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Originally Posted by hohneokc View Post


The AE belts are very nice. I have several of the wide basic dress belts, a Belt Creek belt, and a couple of their more casual belts. All are top quality and they don't crack like some of the cheaper belts I have owned. I treat mine with AE Leather Lotion periodically and they look great for a long time.
Chris

 

Great quality, but not a sleek belt.  The wide classic is wide enough that it barely fits in belt loops. 

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Need a little input here: I'm looking at buying a pair of Vernons, which really don't ever go on sale except the Rediscover America sale currently going on.  Current price for firsts is $284.75.  Seconds go for $199.  However, I have a $35 gift card that is about to expire, and it can only be used on firsts.  So, I ask you, which would you choose:

 

Firsts: $249.75 (284.75 - 35.00)

Seconds: $199

 

Trying to decide whether the extra $50 is worth it for firsts.

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Originally Posted by Hobbstc View Post

Quick question. Trying to decide which would better fill out my collection. Right now I wear black Delrays, a burgundy captoe Cole Haan, and for casual I have some Clarks. I'm looking to add a walnut and am looking at Strand or McAllister as I get an awesome deal through the military AAFES site. Would the wingtip be better to round it out or does it matter? I will wear these with more casual suits, no tie, sportcoat, etc. I like the looks of both of them, just trying to be diverse. Thanks!

 

If you're deciding between the Strand and McAllister, I recommend the Strand personally.  I have both the Strand (walnut) and the McAllister (black), and although the colors and uses for the two are obviously very different, I will say that I like the overall "shape" of the Strand better, despite being on the same last.  It may just be the cap toe vs. the wingtip that leads me to view their shape differently.  That said, either one on walnut is a perfectly good choice.

 

That said, at some point you may want to invest in a black cap toe shoe for more formal occasions.  You may not get a ton of wear out of them, but having a pair for when you need them (interviews, funerals, possibly black tie in a pinch) is pretty key.  Whether you go with the Park Aves or some other brand/shoe is up to you (some people don't like the cap on the PA's toe).  

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My personal thought -- If you buy the first's, and have any problems -- back to the store. With seconds ( esp. if getting online ) will they have a visual defect, that will bother you.
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Originally Posted by Roger Everett View Post

My personal thought -- If you buy the first's, and have any problems -- back to the store. With seconds ( esp. if getting online ) will they have a visual defect, that will bother you.

 

You can return 2nds if bought from AE

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Originally Posted by New Shoes1 View Post

This is for all the resident shell heads on this thread.   I've been thinking about adding a burgundy shoe to my collection, and your unadulterated love for all things shell has me wondering if I should bite the bullet and try a pair in shell.  My question is which style?  My primary use for the shoes will be with charcoal slacks and a jacket or a sweater, so more casual but dressy enough for a sport coat.  I also wear a charcoal suit pretty frequently, so that is a distinct possibililty, but I'm pretty wed to black shoes with that suit. 

 

Should I go with the long wing blucher?  Is it too dressy for just wearing with slacks and a sweater?  How about the Cambridge?  Is it dressy enough for a suit?  Too dressy for slacks and a sweater?  Any thoughts based on your experience?

 

100% agree with all the other comments, a plain toe shoe shows off the cordovan better than any other cut.

 

I have the Cambridge in burgundy shell and wear them at least once a week with grey or navy suits; pinstripe, window pane, etc. They also have a double sole which makes them a bit more heftier than a single sole; Strand, etc.

 

If the heavy broguing (Cambridge and MacNeil) takes too much away from the shell, you could go with a Park Avenue that adds a nice clean cap toe to the plain toe and is on the 5 last so it is a bit slimmer.

Or, if still available through MTO, you could go with a Fifth Street boot in burgundy shell that would look fantastic with dark jeans too.

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Originally Posted by BackInTheJox View Post

Need a little input here: I'm looking at buying a pair of Vernons, which really don't ever go on sale except the Rediscover America sale currently going on.  Current price for firsts is $284.75.  Seconds go for $199.  However, I have a $35 gift card that is about to expire, and it can only be used on firsts.  So, I ask you, which would you choose:

 

Firsts: $249.75 (284.75 - 35.00)

Seconds: $199

 

Trying to decide whether the extra $50 is worth it for firsts.

I would go with firsts, personally. 

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Originally Posted by Hobbstc View Post

Quick question. Trying to decide which would better fill out my collection. Right now I wear black Delrays, a burgundy captoe Cole Haan, and for casual I have some Clarks. I'm looking to add a walnut and am looking at Strand or McAllister as I get an awesome deal through the military AAFES site. Would the wingtip be better to round it out or does it matter? I will wear these with more casual suits, no tie, sportcoat, etc. I like the looks of both of them, just trying to be diverse. Thanks!

 

The Strand is $50 cheaper than the McAllister at the MilExch, plus a 10% discount if you order on line and subscribe to the exchange newsletter with occasionally 15% off or more. I have the Strand in shell walnut and the McAllister in calf walnut. It is a wash between them as to one being better than the other IMO, go with what you like. My personal preference is a wingtip. What about getting the Strand in walnut now and sometime down the road when there is a larger discount pickup the McAllister in Merlot if you want? You can also special order most any AE shoe that is not at the Exchange, any questions how to do it PM me. It has really become hit or miss lately and the quote I got today was actually more than direct from AE with the current sale price.

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Not sure if its been posted, but I just noticed there's a new Strand on the AE site.
http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF1616_1_40000000001_-1

Oh that's nice, save a few bucks on topy from a cobbler with that.

On an unrelated note, does anyone feel like the Macneil is dying off? Seems like it's not sleek enough for today's demands
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Originally Posted by New Shoes1 View Post

This is for all the resident shell heads on this thread.   I've been thinking about adding a burgundy shoe to my collection, and your unadulterated love for all things shell has me wondering if I should bite the bullet and try a pair in shell.  My question is which style?  My primary use for the shoes will be with charcoal slacks and a jacket or a sweater, so more casual but dressy enough for a sport coat.  I also wear a charcoal suit pretty frequently, so that is a distinct possibililty, but I'm pretty wed to black shoes with that suit. 

Should I go with the long wing blucher?  Is it too dressy for just wearing with slacks and a sweater?  How about the Cambridge?  Is it dressy enough for a suit?  Too dressy for slacks and a sweater?  Any thoughts based on your experience?

Get the Dundee, they look excellent...
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On an unrelated note, does anyone feel like the Macneil is dying off? Seems like it's not sleek enough for today's demands

I dunno, but I'm on the verge of buying a pair in burgundy shell 

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LOVE the MacNeil! Just got a pr in Walnut Grain a few months back. I think they'll have a revolt on their hands if they ever discontinued....

J
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

The Strand is $50 cheaper than the McAllister at the MilExch, plus a 10% discount if you order on line and subscribe to the exchange newsletter with occasionally 15% off or more. I have the Strand in shell walnut and the McAllister in calf walnut. It is a wash between them as to one being better than the other IMO, go with what you like. My personal preference is a wingtip. What about getting the Strand in walnut now and sometime down the road when there is a larger discount pickup the McAllister in Merlot if you want? You can also special order most any AE shoe that is not at the Exchange, any questions how to do it PM me. It has really become hit or miss lately and the quote I got today was actually more than direct from AE with the current sale price.

Thanks for the heads up. Didn't know about the extra 10% off. After seeing some pics I really think the McAllisters are what I am looking for. I'll decide on Thursday when I get my allowance for the week biggrin.gif

These were the pics I liked

http://www.flickr.com/photos/philip_martin/7346806246/sizes/l/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/philip_martin/7766241364/sizes/l/in/photostream/
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On the topic of McNeil, if you are not fond of the black or walnut grain and don't wanna shell out for shell, it looks like Lands End have McNeil in brown calf.
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Originally Posted by acousticfoodie View Post


Oh that's nice, save a few bucks on topy from a cobbler with that.
On an unrelated note, does anyone feel like the Macneil is dying off? Seems like it's not sleek enough for today's demands


I'm a young guy that recently picked up the equally bulky Regent Street longwings in Chili. I actually love them for their casualness and ruggedness. Wouldn't recommend them as a super formal shoe though

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