Time for a fun little story:
Just returned from my business trip, which took me past my most local AE outlet store. There is a new manager there, who is sure nice, but a little green. As I walked in, a gentleman was trying to decide whether to get black calf Macneils, burgundy shell Leeds or BROWN shell Leeds.
He was really struggling, so I offered my assistance. I started by showing him the 1.5 yr old burgundy shell Macneils on my feet and said he was crazy if he didn't get shell. And, he was crazy if he did not get the brown shell Leeds. I told him that I'd never seen a pair in that color, and if they were my size I would have taken them from him already. We then got into a discussion about how he can always get a pair of Leeds in burgundy or black later, and a rather lengthy discussion on how to properly care for shell cordovan. (the manager was initially trying to sell him burgundy shell cream because the brown Leeds' box said "burgundy cordovan.") I instructed her to get the dark brown shell cream, and told the customer to wait 3 months before using it, and to only use a little even then, and between now and then use a damp cloth and a brush.
As we were talking, the manager went in the back and found the only pair of shell cordovan shoes in my size, a pair of burgundy shell Leeds. After the other gentleman left the store, I talked with the new manager a bit, told her that I already have a pair of burgundy shell Leeds, but I'd take a look. She mentioned that there was a 25% off thing going on right now, for breast cancer research... and I should try them on anyway. Well, after having them on my feet, I began to rationalize getting another pair (they were 25% off, after all), and wouldn't you know it, I walked out of the store carrying an AE bag.
If anyone (I know there are a few in this thread) shops at Tanger Outlets, there is a pink ribbon for breast cancer sale / donation deal going on right now. For a minimum $1 donation, you get a card for 25% off any 1 item at participating stores. That brings most shell seconds down to $299.
I plan to return after October 1 and place an order for the dark brown shell Dundees.
Here's a pic of my Macneils for fun:
Great story,,, shoes above look fantastic and boy do I wish i could get a pair of brown shell Leeds...