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Originally Posted by tietherope View Post

Let's make this the walnut Strand problem hour.


I wore them one time and that same shoe is creasing like so:


Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
While the other shoe still looks like this:

Any advice/thoughts on what to do? Will that one shoe get progressively worse? Does it look like they may need to go back? Thanks!

Not a single pair of my shoes creases exactly the same, so it's quite normal.

Our feet are different, and there will be some variances in the leather too.

But if you are not comfortable with it, yeah, just return it.
Edited by wurger - 7/24/13 at 8:22pm
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Originally Posted by fiddlestyx View Post

I'm assuming not, but is there any chance this is something that can be covered with polish/cream? Its small, but I feel there is a chance I'll end up fixating on it.

I've dinged up a pair, it's possible to cover it up with creme and wax but it's never permanent. You will need to patch them up as wax and creme get either worn away or brushed off.

Yes, for all the hassle, you might as well return them.
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Originally Posted by leftcoast View Post

I for one appreciate David's contributions to the forum. The info he provided just saved me $115 on a new pair of dark brown Strands, for which I otherwise would have paid full price. Thanks David!

I agree there's a lot of repetitive info in this thread, but it's not just about Nordstrom and it's certainly not all from David. You can find hundreds of repeating discussions that regurgitate info about sizing, imperfections, AE return policies, shoe wardrobes, shoe care, color selection, etc.  There are >25,000 posts in this thread, most of which are from the past 12 months. It averages to about 50 new posts per day. And let's be honest, there's only so much new stuff you can say about AE shoes every day. The other popular mega-threads at SF have the same type of repetition, as new people jump in and post the same questions/comments over and over. Blaming this on David doesn't seem fair. 

Yeah, don't mind David's posts, but be better if it's on a separate thread though.
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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

Dalton, no?

Long Branch... Same idea as the Dalton, but different leather and a lug sole. Much more practical in Canada.
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Originally Posted by wurger View Post


Hm, AE is not a premium product, it sits in the entry level of various decent Goodyear welted shoes; but with its variety of styles and fittings, good quality control and customer service, made in USA and widely available, it's one of the best brands in its price range.

And since they are hand crafted with machines, what myself and some other members are saying is to have the right expectation that not everyone pair is going to be matching and perfect.

And with defects, fair enough, no one deserves them and they should be returned.

That is correct.  One shouldn't buy a pair of Allen-Edmonds shoes for around $350.00 and expect them to be the same as the shoes sold for around $1600.00 at shops like Leather Soul.

Allen-Edmonds shoes are very good shoes for the price as well as being one of the few shoe manufacturers who offer shoes in various widths as well as offering custom options.

For comparison, in the late '60's I was working in a building that had a shop that sold Johnston & Murphy shoes (when they were still made in the U.S.A).  Almost everyone who worked in the building wore Johnston & Murphy shoes.  At that time, the Johnston & Murphy shoes cost around $100.00 a pair.   Adjusted for inflation, Allen-Edmonds shoes are much less expensive now than the Johnston & Murphy shoes were then.

I took a picture of my four pairs of late '60's Johnston & Murphy shoes before I donated them. (They didn't fit anymore. My feet are wider now.)  If you ever have a chance to see a late '60's  $100.00 American

 

 shoe, compare them to a new $350.00 Allen-Edmonds shoe.  (The suede shoes on the end are from the UK.  They're only in the picture because I took a picture of the five pairs of shoes that I was donating.)

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Originally Posted by tietherope View Post

Let's make this the walnut Strand problem hour. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I previously posted a picture of my seconds showing this problem, but decided to keep them:
I wore them one time and that same shoe is creasing like so:



While the other shoe still looks like this:


Any advice/thoughts on what to do? Will that one shoe get progressively worse? Does it look like they may need to go back? Thanks!

That seems completely normal to me. All my shoes crease much more than that, it's one of the things I enjoy about leather footwear--its "personality". Also, there's always variation between the creases between my left and right shoes, they never match exactly. If anything is abnormal at all, it's the fact that the one shoe doesn't show any creasing...
yet.
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Hey guys, hate to bring up the Nordstrom sale again, but looking back into this thread I couldn't find what I was looking for. I am just wondering what you guys think of the sale on Daltons? I am in the market for a pair, but not in a rush at all, so I am wondering if this current price is basically as good as it will get, or if I should hold out for a few months (maybe till Christmas?) and hope for something better?

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Originally Posted by Nakedsnake View Post

Hey guys, hate to bring up the Nordstrom sale again, but looking back into this thread I couldn't find what I was looking for. I am just wondering what you guys think of the sale on Daltons? I am in the market for a pair, but not in a rush at all, so I am wondering if this current price is basically as good as it will get, or if I should hold out for a few months (maybe till Christmas?) and hope for something better?


Pretty good price for firsts...you can do better with seconds


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For a third AE pair (to add to a black PA and dark brown Strand), which would you recommend: Black Strand or Black MacNeils. I'll be using it mostly with suits, so I prefer to get black. Thanks!

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Originally Posted by jasonmx3 View Post

For a third AE pair (to add to a black PA and dark brown Strand), which would you recommend: Black Strand or Black MacNeils. I'll be using it mostly with suits, so I prefer to get black. Thanks!

There is no need to buy a different colour for the same shoe yet, so have some variety, if it's mainly for suits, I highly recommend black Fifth Avenue or McAllister. MacNeils ain't really appropriate for suits.
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Originally Posted by wurger View Post

There is no need to buy a different colour for the same shoe yet, so have some variety, if it's mainly for suits, I highly recommend black Fifth Avenue or McAllister. MacNeils ain't really appropriate for suits.

I agree with this advice and as I love the merlot McAllister, wouldn't recommend getting it in black. If black is a must then get the Fifth Avenue and wait to get the McAllister in a different color.

On another note, if you haven't already, take a look at some forums discussing oxblood/burgundy/merlot shoes. Myself and a large percent of others prefer that color over black shoes in most settings.
Edited by tietherope - 7/25/13 at 3:31am
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Would you / could you make a pair burgundy cordovan Cambridges coexist in your closet along side a pair of (brand new!) merlot calfskin McAllisters?

The Cambridges are in stock now which is making the proposition tempting. I'm trying to resist..
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Originally Posted by Buddy0329 View Post

Would you / could you make a pair burgundy cordovan Cambridges coexist in your closet along side a pair of (brand new!) merlot calfskin McAllisters?

The Cambridges are in stock now which is making the proposition tempting. I'm trying to resist..
I'd probably never wear my Mcallisters again. If they have never been worn, I'd return the Mcallister and get the Cambridge.
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Originally Posted by jasonmx3 View Post

For a third AE pair (to add to a black PA and dark brown Strand), which would you recommend: Black Strand or Black MacNeils. I'll be using it mostly with suits, so I prefer to get black. Thanks!
There is no reason you can't wear non-black shoes with suits. As others have said, a merlot Mcallister is a good next shoe.
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Originally Posted by msulinski View Post

I'd probably never wear my Mcallisters again. If they have never been worn, I'd return the Mcallister and get the Cambridge.

Well they are not quite that new; they have perhaps 3 wears on them. I love them though.
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