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Here are my AE 5ths with the encouraged high shine toe. I really like the effect so much better than before. I wasn't having much success but then added a little water and bang. I will soon be posting my before and after where I sanded the edge to remove blotchy dressing then reapplied, stand by for those pics and story.

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Originally Posted by Blunosr View Post

Looking for an opinion so I thought I'd come to the experts.

I'm looking at picking up another pair of AE's - was planning on bourbon strands, but the recent sale on walnut mcallisters has piqued my interest. Now I'm considering getting both, though for roughly the same price I could get brown shell strands.

I've always thought the brown shell strands to be incredible, but I also like the versatility afforded by the two different colors.

Any advice?
If these are all full price, I would go with the two shoes rather than one shell and hope for a deal on the shell. I honestly wouldn't pay full price for any of the shoes though, given that there are seconds and sales on firsts. You may want to take a different approach though.
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Originally Posted by Flyswatter View Post

The smell of a brand-new AE leather sole is fantastic...
Unboxing a pair of shell shoes is even better.
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So I just got my first pair of AEs!  A waxed black leather McTavish for $189 (seconds) from the Freeport store.  If I wanted to give the toes a bit of shine (while carefully avoiding the contrast stitching), what would all recommend?  I'm planning on wearing these to a casual outdoor wedding with either my charcoal or light grey suit.

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Originally Posted by mb6c View Post

I already own the Walnut McAllisters... I can't get myself to get a 2nd model of the same shoe in another color.

ummm, I think I may do exactly that. The merlot McAllisters have been shipped and will be on my doorstep on Friday (just in time for my birthday present).

I debated incessantly over the merlot v walnut but since I already have the Bourbon Strand I needed to get a "classic". Don't get much more classic than the Merlot McAllisters except for the PA's.

I'll probably end up with walnut McAllisters too just because they are drop-dead gorgeous, albeit not as versatile as the merlot.

You seem to be in the same situation as me; just starting to build a solid rotation so I empathize with your consternation over styles/colors. Right now I have burgundy PA and bourbon Strand. Merlot Mac's come Friday and then I'll probably add a black pair before I can justify the walnut Mac's.

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Originally Posted by cdmcallister View Post

ummm, I think I may do exactly that. The merlot McAllisters have been shipped and will be on my doorstep on Friday (just in time for my birthday present).

 

 

 

I debated incessantly over the merlot v walnut but since I already have the Bourbon Strand I needed to get a "classic". Don't get much more classic than the Merlot McAllisters except for the PA's.

 

 

 

I'll probably end up with walnut McAllisters too just because they are drop-dead gorgeous, albeit not as versatile as the merlot.

 

 

 

You seem to be in the same situation as me; just starting to build a solid rotation so I empathize with your consternation over styles/colors. Right now I have burgundy PA and bourbon Strand. Merlot Mac's come Friday and then I'll probably add a black pair before I can justify the walnut Mac's.

 

 

 

Same here. A few weeks back I picked up a pair of walnut McAllister because I just thought they were awesome looking. Once I saw that they went on sale I ordered a pair of the same in merlot. The walnut is very flashy and in the right situation they are perfect and I've received many positive comments thus far. However, I figured the merlot was classic and versatile and probably means I don't need a darker brown or bourbon but we'll see. They should arrive soon. Now I'm debating a nice pair of black shoes. I like the Strand in black and while I know many people may find that shoe useless (just get a black plain cap-toe like the PA, they say) I like the Strand in black and find the PA boring. But, that's down the road...

 

As an aside... I went back to the same shop where I picked up the walnuts only a few weeks prior and before I could even ask he credited me the difference between what I paid and the new sale price since I had purchased them so recently. Great service!

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Originally Posted by mixProtocol View Post

So I just got my first pair of AEs!  A waxed black leather McTavish for $189 (seconds) from the Freeport store.  If I wanted to give the toes a bit of shine (while carefully avoiding the contrast stitching), what would all recommend?  I'm planning on wearing these to a casual outdoor wedding with either my charcoal or light grey suit.

Congrats on your first pair! I'm sure it won't be the last.

 

I just used a neutral wax on my Elgins - they're similar waxy leathers.

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Originally Posted by AdamAdam View Post

As an aside... I went back to the same shop where I picked up the walnuts only a few weeks prior and before I could even ask he credited me the difference between what I paid and the new sale price since I had purchased them so recently. Great service!

 

AE customer service has been great for me as well. I tend to be brand loyal and having a great customer service interaction with a company makes me even more inclined to spend my hard earned money with them.

I think my blacks might have to be a PA or a wholecut so I have them in the closet for those occasions I need them but I'd still like to have a brogued pair for the office. I'm on the more casual end of business casual where PA's are a little dressier than I need for day to day. Heck, with the strands I'm already way ahead of most of the people I see every day who are still stuck with rubber soled kicks.

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Originally Posted by mixProtocol View Post

So I just got my first pair of AEs!  A waxed black leather McTavish for $189 (seconds) from the Freeport store.  If I wanted to give the toes a bit of shine (while carefully avoiding the contrast stitching), what would all recommend?  I'm planning on wearing these to a casual outdoor wedding with either my charcoal or light grey suit.
Like tampatravel mentioned above, neutral cream and wax polishes should work equally well for odd colors (personally, I use neutral for various shades of grey, blue, and white) as well as traditional colors that have contrast stitching (I've got a few pairs of casual shoes & boots that fall into this category).

In the latter case, you don't have to pay any "special" attention to avoiding the contrast stitching; just polish those areas as you would normally, if you were using color-matched polish on shoes with tonal stitching.
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Does anyone know if these were made by AE for J Crew, and if so their sizing compared to a Cameron penny loafer.

Thanks.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/J-CREW-Brown-Leather-Norwegian-Split-Toe-Oxford-Chukka-Boot-Made-in-USA-10-5-M-/290900393979?pt=US_Men_s_Shoes&hash=item43bb03bffb#ht_912wt_892

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A quick post for any one thinking aboutpicking up a pair of Amoks now that the pricing is becoming very reasonable .I got mine 2 days ago and feel i have a pretty good idea what they are all about

1-they are very soft and unstructured except the very toe
2- they are unlined and comfortable without socks
3- they are long and narrow i would not buy this shoe if i ever needed a wide(> D )
4- i need an insole to feel support and I dont wear insoles in my other shoes (aldens and ae)
5- mine squeak but I dont mind if this is a deal breaker for you stay away
All said I like mine alot and they fill the niche i got them for(casual, knock around, no socks summer shoes
6- best of all they look great the contrast of sleek and sophisticated last with the casualness of a suede chukka really works for me
hope this helps
mike
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Check these guys out.  A little pricey, no?

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Originally Posted by Al in Philly View Post

Yes, they are on the 7, and yes I did mis-type. 

 

Same question though - Will there be any difference in fit between shell and calf shoes on the 7 last?  These Margates are 9.5E and fit very well.

 

I have found that I wear the same size in shell and calfskin shoes.  Others have noted that the shell versions are slightly larger, probably due to the leather being tougher and not able to be stretched as effectively over the last.  This is then offset by the fact that the shell also does not stretch on one's foot.  Not a clear answer, I am afraid.  I would recommending starting with the same size.  

 

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Originally Posted by Winston S. View Post


If these are all full price, I would go with the two shoes rather than one shell and hope for a deal on the shell. I honestly wouldn't pay full price for any of the shoes though, given that there are seconds and sales on firsts. You may want to take a different approach though.
Unboxing a pair of shell shoes is even better.

 

+1!  

 

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Originally Posted by Al in Philly View Post

Check these guys out.  A little pricey, no?

 

 

Indeed - they are hoping someone will consider these as collector's items?  Good return policy, however.  

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Originally Posted by msulinski View Post

AE's suede offerings have gotten bad recently and are now officially terrible. <>

There isn't much available, that is for sure especially in a snuff PTB or boot. I'm really hoping that those Dundee looking suede chukas that pictures were floating around from the trunk shoe last fall come out as a production shoe. However there is the Katmai which is still available from Lands End. I purchased it a bit over a year ago on closeout and have been very pleased. They are on sale from Lands End right now for $195 and are lined which is my preference.

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I wear them through the mud and rain shooting sporting clays and skeet, treating them with Bickmore Gard-More and they have held up fine. Took this picture for the Filson bag thread pimping the Katmai's. Even though I wear them as a "rough" boot they will work well for casual wear. And I do like the Vibram lug soles but am looking at picking up a dressier pair someday.

http://www.landsend.com/pp/mens-allen-edmonds-katmai-3-eye-suede-boots~228871_-1.html

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Followup for the below issue - AAFES took the return without any issues. It took a little while to complete the whole process. They had me ship the shoes back to Allen Edmonds directly, then asked for a fax or scan of my return shipping receipt to reimburse shipping costs.

 

Getting a new pair required a new order through the special order program. The new pair arrived today and both the below issues were resolved. My right ankle bone isn't rubbing, and the padding is attached well.

 

In my experience the shipping times have been quicker than the estimates. First order estimated 4-6 weeks with the price quote, then estimated shipping in 2 weeks on my order receipt, and ended up arriving 9 days after submitting my order. Second order estimated 6-8 weeks with the price quote, shipping in 2 weeks on my order receipt, and arrived at the 2 week mark. Both times I was surprised since I never received tracking.

 

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Originally Posted by Ketawa View Post

I received a pair of 13C Leeds today. They're intended to be my new shoes to wear in uniform. I had a couple of questions/issues and was hoping for some feedback.

 

1. I was able to try them on in 13D, and they fit well in store except for the width. However, on these size 13C my right ankle bone rubs against the top of the shoe's side. It's uncomfortable/painful to walk in. Given that the 13D did not have this problem, is it likely to be a defect that might be remedied on another pair in size 13C? I haven't had this problem on my 13C Delrays (8 last instead of 1 last). Is it something that will be ok after break-in, or could I get a very thin insole?

 

2. Where the arch is located, there's some extra stitching and padding on the inside of the foot, you can see it in the lining. On the left shoe this area is poorly attached. Reason enough for an exchange?

 

 

 

 

 

These were ordered through the AAFES special order program so AAFES won't take a regular return. QC issues shouldn't be a problem, but if it turns out the right shoe wouldn't work for me on a new pair either I'll be SOL.

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Originally Posted by Ketawa View Post

Followup for the below issue - AAFES took the return without any issues. It took a little while to complete the whole process. They had me ship the shoes back to Allen Edmonds directly, then asked for a fax or scan of my return shipping receipt to reimburse shipping costs.

Getting a new pair required a new order through the special order program. The new pair arrived today and both the below issues were resolved. My right ankle bone isn't rubbing, and the padding is attached well.

In my experience the shipping times have been quicker than the estimates. First order estimated 4-6 weeks with the price quote, then estimated shipping in 2 weeks on my order receipt, and ended up arriving 9 days after submitting my order. Second order estimated 6-8 weeks with the price quote, shipping in 2 weeks on my order receipt, and arrived at the 2 week mark. Both times I was surprised since I never received tracking.
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Originally Posted by Ketawa View Post

I received a pair of 13C Leeds today. They're intended to be my new shoes to wear in uniform. I had a couple of questions/issues and was hoping for some feedback.

1. I was able to try them on in 13D, and they fit well in store except for the width. However, on these size 13C my right ankle bone rubs against the top of the shoe's side. It's uncomfortable/painful to walk in. Given that the 13D did not have this problem, is it likely to be a defect that might be remedied on another pair in size 13C? I haven't had this problem on my 13C Delrays (8 last instead of 1 last). Is it something that will be ok after break-in, or could I get a very thin insole?

2. Where the arch is located, there's some extra stitching and padding on the inside of the foot, you can see it in the lining. On the left shoe this area is poorly attached. Reason enough for an exchange?









These were ordered through the AAFES special order program so AAFES won't take a regular return. QC issues shouldn't be a problem, but if it turns out the right shoe wouldn't work for me on a new pair either I'll be SOL.

In my experience, if anything dissatisfies you enough to question whether you want to return them or not, you really should just return them.
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