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Hi, everyone -- I'm a little late to the AE party, and I have an observation and a question:

First, pay attention when our brethren here talk about non-buyer's remorse.I loved the Jermyns and Manchesters, and just before I decided to pick up a few, AE closed them out. There were a pretty good run of colors on Shoebank, but I waited too long, and missed out on several beauties. I've only got black and walnut Jermyns, and a Merlot pair of Manchesters, and I would have bought one of each in every color. Same with the Sanford. So, the moral to the story is if you see a pair you like, move fast.

How can one see what the models on Shoebank's website look when there is no picture online? I try to google them, but that doesn't seem to work. For example, what is the Acheson? Never heard of it, and when I google it all I get are hits that show pictures of Dean Acheson and other AE shoes.

Thanks for a great board!
Edited by Southwick - 12/8/15 at 11:01am
post #68132 of 70737
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Originally Posted by Count de Monet View Post

I think a brown LWB is generally thought of as a sold choice for many OJ/OT combos. I sure enjoy mine. What is your concern about going dark brown and why would an FA - a punch cap Oxford - in the same color work better for you? Because it is a great suit shoe?

Most days are on the more conservative side of BC, and a brown FA would certainly give me another suit option. I love a short wing bal with BC, but a long wing blucher seems more like a denim/chino shoe to me.

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I wear my bourbon MacGregors with trousers and sports jackets all the time. I will even wear with a more casual suit, no tie, to mix things up when I'm in the office. So if you already have dark brown balmorals, go for. The price can't be beat. If you don't and need versatility I recommend dark brown strands.

The dark brown strand is on my list as well, but I'm trying to decide between them and the fifth street. Merlot McAllisters are also on the list of future definite purchases.

I think the reason I'm so hesitant is that I don't really care for the long wing when viewing it on its own. Yet when I see it worn, I'm always corrected. On the other hand, I only wear chinos once a week and never wear jeans. If it weren't for the price, I would just go Strand/FS or FA without question, so I think that is what I will do. Leaning toward the FA with dainite at the moment, but I will probably hold off to the new year and see if they retire anything more desirable to me than the McGreggor.
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Originally Posted by radiodoctordan View Post


I was able to get a pair of new cappuccino shell Mcallisters at my Nordstrom rack store

 

Shell at Nordy's? Cappuccino at that? I need to visit my local store more ofter.

 

When you get a moment please post pics, @radiodoctordan 

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Originally Posted by Southwick View Post

Hi, everyone -- I'm a little late to the AE party, and I have an observation and a question:

First, pay attention when our brethren here talk about non-buyer's remorse.I loved the Jermyns and Manchesters, and just before I decided to pick up a few, AE closed them out. There were a pretty good run of colors on Shoebank, but I waited too long, and missed out on several beauties. I've only got black and walnut Jermyns, and a Merlot pair of Manchesters, and I would have bought one of each in every color. Same with the Sanford. So, the moral to the story is if you see a pair you like, move fast.

How can one see what the models on Shoebank's website look when there is no picture online? I try to google them, but that doesn't seem to work. For example, what is the Acheson? Never heard of it, and when I google it all I get are hits that show pictures of Dean Acheson and other AE shoes.

Thanks for a great board!

I think some of the models up there without pictures are shoes made for other department stores. This isn't across the board, but I've found them with some models. Meaning, so are just AE models with different names.
post #68135 of 70737
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Originally Posted by redmusic1 View Post


Most days are on the more conservative side of BC, and a brown FA would certainly give me another suit option. I love a short wing bal with BC, but a long wing blucher seems more like a denim/chino shoe to me.
The dark brown strand is on my list as well, but I'm trying to decide between them and the fifth street. Merlot McAllisters are also on the list of future definite purchases.

I think the reason I'm so hesitant is that I don't really care for the long wing when viewing it on its own. Yet when I see it worn, I'm always corrected. On the other hand, I only wear chinos once a week and never wear jeans. If it weren't for the price, I would just go Strand/FS or FA without question, so I think that is what I will do. Leaning toward the FA with dainite at the moment, but I will probably hold off to the new year and see if they retire anything more desirable to me than the McGreggor.

 

Well, there is really no wrong answer here.  To me, the areas covered by a punch cap, semi-brogue, or LWB all include most OJ/OT combos.  I think it is simply a matter of personal preference.  The brown punch is a great shoe and if you end up with an FA in dark brown, it will be very versatile.  (Having said that, if the punch cap were paired with a really tweedy jacket and thick cavalry twills, etc., that might be a bridge too far for me.)

 

As for me, I likely regard most LWB's as little more formal on the food chain than you.  I have four and they are my default OJ/OT shoe, especially in F/W.  I couldn't picture myself wearing any of mine with jeans or chinos, though I realize many here do.  But I think it depends on how it is tricked out.  I MIGHT consider doing so if I had a LWB with rough or grain leather, an edge and welt way lighter than the upper, etc.  But that doesn't describe any I own.  On the other hand, my dark brown RL x AE LWB has a single sole and flat welt and could double as a suit shoe if it had to.  I guess it is my version of Foo's OneShoe.:)

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How WAS foo.gif able to get a color 8 LWB made on the plaza last with a flat welt and single sole? I don't know of any retailer who has ever run that makeup.
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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post

How WAS foo.gif able to get a color 8 LWB made on the plaza last with a flat welt and single sole? I don't know of any retailer who has ever run that makeup.

 

You know, upon further review, my RL x AE Sandersons are indeed on a flat welt but a double sole, not a single sole as I said.  Still, I wouldn't hesitate to wear them with a suit if someone broke in and stole only my suit shoes, given they are relatively sleek and the welt doesn't stick way out there.  So, I don't guess I've ever seen a flat welt, single sole LWB in the wild either.

 

But to answer your question, I recall it was a custom order but I don't remember reading whether Alden gave him much push back about that feature.  Would it be any more difficult than AE taking a Long Branch and making a few with a flat welt, different sole, and calling it a Sauk Drive?

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Originally Posted by Count de Monet View Post
 

 

Well, there is really no wrong answer here.  To me, the areas covered by a punch cap, semi-brogue, or LWB all include most OJ/OT combos.  I think it is simply a matter of personal preference.  The brown punch is a great shoe and if you end up with an FA in dark brown, it will be very versatile.  (Having said that, if the punch cap were paired with a really tweedy jacket and thick cavalry twills, etc., that might be a bridge too far for me.)

 

As for me, I likely regard most LWB's as little more formal on the food chain than you.  I have four and they are my default OJ/OT shoe, especially in F/W.  I couldn't picture myself wearing any of mine with jeans or chinos, though I realize many here do.  But I think it depends on how it is tricked out.  I MIGHT consider doing so if I had a LWB with rough or grain leather, an edge and welt way lighter than the upper, etc.  But that doesn't describe any I own.  On the other hand, my dark brown RL x AE LWB has a single sole and flat welt and could double as a suit shoe if it had to.  I guess it is my version of Foo's OneShoe.:)

I concur regarding formality of longwing.  I only wear mine with jeans when I am traveling. when at home I wear my Daltons with jeans (or the new Long Branches I just got).

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Originally Posted by redmusic1 View Post


Most days are on the more conservative side of BC, and a brown FA would certainly give me another suit option. I love a short wing bal with BC, but a long wing blucher seems more like a denim/chino shoe to me.
The dark brown strand is on my list as well, but I'm trying to decide between them and the fifth street. Merlot McAllisters are also on the list of future definite purchases.

I think the reason I'm so hesitant is that I don't really care for the long wing when viewing it on its own. Yet when I see it worn, I'm always corrected. On the other hand, I only wear chinos once a week and never wear jeans. If it weren't for the price, I would just go Strand/FS or FA without question, so I think that is what I will do. Leaning toward the FA with dainite at the moment, but I will probably hold off to the new year and see if they retire anything more desirable to me than the McGreggor.



I hear what you're saying about LWBs. I used to feel the same way. Just didn't care for them. They didn't make sense to me. I'd see some gunboats and wonder, "What would I pair those with?" I love wingtips and captoe brogues, so I figured I should give the LWB a chance. Didn't want to spring for a new pair of MacNeils and stumbled across a pair of 70s-era American Gentleman LWBs in merlot for under $25. Didn't take long for them to become one of my favorite pairs of shoes. Jeans? Check. Chinos? Check? Odd trousers? Check. The LWB works with them all. Since I pretty much never have occasion to wear a suit outside of weddings and funerals, I can't verify they go with them. Regardless, I'm sold on the glory and versatility of the LWB. 

At some point these American Gentleman beaters will give up the ghost. At that point, I'll gladly jump on board with a MacNeil. Heck, I'll probably jump on a pair in the near future, just cuz they work so well.

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If those are 10.5E then those creases are absolutely unacceptable and you would do well to ditch them quickly to avoid needless embarrassment.

However, I would ease your burden as a personal favor.😎

I second.  If those are 9 I would be happy to remove those beauties... er screwups from your sight.  

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I am away from home for a few days, will post some photos next week.
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Gobis today. (One of the rare models that I've dropped a 1/2 size down from my 65 last size.)


 

Are those on the 809 or the B34 last?  I've found info on the AE website that says both.  I tried on a pair at a BCF that fit PERFECT.  No price on them, so I asked.  They called a manager who took them into the back and after a full half hour came back with $159.99.   I felt like he just made that number up, so I passed on principle.  They're really nice, but I'm happy with my Dundee's for now.

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Found these AE Gobi chukkas my size in snuff suede at The Rack for $150. Good deal or no? What do the AE experts think?
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Found these AE Gobi chukkas my size in snuff suede at The Rack for $150. Good deal or no? What do the AE experts think?

Pretty good price as the rack online eventually got them down to $169. If you are in the market for some Gobi you will not find Better for new shoes.
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Originally Posted by radiodoctordan View Post


I am new to your thread, but wanted to mention that I was able to get a pair of new cappuccino shell Mcallisters at my Nordstrom rack store just three weeks ago, for $180 no less!

 

Pics or it didn't happen.

 

Seriously good deal. I'm riddled with envy at the moment.

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