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Hey @brycelarkin, congrats on the new job and I really agree with the advice to get the Strands. You said, "I want to invest in a pair of shoes that'll last me 10+ years." The Strands will certainly do that under normal use. Once you get a few paychecks under your new AE belt, I would advise you to broaden the shoe wardrobe with some additional shoes. This way they can be rotated and not be worn every single day. They need the drying and airing time with their trees. This, and regular maintenance, will give you the shoe life you desire.

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Skaker Heights with jeans today
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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.

 

Late to the conversation, but +1 on the earlier comments, especially the belt.  There is a huge difference between AE belts and those of lesser makers.  One thing I didn't see mentioned was AE customer service.  If, after wearing, the Strands don't fit your foot well (not hypothetical - the 65 last isn't a good match for my foot), AE will work to make it right.

 

Re: #2, there are a couple of ways to go.  The classic approach would be to get a black shoe that could be formal-ish, such as a Park Avenue.  If you're only going to be wearing in a business casual environment, however, you'll probably find that you wear the brown shoes much more than the black.  Personally, I'd go with a lighter-colored shoe that's currently on sale.  All models in bourbon are currently on clearance, and several shoe models (Steen, University, Flatiron) are being discontinued as well.  Peruse the clearance section on the main AE site and see if anything catches your eye.  If it were me, I'd think about the Fifth Avenue in Bourbon if I wanted to stay somewhat conservative and the Mora (Bourbon) if I was feeling more adventurous with the second pair.

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AE/RL Singletons today:

 

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Personally, I would say the Strands. BUT have you physically tried both of them on?  Assuming (a big assumption) that the KW is of equal quality, go with the one which fits BEST.   Even at equal quality the AE is a better deal, 1) less money, 2) don't underestimate the value of a good matching belt.  

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As a follow up, I recrafted an old pair of Bentons in chili and switched out to a mini-lug sole with a storm welt. In their first outing today they are surprising comfortable and make a really nice casual shoe. A route to consider if one is in the market for an orthotic capable shoe.

 

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I picked up a pair of University shoes in Bob's chili yesterday that had literally been worn once. The poor guy said his "Wife didn't like all of the little holes." I didn't have the heart to tell him he needed a new wife.

 

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I would suggest black shoes with charcoal pants.
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As a follow up, I recrafted an old pair of Bentons in chili and switched out to a mini-lug sole with a storm welt. In their first outing today they are surprising comfortable and make a really nice casual shoe. A route to consider if one is in the market for an orthotic capable shoe.

 

 

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I bought a pair to do the exact same thing...however when my foot was in them the eyelets would be crazy misaligned...they look perfect without my foot. Those look great - Congrats!

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As a follow up, I recrafted an old pair of Bentons in chili and switched out to a mini-lug sole with a storm welt. In their first outing today they are surprising comfortable and make a really nice casual shoe. A route to consider if one is in the market for an orthotic capable shoe.



Looks nice! Did AE allow you to go with a storm welt or did it have one already to begin with? I had a pair I wanted changed from flat to a storm welt and they told me they do not change welts because of the way the shoe is constructed from the factory.
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As a follow up, I recrafted an old pair of Bentons in chili and switched out to a mini-lug sole with a storm welt. In their first outing today they are surprising comfortable and make a really nice casual shoe. A route to consider if one is in the market for an orthotic capable shoe.
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Looks nice! Did AE allow you to go with a storm welt or did it have one already to begin with? I had a pair I wanted changed from flat to a storm welt and they told me they do not change welts because of the way the shoe is constructed from the factory.

The original welt was flat and they did allow me to go to the storm welt. I actually asked for the double stitch welt, like used on the Mapleton. It was not done and the storm was used. I am not sure if this was because I was not clear on what I wanted or if there was some technical reason the double stitched welt could not be used. In either case, I am happy with the end product. The shoe was free to me, and the recraft improved the looks and it will now be useful for a long time.

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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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Personally, I would say the Strands. BUT have you physically tried both of them on?  Assuming (a big assumption) that the KW is of equal quality, go with the one which fits BEST.   Even at equal quality the AE is a better deal, 1) less money, 2) don't underestimate the value of a good matching belt.  


Hmm, guess my $0.02 came a little late, but glad you decided on the Strands.  Since you don't need them right away, some things to consider: 
 
• The flash sale someone mentioned a few posts back.
• A sales rep at AE told me when I bought my Dundees during the RDA sale, that it is their biggest (sale) of the year (in the Fall), but they have another fairly good sale in the Spring.  I'm personally hoping/saving for this.
 
Does anyone know if the student/grad sale is periodic?  I would suppose they would have one around May/June, which is when you would start work.
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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.

 

In for a penny, in for a pound:  burgundy shell LWB's.:)  A brown semi-brogue and a burg blucher would be a nice 1 and 2 for what you are currently wearing.

 

In any event, I'd also suggest sitting down right now and trying to map out 5-6 "must haves" to cover not only current work needs but a broad range of events for which nicer shoes will be required.  Save up while being on the lookout for those half dozen models and then pounce as finances and opportunity allow.  Stick to your list.  It's a good way to avoid having three things for one sort of application yet having voids for other needs. (I speak from experience).  You can also spend more per model if you have fewer models, at least for a while.

 

Good luck in your new situation!

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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.


Congrats on the job.  I dress much the same way for my job that you will for yours - wool dress slacks and dress shirts.  I rarely wear a tie or jacket.  I think the brown strands are an excellent choice for your wardrobe and age.  As far as a second pair goes, given that you will not be dressing formally, I'd go with something slightly more casual than the strand.  I most often find myself reaching for my MacNeils, so you might give them a look.  I have them in burgundy shell, and with patience you can typically get a pretty good deal on them on the ShoeBank website.  Just my 2 cents.  Good luck!

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Asking a quick question for someone else.  Does anyone know of durable, thin, (hopefully stylish) socks that work well with orthotics?  Apparently, the orthotic wears the socks down for him.

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