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post #14566 of 49592
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Originally Posted by jjr4884 View Post

 

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.

 

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...

 

Wow!  That's some crazy wear on a pair of shoes in one year!  Glad the re-craft has them looking great again. 

post #14567 of 49592
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Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post

 

Wow!  That's some crazy wear on a pair of shoes in one year!  Glad the re-craft has them looking great again. 

 

Honestly, the right shoe was fine.  It was primarily my left shoe.  I drive a manual, and I drive a lot.  The hole was right at the contact spot of where I depress the clutch pedal.  I have yet to hear if anyone else goes through the same thing.  I am wondering if I am twisting my foot when I change gears.  The pedal is rubber, so its not very abrasive, however there is definitely some friction with each time I use it.

 

My shoe cobbler said it is normal for that to be the cause.  My shoe shine guy who actually shined these strands checked the shoe out last month (randomly got them shined at nordstroms when I was Christmas shopping) and he said, based on the rest of the sole/heel, my walk looks pretty healthy.  If I had an issue with my walk, it would show on other parts of the sole (outer edges) and would show on the heel as well. 

 

Regardless, I am going to try to see a podiatrist just to make sure its not in my walk.  These shoes spend 90% of their time on an office carpet, so its not like I'm skidding across tarmac all day long lol.  We'll see...

post #14568 of 49592
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post


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

 

 

Agreed. Why is it so absurd that you could wear different sizes in different models? If nothing else, the fit between a loafer and laceup is totally different. Even among the same last - 5th and Park Ave fit me perfect in the 7.5EEE but I am stepping out of the Kenilworth in the same size. Its not my imagination.

post #14569 of 49592
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Originally Posted by New Shoes1 View Post

I'm afraid I am now in the same boat.  My 1  year old Malverns lost the dainite heel this afternoon and now have nails protruding from the base of the heel.  I wonder if there is a solution short of a full recrafting.

I think they are recrafting because the sole is coming apart from the midsole too. I think if it were just the heel they could probably do without the recrafting.
post #14570 of 49592

Cant criticize the pants. I found a pair of khakis that me perfectly (and were fairly inexpensive). I started out with standard colors and now I am up to 6 pairs of the same pants in different colors. When you already have grey, brown, navy, olive, etc - moving on to royal blue and "salmon" isnt so crazy.

post #14571 of 49592
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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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I don't think the grey shoes look bad at all. The contrast with the pants may be a bit stark; that shoe will look good with charcoal, gray and navy slacks. I actually tried them navy and charcoal and was pleasantly surprised. The main thing is make certain that you are happy with how they look to you.
post #14572 of 49592
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Originally Posted by jns425 View Post

Cant criticize the pants. I found a pair of khakis that me perfectly (and were fairly inexpensive). I started out with standard colors and now I am up to 6 pairs of the same pants in different colors. When you already have grey, brown, navy, olive, etc - moving on to royal blue and "salmon" isnt so crazy.

 

I'm sure i will eventually tap into that style.  For summer, I do like the navy, orange, and salmon colored shorts, so i'm sure its only a matter of time until I get sick of jeans...

post #14573 of 49592
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Originally Posted by Winston S. View Post


I think they are recrafting because the sole is coming apart from the midsole too. I think if it were just the heel they could probably do without the recrafting.

 

Makes sense.  I dropped mine off today and the SA said they would only need to be reheeled.  As always, very impressed with the AE customer service as they took them without question, even though I had purchased them from Amazon on Black Friday last year.

post #14574 of 49592
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Originally Posted by XFi1382 View Post

After reading through SF for the past couple of months, here it is, my first post!

 

Let's blow some life in this discussion :)

 

As a recent graduate I am now working in business environment (mgmt consulting). However, I'm still regularly at the office, meaning it's suits 60-70% of the team, business casual the other 30-40%.

 

What I already have:

- Façonnable: black cap-toe oxfords (looking almost exactly like Strand), used for formal occasions and sometimes with charcoal suit/lighter gray suit

- Façonnable: walnut cap-toe oxfords

 

 

- Scarosso: Chocolate brown oxfords

 

 

 

 

Now over the coming year I'm looking to add at least to 2 more decent pairs to my rotation (at least one decent e.g. AE, and maybe one cheaper for bad weather).

 

What I expect of the shoes? Well I like my dress shoes to be classy enough for the office and casual enough to be used for weekend wear.

 

Since all my shoes are (unpurposely) cap toes, I'm wondering if I should opt for the Walnut McAllister. However, I really like the Strand, they are a bit more mature and formal. Nonetheless, I'm only 23 so I think I can still get away with a younger/more casual style.

 

So what would you guys suggest if I want to add at least one black and one walnut pair to my rotation? I think I'd like the McAllister better on jeans/chino's, but is it formal enough to go to work with?

 

On the other hand, another option would be acquiringover the next few months:

- AE Strand Walnut

- Bexley Edward II black and Chestnut (http://www.bexley.com/Bexley/shoe-MMCVPRD-EN.htm?cdPrd=EdwardII&tarification=PROMO&coloris=noir)

 

This would leave me with 4 decent quality pairs (maybe Scarosso doesn't hold stand in the AE quality class, but it's good enough for now), and two pairs I can use to go to work with in bad weather and weekend to go out with during weekend. If the Bexley's look bad after 2 years, it's still acceptable given they are only 105 EUR (~130USD) a pair. If I than add one decent pair + one beater to the rotation every year, I think I will have a nice collection to choose from in a couple of years. 

 

 

Maybe one important question. Does anyone of you IS or KNOW SOMEONE in the US Army? I came across this website which notices military personnel get the opportunity to buy AE at extremely advantageous prices! Since I live in Europe, I'm looking to someone very friendly to buy me 1 or 2 pair of AE at this price and ship them to me.

 

Thanks!

 
post #14575 of 49592

I sent in an old pair of Norse shoes for recrafting.  AE sent me an email letting me know that the shoes had arrived and they gave me an estimate of how long the job would take.  About a week later, they sent another email letting me know that the shoes were finished and shipped and they also  included before and after photos of my shoes--giving me a sneak peek at how they turned out.  I was pretty impressed with the before and after photos.  This is only the second time I've had a recraft done, so I don't know if photos are standard practice.  I would expect status updates with photos if I was buying a yacht, but getting an old pair of shoes recrafted?  That's the kind of customer service that makes AE the Great American Shoe Company.  I'll edit to add that the shoes were delivered today and that I'm very happy with them.

 

 

 


Edited by delmar - 1/17/13 at 2:06pm
post #14576 of 49592
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Originally Posted by delmar View Post

I sent in an old pair of Norse shoes for recrafting.  AE sent me an email letting me know that the shoes had arrived and they gave me an estimate of how long the job would take.  About a week later, they sent another email letting me know that the shoes were finished and shipped and they also  included before and after photos of my shoes--giving me a sneak peek at how they turned out.  I was pretty impressed with the before and after photos.  This is only the second time I've had a recraft done, so I don't know if photos are standard practice.  I would expect status updates with photos if I was buying a yacht, but getting an old pair of shoes recrafted?  That's the kind of customer service that makes AE the Great American Shoe Company.  I'll edit to add that the shoes were delivered today and that I'm very happy with them.

 

 

 

The soles in the before picture don't look that bad. Was there another reason you had them recrafted?

post #14577 of 49592
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Originally Posted by msulinski View Post

The soles in the before picture don't look that bad. Was there another reason you had them recrafted?

If you look close--they were delaminated along the sides and at the toes.  Heels were rounded off too.  But now they are beautiful.  Like new.  Better than new, in fact--already broken in.

post #14578 of 49592
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Originally Posted by delmar View Post

If you look close--they were delaminated along the sides and at the toes.  Heels were rounded off too.  But now they are beautiful.  Like new.  Better than new, in fact--already broken in.

I didn't know they did before/after pix. Good stuff.

post #14579 of 49592
Does anyone know why they stopped stocking the elgin and if they will ever bring it back? Maybe its been renamed to something else but I can't find it and have been looking for it...anyone ever going to sell or who knows where I can get a good quality used one in 9.5, please let me know
post #14580 of 49592
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Originally Posted by mixedmajik View Post

Does anyone know why they stopped stocking the elgin and if they will ever bring it back? Maybe its been renamed to something else but I can't find it and have been looking for it...anyone ever going to sell or who knows where I can get a good quality used one in 9.5, please let me know
I believe brooks brothers still sells their version of it. Are you open to buying used shoes? If so, you could check out the b&s forum or eBay.
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