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post #916 of 995
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

You mean you couldn't care less?

No, fair point.  It sounds like they've handled their existing orders very poorly - I noticed another vendor of theirs soft-pedaling on special orders lately too.

Thank mimo. You get my point.
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I remember Herring used to sell AS before the current regime.

Personally, I think AS is being run by idiots.
I'm just glad I received my 3 MTO's in more or less the quoted delivery times and don't have any orders outstanding.
post #918 of 995
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Originally Posted by zippyh View Post

I remember Herring used to sell AS before the current regime.

Personally, I think AS is being run by idiots.
I'm just glad I received my 3 MTO's in more or less the quoted delivery times and don't have any orders outstanding.

 

I like the way you put it.

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Finally found a time to make few pics of my MTO Bensons. 

Few other already posted their pics, but I decided to show mine as well.

 

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Thanks for the AFPOS guys and lads, not your fault that this group order was so long.

 

Now the sad part.

 

Although the overall appearance is quite good, the quality is suprisingly low uhoh.gif One can say that it's due to the shell restrictions, but come on, I have quite a few cordovan shoes/boots, and every other pair was done better, even AE pays more attention to the details and finish, and absolutely no comparison to C&J, Carmina or Vass.

Seems like after 6 month delay the AS woke up and decided to finalize the job in one week. I think I'm done with AS.

 

 

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post #920 of 995
Sdolina, your experience echoes mine. AFPOS are a pleasure to deal with but AS let themselves down with the finishing of my shoes. The C&J and Carmina shell shoes are all finished to a higher standard than the Bensons.

That said, these shoes have gotten the most compliments out of all the shoes I own.
Edited by Gerry Nelson - 5/30/13 at 3:08am
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STOP-PRESS

AFPOS OFFERS FREE LASTED AS TREES for SF members with any full price AS shoe or boot orders (not including sale or clearance shoes and boots) - just add the correct lasted tree to your order then use the code "freetrees" in the payment screens and the cost will be removed for you. You can either have a free AS Belt using the code "free-belt" or AS Lasted trees.

We do carry a small stock of 99, 724 and 109 AS lasted trees, but if we run out of stock in your particular size or it is for another non stock AS last, we will order them for you and send on when they arrive (usually 4-8 weeks from time of ordering).
post #922 of 995
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Originally Posted by sdolina View Post

Finally found a time to make few pics of my MTO Bensons. 
Few other already posted their pics, but I decided to show mine as well.

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Thanks for the AFPOS guys and lads, not your fault that this group order was so long.

Now the sad part.

Although the overall appearance is quite good, the quality is suprisingly low uhoh.gif
 One can say that it's due to the shell restrictions, but come on, I have quite a few cordovan shoes/boots, and every other pair was done better, even AE pays more attention to the details and finish, and absolutely no comparison to C&J, Carmina or Vass.

Seems like after 6 month delay the AS woke up and decided to finalize the job in one week. I think I'm done with AS.


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I had a similar experience. It is a testament to how lousy AS has become with delays and missing major steps in their finishing. It is really sad! Unfortunately, I am still waiting on 2 more MTOs (very late), and my fear is that the finishing details will be as horrible.
post #923 of 995
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Originally Posted by Gerry Nelson View Post

Sdolina, your experience echoes mine. AFPOS are a pleasure to deal with but AS let themselves down with the finishing of my shoes. The C&J and Carmina shell shoes are all finished to a higher standard than the Bensons.

That said, these shoes have gotten the most compliments out of all the shoes I own.

Based on reading I did prior to this example I had heard nothing but marvelous things about AS since they revamped their line. Almost sounds now like they maybe experiencing some growing pains???

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Well the recent comments have pushed me from the "impatient but excited" crowd waiting for my first pair of AS (Blake MTO), to one of "trepidation" at the prospect I might get something good but not up to the standard advertised and paid for...and maybe I should have just rucked up and gone to EG etc.

😕
post #925 of 995
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Originally Posted by Itsuo View Post

Well the recent comments have pushed me from the "impatient but excited" crowd waiting for my first pair of AS (Blake MTO), to one of "trepidation" at the prospect I might get something good but not up to the standard advertised and paid for...and maybe I should have just rucked up and gone to EG etc.

😕

I just received my first pair of AS recently, and I for one was very happy I chose AS.

 

 

Here's hoping your experience is just as good if not better than mine.

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Originally Posted by dddrees View Post

I just received my first pair of AS recently, and I for one was very happy I chose AS.


Here's hoping your experience is just as good if not better than mine.

I don't think there's any fear with the production models. They are generally up to very high standards.

It's the MTO shoes that people are concerned about. AS has missed deadline after deadline and with previous shoes, when delivering late, it seems like they cut corners to get it done quickly, albeit months after promised.

Considering a few of us were promised shoes in March back in October/November and with June now upon us, the fear mounts as reports of previous rush jobs are posted.

AS handgrades are incredible. Their exclusives are great shoes. I think we all agree. But, when you've been waiting 9 months for a 6 month production, and previous overruns have turned out to be disappointing... meanwhile AS has developed a new line for Herring Shoes to be delivered this month, it makes things concerning.
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Originally Posted by Itsuo View Post

Well the recent comments have pushed me from the "impatient but excited" crowd waiting for my first pair of AS (Blake MTO), to one of "trepidation" at the prospect I might get something good but not up to the standard advertised and paid for...and maybe I should have just rucked up and gone to EG etc.

😕
Hi Itsuo - there have been production delays which we, on behalf of AS and from us at AFPOS, are very sorry about. That said, AS are dedicated to getting the quality right of all shoes that leave the factory. Hopefully it will not be too much longer before they are with us. Thanks again for your and others on the mto programs' patience - we will get there eventually!
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Originally Posted by scurvyfreedman View Post

I don't think there's any fear with the production models. They are generally up to very high standards.

It's the MTO shoes that people are concerned about. AS has missed deadline after deadline and with previous shoes, when delivering late, it seems like they cut corners to get it done quickly, albeit months after promised.

Considering a few of us were promised shoes in March back in October/November and with June now upon us, the fear mounts as reports of previous rush jobs are posted.

AS handgrades are incredible. Their exclusives are great shoes. I think we all agree. But, when you've been waiting 9 months for a 6 month production, and previous overruns have turned out to be disappointing... meanwhile AS has developed a new line for Herring Shoes to be delivered this month, it makes things concerning.

My feelings exactly.

However, that being said, I am well aware that there are trade offs with buying shoes sight unseen/yet to be produced. Unfortunately I've waited over 15mo for a Leather Soul MTO, so this isn't my first go around. But I have certainly had positive experiences with AFPoS in my limited interactions. So I will continue to be patient, with my fingers crossed!!
post #929 of 995
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Originally Posted by Itsuo View Post

My feelings exactly.

However, that being said, I am well aware that there are trade offs with buying shoes sight unseen/yet to be produced. Unfortunately I've waited over 15mo for a Leather Soul MTO, so this isn't my first go around. But I have certainly had positive experiences with AFPoS in my limited interactions. So I will continue to be patient, with my fingers crossed!!

I agree about AFPOS. Always professional. Very experienced with sizing and lasts. And always very patient with my purchases- 3 so far plus the MTO. Plus, extremely fast service to the US.
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I have bought four pairs of shoes so far from AFPOS and would have no hesitation in doing so again - none. Let me be clear - my issue was with the finishing of my MTO pair, not the service from AFPOS. Nobody else is saying otherwise.
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