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I stopped by the Madison ave location in NYC and they have the bourbon Mcallisters on display. They are priced at $345.
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Originally Posted by Jrivera322 View Post

I stopped by the Madison ave location in NYC and they have the bourbon Mcallisters on display. They are priced at $345.

Well, I'm interested and can't wait to see them in Dallas. I posted that because I thought the bourbon McAllisters had only been available through some third party (Urban Daddy?) and were yet to be offered directly (not on website yet). I guess we're right on the cusp of their official release.
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My first pair of AE shoes just showed up, walnut Strands!




I was taking a closer look at them and noticed a few odd marks and finishes here and there. These are my first pair of shoes "above" something like Cole Haans, these are my first pair with interesting detail work on them, and these are my first pair in a lighter brown/tan. So I'm not sure if the things I noticed are actually quality issues, or if these are just the sort of things I should expect with these types of shoes. I'd appreciate it if some of the more experienced members would take a look at the photos and let me know what you think!
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1) The broguing right below the laces on one shoe seems a bit stretched and uneven, and the split is visible through it. (images hidden in spoiler tags) Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)






2) There are two darker spots on of the shoes that are also little bumps in the leather. They are fairly visible in the right light.
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3) The fringe on part of one shoe is bend up and a little ratty looking...
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4) There's a pretty noticeable discoloration right on one of the top caps.. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)



Anyway, I'd appreciate any advice about this -- Thanks!
My strands have most of what you have highlighted . Including one small burn mark !
They are just a pair of shoes. Get over it and just wear them. AE is the cheapest goodyear welted shes you can possibly buy. During sale they are even cheaper. So what do you expect EG or JL quality for under $250??

Anyway here are my new favorite.


And AE signature crease......
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Burgandy shell Dalton
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My strands have most of what you have highlighted . Including one small burn mark !
They are just a pair of shoes. Get over it and just wear them. AE is the cheapest goodyear welted shes you can possibly buy. During sale they are even cheaper. So what do you expect EG or JL quality for under $250??
Anyway here are my new favorite.

And AE signature crease......


md2010: I didn't pay "under $250" for these shoes, I paid $335...

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So, should we take a head count of those interested in a custom shoe? I got back a message from AE that the brown shell shelton with brown grain calf is 595.

It seems like a brown shell Leeds with natural welt was most popular, followed by a MacNeil in the same combo, followed by a saddle shoe.

Respond here with definite interest, please.
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Very Nice.

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I will be honest on those strands that I would be happy with most of what was on it but not all of it on the same shoe and for sure not if I paid full price. My concern is that quality control issues.
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I'm down for the Leeds or the MacNeil as my choice but to be honest if Bucksfan wants that saddle I won't stop it and will join that also
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Originally Posted by dddrees View Post

Very Nice.

Thank you sir
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Originally Posted by SidewinderX View Post

My first pair of AE shoes just showed up, walnut Strands!




I was taking a closer look at them and noticed a few odd marks and finishes here and there. These are my first pair of shoes "above" something like Cole Haans, these are my first pair with interesting detail work on them, and these are my first pair in a lighter brown/tan. So I'm not sure if the things I noticed are actually quality issues, or if these are just the sort of things I should expect with these types of shoes. I'd appreciate it if some of the more experienced members would take a look at the photos and let me know what you think!

1) The broguing right below the laces on one shoe seems a bit stretched and uneven, and the split is visible through it. (images hidden in spoiler tags)


2) There are two darker spots on of the shoes that are also little bumps in the leather. They are fairly visible in the right light.



3) The fringe on part of one shoe is bend up and a little ratty looking...



4) There's a pretty noticeable discoloration right on one of the top caps..


Anyway, I'd appreciate any advice about this -- Thanks!
I've had maybe two dozen A&E shoes over the last 20 years, and in my experience- especially over the last ten years or so- I've never had a "perfect" pair. Whether they were seconds, bought through a full price retailer, or bought directly from A&E, I've never had a pair that didn't have some of the minor discoloration spots, little irregularities around the edges, a weird little hiccup in the stitching somewhere, etc. that your shoes have, especially in the mid-lighter colored leathers.

I've taken some of it as part of the deal with getting a welted shoe that has some hand work involved in finishing and assembly, and from that persepctive it doesn't bother me so much, especially when comparing A&E pricing to that of other welted shoes with materials of similar quality, and I like the idea of supporting them, as an American company, even though they've slipped a little on that a bit over recent years.

While it doesn't keep me from buying or wearing them, obviously, it just never seems thet their quality control is consistent, and it makes me wonder if A&E sees these issues as just a normal part of some hand work, and not as quality issues. I was in Nordstrom in Denver earlier this year looking at a display of A&Es, and I would say maybe a quarter of them, at full retail pricing, had at least two of the "flaws" you mentioned- weird stitching, irregular broguing, discolored spots, just little issues that most people wouldn't notice, but that I would still see as flaws- but A&E doesn't seem to see it that way. However, to their credit, I have never once had a complaint or a question when I've pointed something out in a pair I've bought and returned them.
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I have questions regarding a pair of Fifth Street boots I just received. They squeak, the right one more than the left. These are the first pair of boots for me, I actually bought both black and brown on clearance. This is what I get for reading these forums and getting on AEs mailing list.

Anyway, since I have not worn boots previously, I don't know what to expect. Both pair look great, I cannot find a single flaw. They seem to fit well, I go up to the E width for the 5 last, they are comfortable, though I have not worn a pair all day. I have just worn them for a short period around the house. I do think they'll take some getting used to.

The brown pair squeak noticeably, my wife commented right away. It does not seem to come from the heel, I had a pair with a loose heel that squeaked, so I know the difference. I tried the black pair on and nothing but silence.

Anyone experience this? Should I send them back for an exchange? Call AE? Will the squeaking go away once they are broken in?

Thanks in advance for any insight.
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Originally Posted by Olifter View Post

I have questions regarding a pair of Fifth Street boots I just received. They squeak, the right one more than the left. These are the first pair of boots for me, I actually bought both black and brown on clearance. This is what I get for reading these forums and getting on AEs mailing list.
Anyway, since I have not worn boots previously, I don't know what to expect. Both pair look great, I cannot find a single flaw. They seem to fit well, I go up to the E width for the 5 last, they are comfortable, though I have not worn a pair all day. I have just worn them for a short period around the house. I do think they'll take some getting used to.
The brown pair squeak noticeably, my wife commented right away. It does not seem to come from the heel, I had a pair with a loose heel that squeaked, so I know the difference. I tried the black pair on and nothing but silence.
Anyone experience this? Should I send them back for an exchange? Call AE? Will the squeaking go away once they are broken in?
Thanks in advance for any insight.

 

If the shoe/boot squeaks while you walk, try to slow down and figure out at what point in your step it occurs. Then, determine what part(s) of your boot is(/are) either touching the ground or being manipulated. I had that happen once, and I thought it wasn't the heel, but, once I evaluated them more thoroughly, I realized it was the heel (separating at the front, making the nails squeak). AE replaced them immediately. Now, I'm not saying this is your problem, but I would determine the cause before making the call.

 

Though, if you're dissatisfied, you should definitely just go ahead and call them to get a pair that makes you happy. Their customer service is pretty awesome.

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