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Originally Posted by TheSizzle View Post

This may not be the answer you want to hear, but click on one of the recent pictures of the thread and go to "gallery view" to look at all the combinations that have been posted, starting with the most recent. Not all will have colored laces, but I think you can figure it out.

Thank you - I am going to check it out.

Chris
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Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post

Looking good!

Thank you!
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Originally Posted by Flyswatter View Post

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I would like the opinion of the AE experts in this thread. A few weeks ago, I received my first pair of Allen Edmonds shoes: black Park Avenues. I have not worn them yet except to try them on indoors on carpeted floors. They fit great, feel great, and overall I'm very pleased with the quality. I even already have my second pair of AEs on the way (brown Fifth Avenue seconds).

Anyway, these black Park Aves are first quality, purchased directly from AE online. As you can see in the pictures below, the upper portion of the right shoe bows outward (near my inside ankle) to a greater extent than on the left shoe. This is evident when the shoes are on or off the feet. As a result, I get a very slight amount of "gaping" on the right shoe when I'm wearing them, but none at all on the left shoe. When I first got the shoes, it didn't really bother me that much, and I figured that perhaps after some time in shoe trees, the problem with the right shoe would correct itself as the leather is stretched. I have not yet tested that theory, however, as I haven't had trees in these shoes. (I know, I know, blasphemous, but like I said I haven't worn these shoes yet, and I'm waiting on some Epic shoe trees that I've ordered from Kirby Allison, but are currently backordered.)

What does everyone here think? Is the small gaping in the right shoe a non-issue, or should I consider exchanging them? I know that people have had issue with gaping around the ankles even on properly fitting AE shoes, and thankfully it's not nearly as bad on my shoe than some of the examples I've seen.




Received my Brown Fifth Avenue seconds today, and I'm pleased to report that there's no gaping on this pair at all. I'll definitely be returning my recently purchased first quality Park Avenues that had some gaping on the right shoe.



Absolutely beautiful shoes and I can't tell at all what caused them to be sold as seconds. Totally satisfied with the purchase, and now I'm considering just getting a refund for my first quality Park Avenues and just getting a pair of those in seconds as well.
post #17959 of 49952
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Originally Posted by PK35216 View Post

New pics of my $45 shell MacNeils after some Mac Method cleaning, some brushing, a little bit of Renovateur, and a very small bit of AE shell polish.  The Mac Method stuff works, and I would have used it exclusively on this pair, but they are old and sort of dried out, especially after I spent so much time removing old buildup with Renomat when I first got them.

 

This is the pair where I used fine grain sandpaper to ground down the black welt and refinished them with some AE natural and chili edge treatment.

 

 

 

Great Job! (Click to show)

 

 

 

 

 

Those shoes have come a long ways since you purchased them, you have done a great job with them! IIRC you caught a fair amount of heat on here for even thinking about sanding the welt on them, but they turned out well. I agree the Mac method does work, and works well. 

 

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Originally Posted by polojock615 View Post

So my shell AE wallet was stolen this weekend and AE doesn't carry them anymore.  Any suggestions for finding one?

Sorry to hear that hope everything turns out well. I have used a card holder in my front left pocket for years but have been looking at shell wallets (and card holders) for a long time. Don't want to go back to a big thick rear carry wallet again and couple of weeks ago purchased a Mitchell Leather clip wallet in #8 shell. I had Dave use contrast stitching, no logo, and burgundy CXL lining. I am very pleased with the results so far but find it just a little large for the front pocket. It is thin enough I don't even know it is in my back pocket when I carry it there. Still going back and forth between the pockets with it.

 

http://www.mitchell-leather.com/Other_Products.html

 

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by kmdsimpson View Post

Curious what you guys think of these pictures from the Allen Edmonds website. These are for the cordovan Dundee. I'll post without my own comment to start:

Pictures of heels in black, brown, burgundy: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Side pictures in black, brown, burgundy: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Damn you scared me I had to check all 5 of my AE Dundee's when I got home ;-) I almost posted a picture a couple of months ago from a shoe on the AE website where the heel shot was a total mess. But can't recall which one it was. My thought is that it is a QA issue between the person doing the pictures, which is likely sitting at a Mac in a corner someplace and doesn't have a clue about shoes, and the website content publisher. Still you would think AE would want to put the best foot forward to the public...

 

Exactly a year and a day ago on AAAC Paul the CEO responded in line to my post about bowing and QA. I do think they are working on it but also think in the statistical numbers game the more they make and sell the more we see it.

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Some of the shoes bought in outlets stores or on e-Bay preceed me in this job. As I've mentioned in other posts, we take quality assurance extremely seriously at AE and have done a number of things over the past 3 years to take it to a higher level, including extending the time that shoes stay on the last in production. The results are evident in our quality control scores internally, and at our most demanding major wholesale customer, Nordstrom. Our scores in the Nordstrom Quality Center are the best they've ever been now and are at levels that they say are unheard of for shoes. We're proud of that, but we remain relentless in our pursuit of perfection.
 
Thanks for your interest and thanks for your support of Allen Edmonds!
 
Best wishes,
Paul
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Originally Posted by Michael Haines View Post

Had a pair of refurb Cody come in today with 3 pairs of socks is that a new promotion
Are you the one who wears 3 pairs of socks when buying shoes on sale but in the wrong size? If so, it is a good thing you got this extra pair of socks. If not, then I know someone who would be interested in this promotion
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Cold Iron,

 

I was thinking about getting that wallet (toss-up between that and a simple shell card wallet from the same website) but I was wondering how sturdy that metal piece is...what are your thoughts?  Does the metal binding bend or  flex easily?  How tightly does it clasp your bills?  Do you find it easy to slide bills in and out?  I currently just have a saddleback wallet but definitely want a shell wallet...just not sure which to get.  Can you post a picture of it sitting flat on its side with bills and cards in it...I'm curious as to how thin it is to a standard bifold wallet.

 

~Johnny

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Originally Posted by msulinski View Post

Are you the one who wears 3 pairs of socks when buying shoes on sale but in the wrong size? If so, it is a good thing you got this extra pair of socks. If not, then I know someone who would be interested in this promotion

No I'm not the three sock guy would of never thought about that
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

Instead of the shoebank contact the Jeffersonville Oh. outlet. They have a sale till 4/30 with 20% off one item. And have access to everything that the shoebank does. And have always responded to my emails.


Allen Edmonds Jeffersonville
8665 Factory Shops Blvd.
Jeffersonville OH 43128
phone (740) 948 9033
jville@allenedmonds.com

Thanks again for the heads-up on this deal; I just took advantage of it. The woman I spoke with was very friendly and helpful.
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

Sorry to hear that hope everything turns out well. I have used a card holder in my front left pocket for years but have been looking at shell wallets (and card holders) for a long time. Don't want to go back to a big thick rear carry wallet again and couple of weeks ago purchased a Mitchell Leather clip wallet in #8 shell. I had Dave use contrast stitching, no logo, and burgundy CXL lining. I am very pleased with the results so far but find it just a little large for the front pocket. It is thin enough I don't even know it is in my back pocket when I carry it there. Still going back and forth between the pockets with it.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Damn you scared me I had to check all 5 of my AE Dundee's when I got home ;-) I almost posted a picture a couple of months ago from a shoe on the AE website where the heel shot was a total mess. But can't recall which one it was. My thought is that it is a QA issue between the person doing the pictures, which is likely sitting at a Mac in a corner someplace and doesn't have a clue about shoes, and the website content publisher. Still you would think AE would want to put the best foot forward to the public...

Exactly a year and a day ago on AAAC Paul the CEO responded in line to my post about bowing and QA. I do think they are working on it but also think in the statistical numbers game the more they make and sell the more we see it.
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Some of the shoes bought in outlets stores or on e-Bay preceed me in this job. As I've mentioned in other posts, we take quality assurance extremely seriously at AE and have done a number of things over the past 3 years to take it to a higher level, including extending the time that shoes stay on the last in production. The results are evident in our quality control scores internally, and at our most demanding major wholesale customer, Nordstrom. Our scores in the Nordstrom Quality Center are the best they've ever been now and are at levels that they say are unheard of for shoes. We're proud of that, but we remain relentless in our pursuit of perfection.
 
Thanks for your interest and thanks for your support of Allen Edmonds!
 
Best wishes,
Paul

Sorry for the scare. shog[1].gif
From the outside, it's hard to tell how much AE's quality control has improved, but I still think they have a ways to go, unfortunately....

On the wallet, I've been putting my wallet in my front pocket for a few years now. Picked up the habit for security, since I travel to a variety of places. I've switched to a very small card holder, similar to yours, except that I don't carry cash in it, and it's not cordovan. I had one made my Nicholas Hollows, who used to have a thread here (not sure if he still does). I've posted these picture before:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)



I based the design loosely on the Louis Vuitton Pocket Organizer, which a friend has and which I consider the perfect size and functionality:

http://www.louisvuitton.com/front/#/eng_US/Collections/Men/Small-Leather-Goods/products/Pocket-Organizer-TAIGA-M32656
post #17965 of 49952
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Originally Posted by Michael Haines View Post


No I'm not the three sock guy would of never thought about that

Sorry about that, I found him: http://www.styleforum.net/t/243159/when-is-the-next-brooks-brothers-sale/3870#post_6219560

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Originally Posted by hohneokc View Post

I just picked up the Allen Edmonds multi-color shoe lace pack at my local menswear/shoe store. It has red, blue, olive, yellow, orange, and lavendar (with a "bonus" pair of black). Could you post some of your shoe / shoe lace combinations so I can get an idea of some color combinations I can put together? I have a lot of walnut, chili, brown, tan, etc. I also have the standard black and burgundy but I'm thinking I might be limited on the colorful lace combos with the black and burgundy.

Chris

 

Here are some vintage Florsheim Imperial Burgundy Shell Cordovan PTB's with some AE blue laces. I have had quite a few compliments on these. To be clear, I did this because I already have two pair of burgundy shell (Cambridge and MacNeil) shoes that I use with traditional laces, so this vintage eBay pickup was a time for experimentation.

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by hohneokc View Post

I just picked up the Allen Edmonds multi-color shoe lace pack at my local menswear/shoe store. It has red, blue, olive, yellow, orange, and lavendar (with a "bonus" pair of black). Could you post some of your shoe / shoe lace combinations so I can get an idea of some color combinations I can put together? I have a lot of walnut, chili, brown, tan, etc. I also have the standard black and burgundy but I'm thinking I might be limited on the colorful lace combos with the black and burgundy.

Chris

 

 

Oh and one more.   Here are my brown Neumoks with the packaged alternate red laces. I love these shoes, but the right shoe is substantially looser than the left shoe, so my laces are pulled tight on the right one. 

 

 

 

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Hey, just wondering - If given the option between the BROWN Shell Cordovan Dundee, and the BURGUNDY Shell Cordovan Bradly, which one would be chosen for someone with a pretty casual dark denim jeans/longsleeve buttondown type of wardrobe?  In the 30 ish age range?  Im highly considering exchanging the unworn burgundy cordovan Bradley's for the Dundee.

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Originally Posted by GentlemanJohnny View Post

Cold Iron,

I was thinking about getting that wallet (toss-up between that and a simple shell card wallet from the same website) but I was wondering how sturdy that metal piece is...what are your thoughts?  Does the metal binding bend or  flex easily?  How tightly does it clasp your bills?  Do you find it easy to slide bills in and out?  I currently just have a saddleback wallet but definitely want a shell wallet...just not sure which to get.  Can you post a picture of it sitting flat on its side with bills and cards in it...I'm curious as to how thin it is to a standard bifold wallet.

~Johnny

To chime in -- I've been using a Mitchell shell money clip wallet (wheat CXL interior, burgundy shell exterior) for the last few months and am quite fond of it. Some photos as requested:





I keep it in the back right pocket; it's a bit too bulky for me to use as a front pocket wallet. It's right now maxed out with sixteen cards and measures 3/4" wide when compressed. The clip does its job just fine -- nothing's going to fall out, and it only takes an extra moment to slide bills in.
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Originally Posted by harlequin782 View Post

Hey, just wondering - If given the option between the BROWN Shell Cordovan Dundee, and the BURGUNDY Shell Cordovan Bradly, which one would be chosen for someone with a pretty casual dark denim jeans/longsleeve buttondown type of wardrobe?  In the 30 ish age range?  Im highly considering exchanging the unworn burgundy cordovan Bradley's for the Dundee.

I think I'd go with the brown shell Dundee. It strikes me as something that works better with denim. I don't think I've ever worn my burgundy shell Bradleys with denim, but would definitely wear them with my Dundees (I have the cappuccino version, but it's close enough to brown in my opinion).
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