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post #16 of 23
This is the 9016




This is the 9071



Both available from The Shoe Mart
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by The Devil's Hands
That's the thing...I want something versatile. It seems that the PA is the favorite shoe at AAAC and here, so I have no problem with picking one up.

I plan on wearing these shoes to work, and in town; casual, dress, you name it.

The weird thing is, of AE's dress oxfords, only the Leeds is offered in horsehide.

Actually, they have two other shell cordovan offerings in dress lace-ups: the MacNeil (a longwing blucher) and the Bradley (a split toe).

Whatever shoe you decide on, a plain captoe bal like the Park Avenue (or its Alden counterpart, I presume) is going to look decidedly weird and out of place when worn casually. You can get three pairs of A-E calfskins on closeout for the price of one pair of Alden shell cordovans at full retail. The former might be a better choice in building your shoe wardrobe at this time.

Horsehide and shell cordovan are not the same thing. Horsehide is excellent for heavy work boots and such but too thick and tough for dress shoes. It is simply the tanned hide of a horse or mule. Shell cordovan is actually a membrane between the skin proper and the flesh on the rump of a horse. Despite what some may tell you, there is absolutely no difference between the shell used by A-E and Alden although some feel, perhaps rightly, that Alden puts a better finish on their shell cordovan shoes at the factory. Also, Alden has an assortment of attractive colors in their shell offerings. A-E only offers black and #8 burgundy.
post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by JLib
You can get three pairs of A-E calfskins on closeout for the price of one pair of Alden shell cordovans at full retail.

Ok, I guess that settles it. When and where can these closeouts be found? I'm guessing right after christmas?

I was mistaken in thinking that horsehide is the same as shell. Do you think the leeds can double as a casual shoe? I'm not a fan of Split-toe.

I'll probably go with calfskin for a first purchase. That means AE, I guess. You don't work for them, do you? I know you have, like 23 pair.

I'm wearing the Weejuns today. Under better light, they appear to need the toothbrush and saddlesoap treatment around the seams. These were really neglected, pre AAAC and SF.
post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by The Devil's Hands
Ok, I guess that settles it. When and where can these closeouts be found? I'm guessing right after christmas?

AE outlets, Nordstrom Rack, eBay -- not too hard to find AEs for less than $150, except for the most popular styles such as the Park Ave. Usually discontinued models go pretty inexpensively. Even the Park Ave can be found regularly for $200 or less, between eBay and Nordstrom sales.
post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by DocHolliday
AE outlets, Nordstrom Rack, eBay -- not too hard to find AEs for less than $150, except for the most popular styles such as the Park Ave. Usually discontinued models go pretty inexpensively. Even the Park Ave can be found regularly for $200 or less, between eBay and Nordstrom sales.


Thanks Doc. I guess I'll have to sit on my hands and wait for one of these sales. Does off-fifth ever have good shoes?
post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by The Devil's Hands
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What shoes are objects of pornographic desire for you?
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I'm not really much of a shoe fetishist, actually.



But some high-end EGs and Lobbs have been known to elicit a from me on occasion.
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by The Devil's Hands
Thanks Doc. I guess I'll have to sit on my hands and wait for one of these sales. Does off-fifth ever have good shoes?

Yes, some very nice ones. But you have to sort through a lot of dreck to find them. I think Thinman has a story he can tell....
post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by DocHolliday
AE outlets, Nordstrom Rack, eBay -- not too hard to find AEs for less than $150, except for the most popular styles such as the Park Ave. Usually discontinued models go pretty inexpensively. Even the Park Ave can be found regularly for $200 or less, between eBay and Nordstrom sales.

I just bought a brand new pair of PAs on ebay for $90, they can be found out there fairly regularly, I think I posted in the desidrata thread in B&S that there was a pair at around $100 BIN.
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