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  I wish online-ordered AE firsts were more reliable.

I hate to say it, but I totally agree.

 

AE's phone reps have been super helpful and really nice, I've never gotten a bit of trouble with them questioning me -- I actually wish they'd ask more questions as it would allow me to pretend they're trying to fix the quality issue.

 

But in the end, I've now ordered 3 times for new shoes and sent back 4 pair. My most recent pair was the The City that had bowing at the throat so bad I could step out of them like they were oversized loafers. I ordered those a month and a half ago when the black friday shoes first came up and the replacements were just supposed to ship yesterday. It took me 3 months before I had a pair of LAX that I could wear this spring, as well.

 

By contrast, I got Rogues on the 4th of July flash sale for $199 and they are nearly perfect. I got a pair of Rutledge off the Shoe Bank for $177 if I recall correctly -- Independence line shoes and their only flaw was a slightly mis-sewn tongue that I can't feel and nobody could see. That's stupid cheap considering the overall quality.

 

I'm not complaining about the shoes I have on hand. They're all excellent quality, the LAX are cozy enough to stand on all day long, and I regularly get compliments on both the Rutledges and the Rogues. AE makes it right in the end. But I feel like I'm doing AEs quality control inspections for them when I've returned literally every pair of firsts I've ordered.

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Really - no interest? The rogue and all 333 is included....
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Gobis this afternoon.
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Not being a boot guy yet, I shall throw this put to the forum. What is the major difference between the Dalton and the Long Branch? I see a difference in the sole (leather versus lug) and the Long Branch has a few speed hooks at the top. So, what else am I missing? What difference helps explain the difference in price?

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Not being a boot guy yet, I shall throw this put to the forum. What is the major difference between the Dalton and the Long Branch? I see a difference in the sole (leather versus lug) and the Long Branch has a few speed hooks at the top. So, what else am I missing? What difference helps explain the difference in price?

I own a pair of Daltons in dark chili and Longbranches in chromexcel. Right off the bat, the Dalton is a dressier boot with a sleeker design. Longbranches are more of a casual boot. I think you can dress the Dalton up and down (at least that is what I do). Longbranches are a bit more difficult to dress up beyond chinos and jeans.

In regards to the boots itself, I feel like I'm walking on clouds with the Longbranches. The sole on those boots are phenomenal. I can wear the boot all day with no issues of comfort. It is easily one of my favorite boots amongst my shoes.

The Daltons are quite beautiful as well. However, they are going to require a break in period. I've also experienced the squeakiness that some of these gentlemen have expressed. The store associates at my nearby Allen Edmonds store have encouraged that I swing by the store to resolve the issue, but I am not too bothered by it.

If you're hoping to use the boot for both casual and dress occasions, perhaps the Dalton is the better option. If you're looking for casual and comfortable, the Longbranches are basically as comfortable as some of the military boots I've owned for several years. I hope this helps!

Cheers
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Originally Posted by smfdoc View Post

Not being a boot guy yet, I shall throw this put to the forum. What is the major difference between the Dalton and the Long Branch? I see a difference in the sole (leather versus lug) and the Long Branch has a few speed hooks at the top. So, what else am I missing? What difference helps explain the difference in price?

I own a pair of Daltons in dark chili and Longbranches in chromexcel. Right off the bat, the Dalton is a dressier boot with a sleeker design. Longbranches are more of a casual boot. I think you can dress the Dalton up and down (at least that is what I do). Longbranches are a bit more difficult to dress up beyond chinos and jeans.

In regards to the boots itself, I feel like I'm walking on clouds with the Longbranches. The sole on those boots are phenomenal. I can wear the boot all day with no issues of comfort. It is easily one of my favorite boots amongst my shoes.

The Daltons are quite beautiful as well. However, they are going to require a break in period. I've also experienced the squeakiness that some of these gentlemen have expressed. The store associates at my nearby Allen Edmonds store have encouraged that I swing by the store to resolve the issue, but I am not too bothered by it.

If you're hoping to use the boot for both casual and dress occasions, perhaps the Dalton is the better option. If you're looking for casual and comfortable, the Longbranches are basically as comfortable as some of the military boots I've owned for several years. I hope this helps!

Cheers

Thanks!! That sheds a great deal of light on the subject. Thumbs up.

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Hope you end up liking whatever you purchase. Both are great boots!
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Originally Posted by smfdoc View Post

Not being a boot guy yet, I shall throw this put to the forum. What is the major difference between the Dalton and the Long Branch? I see a difference in the sole (leather versus lug) and the Long Branch has a few speed hooks at the top. So, what else am I missing? What difference helps explain the difference in price?


In addition to what smfdoc said, the Long Branch also has bigger broguing designs and a split reverse welt...
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The Dalton is made with dress calfskin, the long branch with rough cowhide leathers, which are considerably less expensive to source.
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I picked up a pair of Dalton's today.  I'll post the details of acquisition and some pics tomorrow in the sunshine (well I think it will be at least partly sunny tomorrow).  But I have a question for the experts here.  The pair I found had a rubber sole, but its not any of the ones detailed on Page 1 of the AE MTO thread.  They have full rubber, like the Standard/Hamlet/Othello, but not any of those, and they are not marked Vibram or Dainite.  Here is a pic:

 

 


Anyone??

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Got my Steens from the 6pm sale. Love the shoe, the right feels good but the left feels loose laterally. Concerned that with a slip on, they should be tight out of the box. Normally wear a 9.5E in this 108 last- did you guys size down in width for loafers? Guess I will try the 10D (no 9.5D in stock and I fear it would be too tight anyway).
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Hola AE friends.  I know I'm hardly here and that I'm a die hard collector of the other American-made shoe/boot, but I am wondering if anyone has any feedback on the latest AE First Avenue boot in brown grain.  It's on sale for another week for $375 and I am quite tempted.  Looks like it's much sharper than other AE boots I've tried and the brown grain is quite supple.  Does anyone here wear them frequently?  Any comments on how they have developed with some age?  Any pics with some mileage on them?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Also, I wore these Walnut Shell Dundees last night.  My favorite pair AE's...

 

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What's the difference between Bayfields and First Ave boots?

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@smfdoc I think Parkman, harlequin & pep covered everything really well, but wanted to mention one thing if it matters. I know you said you wore the 678 styles with the orthotic. I don't use an orthotic, but I always have issues with leg pain if I do a lot of walking with a sole without enough support. I'm probably in the minority here, but give me a mini-lug, double butyl, or some hybrid of the two any day over a soft gumlite. Even though it looks really heavy, the full vibram actually gives me issues, whereas with the Normandy, I can wear them pretty much nonstop. This was the primary reason I passed in the Sauk drive. I'd go with the Dalton, but that's just me.
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