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post #3136 of 46992
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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

They are different lasts. The Leeds and Dalton are the same last though.

From what I read on the AE site, the Daltons just have a fuller fitting toe. But I'd like some first hand experience if anybody cares to share before I purchase.
post #3137 of 46992
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Originally Posted by unifer View Post



 


I own a pair of Strands in Walnut and absolutely love them. I get compliments on them all the time, and they go great with my navy and charcoal suits. I've also worn them with jeans (I am teh crazy) and managed to pull them off just fine. Walnut is a very versatile color. Just be sure you can find a belt that has similar color for matching!
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First post. Going to 5+ weddings this summer and spring and figured it was time to invest in some brown shoes to go with my navy suit. Already have a pair of black AE's, so figured I'd go brown. Here's a couple I've been looking at, opinions of each? In mid 20's if that helps.

AE Clifton, either in burgundy or walnut:
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/allen-edmonds-clifton-oxford/2892042?origin=category

Strand:
http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF6105_1_40000000001_-1

Sanford:
http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF6517_1_40000000001_-1

Kenilworth (walnut, brown burnished):
http://www.zappos.com/allen-edmonds-kenilworth-brown-burnished-calf

Can't really decide how functional a color walnut would be. My favorite is probably the Clifton, burgundy seems like the safer bet. Thoughts?
 




I'd go Strand. They are the only balmoral on your list and I dont like bluchers. typically.
post #3138 of 46992
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Originally Posted by csc67 View Post

I found the newer AE's to have more room around the ankle - How's this for extra material

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This is a perfect demonstration of an ignorant individual who buys a size 12 when he needs a size 9.
You sneaker size is NOT your dress shoe size.
Congratulations on winning the Horses Ass Award.
post #3139 of 46992
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Originally Posted by ejomby View Post

Got my distressed brown MacNeils the other day ($129).  I like them so far.  They came with tan laces, which I wasn't quite happy with, so I replaced them with what I had on hand-- black laces.
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Does the black look alright, or should I really get some brown laces?  

My Bayfields, which were backordered, are now on their way!

When were the MacNeils selling for $129?

I would get some high contrast laces for those MacNeils. Something to match the soles would be good like a tan.
post #3140 of 46992
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Originally Posted by puglytaco View Post

First post. Going to 5+ weddings this summer and spring and figured it was time to invest in some brown shoes to go with my navy suit. Already have a pair of black AE's, so figured I'd go brown. Here's a couple I've been looking at, opinions of each? In mid 20's if that helps.

All good choices but I'd vote for the Strand or Kenilworth. I know you guys are surely sick of these same pictures by now but...with just a little effort and a bit more know-how, your Kenilworth can look like this:

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post #3141 of 46992
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Originally Posted by Winston S. View Post


When were the MacNeils selling for $129?
I would get some high contrast laces for those MacNeils. Something to match the soles would be good like a tan.


They were discontinued seconds.  They were selling them first quality earlier on for $175.  Yeah, they came with the tan laces, and I may put those back on-- but they felt too casual, too much like a bowling shoe.  Here's a pic that someone else posted:711flg.png

 

I need to fill a spot in my wardrobe that's a tad bit dressier.

 

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Originally Posted by kmdsimpson View Post


Not sure of your price range, but take a look at Brooks Brothers Peal (made in England by A&S or C&J). There is also the J&M custom select line, which are made in the US (no idea how these are and won't get any love on this forum), and then Aldens. I think all of these are going to run $400-$500. Maybe get another pair of AE Independence collection shoes in black?
IMO, the best are the Peals. If you have time to wait, BB puts them on sale occasionally.

Looking at around  $500, if I get a sale all the better. Peal Straight Captoe Blucher, looks like a somewhat rounded too. AE Rutledge looks nice, but the second patch of leather is a little off compared to the PA, the brouging can work for my more formal shoe.

 

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Originally Posted by New Shoes1 View Post



+1 on the BB Peal.  I'm waiting on a sale as we speak to pick up a pair of brown punch caps.  Also, why not get another Santoni if you like the more elongated toe?  Or, get someting from C&J on the 348 last, like the Hallam? 

 

Also, have you tried on the Park Avenues?  I have Park Avenues in black and think they look much better on my feet than they do in pictures.

 

Good point need to try them on yet, I really like Santoni's but they seem a little too stylish for my black formal shoe.
 

 

post #3143 of 46992
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Originally Posted by easy_golfing View Post
From what I read on the AE site, the Daltons just have a fuller fitting toe. But I'd like some first hand experience if anybody cares to share before I purchase.


Don't know about the calf Daltons but I have the walnut shell Daltons and shell & calf Leeds. Yes the Dalton has a much wider fit in the toebox. And mine are huge in the heel area. The large heel area issue seems to be common with the shell Dalton's but haven't heard anything about it in the calf version.

 

post #3144 of 46992
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post



Don't know about the calf Daltons but I have the walnut shell Daltons and shell & calf Leeds. Yes the Dalton has a much wider fit in the toebox. And mine are huge in the heel area. The large heel area issue seems to be common with the shell Dalton's but haven't heard anything about it in the calf version.

Thanks, I should have specified, I meant the calf version. Trying to decide between a 10 and 10.5. I don't mind the extra toe space, but I don't want any more heel space since my inserts contribute to heel slippage already.

On another note, has anybody noticed that first quality AE shoes are not all that great? I just purchased some Macneils, and I'm fairly disappointed with the quality of them. The eyelets on the right shoe are extremely misaligned, to the point where they annoy me. Also, the just below the broquing on the eyelet area, the triangle shaped trim (don't know how else to refer to it) that joins to the quarters seems to be fuzzy (on both shoes). I don't think its supposed to be like that since most of the other parts of the shoe are smooth.
post #3145 of 46992
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Originally Posted by easy_golfing View Post

Thanks, I should have specified, I meant the calf version. Trying to decide between a 10 and 10.5. I don't mind the extra toe space, but I don't want any more heel space since my inserts contribute to heel slippage already.
On another note, has anybody noticed that first quality AE shoes are not all that great? I just purchased some Macneils, and I'm fairly disappointed with the quality of them. The eyelets on the right shoe are extremely misaligned, to the point where they annoy me. Also, the just below the broquing on the eyelet area, the triangle shaped trim (don't know how else to refer to it) that joins to the quarters seems to be fuzzy (on both shoes). I don't think its supposed to be like that since most of the other parts of the shoe are smooth.

I have definitely noticed declining quality, and there have been quite a few posts in this thread about obvious flaws making it out the factory door.
post #3146 of 46992
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Originally Posted by RingTail View Post


 

Looking at around  $500, if I get a sale all the better. Peal Straight Captoe Blucher, looks like a somewhat rounded too. AE Rutledge looks nice, but the second patch of leather is a little off compared to the PA, the brouging can work for my more formal shoe.

 

 

Good point need to try them on yet, I really like Santoni's but they seem a little too stylish for my black formal shoe.
 

 



I agree on the Santoni's, which is why I went with the Park Avenues.  To my eye, the Peal is in between the two and still sufficiently conservative.  That said, if I had to do it over again, I would buy Park Avenues again.  Just a great formal black captoe that is a tremendous value when you can get it for $200 on sale.  See below for pictures from another thread comparing the Park Avenues with some JM shoe, Strands and the BB Peale punchcap.

 

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post #3147 of 46992
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They were discontinued seconds.  They were selling them first quality earlier on for $175.  Yeah, they came with the tan laces, and I may put those back on-- but they felt too casual, too much like a bowling shoe.  Here's a pic that someone else posted:350x263px-LL-827e6e5c_711flg.png

I need to fill a spot in my wardrobe that's a tad bit dressier.

If you're going to dress them up, I would definitely go for dark laces.

How are these sized compared to your other AE shoes. I noticed that there was mention that these shoes from the Rough Collection might be tighter. I was able to locate a pair at my local outlet and will ask them to ship to me.
post #3148 of 46992
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Originally Posted by kmdsimpson View Post

I have definitely noticed declining quality, and there have been quite a few posts in this thread about obvious flaws making it out the factory door.

To be honest, they seem like they should be seconds to me.
post #3149 of 46992
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Originally Posted by kmdsimpson View Post

I have definitely noticed declining quality, and there have been quite a few posts in this thread about obvious flaws making it out the factory door.

AE quality assurance is a joke. About every 3rd pair I have to send back for one reason or another. I guess that's what happens when you grow quickly.
post #3150 of 46992
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Originally Posted by bl@ster View Post


AE quality assurance is a joke.

 

 

Fortunately, their customer service after the fact is no joke.  Just wish they would realize the cost savings in getting it right the first time.

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