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I think I'm at 4 from AE this year (and a few from other makers)... funny because before I walked in to the AE store late 2014 I didn't even care about quality shoes...LOL

 

I told my SA at the store that I had only a couple more to go and then I was done for a long time too, and he just looked at me and laughed...If I can't convince him, how can I convince myself!

 

I'm up to 8 this year but in all fairness I've completely rebooted my wardrobe (I'm already rationalizing lol). I told my girlfriend I just needed boots and I would be done. She agreed and I ordered an amazing pair of Daltons in oxblood.

 

I spent a good hour in nordstram rack yesterday. Thankfully we had a dinner reservation and had to leave because at one point I think I was carrying 6 boxes of shoes.

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Those look fantastic! I've been eyeing those on the shoebank since i had to return 2 bad pairs of brown grain wingtips last week from the shoebank (Macneil and Atlantis). To my eyes these look like the're on the 8, it appears that they come in black grain as well.

Thanks,

 

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thanks, yes dainite sole

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Great!  What kind of soles do they come with?

thanks , these have dainite soles.

 

Unfortunately I didn't like the medallion on these at all and will be returning these. If that's not an issue, then these are definitely very nice shoes.

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LOL....My AE count is low this year...I tried to own about 6 different colors on the 555 last but it just does not work for me frown.gif 

The 555 or the stopping at 6 pairs?
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LOL....My AE count is low this year...I tried to own about 6 different colors on the 555 last but it just does not work for me frown.gif 

The 555 or the stopping at 6 pairs?

LOL...the 555 just does not give me a good fit. I would have bought at least 2 boat shoes, 2 of the beefroll hybrid and 2 of the camp mocs...loved the color choices.

 

Instead I found a pair of 25 year old new in box Sebago made in USA boat shoes in brown cxl which was the same model I bought as my first expensive summer shoe in 1989. Sadly I had no idea when i discarded them a decade later that you could re-sole them. Also getting a brown pair of old cxl Sebago handsewn in USA beefrolls resoled this winter...I had given up on them as they had a terrible squeak...decided to say screw it and wore them on a beach vacation and after a week the squeak went away.

 

Also have some rancourts on order in boat shoe and a ranger moc. 

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Thanks,

 

 

thanks, yes dainite sole

thanks , these have dainite soles.

 

Unfortunately I didn't like the medallion on these at all and will be returning these. If that's not an issue, then these are definitely very nice shoes.

 

I don't love the medallion, but if it was me I would still keep them!

 

I don't own them, and I already have 3 pairs of longwing bluchers (Ralph Lauren/AE Sandersons in walnut and brown, and the AE Williams in dark brown) but am seriously considering these beautiful brown grain shortwings.

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That store gets a ton of Allen Edmonds models, and also some Brooks Brothers shoes which look like they may have been manufactured by Allen Edmonds.  I was unaware that they had the Williams, which is one of my favorite models.  Unfortunately, by the time I started buying Allen Edmonds, they had discontinued them and were sold out in size 15.

 

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14th street Nordstrom Rack had a ton of suede. I was looking at those exact shoes as well as a Williams longwing and some Navy Gobis.

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Should I buy these from shoebank for $127?

These are the ones with tap sole.

 

 

And what kind of smart casual outfit could I wear with these?

Maybe jeans and checkered button down shirt w/ burgundy belt?

 

You should buy them.  They will go well with any casual outfit -- jeans, chinos, etc.

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Burgundy penny loafers are very versatile.  I ordered a pair of these this summer, but the defects were a little too pronounced, so I returned them.  I ought to have tried again with a different pair right away.

 

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Originally Posted by keepsake89 View Post
 

Should I buy these from shoebank for $127?

These are the ones with tap sole.

 

 

And what kind of smart casual outfit could I wear with these?

Maybe jeans and checkered button down shirt w/ burgundy belt?

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I've been revamping my wardrobe over the past couple of years.  I lost a substantial amount of weight a few years ago, and decided that, before I replaced my clothes with smaller, better-fitting ones, I should read a few style guides, so I knew what to spend my money on.  It was only then that I realized exactly how many holes I had in my wardrobe.  Until the fall of 2013, I mainly wore Clarks, because they were comfortable and readily available in my size.  There's nothing wrong with Clarks, but I hadn't realized how out of place sneaker-soled loafers looked with a suit. Since then:

 

For work:

Black Cliftons (2013)

Black cap-toes (Johnston & Murphy, 2013)

Brown Madison Avenues (2014)

Brown MacNeils (2015)

Merlot Chester shortwings (2013)

 

For fun/travel:

Brown McGraw loafers (2014)

Chili Daltons (2014)

Bitter Chocolate Fifth Avenues (2015)

Brown grain Dundees (2015)

Brown suede Clarks desert boots (2013)

 

The MacNeils, which were clearance firsts ($197) and Dundee seconds ($219), I didn't pay more than $160 for any of them, and the Chesters were $15 at a secondhand store, so, on some level, I feel as if I've gotten off easy.  I was probably set before my most recent purchase, but I'm definitely set now.  ALTHOUGH if a burgundy loafer, black oxford, walnut Strand, or chili wingtip were to turn up cheap on eBay I'd be tempted.

 

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I'm up to 8 this year but in all fairness I've completely rebooted my wardrobe (I'm already rationalizing lol). I told my girlfriend I just needed boots and I would be done. She agreed and I ordered an amazing pair of Daltons in oxblood.

 

I spent a good hour in nordstram rack yesterday. Thankfully we had a dinner reservation and had to leave because at one point I think I was carrying 6 boxes of shoes.

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The burgundy shell is piling up!  I just snagged a pair of Rogues to add to my Park Avenues and Jeffersons!

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Same boat here. My doctor cursed me out on January 8th of 2014. I remember the day as I left there feeling so depressed I wanted to cry. I'd spent a large chunk of my life as that friend who was supposedly the “well-dressed guy” or “the dapper one”. Then, life spat her challenges at me. A rough divorce, a great job disappeared, my relationship with my kids—my son primarily—went straight to hell. And I put on sixty-plus pounds. 

 

I compromised by buying cheaper sh*t as the weight came on so fast. I was eating to comfort myself and I KNEW I was doing it. Did I stop? Nope. I blew up to 268 pounds. I was wearing XXL shirts, 40-inch waist pants and size 48 suits. My foot size had grown to a 13 as my weight was compressing and altering the shape and size of my foot.

 

It was bad.

 

My doctor cursed me out and cursed himself out too over his letting me slide for so many years. That day, January 8th of 2014 after the appointment, I went to The Lyric Diner on 22nd & 3rd here in Manhattan to have one last “Go Off” meal before what was going to have to happen next—a dramatic change in lifestyle. I sat there and looked at that meal for twenty minutes. Ate one piece of turkey bacon and a forkful of omelet and felt so bad that I left the rest of the food on the plate. :( Went to Paragon, bought some workout clothes, off to DSW for some running shoes, and joined Planet Fitness later that afternoon. I lost fifty of the sixty-six pounds by August. 

 

But my clothing situation was now a problem. 

 

My belts were now waaaaaaayyyy too big. My suits and sport coats were a mess. Id dropped from a 48 down to a 42 and in some cases a 40 Regular/Long (designer depending). Pants went down to a 34-35 waist. I had to replace a LOT of stuff. The big-boy gear was not really alterable as a.) It pretty much required re-construction as the size difference was soooooo drastically different now, and b.) the big-boy gear was not great grade stuff to begin with. I was now the side I was back in the late eighties to mid-nineties.

 

But who knew that my foot size would change so drastically? I was down from a 13E to my old standby size of 11.5E-12D, and I had purchased a LOT of shoes in the bigger size. Apparently, this is actually a “thing”. You lose a large amount of weight and your shoe size will change. My doctor said “Yeah...you went from Fred Flintstone feet to George Jetson feet. It happens. Now you've got an excuse to go shopping. Ha-ha!”

 

Ha-ha indeed. I'm still getting rid of clothes—trying to find the right charities to donate 'em to as I don't want some “thrift” places profiteering on the mark-ups on my donations. I've found a couple of groups who re-outfit down on their luck guys trying to get back into the workforce—which hit close to home for me as I was on the skids for 18 months from late '06 to Fall of '08. And I had to get rid of more than twenty pairs of shoes I'd accumulated in the “fat foot” sizes.

 

I got a couple of pairs of AEs in late 2014, then realized how awesome they were and then it was “Katy-bar-the-door”. The thirteen other pairs all came this year—maybe half of 'em seconds, but all from Burlington Coat Factory. All my accessories, secondary laces, polishes and edge dressings are from the main store here on Madison Avenue.

 

Here's the AE “Army” thus far...

(Had 'em out for a pass of maintenance while watching a ballgame)

 

 

BACK ROW L to R: Bone Suede “Sanibel” Loafer, Bourbon “Bleecker Street” Boot, Black Calf “Haight” Boot w/Dainite Sole, Snuff Suede “Gobis”, Espresso “Jodox, Walnut “Hollywood” Web Gems w/Orange V-Tap Sole, Tan “Sands” Beefroll Loafer w/Gumlite Sole.

 

FRONT ROW L to R: Snuff Suede “Schautal” Longwing Blucher (Basically a Suede “MacNeil”), Black Suede ”Grayson”s, Navy Suede “Stewart” Derby (A Lands End SMU “Leeds” variant in Suede), Merlot “Franciscan” Monk Straps, Black Calf “Players Shoe“ 1.0, Burgundy “Scottsdale” Penny Loafer w/Gumlite Sole, Nutmeg “Big Sur” Derby w/Toby Lug Sole.

 

Particularly LOVE my last three pickups—the black “Players Shoe (1.0)”, the Merlot “Franciscan”s (Thanks for the tip Neo1!) and lastly, a pair I'd misplaced (!), thankfully realizing i'd left them at my mom's house where I'd stopped after nabbing 'em, Black “Cascade” Boots with the Vibram Lug Sole.

 

 

The wife was upset—until she saw what i was getting RID of. “My God! You're throwing away all those shoes?” “Yep...can't wear 'em any more—LOOK!” I tried on a pair of my old shoes and lightly kicked my foot forward which sent the shoe flying off onto the floor. “Well...that's pretty bad. I guess you needed some new shoes.”, she said. “Mmmmmm-Yup!” I replied. :)

 

My addiction...enabled. 

 

But, I'm pretty good now. I've bought other shoes too. Some nice Santonis, Antonio Maurizis and even a verrrrrrry nice pair of Horween Shell Cordovan Florsheim Gunboats. I AM still gaming on a nice pair of Balmorals for suiting wear—have my eye on a couple of lovely pairs of AEs...but I'm pretty well set shoe-wise now, thanks to AE.

 

Main thing though is that I'm MUCH BETTER set health-wise at 197-202lbs, the fun side effect of which is having to get new kicks. In this case, REALLLLLLY nice kicks. :)

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Is the dark chili the new MacNeil is offered in similar to the dark chili of the Dalton? I know the color codes are different, and I wasn't able to compare when I was at the store.
Edited by cc808314 - 10/4/15 at 4:06pm
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Wore my Flagstaff penny loafers today.  If there was enough room, I'd put quarters, rather than pennies, in them and then they would be (two) bit loafers.

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Same boat here. My doctor cursed me out on January 8th of 2014. I remember the day as I left there feeling so depressed I wanted to cry. I'd spent a large chunk of my life as that friend who was supposedly the “well-dressed guy” or “the dapper one”. Then, life spat her challenges at me. A rough divorce, a great job disappeared, my relationship with my kids—my son primarily—went straight to hell. And I put on sixty-plus pounds. 

 

I compromised by buying cheaper sh*t as the weight came on so fast. I was eating to comfort myself and I KNEW I was doing it. Did I stop? Nope. I blew up to 268 pounds. I was wearing XXL shirts, 40-inch waist pants and size 48 suits. My foot size had grown to a 13 as my weight was compressing and altering the shape and size of my foot.

 

It was bad.

 

My doctor cursed me out and cursed himself out too over his letting me slide for so many years. That day, January 8th of 2014 after the appointment, I went to The Lyric Diner on 22nd & 3rd here in Manhattan to have one last “Go Off” meal before what was going to have to happen next—a dramatic change in lifestyle. I sat there and looked at that meal for twenty minutes. Ate one piece of turkey bacon and a forkful of omelet and felt so bad that I left the rest of the food on the plate. :( Went to Paragon, bought some workout clothes, off to DSW for some running shoes, and joined Planet Fitness later that afternoon. I lost fifty of the sixty-six pounds by August. 

 

But my clothing situation was now a problem. 

 

My belts were now waaaaaaayyyy too big. My suits and sport coats were a mess. Id dropped from a 48 down to a 42 and in some cases a 40 Regular/Long (designer depending). Pants went down to a 34-35 waist. I had to replace a LOT of stuff. The big-boy gear was not really alterable as a.) It pretty much required re-construction as the size difference was soooooo drastically different now, and b.) the big-boy gear was not great grade stuff to begin with. I was now the side I was back in the late eighties to mid-nineties.

 

But who knew that my foot size would change so drastically? I was down from a 13E to my old standby size of 11.5E-12D, and I had purchased a LOT of shoes in the bigger size. Apparently, this is actually a “thing”. You lose a large amount of weight and your shoe size will change. My doctor said “Yeah...you went from Fred Flintstone feet to George Jetson feet. It happens. Now you've got an excuse to go shopping. Ha-ha!”

 

Ha-ha indeed. I'm still getting rid of clothes—trying to find the right charities to donate 'em to as I don't want some “thrift” places profiteering on the mark-ups on my donations. I've found a couple of groups who re-outfit down on their luck guys trying to get back into the workforce—which hit close to home for me as I was on the skids for 18 months from late '06 to Fall of '08. And I had to get rid of more than twenty pairs of shoes I'd accumulated in the “fat foot” sizes.

 

I got a couple of pairs of AEs in late 2014, then realized how awesome they were and then it was “Katy-bar-the-door”. The thirteen other pairs all came this year—maybe half of 'em seconds, but all from Burlington Coat Factory. All my accessories, secondary laces, polishes and edge dressings are from the main store here on Madison Avenue.

 

Here's the AE “Army” thus far...

(Had 'em out for a pass of maintenance while watching a ballgame)

 

 

BACK ROW L to R: Bone Suede “Sanibel” Loafer, Bourbon “Bleecker Street” Boot, Black Calf “Haight” Boot w/Dainite Sole, Snuff Suede “Gobis”, Espresso “Jodox, Walnut “Hollywood” Web Gems w/Orange V-Tap Sole, Tan “Sands” Beefroll Loafer w/Gumlite Sole.

 

FRONT ROW L to R: Snuff Suede “Schautal” Longwing Blucher (Basically a Suede “MacNeil”), Black Suede ”Grayson”s, Navy Suede “Stewart” Derby (A Lands End SMU “Leeds” variant in Suede), Merlot “Franciscan” Monk Straps, Black Calf “Players Shoe“ 1.0, Burgundy “Scottsdale” Penny Loafer w/Gumlite Sole, Nutmeg “Big Sur” Derby w/Toby Lug Sole.

 

Particularly LOVE my last three pickups—the black “Players Shoe (1.0)”, the Merlot “Franciscan”s (Thanks for the tip Neo1!) and lastly, a pair I'd misplaced (!), thankfully realizing i'd left them at my mom's house where I'd stopped after nabbing 'em, Black “Cascade” Boots with the Vibram Lug Sole.

 

 

The wife was upset—until she saw what i was getting RID of. “My God! You're throwing away all those shoes?” “Yep...can't wear 'em any more—LOOK!” I tried on a pair of my old shoes and lightly kicked my foot forward which sent the shoe flying off onto the floor. “Well...that's pretty bad. I guess you needed some new shoes.”, she said. “Mmmmmm-Yup!” I replied. :)

 

My addiction...enabled. 

 

But, I'm pretty good now. I've bought other shoes too. Some nice Santonis, Antonio Maurizis and even a verrrrrrry nice pair of Horween Shell Cordovan Florsheim Gunboats. I AM still gaming on a nice pair of Balmorals for suiting wear—have my eye on a couple of lovely pairs of AEs...but I'm pretty well set shoe-wise now, thanks to AE.

 

Main thing though is that I'm MUCH BETTER set health-wise at 197-202lbs, the fun side effect of which is having to get new kicks. In this case, REALLLLLLY nice kicks. :)


Great post!!  Inspiring! - Thanks. 

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Is it frowned upon to order shoes purely with the intent of trying them on briefly and returning them?

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