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I don't know about you guys but I haven't really been impressed with their desire to branch out. They released a boot this season that looks horrendous in my opinion. They shouldn't have discontinued the Bayfield IMO. The boot i am referring to has a boat shoe-esque sole.

I own two pairs of AE's and recently ordered my third (loafers), unfortunately I don't see myself buying more in the future. Well other than a pair of boots.

What's with the baseball loafer, the moron that came up with that idea should be fired.

I need AE to lower their prices for putting new soles on shoes though.

That and I personally don't care for their desire to break into the clothing industry, I understand that they may want to become the next JAB but I'll pass.
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Oh so a friend of mine purchase the long branch boots for the winter. He lives in Baltimore.

Do you guys have any recommendations for any precautions he should take and upkeep?
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Originally Posted by CalTex View Post

Oh so a friend of mine purchase the long branch boots for the winter. He lives in Baltimore.

Do you guys have any recommendations for any precautions he should take and upkeep?

If you mean precautions to keep them from being damaged by water and snow, then he should treat them with a wax or oil like Snoseal, Obenauf's HDLP, or the like. The Wolverine thread has a lot of discussions about different products. A store owner there really likes Snoseal. Our own Cold Iron has a fantastic post where he shows how takes care of his boots - and he has a lot of them.

http://www.styleforum.net/t/163864/wolverine-1000-mile-boot-review/2265#post_5939842
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Thanks, guys. I'm not looking for a dress boot - have Dainite for that - but do want something more stylish than the insulated nylon/leather deals. Long Branch sounds like it might be good. I do agree about wingtips. Would be nice if they had a captoe - something like the Eagle County with a commando sole and regular black/brown/burgundy leather (yet another example of their getting fancy, but not offering what I want...)

There's an incredible burgundy captoe boot on a commando sole in the Tricker's thread that someone had made custom. Here's the post in a spoiler, so as to not to muddy up the AE thread. These got me thinking - but I'm sure they were at least twice the price of an AE boot. I would love to see AE do something like this, and I think they easily could. But maybe Long Branch is the call for me at the moment..
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
 

 

Those Tricker's are worth drooling over.nod[1].gif  I still maintain that AE needs some help in the boot department.  I love the Long Branch, but if they had a nice looking captoe eqivalent, I may have shifted in that direction as well.  I just can't get behind the Eagle County or any other boot on that sole (Oak Street just released the Trench Boot with a similar sole option).  I just think boots need a defined heel on the sole, and I think that the straight flat appearance of the Vibram on those makes them look odd, like they are tilting backwards or something.  It's just my opinion though. 

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Dress for the position you want, not the position you have.

I think someone on the forum said something like that.

If PhiPsi32's work environment is anything like mine, even the CEO is in jeans most of the time.
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Dress for the position you want, not the position you have.

I think someone on the forum said something like that.

 

This is a good rule to live by.

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Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post

Those Tricker's are worth drooling over.nod%5B1%5D.gif  I still maintain that AE needs some help in the boot department.  I love the Long Branch, but if they had a nice looking captoe eqivalent, I may have shifted in that direction as well.  I just can't get behind the Eagle County or any other boot on that sole (Oak Street just released the Trench Boot with a similar sole option).  I just think boots need a defined heel on the sole, and I think that the straight flat appearance of the Vibram on those makes them look odd, like they are tilting backwards or something.  It's just my opinion though. 

I completely agree. I can see the place for the Vibram sole on a shop floor or something similar, where the floor is flat and dry and comfort is paramount. But as a fashion, just not my taste.

But why couldn't AE do a boot like that Tricker's? They have burgundy and black leather. They make captoe shoes and have shown that they can vary the captoe. They have the welts and the soles. They make boots. Do they think that wouldn't sell here? They could make a terrific boot and probably even have an iconic product to last years, like the Park Avenue and the MacNeil. I mean, they make boots for Wolverine! What's the problem here?

I'd love to see a good, sturdy, captoe boot in simple leather for snow and such. And I would also love to see a captoe version of the Dalton - that in shell cordovan would be unreal. They have the capability, just not the will.

Honestly, I'm having a hard time deciding whether to save money and go for the Long Branch, or suck it up for a real classic like those Tricker's.
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These AEs are calfskin and not shell, yes?





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Not sure if this has been stated already, but just noticed that AE raised their prices $10 on many of their most popular models.  For example the Strand and McAllister are now $345.00 instead of last year's price of $335.  Probably not a big deal to most AE buyers because if you're already paying over $300 for a shoe, and extra $10 does not matter much.  Just throwing it out there.

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These AEs are calfskin and not shell, yes?





calf.

post #14981 of 46563
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Originally Posted by kmdsimpson View Post


I completely agree. I can see the place for the Vibram sole on a shop floor or something similar, where the floor is flat and dry and comfort is paramount. But as a fashion, just not my taste.

But why couldn't AE do a boot like that Tricker's? They have burgundy and black leather. They make captoe shoes and have shown that they can vary the captoe. They have the welts and the soles. They make boots. Do they think that wouldn't sell here? They could make a terrific boot and probably even have an iconic product to last years, like the Park Avenue and the MacNeil. I mean, they make boots for Wolverine! What's the problem here?

I'd love to see a good, sturdy, captoe boot in simple leather for snow and such. And I would also love to see a captoe version of the Dalton - that in shell cordovan would be unreal. They have the capability, just not the will.

Honestly, I'm having a hard time deciding whether to save money and go for the Long Branch, or suck it up for a real classic like those Tricker's.

 

You are preaching to the choir.  I don't claim to understand their reasoning for the products that "make the cut."  I just know that the people on here seem to be in agreement that things need to get better in the traditional offerings (while producing the flashy ones at the same time for the crowd that likes them).  I guess I just try to remember that StyleForum currently has 132,743 members, and only a small fraction of those subscribe to this thread or even wear AE's.  So even though we feel like we have a loud voice on here, the reality is that we are only a small fraction of the sales that AE is looking at as the "World's Largest Cobbler." 

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bapelolol - I think the color is called Chili
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Originally Posted by CalTex View Post

I don't know about you guys but I haven't really been impressed with their desire to branch out. They released a boot this season that looks horrendous in my opinion. They shouldn't have discontinued the Bayfield IMO. The boot i am referring to has a boat shoe-esque sole.

I own two pairs of AE's and recently ordered my third (loafers), unfortunately I don't see myself buying more in the future. Well other than a pair of boots.

What's with the baseball loafer, the moron that came up with that idea should be fired.

I need AE to lower their prices for putting new soles on shoes though.

That and I personally don't care for their desire to break into the clothing industry, I understand that they may want to become the next JAB but I'll pass.

I agree that the clothes are a bit much (but they do have a few decent items).

That said, I don't care if they make a bunch of ugly crap, like the gray shoes and the baseball shoes, as long as they still make shoes like the strand, the mcallister, and the clifton
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Originally Posted by CalTex View Post


Dress for the position you want, not the position you have.

I think someone on the forum said something like that.

 

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If PhiPsi32's work environment is anything like mine, even the CEO is in jeans most of the time.

 

This, mostly.  Top management receives a clothing allowance. So they are expected to wear business attire.  Even then, the bosses cruise around in jeans and sneakers a few days a week (when there are no meetings).  I'm in a different boat than most I think.  I break out the dress shoes and sport coats for my off duty time for a change of pace.

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Yay or Nay? 



As opposed to Magnanni D.M 



 

1000

 

 

AE Evanston > *

 

That shoe is absolutely gorgeous, and since they have been discontinued, I will definitely purchase a pair online if I find one my size in good condition.


Pawhead from Ebay always has a few for sale, but the only one I found in my size was black :(

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Allen-Edmonds-Evanston-Walnut-Oxford-Dress-Shoe-12-D-/350697183992?pt=US_Men_s_Shoes&hash=item51a72e5af8

 

 

The DM's are great as well.  I have the Neumora's and wear them about once a week, they look great with my slimmer fit dress pants.  Magnanni's are on today tho, black Mateo with lime green laces.

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