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That new suede captoe looks pretty good in brown! The yellow contrast stiching will probably keep it from being a versatile piece...but could be great to wear in the summer and spring.
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post


The honest colors: bright orange, bright red, kelly green, purple, royal blue, white; and the clown shoes shown below the pic in green/yellow and red/white.
If others wish to have these, I'm okay with that. Certainly curious coming from the "Great American Shoe Company" ....

 

If you read the CEO's blog, it says the casual rough line in all the crazy colors is their hottest seller currently and they are having trouble meeting demand.  As a result, I expect we'll continue to see more of the stuff.  That said, it's not like they're going to stop making the classic models they have made for 20 years or more.  You will always be able to get your Strands, Park Avenues, MacNeils, etc.

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Whatever those grey longwings are, they look hot and I want a pair. Can anyone post a pic or scan of the Fall catalog showing what the Long Branch will look like? I am also curious to see the grey leather boot.
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Can anyone post a pic or scan of the Fall catalog showing what the Long Branch will look like? I am also curious to see the grey leather boot.

Ditto that!

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There's a grey spectator in the top left that I like, and I'm happy to see those desert style boots with leather soles. Looks like they're going after Paul Smith and that goofy Florsheim collab.

Good for them if it is helping them stay profitable.
post #8286 of 49698
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alright since the honesty of colors isn't really getting us anywhere, maybe the honesty of numbers will lol.... you have another 90% of other shoes to choose from, not every single one will suit your needs.  i have about 8 pairs of AE's that i would actually pay for, and i am perfectly happy with that.  4 down, 4 to go...

in all seriousness, who cares that they have a few colorful shoes that came out... call blasphemy when you cant find the perfect balmoral or blucher, in cap, wing, or plain toe.  that will never happen, which is why they still remain the "great american shoe company."

No problem here. In the end I am laughing as I type. For as much as I wish AE would stop making, IMO, these silly shoes (or reasonable shoes in silly colors), I fully understand why they do it if it makes them money. And while I don't think they will stop making all their classics, I do know that one of their classics - black shell Bradley - is no longer offered in their regular stock. That's unfortunate.
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Originally Posted by New Shoes1 View Post

 

If you read the CEO's blog, it says the casual rough line in all the crazy colors is their hottest seller currently and they are having trouble meeting demand.  As a result, I expect we'll continue to see more of the stuff.  That said, it's not like they're going to stop making the classic models they have made for 20 years or more.  You will always be able to get your Strands, Park Avenues, MacNeils, etc.

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http://allenedmondsblog.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2012-01-01T00:00:00-06:00&updated-max=2013-01-01T00:00:00-06:00&max-results=6

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The red Neumok is my favorite shoe.  It beats wearing athletic shoes for casual wear which is what most of my co-workers do, that or some kind of slip on shoe that looks like a flip flop. 
 
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If you read the CEO's blog, it says the casual rough line in all the crazy colors is their hottest seller currently and they are having trouble meeting demand.  As a result, I expect we'll continue to see more of the stuff.  That said, it's not like they're going to stop making the classic models they have made for 20 years or more.  You will always be able to get your Strands, Park Avenues, MacNeils, etc.

 

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Update on my hobby project of tinkering with some $45 ebay shell MacNeil pickups.

 

Before pics. They looked pretty damn cool already, but were very dark with black polish patina. Note the original black heel and sole dressing in the first pic, which I sanded and lightened later:

 

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Intermediate pic. I had attempted to clean the right shoe only with AE leather conditioner/cleaner, which moistened and darkened the shoe temporarily while it was drying. That shoe wouldn't polish up on the vamp by brushing until I took the Renomat to it over several days and got down to the leather. Then, after reconditioning for a couple of days with AE C/C, I applied the shell polish and buffed with HH brush and then a buffing cloth:

 

 

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After pics. I got the right shoe to shine up, and then took Renomat and AE C/C and then polish to the vamp of the left shoe to remove the obvious buildup of polish, etc.  The right shoe is still much darker than the left, but I still love 'em. Pics from the wild to come in following weeks.

 

 

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My brown Neumok is kickass as well.  Still haven't taken a great pic in the wild, but here is my first crappy one.

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^^^  Nice, I'm tempted to pick up some more Neumoks.  But the teaser photo above makes think I should wait and see what comes out next.

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Any love for BlackHillzthe rough version of the Leeds?


Edited by acousticfoodie - 8/3/12 at 11:41pm
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

Okay. I'm gonna say what many on here are thinking: If this is what AE is becoming, then they may have seen my last purchase.
And this is on a day I am wearing my burgundy shell Bradleys, and quite enjoying them. I was just told that a black shell pair is no longer offered as part of AE's stock (a classic no longer offered?), and it would be a special order shoe for $700. And then I see this picture. It's like a bad dream.

 

You can't fault AE for doing good business, but I thought this forum was above consuming products aimed at trendy 20 year olds working their first job in graphic design striving to announce their individualism. Everyone is going to wonder what the hell they were thinking in a few years when these silly shoes like Neumoks are no longer in vogue and they could have spent their money on a proper, timless design that also showcases unmolested leather; this style is merely a gimmick.

 

Anyway, AE is a few years behind the curve of what Cole Haan and others were/are doing and are simply hitching a ride:

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All in all though, this reminds me a lot of the direction Coach took. Very interesting business study. Looking forward to see how AE, as a brand, develops in the years to come.

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Any love for BlackHillzthe rough version of the Leeds?

 

Those look good. Can't even tell it's a rubber sole from that pic. I love my Leeds. Black Hills would be a great foul-weather alternative.

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Originally Posted by MarioImpemba View Post

 

You can't fault AE for doing good business, but I thought this forum was above consuming products aimed at trendy 20 year olds working their first job in graphic design striving to announce their individualism. Everyone is going to wonder what the hell they were thinking in a few years when these silly shoes like Neumoks are no longer in vogue and they could have spent their money on a proper, timless design that also showcases unmolested leather; this style is merely a gimmick.

 

Anyway, AE is a few years behind the curve of what Cole Haan and others were/are doing and are simply hitching a ride:

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All in all though, this reminds me a lot of the direction Coach took. Very interesting business study. Looking forward to see how AE, as a brand, develops in the years to come.

 

When LL Bean started to target the prep crowd in the late 70's early 80's most of us thought damn, that is the end of Bean as we know them. I'm wearing a Bean button down Oxford right now that is older than some of those that post in this thread. It wasn't the end of Bean, they never forgot their roots and the customer service is still one of the best in the business. I like the direction the CEO of AE has taken. I don't wear loafers and my old burgundy and black Shelton's are enough color for me so most of the new offerings don't do anything for me either. AE still needs to keep the lights on and by targeting the younger generation Paul is ensuring a customer base for those that follow him. That is pretty good long term vision IMO. I have been waiting since December of last year to get a pair of #8 shell Bradley's that don't bow. Yeah a pair in black shell would be nice too but I'd be happy to just get a pair of shell Bradley's, how long do I have to wait for them to get it right? Rapid expansion of product while trying to train a new workforce can make or break a company. I can wait. As long as the customer service remains outstanding I will stick with them. And they keep offering an occasional shoe or boot that I can't seem to live without. Yes it is a very interesting business study. Eddie Bauer did the same as Bean but abandoned their roots until this year when they offered a sportsman line once again. And most of us that they are targeting feel that it is too little too late.

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