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post #46 of 61
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Originally Posted by magogian12345 View Post
Thanks for all the suggestions. I went ahead and grabbed a pair of the AE Strands in walnut for $190. At that price, why not?

You'll soon notice that the only thing comfortable about those shoes is the price
post #47 of 61
Not the first time I've heard about comfort problems with AE. I wonder if it is specific to the newer sleeker type last. If so, I may just opt for british shoes.
post #48 of 61
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Originally Posted by Xiaogou View Post
You'll soon notice that the only thing comfortable about those shoes is the price

That's why I was thinking of holding out for the C&Js at twice the price. I tried on the Strand at the AE store earlier this week and something about the forefoot area didn't fit quite right. Plus, the captoe seemed really big and I figured I'd start creasing it. It seemed almost clownish in a 13D. But for the price I almost pulled the trigger but then thought better of it. Then this thread had me thinking about it again.

I have some older AEs (1994, 1995, 2002 models) that fit really well but the quality and fit of the newer ones is lacking.
post #49 of 61
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Originally Posted by upnorth View Post
Not the first time I've heard about comfort problems with AE. I wonder if it is specific to the newer sleeker type last. If so, I may just opt for british shoes.

I think the new AE lasts suck, especially with that damn black insole. Before then they were tolerable. I don't know what they did with that insole but it's thrown all the proportions off. Now all the lasts are bigger and I had to go down a size in their shoes. So annoying.

As for British shoes, I found some Edward Greens at Saks this summer for $450 and they are the most amazing shoes I've ever worn. Granted, they were $1100 at full retail but the quality is astounding and is making me want to hold out for more sales. I think the C&Js would be worth the extra costs as well, especially the handgrades.
post #50 of 61
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Originally Posted by The Transporter View Post
I think the new AE lasts suck, especially with that damn black insole. Before then they were tolerable. I don't know what they did with that insole but it's thrown all the proportions off. Now all the lasts are bigger and I had to go down a size in their shoes. So annoying.

As for British shoes, I found some Edward Greens at Saks this summer for $450 and they are the most amazing shoes I've ever worn. Granted, they were $1100 at full retail but the quality is astounding and is making me want to hold out for more sales. I think the C&Js would be worth the extra costs as well, especially the handgrades.

I do not take issue with the AE last as much as I do with that black insole. It is rock hard and provides no support. My AEs from 10 years ago with the beige insole are quite comfortable. Yes, C&J are very comfortable! For that matter, I just got a pair of Alden shoes and they are very comfortable as well.
post #51 of 61
I was under the impression that AE stopped making shoes with that black insole -- that it was an experimental new direction circa 2007-2008, which was reversed in mid-2009. Correct me if I'm wrong, as I haven't purchased new-stock AEs in quite some time. But I remember reading that somewhere (maybe AAAC?).
post #52 of 61
I was in an AE shop a few weeks ago, and, as well as I can remember, every shoe on display had the black insole.
post #53 of 61
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Originally Posted by Bird's One View View Post
I was in an AE shop a few weeks ago, and, as well as I can remember, every shoe on display had the black insole.

Lame. Good to know, though.
post #54 of 61
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Originally Posted by Arrogant Bastard View Post
I was under the impression that AE stopped making shoes with that black insole -- that it was an experimental new direction circa 2007-2008, which was reversed in mid-2009. Correct me if I'm wrong, as I haven't purchased new-stock AEs in quite some time. But I remember reading that somewhere (maybe AAAC?).

I bought a pair of AE Burbanks in July that have a black insole.
post #55 of 61
I vote yes.
post #56 of 61
Thread Starter 
Well, I just wore my new Strands (with the black sole) for a day. They felt better out of the box than both my AE Park Avenues (same last as the Strands) and my Weybridges.
post #57 of 61
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Originally Posted by magogian12345 View Post
Well, I just wore my new Strands (with the black sole) for a day. They felt better out of the box than both my AE Park Avenues (same last as the Strands) and my Weybridges.

Stroll around for an hour then see how that black sole feels.
post #58 of 61
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Xiaogou View Post
Stroll around for an hour then see how that black sole feels.

Well, I'm going to wear them to work tomorrow. So, I'll see how that goes.
post #59 of 61
I vote yes...

If you were to wear this combo (with a white shirt), then what kind of tie and belt colour would probably be most suitable?

A Burgundy tie would look good IMO, any other suggestions?
post #60 of 61

That was last October. He might be dead by now. Or in Des Moines, which is similar.

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