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post #30256 of 49565

Last year was all about the color laces but I don't see them often--if at all--on this forum these days.

For the more fashion forward forum-mates, is this trend over yet?

post #30257 of 49565

Thank you for answering my question. I think you were the only one that attempted to answer my question.

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Originally Posted by movoblast View Post
 

Thank you for answering my question. I think you were the only one that attempted to answer my question.

 

If you were to buy only three pairs of shoes--a very unlikely assumption for most members of this forum--I'd suggest sticking with your walnut Strands (don't forget to get a matching walnut belt), and getting a plain toe (Leeds) and a lonwging (MacNeil) or shortwing (McAllister). Under no circumstances would you want to buy a black pair of dress shoes, assuming you want to limit yourself with just three pairs.

 

You could also look at the AE casual shoes, once you decide that 3 pairs is not enough (this won't be long, I promise). 

post #30259 of 49565
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Originally Posted by movoblast View Post
 

It was from a local store. I grabbed one of the last pairs but there were a couple more pairs in dark brown at the time. Not sure now because this was 3 days ago. Anyway its ok because I think I will go with the brown cordovan strands I ordered last night from the $299 cordovan sale on seconds. That was seriously an impulse buy which I was thinking about cancelling while I was still trying to make the decision between mcallister vs strand in calfskin. But it shipped, so I guess I'll just forget everything and go walnut calf strand and brown cordovan strand. Now I need to go deal hunting and hunt down some black park avenues. 

 

Keep your shell Strands, if they fit. This is a great shoe at an even better price. 

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If I had to only own three pairs of ae it would be the strand, dalton, and those sick mto cordovan macneils a few pages back. Anyone else what's your top three, and no you cannot have four.
post #30261 of 49565
Brown shell Strand, Elgin, Tifosi's Dundee. I only own the Elgin right now.
post #30262 of 49565

This is a tough one: Walnut or brown shell strand; brown MacNeil (rough collection); burgundy Leeds. 

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Hi there!  Long-time lurker, first-time poster.  All these pictures of great shell shoes has pretty much pushed me over the edge.  I need shell...

 

I'd really like to get a PTB in shell.  There are Leeds seconds in burgundy available in my size in the current $299 sale.  But I'm worried that they're a bit too 'clunky' for my taste (not to insult anyone with Leeds, they look amazing, but they aren't slim based on what I've seen..).  I'm a big guy (6'5", many pounds over 250) and feel like clunky shoes accentuate my size - I generally feel more comfortable in something sleeker (e.g., I have walnut flatirons, they are my favorite pair at the moment).

 

I'm considering a Kenilworth with the MTO promotion in a burgundy or cappuccino shell (if it's still available).  Would these be a reasonable alternative?

 

A couple questions:

-Burgundy or cappuccino?  What would go better with a very casual work wardrobe?  (dark jeans or grey pants, shirt, maybe a sports jacket is the usual dress code for work)  Does one go better with blue, the company I'm at has a very blue colour scheme, so being a team-player I wear a lot of it.

-Based on your colour preference, what colour welt?

-Split reverse welt or plain?  I have Neumoks with split reverse, they look sleek and I love them, but I also have Norwich which I feel are somewhat 'clunky'

-Butyl sole?  I live in Toronto, where even though there isn't always snow on the sidewalks in winter, there is always salt.  Does butyl work better with salt?  Or just go with the regular sole and leave them in my office over the winter for indoor only use?

 

Finally, for those that are interested, my current inventory is (in order of purchase):

-Black Stockton (rubber soled split toe blucher I bought before I knew anything about anything)

-Brown Milford Loafers (combination sole, my winter workhorse)

-Many driving mocs 

-Red Neumoks

-Walnut Flatiron

-Black PAs (never worn, but for the once or twice a year I attend an event where I must wear black)

-Walnut McAllister

-Brown Norwich

-Non AE (Herring) wholecut walnut bals (uncomfortable, but look nice)

-Bourbon McAllister with combination sole (2nd winter shoe)

 

Thanks!


Edited by BradTO - 9/27/13 at 6:45pm
post #30264 of 49565
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Originally Posted by bespoken pa View Post

If I had to only own three pairs of ae it would be the strand, dalton, and those sick mto cordovan macneils a few pages back. Anyone else what's your top three, and no you cannot have four.

Probably Dalton, Dundee and Leeds for me. The Strands are very signature AE to me and therefore get consideration, but my tastes are more towards plain toe shoes and wing tip boots. Plus I love the fit of the 1 last for my foot.
post #30265 of 49565
This thread keeps taking pounds of flesh from me.

Ordered my first cordovan shoes today, the Webgem Patriot in brown shell.
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Has anyone read this: http://www.reddit.com/r/malefashionadvice/comments/xmo2h/i_am_paul_grangaard_allen_edmonds_pres_ceo_amaa/?

Mr. Grangaard did the interview over a year ago but I just chanced upon it. It's full of great insights into AE's business decisions.

 

My favourite reply is: "It depends on the leather used and whether our plant is working overtime (as it is regularly these days). Cordovan leather costs a great deal more per foot than calfskin. Cordovan takes much longer to tan in a more complex process. Certain calfskin colors are also more expensive. The total cost is over $100 on a direct production costing basis. Indirect costs such as inventorying, delivery, systems, stores, as well as marketing etc. add up a lot, too. Improving our overall profitability is a goal of ours so we can invest more into growing our business."

 

So that means when you score seconds in a 2 for $250 promotion, you are getting two shoes almost at cost! Wow!

post #30267 of 49565
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Originally Posted by stgrim View Post
 

Has anyone read this: http://www.reddit.com/r/malefashionadvice/comments/xmo2h/i_am_paul_grangaard_allen_edmonds_pres_ceo_amaa/?

Mr. Grangaard did the interview over a year ago but I just chanced upon it. It's full of great insights into AE's business decisions.

 

My favourite reply is: "It depends on the leather used and whether our plant is working overtime (as it is regularly these days). Cordovan leather costs a great deal more per foot than calfskin. Cordovan takes much longer to tan in a more complex process. Certain calfskin colors are also more expensive. The total cost is over $100 on a direct production costing basis. Indirect costs such as inventorying, delivery, systems, stores, as well as marketing etc. add up a lot, too. Improving our overall profitability is a goal of ours so we can invest more into growing our business."

 

So that means when you score seconds in a 2 for $250 promotion, you are getting two shoes almost at cost! Wow!

 

Interestingly, I read it just earlier today. I stumbled upon it also by accident, trying to google why the original Strand was discontinued. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

 

Fwiw, a SA at the Shoe Bank once told me that from the production standpoint, they may actually lose money by selling shoes at such steep discounts. However, I also realize they need to move their stocks and sell the shoes at the self-cost or even below it. 

post #30268 of 49565
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Originally Posted by cincikid View Post

Interestingly, I read it just earlier today. I stumbled upon it also by accident, trying to google why the original Strand was discontinued. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

Fwiw, a SA at the Shoe Bank once told me that from the production standpoint, they may actually lose money by selling shoes at such steep discounts. However, I also realize they need to move their stocks and sell the shoes at the self-cost or even below it. 

Makes sense. Warehousing a shoe indefinitely costs then much more in the long run than selling at a slight loss and recouping at least some of their production outlay .
post #30269 of 49565
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Originally Posted by tietherope View Post

... Tifosi's Dundee.
Awwww shux!

I would have to go with cappuccino Dundee, burgundy Leeds and burgundy Cambridge.
post #30270 of 49565
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Originally Posted by cincikid View Post

Last year was all about the color laces but I don't see them often--if at all--on this forum these days.


For the more fashion forward forum-mates, is this trend over yet?

I still use my colored laces. I like to match them with socks or the shirt if I'm wearing a brighter color shirt. I don't know if the trend is over. Where I am located I don't know if I have seen anybody else with colored laces. But that's fine - I also see a lot of square toe shoes and other "fashion" choices I don't follow.

Chris
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