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post #30256 of 47084
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Originally Posted by movoblast View Post

I just purchased a pair of strands in Walnut and love the color. I got these firsts for $170. I am trying to transition from casual jeans/tshirt/clarks chukka boots to more business casual apparel since I am in a healthcare professional school and my professors are always encouraging us to dress more professionally when meeting with patients.

I ultimately want to own 3 pairs of nice shoes to rotate (one black, one dark brown, one lighter pair which I just bought). I LOVE the strand by FAR out of all the allen edmonds styles with broguing.  

I originally planned on purchasing the McAllister for my dark brown pair and fifth avenues for my black pair. But I am now in a dilemma of buying a dark brown pair of strands (firsts) for the same price ($170) or waiting and buying the McAllister for 15% off during the Rediscover America sale. The fact that I could get the strands for a cheaper price than the mcallisters(which are my third favorite style) makes me want to jump on the deal. 

I wouldn't mind having 2 out of my 3 pairs of shoes being in the same style. But do you think the general population would notice?

General population will not notice, but I guarantee that you will have more than 3 pairs of shoes soon, haha.
post #30257 of 47084
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Originally Posted by cincikid View Post

I see. These look like the Sedonas. Are they much different? I'd give AE a call and check what they could do.
These shoes are likely made in the Dominican Republic and I doubt they are goodyear welted, but it's worth trying to call Port Washington.

They're very similar. I'll wear these a few more times and see if its gets better. You're right...they're cheaper and made in the DR (but I still like them a lot)
post #30258 of 47084
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Originally Posted by cincikid View Post
 

 

Many people on this forum, me including, might want to know where did you get walnut Strands in 1st quality for $170?

 

+1.  Where did you get the Strands?

post #30259 of 47084

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. 


Edited by movoblast - 9/27/13 at 5:07pm
post #30260 of 47084
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Originally Posted by GOP Shoe Guy View Post
 

 

They no longer have the last or die. So, they would have to recreate a die, and build it on a current last. I would buy one. :)

 

A quick research suggests that Kent last is probably an older name of the current 7 last. Browsing the 1963 AE catalogue I found that MacNeil has been built on the same last. 

post #30261 of 47084

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 #30262 of 47084

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

post #30263 of 47084
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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 #30264 of 47084
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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. 

post #30265 of 47084
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 #30266 of 47084
Brown shell Strand, Elgin, Tifosi's Dundee. I only own the Elgin right now.
post #30267 of 47084

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

post #30268 of 47084

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 #30269 of 47084
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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 #30270 of 47084
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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