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Originally Posted by shoenoobie View Post
 

Trying to complete my AE collection. My final verdict is that AE is the best quality/comfort for price. Looked into Alden and Carmina, etc, but I will be sticking to AE. 

 

I wanted to see what else I am missing here..

 

Currently have (18):

 

Park Avenue | Black & Walnut

Strand | Walnut & Bourbon

McAllister | Walnut & Bourbon

Fifth Avenue | Bourbon 

Carlyle | Black & Walnut

McGregor | Navy Suede (Don't even wear anymore)

6th Avenue | Dark Brown (Don't even wear anymore)

Neumok | Blue

Cavanaugh | Walnut & Navy Suede & Loden Suede

Ascher | Walnut & Bourbon

Grayson | Bourbon

 

Soon to purchase (5):

 

Carlyle | Bourbon (Priority)

Fifth Avenue | Walnut

Grayson | Walnut

Cavanaugh | Stone Suede (Priority) & Brown Suede

 

Looking into some brown burnished and chili colors to add. Depends on my pants color, but walnut and bourbon appears to be fitting everything so far.. Not a fan of bluchers and boots at all so have skipped all the flag ship models to settle for mostly balmorals. University model doesn't look too classic for my taste..

 

Any recommendation on model/color I could be looking into besides these? Would appreciate what you guys think in terms of even moving out of the AE brand.

 

I'd echo what everyone else says as far as there being lots of repeats and lots of balmorals. If you're dead set against bluchers and boots might I suggest some full brogues and monkstraps. 

 

Recommendation:

Brown burnished Cornwallis 

Chili Franciscan 

 

Alternatives:

Chili/Brown McCallister

Chili Yorktown (it's a derby but still very refined)

 

Other than the shoes above I'd recommend something in Oxblood as well. 

 

Recommendation:

Oxblood McCallister

Oxblood Warwick

Oxblood Yorktown (Most likely my next pickup)

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I don't know why I have such a hard time making choices. I have narrowed down my next AE purchase to one of the following:

 

I already have a plain toe blucher and a wingtip in waxy leather. I want something to fit into that without too much duplication. To me that means a cap toe probably or a double sole PTB.

 

6th avenune (chestnut)--I like them but they are similar to my dark brown Kenilworths

Yorktown (chili)--I like them but the yare $250

Clifton (brown or burgundy)---I already have brown and don't know about the burgundy and whether it is too loud.

leeds (oxblood)

Lexington- (chili) looks good in pictures but I hear about the creasing issue and it makes me hesitate.

Strand  (chili)--I hear people use it for business casual all the time. The walnut seems again too loud but the chili looks like a nice shoe.

post #65118 of 70737
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Originally Posted by rangen930 View Post
 

I don't know why I have such a hard time making choices. I have narrowed down my next AE purchase to one of the following:

 

I already have a plain toe blucher and a wingtip in waxy leather. I want something to fit into that without too much duplication. To me that means a cap toe probably or a double sole PTB.

 

6th avenune (chestnut)--I like them but they are similar to my dark brown Kenilworths

Yorktown (chili)--I like them but the yare $250

Clifton (brown or burgundy)---I already have brown and don't know about the burgundy and whether it is too loud.

leeds (oxblood)

Lexington- (chili) looks good in pictures but I hear about the creasing issue and it makes me hesitate.

Strand  (chili)--I hear people use it for business casual all the time. The walnut seems again too loud but the chili looks like a nice shoe.

 

6th ave: not a fan, the leather on these seem too delicate. I've only seen them as seconds at the rack and have always thrown them back.

Yorktown: love them, severely overlooked and underrated.

Clifton: Yawn, not a fan

Lexington: They're nice and you can pick them up for dirt cheap. Just make sure you nail the fit to avoid the above issue

Strand: I don't think they make these in chili

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Black Jeffersons today.
post #65120 of 70737
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Originally Posted by BKBridge View Post
 

 

6th ave: not a fan, the leather on these seem too delicate. I've only seen them as seconds at the rack and have always thrown them back.

Yorktown: love them, severely overlooked and underrated.

Clifton: Yawn, not a fan

Lexington: They're nice and you can pick them up for dirt cheap. Just make sure you nail the fit to avoid the above issue

Strand: I don't think they make these in chili

 

strands in chili are a nordstrom exclusive.

post #65121 of 70737
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Originally Posted by Neo1 View Post

@shoenoobie Lots of repeats 😊. I don't think you should make it a point to totally avoid bluchers, there are plenty good non bal styles. Rleslie can post his chili Walton for you - I would definitely recommend that. Also was going to say brown Jefferson.

 

Ah at the minimum the brown Jefferson makes sense. Never really got to look into the Independence Collection.

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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post


Don't wear those lovely Daltons in the rain.
Whoah. So much walnut. And so many bals. How do you settle on which shoes to wear? A roll of the dice?

I find walnut to be such a hard color to pull off that ice only got one pair in a rotation of 20 pairs. And it's casualish (Dalton).

 

With loafers still semi-capable, I get to wear 1-2 times a month a given pair. I think that's why having a lot of walnut still works, since I can wear the color whenever I need. The key is wearing them casually for me. Only pairs reserved for strictly suits are PAs and the black Carlyle.

 

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Originally Posted by Count de Monet View Post
 

 

As Peppercorn said, that's a LOT of walnut and a lot of bals.  And, with your proposed new purchases you are sorta doubling down.

 

You might consider subtraction before addition.  Here's just one person's opinion.  It's worth what you paid for it :) :

 

* You have some obvious duplication and other shoes that are sort of walking contradictions in a classic menswear sense (pun intended).  An example of the former is having two walnut oxfords with heavy brogueing, i.e. the McAllister and the Strand.  An example of the latter would be the walnut stich cap (PA), a rough cowhide blue wingtip oxford (Neumok) and, to a lesser extent, the black Carlisle.

 

* You also have some obvious and curious voids, e.g. not a single existing or proposed burgundy shoe and no bluchers except the McGregor you don't wear (navy suede is tricky).

 

* Consider selling (i) either the walnut McAllister or Strand; (ii) either the walnut PA or Carlisle; (iii) the black Carlisle; (iv) the McGregor you no longer wear, and (v) the 6th Ave you no longer wear.  This would leave you with "only" 13 shoes in your rotation.  Take that money, plus what you have budgeted for the five new purchases, and buy from the following list until the money runs out:

 

1.  A burgundy/#8 shell gunboat, a/k/a LWB, e.g. a shell Macneil (or Carmina equivalent).  Extremely versatile, perhaps only exceeded by the versatility of ....

 

2.  A burgundy shell loafer.  The Grayson's #7 last apparently works for you.  You can get it in shell.

 

3.  A dark brown punch cap, e.g. Fifth Ave.  It will compliment your black PA's for suit wearing and can be dressed down for wear with odd jackets.  And it will be easier to maintain than anything bourbon.

 

4.  A snuff or darker brown suede chukka.  

 

Good luck.

 

I am totally with you on the burgundy. I did buy a cheapo burgundy shoe from another brand to test out if it can match what I wear. And it does! Just a matter of getting to see AE burgundy with my real eyes to see how it may differ. I would like to keep what I have so far, but I might be considering selling the McGregor and 6th Ave to get a burgundy pair or perhaps a bal navy suede.

 

Thanks for the lengthy suggestion!

 

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Originally Posted by BKBridge View Post
 

 

I'd echo what everyone else says as far as there being lots of repeats and lots of balmorals. If you're dead set against bluchers and boots might I suggest some full brogues and monkstraps. 

 

Recommendation:

Brown burnished Cornwallis 

Chili Franciscan 

 

Alternatives:

Chili/Brown McCallister

Chili Yorktown (it's a derby but still very refined)

 

Other than the shoes above I'd recommend something in Oxblood as well. 

 

Recommendation:

Oxblood McCallister

Oxblood Warwick

Oxblood Yorktown (Most likely my next pickup)

 

I have witnessed a chili Carlyle before and bought one, but ended up returning.. I thought the color for brown and chili was a bit.. too flat without much depth into it. As an example, I find bourbon extremely interesting due to the black burnishing and depth available in its color.

 

Maybe I saw the brown/chili wrong initially. And kind of made the bourbon the "in between" walnut and black.. Oxblood looks like a good way to get into the burgundy arena. Will look into it for sure. Thanks for the comment!

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Originally Posted by ScofieldReturns View Post
 

 

strands in chili are a nordstrom exclusive.

 

Then it's good they didn't have any on display yesterday otherwise my wallet would be significantly lighter right now :lol:

 

Chili strands sound like a winner to me, they're definitely the dressiest option and almost as far away from a double sole ptb as you can go though.

post #65124 of 70737
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Originally Posted by shoenoobie View Post

Trying to complete my AE collection. My final verdict is that AE is the best quality/comfort for price. Looked into Alden and Carmina, etc, but I will be sticking to AE. 

I wanted to see what else I am missing here..

Currently have (18):

Park Avenue | Black & Walnut
Strand | Walnut & Bourbon
McAllister | Walnut & Bourbon
Fifth Avenue | Bourbon 
Carlyle | Black & Walnut
McGregor | Navy Suede (Don't even wear anymore)
6th Avenue | Dark Brown (Don't even wear anymore)
Neumok | Blue
Cavanaugh | Walnut & Navy Suede & Loden Suede
Ascher | Walnut & Bourbon
Grayson | Bourbon

Soon to purchase (5):

Carlyle | Bourbon (Priority)
Fifth Avenue | Walnut
Grayson | Walnut
Cavanaugh | Stone Suede (Priority) & Brown Suede

Looking into some brown burnished and chili colors to add. Depends on my pants color, but walnut and bourbon appears to be fitting everything so far.. Not a fan of bluchers and boots at all so have skipped all the flag ship models to settle for mostly balmorals. University model doesn't look too classic for my taste..

Any recommendation on model/color I could be looking into besides these? Would appreciate what you guys think in terms of even moving out of the AE brand.

How do you like the blue Neumok? I finally saw one in the wild and it was darker than I thought. Does it stay dark or lighten up over time? Do you wear it with chinos? Jeans? Both?
post #65125 of 70737
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Originally Posted by aero25 View Post

How do you like the blue Neumok? I finally saw one in the wild and it was darker than I thought. Does it stay dark or lighten up over time? Do you wear it with chinos? Jeans? Both?

Blue Neumok was harder than I though to wear.. I wanted to substitute for bal blue navy I do not own. In the middle of trying to get color changed with a little grey tone. Will post pics when I do!
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Originally Posted by shoenoobie View Post
 

Trying to complete my AE collection. My final verdict is that AE is the best quality/comfort for price. Looked into Alden and Carmina, etc, but I will be sticking to AE. 

 

I wanted to see what else I am missing here..

 

. . .

 

Any recommendation on model/color I could be looking into besides these? Would appreciate what you guys think in terms of even moving out of the AE brand.

 

I endorse the recommendations for a wider color spectrum.  As others have said, I'd add burgundys, chilis, and browns.  I'd also add some bluchers.  If you want a blucher that's more formal than some and also has a different toe shape, try the Delrays in chili and/or brown.  Also, the dark chili MacNeil is very nice if you don't want to spring for burgundy shell.  For something more casual, a brown grain MacNeil would also be a good addition.  I love my Waltons, too, but currently you can only get them in black. 

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Today, it's Merlot PAs:

 

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Originally Posted by CGKIII View Post

I picked up a Park Ave Flag briefcase at an outlet over the summer. It was around $300? They had 3 of them, and the one I got was pretty clean, but the other two were pretty beat up. That said, I feel pretty lucky to have snagged it. I ordered a Strand Double Flap during the sale because I didn't want to roll the dice on an outlet purchase in the future for what I consider a negligible additional discount (compared to standard J.W. Hulme and Saddleback prices, the current 40% off is pretty solid). I also called two outlets first to see if they had any 2nds, and they didn't, so it doesn't seem to me like they'll have significant extra stock left after the RDA sale.

Thanks for the info. I think I'll pick it up.
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Originally Posted by Buddy0329 View Post

Wolverine 744 LTD in Horween #449 Shell Cordovan:










These are soft as butter and gorgeous!

Those are great! How often do they make those?
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Originally Posted by Beach Bum View Post

Just looked thru the catalog that just came in mail a few days ago.

The new Yorktown and the First Avenue brown grain boots are really attractive.

If anyone has either feel free to load some pics.

Quick pic of the First Avenue in brown grain.  A tad long but really nice boots.  I think they're a keeper.

 

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