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Which shell cordovans are most popular in the AE lineup? 

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Noinimod, I am in the same exact boat as you, sizing and all. Get the 7.5 E.

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Navy Suede Strandmoks or spiaggia? any opinions guys?

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Originally Posted by New Shoes1 View Post

 

Money Well Spent was too kind to you.  For whatever reason, you clearly have an axe to grind with Nordstrom and continue to make slanderous accusations regarding Nordstrom that are contrary to everyone else's experience.  There are legions of posts in this thread where Nordstrom accepted returns on shoes that were worn for days, weeks or months due to a sizing issue or defect.  So, either you shop at the worst Nordstrom in the world or you are purposefully omitting critical facts.  Similarly, as MWS noted, the AE CEO posted to deny the rumor that Nordstrom was selling seconds.  So, it is amusing for you to challenge him to talk to individual store employees when the CEO has already spoken definitively on the issue.

I have no axe to grind with Nordstrom. I spent a lot of money at Nordstrom and racked up $20 Nordie notes every month for many years. There was no better way to spend a weekday than shopping at Nordstrom followed by Chinese Chicken Salad at the Nordie Cafe and Nordstrom coffee.

 

At the same time if you can't see the business plan at Nordstrom has changed then you're blind or delusional. They channged from a store that focused on service to a store that is now focused on foot trafic. Nordstrom went the way of Marshall Fields just before they changed to Macy's.

 

I like Allen Edmonds and so far they have offered great service I recieved at Nordstrom in the past.

 

I also like Bruno Magli, Santoni and Gucci. I am not going to kiss any brands rear but I will speak the truth about my experiences.

 

Yes, there was a time when Nordstrom would bend over backwards to make a cutomer happy. Those days are gone. Sales associates that have been there many years may try to keep the old way going but the new hires are not service focused and managers don't help sales associates.

 

As for Nordstrom selling seconds I find it interesting you quote CEO's and dismiss what people who PURCHASED the shoes say. Maybe they're not seconds but they should have been. Quality control was low duing the sale and many shoes were sold at Nordstom that were flawed. Like I said, a manager at AE said they had many problems during the sale. But they did stand behind their shoes. I'll post pictures of all my AE shoes when I pick the last ones up.

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Originally Posted by noinimod View Post

Fellow AE gents, can I have your opinion on some sizing issues please?

Using the AE measurement guide, i measure as a 7.5D. But almost extending outside the D width line.

My Clifton (8D) on the 8-last is definitely too long and i could go down to 7.5D. The 8 last has a generous volume.

My Franciscan (7.5D) on the 3-333 last feels perfect, length-wise, but there is slight pressure on my width and i think 7.5E would have fit me better.

With all that in mind, for the 5 last, i'm thinking of getting a 7.5E. Quite concerned that 7.5D would be to narrow.

Your thoughts?

 

Based on what you have here, I think 7.5E is the way to go. The 5 last is narrow. The 3 last is noticeably wider, so if your Franciscans are a bit tight, definitely size up width wise for anything on the 5. 

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Originally Posted by Upward View Post

I have no axe to grind with Nordstrom. I spent a lot of money at Nordstrom and racked up $20 Nordie notes every month for many years. There was no better way to spend a weekday than shopping at Nordstrom followed by Chinese Chicken Salad at the Nordie Cafe and Nordstrom coffee.

 

At the same time if you can't see the business plan at Nordstrom has changed then you're blind or delusional. They channged from a store that focused on service to a store that is now focused on foot trafic. Nordstrom went the way of Marshall Fields just before they changed to Macy's.

 

I like Allen Edmonds and so far they have offered great service I recieved at Nordstrom in the past.

 

I also like Bruno Magli, Santoni and Gucci. I am not going to kiss any brands rear but I will speak the truth about my experiences.

 

Yes, there was a time when Nordstrom would bend over backwards to make a cutomer happy. Those days are gone. Sales associates that have been there many years may try to keep the old way going but the new hires are not service focused and managers don't help sales associates.

 

As for Nordstrom selling seconds I find it interesting you quote CEO's and dismiss what people who PURCHASED the shoes say. Maybe they're not seconds but they should have been. Quality control was low duing the sale and many shoes were sold at Nordstom that were flawed. Like I said, a manager at AE said they had many problems during the sale. But they did stand behind their shoes. I'll post pictures of all my AE shoes when I pick the last ones up.

completely subjective, and in no way can either you, me, anyone else in this thread, or the owners/past owners of said shoes pass judgement IF the AE "seconds" markings were not been applied to the shoes.

 

not saying a pair of "seconds" didn't pass out of AE's factory to wherever it may end up, either their intended "seconds" retail outlets (or the underground railroad to Nordstrom), without the marking... 

 

I have no horse in this race.. all three pairs of my AEs are technically seconds (one from J'ville outlet, the other two from Nordstrom RACK), so I couldnt care less about the topic at hand, just throwing my .02 in because I can smile.gif

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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post

completely subjective, and in no way can either you, me, anyone else in this thread, or the owners/past owners of said shoes pass judgement IF the AE "seconds" markings were not been applied to the shoes.

 

not saying a pair of "seconds" didn't pass out of AE's factory to wherever it may end up, either their intended "seconds" retail outlets (or the underground railroad to Nordstrom), without the marking... 

 

I have no horse in this race.. all three pairs of my AEs are technically seconds (one from J'ville outlet, the other two from Nordstrom RACK), so I couldnt care less about the topic at hand, just throwing my .02 in because I can smile.gif

You guys are going to get me to start a shoe photo blog where I take pictures of every shoe I buy new, more pictures after 5 wearings, again after 20 wearings, and after 50 wearings. crackup[1].gif

 

Why have I become so addicted to this thread about shoes? I've become like my niece who amassed 20+ pairs. I did not understand her addiction until a couple years ago when I started buying more than I need.

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Good opportunity to save some money on 2nds:

Now through the end of August you can save 20% off seconds at the Jeffersonville outlet. To get this deal, which is a deal that comes and goes, you will need to visit the Tanger outlet website and get on their email list. They will then email you the 20% off coupon.


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To add on to the above PSA- this same sale is happening at the Riverhead, NY location as well. Just sign up and get the coupon code.
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You guys are going to get me to start a shoe photo blog where I take pictures of every shoe I buy new, more pictures after 5 wearings, again after 20 wearings, and after 50 wearings. crackup%5B1%5D.gif

 

Why have I become so addicted to this thread about shoes? I've become like my niece who amassed 20+ pairs. I did not understand her addiction until a couple years ago when I started buying more than I need.

I encourage all blogs related to shoes, especially where a perceived AE "second" might be trying to be passed off as a first that could be discovered before the first wear... dozens of posts in this thread alone with people posting their AE seconds they received, questioning if the defect were too excessive for most in this thread. some people sent back, some were advised by other posters to keep them..

 

very minimal posts IIRC of posters concerned with whether their AE firsts (or seconds) were possibly seconds after multiple wears.. possible wrong fitment, causing excessive bowing or possible creasing by too much shoe hanging out passed the toes, but that's about it..

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I've been walking around in my McAllisters in my home and it seems like the sizing is off. I can't remember when I bought my Park Avenues, but I don't remember anything about the break-in period. My Park Avenues fit amazing, but the McAllister, especially on my right foot, seems a bit tight on first wear. I could see it becoming uncomfortable after a half hour or so of walking. 

Both shoes are a size 12 D. 

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Originally Posted by RefleX View Post

I've been walking around in my McAllisters in my home and it seems like the sizing is off. I can't remember when I bought my Park Avenues, but I don't remember anything about the break-in period. My Park Avenues fit amazing, but the McAllister, especially on my right foot, seems a bit tight on first wear. I could see it becoming uncomfortable after a half hour or so of walking. 

Both shoes are a size 12 D. 

 

Use the Mac break-in method and after the third break-in session you should know if you need a different size.

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Originally Posted by calidist View Post

 

Use the Mac break-in method and after the third break-in session you should know if you need a different size.

 

Didn't know what the Mac Break-in method was so I searched for it and decided to copy it here.

 

>>break in method as follows:
wear shoe only on carpeting
wear three different times for a minimum of one hour
after three wearing you will be able to ascertain if the shoes fit properly

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Originally Posted by RefleX View Post

I've been walking around in my McAllisters in my home and it seems like the sizing is off. I can't remember when I bought my Park Avenues, but I don't remember anything about the break-in period. My Park Avenues fit amazing, but the McAllister, especially on my right foot, seems a bit tight on first wear. I could see it becoming uncomfortable after a half hour or so of walking. 

Both shoes are a size 12 D. 

I believe the McAllister and Park Ave's are the same last.

 

Do not be too concerned if it is slightly too tight when new. You do not want the shoe loose when new. The cork in the shoe will compress about 1/8th of an inch giving you a little more room.

 

My guess is after four wearings it should not be as tight.

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Originally Posted by Upward View Post

I have no axe to grind with Nordstrom. I spent a lot of money at Nordstrom and racked up $20 Nordie notes every month for many years. There was no better way to spend a weekday than shopping at Nordstrom followed by Chinese Chicken Salad at the Nordie Cafe and Nordstrom coffee.

 

At the same time if you can't see the business plan at Nordstrom has changed then you're blind or delusional. They channged from a store that focused on service to a store that is now focused on foot trafic. Nordstrom went the way of Marshall Fields just before they changed to Macy's.

 

I used to work across from a Nordstrom store, and I used to have the Chinese Chicken Salad in the Nordstrom Cafe at least once a week.  A few years ago, the Nordstrom Cafe morphed into something called Sixth And Pine and the Chinese Chicken Salad went to way that almost everything else at Nordstrom has gone.  I took one look at the new menu, and I never went into Sixth And Pine

Over the years, I watched to Nordstrom store slowly become more and more downmarket.  The male staff stopped wearing ties and jackets.  The few times that I had the unmitigated gall (as far as the staff was concerned) to try to buy some Nordstrom brand shoes there, the answer was always "We don't have those in your size".  I always got the shoes that I wanted in my size, but I always got them from the Nordstrom website.

I did buy three pairs of shoelaces at Nordstrom, but I did not need to have any of the staff help me find them, although one of them had to break off from their group conversation to ring the shoelaces up for me.

I have also somehow managed to buy seven pairs of Allen-Edmonds shoes, some firsts and some seconds (2 pair Strands, Strandmoks, Ridgeways, Flagstaffs, Broadstreets, and Lombards) and I have never had any of the problems that some others posting here have had with their shoes.  I have never had any problems at all with any of the Allen-Edmonds shoes that I have.

I do not know if I have been very lucky or if I just have lower standards than others have.  I have never examined any of my shoes with a magnifying glass under high power illumination.  I just put them on and wear them.  My feet are far enough from my eyes that even if one stitch was 1/64" different from the other stitches, I wouldn't notice, particularly as my feet are often moving.
 

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I do not know if I have been very lucky or if I just have lower standards than others have.  I have never examined any of my shoes with a magnifying glass under high power illumination.  I just put them on and wear them.  My feet are far enough from my eyes that even if one stitch was 1/64" different from the other stitches, I wouldn't notice, particularly as my feet are often moving.
 

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