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post #8821 of 48553
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Originally Posted by Sunstealer73 View Post

Anyone familiar with the AE outlet in Mebane, NC? I'm on vacation and will be driving by there in a couple of days. Was wondering if the selection is decent. I've never been to an actual AE store.

I'd be interested in knowing the same.  Between now and Christmas I will be in DC (thinking Nordstrom's Rack), Raleigh NC (near Mebane) and Birmingham AL (near the Leeds AL outlet).  I'd like any feedback if anyone has made it to any of these locations and what may be found there.  Unfortunately I don't make it to WI at all, otherwise I'd plan a visit to the factory store.

post #8822 of 48553
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Originally Posted by polojock615 View Post

So I was in San Francisco and saw their red white and blues in person.  These are the model I ordered, but I'm still waiting for mine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nice, Thanks for the pictures.  I ordered the same pair too.  We should be expecting them this week.

post #8823 of 48553
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Originally Posted by polojock615 View Post


Always wonder what type of dye they use to obtain that bright white... acrylic?
post #8824 of 48553
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Originally Posted by mudmutt View Post

I'd be interested in knowing the same.  Between now and Christmas I will be in DC (thinking Nordstrom's Rack), Raleigh NC (near Mebane) and Birmingham AL (near the Leeds AL outlet).  I'd like any feedback if anyone has made it to any of these locations and what may be found there.  Unfortunately I don't make it to WI at all, otherwise I'd plan a visit to the factory store.

 

The Mebane outlet is a nice store, but be cautious of your expectations.  It is a great place to try on multiple sizes of different lasts.  Selection is good but depending on your size, you may not find exactly what you are looking for.  I have been to 3 different AE outlets and that holds for all of them. It is an outlet.

 

Best reason to go is to start a dialog with a salesperson.  That way you can always call and have things shipped.  They can also search all outlet inventories for you as you are looking for something specific.

 

If you are going to be in Raleigh, it is well worth the short drive.

post #8825 of 48553
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post


On the BB website, the Peal version (i.e., C&J benchgrade) is $598 and the AE version is $368. I prefer the Peal version for the reasons identified earlier in this thread - proportions, location of cap, etc. However, $598 for C&J benchgrade is out of whack, when a guy can get C&J benchgrade models from PLAL (and a few British vendors) for around $400. $400-ish is a nice price for C&J benchgrade. I would not pay $598 for this shoe. For that price tag I would go with black shell.

 

As BB has sales every month, the Peal can easily be had for $400ish.  It's also not benchgrade, but made to BB's specifications, which are above benchgrade and below handgrade.  Still, it's a shame BB raised the price by $100 in 2012 because it was a pretty decent deal when you could get the Peals on sale for $300 last Thanksgiving. 

post #8826 of 48553
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Originally Posted by mudmutt View Post

I'd be interested in knowing the same.  Between now and Christmas I will be in DC (thinking Nordstrom's Rack), Raleigh NC (near Mebane) and Birmingham AL (near the Leeds AL outlet).  I'd like any feedback if anyone has made it to any of these locations and what may be found there.  Unfortunately I don't make it to WI at all, otherwise I'd plan a visit to the factory store.

DC also has 2 full fledged AE stores besides the Rack. One in downtown DC and the other in the outer suburbs Reston, VA. I think that the AE stores will match the clearance prices from the website. Other folks here reported that they matched the prices when regular Nordies was having their sale (that may still be going on). The Rack has a limited selection of AE shoes. They are first quality and not seconds. The shoes I've seen there do not seem to be returns to my eye.You will pay about 1/3 less from regular retail at the Rack for all their selections. In the past 2-3 months I've seen the following models at the DC Racks: Cortland, Hale, and Hastings. Maybe a couple of non leather soled loafers that I can't remember.
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Edited by TheStormnMormon - 8/22/12 at 11:49pm
post #8828 of 48553
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Originally Posted by New Shoes1 View Post

Has anyone received the Fall catalog yet?  I'm hoping there are some better new styles than the ones we've seen so far.

An associate at the Minneapolis store told me there wasn't going to be a fall catalog. I hope she was mistaken.
post #8829 of 48553

Has anyone tried the new Regent Street long wingtips?  They look pretty cool...

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF5104_1_40000000001_-1

post #8830 of 48553

Here's my contribution - but first, a short story:

 

So, I thrifted these - the style name is "Leeds" - about four, five months ago. Now, I have virtually no knowledge about these, simply because I've never bought second-hand AE. The leather that they're made of is quite head turning. Case and point, I was at Nordstrom picking up a few ties when I noticed that the shoeshiner was at his station, so I headed over to get them all spiffed up. Upon sitting down and placing my feet up, he looks at me and asks who makes them (to which I reply Allen Edmonds,) and further asks me if he can inspect them off of my feet. I obliged him, and he after a thorough checkup, places it back onto my foot and proceeds to shine. While he was shining, he told me that he had never seen the Leeds in anything other than black/brown/cordovan; he mentioned that they, at first glance, looked like the type of leather that Louis Vuitton uses with certain shoes. All in all, he said that I should be proud to own something that he - in 20 years shining - not seen.

 

Can anyone enlighten me?

 

Now, without further ado, pictures:

 

 

 

post #8831 of 48553
They look interesting. Are they just pebble grain that have been polished
post #8832 of 48553
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Originally Posted by Ronsully View Post

They look interesting. Are they just pebble grain that have been polished

 

I'm not going to pretend like I know anything about different grains of leather, but they were polished about three weeks ago. Haven't worn them since.

post #8833 of 48553

MAN!!!

 

 

Sorry to break it to you guys, but you missed out on amazon's last final sale!! (Some of you may be kicking yourselves for this!)

 

 

I am not sure how cheap you can ever get a pair of park avenues again and most sold out quick with the 20% discount!!

 

 

Not bad I guess. Also managed to score a pair of black mctavish for $196 and change!

 

 

Not bad for a last midnight snipping deal :)

 

 

*sorry, had to cut out my information, don't want hate mail :(*

 

 

post #8834 of 48553
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Originally Posted by New Shoes1 View Post

As BB has sales every month, the Peal can easily be had for $400ish.  It's also not benchgrade, but made to BB's specifications, which are above benchgrade and below handgrade. Still, it's a shame BB raised the price by $100 in 2012 because it was a pretty decent deal when you could get the Peals on sale for $300 last Thanksgiving. 

I've never heard this before - interesting ....

I have C&J's (Peals) from BB and C&J Benchgrade, and there is no noticeable difference.
post #8835 of 48553
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Originally Posted by TheStormnMormon View Post

...All in all, he said that I should be proud to own something that he - in 20 years shining - not seen.

Can anyone enlighten me?

Now, without further ado, pictures:





I can't provide any enlightenment, but wanted to chime in and agree with the shoe shine guy -- those look uniquely fantastic. Great find!
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