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post #35836 of 48435
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Originally Posted by kpag View Post
I was just wondering if AE seconds were OK or if there is lots of junk. 

 

I've never had an issue with any of my seconds. Kept them all.

post #35837 of 48435
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Originally Posted by david 112358 View Post


I think Portland might be worse. I work in an office where shorts and Tevas are year round. It's all software engineers... very sloppy looking geeks

 

Ha, very true.  As a software engineer, I'm trying to be one of the few geek outliers!

post #35838 of 48435
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Originally Posted by bkotsko View Post
 

Any comments on the 333 last v. the 511 on fit? (Think Dalton v. Portland)

For me, the 333's length is similar to the 5 last but a bit more room in the toebox.  I am a 8.5C Brannock.  I wear 8.5C in the 511 and 7 last.  For the 5 last, I wear a 8D.  But I find that at the end of the day, the pinky and 4th toe of my left foot (my longer foot) "scratch" the edge of my Strands.  For the 333, I wear a 8D without any issues.  I will add that I have a Rutledge and the leather is buttery soft.  Maybe that could be the reason I don't feel any pressure.   

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Originally Posted by wdahab View Post


I think the real issue is that with Aldens, what you get is all you can get. If you don't think you received a first quality shoe, or the fit isn't quite right, your options are to take that shoe anyway, at first quality, or return it and have no chance of getting that shoe. Especially when it comes to their shell cordovan, the backlog on orders is ridiculously long and many makeups are only ordered in one pair per size for the store. This isn't just for rare colors either, it applies just as much for #8 (and they don't even offer brown, for some reason!)

With AE, if you don't like your shoes, even if it's shell cordovan, they'll probably be able to get you another pair within a month or two. Except in the current situation, where people are straddling times when some colors were available and times when they aren't, you can always get whatever pair of shoes you wanted remade.

 

Alden cigar shell is brown.  Or at least the recent batches have been.

 

And while this is generally true, I don't think its quite as bad as you're making it out to be.  If you want a more regular makeup like a 975 or 9751, you can get a replacement just about anytime.  If its a batch or store MTO, then yes, I completely agree with you.

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Originally Posted by 7_rocket View Post

Anyone know when nordstorm is coming to Toronto?

Before the actual stores open, it appears they will first start selling ONLINE in Canada at www.nordstrom.ca

 

From the above link, they show the following schedule:

 

TORONTO (2 STORES TO OPEN IN FALL 2016)

 

CALGARY:  FALL 2014

 

OTTAWA:  SPRING 2015

 

VANCOUVER:  FALL 2015

 

An earlier news report indicated that most of the new stores will be in the old Sears Department Store locations in each city - which means you an expect a lot of remodeling and a drive-by look ahead of time.  All they need is one (1) retail store to ship and receive internet orders to Canadian customers from their new web site.

 

Remember - you can sign up for a NORDSTROM REWARDS card, without a credit check, which acts as a debit card to your regular checking account.  This will entitled you to EARLY SALES and points.

 

Here is a video:

 

post #35841 of 48435
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Originally Posted by kpag View Post
 

 

I'm not as concerned about the $10/$20 than the time and hassle of having to send them back. That and its also disappointing when you're excited and waiting for a new package to arrive only to realize you have to send it right back. I mainly ask because in the Wolverine 1K Mile boot thread there are lots and lots of complaints about awful seconds. So much so that its just not worth the headache (to me, at least) to give seconds a shot. I was just wondering if AE seconds were OK or if there is lots of junk. 


AE has a higher standard for their seconds than others.  I have purchased their seconds in the past 10 years when all that was available in my favorite older style was a second and the firsts were no longer available.  I have never been able to see a flaw in the overall general appearance of the second, probably because I have called in my order and asked the rep to check for obvious and noticeable potential flaws .  Last year I ordered another second and the fit was too small.  They paid for the return postage (even though return postage for seconds is rarely advertised).

 

On the other hand, if the same style is available as a first - you may want to see if a sale is available.  The biggest sale of the year is in July-August at 33% off across most of the selections at Nordstroms, and there is also www.6pm.com too.  AE will not price match, but Nordstoms will.

 

And on another note . . . I chose to order the FIFTH STREET BOOT in black at $100 OFF today at the AE Site.  There is quite a history on this style and how it has been worn. 

 

As always,


David

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Originally Posted by chinngiskhaan View Post
 

dude, I get that you are excited and that is great, nothing wrong with that, but lets try to keep the language clean yeah? It's a free country, but I'd appreciate it if you didn't use that language. Thanks in advance and congrats on your MTO!

 

 

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Yeah there are children reading about 500 dollar formal dress shoes!  :rolleyes:

 

 

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Originally Posted by wdahab View Post


Ummm... no.
I mean really. It's one thing to keep language clean if talking about someone else or having an argument. But me saying, effectively "fuck yeah!" ?... just no.

 

 

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What are we all, blushing maidens in here? I'm all for civil discourse, but let's not be too sensitive...

 

I think that these cover it.

post #35843 of 48435
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Originally Posted by green garden View Post
 

For me, the 333's length is similar to the 5 last but a bit more room in the toebox.  I am a 8.5C Brannock.  I wear 8.5C in the 511 and 7 last.  For the 5 last, I wear a 8D.  But I find that at the end of the day, the pinky and 4th toe of my left foot (my longer foot) "scratch" the edge of my Strands.  For the 333, I wear a 8D without any issues.  I will add that I have a Rutledge and the leather is buttery soft.  Maybe that could be the reason I don't feel any pressure.   

Thanks for the input. I am tossing around a Shell Portland MTO. 

post #35844 of 48435
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Originally Posted by kpag View Post
 

 

I'm not as concerned about the $10/$20 than the time and hassle of having to send them back. That and its also disappointing when you're excited and waiting for a new package to arrive only to realize you have to send it right back. I mainly ask because in the Wolverine 1K Mile boot thread there are lots and lots of complaints about awful seconds. So much so that its just not worth the headache (to me, at least) to give seconds a shot. I was just wondering if AE seconds were OK or if there is lots of junk.

I've only gotten one pair of AE seconds that had noticeable issues (Merlot McAllister), and that was only because they were creased (likely from being tried on in a store). I kept them because of the price ($150) and the fact that I didn't want to go through the hassle of sending them back and waiting for another delivery. They would have looked the same way after I wore them.

 

All of my other AE seconds have looked perfect to me...granted, I'm not as critical of shoes as some of the other guys here are.

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So, I'm loving the look of the Geary webgem! Shortwing Blucher with a medallion. Not sure about the 222 last (I kind of wish they would have done it on the 108). I already have the Jefferson in dark brown, but I hope it stays in the lineup and they add a few colors.

 

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How do you guys find out about these sales on 2nds? Do you email/call the main AE contact info from the website for a list of the available sizes/styles?
post #35847 of 48435
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Originally Posted by ryansto View Post
 

So, I'm loving the look of the Geary webgem! Shortwing Blucher with a medallion. Not sure about the 222 last (I kind of wish they would have done it on the 108). I already have the Jefferson in dark brown, but I hope it stays in the lineup and they add a few colors.

 

 

So basically a brown Players?

 

(And ditto on the 108 last - by far my favorite)

post #35848 of 48435

I have been a lurker for a couple years and finally decided to post. Thanks for the heads up on the factory 2nds! I ordered a pair of black Park Avenues as a test and they were virtually perfect (I found no defect, but I am no cobbler). For the after XMas sale they had $50 off the first pair and $100 off the second, so I got a pair of walnut 5th Aves the bourborn Mora 2.0s. I could not be happier. I really appreciate everyone helping those of us who are just learning the ropes.

post #35849 of 48435
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Originally Posted by nathanl View Post

So basically a brown Players?

(And ditto on the 108 last - by far my favorite)

Conceptually yes. But it's a different last. Has a very different "feel" to them.

-Mike
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Conceptually yes. But it's a different last. Has a very different "feel" to them.

-Mike

 

Eh?  It says 222 last, which AFAIK is the same as Players.

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