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Originally Posted by kentyman View Post

 

Yeah, I'm contemplating returning the ones I got with the blotches for $379 and paying the $200 more for firsts through a custom offer. It's also possible I should size down from 8.5D to 8E, but I'm unsure without trying on both. Wish Nordstrom had E widths I could try on.

 

Nordstroms will do something more for you.  Call the shoe manager and ask him to check his storewide inventory on the sizes you want to try on.  They will make that extra effort to actually pull inventory from any store in the country so that you can come in locally to try the item on (whether it be shoes, suits, or anything).  Don't give up.

 

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Originally Posted by tesuquegolfer View Post

A few days back I was asking if the Aberdeens that I bought off of eBay might fit. They are a 10B and fit pretty well. I am wearing a 10C in my Strands and AE 5ths. I think the soft leather allows for a little more comfort. I could possible go a little longer but I think wider would have been a problem. I really like the look for a casual shoe with jeans and khakis. Here's a picture before I added some conditioner which took care of a any discoloration. I think I got a fabulous deal for $79 including shipping as they look brand new. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gificon_gu_b_slayer[1].gificon_gu_b_slayer[1].gificon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

 

Yes, that is outstanding.  Good catch for both size, fit, and price.

 

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Originally Posted by OptoDoc View Post

 

My friend, it sounds like it's time for a visit to your local optometrist wink.gif

 

Thanks for the encouragement, Doc.  I am due for my exam next month and can't wait.  I have been blessed with great doctors in Montana.  If you ever get here around July, I'll leave the light on for you after the sunset at 10:30 pm :) 

 

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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

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All 3 boots and shoes from Left to Right are walnut shell. But you can see the difference in color between them. Time plays a roll in color too as the lighter shell ages it tends to darken IME.

 

As you and others may have discovered, I am a bit of a novice still learning about the AE shoes that I purchased years ago (and recently).  But the AE Longbranch and Dalton boots in Cafeskin has a great light brown I like - and although I understand the calfskin may be more forgiving in adapting to my feet, they may have to be cared for more than the shell version.  But as you say, if the shell tends to darken - then I guess my love affair with the calfskin remains ongoing.

 
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Originally Posted by AmericanGent View Post

No Bravo Zulu for me- I received my McTavish 2nds today and they have a 1/4" gash on the driver's side fender.  The size was off too.  I'm always an 11D and I think a 10.5 would be better.  My other AEs are on a 1 (511) last and these are a 5 (65) last which I see is the longest last in AE's arsenal. 

 

Looks like I've gotta say goodbye.

 

 

Sadly, I have to pay for shipping both ways because I'm stationed overseas and can only receive packages via USPS.  Bummer. 

 

You have a good picture of it - and before you pay for any return, may I suggest you privately email the photo to Kirby at the Hangerproject?  I have spoken to his staff several times, and they have some great products that can vastly improve on the gash - where it can barely be noticed.

 

And, I am also reminded of my father who (like you) was stationed overseas in three wars (WW1, WW2, and Korea) - and when I opened all of his military trunks after he passed on - I discovered a treasure trove of leather goods - blemishes and all - from the times he served around the world.  I would not trade them for anything.  

 

Your own story of being stationed overseas may not seem like a journal ready to pass on - but it will be a wonderful story for your children and grandchildren to say your shoes were delivered to the far side of the planet at a time when you anticipated some relief from the day to day routine of serving your country - and you found one shoe that needed extra tender care to make it "right".  

 

I spent nearly two hours the other day on one shoe, a Sanford, making the effort to save it.  What drove me to stay with it was that I wanted to learn "how to do it".  My journey of saving a leather shoe is nothing like I have ever done in my professional life.  

 

I encourage you to rethink returning them for now - and explore the remedies available to help this shoe along the way.  I have seen the "before photo" and I can wait for the "after photo".  

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Thanks.  I have spent far too much time looking at pictures of Aldens Barrie shell chukka's vs. AE Dundees.  In the looks department, I think the 3 eyelet Dundee smokes the Alden.   I hope to place my order for a pair of dark brown and possibly black by the end of the week.

 

Stoked to be adding the Dundee's to the collection.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

I like your shoes and the color coordination itsmejson. Hope you have a safe voyage today.

 

I agree with Pastor to me the Barrie and 1 last are similar with a half size difference making them equal. I am a 9.5D in the Barrie and 10D for the Dundee's. I have a bit of heel slip in the Barrie with a little heel lift, the #1 last fits me just a little bit better. I am also a 10D in the #5 and feel that last fits me better than any last of any maker. So I think a 11.5D in the Dundee should fit you the same as your Barrie lasted shoes in 11D. But remember that feet vary by a lot so it is hard to say that what works for one person will always work for someone else. Good luck, I think you will like the Dundee I certainly do, great choice.

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Originally Posted by matt92037 View Post

Thanks.  I have spent far too much time looking at pictures of Aldens Barrie shell chukka's vs. AE Dundees.  In the looks department, I think the 3 eyelet Dundee smokes the Alden.   I hope to place my order for a pair of dark brown and possibly black by the end of the week.

 

Stoked to be adding the Dundee's to the collection.

just note that a chukka has traditionally always been 2 eyelets so the dundee is odd in that respect. 


Edited by mediahound - 4/23/13 at 9:16pm
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Does anyone know if what Allen Edmonds calls "Burgundy" shell is true #8? I'm asking because it seems like from all the photos I've seen, most Alden shoes are darker...that kinda' black cherry look almost, compared to A&E in the corresponding color. So I'm curious if they're both #8 and maybe it's just a photography/lighting issue.
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Where are you sourcing your colored laces?  I think someone mentioned a local retailer?  Maybe someone who had a "package" with several colors?

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Originally Posted by coolarrow View Post

Where are you sourcing your colored laces?  I think someone mentioned a local retailer?  Maybe someone who had a "package" with several colors?

AE sells some: http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF940_1_40000000001_-1

 

not sure about a package deal though. 

 

Edit - they have a package too:

 

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF634_1_40000000001_-1

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Originally Posted by coolarrow View Post

Where are you sourcing your colored laces?  I think someone mentioned a local retailer?  Maybe someone who had a "package" with several colors?

You can order them on the AE website
http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF634_1_40000000001_-1

You can also order individual colors.

I picked up the assorted pack at my local menswear / shoe store.

Chris
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Originally Posted by RogerP View Post

Does anyone know the reason for the shortage?


I apologize if this was answered already, I was advised it was due to increased consumption by the Chinese. Has any one ordered the Daltons in chili yet?

My only AE's are a pair of strands which I love, do the Daltons size similarly to the strands?
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Originally Posted by Pastor View Post

I just ordered a pair of brown shell Townleys sat from the Jefferson Store in Ohio. They are having a 20% off sale right now so the price was around $250.00

I called the Jefferson, Ohio store tonight and they only had a 6 and 6.5 left in the Shell Townley's frown.gif

I'd really like to get a pair if I can. Anyone know of any other sources and/or stores that might have an 11.5D in the brown shell Townley's? Or am I SOL?
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Originally Posted by PK35216 View Post

I own both as well, and I similarly vote Strands, though I love em both.  (Ok, I might be bragging just a little ; )

 

Strands on the right, obviously.  (Alden on the left.)

 

I still don't have any great "in the wild pics" of my Jeffersons, but here ya go!

 

 

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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

 

is that cigar shell? 

 

Yes, the Alden is cigar shell. It is a special make up PTB on the Aberdeen last with an almost natural color welt for Harrison Limited in Mountain Brook, AL.  By far the most I've paid for a shoe thus far in my crazy collection from the past two years (ie standard Alden shell retail, plus tax).

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Originally Posted by PK35216 View Post

 

 

Yes, the Alden is cigar shell. It is a special make up PTB on the Aberdeen last with an almost natural color welt for Harrison Limited in Mountain Brook, AL.  By far the most I've paid for a shoe thus far in my crazy collection from the past two years (ie standard Alden shell retail, plus tax).

do they still have that shoe? i didn't see it on their site. 

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Originally Posted by bespoken pa View Post

I apologize if this was answered already, I was advised it was due to increased consumption by the Chinese. Has any one ordered the Daltons in chili yet?

My only AE's are a pair of strands which I love, do the Daltons size similarly to the strands?

If you read back a bit, a few of us have "succumbed" to the sale and purchased the chili Daltons. Many (but not all) claim the Dalton is TTS and the Strand is -0.5, and maybe up a width. This is true for me as well.
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Originally Posted by Deladonis View Post

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Added a Vernon on the right to my wholecut Allen Edmonds collection. There some wholecut classics out there that I still wish I could get my hands on!

 

 

Here is my only pair, vintage Berkley's (5 last) from the bay for about $40!  Then I sent in for full AE recrafting. Super comfortable and my only chili pair. Love em.

 

 

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Originally Posted by calidist View Post

 

Thanks!  Would you say the Dark Brown or Cappuccino is closer to Alden's Cigar?

 

I can't speak to Cappuccino personally, but here is the brown shell strand next to an Alden cigar shell, with dusk sunlight coming through my screen door one afternoon after a shine.

 

 

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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

do they still have that shoe? i didn't see it on their site. 

Yes, as far as I know. I bought mine maybe last Summer in July or August?  I believe it is on regular order in standard size range and only B/D width (I think). But with shell shortages, I don't know for certain. Feel free to give 'em a call.  Tell 'em Carleton sent ya!  biggrin.gif

 

 

 

Here is a link to the Continuous Lean page about the store, which is what caused me to stop by and then buy them on site! Compulsive purchasing was never my thing until this shoe obsession started.  baldy[1].gif

 

www.acontinuouslean.com/.../a-proper-mens-shop-harrison-limited/

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