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Just found out from corporate that there will be a flash sale online at shoebank January 14-19 2016. It was mentioned that they might be waiving the $10 restocking fees on returns/exchanges for the duration of the sale.
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Originally Posted by aLL1 View Post

Just found out from corporate that there will be a flash sale online at shoebank January 14-19 2016. It was mentioned that they might be waiving the $10 restocking fees on returns/exchanges for the duration of the sale.

Any other details?
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Hi guys,

 

I'm currently a college senior who just got a full time job in finance and am starting this summer after I graduate. I went through all of college with only one pair of $50 square toed black dress shoes I bought from Macy's. They're falling apart now.

 

I have an idea of how everyone dresses at my work and it's bus casual where the junior people and most of the senior people are in slacks and a dress shirt while a few senior guys show up in jeans and a polo. I plan on going in slacks and a dress shirt.

 

I want to invest in a pair of shoes that'll last me 10+ years. I'm currently looking at two options: AE Strands in Brown Burnished Calf or Kent Wang's Handgrade Brogue in Calf Med Brown.

 

With regards to pricing, both options have student promotions going on.

 

Allen Edmonds' has a student bundle at $350 for shoes, belt, and shoe tree which ends up being $381 with tax. I don't really need the belt and shoe tree from AE since I can get them cheaper elsewhere.

 

Kent Wang's has a 15% discount for students but has shipping and no tax which ends up being $422.75.

 

What do you guys recommend? I'm primarily going to be wearing charcoal or navy pants to work and am looking for a brown colored shoe.

 

I also plan on holding a graduation party and using that money to buy another pair of shoes in order to have a two shoe rotation going.

 

Thanks for taking the time to read everything.

 

tl;dr

Need work shoes

Spend $381 on AE Strands or $422.75 on Kent Wang shoes?

post #68854 of 70737
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Originally Posted by 7_rocket View Post

Any other details?

That's all I've been told.
post #68855 of 70737

Olive Neumoks today.

 

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I'd go for the AE bundle. Once you start buying nicer belts, it's hard to back to the cheaper "bonded leather" ones. Like shoes!

I'm sure KW sells fine shoes, but I have no first hand experience with them. I do know they're made in India, if that matters to you.
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Olive Neumoks today.



+1 for green shoes with coffee wink.gif
post #68858 of 70737
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Originally Posted by brycelarkin View Post
 

Hi guys,

 

I'm currently a college senior who just got a full time job in finance and am starting this summer after I graduate. I went through all of college with only one pair of $50 square toed black dress shoes I bought from Macy's. They're falling apart now.

 

I have an idea of how everyone dresses at my work and it's bus casual where the junior people and most of the senior people are in slacks and a dress shirt while a few senior guys show up in jeans and a polo. I plan on going in slacks and a dress shirt.

 

I want to invest in a pair of shoes that'll last me 10+ years. I'm currently looking at two options: AE Strands in Brown Burnished Calf or Kent Wang's Handgrade Brogue in Calf Med Brown.

 

With regards to pricing, both options have student promotions going on.

 

Allen Edmonds' has a student bundle at $350 for shoes, belt, and shoe tree which ends up being $381 with tax. I don't really need the belt and shoe tree from AE since I can get them cheaper elsewhere.

 

Kent Wang's has a 15% discount for students but has shipping and no tax which ends up being $422.75.

 

What do you guys recommend? I'm primarily going to be wearing charcoal or navy pants to work and am looking for a brown colored shoe.

 

I also plan on holding a graduation party and using that money to buy another pair of shoes in order to have a two shoe rotation going.

 

Thanks for taking the time to read everything.

 

tl;dr

Need work shoes

Spend $381 on AE Strands or $422.75 on Kent Wang shoes?

 

I would go with the Strands first and foremost because I like a rounded toe better than a more square one! Seems you get more for your money with the AE's and it looks like you have more widths available to choose from. Plus being made in the USA!

post #68859 of 70737
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Originally Posted by brycelarkin View Post
 

Hi guys,

 

I'm currently a college senior who just got a full time job in finance and am starting this summer after I graduate. I went through all of college with only one pair of $50 square toed black dress shoes I bought from Macy's. They're falling apart now.

 

I have an idea of how everyone dresses at my work and it's bus casual where the junior people and most of the senior people are in slacks and a dress shirt while a few senior guys show up in jeans and a polo. I plan on going in slacks and a dress shirt.

 

I want to invest in a pair of shoes that'll last me 10+ years. I'm currently looking at two options: AE Strands in Brown Burnished Calf or Kent Wang's Handgrade Brogue in Calf Med Brown.

 

With regards to pricing, both options have student promotions going on.

 

Allen Edmonds' has a student bundle at $350 for shoes, belt, and shoe tree which ends up being $381 with tax. I don't really need the belt and shoe tree from AE since I can get them cheaper elsewhere.

 

Kent Wang's has a 15% discount for students but has shipping and no tax which ends up being $422.75.

 

What do you guys recommend? I'm primarily going to be wearing charcoal or navy pants to work and am looking for a brown colored shoe.

 

I also plan on holding a graduation party and using that money to buy another pair of shoes in order to have a two shoe rotation going.

 

Thanks for taking the time to read everything.

 

tl;dr

Need work shoes

Spend $381 on AE Strands or $422.75 on Kent Wang shoes?

How do you get them cheaper than FREE?? The shoes are normally $385 by themselves- you are actually getting the belt ($120) and shoe trees ($26.95) for LESS than free!! $350 for $532 worth of stuff is a hell of a deal, you need to go with the Strands all the way!

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who did you speak with... I want to call them and get more details and put my order in early.

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Originally Posted by brycelarkin View Post
 

Hi guys,

 

I'm currently a college senior who just got a full time job in finance and am starting this summer after I graduate. I went through all of college with only one pair of $50 square toed black dress shoes I bought from Macy's. They're falling apart now.

 

I have an idea of how everyone dresses at my work and it's bus casual where the junior people and most of the senior people are in slacks and a dress shirt while a few senior guys show up in jeans and a polo. I plan on going in slacks and a dress shirt.

 

I want to invest in a pair of shoes that'll last me 10+ years. I'm currently looking at two options: AE Strands in Brown Burnished Calf or Kent Wang's Handgrade Brogue in Calf Med Brown.

 

With regards to pricing, both options have student promotions going on.

 

Allen Edmonds' has a student bundle at $350 for shoes, belt, and shoe tree which ends up being $381 with tax. I don't really need the belt and shoe tree from AE since I can get them cheaper elsewhere.

 

Kent Wang's has a 15% discount for students but has shipping and no tax which ends up being $422.75.

 

What do you guys recommend? I'm primarily going to be wearing charcoal or navy pants to work and am looking for a brown colored shoe.

 

I also plan on holding a graduation party and using that money to buy another pair of shoes in order to have a two shoe rotation going.

 

Thanks for taking the time to read everything.

 

tl;dr

Need work shoes

Spend $381 on AE Strands or $422.75 on Kent Wang shoes?

 

First off, congrats on entering the working world!  I think you are doing the right thing by investing early into some proper footwear that will last you longer than a 6 month throwaway like Kennith Cole, etc...

 

As for the shoes, I recommend going with the Strand.  My first pair of AE dress shoes were the Srands in walnut and they are still my go to for a big meeting.  More recently, I picked up a pair of bourbon Park Avenues during the RDA sale earlier this year and have really enjoyed them so far.  They are a combo sole with protective rubber tread so I tend to wear them more when its wet out as my Strands are leather soled.  Also, they are on sale right now for $277 (in bourbon) and the shoebank has them for $217 if you want to try the factory seconds (no shame there), which is an absolute steal.  

 

I'd recommend getting a full priced shoe (like a walnut Strand) for the student sale and then look at one of the sale models or a bourbon colored shoe (they are all on sale right now) as your second purchase.  Look at the Park Avenue, Fifth Avenue, McAllister, Flatiron, University, McGregor.

 

Also, you're going to be really impressed with that belt... and if I have the chance to buy shoe trees from the shoe manufacturer, I try to do so.  They tend to be closer to the dimensions of the shoe itself to prevent creasing.  

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Originally Posted by MattRiv View Post

First off, congrats on entering the working world!  I think you are doing the right thing by investing early into some proper footwear that will last you longer than a 6 month throwaway like Kennith Cole, etc...

As for the shoes, I recommend going with the Strand.  My first pair of AE dress shoes were the Srands in walnut and they are still my go to for a big meeting.  More recently, I picked up a pair of bourbon Park Avenues during the RDA sale earlier this year and have really enjoyed them so far.  They are a combo sole with protective rubber tread so I tend to wear them more when its wet out as my Strands are leather soled.  Also, they are on sale right now for $277 (in bourbon) and the shoebank has them for $217 if you want to try the factory seconds (no shame there), which is an absolute steal.  

I'd recommend getting a full priced shoe (like a walnut Strand) for the student sale and then look at one of the sale models or a bourbon colored shoe (they are all on sale right now) as your second purchase.  Look at the Park Avenue, Fifth Avenue, McAllister, Flatiron, University, McGregor.

Also, you're going to be really impressed with that belt... and if I have the chance to buy shoe trees from the shoe manufacturer, I try to do so.  They tend to be closer to the dimensions of the shoe itself to prevent creasing.  

While I'm a HUGE supporter of the strand in walnut, it's the shoe where I get the most compliments. I wouldn't buy it in walnut as my first shoe and color. The color really grabs your attention

I would personally stick with dark brown for the most versatile. At first unpolished the walnut is very bold IMO, but the more I kept polishing it darkened up nicely
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Wearing my fav shells today,

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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post

I'd go for the AE bundle. Once you start buying nicer belts, it's hard to back to the cheaper "bonded leather" ones. Like shoes!

I'm sure KW sells fine shoes, but I have no first hand experience with them. I do know they're made in India, if that matters to you.

 

 

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Originally Posted by shades9323 View Post
 

 

I would go with the Strands first and foremost because I like a rounded toe better than a more square one! Seems you get more for your money with the AE's and it looks like you have more widths available to choose from. Plus being made in the USA!

 

 

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Originally Posted by RitchieBro View Post
 

How do you get them cheaper than FREE?? The shoes are normally $385 by themselves- you are actually getting the belt ($120) and shoe trees ($26.95) for LESS than free!! $350 for $532 worth of stuff is a hell of a deal, you need to go with the Strands all the way!

 

 

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Originally Posted by MattRiv View Post
 

 

First off, congrats on entering the working world!  I think you are doing the right thing by investing early into some proper footwear that will last you longer than a 6 month throwaway like Kennith Cole, etc...

 

As for the shoes, I recommend going with the Strand.  My first pair of AE dress shoes were the Srands in walnut and they are still my go to for a big meeting.  More recently, I picked up a pair of bourbon Park Avenues during the RDA sale earlier this year and have really enjoyed them so far.  They are a combo sole with protective rubber tread so I tend to wear them more when its wet out as my Strands are leather soled.  Also, they are on sale right now for $277 (in bourbon) and the shoebank has them for $217 if you want to try the factory seconds (no shame there), which is an absolute steal.  

 

I'd recommend getting a full priced shoe (like a walnut Strand) for the student sale and then look at one of the sale models or a bourbon colored shoe (they are all on sale right now) as your second purchase.  Look at the Park Avenue, Fifth Avenue, McAllister, Flatiron, University, McGregor.

 

Also, you're going to be really impressed with that belt... and if I have the chance to buy shoe trees from the shoe manufacturer, I try to do so.  They tend to be closer to the dimensions of the shoe itself to prevent creasing.  

 

 

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Originally Posted by 7_rocket View Post


While I'm a HUGE supporter of the strand in walnut, it's the shoe where I get the most compliments. I wouldn't buy it in walnut as my first shoe and color. The color really grabs your attention

I would personally stick with dark brown for the most versatile. At first unpolished the walnut is very bold IMO, but the more I kept polishing it darkened up nicely

Going with the Strands in Brown Burnished Calf. Thanks for all of the help!

 

I actually have two more question:

 

  1. I'm planning on buying the Strands this month and having them sit in my closet til I start working this June. Should I do anything with regards to leather care in those 6 months before I start working? I read that you don't want the leather to dry though it being my first pair of leather shoes, I'm not entirely certain.
  2. I also want to get a second pair of shoes so that I can rotate shoes and not have to wear the same ones two days in a row. What would you guys recommend if I'm planning on wearing mostly navy and charcoal pants and in relaxed business casual environment? I don't want to spend more than $500, but also don't mind doing so if the quality:price ratio is much better.

 

Thanks again.

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Originally Posted by brycelarkin View Post








Going with the Strands in Brown Burnished Calf. Thanks for all of the help!

I actually have two more question:
  1. I'm planning on buying the Strands this month and having them sit in my closet til I start working this June. Should I do anything with regards to leather care in those 6 months before I start working? I read that you don't want the leather to dry though it being my first pair of leather shoes, I'm not entirely certain.
  2. I also want to get a second pair of shoes so that I can rotate shoes and not have to wear the same ones two days in a row. What would you guys recommend if I'm planning on wearing mostly navy and charcoal pants and in relaxed business casual environment? I don't want to spend more than $500, but also don't mind doing so if the quality:price ratio is much better.

Thanks again.

They should be fine. But some conditioner cleaner and brown polish in the tube, and sit on them until you've worn the shoes at least 20 times. Brush your shoes with the horsehair brush after each wear and store them in shoe bags. They won't dry out in a few months of sitting in the closet.

I would suggest something in burgundy or black for those colors. Pick up something different, like a blucher/derby or a sleek loafer.
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