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If you have to pick one, would you get Cordovan Leeds in Burgundy or Black? (also, I already have a pair of Leeds in black calf)

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Originally Posted by zchen View Post

If you have to pick one, would you get Cordovan Leeds in Burgundy or Black? (also, I already have a pair of Leeds in black calf)

 

That makes the Burgundy seem like the obvious choice to me.

post #7788 of 53194
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

In my judgment, this one is easy: Keep one black pair, one burgundy pair, and one brown/walnut pair. This will provide you the most flexibility for your wardrobe.
And you may wish to have at least one blucher instead of all balmorals ....

+1 on both counts.

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Originally Posted by zchen View Post

If you have to pick one, would you get Cordovan Leeds in Burgundy or Black? (also, I already have a pair of Leeds in black calf)

Burgundy. Then plan to replace the black calf with black cordovan later. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

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Originally Posted by norite View Post

I was considering doing exactly that. Keep the Black PA, the Burgandy Mcallister, and either the Walnut Strand or Brown Fifth Avenue. I was leaning more towards keeping the Walnut Strands because I could save myself $140 and with that money, buy shoe trees and all the things I need to keep the shoes clean and whatnot. And with any money left over, I was thinking of getting a pair of Brown Bluchers, more specifically Brown Cole Haan Air Carters as my "beater" pair of shoes from Nordstrom Rack. Yes, I know, I went from Allen Edmonds to Cole Haan Air haha.


Definitely get some trees, some conditioner / moisturizer, some sole edge treatment, and some brushes. Kiwi wax is pretty good stuff and it is inexpensive. Skip the Cole Haans unless you will be walking a lot outside. Once I had AEs, I never wore the Cole Haans.

Use the money to buy another pair of AEs, perhaps a pair of loafers or a blucher.
Edited by bucksfan - 7/26/12 at 8:51pm
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Originally Posted by zchen View Post

If you have to pick one, would you get Cordovan Leeds in Burgundy or Black? (also, I already have a pair of Leeds in black calf)

I am partial to brown. One pair of captoes fulfills all my needs in the black shoe category
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I am partial to brown. One pair of captoes fulfills all my needs in the black shoe category

I feel the same way.  Beyond my pair of black PAs I don't think I'll be picking up any more black shoes for a long while.

(though I might add in a balmoral wingtip in black as well some day)

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My Black hills are creating a lot of pain for me on my little toe from rubbing on the side. This is weird since I have no trouble with the Strand and kenilworth which are on the same last. Is it cause of the rough waxy leather of the black hills? Can a cobbler stretch rough leather or only calf skin?
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Originally Posted by norite View Post

I was considering doing exactly that. Keep the Black PA, the Burgandy Mcallister, and either the Walnut Strand or Brown Fifth Avenue. I was leaning more towards keeping the Walnut Strands because I could save myself $140 and with that money, buy shoe trees and all the things I need to keep the shoes clean and whatnot. And with any money left over, I was thinking of getting a pair of Brown Bluchers, more specifically Brown Cole Haan Air Carters as my "beater" pair of shoes from Nordstrom Rack. Yes, I know, I went from Allen Edmonds to Cole Haan Air haha.


AHHH Thank you very much for this extra input. I haven't been around in a professional office setting too much other than for office tours and interviews. The color of the Walnut Strands concerned me as I thought it would be much too casual. Definitely great to hear that it might fit in perfectly fine.

And on a random side note - I just booked a flight to New York just minutes ago! I'm going to start my itinerary planning pretty soon, but if you have any suggestions of great places to eat, sights to see, and anything else that will make my first time experience a better one, I would appreciate it!

As for keeping 1 pair in each color, for me, the walnut and dark brown are so different that I consider them different colors.

I recommend staying away from Cole Haan. You will likely end up replacing them in the future with a better quality shoe, at which point you will have wasted your money on the Cole Haans.

Is keeping all 4 pairs if shoes an option?
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I wish they'd bring the Reddings back for another season. I think I prefer them over my Park Avenues, but the current selections using the 2 or 8 last aren't that appealing to me.

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I need dress shoes for a funeral tomorrow, I am debating between the Park Avenue and Fifth Avenue.

Which pair and why?

There is an AE store five minutes away from my house so I plan on getting these today or early tomorrow. I would also like to use these black shoes for job interviews and any other formal occasion in which I will need black shoes.

Thanks
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Originally Posted by CalTex View Post

I need dress shoes for a funeral tomorrow, I am debating between the Park Avenue and Fifth Avenue.
Which pair and why?
There is an AE store five minutes away from my house so I plan on getting these today or early tomorrow. I would also like to use these black shoes for job interviews and any other formal occasion in which I will need black shoes.
Thanks

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF8005_1_40000000001_-1

 

That's all you need to know. In Black. Blutchers always fit better and are comfortable and more versitile.

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^ Totally wrong.

I would go for the PA, but FA is also a possibility. I would go with the pair you like best. Remember to give them some polishing before wear.
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Originally Posted by Joker Man View Post

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF8005_1_40000000001_-1

 

That's all you need to know. In Black. Blutchers always fit better and are comfortable and more versitile.

They do not always fit better and are definitely not more versatile. Some on this board would argue that you shouldn't even wear bluchers with a suit.

 

Since you are looking for a formal shoe (funeral, job interview), you want a balmoral, not a blucher. Get the PAs. If you feel like getting the FAs at some point in the future, get them in a different color, like brown.

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Originally Posted by mekato1 View Post

Just got my strand from Nordstrom (shipped from AE) and have a question for you guys:

Should the heel of the shoe make full contact on the floor? (i.e. I put them on a table and only the very back of the heel makes contact)

Moreover, there is some black stuff inside the shoes, much more visible on one shoe than the other. What is it?

Thanks

 

700

 

700

 

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Lay a shoe on a flat surface. The back of the heel will be 1/2an inch  higher and the front of the sole an inch or more off the ground. Every co.makes shoes this way so obviously it's meant  to ensure correct  stride.

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Originally Posted by norite View Post

And with any money left over, I was thinking of getting a pair of Brown Bluchers, more specifically Brown Cole Haan Air Carters as my "beater" pair of shoes from Nordstrom Rack. Yes, I know, I went from Allen Edmonds to Cole Haan Air haha.

I would suggest throwing saved money into a pair of Daltons or Bayfields or whatever boots AE introduces for the fall. I picked up a pair of nice goodyear-welted semi-dress boots a few years ago and they've become one of my most-worn shoes. You really won't regret it. Boots are like shell -- you get one pair and suddenly you really want more. nod[1].gif

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Originally Posted by bucksfan View Post

Burgundy. Then plan to replace the black calf with black cordovan later. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Seconded. I only purchased black shell Leeds because they showed up new on eBay for a steal. I would've paid twice as much for burgundy shell. Still might, if the two pair at shoebank are still around a month or two from now...
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Originally Posted by New Shoes1 View Post

I only looked at 12's, but there were black and walnut players there.  Nordstrom also has them available on-line for $200ish.

Awesome, thank you. I will visit this afternoon in search of Walnut 10.5D's. Also, thanks for the website tip... last time I looked, they were only available in Black and in one size.
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