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Really like that look you've got there!

 



Thanks. My favorite AE.
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Walnut Wednesday with another appearance of the brief case. I need to start wearing other colors with walnut. My go to seems to be Grey.
Grey is my go-to with walnut as well. Specifically light grey. I always want to pair it with navy, and I do think it looks good, but I always tend to chicken out at the last minute because it seems a bit too flashy. Though I will say, my walnut strands have become more versatile since I darkened them ever so slightly.
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So they killed the navy and olive rush street and renamed it the strandmok? Guess it made sense, since both were casual versions of the same shoe.

 

Changed the leather from Chromexcel to Burnished Nubuck. I think I prefer the Rush Street but I'm glad that these color options are back. It does seem like an odd time to launch these as I associate them with Spring/Summer wear rather than Fall/Winter.

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Changed the leather from Chromexcel to Burnished Nubuck. I think I prefer the Rush Street but I'm glad that these color options are back. It does seem like an odd time to launch these as I associate them with Spring/Summer wear rather than Fall/Winter.

 

The Rush Street in Olive and Navy were not Chromexcel. They were the Apache leather (which AE called "distressed"). They did kill the Golden Brown CXL Rush Street, it seems.

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Bourbon, which began its life as Walnut, Wednesday.
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AE today with burgundy shell Leeds
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AE today with burgundy shell Leeds Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

I don't know if it is the angle but that looks so much more of a rounded toe than my pair...I would prefer a more rounded toe-

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Walnut Wednesday with another appearance of the brief case. I need to start wearing other colors with walnut. My go to seems to be Grey.

I often pair my walnut strands with greys & navy most often, as well as dark denim.  Pretty versatile I'd say.  Nice pairing with the briefcase!

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I don't know if it is the angle but that looks so much more of a rounded toe than my pair...I would prefer a more rounded toe-

 

Most likely just the angle.  I like the more pointed toe as it's a tad sleeker looking than my Barrie last options.  I contemplated picking up a pair of Alden 990's (and sell the Leeds) but the more I wear these Leeds I realize it's an added expense not necessary.

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I don't know if it is the angle but that looks so much more of a rounded toe than my pair...I would prefer a more rounded toe-

 

Most likely just the angle.  I like the more pointed toe as it's a tad sleeker looking than my Barrie last options.  I contemplated picking up a pair of Alden 990's (and sell the Leeds) but the more I wear these Leeds I realize it's an added expense not necessary.

 

Agree- I would never sell the AE version for the Alden even with my preference for the more rounded. There is no gain to losing money in that transaction IMHO on those two models.

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Most likely just the angle.  I like the more pointed toe as it's a tad sleeker looking than my Barrie last options.  I contemplated picking up a pair of Alden 990's (and sell the Leeds) but the more I wear these Leeds I realize it's an added expense not necessary.

 

 

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Agree- I would never sell the AE version for the Alden even with my preference for the more rounded. There is no gain to losing money in that transaction IMHO on those two models.


Totally agree. For some reason, Alden seems to be considered a level above AE. I don't see it. I own several of each and my AEs are every bit the same quality of material and construction and in most cases look better than their Alden siblings. The Leeds are a perfect example of this.

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I'm no expert in terms of what exact materials are used, but did want to point out that the strandmok is unlined so it fits much roomier upfront than the rush st. AE likes to advertise it as a bad weather shoe due to the danite, but the unlined imo makes them more like a spring /summer style. Happy about the colors though.
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Not technically Walnut for Wednesday, but close enough. Natty Dundees.



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Totally agree. For some reason, Alden seems to be considered a level above AE. I don't see it. I own several of each and my AEs are every bit the same quality of material and construction and in most cases look better than their Alden siblings. The Leeds are a perfect example of this.

 

They're considered a level above because they are. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but as someone who has owned over 30 different pairs of Allen Edmonds (I now have about 10) and 15 pairs of Alden, I judge the difference between them to be considerable.

 

AE first quality shoes regularly hit my doorstep with a major cosmetic defect (tiger striped burnishing, bunched up leather, ankle bowing, misaligned eye stays, curved/uneven wingtip point, pattern placement mismatches, glue seeping onto the insole, sloppy welt join points, lasting tape stuck between the welt and the upper, eyelet backs gouging the tongue, separating rubber heel lifts, dry shell cordovan, and broguing imperfections, just to name a few that I have experienced myself). When I first started buying AE shoes, I was not very discerning. I never noticed flaws, because I wasn't examining the shoes carefully. Who does? Only shoe "enthusiasts" like many of the folks on here. For 99% of men, AE shoes would be a massive step up from the crap they're wearing every day, and are significantly better finished and made.

 

However, for "shoe guys", Alden offers a better product. It's more expensive, and they do have their own QC issues from time to time (sloppy welt join points and heel nails that aren't struck in perfectly seem to be more common), but Alden does much better with finishing on their calf (unlike the horribly sticky, glossy finish AE is applying these days), has always used C.F.Stead suede (generally regarded as the best - glad to see AE starting to use it now), and is definitely a cut above AE when it comes to finishing shell cordovan.

 

While differences in patterns and lasts are aesthetic and thus subject to personal preferences, I think that most Alden patterns and lasts are more elegant than their AE counterparts (wingtip boot vs. Dalton, LWB vs. MacNeil, shortwing bal vs. McAllister).

 

The one area where AE definitely surpasses Alden, without a doubt, however, is customer service. AE customer service is unparalleled. Alden's is quite poor by comparison (more in line with the general customer service approach to men's shoes).

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Looking good pepper
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Not technically Walnut for Wednesday, but close enough. Natty Dundees.



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