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Originally Posted by hohneokc View Post


No - but I have purchased shoes there in the past.
The store I usually shop now is Teena Hicks Company
http://www.teenahickscompany.com/
Chris

I haven't checked them out in some time, and only on their online shop. It's downtown right? I may have to make a trip. I have a slew of attorney friends who rave about their offerings of slacks and their same day tailoring/delivery service. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. Outside of Daniel's and Teena Hicks, any other good shoe shops you know of in the area?

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Originally Posted by clarksdb View Post

So I only have a pair of Stands in Walnut.
I don't think Delrays are to my taste. So still looking for something that meets my recommendations:
- I will be wearing with wool slacks and a shirt. No jacket.
- I was thinking about something in black as it will work with all color slacks: black, grey, navy. I don't wear brown pants. I don't like the look of brown shoes with grey or navy slacks and obviously they don't work with black pants.
Would black Strands fit my needs or how about black Fifth Avenues? Any others? Why do most people pick dark brown over black in Strands?

Given your above post, traditional rules of fashion would dictate you get a blucher and not a balmoral. If you wish to disregard said rules (and many do, some with reckless abandon), then get a black balmoral. The Strand is less formal than the FA and the FA is less formal (ever so slightly) than the PA. If limited to those 3, I would pick the Strand hands-down given the uses to which the shoe will be put. I still would vote for the Delray, or even the Clifton, before any of those 3 though. Just my 2 cents ....
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Originally Posted by BrizzleCizzle View Post

I own the walnut strands and the black park aves. Black goes best, in my own opinion, with black - burgundy has so much more character to offer a grey, and a beautiful brown pairs so very well with navy. Black shoes with navy can seem, and don't take offense, amateurish, confused, and "i don't often dress up"/security blanket-like. Since black is the safe shoe for the most common (and most antagonized on SF) suit, the black suit, and then the grey suit, when you carry the black over into navy you stretch the boundaries of complimenting colors - BECAUSE - you are now mixing shades and colors. Just my two cents and attempt to persuade you against black for everything.

 

However, to respond more in tune to your desires, black strands are so crowded that you don't get a chance to show off the leather (as someone said earlier). Furthermore, with the quasi-dulness that AE tends to leave their black leather in, you start to obscure the detailing in the broad reflective sheen across the top. If you are destined to go black, consider going with a sample cap toe, or cap toe with only minor brogue work (i.e. only on the cap toe division itself, with not a lot of medallion work). It leaves the foot much less busy and supports a reflective base much better. In fact, a practice i adore and use is to shine the cap toe itself to a high shine to show off the shoe and shape; may I be so bold as to recommend that, too?

 

If you must get a black shoe for your black slacks, considering doing so on the buying and selling forums for a reduced price so that you can satisfy that quota whilst devoting other funds to shoes that would truly beautify your greys and navies. 

WELL SAID!!!  Someone promote this dude to "Senior Member" already....

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Thanks for the great help guys! Really very informative!

So this is what I have decided: if I go with black I will choose the Fifth Avenue or the Delray. I didn't think AE's pictures looked good of the Delray but this picture convinced me otherwise:

http://allenedmonds.ugc.bazaarvoice.com/7512-en_us/33600/photo.jpg

However, I am open with burgundy/merlot as well. What choices do I have with these colors? Seems like only a handful of AE shoes are available in these. The only two options I see are Mcallister or Hancock. Since I already have Strands in Walnut though I was thinking of getting something with less brogue and flair (ie. Fifth Avenue) yet still suitable with slacks and no jacket.
Edited by clarksdb - 8/22/12 at 3:55pm
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Originally Posted by kmdsimpson View Post

I picked up a pair of these brown suede Luccas after the sales person at my local stored ordered them in for me to try on. They are amazing. I encourage anyone looking for a causal loafer to give these a try, especially at the sales price. I thought the rubber sole might be too clunky, but it actually pretty sleek. They are super comfortable and look great with jeans.
I continue to be impressed with AE's Italian collection shoes. Impeccable craftsmanship. I've become a real convert.
Also comes in black suede and black calf.

I picked up the black calf, I'm really liking them as well. Great loafer from AE, I'm a big fan of their Italian offerings as well.
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WELL SAID!!!  Someone promote this dude to "Senior Member" already....

That's very kind. Thank you.

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Originally Posted by clarksdb View Post

Thanks for the great help guys! Really very informative!
So this is what I have decided: if I go with black I will choose the Fifth Avenue or the Delray. I didn't think AE's pictures looked good of the Delray but this picture convinced me otherwise:
http://allenedmonds.ugc.bazaarvoice.com/7512-en_us/33600/photo.jpg
However, I am open with burgundy/merlot as well. What choices do I have with these colors? Seems like only a handful of AE shoes are available in these. The only two options I see are Mcallister or Hancock. Since I already have Strands in Walnut though I was thinking of getting something with less brogue and flair (ie. Fifth Avenue) yet still suitable with slacks and no jacket.

I have the Steen, it's a discontinued loafer from AE that is also a split toe. And while I cannot comment on if the Steen shares the same last as the Delray, I can say that I am normally not a fan of the split toe shoe, but the Steen is the one exception. If you're going black and split toe - AE is a very strong bet. Not only were they an excellent shape, they took a shine very well. They're sleek, and for my size shoe (8 US) they really helped elongate the look, something I have to be very cognizant of with my shorter feet. I would recommend that as soon as you purchase your shoe, you head over to The Hangar Project and pick up some Saphir Renovatur and Saphir MDO wax polish in neutral. Combine that with the tips from the "Official Shoe Care Thread" that's floating around and you will have some sexy, sleek, shiny shoes.

 

With regards to burgundy/merlot: my favorites are the #8 shell cordovan 684 loafers from Alden. I know, that's double the cost of most AE's, but I believe they set the bar for color, shape, and proportion. If you wanted, you could utilize eBay and buy/sell forums to see what's around, or if you stick with AE, here are some that I'd love to own:

 

Hancock (as you've mentioned):

The Randolph (very similar to the Alden 686 loafer, a longer-topped brother of the 684):

 

The merlot park ave (with this deep of a color, a real simple toe may do well to really let that rich hue stand out):

 

 

And remember, once you get set on styles, you might do well to call the AE main stores and see if they have any of the factory seconds around, or if you can sweet talk them into some discounts if you purchase multiple pair. I'd be excited to be in your shoes right now (pun!).

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hi all, just a general question...have the mcallisters ever been offered in burgundy/merlot cordovan?
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similar to my previous question:

i'm a 10D on the 8 last (Clifton, Delray). what size for the Neumora?
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Originally Posted by clarksdb View Post

However, I am open with burgundy/merlot as well. What choices do I have with these colors? Seems like only a handful of AE shoes are available in these. The only two options I see are Mcallister or Hancock. Since I already have Strands in Walnut though I was thinking of getting something with less brogue and flair (ie. Fifth Avenue) yet still suitable with slacks and no jacket.

I the PAs in merlot would be a good option in that colour; I wear them regularly and really like the look of them. They pretty much go well with anything I've worn.
post #8950 of 70737
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Originally Posted by clarksdb View Post

So I only have a pair of Stands in Walnut.
I don't think Delrays are to my taste. So still looking for something that meets my recommendations:
- I will be wearing with wool slacks and a shirt. No jacket.
- I was thinking about something in black as it will work with all color slacks: black, grey, navy. I don't wear brown pants. I don't like the look of brown shoes with grey or navy slacks and obviously they don't work with black pants.
Would black Strands fit my needs or how about black Fifth Avenues? Any others? Why do most people pick dark brown over black in Strands?

The replies to this are pretty much are 100% in agreement with my view. But most are much better wordsmiths than I am! Very well done to all.

 

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Originally Posted by brchin View Post

hi all, just a general question...have the mcallisters ever been offered in burgundy/merlot cordovan?

The Cambridge is identical to the Mcallister which I also own in walnut. Out of all the AE shoes I own I consider the shell Cambridge to be my flagship shoe. And yes it does go with pretty much everything except for the most formal of occasions.

 

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ah. so i guess these 'cordovan'mcallisters are too good to be true huh?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/251132571953?_trksid=p5197.c0.m619

i think i see microcreasing in the 1st picture, but it also looks too nice to only be calf. *shrug. with the original soles gone, it's kind of hard to tell.
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i recently bought a pair of Neumoras in 12E
and dont like the way they age and wear out.
I will ebay it, here's the way they look when they're used up, mines are brand new, i am afraid of wearing them

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Originally Posted by Cedric View Post

i recently bought a pair of Neumoras in 12E
and dont like the way they age and wear out.
I will ebay it, here's the way they look when they're used up, mines are brand new, i am afraid of wearing them

I'm sorry, what?

Those shoes are used up? From the looks of the sole, they've been worn maybe 3 times.
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Originally Posted by Quadcammer View Post

I'm sorry, what?
Those shoes are used up? From the looks of the sole, they've been worn maybe 3 times.

+1

Maybe they are aging prematurely from the inside due to a bad reaction to the Alden shoe trees.
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