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Originally Posted by crizq0 View Post

So I got two pairs of Walnut Strands shipped to my place. I noticed the soles were different on the two pairs (one being brown and the other being pale cream). One of the pairs is from Nordstrom (8.5D) and the other is from AE(8.5E).

 

Is that common?

I'm planning on keeping the 8.5E cause it fits perfectly however the insole of the right shoe feels like it has a raised lump that I feel under the middle portion of the ball of my foot and the left is perfect. I remember the sales associate at AE telling me that these shoes have a cork center that would mold to my feet. So can I assume that the lump I am feeling will press down and not be noticeable after wearing it for a few sessions?

 

Sometimes they do go away, but not always. I would send them back for another pair myself. There was a discussion a couple of months ago about this and sometimes they do go away. But not always...

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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

On the matter of lumps on/in the insole, they don't always go away. Curiously I have had this problem only with 5 lasted shoes. AE has always been good about taking them back.

 

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Originally Posted by shartmann View Post

I agree with this. I have a pair of Fifth Avenues that had a lump under the ball of my left foot. I've worn these a lot, and the lump is still there. It's more annoying than painful so I have continued to wear them, but likely this will never go away.

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Originally Posted by crizq0 View Post

So I got two pairs of Walnut Strands shipped to my place. I noticed the soles were different on the two pairs (one being brown and the other being pale cream). One of the pairs is from Nordstrom (8.5D) and the other is from AE(8.5E).

 

Is that common?

I'm planning on keeping the 8.5E cause it fits perfectly however the insole of the right shoe feels like it has a raised lump that I feel under the middle portion of the ball of my foot and the left is perfect. I remember the sales associate at AE telling me that these shoes have a cork center that would mold to my feet. So can I assume that the lump I am feeling will press down and not be noticeable after wearing it for a few sessions?

 

I would exchange them - you will be keeping the shoes for a long time, it isn't worth risking the lump not going away.
 

On a somewhat related note:

 

Just to add a little fuel to the fire, I received a pair of Walnut Strands that AE pricematched to the Nordstrom's sale. Interestingly, they came with a return shipping label to Nordstrom, not AE, so I'm thinking that this pair was specifically made for the sale. The quality of these shoes were terrible, and I will be returning them. They were definitely second quality shoes - for example, the toe cap on the right side was about 1/4-1/2" larger than on the left side. Immediately apparent, before I even put the shoes on! The stitching is also very poor, unlike the pictures I've seen for Strands in the past. Definitely a second quality shoe, but there was no stamp on the sole to indicate it as such.

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Originally Posted by mavrik13 View Post

I would exchange them - you will be keeping the shoes for a long time, it isn't worth risking the lump not going away.
 

On a somewhat related note:

 

Just to add a little fuel to the fire, I received a pair of Walnut Strands that AE pricematched to the Nordstrom's sale. Interestingly, they came with a return shipping label to Nordstrom, not AE, so I'm thinking that this pair was specifically made for the sale. The quality of these shoes were terrible, and I will be returning them. They were definitely second quality shoes - for example, the toe cap on the right side was about 1/4-1/2" larger than on the left side. Immediately apparent, before I even put the shoes on! The stitching is also very poor, unlike the pictures I've seen for Strands in the past. Definitely a second quality shoe, but there was no stamp on the sole to indicate it as such.

Actually, whenever I've bought from another store, the label is always to return to the store and not AE.  Even Sherman Brothers does this.

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Originally Posted by polojock615 View Post

Actually, whenever I've bought from another store, the label is always to return to the store and not AE.  Even Sherman Brothers does this.


I purchased the shoes from AE, but they came with a return label to Nordstrom. That is why I think they were made specifically for the anniversary sale at Nordstrom.

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Originally Posted by coolarrow View Post

There are a handful of shoes that AE could bring back and they'd sell like hotcakes. These are one of them nod%5B1%5D.gif

These look beautiful. Very similar to Alden's LWS with antique welt (http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-mens-long-wing-dark-brown/pvc-ald-mxsdlw-97644_ald_m_long_wing.html) but probably at 1/2 the price. They look like MacNeil to me, are they? 

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Thanks a bunch for the info. Glad I am not the only one experiencing this. I will exchange this for another one.
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

Sometimes they do go away, but not always. I would send them back for another pair myself. There was a discussion a couple of months ago about this and sometimes they do go away. But not always...
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Originally Posted by cincikid View Post

These look beautiful. Very similar to Alden's LWS with antique welt (http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-mens-long-wing-dark-brown/pvc-ald-mxsdlw-97644_ald_m_long_wing.html
) but probably at 1/2 the price. They look like MacNeil to me, are they? 

Yes. They are the macneil. It was part of a limited run "rough" collection. There were other colors besides this one, but this was my fave.
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Yes. They are the macneil. It was part of a limited run "rough" collection. There were other colors besides this one, but this was my fave.

Thanks, Shiny. Looking at this shoe, I don't know what AE marketing/design departments are thinking. If they were to bring this shoe in as a part of their permanent line-up (which, as far as I am concerned, needs to be revised and shrunk drastically, but this is a separate issue) it would be selling like a hot pie.

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Originally Posted by crizq0 View Post

So I got two pairs of Walnut Strands shipped to my place. I noticed the soles were different on the two pairs (one being brown and the other being pale cream). One of the pairs is from Nordstrom (8.5D) and the other is from AE(8.5E).

Is that common?


How very coincidental. I was going to post nearly this exact post last night and didn't have time. I too ordered a couple pairs of Walnut Strands. In my case, the "couple" end up being 5 pairs (to the tune of nearly 1200 bucks) from Nordstrom since I had no idea what size would fit me. The sizes were 8D, 8.5C, 8.5D, 9C, 9D. Still waiting on the Cs. Got the Ds already and while I normally fit 8.5D (hence the centering at that size), the 9D fits me the best so far (with the thicker Thorlo comfort socks that I typically wear). Anyway, while I was comparing the 8.5D and 9D in my house I noticed that the 9Ds slipped on the carpet every single time I took a step. When I looked at the bottom, I saw the same thing you did:



The dark sole being the slippery one from the 9D and the light sole being the not slippery one from the 8.5D. Anyone ever see this before?
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My new fifth streets from 6pm came with the darker soles. They match of course, but does anyone know the difference, if any from the two soles?

I actually like the darker ones better, maybe cuz they're new to me, being that all my other AEs are lighter. Of course this is strictly visual perspective, as I have yet to take the fifth streets on they're maiden voyage.
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Did you take any pics prior to sending them back?

 

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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

 

First thing I thought of too, now I'm getting anxious to get mine. zchen your a stronger man than I sending what is likely the only pair of walnut shell Bayfield's ever made or will be made back for a couple more weeks smile.gif 

 

after I dropped them off at UPS it occured to me that I should have taken more pictures. I was rather occupied with at the time though, so only ended up with this one.

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Here are a few pictues of the Fifth Streets.

 

Hard to tell in the Pics, but I did condition, Polish, and Coat a thin layer of Neutral Wax on them Before Wearing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by YoungSweet View Post

 

I'd try to get it from Nordstrom, I was able to get a price match for the walnut strands with the Amazon 20% off coupon and Amazon price.  The package came last night and it was shipped directly from AE.  I would imagine the SA from Nordstrom would be able to price match at the store. I would print out the Amazon check out screen with the discounted price and show it to the SA

Which Nordstrom store or SA offered you a price match from Amazon?

 

David

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Originally Posted by ScottyBoy920 View Post

 

Wow thats pretty shocking! Gonna have to keep that in mind, although why not just purchase straight from Amazon?

If you are professionally fitted in a Nordstrom store and they sell you shoes, they will honor a 6 month refund or exchange guarantee after you have worn them if the size causes issues with your feet.  I don't know of any other AE retailer who does that.

 

David

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Originally Posted by crizq0 View Post

I'm planning on keeping the 8.5E cause it fits perfectly however the insole of the right shoe feels like it has a raised lump that I feel under the middle portion of the ball of my foot and the left is perfect. I remember the sales associate at AE telling me that these shoes have a cork center that would mold to my feet. So can I assume that the lump I am feeling will press down and not be noticeable after wearing it for a few sessions?

I don't believe the lump will go away.  The cork does form to your foot, but should not have a lump in it.

 

I suggest you exchange it.


David

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