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post #22006 of 47046
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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

 

The details are remarkably simple.  It's an olive "Neumok" in every spec except as a Strand medallion cap toe instead of a wingtip.  I thought it was a very simple request, but it took the CEO to bring this to fruition.

 

And my thanks to the gentlemen for the kind words (rydenfan & lostron)

 

Good call on these. I was also recently looking for a casual shoe and while I love the Neumok and McTavish I feel like my entire wardrobe would end up being wingtips. The Strandmok only comes in suede at the moment so I ended up getting a pair of discontinued Elgins from the shoe bank. Not only are customers being satisfied with this offer it's also research and development for AE that costs them virtually nothing. Like a previous poster said, some of these will probably make it into the lineup if they get requested enough times.

post #22007 of 47046
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Originally Posted by jbcohen View Post

How do you folks manage to afford Allen Emonds I am certainly not wealthy and $350 for a pair of shoes is a lot of dollars for me and my family?

Start with exposing where your in come went in the last 90 days - a complete detailed itemized list.  Using plastic debit cards keeps a good record, but if not - keep all receipts so the money is tracked.

 

Once you can see where the money has gone - then multiply the monthly amount by 12 to get the annual cost.  For some, smoking can cost $15 a day/$5000 per year.  Or, movie rental habits at $3/day = over $1000 a year.  Or cell phones at $50 to $100 per mo = $600 to $1200 a year, or cable/sat at $75 to $150/mo = $900 to $1800 year, and gasoline, rent, utilities, food, eating out, shopping addictions, and the list goes on.  I have seen folks shave off hundreds, thousands by getting serious about where the money goes.  One guy spends $250/mo so all his kids and wife have smart phones.  Another guy owns a Walmart TracFone for $10 and keeps his prepaid minutes down to $7 per mo.  Another fellow cancelled cable and bought a $100 Roku device to watch free TV and news programs.

 

Also, Dave Ramsey has some excellent ideas too.  His daily radio show is available for free on the internet after the live broadcast.

 

The more we study economics, the more we can repeat good economic actions.  If we do not study failures in history, we are doomed to repeat it.

 

$1 per day will get you an Allen Edmonds shoe per year.  In five years, you will arrive.  Will it be with five pair of quality AE's, or five pair of cheap broken down version?

post #22008 of 47046
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Originally Posted by David Copeland View Post

Start with exposing where your in come went in the last 90 days - a complete detailed itemized list.  Using plastic debit cards keeps a good record, but if not - keep all receipts so the money is tracked.

 

Dave, you're an odd bird. I say that with not a hint of condescension. Unique perspectives are much needed in any community (especially online message boards). Your ability to hone in on the smallest of details about every situation, while sometimes a bit tiresome and overwhelming, is quite entertaining nonetheless. Cheers to you, my friend.

 

May I ask what your profession is?

post #22009 of 47046
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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

 

The details are remarkably simple.  It's an olive "Neumok" in every spec except as a Strand medallion cap toe instead of a wingtip.  I thought it was a very simple request, but it took the CEO to bring this to fruition.

 

And my thanks to the gentlemen for the kind words (rydenfan & lostron)

 

I'm really happy that you finally got this pair of shoes. I know you have been on a quest for it for quite some time.

post #22010 of 47046
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Originally Posted by David Copeland View Post

Start with exposing where your in come went in the last 90 days - a complete detailed itemized list.  Using plastic debit cards keeps a good record, but if not - keep all receipts so the money is tracked.

 

Once you can see where the money has gone - then multiply the monthly amount by 12 to get the annual cost.  For some, smoking can cost $15 a day/$5000 per year.  Or, movie rental habits at $3/day = over $1000 a year.  Or cell phones at $50 to $100 per mo = $600 to $1200 a year, or cable/sat at $75 to $150/mo = $900 to $1800 year, and gasoline, rent, utilities, food, eating out, shopping addictions, and the list goes on.  I have seen folks shave off hundreds, thousands by getting serious about where the money goes.  One guy spends $250/mo so all his kids and wife have smart phones.  Another guy owns a Walmart TracFone for $10 and keeps his prepaid minutes down to $7 per mo.  Another fellow cancelled cable and bought a $100 Roku device to watch free TV and news programs.

 

Also, Dave Ramsey has some excellent ideas too.  His daily radio show is available for free on the internet after the live broadcast.

 

The more we study economics, the more we can repeat good economic actions.  If we do not study failures in history, we are doomed to repeat it.

 

$1 per day will get you an Allen Edmonds shoe per year.  In five years, you will arrive.  Will it be with five pair of quality AE's, or five pair of cheap broken down version?


2 other options that will cut your expenses by roughly a third:

 

1. follow this thread religiously.  Members post 2nds sales that will usually get your 1/3 off the MSRP.  Some of these shoes come with minor defects, if any.  If they are serious, you can always ship back, i think, for free.

 

2. Nordies has the twice a year sale on select 1st quality models.  I can recall the Park Aves go for 220, among others.

post #22011 of 47046

Greeting AE friends,

 

I have McAllister 11E Bourbon Tap Sole which I am looking to trade, or will shortly post for sale.  I purchased these this spring during the anniversary sale. They have been worn 5-6 times. I've fiddled with the 5 last this year and will go to an 11.5D. If anyone is in the opposite place as me, please PM and we can discuss. 

 

I would trade for other 5-last non-black classics in 11.5D.  I have walnut strands already, but would consider more wings or plain caps like Park or 5th Avenue.  Not fussy about the soles.

 

Regards,

 

Michael

post #22012 of 47046

Okay- thank you for that information! I will get back to the store right away to get those before I leave town!

 

Too bad the Renovateur was stripping the color off them- I thought it was a cleaning product only... really glad I tested on the heel and didn't just tear into the toebox with it!!

post #22013 of 47046
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Originally Posted by OptoDoc View Post

 

Dave, you're an odd bird. I say that with not a hint of condescension. Unique perspectives are much needed in any community (especially online message boards). Your ability to hone in on the smallest of details about every situation, while sometimes a bit tiresome and overwhelming, is quite entertaining nonetheless. Cheers to you, my friend.

 

May I ask what your profession is?

In another thread I authored on the subject of the top 250 films - Member(s) have awarded the prestigious title of being the most pretentious member on the forum.  Hmmm . . . so much for my actual professional career. [grin]

 

Nevertheless, I am pleased to receive your compliment.  You, kind sir, demonstrate the ability to disagree with the utmost civility and respect for another's view.

 

My best,

 

David

post #22014 of 47046
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Originally Posted by coolarrow View Post


2 other options that will cut your expenses by roughly a third:

 

1. follow this thread religiously.  Members post 2nds sales that will usually get your 1/3 off the MSRP.  Some of these shoes come with minor defects, if any.  If they are serious, you can always ship back, i think, for free.

 

2. Nordies has the twice a year sale on select 1st quality models.  I can recall the Park Aves go for 220, among others.

Excellent reminder!

 

And also - many times a $350 AE shoe is available in near-new condition as a "second" for 50% to 75% off.

post #22015 of 47046
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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

 

The details are remarkably simple.  It's an olive "Neumok" in every spec except as a Strand medallion cap toe instead of a wingtip.  I thought it was a very simple request, but it took the CEO to bring this to fruition.

 

And my thanks to the gentlemen for the kind words (rydenfan & lostron)

 

Wow, these look great. Not sure I would have even thought of wanting "green Strands", so thanks for posting the pictures. Now I understand why you have been so determined to get this shoe. The leather looks less distressed than the Neumok, and maybe not as soft. Is that true, or do you find them similar to your red Neumoks? 

post #22016 of 47046
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Originally Posted by BCer View Post



I've got a little bit of cap-creasing going on here on my Strands. Absolutely LOVE the shoes, and the fit has been confirmed by Nordstrom fitting (no AE store anywhere near me). They feel comfy, certainly in length. If anything, still a bit tight in width, but nothing worrisome and only been worn half a dozen times, so likely not fully broken in. I'm not worried about the cap-creases, but is it normal? SHOULD I be concerned? Thanks everyone!

Still hoping to hear any opinions...
post #22017 of 47046
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Originally Posted by BCer View Post


Still hoping to hear any opinions...

You mention they fit you well, and that appears to be the case in the photo. You could go up a size to get a longer shoe, but then they might not fit as well. I'm not sure if it's "normal" and I know some don't like the look as much, but I wouldn't be concerned. I would rather have a pair that fit great than choose a different size just for the creasing. I have a few pair, including the Stand, that do the same thing. This shoe has a longer toe box than others (like the Park Avenue) which makes it more likely to have creases on or in front of the cap line.

post #22018 of 47046
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Originally Posted by OptoDoc View Post

 

I'm really happy that you finally got this pair of shoes. I know you have been on a quest for it for quite some time.

 

Thank you.  And, yes, I've harassed the AE thread a few times this past year on my quest.

 

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Originally Posted by shartmann View Post

 

Wow, these look great. Not sure I would have even thought of wanting "green Strands", so thanks for posting the pictures. Now I understand why you have been so determined to get this shoe. The leather looks less distressed than the Neumok, and maybe not as soft. Is that true, or do you find them similar to your red Neumoks? 

 

Thank you.  Initially, I was intrigued by the AE makeups (casual leathers, webgems, etc.) but quickly lost interest with all the wingtips.  Doing a medallion cap toe seemed like a natural alternative.

 

The olive leather is just as soft as the red.  It looks less distressed, but based on my recollection of in store models it's typical of the green rough leather.  The distressed look is partly an effect of the burnishing.  It's there but less obvious which I attribute to the darker base color.  The red Neumoks have better contrast. 

post #22019 of 47046

You called it Wired- guess what Soleil (delightful associate in the Atlanta AE store- wears several AE shoes and boots on her tiny size 5 feet!) showed me this morning when I mentioned your shoes? This, came out about a month ago...  smile.gif

hope you can read the "Strandmok" nameplate- in suede not your smooth leather though...

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

Allen Edmonds offers a variety of product lines.  Many of us come to AE for the classics, the Park Avenue, the McAllister, the Strand, shell offerings  .  .  .  boots, loafers, driving moccs.  We don't always love all of them, but we find quality, value, and self expression in the make ups that appeal to us.

 

I saw something in the Rough Collection that appeals to me.  It fits my needs.  I have two pair of Neumoks (fantastic shoes) and a pair of Ridgeways (just a little different).  And I wanted to build on that, but I also wanted a little more variety (not a sea of wingtips in the closet).

 

I inquired, I appealed, I respectfully requested.  My AE store manager tried back channels.  But to no avail.  I've been trying for about a year.  Each hint of a new style brought hope that perhaps I would finally find the shoe I was looking for.  Each new release refreshed my disappointment.

 

Today that all changed with a small cardboard box on my door step.  They don't look like much, but these shoes represent a significant victory for me.  And at least for today, I have a pair of AEs that are unique.

 

Thank you, Mr Grangaard, for making this possible.  And I hope that everyone participating in the special MTO offer finds as much satisfactiction as I have today.  Wear them in good health, gentlemen.

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by WiredandTired View Post


Got me imagining them in cognac red. I wouldn't be surprised if they showed up in the coming year as a new makeup. Those are indeed lookers.
post #22020 of 47046
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Originally Posted by BCer View Post

Still hoping to hear any opinions...

I have the same pair of strands but mine havent creased like that. Sometimes it helps to set the crease before you break them in. The first few times I wore my eg chelseas they creased and I was semi worried. I had to learn that in end they are shoes and like most goods will wear down and age. Hit them with a little reno, brush like mad, and hope for the best. I wouldn't return them but opinions will vary.
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