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post #196 of 237
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Part of the problem is I'm Canadian, eh. Many of those brands don't make it up here, and the ones I would want (like Florsheim) include outrageous shipping charges (like $40).

Can anyone point me to an aggregate list of the various makers/brands as organized by quality (if such a thing exists) ?

Meh I'd put florsheim and J&M at the same level, and cole haan just barely above them.
post #197 of 237

I'd prefer Florsheim!

post #198 of 237

Can early purchasers of these shoes chime in with updates on durability? I purchased a pair today from an Aldo store, got home and upon closer inspection noticed that stitching across a portion of the forefoot on one shoe was totally obliterated (not sure what would've caused this, maybe the antiquing?). Anyways, not a great indicator of things to come but hopefully this was an aberration.

post #199 of 237
mine are holding up fine. Had them probably 4 months, worn probably a dozen times. No issues really
post #200 of 237

Just purchased a pair of these online, though I think I'd be more pleased with AE Dalton seconds for $150 if those ever go on sale again at that price...  I can always return these at a local Aldo store if I am dissatisfied with them.

 

The Dark Brown color is on sale for $139.98 on the Aldo website (sizes 7-13), and there's a 10% coupon good until March 15: LUCKYU31511

post #201 of 237
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Just purchased a pair of these online, though I think I'd be more pleased with AE Dalton seconds for $150 if those ever go on sale again at that price...  I can always return these at a local Aldo store if I am dissatisfied with them.

The Dark Brown color is on sale for $139.98 on the Aldo website (sizes 7-13), and there's a 10% coupon good until March 15: LUCKYU31511

Not a bad price. But like you said AE would give you more satisfaction.I also have my eyes on AE Dalton. Waiting for Nordstrom sale.
post #202 of 237
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Originally Posted by erikl View Post

Can early purchasers of these shoes chime in with updates on durability? I purchased a pair today from an Aldo store, got home and upon closer inspection noticed that stitching across a portion of the forefoot on one shoe was totally obliterated (not sure what would've caused this, maybe the antiquing?). Anyways, not a great indicator of things to come but hopefully this was an aberration.

I've had my Mr. B's Blakes since October, worn them often through the Wisconsin winter (albeit a mild one without much snow), violated the consecutive days rule several times. Thus far they appear bulletproof. They are heavy but comfortable. My most complimented item, they look great w/ jeans. I would pick an AE shoe over a Mr. B's shoe all day long, they just don't offer this particular look.
post #203 of 237
Can someone who has seen them in person compare the Dark Brown with the Cognac? The brown is on sale, but I'd lean towards the cognac in general.
post #204 of 237
Its been a while now, but I own the dark brown and saw the cognac in the store. The cognac seems very yellow to me and I didn't care for the antiquing on the front. I think the dark brown is more versatile. Also, the dark brown takes a fairly nice shine. I did, and still would, pick the dark brown.


Mine also seem to be very sturdy. The sole is hardly wearing at all and the leather looks ok. Its not a super high quality product, but its been fine for its cost and general purpose.
post #205 of 237
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Its been a while now, but I own the dark brown and saw the cognac in the store. The cognac seems very yellow to me and I didn't care for the antiquing on the front. I think the dark brown is more versatile. Also, the dark brown takes a fairly nice shine. I did, and still would, pick the dark brown.

Thanks.
post #206 of 237
I strongly preferred the cognac, more pop under a pair of jeans, purely subjective of course.
post #207 of 237

Don't want to bring up a dead thread but I just picked up a slightly used pair of these boots in the cognac color on ebay. For those interested in getting them, they do indeed fit quite large. I would say about 1.5 sizes larger than the stated size. They may not be as nice as higher end boots of this design but they certainly are worth picking up for the price, especially if you can get a deal on used ones like I did at $110.00 shipped.

Mr. B's by Aldo Blake boots in cognac color. Size 42.94aa6044.jpg
 

post #208 of 237
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Originally Posted by Bizl View Post

Don't want to bring up a dead thread but I just picked up a slightly used pair of these boots in the cognac color on ebay. For those interested in getting them, they do indeed fit quite large. I would say about 1.5 sizes larger than the stated size. They may not be as nice as higher end boots of this design but they certainly are worth picking up for the price, especially if you can get a deal on used ones like I did at $110.00 shipped.

Mr. B's by Aldo Blake boots in cognac color. Size 42.94aa6044.jpg
 

What did you search on ebay to find them? I couldn't find a single seller on ebay with these boots

post #209 of 237
on sale at Aldo, online and outlet stores in US/Canada for $109, all colors except cognac biggrin.gif
post #210 of 237

Can anyone compare the sizing to Clarks DBs?

Sorry for the revival.

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