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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Gents. I am monitoring two auctions and I'd like to hear feedback from the experts. One pair of shoes is a somewhat weathered pair of Bally's. I was thinking of placing a bid at the last second if the price remains low. Any thoughts?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWA%3AIT&rd=1

Here is the second pair. Any thoughts on the model? Qualtily? Value?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWA%3AIT&rd=1

Thanks.
post #2 of 20
IMO, the AEs look much nicer. Allen Edmonds also offers a recrafting service, which you may want to do at some point.
post #3 of 20
The AE's look to be in better shape, and IMO, they are a better shoe.

Regards
post #4 of 20
Definitely go for the AE.
post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies. If the Bally's can be had for the opening bid, would you go for it?
post #6 of 20
For $13 including shipping, your downside is pretty limited.
post #7 of 20
Go with AE, they look much better.

William
post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by lawyerdad
For $13 including shipping, your downside is pretty limited.

Yes, but it may be $13 too much imo. The soles are showing way too much wear and need a resole asap. Also the uppers are quite worn in so they have taken the shape of the previous owner's foot (and not stored w/trees either). Cordovan is heavier, more durable and the Macneils show much less wear - best to go for those. I wouldn't touch the Ballys.
post #9 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by lawyerdad
For $13 including shipping, your downside is pretty limited.

Agreed but are they worth the time? I've heard Bally makes a good shoe but have never seen them and I'm not sure of the quality of the "Continentals"
post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 
The AEs are certainly nicer. I may be a bit thrown by the sellers use of the term, "vintage." I was a bit concerned that they were a little older than I was looking for. Do you agree that this is the Macneil?
post #11 of 20
the recrafting service as told by others, does not include cleaning or relining of the insold.
so even though they may make the upper leather look newer, you will still have the previous owner's DNA slime inside the shoe.
post #12 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by DShareef
The AEs are certainly nicer. I may be a bit thrown by the sellers use of the term, "vintage." I was a bit concerned that they were a little older than I was looking for. Do you agree that this is the Macneil?

Yes, it's a classic wingtip. They haven't changed much in the past hundred years +
post #13 of 20
hmmm, with respect to the AE auction, the first picture shows a balmoral wingtip, second picture shaows a blucher long-wingtip. the macneil is a blucher long-wingtip, but you might want to make sure which shoe is actually being offered.
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by NoVaguy
hmmm, with respect to the AE auction, the first picture shows a balmoral wingtip, second picture shaows a blucher long-wingtip. the macneil is a blucher long-wingtip, but you might want to make sure which shoe is actually being offered.

Good point. Hadn't even noticed that.
post #15 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by NoVaguy
hmmm, with respect to the AE auction, the first picture shows a balmoral wingtip, second picture shaows a blucher long-wingtip. the macneil is a blucher long-wingtip, but you might want to make sure which shoe is actually being offered.

Good catch! I will ask. I find his description interesting, "IF YOU LIKE ALLEN EDMONDS SHOES AND WOULD LIKE A GOOD COMFORTABLE PAIR FOR OUTSIDE WORK OR TO JUST KICK AROUND IN,THAN THESE MAY BE FOR YOU."

Those don't look like the kind of shoes that I would wear while doing outside work.
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