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post #25171 of 48285

Darn, AE Clifton isn't included in the anniversary sale :(

http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/allen-edmonds-clifton-oxford/3559134?origin=category-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=BLACK&resultback=716&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-browseresults-_-1_4_C

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I currently have the following shoes and need to decide which ones to keep and which to return, or if I should get others.

 

Fifth Avenue in Brown

Strand in Walnut

McCallister in Black

 

I don't wear suits to work, just pants and a button down.  I wear suits for other occasions, but rarely.

 

I was leaning towards the Fifth Ave for everyday wear as simple brown shoes, but now I can't decide if I want to keep the others or not...

 

Thoughts??

 

(These are my first AE's!!)

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Originally Posted by YoungSweet View Post

Wow They look great.  How do you like the fit?  I'm considering switching from my PAs to the Rutledges.

The fit is pretty similar to the PA, although in my opinion the PA is slightly more snug. I notice the Rutledge is a bit longer than the PA. Very comfortable overall. 

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Originally Posted by Fabian43 View Post


Ahh! The last AE shoe to acquire in my basic collection, your thoughts on the burnishing and whether the walnut is darker or lighter in your opinion?

The burnishing is great, and I think the walnut is lighter in person (at least when compared to the pic of the Rutledge from the AE website). This may be due to the fact that I purchased factory seconds instead of firsts. But I love the shoes...I was using Saphir wax (light brown) but I found that the wax and the walnut of the Rutledge didn't mesh well...so for now I just use the AE walnut polish with a little wax on the cap toe. I also love how the soles look on this shoe scuffed up..I wish more AEs would be full leather soles with a half rubber heel instead of full rubber heels. Just seems more elegant in my opinion. 

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Originally Posted by rpearlberg View Post

I currently have the following shoes and need to decide which ones to keep and which to return, or if I should get others.

 

Fifth Avenue in Brown

Strand in Walnut

McCallister in Black

 

I don't wear suits to work, just pants and a button down.  I wear suits for other occasions, but rarely.

 

I was leaning towards the Fifth Ave for everyday wear as simple brown shoes, but now I can't decide if I want to keep the others or not...

 

Thoughts??

 

(These are my first AE's!!)

 

Its a good thing you came to us for help. First, I would just get rid of the McAllister in black. Unless you are in London and trying to find some way to add variety to your all-black shoe collection, these aren't very useful.

 

Since you are not wearing suits or even sport coats, I am tempted to tell you to return all of them. The are all the more formal balmoral (the US use of the word) style. Sure, you can get away with balmorals without a jacket, but since you have the option to return them, I would.

 

I think the Fifth Ave is a bit formal for an everyday brown shoe for pants and a button-up shirt. It really is a suit shoe. You can probably get away with the Strand in walnut due to all the brogueing.

 

Some suggestions:

Delray/LaSalle in Chili or dark brown (I like the Delray better but the LaSalle is on sale right now)

MacNeil in burgundy

Neumok in some version of brown suede (yeah, its a balmoral, but a very dressed-down version)

Patriot in burgundy or brown

Clifton in walnut (I believe a Nordstrom exclusive)

Williams in brown

Maybe a tassel loafer if you are into that

 

Get the Park Ave in black for when you need to wear a suit, go to a job interview or wedding, funeral, etc.. For the other 2, I would go with something casual, like on the list above.

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Originally Posted by masernaut View Post

Whatever these are called, they are gorgeous. A nice sleek profile to boot (no pun intended). AE MAKE THIS AND I'LL BUY ONE!!

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-ALLEN-EDMONDS-Military-Style-Split-Toe-Black-Leather-Boots-Shoes-9D-NIB-495-/380675798711?pt=US_Men_s_Shoes&hash=item58a20bb6b7

 

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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

I would buy a shell version of this boot instantly

 

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Originally Posted by Michael Haines View Post

I'm with you shell and its a done deal

Add me to that list.... For my black shell boots I have been thinking of a black NST boot so I hope they go into production and on a last that fits me well.

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Originally Posted by rpearlberg View Post

I currently have the following shoes and need to decide which ones to keep and which to return, or if I should get others.

Fifth Avenue in Brown
Strand in Walnut
McCallister in Black

I don't wear suits to work, just pants and a button down.  I wear suits for other occasions, but rarely.

I was leaning towards the Fifth Ave for everyday wear as simple brown shoes, but now I can't decide if I want to keep the others or not...

Thoughts??

(These are my first AE's!!)

well, it has to be the FA in brown, the bit of brogue on the toe cap gives a subtle variance to the standard cap toe, can be worn in office and casually.
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Sitting here at my desk and I noticed this. Is this a defect or normal?
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Originally Posted by wurger View Post

well, it has to be the FA in brown, the bit of brogue on the toe cap gives a subtle variance to the standard cap toe, can be worn in office and casually.

agree with this. I love the strand and it would be a bit more casual, but I think the brown FA is more versatile if you are only keeping one
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Originally Posted by rpearlberg View Post

I currently have the following shoes and need to decide which ones to keep and which to return, or if I should get others.

 

Fifth Avenue in Brown

Strand in Walnut

McCallister in Black

 

I don't wear suits to work, just pants and a button down.  I wear suits for other occasions, but rarely.

 

I was leaning towards the Fifth Ave for everyday wear as simple brown shoes, but now I can't decide if I want to keep the others or not...

 

Thoughts??

 

(These are my first AE's!!)

 

My first shoes were black captoes because they are the most formal. If you go to a black tie event, religious event, marriage, you will want black captoes. I would exchange the FA for black. After that, I would go walnut or merlot. I agree with people who said to return the black mccallisters, they are a nice shoe in merlot. The strand is a good shoe and I would keep it.

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Thanks for the replies.  I can keep more than one!  As of now I plan to keep the FA in brown and the Strand in Walnut.  (These are from the Nordstrom sale and the AE Tent Sale).  This should hold me over until next year's sale when I can get a pair of black, or I can get the Black PA from Nordstrom now....)

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Totally normal. It's where the 360 degree welt end/begins. AE and most companies try to hide it on the instep.
 

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Great. Thanks for the fast reply!
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Originally Posted by tampatravel View Post

Totally normal. It's where the 360 degree welt end/begins. AE and most companies try to hide it on the instep.

 
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Originally Posted by rpearlberg View Post

Thanks for the replies.  I can keep more than one!  As of now I plan to keep the FA in brown and the Strand in Walnut.  (These are from the Nordstrom sale and the AE Tent Sale).  This should hold me over until next year's sale when I can get a pair of black, or I can get the Black PA from Nordstrom now....)

Looks like you do have the resources, should definitely get the black PA as the third pair, or return the FA and keep PA black and Strand Walnut.
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Originally Posted by tampatravel View Post

Totally normal. It's where the 360 degree welt end/begins. AE and most companies try to hide it on the instep.

 

All Goodyear welt shoes have them, it's just the higher end ones hide it better with smooth finishing.
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Originally Posted by BackInTheJox View Post

Those are some of the ugliest shoes I have ever seen. I feel like I am in the twilight zone after reading people's positive impressions of them on this thread. Really??

I don't get it either but figure that maybe they have some appeal to the younger crowd? I will stick to my Wilbert's however. Rotated them with my burgundy shell Patriot's while in Florida last week. One of my sisters asked me to take my 8 yr. old nephew gator hunting one morning and like OptoDoc I prefer to go barefoot when gator hunting but I find it hard to drive barefoot. Nephew was ready though at this age he is more gator bait, in 4-5 years bet he will have them out of the water, cleaned and on the grill in under 10 min.

 

Another sister was driving the last day there and she blew a tire late at night. I did the change in ~5 minutes on very rough blacktop and managed to tear the shoes up pretty badly.

 

When I got home I saddle soaped them and when dry hit them with 3 coats of AE leather lotion, but no change at all they were still damaged. They have never seen polish or cream, the first couple of years I used nothing but AE leather lotion but the last 2 years have been using Bick 4. I have often said Bick 4 and AE leather lotion appear to be the same thing. They are not I was wrong. The AE leather lotion did nothing at all, I was starting to think I would have to break out the cream. Switched to 2 coats of Bick 4 instead and they are pretty much done now. Over time they should even out.

 

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Originally Posted by Winston S. View Post

I haven't seen the downside to it yet, but my oldest Filson item is only 2 or 3 years old, so I don't have any experience with the older stuff.

Most people that own Filson gear would be shocked to see folks in the city with it.... It is still good gear for durability and busting through brush and thickets. I own tin cloth, shelter cloth, cover cloth, safari cloth and feather weight cloth. Some is pretty old especially the tin cloth. I also have a container in the garage with my grandfathers waxed cotton hunting pants and vest made by DuxBak in Utica NY which is almost 100 years old now.

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