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Originally Posted by VinnyMac View Post

lol...You have to understand that the most frequent posters on SF get all dressed up just so that they can take pictures and feel like they're living the SF life. They look like cartoon characters on the streets. Dark suits and black shoes are the standard almost everywhere. 

That may be true for the Most Frequent Posters (MFP).  Although, I have seen many who keep an active web browser live feed running on their favorite threads throughout the business day - to offer opinions, arguments, and baits - the thought comes to mind if they even work or invest time to get outside wearing their quality treasures!  I also wonder if they have a life at all - outside of this site.

 

My own venture, with some half-days invested into post comments -  is more akin to looking for recommendations, resources, and contacts that I can call on the phone.  (I have entered into some baits, posted what I know or have experimented with, but that process is becoming less as I pick and choose a course of action).  I have also found some MFP's who have rarely never posted any pictures of their shoes, clothing, or accessories - after reaching thousands upon thousands of posts.  I have no desire to mirror such a time waster when I can choose a good film, book, or walk by the lake.

 

In my opinion, of course . . .

 

David

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I looked through the shoe section of my local Nordstrom Rack to see if there are anything interesting and saw a pair of tan Banchorys in my size that were marked as "worn & refinished" for $120. As best as I can tell, they were at most tried-on at some point (the soles look brand new) and were not seconds (unlike some other AE's there that had the seconds marking on the sole), so I brought them home. I may still end up returning them, but leaning toward keeping them for now.

I realize these are probably not popular around here, but I'm a fan of long wings, and could actually use a light tan pair of shoes to go with a seldom used natural leather belt I have (you know you have an issue when you're buying shoes to go with belts...).



With the above mentioned belt:
post #22128 of 49526
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Originally Posted by jbcohen View Post

There are also people like myself who were wearing low end stuff and did not know the difference.

My venture into Allen Edmonds in 1999 was based solely on trust at Nordstroms, and the instant comfort fit.  I have been a devoted fan ever since.

 

Then I began to study AE products, polishes of various brands, and to invest the time to understand the "why".  This forum, with all of it's debates and baits, has been a blessing for me.  A good argument, with little concern as to which side you choose, will most often bring out more truth and choices for all who participate.

 

Enjoy your journey, pay little attention to the forum fly whose agenda is posting one-liners to ruin your dream, and don't worry about past experiences of wearing lower end products.  Become a better educated person in your own personal style - and enjoy the self confidence of wearing your choices.

 

My very best to you,


David

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Nice outfit with the Banchory
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I'm similar to you at the outset of your venture into Allen Edmonds except mine was because of my mother telling me to buy better shoes and according the poll at ranker.com Allen Edmonds in the top two shoe makers in this country of ours.

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Originally Posted by MacktasticGDogg View Post

I looked through the shoe section of my local Nordstrom Rack to see if there are anything interesting and saw a pair of tan Banchorys in my size that were marked as "worn & refinished" for $120. As best as I can tell, they were at most tried-on at some point (the soles look brand new) and were not seconds (unlike some other AE's there that had the seconds marking on the sole), so I brought them home. I may still end up returning them, but leaning toward keeping them for now.

I realize these are probably not popular around here, but I'm a fan of long wings, and could actually use a light tan pair of shoes to go with a seldom used natural leather belt I have (you know you have an issue when you're buying shoes to go with belts...).



With the above mentioned belt:

 

for 120$ return? you're crazy! they look awesome with these jeans :)

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Originally Posted by MacktasticGDogg View Post

I looked through the shoe section of my local Nordstrom Rack to see if there are anything interesting and saw a pair of tan Banchorys in my size that were marked as "worn & refinished" for $120. As best as I can tell, they were at most tried-on at some point (the soles look brand new) and were not seconds (unlike some other AE's there that had the seconds marking on the sole), so I brought them home. I may still end up returning them, but leaning toward keeping them for now.

I realize these are probably not popular around here, but I'm a fan of long wings, and could actually use a light tan pair of shoes to go with a seldom used natural leather belt I have (you know you have an issue when you're buying shoes to go with belts...).
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With the above mentioned belt:

 

 

 

 

That's a good score for $120. I've seen some shoes at the Rack that looked used but had been resoled. Maybe that's the case here?  I browse through my size every time I visit, and have yet to see something that appealing. I would keep them. Plus, you already have the belt.

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Originally Posted by crosswound View Post

i take a d width on all my alden barrie last shoes was i right on going with eee width for park avenue's? anyhow i'll find out when my 3 pairs of new first quality allen edmonds arrive this thursday icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

i went with park avenue, strand, and mcallister per suggestions

Not sure, I wear a D width in the Barrie and my Strands are an E.
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Do you all think that there is such thing as a compulsive shoe buyer?  I have been just that for a while now.

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Originally Posted by g-banger View Post

Out of curiosity - are you planning on wearing these casually and for work too?

im on the fence at the moment on a pair of dark brown fifth streets for work and to wear with jeans.
cheers

I don't see why you couldn't wear them with both. I have a black pair that I wear with suits. I ordered a brown pair at the same time, but sent them back because they squeaked. They looked great and I will probably end up with a pair. I wasn't sure I would like the fit of the boot but it broke in nicely after three or four wearings.
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Originally Posted by cbtaylor View Post

Nice outfit with the Banchory

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Originally Posted by wojt View Post


for 120$ return? you're crazy! they look awesome with these jeans smile.gif

Thanks for the feedback guys. Good to have some approvals for those shoes. happy.gif
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Originally Posted by shartmann View Post


That's a good score for $120. I've seen some shoes at the Rack that looked used but had been resoled. Maybe that's the case here? 
 I browse through my size every time I visit, and have yet to see something that appealing. 
I would keep them. Plus, you already have the belt.

Thanks for the feedback. I have no idea exactly how "worn" they were, but I looked at the insole and there is no "footprint" on it. I find that most of my shoes develop some sort of visible "footprint" on the insole within one or two wears. The uppers didn't really show any wear, but then again with this type of soft unlined leather, it's already kind of distressed so it's hard to tell. So I was fairly confident that they weren't really "used" but rather more like "lightly worn". Hopefully I'm right about that.
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Originally Posted by crosswound View Post

i take a d width on all my alden barrie last shoes was i right on going with eee width for park avenue's? anyhow i'll find out when my 3 pairs of new first quality allen edmonds arrive this thursday icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

i went with park avenue, strand, and mcallister per suggestions

How did you arrive at 3E width for the Park Avenues? I take a 8.5D in the Barrie last and either 8.5D or 9D in AE 5-lasted shoes depending on the leather (the rough leathers tend to make up larger, so I go with 8.5D with those). My guess is that the 3E width will be too wide for you if are indeed a D width on the Barrie last.
post #22138 of 49526
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Originally Posted by jbcohen View Post

Do you all think that there is such thing as a compulsive shoe buyer?  I have been just that for a while now.

I don't know about others who frequent this and other shoe related threads on Style Forum, but I've certainly been a compulsive shoe buyer. I really don't want to count, but since the beginning of 2013, I've probably bought close to double digit pairs of shoes (AE and others)...and I started the year with well over a dozen pairs.tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by MacktasticGDogg View Post


I don't know about others who frequent this and other shoe related threads on Style Forum, but I've certainly been a compulsive shoe buyer. I really don't want to count, but since the beginning of 2013, I've probably bought close to double digit pairs of shoes (AE and others)...and I started the year with well over a dozen pairs.tongue.gif

I also have a problem.  Is there a support group?  One outside of SF, that is.

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Originally Posted by jbcohen View Post

Do you all think that there is such thing as a compulsive shoe buyer?  I have been just that for a while now.


yes, just like with any other hobby. The consumerist in all of us.

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