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Added a pair of brown Fifth Avenues to my rapidly growing collection today. I need to stop for a little while.

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Please do not buy that crackle leather. For the love of Saint Crispin. id go for the tan McT, since you already have one pair of Rush Streets.

 



I love my Tan McT's.



I think the Cognac is great too...

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Anybody ever MTO a pair of Daltons in brown shell cordovan? I'm tempted.

I already have two pairs of wingtip boots in shell cordovan by AE & Alden. I enjoy them both for different reasons, but both are burgundy / #8.
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Added a pair of brown Fifth Avenues to my rapidly growing collection today. I need to stop for a little while.


 



Me too. Between AE and Alden, I'm done...

Happy, but done...
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Wow, so here I am dreaming about a new briefcase and looking at the AE Strand:

 

 

 

And I get home from work today and my wife has an early birthday gift wrapped for me - a new bag/briefcase from Saddleback!

 

 

I love it, but now I'm torn.  The Strand is currently on sale for exactly $100 less than the Saddleback (which is not on sale).  The size is comparable, although the Strand bag is a little deeper and is probably less heavy due to the thickness of the leather used by Saddleback.

 

I suspect the Saddleback is more "durable", but I kind of like the perceived ease with which the Strand bag can be opened (it appears that the straps with the buckles are "for show" and they just clip off, no?)  You have to undo the buckle on the Saddleback to open it.

 

Thoughts from the peanut gallery?  If comparing retail, I'd say there's no way I'd choose the Strand bag over the Saddleback since we're talking ~$200 more for the Strand.  But when it suddenly becomes $100 less than the Saddleback, I'm not sure what to do . . . 

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Wow, so here I am dreaming about a new briefcase and looking at the AE Strand:





And I get home from work today and my wife has an early birthday gift wrapped for me - a new bag/briefcase from Saddleback!




I love it, but now I'm torn.  The Strand is currently on sale for exactly $100 less than the Saddleback (which is not on sale).  The size is comparable, although the Strand bag is a little deeper and is probably less heavy due to the thickness of the leather used by Saddleback.

I suspect the Saddleback is more "durable", but I kind of like the perceived ease with which the Strand bag can be opened (it appears that the straps with the buckles are "for show" and they just clip off, no?)  You have to undo the buckle on the Saddleback to open it.

Thoughts from the peanut gallery?  If comparing retail, I'd say there's no way I'd choose the Strand bag over the Saddleback since we're talking ~$200 more for the Strand.  But when it suddenly becomes $100 less than the Saddleback, I'm not sure what to do . . . 
Huh? What are you torn about? It's a damn thoughtful present from your wife. You're going to give it back for something else?
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Huh? What are you torn about? It's a damn thoughtful present from your wife. You're going to give it back for something else?

 

Haha, oh I agree, it was unbelievably thoughtful.  I hadn't even talked to her about different bags, just mentioned that I was going to need something like this soon.

 

But she's also super practical, and would likely appreciate saving $100 too.  If I told her "I love that bag, and there's another one that looks similar that's just as high quality but $100 cheaper, what do you think?", I don't think she'd be the least bit offended.  Of course, I suppose I could be wrong.

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Is that a waxy type leather? 

 

The first pair I got were "Natural Tax Waxed Leather" - not sure about the Cognac, but it seems very similar.  I'm not an expert on leather, but I think "waxed" is as much a reference to the finish as the leather itself.

 

Whatever it is, it is a great rustic feel.

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These McTavish pictures are killing me (or they're going to kill my wallet, at least).
I was holding out for the Golden CXL Rush Streets. Those were discontinued before I got a chance (and none available in my size when they went to clearance).
Lately, I've had my eye on the tan McTavish. I liked it, I just wished it was a little darker. Just a few minutes ago I looked at the Shoebank. Suddenly there is a dark brown crackle McTavish and, wait for it..., a golden CXL Rush Street.
I'm torn. What do you guys think:
1. Dark Brown Crackle McTavish
2. Golden CXL Rush Street
3. Tan McTavish
My existing casual shoes are a natural CXL Clark Street, an olive (green) Rush Street, and a brown grain Malvern chukka.
The dark brown crackle looks a little too distressed in the pictures, but I have never seen it in person.
I'd appreciate your input.

I feel for ya, man. I've been looking at #2 and 3 on your list as well. I really liked the Rush St earlier this year when I saw it in store. If you've been holding out for them, Get 'em, I'd say.
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Haha, oh I agree, it was unbelievably thoughtful.  I hadn't even talked to her about different bags, just mentioned that I was going to need something like this soon.

But she's also super practical, and would likely appreciate saving $100 too.  If I told her "I love that bag, and there's another one that looks similar that's just as high quality but $100 cheaper, what do you think?", I don't think she'd be the least bit offended.  Of course, I suppose I could be wrong.
I think you got a great gift.
The end.
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Haha, oh I agree, it was unbelievably thoughtful.  I hadn't even talked to her about different bags, just mentioned that I was going to need something like this soon.

 

But she's also super practical, and would likely appreciate saving $100 too.  If I told her "I love that bag, and there's another one that looks similar that's just as high quality but $100 cheaper, what do you think?", I don't think she'd be the least bit offended.  Of course, I suppose I could be wrong.

 

I would say that it totally depends on your work environment and what you need. The saddleback is definitely more casual, although if you don't need dressy, I wouldn't think twice about keeping it. They make a phenomenal bag. 

 

I'm not knocking the Strand bag, because believe me, I covet it on a daily basis. Its just on the dressier side, comparatively speaking. 

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I think you got a great gift.
The end.

+1 billion
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Haha, oh I agree, it was unbelievably thoughtful.  I hadn't even talked to her about different bags, just mentioned that I was going to need something like this soon.

Which one matches your shoe color rotation better?
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But she's also super practical, and would likely appreciate saving $100 too.  If I told her "I love that bag, and there's another one that looks similar that's just as high quality but $100 cheaper, what do you think?", I don't think she'd be the least bit offended.  Of course, I suppose I could be wrong.

Well, if she stuffs it up your ***, you'll know she was offended. mwink[1].gif
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I think you got a great gift.
The end.

 

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+1 billion

 

Agreed.  Though it's nice to save $100 on a briefcase you like as much (or even slightly better), your wife must have put a lot of thought and effort to buy the Saddleback & to surprise you with it.  

You got an awesome briefcase, and an awesome wife. Enjoy it! :cheers: 

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Haha, oh I agree, it was unbelievably thoughtful.  I hadn't even talked to her about different bags, just mentioned that I was going to need something like this soon.

But she's also super practical, and would likely appreciate saving $100 too.  If I told her "I love that bag, and there's another one that looks similar that's just as high quality but $100 cheaper, what do you think?", I don't think she'd be the least bit offended.  Of course, I suppose I could be wrong.
I'm sure you know her well, and I doubt it would be a major deal if you swapped it out. However, you would have a LOT more style than the best dressed person on this forum by accepting her thoughtful gesture. She took the time to pick it out. It's a bag that will last and better with age for years on end, and every time she sees you with it she will appreciate the fact that you use and love the bag she gave you. And hopefully you will feel the same. That's worlds better than whether or not it perfectly matches your favorite pair of AE shoes.
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