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post #16 of 24
270 degree welt is more usual for dress shoes. AE just doesn't do them as a matter of company pride. They were founded on the principle of a flexible, shank less construction held together by the 360 degree welt. There are funny old AE ads showing people literally twisting the shoe like a pretzel.
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post

270 degree welt is more usual for dress shoes. AE just doesn't do them as a matter of company pride. They were founded on the principle of a flexible, shank less construction held together by the 360 degree welt. There are funny old AE ads showing people literally twisting the shoe like a pretzel.


Yeah,  I've seen those ads.  Well one of them.  I just saw an example of a Gustin boot with 270 degree welt, and a very sloppy transition.

post #18 of 24
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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post

270 degree welt is more usual for dress shoes. AE just doesn't do them as a matter of company pride. They were founded on the principle of a flexible, shank less construction held together by the 360 degree welt. There are funny old AE ads showing people literally twisting the shoe like a pretzel.
I remember seeing the same old AE video, and thinking why can't my AE shoes do that. My SA certainly had no idea, but I would have liked to know how the materials and construction differed then...
post #19 of 24
Thread Starter 
Glad the welt issue has been cleared up. Thank for the responses, especially the picture of the boots that confirmed the welt seam...
post #20 of 24
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Hi. Sorry for hijacking this thread. I received my fifth street AE boots today and noticed the same "heel issue". I was actually planning to return them before I read this thread. No I not sure anymore. I'm new to hand made shoes and don't really know what to expect. What's your opinion?




So according to the comments here I should stick with them and not return them. You agree? Thanks for all feedback by the way.
post #21 of 24
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So according to the comments here I should stick with them and not return them. You agree? Thanks for all feedback by the way.

You can certainly return them if you wish. It's a roll of the dice whether your new pair will be better. Personally, I would keep those. The welt will be rest itched the first time you get them Resoled anyway.
post #22 of 24
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I would keep it because it just like the welt on my shoe. I feel a WHOLE lot better about keeping my shoe after seeing yours.

post #23 of 24
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Originally Posted by nubirth View Post

I would keep it because it just like the welt on my shoe. I feel a WHOLE lot better about keeping my shoe after seeing yours.

I got them fixed. Cost me only 10 bucks and I'm quite happy about the result.

post #24 of 24

Yes, I firmly believe AE quality has gone down over the years in order to keep the price in the mid level range.  I base that on owning a dozen pairs since 2000 and also on inspecting (and polishing) my father's AE shoes which are 25-35 years old, some of which have barely been worn since he rotates them, some he simply never wore.  Current AE leather quality way down.  Stitching care is down.  Construction quality down.  Quite visible to an objective wearer of AE (yes, even big AE fans).  Now, that said, it still is the best shoe in this price point, for sure, especially if you get them on sale.  I believe ALL shoes have gone down in quality over the years.  My father's generation AE shoes are closer to C&J high grade or Church's custom.  I've noticed this in most leather goods, like briefcases.  I have a Prada briefcase from 15 years ago purchased new and it's current model looks like literally half the quality in every respect. Still a big fan of AE and models made by AE for RL, and as said, there is no other option in this price range if you want excellent quality and character shoes.


Edited by PMaximus - 3/28/16 at 2:52pm
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