fade to burgundy over time so it won't look brown like your calf macneils. Shell ages differently, it lightens and develops rolls, it's not like going up to a higher quality leather, y'know? It's just different. If you're happy then keep what you've got, seriously. Nobody cares what you didn't get, and neither should you. Personally though, I'd go for the shell, at this price.

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Does that pair look legit to you guys? I never know how or why these brand-new pairs appear on eBay.
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OK, $177 off the shoe bank.

 

There is NOTHING wrong with these visually. They look to have been tried on -- there were very minor scuffs on the soles. They look a crapload better (to my tastes) than just normal walnut, too. I really like the burnishing. That price for an independence line shoe is crazy cheap.

 

A little fancy for levis, but my fedex guy normally comes later so I hadn't expected to have them early enough to war today. What the hell, first time out with fancy schmancy balmorals are with jeans and a Bunny Ranch T-Shirt. I'm a rebel.

 

 

@Neo1, compared to my Rogues the fit is close, though these do have a bit more length and are narrower in the toe. The 201 last comes up a little earlier in the cone, too. I can feel these on the tops of my feet just above the ball of my big toe, but they aren't at all cutting like the 65 last. I'm going to wear these and let them break in a touch, but they'll good for me, if not quite as perfect as the 201 last.

 

I think the end of the laces, which I can't quite close tight but aren't too bad, is about the same height in both lasts. It's just that the 201 cone comes up even closer to the toe box. A little tough to get a perfect comparison because the rogues are open lace, but if you're a perfect fit in the larchmonts you'll probably find the 201s close with just extra room at your toes.

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To those with arch issues, one solution besides the Road Warriors (which I have one pair of), is to order a normal (non-orthotic) style half a size wider than you normally wear, remove the padded cushion, and insert a dress shoe half-insert from AE instead.  It's not quite as perfect as the orthotic line but it'll let you wear more styles and still get some arch support.

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Today, it's Burgundy Shell Sanfords.  When I purchased them 15  years ago, I didn't know what Shell Cordovan was, but the salesman persuaded me.

 

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Sanford is my absolute favorite model. It broke my heart when they discontinued them before I completed my collection.
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Originally Posted by BackInTheJox View Post


I will also add that this pair of boots tends to get the most compliments out of any shoes and my rotation. I know people often talk about getting compliments on their shoes and it usually sound like they are exaggerating, but the first two or three times I wore these boots I got close to a dozen total complements at work.


You should have gotten the compliments. It's a damned stylish boot! :)

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Originally Posted by ColtSAA45 View Post


I saw those today in stock at the Edina, MN location. Much nicer than the Gobi's, I want both the Loden and Brown variations


I'm stuck deciding between the Snuff or Chocolate, though the Loden looks nice.

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Originally Posted by RLeslieS View Post
 

Today, it's Burgundy Shell Sanfords.  When I purchased them 15  years ago, I didn't know what Shell Cordovan was, but the salesman persuaded me.

 


“When I purchased them 15 years ago, I didn't know what Shell Cordovan was...”

 

Fifteen years later, having the same awesome shoe...I'm guessing you kind of do now. LOL. :)

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I can afford the extra $100, but its one of those things.  A couple of months ago, I realized I had trouble packing for short trips because I always needed to pack three or more pairs of size 15 shoes, so I started looking for a pair casual enough to wear with jeans but dressy enough to wear with sport coats and dress slacks in nice hotels and restaurants.  I bought a burgundy Patriot loafer for $127 from the shoebank, but returned it, because the defects were too significant.  I looked for burgundy wingtips, then saw the brown MacNeil 1.0s on clearance for $197 and, since I could also use a pair of brown shoes, grabbed them.  Then, just days after they arrive, burgundy cordovan MacNeils are available for $300.  I realize that's a great bargain, but I've also gone from $137 (a little treat to myself) to $199 to $300.  That's probably not a ton of money compared to what some people in this forum drop on shoes, but its definitely out of the "little treat" category.

 

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Originally Posted by losrockets View Post
 


New 1st quality shell for 300 is a better deal than new calf shoes for 200. But can you afford the $100 difference? Shell is so different and #8 will fade to burgundy over time so it won't look brown like your calf macneils. Shell ages differently, it lightens and develops rolls, it's not like going up to a higher quality leather, y'know? It's just different. If you're happy then keep what you've got, seriously. Nobody cares what you didn't get, and neither should you. Personally though, I'd go for the shell, at this price.

post #63433 of 70737

My Burgundy Calf “Scottsdales” in the wild. From the Orthotic Series (511G Last—deeper top-to-bottom with a higher instep allowing for the installed-but-removable orthotic insole which feels GREAT!, or a custom one, which most shoes just don't accommodate). Has the black Vibram “Gumlite” sole.

 

A DREAM to walk in, and with the braided stitch on the moc toe, it's kinda damn stylish. It does NOT look like an orthotic-style shoe. Another Burlington Coat Factory find of an awesome discontinued style. My new go-to Penny...so damned comfortable. :)

 

 

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And then, from the “Now I've Seen EVERYTHING” file:

 

At the Downtown Brooklyn Burlington Coat Factory store, I came across these two...

 

A simply magnificent pair of Chocolate Suede DelRays in an 8.5E. They ARE seconds, but I couldn't find the “defect”.

 

The CRAZY shoe I saw however is a pair of “Maize and Blue” (Yeah, Michigan team colors) unlined Neumoks in a 10.5D—also seconds. They are as loud as a blown trumpet being run through a trash disposal, but...I don't know why...they somehow still kinda work. With maybe one outfit a Michigan fan would have, I guess. The leather? Buttah-soft!

 

I don't know the provenance behind these. Some sort of SMU (No, not Southern Methodist University you smart-asses, but rather, a “Special Make Up”) shoe for an event or regional group of stores...I dunno. I just know I saw 'em. Snapped 'em. So here they go! :) If you've got a Michigan fan in your circle of friends, go down there and git 'em for him! But those DelRays are sweet as molasses themselves.

 

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Originally Posted by Moose22 View Post
 

OK, $177 off the shoe bank.

 

There is NOTHING wrong with these visually. They look to have been tried on -- there were very minor scuffs on the soles. They look a crapload better (to my tastes) than just normal walnut, too. I really like the burnishing. That price for an independence line shoe is crazy cheap.

 

A little fancy for levis, but my fedex guy normally comes later so I hadn't expected to have them early enough to war today. What the hell, first time out with fancy schmancy balmorals are with jeans and a Bunny Ranch T-Shirt. I'm a rebel.

 

 

@Neo1, compared to my Rogues the fit is close, though these do have a bit more length and are narrower in the toe. The 201 last comes up a little earlier in the cone, too. I can feel these on the tops of my feet just above the ball of my big toe, but they aren't at all cutting like the 65 last. I'm going to wear these and let them break in a touch, but they'll good for me, if not quite as perfect as the 201 last.

 

I think the end of the laces, which I can't quite close tight but aren't too bad, is about the same height in both lasts. It's just that the 201 cone comes up even closer to the toe box. A little tough to get a perfect comparison because the rogues are open lace, but if you're a perfect fit in the larchmonts you'll probably find the 201s close with just extra room at your toes.

 

I just ordered a pair of these today myself!

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