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Sorry, but I just don't see the point in waiting weeks or even months to save one or two c-notes on a pair of shoes that only cost three bills brand new. If your budget is so jacked up you can't afford to drop three hundred dollars on a pair of shoes then you need to be shopping at Payless and wearing Florsheims.
post #108 of 185
To what are you referring, Felix? This thread's gotten a bit long and I cannot remember its peaks and valleys, but several have bought one or two AE's during the present Shoe Bank sale.
post #109 of 185
Thread was useful to me. Gave me a heads up on the sale, let me know where to go to purchase, and helped me make some decisions.
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Originally Posted by Broadus View Post
I think the Strand looks great too (that's why I ordered a pair), but if you're concerned about leather soles where you are working, the Lombard and Van Ness are great alternatives. If money is tight, you could return the Strand--yes, I know, that would be hard to do (!)--and order one of the Executive models, or perhaps even a couple, two pairs for $278 plus tax. The Lombard in walnut look really nice.

What are your thoughts? From what I have seen with my J&M shoes the rubber soled shoes very their higher end sole (not-leather) have not held up as well. I also like the look of the Strands more than the Lombards. At the end of the day thats what matters. Like I said, my local store guy a reputable one at that, has this rubber sheet type thing which they mold to the shoes and they can put that on. Do you even think it is necessary though to protect the leather if I work in a restaurant?
post #111 of 185
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Originally Posted by Felix Krull View Post
Sorry, but I just don't see the point in waiting weeks or even months to save one or two c-notes on a pair of shoes that only cost three bills brand new. If your budget is so jacked up you can't afford to drop three hundred dollars on a pair of shoes then you need to be shopping at Payless and wearing Florsheims.

What? Do you not understand the concept of saving? I know we've been conditioned to believe that we should just buy everything on credit but there's no shame whatsoever in saving money to buy something like shoes. I regularly budget my finances to save a certain amount of money up for special purchases, BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT A RESPONSIBLE PERSON DOES.
post #112 of 185
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What? Do you not understand the concept of saving? I know we've been conditioned to believe that we should just buy everything on credit but there's no shame whatsoever in saving money to buy something like shoes. I regularly budget my finances to save a certain amount of money up for special purchases, BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT A RESPONSIBLE PERSON DOES.

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post #113 of 185
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What? Do you not understand the concept of saving? I know we've been conditioned to believe that we should just buy everything on credit but there's no shame whatsoever in saving money to buy something like shoes. I regularly budget my finances to save a certain amount of money up for special purchases, BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT A RESPONSIBLE PERSON DOES.

well put birdman...took me 3 mos to save for my C&J Welbourne
post #114 of 185
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Originally Posted by Felix Krull View Post
Sorry, but I just don't see the point in waiting weeks or even months to save one or two c-notes on a pair of shoes that only cost three bills brand new. If your budget is so jacked up you can't afford to drop three hundred dollars on a pair of shoes then you need to be shopping at Payless and wearing Florsheims.
Dude, are you serious? First, not everyone can afford to spend $300 on a pair of shoes. Second, you are saying that buying something at a discount is stupid. I have three pairs of AE shoes that I bought for $140 or less, so I guess I'm an idiot. Wow, you are a marketing company's dream.
post #115 of 185
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Dude, are you serious? First, not everyone can afford to spend $300 on a pair of shoes. Second, you are saying that buying something at a discount is stupid. I have three pairs of AE shoes that I bought for $140 or less, so I guess I'm an idiot. Wow, you are a marketing company's dream.

I agree! I just spoke to my buddy about this the other day. Is it really worth it to buy a pair of $60-80 bostonians/floreshims that will only last a year or two, or save up and buy a nice pair of shoes suchs as AE for about $150 that will last 5-8 years!
post #116 of 185
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Originally Posted by dieselman89 View Post
I agree! I just spoke to my buddy about this the other day. Is it really worth it to buy a pair of $60-80 bostonians/floreshims that will only last a year or two, or save up and buy a nice pair of shoes suchs as AE for about $150 that will last 5-8 years!

While it's a good point, I have an issue with comments like these.

First, a cheap pair of shoes can easily last 3 years or so if you take care of them. The problem is most people who wear cheap shoes do not.

Second, even the best shoes may not always last 5-8 years. Shoes can take a real beating - deep scratches, cuts in the leather, etc.

Third, some very durable shoes can be had in the $150 range or less. I should picked up a pair of Florsheim Canfields for $130 that have a goodyear welt.

I would say that the TCO (true cost of ownership) of a cheap pair is something like $30/yr. ($90/3yrs)

For better shoes, let's say AE's on a deal for $200 might last 5 years. ($40/yr).
(as you can see, AE's at a cheap price point are a bargain)

But for more expensive shoes, say something like $500/pair, you are talking $100/yr.

Just my $.02
post #117 of 185
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Originally Posted by Felix Krull View Post
Sorry, but I just don't see the point in waiting weeks or even months to save one or two c-notes on a pair of shoes that only cost three bills brand new. If your budget is so jacked up you can't afford to drop three hundred dollars on a pair of shoes then you need to be shopping at Payless and wearing Florsheims.


Sorry, but you are a huge douche.

Wasting money, whether it is $5 or $500 is stupid.
post #118 of 185
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Originally Posted by Broadus View Post
If you can afford a couple more pairs, I would think a Lombard and a Van Ness would be great. At $139 a pair, you would have two pairs of AE's for a really nice price.

The price I got quoted was:
Lombard Walnut $149
Van Ness Chili or Burgundy $179

Did anyone else get quoted $139/pr on Lombard or Van Ness?

This is from the Shoe Bank.

thanks,m
post #119 of 185
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Originally Posted by dieselman89 View Post
This is now very concerning to me being as I already bought the Strands. I didn't even think about the leather being an issue. I guess I could have a plastic/rubber sole put on. I just think the strand is a nicer look.

Check this out, you can now see what the shoe would look like with a pair of pants...

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline...ategory=120552

What do you currently wear at work... rubber or leather soles?
post #120 of 185
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Originally Posted by maker View Post
The price I got quoted was:
Lombard Walnut $149
Van Ness Chili or Burgundy $179

Did anyone else get quoted $139/pr on Lombard or Van Ness?

This is from the Shoe Bank.

thanks,m

I paid the same.
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