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post #11161 of 53463
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Originally Posted by g.michael View Post


I agree in most cases, but in the case of the Dalton boots pictured, I personally have a hard time seeing what the problem is--a minuscule notch in the leather? Maybe AE feels the same way and does not regard that as a defect. Now the shell Daltons with the ripple in the toe is another matter, and I'm sure AE would agree.
I would hope that all of us can appreciate the customer service of AE--second to none. If the notch is a problem for the buyer, they would probably take them back. Alden on the other hand, would politely tell you to go jump in the lake and they wouldn't miss you as a customer (which I personally think is a piss poor way of conducting business, especially given the price of their shoes).

 

I think this was well said.  The "dead animal skin" arguement only holds up to a certain point, and it is only useful for natural flaws in the leather.  For defects that are caused by human error, one should be able to reserve the right to ask questions.  That said, as loyal customers of AE, we have to remember that we are fans of a company putting out a fantastic product at a fantastic price point.  There is a reason that companies in the pricier English shoemaking realm exist. This reason is that they go the extra mile to make shoes for people who want the longevity/durability of a goodyear welted shoe just like Allen Edmonds, but also want it to look almost flawless.    I firmly believe that an Allen Edmonds shoe can last just as long as any of the fine English made shoes, but you are taking a discount on the price by purchasing a shoe that can't have as much time invested in the finest details.  There has to be a trade-off at some point.  If you are consistently unhappy with the imperfections, then you need to graduate up to one of the English companies IMHO.  I enjoy paying my couple hundred bucks and walking around in shoes that look better and are higher quality than 98% of everyone else's out there.  Allen Edmonds operates under the assumption that you know you are purchasing a shoe that is of high quality, but not flawless.  Therefore, they will pass shoes that they consider acceptable to be sold as first rate.  The great thing about Allen Edmonds is that they also realize that this falls into a subjective area, and they are willing to go the extra mile to try to meet your definition of first rate if you are unhappy with the product.  This is one of the things that sets them apart from Alden as a great company. 

post #11162 of 53463
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Originally Posted by DJTraveler View Post

 

Well, no sign of the new bourbons on AE's website today.  Really hope they are released sometime soon!

 

 

And another day is going by without them being posted.plain.gif

post #11163 of 53463
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Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post

I think this was well said.  The "dead animal skin" arguement only holds up to a certain point, and it is only useful for natural flaws in the leather.  For defects that are caused by human error, one should be able to reserve the right to ask questions.  That said, as loyal customers of AE, we have to remember that we are fans of a company putting out a fantastic product at a fantastic price point.  There is a reason that companies in the pricier English shoemaking realm exist. This reason is that they go the extra mile to make shoes for people who want the longevity/durability of a goodyear welted shoe just like Allen Edmonds, but also want it to look almost flawless.    I firmly believe that an Allen Edmonds shoe can last just as long as any of the fine English made shoes, but you are taking a discount on the price by purchasing a shoe that can't have as much time invested in the finest details.  There has to be a trade-off at some point.  If you are consistently unhappy with the imperfections, then you need to graduate up to one of the English companies IMHO.  I enjoy paying my couple hundred bucks and walking around in shoes that look better and are higher quality than 98% of everyone else's out there.  Allen Edmonds operates under the assumption that you know you are purchasing a shoe that is of high quality, but not flawless.  Therefore, they will pass shoes that they consider acceptable to be sold as first rate.  The great thing about Allen Edmonds is that they also realize that this falls into a subjective area, and they are willing to go the extra mile to try to meetyour definition of first rate if you are unhappy with the product.  This is one of the things that sets them apart from Alden as a great company. 

AE has amazing customer service.
post #11164 of 53463
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Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post

I think this was well said.  The "dead animal skin" arguement only holds up to a certain point, and it is only useful for natural flaws in the leather.  For defects that are caused by human error, one should be able to reserve the right to ask questions.  That said, as loyal customers of AE, we have to remember that we are fans of a company putting out a fantastic product at a fantastic price point.  There is a reason that companies in the pricier English shoemaking realm exist. This reason is that they go the extra mile to make shoes for people who want the longevity/durability of a goodyear welted shoe just like Allen Edmonds, but also want it to look almost flawless.    I firmly believe that an Allen Edmonds shoe can last just as long as any of the fine English made shoes, but you are taking a discount on the price by purchasing a shoe that can't have as much time invested in the finest details.  There has to be a trade-off at some point.  If you are consistently unhappy with the imperfections, then you need to graduate up to one of the English companies IMHO.  I enjoy paying my couple hundred bucks and walking around in shoes that look better and are higher quality than 98% of everyone else's out there.  Allen Edmonds operates under the assumption that you know you are purchasing a shoe that is of high quality, but not flawless.  Therefore, they will pass shoes that they consider acceptable to be sold as first rate.  The great thing about Allen Edmonds is that they also realize that this falls into a subjective area, and they are willing to go the extra mile to try to meetyour definition of first rate if you are unhappy with the product.  This is one of the things that sets them apart from Alden as a great company. 

Well said as well.
Yes AE has remarkable C/S--won't bore anyone with my experience but they surprised the heck out of me (in a good way) on an issue I had and have always been pleasant to deal with and super responsive.
post #11165 of 53463

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Originally Posted by jch1 View Post

 

Surprised to see no comments on these. I'm currently trying to convince myself that these would fit perfectly between my walnut Strands and dark brown Jeffersons...

 

I think my post got lost on a previous page since it was held up for moderation.

 

I really like the Bourbon, but kinda agree with a previous post that it's pretty close to the Walnut. Then again, if you have the bankroll and a pair of spare shoe trees, what's stoppin' ya?

post #11166 of 53463
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Originally Posted by spitshine123 View Post

They look great- the toe cap seems to be much further back than the normal strands also

 

Looks the same as my normal walnut Strands.

post #11167 of 53463
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Originally Posted by kentyman View Post

I just got my Bourbon Strands in the mail and thought I'd share for those wanting to see how they look in this shade. Also, for my first post, I thought I'd could rub in the fact that I have them before they are even available online. mwink[1].gif

 

Outside, with flash (Click to show)

 

 

Outside, no flash (Click to show)

 

 

Inside, no flash (Click to show)

 

I ordered them back on September 22nd at their Dallas brick and mortar. I was just going to size them for future ordering, but the saleswoman was nice enough to put in the bourbon order early and honor the 15% off Rediscover America price.

 

I'm very happy with them. Walnut Strands are classic, but it's nice having something a touch different than everyone else... and having the same color on my feet as drink in my glass.

 

Those look amazing!  Love the new boubron color!

post #11168 of 53463
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Originally Posted by g.michael View Post

I missed it too--very very nice.

I missed it as well as the pictures did not show up. I really like the color and I think the Strands look amazing in that color. It was great that you got the discount on them. It looks like a color I will be adding soon.
post #11169 of 53463
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Originally Posted by axedatta View Post

So i was going to drop of my Walnut Daltons to get some Vibram soles put on for inclement weather. I live in DC so i went to a place called "Best Foot Forward". It had received good enough reviews on yelp and on stylefourm. Upon inquiring whether they are going to undo the Goodyear welting to put the soles on or basically glued on like a Topy, the girl behind the counter goes this is not goodyear welted, companies just put this threading on the sole for "show". I calmly told her i am positive Allen Edmonds does not "glue on" their soles. She basically didn't change her position and i knew i wasn't going to convince her that she was wrong. Anyways, WTF?!?!
Typically you do not undo the stitching to add on Vibram soles unless you were going to remove the leather sole entirely from the shoe.
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Originally Posted by msulinski View Post

My cobbler glued the sole guard on top of the sole and did not undo the stitching. Undoing the stitching to put a sole guard on seems like complicating things way too much. The store should be able to put the guard on without issue, though I can certainly understand why you may have lost confidence in them.

Regarding glued sole guards, when they wear out, is it easy for the cobbler to simply install a new one, or do I need a whole new sole at that point?

So far, I have never had sole guards wear out, but I'm pretty sure it is easy enough to replace them. You would only get a new sole if you wore through the rubber AND the leather.
post #11170 of 53463

This is the second time wearing new shoes. I got these as an exchange because my 8E was too loose. These are an 8D and there's a tremendous amount of pain in the tongue area.
Is this normal and should it go away?
I went on an AE chat and was told they might be defective but I don't see how.
Any feedback would be appreciated.

post #11171 of 53463
AE question from an Alden guy. Can anyone tell me what last the "Lambert" was made on?

Thanks in advance
post #11172 of 53463
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Originally Posted by blue collar View Post

AE question from an Alden guy. Can anyone tell me what last the "Lambert" was made on?
Thanks in advance

 

This shoe was made on the 8-108 Last.

post #11173 of 53463
Maybe it's just the pictures I have so far seen of the bourbon strand they do look to me much darker then the Walnut
post #11174 of 53463
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Originally Posted by Michael Haines View Post

Maybe it's just the pictures I have so far seen of the bourbon strand they do look to me much darker then the Walnut

Well yeah I dont know about them. If they look light then they seem very similar to the walnut but if they seem dark in some pictures then they seem almost identical to the brown Strands.
post #11175 of 53463

Yeah, my outside pics look close to walnut, while my inside pic looks pretty brown. I think it's fair to say they're pretty in between.

 

I have so few shoes that I still need to diversify and so wouldn't get the same shoe in "adjacent" colors, but for those that already have one of everything they might be a nice addition.

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