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Awesome! Thanks for pics.

 

Some good stuff in there.

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Indeed... Maybe the patriot, Dundee or burgundy dalton (awesome!) are in my future.
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That Harrison looks a lot like the Soho!

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Alrighty, my Park Ave's arrived this afternoon. Haven't had them on for that long, but they feel and look good so far. I'm sure they'll feel even better as they start to mold to my feet : ) Can't wait to order another few pairs from AE when I can afford to.

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Indeed... Maybe the patriot, Dundee or burgundy dalton (awesome!) are in my future.


Haight, Burgundy Dundees and Pasedenas look interesting to me. Can't wait to try these new 3 last shoes

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dude those shoes didn't even see outside... keep them and show them who's boss now... theres a new king on the street, and its you... and your strands

I can't believe you guys are actually telling him to keep used shoes that he paid retail price for. Would you buy a new car with 50 miles on it? No. Dude, take those shoes back and get shoes to create YOUR OWN creases.
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They really sold out on the new 3 last.  Of those, the Pasedenas look most interesting to me.

 

Is the 6 last on the Patriot brand new?  

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I can't believe you guys are actually telling him to keep used shoes that he paid retail price for. Would you buy a new car with 50 miles on it? No. Dude, take those shoes back and get shoes to create YOUR OWN creases.

 

Of course you would buy a new car with 50 miles. It happens all the time. What do you think happens when people take test drives?
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Originally Posted by rwbenjey View Post

Alrighty, my Park Ave's arrived this afternoon. Haven't had them on for that long, but they feel and look good so far. I'm sure they'll feel even better as they start to mold to my feet : ) Can't wait to order another few pairs from AE when I can afford to.
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Congratulations!  Nothing like the simple elegance of the Park Avenue.  

 

My first AE were Black PA's 13 years ago from the Nordstrom anniversary sale.  Made every other shoe I had worn until then just seem wrong.

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Originally Posted by hohneokc View Post

Those chukka boots by the Daltons are the Dundee in cordovan and it shows them available in brown, black and burgundy - all shell cordovan.
Chris

Thanks Chris, options are good...

 

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Hi everyone, I have a question on my newly bought Strands and I was hoping I could get some advice:

 

I bought a pair of Strands from the Nordstrom anniversary sale a couple weeks ago and they were extremely immaculate, except for some reason the left shoe was just a little bit looser than the other. I've pretty much chalked this up to just human error since,as we know, there is a lot of handcrafting that goes in to making these shoes. The thing is, the left shoe actually kinda bows out just a bit. The right shoe is a perfect snug fit.

 

I'm really picky, so I bought an extra pair from Nordstrom to see if the next pair would be better. They arrived today and unfortunately they are definitely not as immaculate.

 

a) There are some black marks (ranging from small blots to a 1cm streak) in various areas on both shoes that I was not able to wash/rub off with a cursory effort (perhaps they may eventually come off, but it's not guaranteed). I am just guessing these marks are from during the manufacturing process and the shoemaker just simply wasnt as careful

b) The leather undoubtedly feels less sturdy and just visually doesnt look as stunning as the first pair. In this second pair, you can kinda already see some wrinkling/creasing in the leather. 

c) HOWEVER, this second pair fits really nice and snug

 

So my question is: 

 

Which pair would you pick to keep?

Pair 1: completely immaculate looking shoes, very sturdy leather, but the left shoe is noticeably looser than the right shoe, and the left shoe also bows out just a bit (not major, like what ive seen from some pictures in this thread)

 

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Pair 2: practically perfect fitting shoes (both left and right), but the leather looks and feels noticeably less premium, and there are some minor blemishes.

 

 

Personally, I don't think i would let the blemishes in Pair 2 bother me too much, because let's face it, these shoes will receive their fair share of scuffs through their life. But I am wondering if I should be concerned about the leather quality and general construction quality of Pair 2 (because even certain areas of the construction just don't feel as solid to me as Pair 1)

 

I'm also wondering if a minor "bowing" out is bad and should be enough reason for me to return this pair. Personally I don't think the minor bowing out bothers me that much, because i know my pant leg is just going to cover it all the time anyways.

 

But what do you guys think?

 

My major apologies for this huge post! But any advice is very much appreciated!

The bowing will not get better over time, and as you mentioned it is loose. I have returned 2 pairs of shell Bradley's because they bow badly and AE agreed they were out of specs and would make another pair both times because they could not be repaired. I have 2 other pair of shoes where the right shoe is starting to develop minor bowing, they were tight and fine out of the box. It slips a little bit on both of them now and is looser than they were when new. I notice it every time I wear them more and more. Although the cuff does usually cover it you would be surprised how often you look down and see it flex, and it does bother me. Your call on both shoes but you have to live with them long term. I want mine to be correct out of the gate.

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Because I'm a new member, SF didn't officially post my post until half a day when I actually posted this so I feel like I should bump this or else I don't think anyone saw it =(

So in conclusion, I'm hoping I can get some of your guys' expert advice. Do you think I should keep Pair 1 or Pair 2? Pair 1 looks and feels like really good quality craftsmanship, but has some bowing in the left shoe. Pair 2 fits well on both feet, but the craftsmanship is extremely suspect. Which would you choose?

Return them both. Your post suggests you are uneasy with each pair. Don't settle .....
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I used two coats of Neatsfoot oil - darkened them up nicely and created a nice contrast and really brought out the grain.

Thanks for that seer. My McTavish were just too light me. I prefer my shoes to be a little bit darker than my pants and my McTavish were just too light. So I used 3 coats of neatsfoot oil. Because the left was darker than the right to start with in places I "painted" the right with a 4th coat in those places to exactly match the other shoe and overall the finished look is better to me. I also have the Elgin which is a little bit dressier shoe in both finish and color IMO. The McTavish now look close to the Elgin, but still a bit more casual. I am more than pleased with the results, thanks seer.

 

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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

Thanks Chris, options are good...

 

The bowing will not get better over time, and as you mentioned it is loose. I have returned 2 pairs of shell Bradley's because they bow badly and AE agreed they were out of specs and would make another pair both times because they could not be repaired. I have 2 other pair of shoes where the right shoe is starting to develop minor bowing, they were tight and fine out of the box. It slips a little bit on both of them now and is looser than they were when new. I notice it every time I wear them more and more. Although the cuff does usually cover it you would be surprised how often you look down and see it flex, and it does bother me. Your call on both shoes but you have to live with them long term. I want mine to be correct out of the gate.

Hmmm... duly noted =( I am leaning towards asking for an exchange on both of my faulty pairs I guess... Frankly I was okay with "Pair 1" because the quality/construction was surprisingly very perfect and I just don't know what AE is going to mail me next.... They are so frustrating sometimes.

 

For anyone interested, check out my post here:

http://www.styleforum.net/t/141581/allen-edmonds-appreciation-thread/8475#post_5652610

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When do the burnished brown Fifth Avenue's go on sale and for about how much? I hear a lot about the PA and Strand going on sale but in all the threads I've searched, I haven't seen the 5th Ave's on sale much.

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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

Thanks for that seer. My McTavish were just too light me. I prefer my shoes to be a little bit darker than my pants and my McTavish were just too light. So I used 3 coats of neatsfoot oil. Because the left was darker than the right to start with in places I "painted" the right with a 4th coat in those places to exactly match the other shoe and overall the finished look is better to me. I also have the Elgin which is a little bit dressier shoe in both finish and color IMO. The McTavish now look close to the Elgin, but still a bit more casual. I am more than pleased with the results, thanks seer.

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CI, I assume these are the Dark Tan as opposed to the Natural? I'm about to grab some and was hoping the Dark Tan would be darker than that. Good result with the oil though.
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