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post #36436 of 49593
where can you buy allen edmonds in HK? thanks
post #36437 of 49593
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Originally Posted by david 112358 View Post

Got my new black stands in the mail today. Awesome shoes, but very stiff.

Is it OK to use the AE conditioner on them while I'm breaking them in?

 

Have you owned AE shoes previously? 

 

I ask because I felt the same way about both pairs I own after purchasing them (Strands and Mcallisters). They were really stiff and also just looked "too polished". After 10-20 wears they fit like old baseball gloves and take on a more natural look. Not having any imperfections on your shoe at all looks weird, in my opnion. 

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Originally Posted by BobStrauss View Post

Have you owned AE shoes previously? 

I ask because I felt the same way about both pairs I own after purchasing them (Strands and Mcallisters). They were really stiff and also just looked "too polished". After 10-20 wears they fit like old baseball gloves and take on a more natural look. Not having any imperfections on your shoe at all looks weird, in my opnion. 
I have a pair of Aberdeens that I bought to be my "rain" shoe, but those are hardly a dress shoe- more like a short hiking boot.

The strand is the first good dress shoe I've bought in a very long time. I just don't want to screw them up at the start.
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Originally Posted by david 112358 View Post

The strand is the first good dress shoe I've bought in a very long time. I just don't want to screw them up at the start.

High quality Goodyear-welted leather sole dress shoes feel very different from less expensive shoes built with athletic-shoe manufacturing processes.

I recommend that you just start wearing them and don't mess with chemicals to try to break them in. If the leather is dry, they might benefit from an early treatment with cream polish. Otherwise, just starting putting the miles in and polish as necessary.

You might want to check the sole wear around the toe after a few days. If they're shoing a lot of wear there, having a cobbler add toe taps will extend the sole life a lot.
post #36440 of 49593
Apologies if someone already mentioned this, but Polo has a few good deals going right now. They've got their Slaton cap-toe, Sanderson LWB, and Saunders chukka, all in snuff suede, on sale.
post #36441 of 49593
Just noticed on the AE website that the walnut MacNeil is now labeled a close out style, and selling at a discount.
Surely they wouldn't discontinue such a classic and best selling shoe?
Would they?

I can only hope for a return of the burgundy MacNeil as I missed the recent web gem.
That should be a regular model.
post #36442 of 49593
Just picked up my first two pairs of Allen Edmonds. After trying a bunch on in-store, I ordered seconds of the Rutledge and Jefferson. With the holiday discount I picked up both pairs for around $640 w/ tax... very happy with them. Thanks to all for contributions that helped lead me to great shoes for a great deal. smile.gif

Side note... cusotmer service at the outlet in Port Washington is excellent. I dealt with Vincenzo.

I've already got my eye on a couple more pairs but will probably hold off for a good sale. Does anyone know when AE runs some of their best yearly sales?

Thanks!
post #36443 of 49593
^Pretty much all year round. Sign up for the email list via the shoe bank and request seconds lists often. Additionally the RDA sale is usually solid.
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Originally Posted by motosacto View Post

High quality Goodyear-welted leather sole dress shoes feel very different from less expensive shoes built with athletic-shoe manufacturing processes.

I recommend that you just start wearing them and don't mess with chemicals to try to break them in. If the leather is dry, they might benefit from an early treatment with cream polish. Otherwise, just starting putting the miles in and polish as necessary.

You might want to check the sole wear around the toe after a few days. If they're shoing a lot of wear there, having a cobbler add toe taps will extend the sole life a lot.
Perfect. This is exactly what I wanted to know. I'm going to wear them around the house this weekend then drop them off at the shoe guy to put on tap soles.
post #36445 of 49593
Sporting the Long Branch on a visit to the book store today. Winter took a small break and rain cleared away all the salt, so I couldn't resist giving them another wear.

Switched to some blue laces, just for kicks and giggles. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

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Originally Posted by REguy View Post

Apologies if someone already mentioned this, but Polo has a few good deals going right now. They've got their Slaton cap-toe, Sanderson LWB, and Saunders chukka, all in snuff suede, on sale.

Thanks! :fistbump:

post #36447 of 49593
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Originally Posted by david 112358 View Post

Got my new black stands in the mail today. Awesome shoes, but very stiff.

Is it OK to use the AE conditioner on them while I'm breaking them in?

 

Whenever I get a new pair AE's, prior to wearing them outside the house I first use a coat of AE cleaner/conditioner and then, after it dries, I apply AE's polish.  Your shoes will feel less stiff the more you wear them, especially if you take good care of them and keep them cleaned and conditioned along the way.  My only advice (not knowing where you live) is that my experience has been wearing leather soles in wet or snowy weather really accelerates the aging process of the soles.  Thus, when I go to work I wear a pair of cheap Cole Haan's and change into my AE's at my desk.  Other people use Swims but I just haven't bought a pair yet.

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Thinking about investing in my first pair of cordovan shoes...AE loafers I am thinking. Which pair do we think is better? Randolph or Patriot. I have wide feet.

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Originally Posted by Goldfishe View Post
 

Thinking about investing in my first pair of cordovan shoes...AE loafers I am thinking. Which pair do we think is better? Randolph or Patriot. I have wide feet.

Patriot.  I'm a 12 EEE and I love them.

post #36450 of 49593
Looking at purchasing some close out Rutledge shoes. Currently have Daltons. Salesperson said that I should stay with say size and width. Can anyone confirm this?

Thanks
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