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post #16471 of 49704
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

I'd be willing to take it on this time. Think I was the only one that ended up with the group buy last time and they should be here on Wednesday. Supposed to have at least 10 people in on it, at least that is what the deal was last time but they still honored it for me. Not sure on a discontinued shoe if it is even possible however. Soho or Evanston in bourbon is that the general consensus and who is in? For real.

I would be in for that, depending on the cost, of course.  My preference would be for a black Soho, but a bourbon Soho would be gorgeous, as well.

post #16472 of 49704
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

I'd be willing to take it on this time. Think I was the only one that ended up with the group buy last time and they should be here on Wednesday. Supposed to have at least 10 people in on it, at least that is what the deal was last time but they still honored it for me. Not sure on a discontinued shoe if it is even possible however. Soho or Evanston in bourbon is that the general consensus and who is in? For real.

I'd likely be in for either the Evanston or the Soho in bourbon if the price was right. 

post #16473 of 49704

I have a feeling that 10 people for this one will not be a problem so sent an email to find out if it is even possible. When I can get details will post them, starting with if it is even a possibility.

 

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Originally Posted by New Shoes1 View Post

Not in as I've already got a similar shoe, but think about dark brown. This is a great shoe to wear with a suit and will be more versatile in a darker color. As much as I love the bourbon and walnut colors, I never end up wearing them with suits.

 

This is really good advice IMO and true for me too. Although I will wear walnut shell with grey because it is darker than calf walnut. I know not everyone wears suits and I wear suits a lot less each year, but it is something to keep in mind if you do.

post #16474 of 49704

So I'm really getting the itch to get more casual shoes to slowly knock sneakers completely out of my rotation. I'm a 31-year-old Software Engineer at an extremely casual company, so my Elgins are already really "fancy" by most standards. I already scored the Tan Elgin, which I love, and I have the Cognac McTavish and Brown Harbour on the way. I'm trying to decide between the following seconds: Tan Finch, Tan/Navy Finch, and Brooks Brothers Walnut/Brown Shelton. The Finches are closeout at $179, and the Sheltons are $199. Then again, $35 off for Soles4Souls might bring the Sheltons (non-closeout) to $164.

 

First, I'm unsure exactly the differences between these shoes. It looks like they're all on the 1-511 last, but I'm unsure of the actual differences regarding leather, soles, etc. I'm assuming the Brooks Brothers angle throws things off, as well.

 

Second, I'm trying to decide which color I prefer. The Tan Finch look awesome, but I worry they're too close to my Tan Elgin, color-wise. The Tan/Navy Finch look cool, but I'm worried they're more of a statement than I'm comfortable making; but maybe I shouldn't be so concerned about that. The Walnut/Brown Sheltons are maybe a tad in between because they still have some contrast. Any thoughts on "wearability" would be appreciated.

 

Finally, I'm unsure on which size to try with this last. I have 8.5D Strands and 8.5D Elgins. I tried 8.0D McTavishes and they were too narrow, which is why I got 8.5D Elgins and have 8.5D McTavishes on the way. As previously discussed, the 8.5D Neumoks I tried looked, confusingly, both too narrow and too long. Would y'all suggest starting with 8.5D on the 1-511 last, or is there a consensus "start half a size down" sort of rule I should start with?

 

Thanks for the continued help growing my collection.

post #16475 of 49704
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Originally Posted by kentyman View Post

Finally, I'm unsure on which size to try with this last. I have 8.5D Strands and 8.5D Elgins. I tried 8.0D McTavishes and they were too narrow, which is why I got 8.5D Elgins and have 8.5D McTavishes on the way. As previously discussed, the 8.5D Neumoks I tried looked, confusingly, both too narrow and too long. Would y'all suggest starting with 8.5D on the 1-511 last, or is there a consensus "start half a size down" sort of rule I should start with?

Of the 5 last, I have the Strand, McTavish, Kiowa, Neumok, and Black Hills in 8.5D. They're all a perfect fit for me. No uncomfortable break-in period, etc. This past fall I broke away from the 5 last and picked up the Long Branch (1 last), also in 8.5D. No fit issues there, either. They're comfortably snug with thick socks and have been a great winter boot. I don't have any experience with other shoes on the 1 last and can't comment on how they compare to the Long Branch, but I imagine 8.5D would be a safe bet. Hope that helps.
post #16476 of 49704
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Originally Posted by kentyman View Post

So I'm really getting the itch to get more casual shoes to slowly knock sneakers completely out of my rotation. I'm a 31-year-old Software Engineer at an extremely casual company, so my Elgins are already really "fancy" by most standards. I already scored the Tan Elgin, which I love, and I have the Cognac McTavish and Brown Harbour on the way. I'm trying to decide between the following seconds: Tan Finch, Tan/Navy Finch, and Brooks Brothers Walnut/Brown Shelton. The Finches are closeout at $179, and the Sheltons are $199. Then again, $35 off for Soles4Souls might bring the Sheltons (non-closeout) to $164.

 

First, I'm unsure exactly the differences between these shoes. It looks like they're all on the 1-511 last, but I'm unsure of the actual differences regarding leather, soles, etc. I'm assuming the Brooks Brothers angle throws things off, as well.

 

Second, I'm trying to decide which color I prefer. The Tan Finch look awesome, but I worry they're too close to my Tan Elgin, color-wise. The Tan/Navy Finch look cool, but I'm worried they're more of a statement than I'm comfortable making; but maybe I shouldn't be so concerned about that. The Walnut/Brown Sheltons are maybe a tad in between because they still have some contrast. Any thoughts on "wearability" would be appreciated.

 

Finally, I'm unsure on which size to try with this last. I have 8.5D Strands and 8.5D Elgins. I tried 8.0D McTavishes and they were too narrow, which is why I got 8.5D Elgins and have 8.5D McTavishes on the way. As previously discussed, the 8.5D Neumoks I tried looked, confusingly, both too narrow and too long. Would y'all suggest starting with 8.5D on the 1-511 last, or is there a consensus "start half a size down" sort of rule I should start with?

 

Thanks for the continued help growing my collection.

 

Shelton is double oak sole and calfskin, Finch is single sole and waxy leather. I measure right between 7D/E on brannock and usually find 7E in 1 last the most comfortable for balmorals such as Shelton (5 last I go 6.5E). I say since you own a few rough collection shoes already why not go for the calfskin Sheltons

post #16477 of 49704
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

I'd be willing to take it on this time. Think I was the only one that ended up with the group buy last time and they should be here on Wednesday. Supposed to have at least 10 people in on it, at least that is what the deal was last time but they still honored it for me. Not sure on a discontinued shoe if it is even possible however. Soho or Evanston in bourbon is that the general consensus and who is in? For real.

I'm in for a Soho in black or dark brown.
post #16478 of 49704

In case anyone changed his mind, I'm still actively on the hunt for tan RL Sanderson in a size 7D.

 

As far as the group-buy/MTO, why has nobody considered seeing if we can do a suede shoe, like a McAllister or Strand. Yes, it's available as a custom option, but I think either of them would look great in a snuff suede, which isn't offered.

post #16479 of 49704
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Originally Posted by TheSizzle View Post

In case anyone changed his mind, I'm still actively on the hunt for tan RL Sanderson in a size 7D.

 

As far as the group-buy/MTO, why has nobody considered seeing if we can do a suede shoe, like a McAllister or Strand. Yes, it's available as a custom option, but I think either of them would look great in a snuff suede, which isn't offered.

I like the idea of a suede balmoral. First choice would be bitter chocolate, but I would take snuff as well. I think I would prefer the strand to the McAllister, as I already have a wingtip in suede (Player's shoe, though it is a blucher).

post #16480 of 49704
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Originally Posted by msulinski View Post

I like the idea of a suede balmoral. First choice would be bitter chocolate, but I would take snuff as well. I think I would prefer the strand to the McAllister, as I already have a wingtip in suede (Player's shoe, though it is a blucher).

 

I mentioned the snuff suede because it's not offered, whereas the chocolate is an available option, but I'm pretty open. The same goes for my preference of the McAllister over the Strand. I just threw them out there as fodder for discussion.

post #16481 of 49704
I would be in for a suede balmoral...what about a park avenue?
post #16482 of 49704
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Originally Posted by TheSizzle View Post

Well, once again, AE's customer service seems to be stepping up to the plate to keep a good customer loyal to the brand.

In January, I went to the local AE store to have them make me a pair of bourbon Strands (since my size wasn't available in backstock and never is in stock in stores). After waiting a few weeks, I was ecstatic. They're beautiful. Now, after wearing them three times, I was giving them a thorough polishing, and that's when I realized that I'd never really taken the time to give them a full inspection. Well, on the outside of the left shoe, right above the welt, there's a nice pair of stress tears. Based on how dark the leather is inside the tear, I'd bet they tore before the bourbon burnishing process. Well, I called AE, and they told me to take them to the store that sold them to me. I did, and they ordered me a replacement pair. The only downside is that I'll have to wait a few weeks to get the new ones (since, once again, they have to be made).

Here are a couple pictures of the shoes before I took them back and a picture of the tear. It may not be ridiculously evident, but for a pair of firsts at full retail, I didn't think it was fair to just accept. They look great, and I doubt anyone would ever notice, but it was there, and it should have kept them from being firsts.










Thanks very much to you, Sizzle, and Kentyman, for the great pics. They were helpful as I chose and waited for my bourbon Strands. I received the shoes yesterday and they are beautiful. I'm now up to three AE's: burnished brown Fifth Avenues, black Park Avenues and bourbon Strands.

Now to decide what's next. Merlot McAllisters, perhaps?

J
post #16483 of 49704
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Originally Posted by maxmaxmaxmax View Post


Thanks very much to you, Sizzle, and Kentyman, for the great pics. They were helpful as I chose and waited for my bourbon Strands. I received the shoes yesterday and they are beautiful. I'm now up to three AE's: burnished brown Fifth Avenues, black Park Avenues and bourbon Strands.

Now to decide what's next. Merlot McAllisters, perhaps?

J

Hmm...I have a pair of bourbon strand seconds coming in the mail as I write this...I wonder if I'm getting thesizzle's pair?

post #16484 of 49704
Just got a pair of Bourbon Strand seconds delivered to my door. First thing I did was check them out and they definitely have some issues. Aside from some small discolorations (which I can live with), I see these marks in the leather. There's also a bit of weirdness going on in the brogueing in that area. Wondering if it's worth sending them back over? I had to wait a good amount of time for them to come in and I don't even know if they'll have a replacement pair. Does anyone have any experience with the Shoe Bank regarding situations like this if I were to want to send them back for a different pair?





Thoughts?
post #16485 of 49704
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Originally Posted by DJTraveler View Post

 

 

I would buy either the Soho or Evanston as a special order in a heartbeat.  Especially in bourbon!  Who else wants in?  I remember someone else on this thread did a group custom order.  Perhaps we can reach out to their same contact at AE. 

 

Wearing my recently re-crafted walnut Evanstons today.  Really hoping we can get this or the Soho custom ordered for us!

 

 

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