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post #13996 of 48280
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Originally Posted by bucksfan View Post

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.

EDIT: The brown leeds would be the only one in which I might be interested. Is there an advantage to the group purchase (i.e. ability to get the brown shell or waiver of the custom fee)? In other words...is there cause for me to pull out my badly beaten wallet right now?
post #13997 of 48280
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Originally Posted by md2010 View Post


Anyway here are my new favorite.

And AE signature crease......

 

Nice.  Are those shell or calf?

post #13998 of 48280
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Originally Posted by Todd V View Post

EDIT: The brown leeds would be the only one in which I might be interested. Is there an advantage to the group purchase (i.e. ability to get the brown shell or waiver of the custom fee)? In other words...is there cause for me to pull out my badly beaten wallet right now?

Yes the fact we can choose the color and the welt color and no MTO charge so there is some savings and they are throwing in a set of shoe trees
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After a thorough cleaning, I applied a couple light coats of neatsfool oil to darken up my pair of Natural colored McTavish. Being darker now, they stand out less, which is a good thing. In person they are more dull looking. The camera seems to saturate the colors a bit here.

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post #14000 of 48280
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Originally Posted by cncrd View Post

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.

Well said, and I completely agree. When I think about the differences in an AE shoe and perhaps the next step up in price, like a C&J, think there are two things that stand out. First, the leather quality is definitely higher on a C&J. And second is the finishing. C&J does not let these types of flaws out the door, and that means either that they work more slowly and carefully - and thus each pair takes more time and costs more to make - or they are rejecting shoes (which likely leads to working yet more slowly and carefully).

I've commented on the AE videos taken in their factory, and it's clear that they are working quickly, with a mass production mentality.

Having said all this, I've rarely had a pair of firsts from AE that had flaws that would make me question the value of what I paid. But no matter what you think of the value, $335+ is a lot of money, and I think they could be a little more conscientious in their work. But for consumers, the only other option is to pay around $200 more for the next level of quality.
post #14001 of 48280
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Originally Posted by dancingbear View Post

Nice.  Are those shell or calf?
They are calf. But they do look like shell. Many people actually asked me if the were shells. My question ……. are they corrected grain ?
I don’t think AE uses corrected grain(I could be wrong).
They are Grayson in Merlot.The sizing on them are tricky. I went from 8D to 8.5B. Lol fits like glove.
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They look good.  Nice job with the neatsfoot oil.

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Originally Posted by atoms View Post

After a thorough cleaning, I applied a couple light coats of neatsfool oil to darken up my pair of Natural colored McTavish. Being darker now, they stand out less, which is a good thing. In person they are more dull looking. The camera seems to saturate the colors a bit here.

700

post #14003 of 48280
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Originally Posted by Michael Haines View Post


I don't want to come off as rude, but are you aware that you can post more than 1 photo at a time in a post? I keep noticing that you post 3 times with one photo in each, and sometimes 2-3 posts with just a paragraph in each.
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I am sorry I tried to post more then one but via I phone it kept just using only the last one embedded. I'm sorry in that bothered you
post #14005 of 48280
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Originally Posted by atoms View Post

After a thorough cleaning, I applied a couple light coats of neatsfool oil to darken up my pair of Natural colored McTavish. Being darker now, they stand out less, which is a good thing. In person they are more dull looking. The camera seems to saturate the colors a bit here.

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Those are looking great. I can't wait to see how the color mellows out in the next few days.

post #14006 of 48280
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Originally Posted by TheSizzle View Post

 

Those are looking great. I can't wait to see how the color mellows out in the next few days.

It's actually mellowed out. They were darker. The work was done about 5 days ago and they've been sitting until today when I finally wore them again.

post #14007 of 48280
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Originally Posted by atoms View Post

It's actually mellowed out. They were darker. The work was done about 5 days ago and they've been sitting until today when I finally wore them again.

Well, that's fantastic. I really like my tan ones, and my cognac ones, but I'm really loving this color you've made in between.
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Did a quick search on this but found more info about the Bayfields than the Daltons. Im about to pull the trigger on some Daltons but wanted some SF advice on the rubber sole options AE offers. Has anyone had them do the custom sole on a Dalton? If so, any pics?

If not having AE do it, my other thought was to just wear them as is for a while and then when they are ready to being re-soled get them rubber soled then. Or, another option, is to just Topy them from day one.

I'd love some advice from the AE fan-base!

Thanks and Happy New Year!
post #14010 of 48280
In response to bucksfan's post...

I would indeed be interested in either of the natural welt/brown shell options, if funding allows at the time. Since I don't yet have a plain toe blucher in shell, the Leeds would be my first choice.
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