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Originally Posted by garland View Post
 

 

The Kenwood brown/blue *should* be referring to the sole. Its stacked with a blue midsole. 

 

Aha - as soon as you said that it immediately dawned on me that you were talking about these loafers that I have looked at several times:

 

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Tumbled-Leather-Popped-Midsole-Penny-Loafers/MH00370,default,pd.html?dwvar_MH00370_Color=DKRD&contentpos=107&cgid=

 

 

I recall they also had a more "brown" colored one.

 

Definitely a Kenwood.  But, probably not my cup of tea.

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Is it just me, or do the Kenwoods fit really small?

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Got an email saying the Bellevue, WA AE store had opened -- so I thought I'd head down there to check it out. I was able to check out the MacNeil 2.0 and some of the newer AE offerings for Fall.

Also got a look at the Normandy boot and was blown away by just how terrible these are in real life. The distressing on these is so bad -- reminded me of a kid heading out to dad's garage and grabbing some sandpaper, scuffing the boots in two directions, getting bored and giving up. It's hard to put into words how ridiculous these look, so I'll just let the pics do the talking:




Probably the worst AE shoe I've seen to date. Even worse than the "brush-off" leather Morgan wingtips:

http://www.styleforum.net/t/141581/allen-edmonds-appreciation-thread/28725#post_6588822


Edited by bl@ster - 9/7/15 at 3:12am
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I don't think those boots are bad at all. I've certainly seen far worse.
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Originally Posted by bl@ster View Post

Got an email saying the Bellevue, WA AE store had opened -- so I thought I'd head down there to check it out. I was able to check out the MacNeil 2.0 and some of the newer AE offerings for Fall.

Also got a look at the Normandy boot and was blown away by just how terrible these are in real life. The distressing on these is so bad -- reminded me of a kid heading out to dad's garage and grabbing some sandpaper, scuffing the boots in two directions, getting bored and giving up. It's hard to put into words how ridiculous these look, so I'll just let the pics do the talking:

Probably the worst AE shoe I've seen to date. Even worse than the "brush-off" leather Morgan wingtips:

http://www.styleforum.net/t/141581/allen-edmonds-appreciation-thread/28725#post_6588822

I disagree. The Morgans were much worse. Btw, fingernails getting a little long there, buddy! wink.gif
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I disagree. The Morgans were much worse. Btw, fingernails getting a little long there, buddy! wink.gif

I disagree as well. It's not an elegant boot, but it's not supposed to be. I wouldn't buy it, but wouldn't go so far as to say it's worse than the brush-off, corrected grain Morgan.

@bl@ster seems to have some sort of vendetta against AE these days... his only posts anymore are bashing the Normandy.
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I disagree as well. It's not an elegant boot, but it's not supposed to be. I wouldn't buy it, but wouldn't go so far as to say it's worse than the brush-off, corrected grain Morgan.

@bl@ster seems to have some sort of vendetta against AE these days... his only posts anymore are bashing the Normandy.

I think his critiques are valid. And they're clearly coming from a place of love. I mean, he likely had more AEs than anyone else on this thread. Except maybe halfnhalfnhalf.
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Originally Posted by JSO1 View Post

I disagree as well. It's not an elegant boot, but it's not supposed to be. I wouldn't buy it, but wouldn't go so far as to say it's worse than the brush-off, corrected grain Morgan.

@bl@ster seems to have some sort of vendetta against AE these days... his only posts anymore are bashing the Normandy.

I think his critiques are valid. And they're clearly coming from a place of love. I mean, he likely had more AEs than anyone else on this thread. Except maybe halfnhalfnhalf.
Kudu is such a cool leather, not sure why AE haad to mess with it....that distressing is terrible. The boot on its own I like. While I think the leather sole was a great choice for the oddenwald this boot would have been better served with a tap commando sole.
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Thoughts on the bourbon Lexington versus the chili Lexington?

 

I've got walnut strands, brown burnished delrays, cappuccino cordovan macneils, black mcallisters and olive green nuemoks.....so, I'm looking to add another pair and am leaning towards the chil from a versatility/variety standpoint.

 

Any opinions?

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Hi everyone, new here. Some luck with a local BCF and a Nordstrom Rack, but not much money to spend. I found two different styles in my size - Leeds in black (with a Dainite sole) for $80 and a Rutledge in black for $180. Which would you recommend if I can only get one pair?
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Hi everyone, new here. Some luck with a local BCF and a Nordstrom Rack, but not much money to spend. I found two different styles in my size - Leeds in black (with a Dainite sole) for $80 and a Rutledge in black for $180. Which would you recommend if I can only get one pair?

 

HI, sounds like good deals :)

 

This really depends on what you need them for... BUT you would have more diversity buying the Leeds given the are a blucher vs balmoral type shoe. You can dress up the bluchers, but a black cap toe oxford/balmoral can not be dressed down very well and will mainly work with suits or wool trousers only.

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Originally Posted by Kahuna75 View Post

Kudu is such a cool leather, not sure why AE haad to mess with it....that distressing is terrible. The boot on its own I like. While I think the leather sole was a great choice for the oddenwald this boot would have been better served with a tap commando sole.

I saw them a couple months ago in the Orange County store and had similar impressions. They sort of reminded me of the Saddleback Leather bags. They're meant to distress but should be allowed to do so naturally, thereby taking on the character of your lifestyle. If they must pre-distress them, a layered process might be better than a couple cross directional swipes of sandpaper.
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I give the gents of this thread the worst thing AE has ever made.
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Originally Posted by mukimpo View Post

Hi everyone, new here. Some luck with a local BCF and a Nordstrom Rack, but not much money to spend. I found two different styles in my size - Leeds in black (with a Dainite sole) for $80 and a Rutledge in black for $180. Which would you recommend if I can only get one pair?

Rutledge. Much better shoe, in construction and component quality.

Unless the Leeds is black Horween cordovan...
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