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post #27976 of 52497
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Originally Posted by fastfiat81 View Post


Yes as CH mentioned. Here is my version of AE for RL tan and khaki (Illford) along with tan Saunders, brown Sandersons. mwink[1].gif

Checking the closet I see I have to start enforcing the one in one out policy. Also if AE ever makes the Dalton in suede I'm sunk...

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 I am wondering If you have the Dalton boot already, just in calf of shell? I am trying to get an opinion on how the RL Slaton, Saunders, and Sanderson fit, in comparison to the dalton. Some people say its RL has narrow fits, others dont.

post #27977 of 52497
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Originally Posted by Pastor View Post

Still thinking about the price to quality ratio and I was wondering how many people here pay full-price for Allen Edmonds. I have 14 pair of AE's. Of that total I paid full price for 5 of them (Walnut shell Daltons, Cappucchino shell Dundees, Brown Neumora, Brown Suede Cambridge, and Brown calf Fifth Street boot). The others were sourced through outlets and 2 pair were purchased from ebay.

I did get lucky several years back when AE put the shell Bradleys on their website for $250 for a few hours. I ordered and they honored it but I don't count those as being full price.


edit: As an addendum to this I have 7 pair of Aldens, 5 in shell, 1 in calf, and 1 in suede. I paid full price for all of them.

Despite what I have spent on footwear over the years I have been on occasion accused by some that know me as being tighter than the bark on a tree. Being retired military I have purchased many of my AE's through AAFES at discount. The discount is not near as good as it was as recently as 2 years ago but it is still less than full price. Most of my calf have been purchased that way and a number of my shell. My last 3 shell have been full price not using the military exchange as I feel they are still worth the price I paid. With luck my cappuccino shell Bayfields will be here today (full price minus MTO fee waived) and they will be my 18th shell AE footwear. I think, might have missed one or two in my head doing a quick count. So for shell 15 at discount or as seconds and 3 at full price. Two Alden's one at full price which ended up being ~$740 and not to start an Alden vs. AE war but feel they were not worth the additional cost above AE. And a shell C&J for RL at almost half price which was a bargain but the fit is less than perfect so they are going to be sold.

post #27978 of 52497
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Originally Posted by Shouldaville View Post

The shell Bradley seconds I picked up a few months ago continue to come to life after a lot of brushing and conditioning...

What products did you use?

 

In what order did you use the products?

 

Any drying time?

 

With the brushing, did you alternate between light and hard brushing - or keep it the same?

 

Did you use a cloth at all?

 

Thanks for your post,


David

post #27979 of 52497
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Originally Posted by Pastor View Post
 I was wondering how many people here pay full-price for Allen Edmonds.

Back in 1999 when my income shot straight up, I was less interested in discounts and more interested in getting what I wanted.  After a professional fit, I purchased a half-dozen shoes at full price.  When I happen to call AE over some other questions, they mentioned something called "seconds" with the same return guarantee but with substantial discounts.  I bought three more pair at the seconds price, all of which appeared to me as flawless.

 

When I determined I wanted the Long Branch boot, I was less inclined to wait for a sale - and after another professional fit - paid full price.  Three weeks later, the Long Branch was advertised on sale at another source, and the original store refunded $150 on my credit card to price match.

 

Deals are okay, and I love window shopping.  But if I want something, then waiting for a discount is not at the top of the list.

 

David

post #27980 of 52497
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Originally Posted by dieselman89 View Post

I'm looking to buy my eighth pair of AE shoes. I'd like to buy the Daltons and would like advice on size and color.

 

  • I plan on wearing these shoes with jeans (specifically raw demin). Which color do you suggest: walnut, bourbon, or dark chocolate?
  •  

All of those colors would go well with denim.  The bourbon and walnut can be used with business dress as well.

post #27981 of 52497
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Originally Posted by David Copeland View Post

What products did you use?

In what order did you use the products?

Any drying time?

With the brushing, did you alternate between light and hard brushing - or keep it the same?

Did you use a cloth at all?

Thanks for your post,


David
I'm also curious...
post #27982 of 52497
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Originally Posted by Pastor View Post

 I was wondering how many people here pay full-price for Allen Edmonds.

I think I've been fortunate with my purchases:

 

Walnut Strands  - $230

Walnut Daltons - $260

Brown CXL Bayfield 2nds - $150

Brown Burnished Delrays - $210

Black Custom Calf McAllisters - $150

 

I'm targeting a pair of shell something or others later this year and should be able to get them at a healthy discount as well biggrin.gif

post #27983 of 52497
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

Exhibit A to the statement made by Rydenfan that with a little work AE shell can be on par with Alden shell finish. Outstanding job Shouldaville, they look great!

The patina of the AE burgundy shell is totally different from a Alden #8. I really like the #8 Alden eggplant color when it's new vs. the burgundy shade of AEs.  But as this picture shows, the AE burgundy takes on more of a cherry hue overtime.  I think it is lovely.  The Aldens can take a more brownish hue.  In fact I've seen somebody post a 10 yr old #8 that looked like cigar.  So for those of us who can't get our hands on a cigar, buy a #8 and wait 10 years.  It's the same wait time for a brand new cigar anyway baldy[1].gif.  Needless to say, the AE burgundy and Alden #8 both have a place in my collection. 

post #27984 of 52497
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

I just paid $350 a few weeks ago to Lands End for my replacement pair of CXL Bayfields. AE purchased my CXL ones back for what I paid originally which was $220. I feel they are  still worth it at retail personally so for $167?! If you don't wear medium weight or heavy wool socks or do a LOT of walking in them TTS should still work IMO. Going up a half size in length worked better for me, but doesn't mean it will for you.

 

Was the brown Bayfields CXL or is that special make up? 

I don't think sizing up in length would be good as my 5 and 1 last shoes are already on the long side but I need the width.

 

I'm thinking of buying the following this weekend:
 

Bayfields  - $167

Rapid City - $159

Shell Dalton - $439

-OR-
Chocolate Dalton $199

 

The last one is tough. I'm digging the look of shell, but I'm not sure as they're more than twice the price of the calf ones. 

post #27985 of 52497
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

Yes the difference is pretty small and I do not think it would expose any more of your ankles, but I understand totally and will see what I can do get you a picture sooner than later. But if you end up getting those Lex you have to post a picture of them smile.gif I have a narrow heel and low instep, I'm flat footed enough that I wear inserts in all my shoes and boots and the townley fits very much like my Leeds if not identical. 

Yes.  I will definitely post a report in 8 weeks time if everything works out - fingers crossed.  Thanks for your help.

post #27986 of 52497
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Originally Posted by David Copeland View Post

Back in 1999 when my income shot straight up, I was less interested in discounts and more interested in getting what I wanted.  After a professional fit, I purchased a half-dozen shoes at full price.  When I happen to call AE over some other questions, they mentioned something called "seconds" with the same return guarantee but with substantial discounts.  I bought three more pair at the seconds price, all of which appeared to me as flawless.

 

When I determined I wanted the Long Branch boot, I was less inclined to wait for a sale - and after another professional fit - paid full price.  Three weeks later, the Long Branch was advertised on sale at another source, and the original store refunded $150 on my credit card to price match.

 

Deals are okay, and I love window shopping.  But if I want something, then waiting for a discount is not at the top of the list.

 

David


yeah... sales are good and all, but one must be aware of the dangers of buying things because they are a good deal.  It's better to buy what you really want at full price than buying something you like, but don't love at a discount price.  When you consider how long you will be wearing the shoes, spending an extra $100 on something is inconsequential.

 

I say save your money and buy what you really truly love.  If there are shoes that you love at a discount price, great!  However, one should never use "well, they are on sale..." as a reason to make a purchase.  Buying things because they are on sale can turn into a serious mental illness.  Such habits can ruin lives, and no, I'm not joking.

post #27987 of 52497
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Originally Posted by chinngiskhaan View Post


yeah... sales are good and all, but one must be aware of the dangers of buying things because they are a good deal.  It's better to buy what you really want at full price than buying something you like, but don't love at a discount price.  When you consider how long you will be wearing the shoes, spending an extra $100 on something is inconsequential.

 

I say save your money and buy what you really truly love.  If there are shoes that you love at a discount price, great!  However, one should never use "well, they are on sale..." as a reason to make a purchase.  Buying things because they are on sale can turn into a serious mental illness.  Such habits can ruin lives, and no, I'm not joking.

I agree. I bought a pair of AE that I wasn't sure if I loved cause they were on sale. I may have worn them twice in a year. So instead of putting that money towards something I knew I wanted, I essentially wasted the money.

post #27988 of 52497
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

I agree. I bought a pair of AE that I wasn't sure if I loved cause they were on sale. I may have worn them twice in a year. So instead of putting that money towards something I knew I wanted, I essentially wasted the money.


I know a lady who is like a second mother to me.  She works at a clothing store, so she gets discounts on all the clothes.  She is a hoarder.  We almost got her on the TV show about hoarders, but they said she was too organized to be on the show.  Since her husband drowned in a triathlon in 2008 every room of her rather large house (with the exception of her bedroom) has been full, wall to wall, ceiling to floor of stuff she bought because it was on sale. 

 

One day, her son came over to get his deceased father's car out of the garage to sell it and give the money to his mom.  In order to do so he spent an hour or so moving unopened boxes of cuisinarts, kitchenaides, frye boots, and loads of other shoes from nordstrom just to clear a path to back the car out of the garage.

 

It started as bargain shopping, which turned into an addiction, and following the tragic death of her husband it turned into a coping skill.

post #27989 of 52497
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

Exhibit A to the statement made by Rydenfan that with a little work AE shell can be on par with Alden shell finish. Outstanding job Shouldaville, they look great!

Thanks Cold Iron!
post #27990 of 52497

Received my shell Macneils today.  They were seconds that I got from the shoe bank.  There was some loose stitching in the heel area, which is the main problem with them.  It's hard to believe that this big of a mistake could have happened during production.  I'll keep them though as I do not see this being a major structural problem with the shoes. I can't wait to add them to the rotation.  

 


Edited by dapperdoctor - 8/29/13 at 12:32pm
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