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post #16 of 51
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You may be right.
I was more thinking about the scraped toe.
I am borderline OCD about my shoes though.

i'm not in the position to teach you. you might know, being ocd about shoes is not the right attitude, though. actually, i have gone through this, trust me. i've babied them and all.

it will happen, when you really don't want it to happen. i give my shoes the best treatment i'm aware of. i let the best people to my knowledge work on them.

after a while, you start to realize that they're telling you stories and you have fond memories. at least, this is it in my case.

not everyone wants to make a master degree on shoes. some people just wear them and the most privileged can step into crap shoes and don't have to worry about the fit.

i assume, we, that we talk about them, love them and care about them... ...and some are at the very beginning of the path to make their own experiences.
post #17 of 51
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Originally Posted by sportin_life View Post

I'm not sure if any of those shoes can be saved.

oh lord, i'm so gifted that you appeared in this thread. thank you life.
post #18 of 51
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Originally Posted by Jermyn View Post

The first pair is passable.

The second pair is ghastly. One search for ´bicycle toe´ on this forum will tell you why.

The third pair are scuffed, probably beyond repair and are also rubber soled.


+1. First pair are okay and will probably be okay after a good polish. Second pair are in decent condition but bicycle-toes are horrible. Third pair might be okay if it wasn't for the bad scuff on the toe, which is probably too bad to cover up.
post #19 of 51
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Originally Posted by NORE View Post

Now, then. When you receive the shoes, try them on and take a good look at them and remember this post. Then return them, eat the return shipping costs and leave good feedback for the sellers upon receipt of your refund.


Is this the general consensus?  I can even just return package to sender and eat the $30 shipping on all 3 and spend the $150 else where?

 

I looked In the B&S threads but there were so many threads to go through and its overwhelming and I don't know what will fit etc.  I literally wear asics running shoes to work with button down solid shirts so I need something to get jump started while I hone my craft and beef up the wardrobe.

 

can someone maybe point me to some good deals on the forums or ebay so I can get on my way (size 9.5 E in AE)?

 

I guess if I had too I can just buy some new AE's now in black and brown but didnt want to waste money before i knew what was going on.

 

post #20 of 51
I second pretty much everyone else's advice. The first is ok. The second and third, not so much. For the money you spent on these shoes, or less, you could have purchased first quality shoes directly from AE:

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF9297_1_40000000001_-1

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF8701_1_40000000001_-1

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF47000_1_40000000001_-1

Add another $20 to your budget, and you could buy any number of different models. This is without even considering AE's seconds program, which regularly features models on sale for $130. Purchasing used items off of ebay is a dangerous way for a noob to start building a wardrobe. Be patient. Return all of the shoes you bought. Buy one pair of nice, new AE's from the website or shoebank and alternate the AE's with your Steven Maddens until you save up enough for a second pair.
post #21 of 51
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Is this the general consensus?  I can even just return package to sender and eat the $30 shipping on all 3 and spend the $150 else where?

I looked In the B&S threads but there were so many threads to go through and its overwhelming and I don't know what will fit etc.  I literally wear asics running shoes to work with button down solid shirts so I need something to get jump started while I hone my craft and beef up the wardrobe.

can someone maybe point me to some good deals on the forums or ebay so I can get on my way (size 9.5 E in AE)?

I guess if I had too I can just buy some new AE's now in black and brown but didnt want to waste money before i knew what was going on.

The shoes I linked to are all fairly casual. However, they'd all be an upgrade over running shoes.
post #22 of 51
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I have an extra $100 per week to put towards clothing and I am focusing on shoes now because I am overweight and I am terrified to spend money on cloths that wont fit in a month (lost 10 lbs in the last month)

 

I also got a $200 gift card to Bananas (inc. gap, old navy and piperlime) but i been sitting on it because they don't have cloths my size (I am an XXL and they fit a size smaller).  I am 5'9" and 250 LBS.

post #23 of 51
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Originally Posted by trapline View Post

I have an extra $100 per week to put towards clothing and I am focusing on shoes now because I am overweight and I am terrified to spend money on cloths that wont fit in a month (lost 10 lbs in the last month)

I also got a $200 gift card to Bananas (inc. gap, old navy and piperlime) but i been sitting on it because they don't have cloths my size (I am an XXL and they fit a size smaller).  I am 5'9" and 250 LBS.

Dude, if you have $100 per week to put towards your shoe budget, you could easily buy two pair of new AE's in a month's time. Good call on waiting to buy clothing until you hit your ideal weight.
post #24 of 51
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Originally Posted by trapline View Post

 

can someone maybe point me to some good deals on the forums or ebay so I can get on my way (size 9.5 E in AE)?

 



http://www.ebay.com/itm/ALLEN-EDMONDS-KENILWORTH-OXFORD-9-5-E-WIDE-325-PLAIN-TOE-OXFORD-/230724709696?pt=US_Men_s_Shoes&hash=item35b843ad40

post #25 of 51
I'm an avid AE shopper, and I will tell you first hand, not all lasts are made the same. You can be 9.5 E on one model, 10 C on another, and 9 EEE on another. I would never advise someone to buy any shoes (let alone AE's), without trying that same model out in person first. This is indeed a lesson in over ambition, AE shoes can be found in many places on sale, year round. Be patient, do your research, and spend a little more for a new shoe with no pre-existing wear. Good luck friend, welcome to SF biggrin.gif
Edited by JubeiSpiegel - 12/31/11 at 9:12am
post #26 of 51
Since you have a pretty good budget, it's probably a better idea to purchase new (either firsts on sale or seconds). I've found buying used AE's is a crapshoot since sometimes they are stretched or molded to someone else's feet and don't fit as intended anymore. As Jubei mentioned it's also a lot better to try them on first, since there is a lot of variation between lasts.
post #27 of 51
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What are the first shoes I should buy?  Should I go with a Park Ave. In black and brown?  Do those go ok with Kakis?

post #28 of 51
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What are the first shoes I should buy?  Should I go with a Park Ave. In black and brown?  Do those go ok with Kakis?

 

 

Oh gosh double post...and I guess there isn't an option to delete my own post.

post #29 of 51
Unless you often wear suits, try a pair of brown and a pair of burgundy. These can be worn with or without a suit, while black would be more formal only.

If you're wearing primarily khakis, go with something more casual than the Park Avenue. Blucher instead of balmoral. Perhaps something with brouging like the Strand or a wingtip. Maybe even a loafer depending on your needs.

If you have the time and patience, hit some thrift stores. I've found several pairs of AEs, and better, in my size and in good condition for $5-$15 a pop. Most of the time you'll come up empty handed, but with persistence you can find good stuff. Or let others look for you: lurk in the thrift store bragging thread (http://www.styleforum.net/t/9006/the-official-thrift-discount-store-bragging-thread), and when someone finds a nice pair of 9.5s, make an offer.
Edited by ChetB - 12/31/11 at 10:10am
post #30 of 51
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Originally Posted by trapline View Post

What are the first shoes I should buy?  Should I go with a Park Ave. In black and brown?  Do those go ok with Kakis?


Oh gosh double post...and I guess there isn't an option to delete my own post.

Park Ave is not a good choice for khakis. It's a suit shoe. That Macheil I linked to would be a good choice for khakis if you like the contrast sole. If you like the look of loafers, they also go well with khakis.
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