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post #28951 of 43090
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Originally Posted by md2010 View Post

BB and RL will be $129 ea? or 2 for $250 ?

2 for $250 is my understanding, other closeout styles will be included as well
post #28952 of 43090
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Originally Posted by T-Lama View Post

Has anyone ever successfully returned a pair of seconds once worn on the street? I bought a pair of Neumoras during the last sale from the Jeffersonville outlet over the phone. Once they arrived I tried them on and they seemed to be fine while walking around the house. However, today I wore the out for the first time. After wearing them to work and walking around all day they developed a bad crease around the toe area on the left shoe. From what I've read on this thread in the past they are too long on me. I'd like to return them for a smaller size, but I also realize I may be out of luck. Thoughts?

 

I would also just recommend that you make sure you aren't drinking the Kool-Aid with the creasing concerns.  

 

You already said that the shoes are comfortable and that they fit well during your break-in period around the house.  Creases can sometimes result from an ill-fitting shoe, but a well fitting shoe can still crease in areas that you don't prefer.  The number of variables that have to be considered are far to many to just pigeon hole the problem as simply being from improper fit.  The shape of the last in relation to your foot shape has a major impact on how it will crease, regardless of whether you have the right size.  Everyone's feet are different, so when you are buying Ready-to-Wear shoes, there are going to be innumerable results in how the look on people's feet.  For the same reason you don't expect to see the exact same wrinkles in people's hands, you can't expect to see the same creases in shoes.  

 

I'm not saying that you can't fiddle a bit with sizing to get better creasing results.  Sometimes going up a length and down a width, or vice versa may help the shoe crease better while not affecting overall fit and comfort.  However, don't get a shoe that doesn't fit as well simply because it creases "correctly."  You won't enjoy wearing them.  

 

I'm also saying this under the assumption that you have been measured, and that you know your proper shoe size.  I know you said you bought these over the phone.  If you don't know your proper size, then I'd get measured before I would start taking random guesses on which size to go with simply to get better creases.    

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I think the monk strap shoes with elastic buckle strap are meant to be worn as a slip-on. I have 2 pairs of Carmina monks and 1 pair of AE monks with the elastic buckle and I always just slip them on and off. I guess they could possibly be a weak point, but it really hasn't been something that concerned me at all.

I don't believe this is true. The main reason why they use elastic is that they found that using leather actually caused the strap on many shoes to tear/break over a short period of time. It seems the leather used in place of the [now] elastic was not as reliable to the constant wear and tear of putting the strap on and taking it off. I seem to recall reading this regarding the Mora/Numora. Not completely sure (and I could have just imagined this because I wasn't paying attention, as I've never been a big double monk fan).

To the OP, I would suggest that the elastic is actually much more reliable in the long run than a strip of leather would have been (at least by AE's manufacturing standards). I'm sure this could easily be replaced in the future.

Yes, when the Neumora was released, it had the faulty leather buckle strap that was replaced by the elastic in short order by AE.

I do think it's correct that monk strap shoes can be worn as a slip-on though. In fact, on the AE website, all the single and double monks are under the Loafers/Slip-ons category. I do own one pair of G&G double monks with a leather buckle strap, and I can't wear those as a slip-on as the buckle must be undone for me to be able to put it on or take it off.
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Has anyone here used Alden leather defender on AE shell cordovan? Is it safe and does it work?

 

There are also mixed thoughts about the AE Shell cream. Is it worth getting?

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Thanks to those responding to my Portland boots. Walking around the house for 20 minutes last night, it looks like they will crease perfectly. I also found myself liking them more and more each time I looked down. Again, the length isn't actually the issue, slightly longer and also slimmer gives the appearance of 'pointy-ish'. They are definitely not the excessive pointy I've seen in some shoes. They do feel great. I pulled the trigger on Lands' End Bayfields last night when I saw that they were on sale for $260. So, I may just wait for those, compare and pick one...or decide to keep both as they would fit slightly different niches for me (ah, can you hear the justification starting?).

post #28956 of 43090
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Has anyone here used Alden leather defender on AE shell cordovan? Is it safe and does it work?

There are also mixed thoughts about the AE Shell cream. Is it worth getting?

I use Alden Leather Defender on all my AE shell shoes as well as Alden and Carmina shells. They are all from Horween so there's no reason why it wouldn't work on all of them. I like the results.

As for AE shell cream, I do have a jar of burgundy ones that I use on a pair of burgundy Bradleys about once a year. I use Alden paste wax or Saphir cordovan cream on the other shell colors though. I think all these products are fine and work. It just depends on what you feel like using.
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Hi guys,

Thinking about buying a PA from the current $199 sale , if I decide to go with shell , is there any difference in sizing? I'm no AE expert and I know some Alden models tend to be roomier in shell compared to the same model in calf.

The only AE I used to own was this pair of Mccallisters and now I'm looking for something more formal., these are 9.5EE IMO they run long and very narrow.



Thanks.
post #28958 of 43090
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Originally Posted by SBear View Post
 

Thanks to those responding to my Portland boots. Walking around the house for 20 minutes last night, it looks like they will crease perfectly. I also found myself liking them more and more each time I looked down. Again, the length isn't actually the issue, slightly longer and also slimmer gives the appearance of 'pointy-ish'. They are definitely not the excessive pointy I've seen in some shoes. They do feel great. I pulled the trigger on Lands' End Bayfields last night when I saw that they were on sale for $260. So, I may just wait for those, compare and pick one...or decide to keep both as they would fit slightly different niches for me (ah, can you hear the justification starting?).

 

I've been trying to get my hands on some Bayfields and would snag them at this price but I wear an E on that last. Looks like Lands End only sells D from what I can tell. I've had no luck with the outlets either. Any other way for me to get this boot in an 8E?

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post #28960 of 43090
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Originally Posted by epc2 View Post

Hi guys,

Thinking about buying a PA from the current $199 sale , if I decide to go with shell , is there any difference in sizing? I'm no AE expert and I know some Alden models tend to be roomier in shell compared to the same model in calf.

The only AE I used to own was this pair of Mccallisters and now I'm looking for something more formal., these are 9.5EE IMO they run long and very narrow.



Thanks.

 

You know that the $199.00 price is only for calf, right?

post #28961 of 43090
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Originally Posted by MrWN View Post
 

Hey everyone.

 

I am thinking of getting some toe plates for my shoes and then something else came to mind.

 

I thought about using those "military" grade screen protectors on the sole of the shoes -- covering areas that take the most wear.

 

The screen protectors appear to be indestructible (from all those keys and knives in those demonstration videos).

 

The ones I am thinking about use water to apply onto phone screens... So, I am wondering what kind of adhesive I should use...

 

Has anyone seen or tried this?

Interesting idea I guess...  But were you serious?  You've had some very helpful posts in the past, but this is waaaaaaaaaaaay out there man.  Along with the slippery aspect, I doubt they are anywhere near as strong as leather.  Try putting your cellphone face down on a rocky parking lot surface, stepping on top of it (your whole weight of  course) and rubbing it back and forth on the rocks.  I'd be AMAZED if it wasn't covered in scratches.  If it is strong enough to resist that sort of wear, then imagine walking on a marble or hardwood floor with a little bit of dust on it.  Getting from one side of the room to the other without falling assfirst onto the floor would be quite the task.  Now, you know what those things look like on your phone when they start peeling off, imagine what that would look like on your shoes.  Just like they turn a good looking phone into a cheap, worn out phone, they will make your shoes look cheap and worn out too.

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Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post

You know that the $199.00 price is only for calf, right?

Yes I'm aware ,shell is $299 I think.
post #28963 of 43090
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Originally Posted by epc2 View Post

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Yes I'm aware ,shell is $299 I think.

 

Just making sure! 

:D

post #28964 of 43090
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Originally Posted by epc2 View Post

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Yes I'm aware ,shell is $299 I think.

That sale ends today, I'm pretty sure, so you should pull the trigger now if you want it.

 

Also I know the shell was flying off the shelves, so good luck finding your size!

 

Edit: I didn't notice any size difference going to shell.

post #28965 of 43090
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Originally Posted by SBear View Post
 

I pulled the trigger on Lands' End Bayfields last night when I saw that they were on sale for $260.

 

I'm glad I saw this post, SBear. I've been waiting on the Bayfield boots to go on sale for over a year now. With the $50 Shop Your Way Reward credit I had built up and the 3% off I get from my credit card, they will only end up costing me $218 after tax!

 

Thanks for the tip!:cheers:

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