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I'm dead set on a pair of burgundy shell shoes and would prefer a pair of Cambridge or MacNeils but unfortunately the only seconds in stock of such criteria in my size are the Bradley and the Leeds.  Of the two I prefer the Leeds and as such I will likely request a pair of Burgundy Shell Leeds when AE processes my exchange.  They received my Burgundy Shell MacNeils in the mail on Monday (returned due to the left and right shoes being patinated differently, probably due to being display seconds that were left out in the sun for too long).

 

My question is this:

Will I be able to wear the Leeds to job interviews (at law firms; if this helps clarify anything) with a solid navy suit?

I'm a little wary that the fact that they are PTBs may render them improper for such use.

But I have heard otherwise.  I want to play it safe and if they won't work, I'll just stick to a pair of black calf PAs.

 

Can anyone enlighten me?

 

Edit: FYI after getting speaking with various customer service reps over the past week or so, AE cordovan seconds will be much harder to come by in the future as any new cordovan shoes will be made to order. bored.gif

post #6467 of 70737
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Originally Posted by BackInTheJox View Post

 

 

1.  I second the Delray suggestion, or even the Lasalle.  I have the Delrays in chili and the Lasalle in brown, and wear both in the same capacity you mention (workhorse shoe for less formal work environment).  Kenilworth is probably good if you like a plain toe shoe (not a huge fan personally).

 

2.  Have you considered the McTavish or Elgin?  Both are more "casual/rugged" versions of the Mcallister and Strand, respectively.

 

i agree, i am also considering getting the delray or lasalle - both very versatile 

post #6468 of 70737
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Originally Posted by BackInTheJox View Post

I don't have an answer for you unfortunately, but I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for bringing that sale to my attention.  I've been seriously considering getting the Elgin for a while now, and at that price I might just have to pull the trigger.

There is also the Brooks Brothers rebranded Elgin on sale now for $223.50. Up to you if the small difference in price is worth it for the rubber covered sole and the cushioning added the footbed.
post #6469 of 70737
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Originally Posted by Breedlove View Post

I'm dead set on a pair of burgundy shell shoes and would prefer a pair of Cambridge or MacNeils but unfortunately the only seconds in stock of such criteria in my size are the Bradley and the Leeds.  Of the two I prefer the Leeds and as such I will likely request a pair of Burgundy Shell Leeds when AE processes my exchange.  They received my Burgundy Shell MacNeils in the mail on Monday (returned due to the left and right shoes being patinated differently, probably due to being display seconds that were left out in the sun for too long).

 

My question is this:

Will I be able to wear the Leeds to job interviews (at law firms; if this helps clarify anything) with a solid navy suit?

I'm a little wary that the fact that they are PTBs may render them improper for such use.

But I have heard otherwise.  I want to play it safe and if they won't work, I'll just stick to a pair of black calf PAs.

 

Can anyone enlighten me?

 

Edit: FYI after getting speaking with various customer service reps over the past week or so, AE cordovan seconds will be much harder to come by in the future as any new cordovan shoes will be made to order. bored.gif

Do you already have the black PAs? If so, wear those on the interview. You could probably get away with the Leeds, but some feel that bluchers do not go with suits. I don't know how conservative this law firm is, so I would stick with the PAs.

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Originally Posted by Breedlove View Post

I'm dead set on a pair of burgundy shell shoes and would prefer a pair of Cambridge or MacNeils but unfortunately the only seconds in stock of such criteria in my size are the Bradley and the Leeds.  Of the two I prefer the Leeds and as such I will likely request a pair of Burgundy Shell Leeds when AE processes my exchange.  They received my Burgundy Shell MacNeils in the mail on Monday (returned due to the left and right shoes being patinated differently, probably due to being display seconds that were left out in the sun for too long).

 

My question is this:

Will I be able to wear the Leeds to job interviews (at law firms; if this helps clarify anything) with a solid navy suit?

I'm a little wary that the fact that they are PTBs may render them improper for such use.

But I have heard otherwise.  I want to play it safe and if they won't work, I'll just stick to a pair of black calf PAs.

 

Can anyone enlighten me?

 

Edit: FYI after getting speaking with various customer service reps over the past week or so, AE cordovan seconds will be much harder to come by in the future as any new cordovan shoes will be made to order. bored.gif

 

Stick with the black Park Avenues for law firm interviews. 

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I wouldn't wear leeds formally. In fact its one of my least favorite shoes made by AE
post #6472 of 70737
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Originally Posted by New Shoes1 View Post

 

Stick with the black Park Avenues for law firm interviews. 

Also, it's just a good rule of thumb to never wear open laced shoes (bluchers) with a suit.  Closed lace only (bals), and preferably black if you're going to be interviewing.

 

Good luck!!

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Originally Posted by Al in Philly View Post

Also, it's just a good rule of thumb to never wear open laced shoes (bluchers) with a suit.  Closed lace only (bals), and preferably black if you're going to be interviewing.

 

Good luck!!

 

I wish my feet would agree with such dozingoff.gif

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I wish my feet would agree with such dozingoff.gif

I don't understand.  What's the issue?

post #6475 of 70737
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Originally Posted by Al in Philly View Post

I don't understand.  What's the issue?

Due to the restrictive nature of the balmoral lacing, it can be tough for someone with high arches to fit in these types of shoes. Bluchers offer more flexibility in terms of the tightness of the lacing. I assume that is what the poster is referring to.

post #6476 of 70737
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Due to the restrictive nature of the balmoral lacing, it can be tough for someone with high arches to fit in these types of shoes. Bluchers offer more flexibility in terms of the tightness of the lacing. I assume that is what the poster is referring to.

I've never heard of this, seen a documented case of this, nor have ever known anyone to have this problem.  With such a variety of lasts and manufacturers in the world, I would like to think that there must be a specific bal out there that can fit each specific foot comfortably.

 

Is tightness what that poster was referring to, or will it simply not go on his foot?

post #6477 of 70737
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Originally Posted by Al in Philly View Post

Also, it's just a good rule of thumb to never wear open laced shoes (bluchers) with a suit.  Closed lace only (bals), and preferably black if you're going to be interviewing.

 

Good luck!!

 

Nowadays, I think this is more an issue of personal preference and not a rule.  I prefer closed lacing with suits, but there are many bluchers out there that look nice with suits as well.  And msulinski is correct, some people with high arches find balmorals too uncomfortable.

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Originally Posted by Al in Philly View Post

I've never heard of this, seen a documented case of this, nor have ever known anyone to have this problem.  With such a variety of lasts and manufacturers in the world, I would like to think that there must be a specific bal out there that can fit each specific foot comfortably.

Is tightness what that poster was referring to, or will it simply not go on his foot?

I've read about this same issue on here before also. I think they can get their foot in but there is too much pressure over the top of the shoe where the lacing is. I remember seeing a picture from someone just this week where the lacing on an oxford shoe was very wide even though the rest of the shoe fit. It may have even been in this thread.
post #6479 of 70737
The Clifton is on sale. How does it fit?
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

 

I have the shell Dalton with leather soles, not sure you can get the calf with rubber soles as it is not under custom shoes. AE calf is not waterproof and it would take a lot of wax to make it so. As far as rubber soled AE boots I have the Bayfield in brown and black. The brown CXL leather I waterproofed with Obenhauf's HDLP and it works well. The black ones I spit shined with wax and they are water resistant. Both are great boots. The Yuma is bison leather and not dressy enough IMO. The Yuma was a big disappointment to me in general and the only AE shoe\boot that I feel that way about. The Katmai surprised me, it would work for your needs if waterproofed with suede protector. I am wearing them more and more this summer. But my first choice would be the Cascade in brown treated with HDLP. I purchased them to wear to and from work in the winter then change into dress shoes. First time I wore them my secretary said how stylish they were and she has never said anything about all the shoes I own. I have worn them with a jacket and tie since then and now don't give them a second thought. They would not work with a suit however. But are very comfortable, as they broke in they creased correctly despite me thinking they were too long at first. They have nice wheeling on the welt too. Worth checking out and they don't scream American. Although that never bothered me much overseas except in high risk terrorist attack locations.


I've been told that if you contact AE that they can accommodate the rubber sole on the Dalton's.  Also, I don't need them to be fully waterproof, I just need them to not be totally shot to hell if they get some moisture on them.  I like the Bayfield, but I've heard of various quality issues with them (grommets coming off, CXL leather being sub-par, etc.).  I really like the North Platte, but it's not offered currently. 

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