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post #20626 of 43047
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Originally Posted by trig View Post

After slipping my foot in, the tongue had been a little pushed down/caught under.
+1 Sometimes I need to adjust the tongue on my shoes also, but really don't have to tug too much. I have a pair of C&Js I usually have trouble with the most, but my AE's just need a slight tug to get it back in place.
post #20627 of 43047
Anyone have sizing advice for Macneils as compared to Park Aves?
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There isn't anything wrong with pulling on the tongue, and everyone should feel perfectly comfortable doing so if it needs to be straightened out.  That is definitely a freak situation that I've never seen before either, but the first phone call I would make is to AE to report it to them.  It absolutely has to be a defect in the leather, because it just doesn't tear like that under any normal circumstances.  I too would like to hear how old those are, though. 

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Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post

There isn't anything wrong with pulling on the tongue, and everyone should feel perfectly comfortable doing so if it needs to be straightened out.  That is definitely a freak situation that I've never seen before either, but the first phone call I would make is to AE to report it to them.  It absolutely has to be a defect in the leather, because it just doesn't tear like that under any normal circumstances.  I too would like to hear how old those are, though. 
+1
post #20630 of 43047
So if I order a matching walnut cordovan belt to go with my Daltons does that mean I'm trying too hard?
post #20631 of 43047
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Originally Posted by bespoken pa View Post

So if I order a matching walnut cordovan belt to go with my Daltons does that mean I'm trying too hard?

Nope trying just right
post #20632 of 43047
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Originally Posted by rollinsay View Post

Just received my anniversary sale Bourbon McAllisters. They are gorgeous out of the box, but there were a few areas of concern on them that I wanted to run by you all. This is my first pair of AE so I'm not sure what to expect in terms of normal variation and quality control.

 

Here it seemed strange that the burnishing did not go all the way up to the broguing. Granted, this is the inside of the right shoe, but it is made more noticeable when I wear the shoe as the leather stretches away a bit more.

 

 

 

This picture doesn't show it very well, but one of the teeth of the scalloped edge at the point of the wingtip is slightly bent upwards.

 

 

Here my concern was a slightly raised stitch and the scratch or lack of color where the welt is stitched.

 

 

The stitching here seems off, with a bit too much of the edge protruding. It can be bent back away from the seam.

 

 

Finally, another bent tooth of the wingtip edge.

 

 

I know most of these are very minute details. The only one that really bothers me is the stitching on the upper where the wingtip edge is much wider than any other part of the shoe. It seems pretty noticeable and really looks out of place.

 

Hoping to get some of your veteran opinions on this! Thanks in advance.

 

Not sure if I welcomed you or not, but . . . WELCOME!

 

I go along with what others have said.  If they are FIRSTS, then I think a replacement is good not only for you - but also Allen Edmonds so that they can get back to their quality line to see where it goofed up.

 

That said, you may wish to keep them - it's like being a father for the first time with your first born baby.  Turn the baby up, down, around, inspect where the moles are, the birth defects - as many father sometimes think about.  But in the end, most fathers will keep their first born, moles and everything.  

 

In your case, you have the products available to follow up on maintaining your new AE shoes with excellent shines (and sometimes coverups - although I unsure about the welt area).

 

Sleep on it!

 

My best to you,

 

David

post #20633 of 43047

Hello friends. longtime lurker here.

 

I made my first foray into Allen Edmonton last year, buying a pair of chili Regent Streets, size 11EEE. They fit great, which is rare, since I have rather oddly shaped feet (left is an 11 EE, right is 10.5 EEE+).

 

So...I needed to replace my trusty black apron-toes and decided to go AE again, trying something different. I bought the MacAllisters in the same size (11 3E) during the anniversary sale. While the left foot fit like a glove, the right one was painfully narrow. I sent them back and exchanged for the Franciscans (same price during the sale). This pair of 11 3E was waaay too long and wide on both feet.

 

Since my schedule leaves me virtually no time to get to an AE store for a proper fitting, I'm pretty much reliant on mail order, but the trial and error of it all takes way too much time, leaving me without a much-needed black shoe. No, I can't seem to find Regent Street in my size (plus it's a little loud for what I need). Also not feeling the other 4-234 last options, style-wise.

 

So I ask ye humbly, which last should I try next that will get me somewhere in between the MacAllister and the Franciscan?

 

Thanks in advance,

--Goldilocks

post #20634 of 43047

Peppercorn, I'm sure some members will post with their experiences with the lasts you are interested in.

 

I have had good luck with the CS at AE. If you fit in one shoe CS can be very helpful finding your correct size.

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My experience with AE CS over the last week has been nothing short of outstanding. It is rare I find a company that runs a program on par with my company. Hats off to their operations team as I know just how much work goes into cultivating and displaying that level of service.
post #20636 of 43047
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Originally Posted by bespoken pa View Post

So if I order a matching walnut cordovan belt to go with my Daltons does that mean I'm trying too hard?

My question would be "how?" Will AE do this as part of Paul's deal? I have the burgundy cordovan belt and love it! I cannot find a good match for my cappuccino McCalisters. That would be awesome!
post #20637 of 43047
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Originally Posted by rollinsay View Post

Just received my anniversary sale Bourbon McAllisters. They are gorgeous out of the box, but there were a few areas of concern on them that I wanted to run by you all. This is my first pair of AE so I'm not sure what to expect in terms of normal variation and quality control.

 

Here it seemed strange that the burnishing did not go all the way up to the broguing. Granted, this is the inside of the right shoe, but it is made more noticeable when I wear the shoe as the leather stretches away a bit more.

 

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

This picture doesn't show it very well, but one of the teeth of the scalloped edge at the point of the wingtip is slightly bent upwards.

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

Here my concern was a slightly raised stitch and the scratch or lack of color where the welt is stitched.

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

The stitching here seems off, with a bit too much of the edge protruding. It can be bent back away from the seam.

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

Finally, another bent tooth of the wingtip edge.

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

I know most of these are very minute details. The only one that really bothers me is the stitching on the upper where the wingtip edge is much wider than any other part of the shoe. It seems pretty noticeable and really looks out of place.

 

Hoping to get some of your veteran opinions on this! Thanks in advance.

 

The serrated edges can end up raised when you do some shoe conditioning or polish.  I find you can just run your hand over the edges and they will go back down.  The welt stitch looks perfectly fine, and it can probably be filled in with polish or edge dressing in the uncolored spot.  The burnishing is all done by hand, you can tone down the burnishing by using a leather cleaner/conditioner.  None of these items will be noticeable when viewed at a distance.  

 

 

Cold Iron,

 

Thanks for the tips concerning the charcoal grill.  I'm still a rookie in charcoal grilling, I have a 18.5 Weber, which I think is too small.  I also attempted to use lump charcoal for the first time.  I think it was poor quality lump charcoal and didn't light properly.  I'm tempted to go gas grill because of the ease of temperature control.  I will give charcoal a few more rounds to see if I can get better at it.

 

I also at this point don't even come up with excuses to shell out for shell.  I've also like many others have started the great cordovan shoe hunt.  The rumors of shell supply may also be feeding my current spree.  Hopefully sanity kicks in after 2-3 more pairs, but I think once you cross over the shell cordovan threshold, all hope is lost for your wallet.  Case in point, I am debating on shell Daltons, Dundee, or Strands through the MTO offer.  Carmina shell is looking pretty good too......

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Sorry if this is a repeat question but while I saw it discussed on this thread I'm not sure I saw an answer (but I could have missed it). Is there a marking that indicates if an AE shoe is a first or second? There was talk of a "W" mark earlier in the thread. I ordered a pair in-store and it shipped "from somewhere in Illinois" I was told. I assume it's just another retail shop that had my size in stock but how would I know if it came from an outlet store and is a second? They look like a first but this is my first pair of AE. If I was scrutinizing, there are a few places that I might say "I see why it's a second" if I knew they were but otherwise I'm happy with them.

 

Anyway, how does one know? Thanks!

post #20639 of 43047
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Originally Posted by David Copeland View Post

 

Not sure if I welcomed you or not, but . . . WELCOME!

 

I go along with what others have said.  If they are FIRSTS, then I think a replacement is good not only for you - but also Allen Edmonds so that they can get back to their quality line to see where it goofed up.

 

That said, you may wish to keep them - it's like being a father for the first time with your first born baby.  Turn the baby up, down, around, inspect where the moles are, the birth defects - as many father sometimes think about.  But in the end, most fathers will keep their first born, moles and everything.  

 

In your case, you have the products available to follow up on maintaining your new AE shoes with excellent shines (and sometimes coverups - although I unsure about the welt area).

 

Sleep on it!

 

My best to you,

 

David

 

Thank you, David, for the warm welcome and sage advice. As wonderful as the feeling was when I first opened the box and laid eyes on them, I decided to send these back for a new pair. I'm sure I will still love this next one as my "first-born" - I'll just have to remember not to tell him that he was actually the second.

post #20640 of 43047
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Originally Posted by dancingbear View Post

My question would be "how?" Will AE do this as part of Paul's deal? I have the burgundy
cordovan belt and love it! I cannot find a good match for my cappuccino McCalisters. That would be awesome!

That is correct Allison said they will waive the mto fee. I'm considering it strongly ad walnut cordovan is a unique color.
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