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I received my burgundy shell MacNeils from the shoe bank today.

Here's the right shoe (straight out of the box) next to my Alden cigar shell longwing, which I'm wearing today, on the the left foot:



Now, for the complete pair. They look to be in good condition, but you will see in the photo below that the quarter panels on the left MacNeil are misaligned by about 1/8 inch. Notice how the bottom lace is not perpendicular to the line of the shoe. I'm curious whether this is a big issue; should I send them back? They otherwise look perfect and they feel okay for the most part, but the left outer topline touches my ankle very slightly...probably due to the quarters being out of alignment. I don't think most people would notice the defect, but if it's likely to cause a comfort issue in the long term then I may try to exchange.

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Originally Posted by hohneokc View Post

New AE's on the website.
New Park Avenue colors - Granite Grey and Walnut Cloud
New McTavish color - dark brown (already shown ealier on this thread)
Players - now in Walnut and Black calf (not sure if that was there before) and the Bitter Chocolate suede is back
Hamptons - now in brown burnished/brown grain and black/black grain
Ridgeway is back
Pierpont - gray / navy saddle
Flagstaff - new casual penny loafer
Parkway - new split toe blucher (black grain is a choice)
I already have the new McTavish color coming to my local menswear/shoe store. I'm also liking the Hampton in burnished brown / brown grain.
Chris

I picked up the Bitter Chocolate Players ( along with the snuff and sand suede) at the 2 for $200 sale ( Paid 3 for $300).  I have found the bitter chocolate is actually more versatile colorwise than the snuff suede.  I also have a pair of Byron captoes in dark brown suede ( which looks awesome with my POW suit), but the bitter chocolate gets the most wear by far.

post #8163 of 48723
Storm33,

If they are first quality, send them back.
If they are seconds, then its your decision, it should not adversly affect wear, but it may bug you:embar:

Regards.
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Originally Posted by jjr4884 View Post

Facet... Those Jeffersons are beautiful.  Do you know what leather is used?  Nappa? 

I was amazed at how much softer they were off the shelf a few weeks back, however with those prices, I ended up going shell cord.  Since I have the McAllisters already in Merlot, the Rutlidges are on my radar.  Absolutely beautiful shoes. 
Thanks, I'm not sure what leather they use, to be honest. Yeah, they are more expensive retail; but I was able to get a pretty good deal off of ebay so that I didn't have to pay much more than a pair of Mcallisters, which I was originally looking for.
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Facet, those look great.  You have achieved much better shine that I have been able to.  Could you share your process?
Hey, thanks. I don't do anything special with mine; I just condition (not every time though) and use their walnut polish following the steps they outline on their youtube video. Every other polishing, I'll use Meltonian shoe cream before the polishing step; but that's pretty much it.
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Originally Posted by Storm33 View Post

I received my burgundy shell MacNeils from the shoe bank today.
Here's the right shoe (straight out of the box) next to my Alden cigar shell longwing, which I'm wearing today, on the the left foot:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

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Now, for the complete pair. They look to be in good condition, but you will see in the photo below that the quarter panels on the left MacNeil are misaligned by about 1/8 inch. Notice how the bottom lace is not perpendicular to the line of the shoe. I'm curious whether this is a big issue; should I send them back? They otherwise look perfect and they feel okay for the most part, but the left outer topline touches my ankle very slightly...probably due to the quarters being out of alignment. I don't think most people would notice the defect, but if it's likely to cause a comfort issue in the long term then I may try to exchange.
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my 2 cents: I'd send em back.  It would bug me all day if I had to wear em

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Originally Posted by charliebrown2 View Post

 

my 2 cents: I'd send em back.  It would bug me all day if I had to wear em

+1.  It would bother me every time I looked down.  But it's very personal and depends on how well you would live with that.

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My Bayfields are slightly off like that (they are 2nds).  At the end of the day, I paid $200 under retail, so that eases my mind whenever I look down smile.gif

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"Dear Sir:

Thank you for your email.  We have forwarded your email to our design team.  If you have any further questions please call toll free 800.235.2348 and speak with one of our representatives."

This is the response I received from AE in regards to a request for a  boot version of the Strand. 
For me the Fifth Street is close enough. I actually prefer the less brogueing that the Fifth Street has.
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Speaking of boots, I've been looking for the Fifth Street in brown, but haven't seen any good deals like others have posted of other styles. Are these just rarely marked down? Where would be the best place to watch for sales?

Earlier this year/late last year they were on clearance for $199 through retail stores. Not sure why this was the case as they are still selling them.
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Originally Posted by Storm33 View Post


Now, for the complete pair. They look to be in good condition, but you will see in the photo below that the quarter panels on the left MacNeil are misaligned by about 1/8 inch. Notice how the bottom lace is not perpendicular to the line of the shoe. I'm curious whether this is a big issue; should I send them back? They otherwise look perfect and they feel okay for the most part, but the left outer topline touches my ankle very slightly...probably due to the quarters being out of alignment. I don't think most people would notice the defect, but if it's likely to cause a comfort issue in the long term then I may try to exchange.
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I had the exact same issue of the ones I got a couple of weeks ago.  I ordered firsts from my local AE store, so when I tried them on, it was immediately obvious.  They sent those back and ordered me a new pair.  Hopefully they don't try to sell them as firsts.

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Originally Posted by facet View Post


Thanks, I'm not sure what leather they use, to be honest. Yeah, they are more expensive retail; but I was able to get a pretty good deal off of ebay so that I didn't have to pay much more than a pair of Mcallisters, which I was originally looking for.
Hey, thanks. I don't do anything special with mine; I just condition (not every time though) and use their walnut polish following the steps they outline on their youtube video. Every other polishing, I'll use Meltonian shoe cream before the polishing step; but that's pretty much it.

 

I think i am going to pick up a pair last week in August or whenever their yearly sale is... 15-20% off all shoes, so that will bring it down pretty close to the normal price range...

 

I need a nice black captoe so even though the Rutledge's look amazing in walnut, i'm going with the black. 

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Anybody have any photos of the vashon in chili?

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Originally Posted by Storm33 View Post

I received my burgundy shell MacNeils from the shoe bank today.
Here's the right shoe (straight out of the box) next to my Alden cigar shell longwing, which I'm wearing today, on the the left foot:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Now, for the complete pair. They look to be in good condition, but you will see in the photo below that the quarter panels on the left MacNeil are misaligned by about 1/8 inch. Notice how the bottom lace is not perpendicular to the line of the shoe. I'm curious whether this is a big issue; should I send them back? They otherwise look perfect and they feel okay for the most part, but the left outer topline touches my ankle very slightly...probably due to the quarters being out of alignment. I don't think most people would notice the defect, but if it's likely to cause a comfort issue in the long term then I may try to exchange.

Thanks for the comparison pic. I was set on getting a pair of Alden Shell LWB, but now looking at the pictures of the two, I don't think I will. I don't like the proportion of gap between the lacing and the wingtip.
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Originally Posted by Storm33 View Post

I received my burgundy shell MacNeils from the shoe bank today.
Here's the right shoe (straight out of the box) next to my Alden cigar shell longwing, which I'm wearing today, on the the left foot:
700
Now, for the complete pair. They look to be in good condition, but you will see in the photo below that the quarter panels on the left MacNeil are misaligned by about 1/8 inch. Notice how the bottom lace is not perpendicular to the line of the shoe. I'm curious whether this is a big issue; should I send them back? They otherwise look perfect and they feel okay for the most part, but the left outer topline touches my ankle very slightly...probably due to the quarters being out of alignment. I don't think most people would notice the defect, but if it's likely to cause a comfort issue in the long term then I may try to exchange.
700

 

Nice shoes, but for shoes like that... i could never.  I would return them in a heart beat.  Even if you did get a good deal, you still paid a crapload in comparison to 99% of the shoes out there.

 

On a side note, I love how AE eyelits are close to one another.  Even with their bals... such a cleaner look rather than having a 2 inch gap.  I have a pair of Cole Haans collecting dust soley because of the fact that the eyelits are spaced way too far apart for my liking. 

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Originally Posted by jjr4884 View Post

 

I think i am going to pick up a pair last week in August or whenever their yearly sale is... 15-20% off all shoes, so that will bring it down pretty close to the normal price range...

 

 

Who has the sale? AE on line?

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Originally Posted by seer View Post

Who has the sale? AE on line?

 

AE up in boston told me that they have a yearly sale either in August or Sept.  I can't remember but they will email me and let me know.  I think this is for retail stores only, but call your local AE store and find out.  I have no idea if it is available online, however the store on Newbury St. is definitely having it.  Most shoes are 15% off, some are up to 20% off.

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