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I have a question for you guys. I bought a pair of the grey Parkways last month and have kind of been debating whether to keep them or not. I knew they would get limited wear but I'm not sure how limited. If I'm just never going to wear them, I might as well return them. But if I can get a few wears out of them once in a while, they would probably be worth keeping. I tried them with some relatively bold golden brown colored pants and thought the combo looked decent. What do you guys think?

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Originally Posted by MacktasticGDogg View Post

I have a question for you guys. I bought a pair of the grey Parkways last month and have kind of been debating whether to keep them or not. I knew they would get limited wear but I'm not sure how limited. If I'm just never going to wear them, I might as well return them. But if I can get a few wears out of them once in a while, they would probably be worth keeping. I tried them with some relatively bold golden brown colored pants and thought the combo looked decent. What do you guys think?

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Sparingly apply with your finger, some Meltonian Marine Blue creme on the toes to add a subtle patina. Wear with black or dark grey denim or a charcoal suit or a combo with charcoal pants. Explore colored laces in yellow, lime, orange, sky blue or red. Keep these ! and congratulations on your purchase.

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Originally Posted by MacktasticGDogg View Post

I have a question for you guys. I bought a pair of the grey Parkways last month and have kind of been debating whether to keep them or not. I knew they would get limited wear but I'm not sure how limited. If I'm just never going to wear them, I might as well return them. But if I can get a few wears out of them once in a while, they would probably be worth keeping. I tried them with some relatively bold golden brown colored pants and thought the combo looked decent. What do you guys think?

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Yes, that's under consideration.smile.gif But are you saying return them because of the color or design? Or both?
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I think the combo works depending on the context of the situation (business casual etc).  Tell us more about the pants.

The pants are Walt twill trousers from Epaulet New York. They call the color "golden brown".

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I think the combo works depending on the context of the situation (business casual etc).  Tell us more about the pants.

Agreed.  If you have a decent amount of vibrant pants (I'm fairly certain you had to graduate to vomit mustard,) I actually like the way the shoes pair up.  Any more colors of the bile rainbow?

Hmm...never actually seen what vomited mustard looked like, but I also own french blue, plum, and rust colored pants. Where in the bile rainbow do those fit in?

Well, I am leaning toward returning the grey Parkways right now. Not so much for the color, but I'm thinking the long vamp makes the shoe look too long on me. Anyway, more comments (positive or negative) would still be welcomed.
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I can't believe it! I came across some Walnut Daltons in my size tonight at Nordstrom Rack for $170! There was no way I was going to pass on that deal, especially since the Daltons are now my first pair of AE boots/shoes. There were some size 8.5 E  Merlot Park Avenues there as well for $100 (as a used/return item), but they were too big for me so I didn't buy them. My hopes were really high when I saw those PAs after I picked up the Daltons.

bounce2.gif  That was a deal of a lifetime!  Don't expect that to happen very often!

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So, I sent my walnut Strands out to be recrafted on Dec 29th, just got them back today... so less than 3 weeks door to door.  I dropped them off at the Newbury St. store in Boston the Sunday before NYE.  I was told 4-6 weeks after Christmas since a lot of people I guess do them after the holiday with gift cards, etc.. idk... but to my convenience, it took half the time.  Also, I checked last week, surprisingly they don't spend a lot of time in the shop.  I think I called on Friday the 4th, just to see if they received them yet... nothing.  I called on Thursday the 10th, and they were already shipped out to me.  So between Monday and Thursday, they received them, checked them, recrafted them, and mailed them.  Not bad in 3-4 business days.

 

So the shoes.  Few things I noticed.  Maybe its me, but the soles the soles don't seem to be the same.  I compared them to a brand new pair of bourbon strands i just got on Monday, used once.  Idk, they sole just feels harder than the leather they usually use.  Also, all new AE's have the notched out part where the stitching is, and then more towards the center of the shoe, there is another little notch/design that is in the leather.  See below

 

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Mine below... whatever, not a big deal, just an observation.  I just hope the leather used is of the same quality.

 

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So, moving along now....  The remainder of the inspection passed all expectations.  The leather was reconditioned very well.  There were some scratches and blemishes on the toe box that can barely be seen now, naked to the eye unless you knew what was previously there.  The knot stitching at the bottom of the eyelets were definitely done over again, which is a nice touch.  There is no way they were in the condition they are now after a year of heavy use, I am almost certainly positive that the stitching was pulled and separated.  See the little stitch right above the first eyelits.

 

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The shoes look great.   I am surprised that the creasing was reduced dramatically on the vamps.  Literally, besides the insole, these shoes look like they were worn a handful of times if you are judging just by the upper.

 

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The only thing that raised an eyebrow was the inside of the heal.  There is a gap between the insole and the lining.  I don't remember if it was like that before, but there seems to be a lot of dust/lint in there LOL.  I need to take a look at a few other pairs of shoes and see if thats the way it looks.

 

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All in all, considering the shoe itself, the fact that I burned through my left sole (clutch use possibly?) and that I wore the hell out of these since the beginning of last year, I am extremely satisfied with the recrafting service.  I wasn't expecting the upper to come out THAT good and new looking.  Its tough to dish out $125 for a used pair of shoes, but after seeing the end result, this now is incentive to recraft my shoes as preventative maintenance rather than waiting until the soles have holes in them.  Very happy and thoroughly impressed.

 

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They look great, glad you had a good experience!  I would only comment on your last sentence there...  Just don't forget that they can only be reasonably expected to go through a handful of recraftings (I think AE says 3-4 on average), before they are shot.  Sending them in pre-maturely (i.e., before they have holes) will shorten the overall life of your shoes.

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Originally Posted by MacktasticGDogg View Post

Yes, that's under consideration.smile.gifBut are you saying return them because of the color or design? Or both?
The pants are Walt twill trousers from Epaulet New York. They call the color "golden brown".
Hmm...never actually seen what vomited mustard looked like, but I also own french blue, plum, and rust colored pants. Where in the bile rainbow do those fit in?

Well, I am leaning toward returning the grey Parkways right now. Not so much for the color, but I'm thinking the long vamp makes the shoe look too long on me. Anyway, more comments (positive or negative) would still be welcomed.

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On the 5 last, i'm a 10D.
On the 3 last, i'm a 9.5D.
On the 234 last, i'm a 10.5B.

Please... don't spread your ignorance.  Shoes will fit different, and depending on the shape/length/width of your foot, you will have to adjust slightly when dealing with different lasts. 

Correct, sir. My AE's (depending on last and model) are sizes 9D, 9.5D, 10C, and 10D.
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They look great, glad you had a good experience!  I would only comment on your last sentence there...  Just don't forget that they can only be reasonably expected to go through a handful of recraftings (I think AE says 3-4 on average), before they are shot.  Sending them in pre-maturely (i.e., before they have holes) will shorten the overall life of your shoes.

The gent's point is well taken, but I never wear shoes to the point of holes.
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You don't have to wait for a hole.  Once the sole starts to get "spongy", then you can start thinking about a recraft.

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bounce2.gif  That was a deal of a lifetime!  Don't expect that to happen very often!

 

Is it?  I ask seriously because I don't know what seconds of Daltons go for in any of the recent sales.  And, as perfect as those Rack Daltons may have looked, they were definitely seconds in order to have ended up at the Rack since Nordstrom does not sell the Dalton boot.  I'm just curious what Dalton seconds go for in a good sale?

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The gent's point is well taken, but I never wear shoes to the point of holes.

 

Yeah, there are several opinions on this, and many lean towards using the "thumb check" method to feel for soft spots in the sole, and then send them in when they feel thin.  I can see the benefits of sending them in before an actual hole develops to minimize the risk of water getting into the cork cavity, which may lead to detrimental effects on the rest of the shoe.  AE seems to use a small hole in the middle of the sole as their "general guideline", hence their pictures and in-store examples that always have a small hole in the center of the sole.  I tend to take a convenience stance myself... if I am able to send them in when they feel soft, I will.  I just take a small hole in the sole to be the point of no return, and I immediately stop wearing them and send them in if I see a hole.     

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Is it?  I ask seriously because I don't know what seconds of Daltons go for in any of the recent sales.  And, as perfect as those Rack Daltons may have looked, they were definitely seconds in order to have ended up at the Rack since Nordstrom does not sell the Dalton boot.  I'm just curious what Dalton seconds go for in a good sale?

 

I'm not totally sure either, but I want to say they are generally in the $280.00 range for typical seconds at an AE outlet. 

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You don't have to wait for a hole.  Once the sole starts to get "spongy", then you can start thinking about a recraft.

 

Absolutely.  My comment was triggered because of the "preventive maintentance" comment.  I assumed by that comment that he meant sending them in when they look substantially worn, rather than waiting for a definitive sign that they are ready (sponginess, or a hole).  I may have read to much into it.   

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I like them with those pants

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Can anyone comment on sizing for the Westchester loafer? Some reviews are telling me to size down half, does this sound right?

Just my experience and your mileage may vary. I wear 9.5D in 95% of all my AE shoes. The only exception are a couple of pair of the Rough Collection in 9D. I tried on the Westchester at my local menswear / shoe store and the 9.5D was the fit for me. Just my experience - I have a high instep and I think that affects some of how shoes fit me.

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Originally Posted by MacktasticGDogg View Post


Yes, that's under consideration.smile.gif But are you saying return them because of the color or design? Or both?
The pants are Walt twill trousers from Epaulet New York. They call the color "golden brown".
Hmm...never actually seen what vomited mustard looked like, but I also own french blue, plum, and rust colored pants. Where in the bile rainbow do those fit in?

Well, I am leaning toward returning the grey Parkways right now. Not so much for the color, but I'm thinking the long vamp makes the shoe look too long on me. Anyway, more comments (positive or negative) would still be welcomed.

 

I was just joking about the colors, honestly, even though it isn't my style to have colorful pants... I really think the shoes pair up well and tone down the brightness of the color.  I would imagine that they would probably go pretty damn well with the rest of the colors that you mentioned.  If you don't like the shoe itself, well then ya, definitely return them, but in my opinion, I think they work well with the outfit.

 

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They look great, glad you had a good experience!  I would only comment on your last sentence there...  Just don't forget that they can only be reasonably expected to go through a handful of recraftings (I think AE says 3-4 on average), before they are shot.  Sending them in pre-maturely (i.e., before they have holes) will shorten the overall life of your shoes.

 

I am well aware of that actually and I will clarify.  The left sole was through the sole, and the cork in a very small spot (smaller than a dime.)  I could see the black bottom of the insole, thats how bad they were... whoops!  I think once they start to feel "spongy" in the sole, that will be a good time to return them.  The uppers, even though they look much better now, were still in great condition as are the rest of my shoes, so "preventative" maintenance will still be based on the condition of the sole, nothing else.

 

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Correct, sir. My AE's (depending on last and model) are sizes 9D, 9.5D, 10C, and 10D.

 

One day he'll learn... maybe lol.

 

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The gent's point is well taken, but I never wear shoes to the point of holes.

 

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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

You don't have to wait for a hole.  Once the sole starts to get "spongy", then you can start thinking about a recraft.

 

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Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post

 

Absolutely.  My comment was triggered because of the "preventive maintentance" comment.  I assumed by that comment that he meant sending them in when they look substantially worn, rather than waiting for a definitive sign that they are ready (sponginess, or a hole).  I may have read to much into it.   

 

Ya spongy is the way to go for me.  I hated the fact that I waited so long to the point where I could feel a little bit of moisture in the shoe if it was wet out.  Thats no good...

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