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My chocolate suede Saunders came in today, and let me say that I haven't felt a sole this stiff since the last pair of McTavishes I bought. I'm thinking they're double-oak too.

 

 

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Originally Posted by csc67 View Post

Can someone compare the 5 last to the 333 last?

 

This was just discussed a couple of days ago.  Spitshine and I agree that the 3 last is both longer and wider in the toe box.  He feels in the instep area as well, but I have noticed that.  See below.

 

 

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Originally Posted by spitshine123 View Post

I would say that the 8 fits .5 size smaller than the 5 last, but the shape is definitely pointier. The 3 last, by far is the longest last... no experience with the 0 though

 

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Originally Posted by N8ter View Post

 

I have the parkway (3-333 last) and the strand (5 last), both in size 10D and the parkway is definitely longer.  Not a huge difference, but maybe a quarter inch or so.

Originally Posted by spitshine123

 

I agree- I also own the strand and parkways in the same size. The parkways also offer more instep space and more width, so overall it feels much bigger. The difference (for me, at least) is pretty substantial- the Parkway is comfortable for me while my strands are near unwearable

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by N8ter
 
Also agree with your comments that the Parkway feels roomier width wise in the toe box and are more comfortable.  My Strands are not unwearable, but the right shoe was rubbing my little toe raw on my first wear.  On my 4th wear today and they are loosening up and aren't hurting anything, but my toes do feel constrained.
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Originally Posted by kmdsimpson View Post

True, this sale was epic.

I had a thought. I'm wondering about how people on this thread were introduced to AE shoes, what their first pair was, and how many they have now.

My story is that I bought my first pair of AE off the old sales threads on StyleForum. They are the brown Clintons that I still have. They were brand new, and I think cost me around $100.

I had been a J&M person before then, and I'd unfortunately followed them through their transformation from quality made-in-the-US Goodyear welted shoes to imported glued shoes.

AE got me back on the wagon. I now have 11 pairs, I think:
3 pair AE US Made
5 pair AE Italian made
1 pair AE for RL
1 pair AE for Wolverine
1 pair AE for Rag & Bone

For me, while I like AE, it has also been a gateway to other brands, mostly British (and mostly more expensive). That's why I'm guessing my collection is not as large as a lot of other people here.
Hey KMD, good 'sub-thread' idea. In early 2008, a co-worker friend picked up some (I think) Dryden's from the Shoebank, and told me about it. I took a chance and ordered myself a pair of Chili Delray, and haven't looked back. Was wearing mainly J&M and the odd Bostonian back then. Ended up donating all the old shoes, and started accumulating AE's, some seconds, some firsts. The collection now (9):

2 pair Delray (Chili, Black)
2 pair Strand (Walnut, Dark Brown)
1 Lombard (Walnut)
1 Montgomery (Dark Brown)
1 McClain (Black)
1 MacNeil (Walnut Grain)
1 Clifton (Dark Brown)
(All calf)

J
Edited by pudman43 - 2/8/13 at 5:11pm
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A few years ago I saw a news story about how President Bush visited AE and they made a special red, white, and blue pair for him.  The story mentioned that AE made shoes for presidents and kings.  I hadn't heard of them but they mentioned in the story that the factory is in Port Washington, WI.  I mixed Port Washington up with Port Edwards, WI which is just a short drive from me and I thought that I should check out a locally made product.  It turns out that Port Washington is about a three and a half hour drive for me, so not exactly local.  I am hooked.  I will have 20 pairs when the football leather Neumok webgems arrive.

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Originally Posted by delmar View Post

A few years ago I saw a news story about how President Bush visited AE and they made a special red, white, and blue pair for him.  The story mentioned that AE made shoes for presidents and kings.  I hadn't heard of them but they mentioned in the story that the factory is in Port Washington, WI.  I mixed Port Washington up with Port Edwards, WI which is just a short drive from me and I thought that I should check out a locally made product.  It turns out that Port Washington is about a three and a half hour drive for me, so not exactly local.  I am hooked.  I will have 20 pairs when the football leather Neumok webgems arrive.
Nice, Delmar! What are the pairs you have? J
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My story doesn't follow like most. Sure, my dad owns Allen Edmonds, along with his fair share of Church's, Alden and such. He wasn't the one who pushed me into good shoes.

 

Once my feet stopped growing, my mom bought me some AE Hastings for my junior prom. They survived multiple moves, quite a few fraternity formals,I still have them, and they still look fantastic. Heck, I even posted a picture of them in this thread as a reference for AE whole-cuts. 

 

Since then, I can't justify buying anything less. So, I continue on the course on which she set me. Off the top of my head, I can count at least 20 pairs, but I know there are more and there will be more.

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Posted these not too long ago claiming they were Strands by mistake and raised some confusion as they are not Strands but the older discontinued model called Sanford's. I finally got around to instant messaging a rep on AEs site  to find out what these are as I got them on eBay for ~$85 shipped. I sent him the all the model numbers excluding size and he looked them up and told me pretty much exactly this:

 

"They are Bourbon Burnished Sanford's made on the 7-97 last." 

 

That was how he worded the name of the color of this particular model. If anyone would like to double check or is interested in knowing exactly what these are, the model numbers read as:

10D   26724    6

5347   4056   COMB

 

Unfortunately he was unable to look up what year they were produced, which is what I've really been wanting to know and I've only been able to find a very select amount of information on the discontinued Sanford's in this old Bourbon color especially, but what little information I've found suggests production dates of mid - late 90s, but I'm not sure about that. I would have never guessed they were Bourbon but it's Burnished, not the new darker Bourbon color available on newer models these days.

 

This Bourbon Burnished had me fooled as I would have sworn they were Chestnuts, possibly Walnut but the Walnut Sanford's are commonly seen with 4 eyelets instead of 5 like my pair have. Below I linked a few different Chestnut and Walnut models to show how incredibly similar they can appear, it's amazing how lighting plays an enormous roll in capturing the true color of these lighter shades of leather, I imagine the shine plays a large roll too. I did not scrutinize the links below to confirm that they were indefinitely, 100%, Sanford models but all the places the pictures were found claimed the pair to be Sanford's in the respective color indicated and based on what little knowledge I've gained in my search to find out exactly what pair of shoes I own, I'd say I'm 98% sure that they are all Sanford's and unless my sources were incorrect the colors above the links ought to be correct for the model links below.

 

 

(My own picture of my Bourbon Burnished Sanford's)

 

  • Walnut Sanford's for comparison:

 

900x900px-LL-5a924546_sanford.jpeg (Notice 4 eyelets here vs. the 5 on my older model shown above)

900x900px-LL-e8bdf08d_2012_1103AB.jpeg (Another pair posted as Walnut, 5 eyelets on this model now though)

87a89efd_allenedmonds_shoes_sanford_walnut_l.jpeg (This photo makes them look much darker than in the 2 above)

 

  • Chestnut Sanford's: These appear to be closer in shade to Bourbon than the Walnut IMO, I thought this was the color of my pair until today.

 

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IMG_20120310_084146.jpg

 

  • More Sanford's in Bourbon : (The shoe I own / Embedded above)  

 

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Someone was selling some Bourbon Sanford's in this thread a while back, lots of pictures here, the two below are from this thread. http://www.styleforum.net/t/124127/2-pair-ae-sanford-8-5c-belmont-10e-used/0_40

 

525x525px-LL-1f64ce03_vbattach24423.jpg & 525x525px-LL-846943a0_vbattach24424.jpg (The only numbers that are the same is the '5347' which indicate style #53, leather #4 and last #7, I believe.)

 

 

After looking through all those pictures of such similar shoes, I'm 100% sure I would have never been able to positively identify what the 'proper name' of my shoes were without having referenced the model numbers in the shoe. Light has been shed on this glorious day and no longer living in the dark, I now know what I've been/will be wearing on my feet for a long time to come.

 

Just one thing, I was hoping someone here has been sporting the goods of the great american shoe company long enough tell me what year's the Bourbon Sanford's I was lucky enough to get my hands on, were made through?

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So I got hooked two-three years ago.  I asked my uncle, who's kind of a jerk, if he was wearing Eccos.  He smirked and said that he was wearing Allen Edmonds and if I wanted a pair I'd have to save my pennies.  Probably the only good advice I ever got from the fool.  Here's what I have now:

 

Park Avenue - Gator, Black Shell Cordovan

Birmingham - Gator

Clifton - Black Sharkskin, Dark Brown

Amok - Tan Suede

Leeds - Burgundy Shell, Black, and a pair of old 8-last brown pebble

Strand - Brown Shell, with a walnut BB pair on the way

Mac Neil - Burgundy Shell (the new finish - it's awesome), black

Del Rey - Chili

Hillcrest - Dark brown

Colton - Unburnished walnut

McClain - Burnished walnut

Wendell - Black

Lexington - Black

Auburn - Black

McTavish - Black

Player's Shoe - Blue suede

Finch - Blue/Tan

Horseman - Orange

McAllister - Red White & Blue

Broadstreet - Black/White

Strawfut - Brown/Linen

Dalton - Walnut Shell, Chocolate

Bayfield - Brown CXL

Neumok - Orange/White on order

 

On top of that, I'm eyeing the following:

 

 

Bourbon McAllister

Burgundy Shell Bradley

Bone/Walnut Broadstreet

Blue Banchory

Sand Suede Player’s Shoe

Burgundy Shell Cambridge 

 

Do I need any others to round it out?

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Jumped on waiting list for seconds of the Strand in Bourbon. Anyone have any idea what the typical wait time is for Shoe Bank to get an out of stock second in? I realize "it depends" is the actual answer, but thought I'd at least solicit some opinions based on past experience.
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My BB Strands cam in the mail.  Fail.  Gouge in the leather, parts of the shoe are 5 shades lighter, and the brogueing is a total mess.  Back they go, but I sent an email asking if they have another pair.

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Originally Posted by TheSizzle View Post

My chocolate suede Saunders came in today, and let me say that I haven't felt a sole this stiff since the last pair of McTavishes I bought. I'm thinking they're double-oak too.

 

 

 

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I feel like we've had this conversation before but these bad camera angle are killing you my friend. 

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Originally Posted by donjuan17 View Post

I feel like we've had this conversation before but these bad camera angle are killing you my friend. 

 

You would say that!

 

These pants aren't as narrow (and need a hem), but is this more to your liking?

 

 

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 Spot on.  thumbs-up.gif

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Originally Posted by TheSizzle View Post

You would say that!

These pants aren't as narrow (and need a hem), but is this more to your liking?




Looks great.

Is this a currently-offered shoe? I couldn't find it on their website, and have been on a long search for the right pair of chukkas.
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So much better. They look great. Other pic, not so much.
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