I'm curious as to what you mean by this. Do they sell corrected grain versions at the Shoe Bank?
I am going to spend two weeks in Orlando next month (Kissemmee area, of course ). Unfortunately there is no AE outlet around so I wonder if someone could recommend a good source for discounted/second Allen Edmonds shoes. I did a search by myself last year, but have not been successful. Thanks for each and every advise.
I just caved. Amazon flashed a $50 gift card deal at me if I got their credit card, and I decided to bite. My total amount out-of-pocket came to $226 (20% off for shoe email subscription+$50 gift card). $219.22 if you count the 3% back in rewards I'll get from the new card, too.
Not bad at all for my second pair of firsts, and for one as popular as the Merlot Mcallister, An extra $70 for no defects and no polished cobbler? Looks like things turned out for the better!
Good luck - I know some people have had issues with Amazon's first quality shoes in the past
Nope, Shoe Bank and AE Outlets sell Seconds (Irregulars), shoes that didn't make through QC. They're not corrected grain (unless the model itself is a corrected grain model, but I don't think AE has used "polished cobbler" in years.)
I have the made in Italy belts from BB as well. Great belt. I agree they're not made by AE.
I was in the same dilemma, however, took the chance after talking with Mike from Epaulet and had a perfect fit. There are a lot of people knowledgeable about the Carmina lasts floating around. That said the strand looks awesome. How is AE's suede quality?
I am an 8C in the Barrie and 8.5C in the Leeds. I have tried the 8D for the Leeds and it is snug. I was in a store fitting the 8D and the associate said that the leather will relax and they should be fine. My instinct was to listen to my feet. I took a chance and ordered the 8.5C online and they fit perfect right out of the box. I am also 8.5C in the Brannock.
I have pictures at home comparing the 8C Barrie and 8.5C Leeds. If you are interested, I can upload later.
What do you mean by they were not what you expected?
Very nice shoes by the way. I can't wait for my Lexington to arrive.
I think the Carminas look more refined. Looks like this is a 270 welt and the heel is closed. Even in the front part, you can't see the welt from above. I have a walnut strands and i can definitely see the welt stitching. But as people have already pointed out, unless you're in a city where there is a retailer, it's quite hard to get your right fit. Also, I think Carminas don't offer widths. To me this is crucial since I have a narrow foot. The Strands do came in widths. Decisions, decisions indeed.