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post #37921 of 47276
Own about 12 pairs of AE currently, been at this a few years, but to date - no monks. Just rectified that; called Phil at the Shoebank and ordered myself a pr of Mora 2.0 in burnished brown, $245 after discount (2nd's). J
post #37922 of 47276
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Originally Posted by Indyoshi68 View Post
 

I think I just got lucky. It's NEVER been so quick for my $$$ to leave the coffers with Shoebank; typically (as you can attest to), it's several days or more before I even get confirmation that the shoes are available.  Mind you, I called four times with no answer before 9:15, so I clearly slipped through some crack in the process!!! :smarmy: 

I was told that there were a slew of orders 'on hold' for people (for those of you who've gotten warm and fuzzy with your personal SA's), so confirmation of the availability of many shoes could not be made until those orders were processed, based on when they were taken.  I guess nobody wanted the shoes I did. Thank you, 'off-center' style of mine!

 

 

Geesh all I got were two pair of Neumoks.  She checked that they were available and set them to the side while I was on the phone and took all my billing info.  

post #37923 of 47276
Hmm I called on Friday I think, gave info (gave info again on Saturday, she didn't get all the numbers) and the shoes should arrive tomorrow
post #37924 of 47276
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post
 

That Vincenzo is a great guy.

 

By coincidence, he sold me the shoes I'm wearing today.  For $99.  Firsts.

 

 

Great deal!  Navy Morgans, right?  Gave serious thought to those.

post #37925 of 47276
Has anyone noticed that it appears the standard price of the popular styles has been raised to $365 on the website? :/
post #37926 of 47276
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Originally Posted by Nine Miler View Post

Has anyone noticed that it appears the standard price of the popular styles has been raised to $365 on the website? :/

I did notice this, so I bought my brown strands from Sherman Bros. $345 + 15% discount biggrin.gif
post #37927 of 47276
They were a special edition called "Times Square", with either blue, red or white contrast stitchig, piping and laces, on black patent leather. I think they were a New Year"s Eve party themed "Webgem" at the end of 2012. I picked them up last August; they had quite a few of the blue and red options left over I think.
post #37928 of 47276
I had a list of shoes that I asked about for the seconds sale. I had grand thoughts of thdem all being 50% off, but in reality most of them were only 15% off, so it's really not spectacular.
post #37929 of 47276
I have been increasingly frustrated with the quick turnover of the more subdued styles in lieu of the selection of off the wall/atypical styling options from AE. I am not opposed to paying a higher price for an increase in quality, but I don't care to have administrative overhead passed on to me. Now, if there is an issue with supply of materials, etc. I guess I can understand, but it would be good to know what the bump is caused from.

I have also recently had inconsistent fit issues with AE shoes, even in the same style and last. I have tried many styles and lasts and it seems like it is an absolute adventure trying to find a shoe that wont eventually end up creasing in an unsightly way. I recently went to return a pair of shoes that I bought online during a sale to replace a pair of the identical shoes that incurred some damage (the Hale, on the 8 last) and I found that when I tried them on, they were creasing in the toe cap immediately. Of course they are now out of that size, or any other size, despite it being correct, so I have to just live with it being impossible to get the replacement, or now pay much more for a shoe that doesn't achieve what the Hale did aesthetically.

I also have AE shoes that I really enjoy, but maybe its time I try something else. They are almost always tight in the vamp and lacing area due to the low topline of the shoes (I don't have an especially high arch, or anything) and I find it is becoming very rare that I can find something in a pleasing last that works for me, in a style that is classic and in my size. So far I am anywhere between an 8E and 9D, which I don't consider to be unusual, but it isn't like I wear an unusual size either.

Rant over.
post #37930 of 47276
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Originally Posted by pudman43 View Post

Own about 12 pairs of AE currently, been at this a few years, but to date - no monks. Just rectified that; called Phil at the Shoebank and ordered myself a pr of Mora 2.0 in burnished brown, $245 after discount (2nd's). J

I asked about the 2.0, but was told they were regular price (wanted a double monk myself) of $289 I think... So I passed. Too many other largely discounted options!

post #37931 of 47276
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Originally Posted by Nine Miler View Post

I have been increasingly frustrated with the quick turnover of the more subdued styles in lieu of the selection of off the wall/atypical styling options from AE. I am not opposed to paying a higher price for an increase in quality, but I don't care to have administrative overhead passed on to me. Now, if there is an issue with supply of materials, etc. I guess I can understand, but it would be good to know what the bump is caused from.

I have also recently had inconsistent fit issues with AE shoes, even in the same style and last. I have tried many styles and lasts and it seems like it is an absolute adventure trying to find a shoe that wont eventually end up creasing in an unsightly way. I recently went to return a pair of shoes that I bought online during a sale to replace a pair of the identical shoes that incurred some damage (the Hale, on the 8 last) and I found that when I tried them on, they were creasing in the toe cap immediately. Of course they are now out of that size, or any other size, despite it being correct, so I have to just live with it being impossible to get the replacement, or now pay much more for a shoe that doesn't achieve what the Hale did aesthetically.

I also have AE shoes that I really enjoy, but maybe its time I try something else. They are almost always tight in the vamp and lacing area due to the low topline of the shoes (I don't have an especially high arch, or anything) and I find it is becoming very rare that I can find something in a pleasing last that works for me, in a style that is classic and in my size. So far I am anywhere between an 8E and 9D, which I don't consider to be unusual, but it isn't like I wear an unusual size either.

Rant over.

This sounds familiar...:puzzled: (cue flashback sequence...)

 

(From a post I submitted a few weeks ago, with little/no feedback:)

 

...I've even noticed a difference in fit between shoes in the same style (two strands or two Mcallisters) of the same size, and I am positive I am not the only one with this experience.  People are apt to say 'but they're handmade shoes...they will never all be the same'. Yes - but they should all FIT the same, or not so dissimilar that you're swimming in one shoe and another is snug fitting... That's QC, and - whether or not it's seen as sacrilege in the thread - the quality of AE shoes seems to be suffering recently, whether it's leather quality (two different pairs of Daltons with VASTLY different leather thickness, fit and construction). what shoes are coming out of the factory as "firsts" (I've gotten two new shoes from Chicago flagship store in the last 2 months that were EASILY seconds), and everyone of AE's staff is NOT an Allison Meyer... Some reps are downright discourteous when responding to these issues.  

 

Part of the "appreciation" of the brand (and it's shoes) should be the honest assessment of different aspects of the product, where the brand stands now vs years ago (tradition, reputation, continued commitment to quality), and it's comparison to other similar makers in terms of value.

 

Some of these things are 'hits' for AE, some are a 'foul tip'. I will add missing styles I like (not many left), and move on to other brands for more variety (different lasts, more stylish offerings). I will repurchase my favorites (if I ever wear them out), as some are worthy of such loyalty.

 

Lambaste me at your leisure... But I'm sure ALL of the senior members of the forum's shoes range outside of Allen Edmonds' offerings.  It's the spice of life...

 

(...back to current day, and) I hear you, Nine Miler; I guess it's those nuances that make people (with the $$$) head to Alden, EG, Vass, JL, etc... In all honesty, I've seen some blake, bologna, and Norweigan welted shoes that are just works of art, with beautiful composition, design, leather, etc... and would last me just as long as the goodyears (rotation+care=years of ownership). But the cost associated with that jump is not negligible, and I'm still learning about too many of these things to jump right now.

post #37932 of 47276
Called Shoe Bank today and they don't have Brown or Burgundy Dundee in my size. ffffuuuu.gif
post #37933 of 47276
I have probably 7 or 8 pair of AEs. Some have come back from recraft with edge dressing swiped across the uppers, and even at that, the recrafted soles lasted 1/2 the time as the originals, and they are now sitting to be trashed, or recrafted again. I am buying AEs much less frequently now, as the issues I mentioned previously, and the one noted here make it easier and easier for me to space out purchases in justification of the higher price tag of some of the competitor's offerings. In addition, I have found the staff in my particular store neither here nor there. I suppose it comes with the territory of being interested in clothing and shoes, but I am always frustrated when I know more about the current offerings than the people trying to sell them to me.
post #37934 of 47276
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Originally Posted by Nine Miler View Post

I have probably 7 or 8 pair of AEs. Some have come back from recraft with edge dressing swiped across the uppers, and even at that, the recrafted soles lasted 1/2 the time as the originals, and they are now sitting to be trashed, or recrafted again. I am buying AEs much less frequently now, as the issues I mentioned previously, and the one noted here make it easier and easier for me to space out purchases in justification of the higher price tag of some of the competitor's offerings. In addition, I have found the staff in my particular store neither here nor there. I suppose it comes with the territory of being interested in clothing and shoes, but I am always frustrated when I know more about the current offerings than the people trying to sell them to me.

I seriously hope you sent back the ones with edge dress on the uppers back. They should have taken care of that issue real quickly.
post #37935 of 47276
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Originally Posted by Indyoshi68 View Post

I asked about the 2.0, but was told they were regular price (wanted a double monk myself) of $289 I think... So I passed. Too many other largely discounted options!
They were actually $289 less 15%, I think $245. J
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