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Picked up a pair of factory second Rutledges from the shoe bank. $322. Defects are very minor and do not bother me at all. A bit of discoloration on the inside of the left shoe (using Saphir wax seems to be helping) and some "imperfect" leather on the toe of the right shoe. I think the shoe is pretty boss- its comfy, color is absolutely AMAZING, and I think it matches with a lot of things. 

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I've been enjoying this thread and everyone's jocularity. I started a humble AE collection last fall and fell into Aldens shortly thereafter as well. Here's how I sneak in shoes past security checkpoints at home:

1. Cover your financial tracks. Some of my patients pay in cash. I use the cash to purchase a visa vanilla gift card ($500 max). When purchasing shell, it's best to place an order over the phone or in person rather than order online so you can use two vanilla cards to complete a >$500 purchase.
2. Have purchase shipped to office. Be careful to time purchases so as not to risk delivery on weekends during which time you might not be around.
3. Break new purchases in at the office (see, eg, The Mac Method). Shoes are ready for home when there is adequate scuffing on soles.
4. Discreetly transport contraband in large gym bag/tennis bag or in oversized messenger bag. Works best when your hands are full of groceries to provide adequate distraction.
5. Keep shoes in felt bags for camouflaging. Employ the "what, these old shoes?" defense with proper conviction (see, eg, "these aren't the droids you're looking for. He can go about his business")
6. Rinse, repeat

Priceless!!
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Originally Posted by thecooldude33 View Post

Picked up a pair of factory second Rutledges from the shoe bank.....

 

Those are a gorgeous colour.

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Originally Posted by thecooldude33 View Post

Picked up a pair of factory second Rutledges from the shoe bank. $322. Defects are very minor and do not bother me at all. A bit of discoloration on the inside of the left shoe (using Saphir wax seems to be helping) and some "imperfect" leather on the toe of the right shoe. I think the shoe is pretty boss- its comfy, color is absolutely AMAZING, and I think it matches with a lot of things. 

You are going to love those. I love mine.

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I know there are a lot of members posting here with a lot of Allen Edmonds shoes, do you folks ever wear all of them?  I have three pairs and I will probably get to each once or twice a week.  I don't typically wear dress shoes around the house, dress shoes so not have the padding that I want in my casual shoes, which are typically Sketchers Go Walk Freestyles.

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Originally Posted by jbcohen View Post

I know there are a lot of members posting here with a lot of Allen Edmonds shoes, do you folks ever wear all of them?  I have three pairs and I will probably get to each once or twice a week.  I don't typically wear dress shoes around the house, dress shoes so not have the padding that I want in my casual shoes, which are typically Sketchers Go Walk Freestyles.

 

In one day?  No, but I supposed I could try if I really wanted to.  smile.gif

In one week?  No.

In a month?  Yes.

 

9 shoe rotation of AE's, Carmina, C&J and Meermin.

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Wearing a shoe that gets very little love on here - the Montecito. I picked these up for $95 on 6pm.com about 6 months ago. That was about 7 pairs of shoes ago smile.gif

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Originally Posted by docalden2013 View Post


I've been enjoying this thread and everyone's jocularity. I started a humble AE collection last fall and fell into Aldens shortly thereafter as well. Here's how I sneak in shoes past security checkpoints at home:

1. Cover your financial tracks. Some of my patients pay in cash. I use the cash to purchase a visa vanilla gift card ($500 max). When purchasing shell, it's best to place an order over the phone or in person rather than order online so you can use two vanilla cards to complete a >$500 purchase.
2. Have purchase shipped to office. Be careful to time purchases so as not to risk delivery on weekends during which time you might not be around.
3. Break new purchases in at the office (see, eg, The Mac Method). Shoes are ready for home when there is adequate scuffing on soles.
4. Discreetly transport contraband in large gym bag/tennis bag or in oversized messenger bag. Works best when your hands are full of groceries to provide adequate distraction.
5. Keep shoes in felt bags for camouflaging. Employ the "what, these old shoes?" defense with proper conviction (see, eg, "these aren't the droids you're looking for. He can go about his business")
6. Rinse, repeat

This could be one of the most brilliant posts I've read in a long time. The key is that scuffing of the soles...also don't go nuts and polish them in front of her or give them any extra special "ahhh these are new shoes" treatment. That's a DEAD GIVEAWAY!!

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Originally Posted by thecooldude33 View Post

Picked up a pair of factory second Rutledges from the shoe bank. $322. Defects are very minor and do not bother me at all. A bit of discoloration on the inside of the left shoe (using Saphir wax seems to be helping) and some "imperfect" leather on the toe of the right shoe. I think the shoe is pretty boss- its comfy, color is absolutely AMAZING, and I think it matches with a lot of things. 

 

Those look great!

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Originally Posted by thecooldude33 View Post

Picked up a pair of factory second Rutledges from the shoe bank. $322. Defects are very minor and do not bother me at all. A bit of discoloration on the inside of the left shoe (using Saphir wax seems to be helping) and some "imperfect" leather on the toe of the right shoe. I think the shoe is pretty boss- its comfy, color is absolutely AMAZING, and I think it matches with a lot of things. 

 

First, the shoes look great. The color is unbelievable.

 

Second, do you mind telling me/us why you went with AE Shoe Trees and not a cheaper option at Nordstrom Rack or wait for a Jos A Bank sale?

I guess I am still trying to wrap my head around "proper" shoe trees. I have them in all my shoes, but fear I may not be getting the right size or worrying about them being too tight or too loose.

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Originally Posted by thecooldude33 View Post

Picked up a pair of factory second Rutledges from the shoe bank. $322. Defects are very minor and do not bother me at all. A bit of discoloration on the inside of the left shoe (using Saphir wax seems to be helping) and some "imperfect" leather on the toe of the right shoe. I think the shoe is pretty boss- its comfy, color is absolutely AMAZING, and I think it matches with a lot of things. 

Those Rutledges look really good! I was very tempted to get a pair during one of the seconds sales where this exact model was one of the featured shoes, but talked myself out of it. Might have to think about it again if it's featured in another sale later on.
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Originally Posted by New Shoes1 View Post

Curious about this as well.  My guess is Robert last as the toe box looks a little narrower than my Forest last shoes.  By the way, I think that picture reinforces what a great shoe the Kenilworth is. 
I'm actually thinking the opposite that it would probably look better alone. Setting it next to a shoe that looks sleeker makes it more blobby.
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I grew up down there doc I think mildew or being chewed by gators is probably a bigger problem than dust

 

I tend to do all of my gator hunting in bare feet.

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Originally Posted by tampatravel View Post

This could be one of the most brilliant posts I've read in a long time. The key is that scuffing of the soles...also don't go nuts and polish them in front of her or give them any extra special "ahhh these are new shoes" treatment. That's a DEAD GIVEAWAY!!

Thanks, Tampa, for the kind words. I forgot to include the following suggestions: Destroy all evidence of purchases, including AE or Nordstrom shopping bags. If possible, store boxes in basement, crawl space or preferably the offices (I have a stack of 10 AE an Alden boxes in my office closet). Most importantly, buy dear wife nice stuff from time to time smile.gif
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Sevenfold, ColdIron and David...thank you for your replies regarding shoe bags. I am a visual person as well and so will not be bagging any time soon. Those cabinets look amazing, David. Maybe I'll have some built when I make partner.

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