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@bl@ster, your walnuts always looked minimally burnished. Do you request that specifically?

Also, how many MacNeils and Leeds do you have?

I haven't requested anything specific on the burnishing. How many? A lot. That's my jam. I have to keep up a certain stock level so I can sell BCer more shoes. The man has a crazy number of shoes! But yeah, MacNeil and Leeds are my favorite models. Obvi.
post #1562 of 3158

If you have a smaller foot (like me), I'd go for these instead: http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF62000_1_40000000001_-1_

 

De gustibus non est disputandum, etc, etc. 

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What last is that MacNeil on?
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I haven't requested anything specific on the burnishing. How many? A lot. That's my jam. I have to keep up a certain stock level so I can sell BCer more shoes. The man has a crazy number of shoes! But yeah, MacNeil and Leeds are my favorite models. Obvi.


Shhhhh...can't let my wifey know!  I do love looking at all your MTO's,  wondering when they'll show up on the bl@ster thrift page...

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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post


Of course all this is true. Some folks opt to sacrifice some durability for the comfort of a foam insole, however. In my case, I bought a pair of Long Branches for $215, and expect to put them through absolute hell. The poron insole was standard makeup. Most likely, the foam insole won't be the first component to die a tragic death.

At AE's price point, I really don't expect customers realistically believe that they're buying a shoe with a 30+ year lifespan. That is, unless they've got rotations like @mdubs or @bl@ster.

In my dress shoe MTOs, I've been opting for the leather insole plus heel pad/half sockliner to keep my heel elevated and avoid recurrent Achilles issues.

All I meant by my "angst" statement was, if you know what you really want, then just go for it. Why all the hemming and hawing?

 

You are fully correct that some people have different thresholds for the durability : comfort ratio.  Nothing wrong with that.  I'm also not trying to say that I won't ever purchase a model with a Poron insole.  Rather, what I'm saying is that if the traditional leather insole is an option, I'll always pick it.  I own the Long Branch as well, and purchased it for similar reasons.  I wanted a boot that I wasn't as concerned about taking some abuse, and none of the offerings from AE back when I bought them had the traditional leather insole along with a rubber sole (this was before the MTO program started).  That said, I bought them in full awareness that they weren't quite up to my quality standards.  I was also testing the waters for boots, as I'm not much of a boot wearer.  Hence the reason for looking for something less expensive in case I didn't enjoy them. 

 

The only food for thought I'd offer regarding your comments is that there isn't any reason that an AE can't last just as long as a much more expensive Goodyear-welted shoe, assuming it's well cared for and part of a reasonable rotation (as I assume a much more expensive shoe would be).  I think a lot of people buy their AE's expecting several decades of service from them.  The main differences between an AE and a $1200 Edward Green is the finishing and attention to detail.  The leather may be higher quality in an Edward Green as well, but that doesn't always translate to longevity of the shoe itself.  Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't.  AE's leather is decent enough quality to last for several decades with reasonable care.  At the end of the day, both shoes are constructed in the same way, so they are on much more equal ground than many would like to believe from the perspective of the law of diminishing returns. 

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^^ this is probably the wrong thread for this question ("MTO" thread)...

 

but to answer your question the webgems seem to be from the "ae" collection of cemented shoes (and not welted) - therefore not very durable. I would suggest getting welted loafers from the clearance section if $199 is your budget.

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I have one pair of the AE collection. That is the only way to get their driving shoes... They are pretty nice, but no where near the ballpark of their regular shoes. I think $199 is pretty steep given their construction, leather quality, and location of assembly. Just my thoughts. I got mine for just under $100 at a Nordstrom Rack... ;-)

 

-Mike

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Originally Posted by bl@ster View Post


I haven't requested anything specific on the burnishing. How many? A lot. That's my jam. I have to keep up a certain stock level so I can sell BCer more shoes. The man has a crazy number of shoes! But yeah, MacNeil and Leeds are my favorite models. Obvi.

 

 

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Shhhhh...can't let my wifey know!  I do love looking at all your MTO's,  wondering when they'll show up on the bl@ster thrift page...

 

@bl@ster, you have done another magnificent MTO. I think they came out terrific. The whole @BCer thing makes total sense... LoL. Thats pretty funny.

 

Hard to argue with LWBs and PTBs. Pretty classic stuff right there.

 

-Mike 

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What is the typical turn around time for MTO? Sorry if I missed this info on previous pages. Thanks

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What is the typical turn around time for MTO? Sorry if I missed this info on previous pages. Thanks


They quote six-eight weeks, but if your shoe passes inspection the first time around, it can be more like four weeks.  I got my MTO during the anniversary sale and had it 21 days later. 

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What is the typical turn around time for MTO? Sorry if I missed this info on previous pages. Thanks


They quote six-eight weeks, but if your shoe passes inspection the first time around, it can be more like four weeks.  I got my MTO during the anniversary sale and had it 21 days later. 

 

I ordered an MTO on July 13 and I got the shipping notice yesterday.  Honestly, I don't know how that's even possible.

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I ordered an MTO on July 13 and I got the shipping notice yesterday.  Honestly, I don't know how that's even possible.
Wow, that is amazing!

I hope i'm lucky enough to get some weeks knocked off of the timeline of 8 - 10 weeks i received... ffffuuuu.gif
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I ordered an MTO on July 13 and I got the shipping notice yesterday.  Honestly, I don't know how that's even possible.

That is actually concerning to me. I think they need to sit on the last for some time.
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If the order is relatively close to a standard make up and they had one in the correct size, could they not just make an alteration to an existing shoe? Swap out the sole or what have you?
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