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They are black. Not really a shoe that I was looking for, but for $10, I wasn't leaving it on the shelf either. They fit me beautifully. 

I wouldn't have either, but I wouldn't wear a black loafer this sleek enough to justify spending the money. AE is definitely a better bang for your buck and with the condition those uppers look to be in, they will probably come back looking brand spanking new. 

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To Shoelover - they replaced the tassles on my Bridgetons

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Good advice all around, @concrtejngle
! Initially, I think versatility is THE key. Look for those shoes that can go with many colors and levels of formality. A dressy blucher or casual balmoral are good example. My chili Bleecker Streets and bourbon Kennilsworth saw a lot of action as I built my collection.

I agree with others about dark brown over walnut (& black). I would also consider the dark/burnished/Bob's chili. In many shoes, I feel that this is my most versatile color. 

All great advice. My very first AE shoes were dark brown kenilworth, I wore them alot

My current line up is

Brown Kenilworth
Walnut Stands
Chili Lasalle
Navy Players
Navy Cronmoks

I know many will say that stands in walnut isn't the most versatile color and I do agree. Since I've been polishing them for a while now and they got darker they look much better than the "tan" that it was once.

It's more light brown. I'll say the chili looks badass, I'd love to pick up oxblood next

I once had black fifth ave. Looked like all the 50 year old bankers downtown (no offense) smile.gif
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To Shoelover - they replaced the tassles on my Bridgetons


Thanks for the info. I was wondering if they would do that as well. I am actually contemplating whether to look for a pair of bridgetons or not. However, I'm kinda in need of something black for inclement weather, so I'm considering something less expensive from a rival that has a synthetic sole. 

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Does AE still charge extra to change the sole on a recraft? 

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Hi,

 

Recently ordered two pairs of seconds (First Ave and Park Ave).  Had a question about the heel stitching on the boots -- in general would you think this is just cosmetic or could it lead to the boot deteriorating much more quickly than normal?



The park ave's I think there is a stronger case for keeping as the only issue I see is this warping on one of the sides which is only visible at certain angles.

 

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Thanks,
Dave

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@n0style

Your boots are the same issue with my stands, I got zero issues so far
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Thank you @7_rocket !

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The local cobbler will simply sew a new leather sole on the existing welt and put on a new heel. The recrafting at AE will replace the welt, scrape out the existing cork with the foot impression of the previous owner, insert a new hot cork layer, replace the sole and heel, remove the old finish and refinish to the original color. All of that for $125 is better than "the local guy."


I heard that the redraft will replace the tassels as well. Can you confirm that?

I do not know that answer. They replace laces, but you would have to ask AE about tassels. Go to this URL for a nice overview video of the recraft service. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cT5VJmmgVM&feature=youtu.be

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Does AE still charge extra to change the sole on a recraft? 

Yes, $10
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Thank you @7_rocket
 !

No worries as for your park avenue's, that looks to be purely aesthetics but I'm no expert however.
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Hi,

 

Recently ordered two pairs of seconds (First Ave and Park Ave).  Had a question about the heel stitching on the boots -- in general would you think this is just cosmetic or could it lead to the boot deteriorating much more quickly than normal?

 

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Thanks,
Dave

 

As rocket indicated, I would think this would be only cosmetic.

 

You have 350° of coverage on the sole left, even if this stitch was doing nothing. Since the stitching deteriorates from the bottom rather than the top, and since this is in the area that never touches the ground, and considering most goodyear welts actually stop at this point rather than going 360° in the first place, I would suggest you have nothing to worry about. I believe this must be a typical tie off point of the stitching because I have at least three pair with some sort of inconsistency at this very spot. 

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Yes, $10


thanks. I guess it takes extra effort to ensure a correct order. Still, it seems kinda like paying 8% extra to have mustard on a sandwich rather than mayonnaise. 

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AE 'Grayson' Got these at a thrift store for $10. Shoe uppers look pretty good, but heel and soles are shot. Are these worth redrafting by AE for $150, or should I let my local cobbler take a shot for $50?


I think it depends what you'll wear them for. If these are going to be central in your rotation, go with AE recraft. If you need some beaters, give the local guy $50. I've got a pair of black loafers like this that I thrifted - soles were shot but after a local cobbler replaced the sole and heel for $60, I now have my DEFAULT rainy/slushy weather shoe so I can keep my PAs, FAs, etc. in better condition and stretch the number of years between recrafts on my primary workhorses.
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First wear of the brown grain First Aves. As I previously mentioned, the leather feels great. The dainite soles, on the other hand, are going to be a long break-in.
Outside and inside...
 

 

I tried these on today and had to order a pair... They really look great in person.

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