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Gentlemen,

 

I'm a college student planning on going into the teaching profession.

 

As you can see I don't have very many posts on this forum. I'm still pretty new to dressing well.

 

I'm looking to buy my first pair of "real" shoes and I'm drawn to AE because of their popularity, American origins, and reputation for quality. Also it doesn't hurt that I live 10 miles away from an AE factory store so I can go in and try them in person.

 

Because I'm a college student and working minimal hours for minimal wages, I can only afford one pair of shoes. I suppose I could buy two pairs of cheaper shoes, but I subscribe to the "buy once cry once" mentality. So I need to pick out a single AE shoe that will be very versatile.

 

I want a shoe that can be dressed down for a "smart casual" look when I go out with friends, but I also want a shoe that would be at home with a slightly more formal outfit while I am leading a classroom. I'm starting my in-classroom training next year and I want to make a great impression on the faculty.

 

I've done my due diligence and looked at AE's lineup on their website. I quite like the price point of the Rapid City but I think it may be a little too plain and not quite sleek enough for me.

 

 

The McAllister in Walnut looks nice, and it's on sale right now for $249, but I'm afraid it might be too far on the opposite end of the spectrum in that the brogueing is a little flashy.

 

 

 

 

I'm also a fan of the Strandmok, which is the suede version of the Strand, but I'm afraid the suede renders the shoe too casual.

 

Any thoughts or input? Thanks for your consideration!

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Regarding some of these MTO inquiries to Paul and team, are we talking just a straight material swap here, similar to their "Custom" creator on the website? Or are we talking modifications beyond that, into different styles, et. al?

 

Reason I ask is because Meermin has been getting my attention (and dollars) lately because of their MTO program. I would rather throw money AE's way if they offered this service at a reasonable cost.

 

I see they have this going: http://www.allenedmondsdigital.com/publication/?i=151736&p=28

 

But that doesn't exactly permit your imagination to run wild like Carmina, Meermin, Alfred Sargent, G&G and even Alden's limited MTO program.

 

Something like a Cambridge with skipped brouging, ostensibly creating an austerity brogue, would be choice.

 

Or... the ability to get your hands on some expanded dress boot offerings for once!

 

I fully get why AE wouldn't pursue this avenue, but my curiosity is piqued with some of the recent post about personal requests, which is why I'm putting the question to you fellow forum members.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Deladonis View Post


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!

 

What's are the ones in the middle?! drool.gif Looks like the 0-last, maybe? It's great, whatever it is.

 

 


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Originally Posted by Ulsterman View Post

My new Boca Ratons

 

Thanks for posting a "real life" pic; I've been wating to see one. Those look great. Would love to see how they look under pants.

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Originally Posted by calidist View Post

 

Did you inquire what shades of cordovan are available?

They are sending me a sample of Walnut Cordovan and Cappuccino Cordovan.

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Originally Posted by Al in Philly View Post

Not a bad deal?!?!  That's an amazing deal.  Are you leaning any direction for what you may want to have made?

Thinking a longwing. Not sure yet which one. Macneil, Williams or Larchmont. Since they make the Macneil in cordovan already, I may pass on that, and try it in another style. I would really have a one of a kind if I went that way. Not sure yet though.

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Can someone identify these longwings for me?
Someone bought them for me from Nordstrom Rack. they came in an AE box but with no model name. They are tan suede and seem like remainders or seconds.

Thanks!
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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. 

Good choice IMO. In this picture I posted yesterday:

 

That is an Alden chukka in Ravello on the far right. With the Dundee in walnut next to it. In the closet side by side you can't really tell the difference between them except for the number of eyelets, the overall shape is very similar. On the Alden thread about a month ago someone posted a picture of his Alden Chukka's where he had a third set of eyelets added and several other people asked about it because they had heel lift with theirs also. The spacing on the Alden's is just a bit off to do the third set of eyelets IMO where the Dundee is perfect. I have the AE suede chukka Katmai with 3 sets of eyelets too and it locks down the heel also, just like a boot. Personal preference as I have a narrow heel and don't care for heel slip so prefer three or more eyelets. Although I have never been a fan of the whole desert boot thing with just 2 eyelets either. The Dundee is a great choice nod[1].gif

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Originally Posted by m7ia View Post



Can someone identify these longwings for me?
Someone bought them for me from Nordstrom Rack. they came in an AE box but with no model name. They are tan suede and seem like remainders or seconds.

Thanks!

 

Leather or rubber sole?  The Players were dumped on the Rack last Fall and there have been a significant number of Big Sur's there recently in a few different make-ups, including one like you have pictured.

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Leather soles. thanks, I'll try to compare to some photos.
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Originally Posted by SouthNarc View Post

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.

They both start out with shell from Horween that is #8, but use different finishing methods. A year or 2 ago AE changed the way they finish shell which now has more burgundy with black highlights to it. Until then it had a very strong brownish hue to it. The Alden finish is often referred to as eggplant which I think is accurate. I feel the new AE finish is very close to the old Black Cherry. I don't have a side by side comparison shot but should take one. Here is Alden #8:

 

AE burgundy:

1000

I do the old school method when I do apply wax on the AE shell which is to use black polish alternating with Saphir cordovan cordovan polish and that helps add to the black cherry look. The Dundee's above are when new out of the box with most of the factory cream removed to let the black highlights show.

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I believe AE's burgundy color is closer to Horween's #8 color. Alden's darker color is probably due to the post-Horween finish they applied to the leather. From wallets to watch straps, I have never seen any #8/burgundy Horween shell leather goods that look as dark as Alden's. And you can easily find photos online of aged Aldens (with the Alden's finish wearing off overtime) that look closer to AE's burgundy color.
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Originally Posted by RogerP View Post

Speaking of horses asses, new Townleys in da house:




I must give a major vote of thanks to the forumite who publicized this deal.  Gorgeous shoe, heckuva value.

Wow! That is a stunning image Roger. It elicits a TON of regret however, that I snoozed for a day too long on that great deal. I keep trying to find solace in the fact that I have 2 cap toe Alden boots so I really didn't need the townley.

It isn't working.
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Originally Posted by AZsundevil View Post

Gentlemen,

 

I'm a college student planning on going into the teaching profession.

 

As you can see I don't have very many posts on this forum. I'm still pretty new to dressing well.

 

I'm looking to buy my first pair of "real" shoes and I'm drawn to AE because of their popularity, American origins, and reputation for quality. Also it doesn't hurt that I live 10 miles away from an AE factory store so I can go in and try them in person.

 

Because I'm a college student and working minimal hours for minimal wages, I can only afford one pair of shoes. I suppose I could buy two pairs of cheaper shoes, but I subscribe to the "buy once cry once" mentality. So I need to pick out a single AE shoe that will be very versatile.

 

I want a shoe that can be dressed down for a "smart casual" look when I go out with friends, but I also want a shoe that would be at home with a slightly more formal outfit while I am leading a classroom. I'm starting my in-classroom training next year and I want to make a great impression on the faculty.

 

I've done my due diligence and looked at AE's lineup on their website. I quite like the price point of the Rapid City but I think it may be a little too plain and not quite sleek enough for me.

 

 

The McAllister in Walnut looks nice, and it's on sale right now for $249, but I'm afraid it might be too far on the opposite end of the spectrum in that the brogueing is a little flashy.

 

 

 

 

I'm also a fan of the Strandmok, which is the suede version of the Strand, but I'm afraid the suede renders the shoe too casual.

 

Any thoughts or input? Thanks for your consideration!

 

These webgems are pretty sick for a teacher shoe and you can wear them with jeans!  $199 too.

 

I really think if you play your cards right and watch the outlet sales you can get two pairs for sure.

post #19618 of 49435
Not sure if I am a fan of the webgems..but of the original two I'd pick the rapid city without a doubt for your purposes.
post #19619 of 49435

AZsundevil if you're close to a Factory Store. Go there, get chummy with the folks there and they'll let you know what/when sales are going on. I get that service and I'm 1400 miles from the Brookfield Shoe Bank. You'll have a cashe of AE shoes before you know it.

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Originally Posted by AZsundevil View Post

Gentlemen,

I'm a college student planning on going into the teaching profession.

As you can see I don't have very many posts on this forum. I'm still pretty new to dressing well.

I'm looking to buy my first pair of "real" shoes and I'm drawn to AE because of their popularity, American origins, and reputation for quality. Also it doesn't hurt that I live 10 miles away from an AE factory store so I can go in and try them in person.

Because I'm a college student and working minimal hours for minimal wages, I can only afford one pair of shoes. I suppose I could buy two pairs of cheaper shoes, but I subscribe to the "buy once cry once" mentality. So I need to pick out a single AE shoe that will be very versatile.

I want a shoe that can be dressed down for a "smart casual" look when I go out with friends, but I also want a shoe that would be at home with a slightly more formal outfit while I am leading a classroom. I'm starting my in-classroom training next year and I want to make a great impression on the faculty.

I've done my due diligence and looked at AE's lineup on their website. I quite like the price point of the Rapid City but I think it may be a little too plain and not quite sleek enough for me.


The McAllister in Walnut looks nice, and it's on sale right now for $249, but I'm afraid it might be too far on the opposite end of the spectrum in that the brogueing is a little flashy.


I'm also a fan of the Strandmok, which is the suede version of the Strand, but I'm afraid the suede renders the shoe too casual.

Any thoughts or input? Thanks for your consideration!

What about something like the Leeds (top) or the Kenilworth (bottom)?




The Leeds only come in black, but the Kenilworth comes in a variety of colours. Maybe you can get lucky and find a factory 2nd.
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