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Originally Posted by David Copeland View Post

Sand is probably hard on AE Boots - given it is from ROCK.  I can just see the pitted leather toes.

 

I can see Jack's garage!  I usually surf a little to the north, at Bolsa Chica.  It's a good longboard beach.

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Originally Posted by guasc1 View Post

Good evening gentlemen,
My wife and I are planning a weekend in Manhattan in June.
Any suggestion on must-visit stores?
Shoes in primis, but I'm open to any kind of suggestion. I'll be walking around with a 3 old hurricane (my daughter) so not much desire for big department stores.
Thank you for your help!
Max

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Originally Posted by Subutai View Post

What's your budget and what are you looking for? Off the bat I'd say definitely stop by Leffot and Bergdorf Goodman, but really any brand you could be interested in has a brick and mortar here in the city. Allen Edmonds has four I think. Alden also has a shop.

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Originally Posted by bespoken pa View Post

The Alden shop is quaint to say the least. Just a small, unassuming, old school shop. It seemed like there was an AE store on every corner when I was there. Leffot is a great shop with a well edited collection of shoes/boots. Just be careful if you go there first you budget will be blown in five minutes. JM Weston and John lobb also have store fronts as well as Crockett and Jones. I'm going to manhattan next month already salivating(saving). Might swing by turnbull and asser as well.

And hit the Ralph Lauren Mansion. They have shoes for both RL and RRL that are made by AE, C&J, Cheaney, and some small bootmakers in the US and Italy. Some shoes you can't see anywhere but at the main store.
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post


Hey good to see you back KMD smile.gif
 Earlier this month Cedarville posted that they can't compete with the large box stores and are no longer in business.

Thanks. Got busy with work... also tried to avoid any tempting sales talk.


I saw this great post in the Hanger Project thread. I don't know if Ketawa ever posts here, but take a look at what he did with his Delrays. They look fantastic! Thought I'd quote this, given the Delray vs. Lasalle talk around the upcoming sale:
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Originally Posted by Ketawa View Post

Over the last few weeks, I picked up the Saphir Reno'Mat, Renovateur, Pommadier Cream Shoe Polish, and Pate de Luxe Wax Shoe Polish from The Hanger Project.

I have a pair of Allen Edmonds Delrays in the Brown Burnished Calf color that I decided to treat properly. As a graduate student, I don't wear dress shoes often. I've only worn these out once and several times around the house to break in and try on other clothes. They have one coat of AE Brown Premium Polish. I was never impressed with the AE Premium Polish on my Malverns, so I started from scratch.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)



I used the mahogany color as recommended on Kirby's blog to match brown burnished calf. It's mostly brown with some red. This pic might make it look a little more purplish than in reality, but it's close.




First, a pic of the shoes when they started. All these pics were taken with a flash and I did my best to correct the color.






Throughout the process, I followed Kirby's instructions on the Presidential Shoe Shine blog entry.

After applying Reno'Mat. I was worried for a little bit that I'd been too agressive with it. The shoes end up a very flat, lifeless color.




After applying Renovateur.




Three coats of Pommadier Cream Shoe Polish.




And finally, three coats of Pate de Luxe Wax Shoe Polish.



I thought the mahogany was a perfect match for brown burnished calf. With more time I think I could make them look even better. My other dress shoes will definitely be getting the Saphir treatment, starting with my Malverns next week, then Leeds when it's time to go back into uniform. Thanks Kirby!
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Originally Posted by AdamAdam View Post

I just unboxed a new pair of merlot McAllister firsts today and I don't see the ridge on the caps on mine. Did they send you the same pair in return? If I was being uber-anal about mine I guess maybe I could see what you're talking about but the burnishing on mine cover 99% of the wing with maybe a slight fade but nothing I would ever notice if I wasn't looking for it. Is yours a physical ridge or just color? See mine below...

 

 

Thanks so much for this. I was definitely given a different pair, as the difference in pinking stitching is night and day. The pinking on yours looks flawless from what I can tell, and at the very least well within my threshold.

 

As for a toe cap ridge, I agree I barely see some semblance of a ridge on yours, but wouldn't think twice about throwing those on my feet and breaking them in by (attempted) moonwalking on the sidewalk. Mine, sadly, have a physical ridge, and the darker burnishing seems to be merely a function of that.

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A few days ago I posted that I received 15% off Amoks but that was before the staff realized clearance was not part of the sale. I've been asked by J'Ville store to let everyone know that 15% off is not available for clearance.
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I've worn my first pair of AE's, black McTav's, a couple of times now. The toes seem to be wearing out pretty quickly. The stitching is flush with the surface of the front of the sole. Is this normal, or should I be worried?
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most of mine do the same after a handful of wearings.. guess I drag my foot when I walk.

 

might not hurt to put a tap on it to preserve it some more..

 

for future pairs, some posters on here recommend breaking the shoe in for a couple hours (across separate wearings) on carpet/non concrete. they feel it helps prevent the front edge from wearing down prematurely

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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post

most of mine do the same after a handful of wearings.. guess I drag my foot when I walk.

might not hurt to put a tap on it to preserve it some more..

for future pairs, some posters on here recommend breaking the shoe in for a couple hours (across separate wearings) on carpet/non concrete. they feel it helps prevent the front edge from wearing down prematurely
The thinking on this is that the stiffness of the new sole causes one to scrape the toe when walking.Makes sense. If so it seems flexing the shoe off the. foot would help speed up this process . Just thinking out loud here.
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Originally Posted by Fabian43 View Post

A few days ago I posted that I received 15% off Amoks but that was before the staff realized clearance was not part of the sale. I've been asked by J'Ville store to let everyone know that 15% off is not available for clearance.

 

 

If for clearance they meant closeouts..... there is some confusion going through the Allen Edmonds lines.

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Originally Posted by guasc1 View Post

 

 

If for clearance they meant closeouts..... there is some confusion going through the Allen Edmonds lines.

any idea what is 40% off (belts, shoe care, etc...)?

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What's the email address for the Factory Seconds lists?  I had it in my address book but just got a new computer at work and it hasn't been populated yet.

 

I'm guessing the email that we all got this morning in reference to 15-40% off applies to the seconds?

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Originally Posted by jd13jd13 View Post

I've worn my first pair of AE's, black McTav's, a couple of times now. The toes seem to be wearing out pretty quickly. The stitching is flush with the surface of the front of the sole. Is this normal, or should I be worried?

 

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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post

most of mine do the same after a handful of wearings.. guess I drag my foot when I walk.

 

might not hurt to put a tap on it to preserve it some more..

 

for future pairs, some posters on here recommend breaking the shoe in for a couple hours (across separate wearings) on carpet/non concrete. they feel it helps prevent the front edge from wearing down prematurely

 

Wearing them indoors every night for a week or so is what I try to practice.  Once they are properly broken-in (the term "broken-in" applies to more than just comfort/fit issues), you will notice that the toe wear is generally not as severe unless your particular gait is the culprit. 

 

I have a pair of double soled shoes that I wore indoors for about 3-4 consecutive nights for about an hour each before wearing them outside.  When I bought them, it was apparent that the right shoe had been tried on in the store several times, and the left one had never been on someone's foot.  I was ok with that, especially since the creasing pattern was perfect.  However, that lead to the right shoe being significantly more broken-in than the left shoe when I started wearing them outside.  The toe of the left shoe is now noticeably more worn than the right (after about a year of wear).  That's part of what lead me to extend my indoor wearing to up to a week before heading outside, now that I've seen the saving effect on the sole.  It was almost a perfect experiment that I didn't intentionally create, having a side by side comparison of the same shoes with different break-in periods. 

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Originally Posted by kentyman View Post

Thanks so much for this. I was definitely given a different pair, as the difference in pinking stitching is night and day. The pinking on yours looks flawless from what I can tell, and at the very least well within my threshold.

As for a toe cap ridge, I agree I barely see some semblance of a ridge on yours, but wouldn't think twice about throwing those on my feet and breaking them in by (attempted) moonwalking on the sidewalk. Mine, sadly, have a physical ridge, and the darker burnishing seems to be merely a function of that.

It's interesting that you mention the pinking issue. I have a pair of walnut Macs that's I bought just a few weeks before these. They had to be shipped from another store and while they were new there were some scuffs (came out with conditioner) but I noticed the inconsistency with stitching around the edges. I just assumed hand-made shoes were like that. The new merlot I just received had to be crafted since there weren't any in my size anywhere. These are perfect. Since this is your third try perhaps ask for a new crafted pair.
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That last Elgin pick made me get mine out today! They're in need of some saddle soap for sure.
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