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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

apparently the guys who aren't good enough to get hired as shoe photographers for the AE website get hired at Lands End. wow.gif
post #19667 of 46522
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Originally Posted by mexicutioner View Post

balmorals are inherently dressy, so any casual balmoral has to add a lot of casual elements to overcome the inherent dressiness. nine times out of ten, that added stuff takes them out of the realm of versatile.

walnut strands are a very light color with tons of broguing. they're quite casual, but they stand out like a mf.

similarly, my natural-colored neumoks go great with jeans, but only because they're made from a very rough-looking leather, which is even more casual than suede.

this is why i said he should stick to bluchers: you can easily find a simple, dark brown blucher that will work with casual clothes. not so with balmorals.

in summary: i didn't mean to imply that there are no casual balmorals. only that it's easier to find a casual, versatile blucher than balmoral.

+1

I literally wear zero pairs of balmorals casually. I have enough blucher models to fill that need. In fairness, I do not buy "casual" balmorals. In the eyes of some (not me), the very phrase is oxymoronic.
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Speaking of Leeds...had these on today.

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by robbrechter View Post

Bourbon McAllister is my pick. I understand it may be dressier than you think you need, but it still looks good with jeans and will pair well with any trousers you throw at it (save for black, which you shouldn't be wearing anyway). They stand out a bit because of how nice they are, not because they are bright blue or have contrast stitching, etc. They're classic.

I briefly taught right out of college and I did get much respect from my kids (high school age) initially. They tried taking advantage of me and in hindsight, I probably dressed younger. Given the chance to do it again, I would have differentiated myself as much as possible from the get go. Smart shoes, trousers or dark wash jeans that fit, a shirt, and tweed blazer gives no doubt as to who is in charge in the classroom -- the one who dresses like an adult.

None of this may apply to you and that's fine. It's just my personal experience and frankly, buying AEs is a great first step, regardless of model. Good luck with teaching. You get much respect from me for doing it.

It is a nice shoe, but I personally would never wear them with jeans. But to each their own.
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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post

Speaking of Leeds...had these on today.









Now that is a versatile shoe. Well done. nod[1].gif
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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 #19676 of 46522

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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