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post #22021 of 47153

Since this is an appreciation thread, I hope Mr. Grangaard reads this because I would like to give a shoutout to the Atlanta store on Dunwoody, and Andrew and Soleil in particular. A company is only as good as its people, and these two were exceptional- knowledgeable (Andrew at least reads this thread and quoted from it to me! lol), absolutely professional, and helpful in the extreme. When I asked about a shoe that wasn't in stock, Andrew called around other cities (and is on a first name basis with associates across the country having been sent to several locations for training) and located two pair to Fedex in so I could look at them before I left town. 

 

This is the first AE store I have visited, and I couldn't have been more impressed. I was traveling with my company Chairman who lives and shops in Dubai, he had to buy a pair while we were there as well- claims he tears up shoes very quickly, I dared him to destroy AE's the same as the designer shoes he favors (was wearing a pair of Louis Vittons when we went in, for instance).

 

My compliments- now I just have to decide whether to go back tonight and buy those damn Navy Neumoks before I leave again for the Dark Continent!! Aargghhh... hey, what's an overweight penalty here and there right??

 

 

EDIT: Soleil, if Andrew shows you this, you should post up some of your footwear pictures with the pants you're wearing showing- several have asked about shoes for women on this thread and I think quite a few wives/girlfriends might be happy to see what you can do with these!!  nod[1].gif

 

For instance, today she was rocking the Fifth Avenue boots in black with a dark skinny jean turned up to show them off... very nice! Give her some encouragement guys!!

post #22022 of 47153

Yes, I heard a rumor last August that AE was sampling a Strand variant slated for Spring 2013.  The samples included this makeup here

 

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Try to imagine my surprise and delight (keeping in mind that you can change the sole on almost any model).  Of course come January 2013, I discovered that this design didn't make the cut.  Talk about crushing a man's optimism for the future! 

 

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Originally Posted by Busa View Post

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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post #22023 of 47153
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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.

 

 

 

 

First, the shoes look great. I am a big fan of the olive leather.

 

Second, this seems to be one of the only non-shell MTO shoes that I have seen. Was there a significant up charge for this MTO shoe?

post #22024 of 47153
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Originally Posted by DerangedGoose View Post

Need some input. I received my chukkamok seconds, and Kristal advised me there would be a small stain, potentially grease, on the right toebox. She said I could email her a picture and she would give me a discount depending on how bad it was. I really like these boots, they are extremely comfortable, and the stain seems to be something that doesnt come off just by scratching with a fingernail. What are your thoughts? They were 159 and there is a potential discount, on the other hand I could return them and wait for seconds to become available, or just get my money back:
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I would probably keep those depending on how much of a discount you'll get. If you return, it may take a while for another to show up in your size.

It looks like that leather will patina well so the stain might be hard to notice in the future. It's also good that the stain was near the brogueing where it's less noticeable. If it was on the vamp where the creasing would be it would be more noticeable IMO.
post #22025 of 47153

Yes, I was wondering when someone would notice that I requested a non-shell MTO.  Let's just say that I was prepared to pay a significant premium for a custom spec MTO, but AE gave me a very good price.

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Originally Posted by ScottyBoy920 View Post

 

First, the shoes look great. I am a big fan of the olive leather.

 

Second, this seems to be one of the only non-shell MTO shoes that I have seen. Was there a significant up charge for this MTO shoe?

post #22026 of 47153
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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. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)








Very nice! Congrats on finally getting the shoes you've wanted for a while.
post #22027 of 47153
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Originally Posted by frogwash View Post

And you know what? While I can't exactly put my thumb on it, there is something about the Black Hills that appeals to me quite a bit more so than the Leeds. So again, thank you very much. AE should put you on the payroll, you're doing a fantastic job marketing the MTO's for many of us here! nod[1].gif

The Black Hills is on the 5-last while the Leeds is on the 1-last. Perhaps that's why the Black Hills appeals to you more? The standard Black Hills is basically a 5-eyelet version of the Kenilworth with a rubber sole. I think a shell cordovan Black Hills with a Rendenbach sole would make a great MTO shoe.
post #22028 of 47153
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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

Yes, I heard a rumor last August that AE was sampling a Strand variant slated for Spring 2013.  The samples included this makeup here

 

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Try to imagine my surprise and delight (keeping in mind that you can change the sole on almost any model).  Of course come January 2013, I discovered that this design didn't make the cut.  Talk about crushing a man's optimism for the future! 

 

Dang I love that makeup....it's my Alma Mater colors.....oh well maybe one day.

post #22029 of 47153
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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.

 

 

 

 

These are beautiful. I always thought the Neumok would be better in a captoe and these have convinced me of it. What did it take to get these made? I'd love a pair in blue or red.

post #22030 of 47153

Talked to our friends at Jeffersonville Ohio Outlet today and wanted to remind everyone that the sale ends on the 27th. There were a couple new shell shoes added to the list in my size compared to the last time I got one a few weeks ago. Now I just have to make up my mind which ones....

 

jville@allenedmonds.com

(740)-948-9033

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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

dark brown cordovan dundee

burgundy cordovan leeds

tan suede amok

 

:)

Outstanding selections and congrats on the new shoes! I hope they turn out well for you.

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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.

 

 

 

What a great job PhiPsi32 and congrats! I agree with you about wingtips, after awhile it becomes redundant. I just ordered the McAllister in cappuccino but I think it will be my last wingtip, I just have so many now. Great choice in shoe and color.

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Originally Posted by David Copeland View Post

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

My 2 cents is that OptoDoc and David are both outstanding gentleman, and contribute much to this thread. Thank you for doing that.

post #22031 of 47153

Just wait for Suede strands in the fall.  icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

post #22032 of 47153
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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!

 

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Originally Posted by BCer View Post


Still hoping to hear any opinions...

My first impression is that the shoe is too long.  I have experience with several pairs of that exact shoe. My first pair was 9D and it fit pretty well, and it barely creased anywhere after about one year. I thought I later figured out that 9.5C was my better fit in 5 last shoes, so I sold that one and bought 9.5C during Nordstrom sale.  Wore that for a few months, but it started creasing above the cap (ie toward the toe), and it fit loosely. I called Nordstrom, and even after months of wear, they replaced with a different 9.5C strand (I own many 9.5C 5 last shoes and they all fit better than the first one from Nordstrom).  That pair fits better, like most others I own, and I have had no above cap creasing thus far. I figured that first pair from Nordstrom was just an anomaly and wasn't fitted as tightly during the lasting process (as if I know what I'm talking about).

 

However, the width on your pair looks pretty good to me.  I wonder if sizing down 1/2 size on length but keeping same width might work?

 

Warning: I am no expert, but I did stay at a Holday Inn Express last night, and I do have a ridiculously large collection of AE shoes at this point.

post #22033 of 47153

Oh- here is the aforementioned female AE associate wearing the Fifth Avenue boots- is this cute or what??   smile.gif

 

 

 

I had to go back and buy these- DAMN they are comfortable, just the softest leather you have ever felt, had to wear them out of the store...

 

 

 

post #22034 of 47153
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Originally Posted by pudman43 View Post


Wow those look GREAT, Busa. Would love to see a few more pics! Are you able to post more? J

I've got some more, with the matching belt...  icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

 

 

 

 

 

post #22035 of 47153
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Originally Posted by robby View Post

 

These are beautiful. I always thought the Neumok would be better in a captoe and these have convinced me of it. What did it take to get these made? I'd love a pair in blue or red.

 

These shoes (macktasticgdogg's as well as others still in production) were made at the direction of Allen Edmond's CEO, Paul Grangaard.  

 

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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

What a great job PhiPsi32 and congrats! I agree with you about wingtips, after awhile it becomes redundant. I just ordered the McAllister in cappuccino but I think it will be my last wingtip, I just have so many now. Great choice in shoe and color.


Thank you, sir, for the kind words.  On the abundance of wingtips, if someone was to go heavy on any one style, the wingtip is a great choice.  Wingtips just work very well under a variety of circumstances.  So I see why AE would lean on that design.  You can have seven or eight pairs of wingtips and get away with it for daily work and off duty wear.

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