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Originally Posted by reminimjer View Post

Got my second pair of AE today, black park ave's and I'm concerned about the condition of the sole. Looks like theres some cracking at the stitching - see pics below. Is this enough that i should be concerned and send back? They're firsts but ordered from Amazon.
Thanks for the advice




I am pretty sure they won't affect the integrity of the sole, as GW still uses adhesives in critical areas, but it's poor finish.
post #26312 of 46413
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Originally Posted by VinnyMac View Post

...pretty sure he's trolling...at least, I hope so.

 

I hope so for his sake... otherwise he's out a grand or more on shoes depending on what he paid for them.  I'm not sure he's trolling however, because he's not a new thread participant. 

post #26313 of 46413
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Originally Posted by reminimjer View Post

Got my second pair of AE today, black park ave's and I'm concerned about the condition of the sole. Looks like theres some cracking at the stitching - see pics below. Is this enough that i should be concerned and send back? They're firsts but ordered from Amazon.

Thanks for the advice

 

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Originally Posted by wurger View Post


I am pretty sure they won't affect the integrity of the sole, as GW still uses adhesives in critical areas, but it's poor finish.

 

I agree.  It's not a problem with the integrity of the shoe.  They'll be fine.  The shoe doesn't flex in that area. 

post #26314 of 46413
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Originally Posted by basiameda View Post

 

UPDATE: Asked my cobbler to work some magic on the same day (Tuesday) and he had them ready for me today! For the most part, I think the pair will be okay and am thoroughly impressed with the work done.

 

My cobbler used a similarly colored piece of calf leather beneath the cut and hand sewed it in place. Cosmetically, theres some extra threading on the outside of the vamp and the cut looks to be gone, neither of which can be seen when being worn unless someone comes down to my feet and finely exams my shoes. Structurally, I hope they stand the test of time but I have my cobblers guarantee to come back if anything happens and he'll do whatever he can to help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to this job, he also completely redyed and refinished a pair of strands I had... thinking i had adequate practice changing a pair of tan shoes to chestnut brown, earlier this month I had stripped the finish and tried to remove the dye from a black pair of strands and redye them dark brown...  it was an utter failure. At the time I brought the Daltons in I also asked him to work some magic and bring them back to what they used to be. The results are stunning and truly make me re-appreciate the beauty of black shoes... Unfortunately I don't have a before picture

 

 

 

If you are in the San Diego, La Jolla area or don't mind visiting... this cobbler is very talented and I would highly recommend him! He does basic things like topy half soles and even worked on a leather rucksack in the past. Because this post sounds like a review/advertisement, I won't post a yelp link, name,or location for fear of being punished but let me know and I'll gladly do so!

 

I am extremely impressed!  Looks like a quality cobbler!

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Thanks for the advice. If I do keep them and the cracks worsen and the sole starts falling apart there, I'd assume AE would help me out seeing as that part of the sole really sees absolutely no wear.

post #26316 of 46413
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Originally Posted by reminimjer View Post

Thanks for the advice. If I do keep them and the cracks worsen and the sole starts falling apart there, I'd assume AE would help me out seeing as that part of the sole really sees absolutely no wear.

 

I think there would be a good chance that they would stand behind them if that were to take place (assuming it happened within a reasonable time frame).  But, I really doubt you will ever see issues. 

post #26317 of 46413
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Originally Posted by VinnyMac View Post

I'm not sure if that's true or not. If you've done it, then I'll take your word for it. I'd guess that they'd refund the difference between the normal price of the first pair and what you paid. That's the way that most companies deal with this sort of issue. It's the employees who don't know better who fall for that.

I did it in the past, but certainly not for the purpose of screwing AE and getting one pair for $125. During the spring sale I ended up with a pair of McGraw and Quintons and was hesitant about the latter. I eventually returned it and got $125 refunded back on the card. Same story happened today. I was not sure about a pair of AE Anchorage (a 2012 webgem build on MacNeil foundation but with wool inserts and on a mini lug sole) and asked if I'd be able to return it if the shoe won't be to my expectations, given the 2 for $250 sale. The sales rep. confirmed it and said the price for one pair would still be $125.  

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If I were to return a pair of seconds, would I be refunded my shipping cost for the return?

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What would you recommend for a care routine for new black Park Aves that will only be worn on average 6 times a year?

 

I have shoe trees in them and they're currently in the supplied bags.

post #26320 of 46413
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Originally Posted by athenianlion View Post

Thank you both. I had almost bought the Parks in merlot as my first pair. I think they may be my best bet? I'm not crazy about another pair of McAllisters, and feel I need something different than any of the loafers. I work in a business casual office.

How about merlot sheltons? Mighty handsome shoes...
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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post


How about merlot sheltons? Mighty handsome shoes...

 

This is the reason AE needs to make a burgundy/merlot strand. NEED!!!!

post #26322 of 46413
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Originally Posted by masernaut View Post

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If I were to return a pair of seconds, would I be refunded my shipping cost for the return?

You could get a FedEx return label directly from the Shoebank. They said they would still be providing those for another week or so. 

post #26323 of 46413
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Originally Posted by Snoogz View Post

So far in my experience with all my AEs on a few dif lasts, my shoe size has always stayed the same. 10 EEE.

Just thinking aloud here, but perhaps there's less variation in the fit of different lasts at the EEE width.

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Is this anything to worry about (the inside lining of the sole looks glued, and glued unsuccessfully too)? I"m concerned that this will compromise the structure and durability. These are in my factory seconds.
post #26325 of 46413
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Originally Posted by ochong View Post

What would you recommend for a care routine for new black Park Aves that will only be worn on average 6 times a year?

I have shoe trees in them and they're currently in the supplied bags.
You're doing better than most already. I'd hit 'em with some renovateur, venetian shoe cream, AE conditioner/cleaner, or whatever floats your boat once or twice every year and wax polish as needed.
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