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Fifth Streets
BB 8 wale Corduroys today

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^^^ Nice combo, sir!

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^^^ Nice combo, sir!

Thanks!
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Has anyone tried the Eagle County?
How does it fit? What does the tan color look like in person?
Does it squeak when worn?
Thanks in advance!

Anyone?
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I bought a pair of Fifth Avenues about 3 months ago in dark brown. I wore them perhaps 3 or 4 times, and just noticed that there is a small "crack" in the leather. I clean them with a cloth after every wear, but due to the infrequent use, I had yet to wax the shoes. I'm hoping to wax them tonight and see if that helps improve the leather. What is AE's policy on returns at this stage of the process? Since I've worn them a few times, would they accept a return or refund?  Since cracking issues are really an issue with the quality of the leather, and how it was stored in their facilities, I don't see why they wouldn't accept a return (or at least store credit).

 

Anyone have knowledge of how to handle the above scenario?

 

 

EDIT: Don't have a pic as I'm at work and not wearing them, but the crack/crease looks similar to the below pic, except it's closer to the ankle region.

 

Will a good wax cleaning help?

 

 

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Maybe not so helpful, but I try to purchase my AEs brick and mortar (AE store or Nordstrom).  The AE retail staff have some wiggle room to work with.  Nordstrom is easy.  Just return them.  Otherwise, you'll just have to call the factory and explain the situation.  See what they say.

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How do you guys feel about brown Clifton's in a business casual setting?
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How do you guys feel about brown Clifton's in a business casual setting?

They were made for that. Perfect fit.
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I bought a pair of Fifth Avenues about 3 months ago in dark brown. I wore them perhaps 3 or 4 times, and just noticed that there is a small "crack" in the leather. I clean them with a cloth after every wear, but due to the infrequent use, I had yet to wax the shoes. I'm hoping to wax them tonight and see if that helps improve the leather. What is AE's policy on returns at this stage of the process? Since I've worn them a few times, would they accept a return or refund?  Since cracking issues are really an issue with the quality of the leather, and how it was stored in their facilities, I don't see why they wouldn't accept a return (or at least store credit).

 

Anyone have knowledge of how to handle the above scenario?

 

 

EDIT: Don't have a pic as I'm at work and not wearing them, but the crack/crease looks similar to the below pic, except it's closer to the ankle region.

 

Will a good wax cleaning help?

 

 

Heard good things about Saphir Medaille d'Or (spelling?). Apparently, you put it on and let it set for 2-3 days. It's supposed to restore and refill the cracks. Haven't tried it myself, but google is your friend.

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Gentlemen, I've got a dilemma. I'm going to purchase two new shoes to add to my rotation. I've already decided that one is going to be the Clifton in brown. The next is a choice between the Sanford and Lombard in walnut. I'm looking for something that can be worn casually with jeans and slacks and possibly a suit; though I wear suits so rarely that that factor can be neglected completely. 

Which would be the better choice? I already have three medallion cap-toes: Strands in walnut and black, and a Sanford in Merlot. I am lacking in the wing-tip department, with the McTavish in black being the only member.
Mauser, sorry for the late reply on this, but my most recent AE pickup was a pair of dark brown Clifton seconds. Love them, you should indeed consider these, esp for business casual or even for a suit, esp if your work surroundings aren't too formal. Here are mine, IRL:
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I picked up these AE Fifth Streets during their year end sale. $247 was the price. After their maiden voyage today, I am liking them. The top of the boot felt a bit weird going up and down the stairs here at home when I first put them on this morning. But, after a hours of wear, they have softened up some, and this afternoon the stairs did not give me any trouble. 

 

AppleMark

 

 

AppleMark


Edited by GOP Shoe Guy - 1/14/13 at 4:46am
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Just luck of the draw. It doesn't happen with most shoes, so the chances of it happening in both of yours would be pretty slim. It was only one of my shoes doing it as well. I happens because the texture of the leather upper is different from the leather lining. Just shake a little powder into the palm of your hand and use a finger to dab a light coat on the problem area of the tongue (don't go shaking powder all over your shoe). A small container of J&J baby powder is only a couple of bucks and it should last you a lifetime. You may need to re-apply after a few wearings. After you clean/polish your shoes, you will clean away the powder residue, so you may need to re-apply after that. The squeak eventually went away in mine, so the powder just decreased the noise until the leather was worn smooth enough to stop squeaking on its own.

 

Thanks for the information, very much appreciated!

 

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I have to disagree with you IF the squeak is coming from the tongue rubbing against the lining.  Even AE recommends using talcum powder (baby powder) to fix a squeaking tongue, and they consider it a natural occurence that happens from time to time (it happens in all brands) due to the difference in leather textures.  Returning an otherwise acceptable pair of shoes is too much of a gamble, given that he can't be sure his next pair will be to his liking. 

 

Agreed. The squeak isn't anything so offensive that I would want to return the shoes (especially since I've worn them for a few months now). I will give the powder a try, and hopefully the squeak will go away with time. I also tried re-lacing them the other day, and that also seemed to help a little bit.

 

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How do you guys feel about brown Clifton's in a business casual setting?

 

I work in a business-casual environment where I occasionally wear a suit. I recently ordered a pair of burgundy Cliftons as I think that they will work really well with business casual stuff, but I can still get away with wearing them with a suit. IMHO, the Clifton is a slightly less formal (and thus more versatile) version of the 5th Avenue, so I'm looking forward to them.

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I just used the $50+$100=$150 off 2 factory seconds deal with Jeff "Jay" Clay in Charleston, and like everyone else was extremely satisfied with his service. From now on, I'm not going to bother emailing the Shoe Bank and instead go directly to him.

 

I now have some Cognac McTavishes and Walnut Kenilworths on the way. I'm looking forward to having some casual AEs to add to my collection, since I hardly have occasion to wear my Bourbon Strands, and have yet to get to wear my Black Fifth Avenues. I went ahead and sized half a size down on the McTavishes (8D instead of 8.5D) since that seemed to be the general consensus here. Oh, and I got Leather Lotion instead of Saddle Soap after hearing the latter could cause the Cognac to lighten/discolor.

 

My seconds came in. I can't keep the Kenilworths do to tiger striping on one shoe, and failed stitching on another:

 

 

Kenilworth (Click to show)

 

 

I'm thinking of keeping the McTavishes, however. I only see a few quirks. First, the leather shades don't match up very well. I don't think that's too big a deal. Any advice on how I could lighten/darken certain leather panels?

 

 

McTavish: Coloring (Click to show)

 

 

The welts don't match up perfectly, but I believe that's fairly common:

 

 

McTavish: Welts (Click to show)

 

I think the biggest deal is the right shoe is a little "off center". You can see in the following pictures where the back seam ends up. Additionally, from the top you can see it's a little too far to the left, and the tongue lays way off to the left. Then again, the tongue on the left shoe isn't perfectly centered either, so maybe this is normal?

 

 

McTavish: Centering (Click to show)

 

 

I'd love everyone's thoughts on the above. Additionally, I'm having a little bit of trouble deciding whether I got the right sizes. My Strands are 8.5D, so I got 8.5D Kenilworth and 8D McTavish. The Kenilworths feel like they could be a tad big, and the McTavishes feel like they might be a tad narrow. Is it normal to need to size down with the Kenilworth? Should I consider 8E for the McTavish, or can I expect the leather to stretch out as I wear them more? Or maybe I could just try to stretch them myself with thick socks around some shoe trees?

 

Thanks in advance for any advise on the above.

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The weather's a little bit on the wet side today, but that's no reason not to bust out the old Finch.

 

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My seconds came in. I can't keep the Kenilworths do to tiger striping on one shoe, and failed stitching on another:

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

Kenilworth (Click to show)

 

 

I'm thinking of keeping the McTavishes, however. I only see a few quirks. First, the leather shades don't match up very well. I don't think that's too big a deal. Any advice on how I could lighten/darken certain leather panels?

 

 

McTavish: Coloring (Click to show)

 

 

The welts don't match up perfectly, but I believe that's fairly common:

 

 

McTavish: Welts (Click to show)

 

I think the biggest deal is the right shoe is a little "off center". You can see in the following pictures where the back seam ends up. Additionally, from the top you can see it's a little too far to the left, and the tongue lays way off to the left. Then again, the tongue on the left shoe isn't perfectly centered either, so maybe this is normal?

 

 

McTavish: Centering (Click to show)

 

 

I'd love everyone's thoughts on the above. Additionally, I'm having a little bit of trouble deciding whether I got the right sizes. My Strands are 8.5D, so I got 8.5D Kenilworth and 8D McTavish. The Kenilworths feel like they could be a tad big, and the McTavishes feel like they might be a tad narrow. Is it normal to need to size down with the Kenilworth? Should I consider 8E for the McTavish, or can I expect the leather to stretch out as I wear them more? Or maybe I could just try to stretch them myself with thick socks around some shoe trees?

 

Thanks in advance for any advise on the above.

 

As far as the quality of those seconds, I think you shouldn't be concerned. They're part of the rough collection, and I actually like the mismatch of tones between different parts of your shoes. The soles may seem uneven, and it may seem off center on close inspection, but I think they look just fine, and nobody is going to look that closely. They're seconds, and with that in mind, I think you got a great pair.

 

Now, as far as the fit, that's separate matter. If they don't fit properly, then you should exchange them, but the fitting of the McTavish is a little bit tricky. Some people size down a half size and up a width. Some people skip the width adjustment. Personally, I stuck with the same size as all my other 5-last shoes, but that's partially because I only wear a size 7D, and I didn't want to go up in width (which I would have to do if I went down the 6.5, as it's not available in D without a special order). I ended up having no issues with width, and the length worked out fine. They will stretch out a little, but they should at least feel comfortable now. If they hurt, I don't think they'll stretch enough to change that.

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