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I only own one AE belt (a black classic wide or w/e it's called) and it started cracking after only a few wears. Compare that to Trafalgar belts that I own and there's no cracking after ~2 years of wear. Unfortunately they don't have a walnut color that I think would match.

 

Does Trafalgar still make theirs in the USA?  The last one I bought turned out to be Chinese-made so I returned it.  And, you might have just gotten a bad AE.  It's certainly been known to happen with the shoes . . .

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I own a bunch of the AE belts.  Not to sound too much like a fanboy, but quality-wise they seem just fine to me, the colors match well, and I don't think the list prices are out of line for "Made in the USA".  I too am curious as to what about them the OP found lacking.

Do you happen to have an Arrow Creek style?  I was curious how it differed from the standard calf and if it could be worn either as business casual or dress.

 

I don't believe I do.  Most of mine are wide basic dress.  I pretty much go by the AE match chart.

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TSM sells some belts by the name of JC COLE. They're made in the USA and look pretty awesome (besides being on sale). I haven't bought one yet, but I've been seriously contemplating the Natural CXL one.

 

http://search.theshoemart.com/search?keywords=JC+COLE&btnSearch=GO

 

Those are very nice, and the natty CXL especially so!

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Anybody else receive their Eagle County MTO?
I saw one, or maybe a couple. Just got word that mine was done, and I can't wait for them to get here.
I went with...
Upper leather is going to be the same leather as the tan Rothsay with the same contrasting stitch, Brass eyelets, Natural flat welt, Wheeled edges, Tan edge dressing, White welt stitching, Mini lug sole.
I'll post some pictures when they get in.
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Funny how some people say the same thing about AE shoes (e.g., too "blobby").

Yeah, well it IS a Midwestern company, after all, and not European high fashion.

AE lasts are not my favorite shapes, but they are the few around that actually fit my super wide feet, and they're pretty affordable by comparison.
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Funny how some people say the same thing about AE shoes (e.g., too "blobby").

 

 

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Yeah, well it IS a Midwestern company, after all, and not European high fashion.

AE lasts are not my favorite shapes, but they are the few around that actually fit my super wide feet, and they're pretty affordable by comparison.

 

My feet are pretty "blobby" so I think they fit well for me :)

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Does Trafalgar still make theirs in the USA?  The last one I bought turned out to be Chinese-made so I returned it.  And, you might have just gotten a bad AE.  It's certainly been known to happen with the shoes . . .

 

No idea. They're very well made though which is all that matters to me.

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Any thoughts on the the comparison between these two Strand-derivative casual options, the recently-added to clearance Elgins vs. the new Rush Streets?

 

Elgins, in Tan Saddle Waxy Leather, on clearance for $197:

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF4135_1_40000000001_-1_

 

Rush Streets in Golden Brown CXL for $325:

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF2005_1_40000000001_-1_

 

Think the price differential is worth it for the CXL, contrast piping, and the dainite sole (vs. double oak)?

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Yeah, well it IS a Midwestern company, after all, and not European high fashion.

AE lasts are not my favorite shapes, but they are the few around that actually fit my super wide feet, and they're pretty affordable by comparison.

I think AE does a great job of styling American shoes that have a nice balance between New England bulbous (i.e., Alden) and European elegance. It's pretty hard to call the 5 last bulbous or blobby; luckily AE offers a good range of last shapes.

 

The bulbous look is very popular right now, which is good for Alden.

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Funny how some people say the same thing about AE shoes (e.g., too "blobby").

 

That comes off as a little defensive when it needn't be.  AE stands alone in providing a quality goodyear welted shoe in classic styles in the $200's (when on sale).  Some find the 5 last too blobby; some find certain European models too pointy and flashy.  Some rave about how well AE does boots and more traditional style slike gunboats, but gripe about AE's captoes.  To each his own.  You asked what the OP's gripe might be with regard to the belts, and I shared the one most commonly heard over the years in this thread.  While I tend to share that same view, it is by no means universal or shared by everyone.

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^^ Can't imagine the 5 last being called blobby.
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Does anyone own a shoe in the cognac Dublin?  Can anyone comment on its water resistance vis-a-vis Chromexcel?  I may run a test regardless....

I have Ridgeways in cognac Dublin.  I don't have any Chromexcel.  However, I have always been careful when crossing streams, so I don't know how water resistant cognac Dublin is.  Green rubber Wellies are probably a better idea if one is looking for water resistant shoes......

AppleMark

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Any thoughts on the the comparison between these two Strand-derivative casual options, the recently-added to clearance Elgins vs. the new Rush Streets?

 

Elgins, in Tan Saddle Waxy Leather, on clearance for $197:

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF4135_1_40000000001_-1_

 

Rush Streets in Golden Brown CXL for $325:

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF2005_1_40000000001_-1_

 

Think the price differential is worth it for the CXL, contrast piping, and the dainite sole (vs. double oak)?

 

I like the Elgins better overall wish I could do that Elgin with the natural & V sole for that price - would be killer -

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^^ Can't imagine the 5 last being called blobby.

 

We seem to run in cycles with at least once a year a debate ensuing over this issue.  I've never heard a bad word about Strands, and I think the 5 last generally compares favorably with some SF favorites like Loake (Capital?), Carmina (Forest) and Meermin (Hiro).  The complaint about Park Avenues and Fifth Avenues is about how stubby the toe cap looks due to the protruding welt, the six eyelet design and the cap toe line being too far from the vamp.  I seem to recall one poster (Quadcammer maybe?) formally announcing that he was no longer recommending the Park Avenue to SF noobs.

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I'm looking for some advice on my next AE purchase. I want to add some Bourbon into my lineup. My current list is:

 

Black Flatirons
Brown Fifth Streets
Merlot McAllisters
Walnut Players
Walnut Strands

 

I really like the AE Bourbon, so I hope to have use these next pair of shoes as my go-to shoes for suits (I only wear suits a handful of times throughout the year), but also a little more versatile for business casual use with slacks and a button down.I like the clean look the Kenilworth or the Flatirons. I'm guessing many of you would recommend the Moras to add some monk straps to my lineup, but I guess I don't see the appeal of monk straps. I'm definitely open to hear any suggestions you SF might have. Thanks!

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