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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post

Speaking of Leeds...had these on today.

 

 

 

 

Interesting texture on your pants.  Are they linen?

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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

You can however thank me as you see Mr. Grangaard responding to me, something which most all of you have stated you want to see more of, right?

 

Umm... you do know that the person responding to your posts is a Wisconsin MBA extern at AE, right?

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Originally Posted by calidist View Post

Interesting texture on your pants.  Are they linen?

They are the RRL Selvedge Officer Chino.
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Sweet weeping Jesus...
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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!

I'm going to throw out another suggestion - The Regent Street in Chili. It on the AE site under the clearance section, so your size might not be available. But they have a pretty good selection - and at $167 (after extra 15% off through 4/29), not a bad price.

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF5154_1_40000000001_-1

Another suggestion - Walton in Chili. On sale for $229 right now

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF2143_1_40000000001_-1

Chris
Edited by hohneokc - 4/24/13 at 2:42pm
post #19671 of 53407

For all the cordovan fans out there, just noticed that J.Crew has quite a nice looking Alden boot in Horween shell burgundy.  Thought I might as well share on this forum despite not being AE.

 

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Originally Posted by nicedream View Post

You can get the Leeds in brown from Lands End:


http://www.landsend.com/pp/mens-allen-edmonds-leeds-plain-toe-blucher-shoe~205635_-1.html

My wallet is not happy with you for posting those!

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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post

Speaking of Leeds...had these on today.









These further convince me that I need a pair of Leeds in my life. It's a shame that shell is not in my budget.
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Originally Posted by pudman43 View Post

+1 for MacNeils. I wear mine (walnut grain) with both slacks AND jeans and out of 9 pairs of AE I own, they are one of my favorite shoes. Love the MacNeil!

The MacNeils are also a good suggestion for a versatile shoe. The BB pebble grain MacNeils in chili was my first AE purchase! The chili and black factory second versions are still on sale last time I checked ($199 IIRC).
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Got my Brown Shell Townleys in today. They are a 9.5D and the fit is right on but I think i'm going to return them because the stitching on the captoe is off. Here is a pic. I ended up paying $254 for these so maybe for the price I can live with aesthetic appearance. I'm trying hard to talk myself into keeping them. I also got the Brown Shell Patriots in and they absolutely rock.






I'll decide in the morning if i'm going to keep them or not.
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They look good to me

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If I do return the Townleys i'm going to get the Randolph in Burg Shell. Does the 9-79 last fit like the patriots? Anybody have both? The patriots are sung but not tight. They will be perfect with thin or no socks.
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Originally Posted by cbtaylor View Post

They look good to me

It's hard to tell in the pic but there is something "off" about them in person. When I look down with them on my feet the lines do not match up.
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

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.

Thanks Cold Iron that really helps. I'd love to see some current pics of your black polish/cordovan polish process if you have any that are handy.
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What wax do you gentlemen use to polish walnut calf (stands)?  I know the hanger project AE says cognac or tobacco Saphir for the "Brown Walnut Finish", but I have read of people using light or dark brown as well.  Would brown or tan be better in Kiwi?  I have the AE walnut premium polish, but I need some wax as the shoes are 2nds and the right shoe fairly decent size scuff on the toe through the surface of the leather from the edge sander I am guessing.  It had a good amount of dark brown polish on it when I got it to cover it up (which did a good job), but I took most of it off when cleaning/conditioning prior to the first wax as the dark brown didn't blend that well.  Tried to fill back in with the premium walnut, but the scuff stands out as being lighter than the rest of the toe now.  Thinking wax in the right color will do a better job of hiding the mark. 

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Originally Posted by frank212 View Post

Umm... you do know that the person responding to your posts is a Wisconsin MBA extern at AE, right?

Not so. I write my own stuff in these fora. Maybe I need to work on my composition skills, though... (How depressing. I thought I had learned a few things about both business and writing, let alone something about shoes, since college in the late 1970s.) shog[1].gif
Edited by AllenEdmondsCEO - 4/24/13 at 3:14pm
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Originally Posted by N8ter View Post

What wax do you gentlemen use to polish walnut calf(stands)?  I know the hanger project AE says cognac or tobacco Saphir for the "Brown Walnut Finish", but I have read of people using light or dark brown as well.  Would brown or tan be better in Kiwi?  I have the AE walnut premium polish, but I need some wax as the shoes are 2nds and the right shoe fairly decent size scuff on the toe from the edge sander I am guessing.  It had a good amount of dark brown polish on it when I got it to cover it up (which did a good job), but I took most of it off when cleaning/conditining prior to the first wax as the dark brown didn't blend that well.  Tried to fill back in withthe premium walnut, but the scuff stands out as being lighter than the rest of the toe now.  Thinking wax in the right color will do a better job of hiding the mark. 

I use Saphir Light Brown Creme and either Light Brown or Yellow wax to bull the toe.
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