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post #19621 of 42978
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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.
post #19622 of 42978
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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 #19623 of 42978
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 #19624 of 42978

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.

post #19625 of 42978
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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.
post #19626 of 42978

 

If you like the Rapid City but want a dressier version, the Kenilworth is a fine choice. I have it in Bourbon and it's a beautiful shoe. Bourbon is a great shade of brown with a nice patina. They are also slightly less than most Allen Edmond leather sole models.

 

Edit: Sorry, I quoted the wrong post above.

post #19627 of 42978
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Originally Posted by MarioImpemba View Post


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.


I think the understanding is that if they can do it, they would. So if you have some custom idea you'd like to pursue, you can email Paul, and his people will get back to you regarding its feasibility.
Edited by MacktasticGDogg - 4/24/13 at 7:26am
post #19628 of 42978
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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!

 

Nice shoes. The whole-cut is by far and away my favorite style. They're so sleek that they look as if they were designed in a wind tunnel.

 

CH

 

 

AE Fairfax:    Black..........Merlot........Chestnut

post #19629 of 42978
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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!

 

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Originally Posted by alvin545 View Post


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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Originally Posted by MSchott View Post

 

If you like the Rapid City but want a dressier version, the Kenilworth is a fine choice. I have it in Bourbon and it's a beautiful shoe. Bourbon is a great shade of brown with a nice patina. They are also slightly less than most Allen Edmond leather sole models.

 

Edit: Sorry, I quoted the wrong post above.

 

I think you have several great options here.  I don't think that the Rapid City would be too casual for your needs.  I really like it, and it will take a shine if you choose to use some polish on it.  It will also dress down with jeans perfectly, and the rubber tap sole will give it some extra durability since it sounds like you will be wearing them for a multitude of purposes and may benefit from it.  Since it sounds like this is going to be your workhorse shoe for the time being, I would agree that the McAllister may not be the best choice for you right now.  As alvin545 said above, the Kenilworth or the Leeds would be great alternatives and would be near the same level of versatility.  Both of them are more dressy than the Rapid City, but will also go great with jeans.  The Leeds may knock itself out of the running though, since you probably don't want a black shoe, and it doesn't sound like you are ready to afford the shell options.  I would also give some thought to the McTavish, if you like the broguing of the McAllister but just want a more robust shoe that is less dressy.   

post #19630 of 42978
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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post


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.

Thank you sir, I was happy with the way the photo turned out - and I'm very happy with the shoes, though they are still awaiting their maiden voyage.

post #19631 of 42978

I'm not in any position to do a custom AE shoe right now, but If I could I would definitely do a simple change.  I'd do a Leeds shoe on the 7 last (or maybe 5 last) in burgundy shell.  It's just a small change, but I think it would be a great looking shoe.  

 

Alden fans always jump at the chance of getting things like the indy boot on the Plaza instead of TruBalance last.  Based on that, I think the altered Leeds would be a welcome addition to my collection. 

post #19632 of 42978
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Originally Posted by Al in Philly View Post

I'm not in any position to do a custom AE shoe right now, but If I could I would definitely do a simple change.  I'd do a Leeds shoe on the 7 last (or maybe 5 last) in burgundy shell.  It's just a small change, but I think it would be a great looking shoe.  

 

Alden fans always jump at the chance of getting things like the indy boot on the Plaza instead of TruBalance last.  Based on that, I think the altered Leeds would be a welcome addition to my collection. 

I have it on the 8 last and love it.

post #19633 of 42978
Does or has AE ever done a shoe that's just like the Strand - same broguing around the toe cap, laces, and heel counter - but without the toe medallion?
post #19634 of 42978
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Originally Posted by Al in Philly View Post

I'm not in any position to do a custom AE shoe right now, but If I could I would definitely do a simple change.  I'd do a Leeds shoe on the 7 last (or maybe 5 last) in burgundy shell.  It's just a small change, but I think it would be a great looking shoe.  

Alden fans always jump at the chance of getting things like the indy boot on the Plaza instead of TruBalance last.  Based on that, I think the altered Leeds would be a welcome addition to my collection. 


Interesting thought. The #1 last seems as if it was designed for my foot. It fits me so damn well that my burgundy shell Leeds get a lot of use in my rotation, much more than the shell MacNeil. The shoe that I keep going back to is the Leeds in that dark brown shell, the same color as the recent Townley's.

Would that makeup simply be a standard custom shoe order?
post #19635 of 42978
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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post


Would that makeup simply be a standard custom shoe order?

I assume it would follow the same rules that Paul Grangaard is giving the SF community.  Probably the normal standard shell price - $595.  That isn't bad for a custom shoe.

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