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Two year old Strands polished consistently with AE Walnut polish (since some are concerned about using the Walnut polish):

 

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What color heel dressing for the Gramercy? Neutral or brown?
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Originally Posted by New Shoes1 View Post

Two year old Strands polished consistently with AE Walnut polish (since some are concerned about using the Walnut polish):


wow. if you had said they were brand-new, nobody would have questioned it. amazing. do you ever use anything else, or just the walnut polish?
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Originally Posted by New Shoes1 View Post

Two year old Strands polished consistently with AE Walnut polish (since some are concerned about using the Walnut polish):

 

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Wow. They look new to me. I got a pair of walnut strand very recently and just wearing them the second time today. Yours look exactly like the pair I am wearing now. What's the trick to keep them new??

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wow. if you had said they were brand-new, nobody would have questioned it. amazing. do you ever use anything else, or just the walnut polish?

 

I regularly use the AE conditioner/cleaner and AE Walnut polish.  Nothing else.

 

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Wow. They look new to me. I got a pair of walnut strand very recently and just wearing them the second time today. Yours look exactly like the pair I am wearing now. What's the trick to keep them new??

 

Really?  Interesting, because they looked almost cognac when they were new and darkened with the Walnut polish and time.

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So I've had some issues with knee pain and my IT band while running, and I've been prescribed orthotics. Now 2 of my 3 shoes won't fit with the orthotics in them, and I have to buy new shoes :-/.
My doctor said orthotics can be a temporary thing. Don't lose those old shoes. I find it very hard to fit my orthotic in shoes with a heel - some flat bottomed loafers have worked best. AE has a shoe made for orthotics you might look into.
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Originally Posted by mingus2112 View Post

Just wanted to chime in about the Patriot fit -
I really wanted a pair of these but had been afraid about the fit issues. (Also want to wait until they have my size available in the shoebank - which, since they're new, might take awhile!) They don't have my size in ANY stores near me (12B). I know I could order them and keep sending them back as I try them, but 1) as I said, I want to wait for seconds and 2) there's only so much I can get used to walking around the only carpeted section of my house (around my bed)!
I was especially concerned with these points:
1) some people say they're too big
2) some people say they run small
3) some people have a real problem with the tightness around the strap of the loafer - this one was particularly concerning me as it's tough to tell how much this will stretch over time until you wear them for real (not just in your house)
So I saw a pair pop up on ebay that looked in decent shape. I snapped them up. Here are the pictures I saw on ebay:

Obviously the owner had some fit issues - especially with the right shoe. A lot of creasing, but good enough for me to try these out. At $50, they're great kick arounds if nothing else!
So here are the pics of what I got (excuse the poor pictures). I included my feet in very colorful wool socks I happened to be wearing:

I took those pictures the other day because I was going to ask about fit. It definitely tapers into the strap and then tapers back out again. Here's where i am with regards to fit, though. With the exception of the tightness around the strap, they fit a LITTLE larger than most of my other AE shoes. The fit would be closest (in my opinion, and from my own shoe collection) to my Malverns - which I think are on the 1 last. The weird part is that the strap, when I tried it on, felt like it was a size too small. It's TIGHT as others have mentioned. This is where the confusion is coming in whether it runs large or small. It runs large, but the strap is too small. For me, at least, this TOTALLY works. I spent hours one day trying on loafers in the AE store one day and could not find a single loafer that fit me. Either it was ready to slip off my foot or it was too tight. I think the strap on these is exactly what keeps it in check on my foot. It pretty much does what a tongue pad would do and keeps my foot pushed back towards the heel. The result is a comfortable loafer that can be a bit less snug than most other shoes, but betight enough not so slip off my heel.
Next up is the insole:

Notice how the darker part of the insole looks like it was cut out by hand and inserted afterwards? It's definitely strange. I know there was talk about a heel squeeking issue (which I actually have on the right shoe!) - perhaps this was a fix for that?
Anyway, that's my Patriot story. Hopefully this will clear up fit concerns anyone has. Bottom line is that it runs big, but the strap section is small. Weird last, but it works for me!
-James
Nice buy! How's the toe room in them?
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

 

All questions I asked Cindy an hour ago.

 

Price is the same as the 1k, $159

 

Size at least TTS in the AE for RL, she said the toes are narrow. They are calf and canvas.

 

Yes thanks bucksfan! Another pair of 1K in tan are now gone from the chart, I'm such a boot whore I couldn't resist.... baldy%5B1%5D.gif

 

Sorry... peepwall[1].gif  Some time you'll have to post a pic of your boot collection - I know I'd be interested to see.  

 

 
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Two year old Strands polished consistently with AE Walnut polish (since some are concerned about using the Walnut polish):

 

 

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Those look great!  Enjoy.  

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OK, so I'm relatively new to the SF forums and I'm looking to go on a small spree with AE as a little Xmas gift to myself.  I planned to peruse this thread but at 800+ posts there's no way I'm catching up (especially since this thread gets a lot of posts weekly).

 

So a few things:

 

1 - I'm interested in this for my first AE shoe:  (http://www.allenedmonds.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/producti_SF2411_1_40000000001_-1 Finch black/tan saddle shoe).  Why this in particular? It's on sale and I want something relatively inexpensive in case it AE doesn't live up to the hype or in case the shoe doesn't fit well.  Also, I want something less dressy that I can wear with jeans and other casual pants.  Anyone here have any saddle-type shoes like this that can post some pics of them worn in a little and perhaps a brief review?

 

2 - This cool aviator-style winter hat (http://www.allenedmonds.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/producti_SFAE5009_1_40000000001_-1) I'm stationed someplace cold and windy and plan on traveling even further north so whether you think it's cheesy or not I am in the market for some warm headgear and I don't like the look of earmuffs.  Anyone buy one of these yet?

 

3 - Looking into a Walnut Dalton...I've seen some photos in the gallery but was wondering if anyone had any recent reviews - preferably someone experiencing snowy/wet weather...I know natural leather isn't waterproof but how resistant is it assuming regular polishing?

 

4 - Lastly, I'm looking at a bunch of the accessories they offer:  cedar hangers, cedar shavings inserts, and customizable shoe trees....I bought some bags of cedar shavings to stick in my workout shoes and issued boots and like them compared to what I used to do (I used to use dryer sheets since they also absorb moisture and smell good but you have to throw them away after a while).  Anyone have any honest opinions of these accessories available on AE?  Also, do you have to throw out cedar shavings inserts after a while and, if so, how long are they good for?

 

Thanks...sorry for the long post and I appreciate any and all feedback....hopefully after Christmas and New Year I can contribute further to this active thread...

 

~Johnny

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Originally Posted by GentlemanJohnny View Post

1 - I'm interested in this for my first AE shoe:  (http://www.allenedmonds.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/producti_SF2411_1_40000000001_-1 Finch black/tan saddle shoe).  Why this in particular? It's on sale and I want something relatively inexpensive in case it AE doesn't live up to the hype or in case the shoe doesn't fit well.  Also, I want something less dressy that I can wear with jeans and other casual pants.  Anyone here have any saddle-type shoes like this that can post some pics of them worn in a little and perhaps a brief review?

Please do not buy that shoe. Call the shoebank. I'm sure they have a Fitch 2nd in your size in all tan or if you must try to be different tan/navy.
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Originally Posted by sambodini View Post

Nice buy! How's the toe room in them?
You know, I actually hadn't thought about the length until you asked that. That's a good thing, though, right? Length is pretty spot on. If I was judging the size by length alone I would say they run TTS. As far as the rest of the room in the toe box - it's roomy. Room on the sides and room on the top. In fact, the creasing you see on the right shoe will probably stay forever just because there is room over the toe.

Another progress report since today was the first day I wore them ALL DAY at work. The right shoe in the strap area was tighter than the left. Enough where I was concerned in the morning that it might get too tight as my feet swelled. It definitely gave throughout the day. It's definitely just as (if not MORE) comfortable than it was this morning!
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4 - Lastly, I'm looking at a bunch of the accessories they offer:  cedar hangers, cedar shavings inserts, and customizable shoe trees....I bought some bags of cedar shavings to stick in my workout shoes and issued boots and like them compared to what I used to do (I used to use dryer sheets since they also absorb moisture and smell good but you have to throw them away after a while).  Anyone have any honest opinions of these accessories available on AE?  Also, do you have to throw out cedar shavings inserts after a while and, if so, how long are they good for?

I'm no expert on cedar or your first three points, so i'll leave those to someone else. Might I suggest, though, that you check out the Joseph A Bank shoe trees when they have 65% or 70% off or one of their buy 1 get 2 free sales? They're the same exact trees. In fact, when I ordered my Strands, they asked me if i needed trees. I explained that I had the JAB trees already and the woman said that they were the same. If you can't wait or don't want your trees to have the JAB logo on them, the shoebank is selling trees for something like $15 right now. Worth a pickup! wink.gif

-James
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don't buy that shoe.

call the AE shoebank, get a pair of walnut strand seconds, i believe they're $199 or something. you can also get walnut strands for $225 or so in the B&S.

for various reasons, it's really hard to pick out your first pair of nice shoes. get either strands or daltons, in walnut. both are tried and true shoes that are SF-approved because they're versatile and well made. once you've been in this little world for a while, you'll develop a better sense of what does and doesn't work for you. in the meantime, don't consider anything else other than walnut strands or daltons. if you can't afford them right now, either buy seconds or save up. you might end up buying more/different shoes later on, but you'll never regret strands/daltons in walnut.
Edited by mexicutioner - 12/3/12 at 1:04pm
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call the AE shoebank, get a pair of walnut strand seconds, i believe they're $199 or something. you can also get walnut strands for $225 or so in the B&S.
just get strands (or daltons) in walnut and enjoy them. don't consider anything else.

 

The Finch in tan is one of my favorite shoes, and I look forward to wearing it more than any of my current AE's.  The 1-511 last feels like it was made for my foot, and look forward to a pair of boots that are on the way to my house as we speak on the same last.  Sorry, but I don't have any pictures of them on my feet though. 

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^ thanks for the advice, i really appreciate it. i've edited my post. can you delete my harsh words from your quoted post?
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^ thanks for the advice, i really appreciate it. i've edited my post. can you delete my harsh words from your quoted post?

 

Done!

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