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@Newberry
OK, it took some digging to find your 6265 shoes. From the Fall 1986 AE catalog, the 6265 is the Chestnut Polished Cobbler McAllister. They are technically "brown" but chestnut is a lighter shade of brown. AE no longer makes chestnut polish and the closest substitute is walnut. They discontinued this shoe in 1989.

Wow! Nice job and thanks. I saw them for $50 on ebay and was curious about the color. You answered my question and even gave me the history of the model. Thanks!
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Ah cool, I've been getting more familiar with the LA area since I worked there for a few years. Back out in El Segundo now for work, but live in Torrance. Good to hear, thanks a lot for the info! I'm sure I'll be picking your brain more often, as I go deeper down the rabbit hole.

Thanks for the input. I really liked the style of the Rutledge, but I was not sure about the price. It is at $300 right now, but it is new. Any thoughts if that is too high or something I should just try and go after?

Edited - I forgot to say those look amazing! I believe those are the brown? That is the color that the ones I am looking at as well.

Yup - these are brown (I have all 3 colors). The brown was MTO, so the ones out there are it. $300 is a reasonable price, assuming they are 1sts, and I think well worth it. However, I think the closeout price was lower (was $177 for seconds), so you may want to ask the store if they can sell at the final closeout price. Even at $300, though, I doubt you'll regret it.
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smile.gif  PICS????????


These are the only pics I have. (Which I took of them in the store as I was lusting for them the other day.)





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Alright my fellow shoe nerds, I have multiple questions I'd love your opinions on.

A few pages ago I asked about a dress boot with Dainite soles for the treacherous Pennsylvania Poconos winters. I spoke with one of the phone agents from AE today and they also informed me that I could do a custom mini-lug sole.

My questions are:

1) For weather that makes the roads, sidewalks, and environment suck the big one would the Dainite or lug sole be better?

2) When ordering a custom item, can you still do something in bourbon or has that ship sailed?

3) what is everyone's thought on the Dalton?


1) Danite is nice for preventing slipping but it doesn't stand a chance against a mini-lug.  Mini-lug I find the best of anything.  Full lug is good too, but it is way more noticeable; mini-lug is nice in that it is more sort of "hidden".

 

2) No more bourbon - I was told due to consistency / color varying all over the place from tan/brown to almost green.  Too bad, when done right they could come out really well.

 

3) The Dalton is the flagship boot no doubt.  For some weird reason due to the construction, for some people (like me) it absolutely kills you at the vamp if you have high arches.  It is unique to the Dalton and none of the other 511 stuff so far do this, so not sure.  Some of the reviewers even mentioned it as did Ben from Freeport, which was even more surprising.  If it works for you, it's a no brainer.

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My original plan was to start with the Carlyle and Rutledge. Then when I get the Hopkinson, I would move the PA down to the work rotation. At that point I would probably be broke haha
You'd be amazed at how you can find money for "just one more pair"; if you're married, your wife will be even more amazed.
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Yup - these are brown (I have all 3 colors). The brown was MTO, so the ones out there are it. $300 is a reasonable price, assuming they are 1sts, and I think well worth it. However, I think the closeout price was lower (was $177 for seconds), so you may want to ask the store if they can sell at the final closeout price. Even at $300, though, I doubt you'll regret it.
Thanks for the information and tips. Unfortunately the seller is on eBay, however, they appear to be firsts (soles do not have the second brand) and they appear to not have been worn with no scratches on the sole. I am really thinking of pulling the trigger and inspecting them (I think it is worth the risk after talking to everyone).
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You'd be amazed at how you can find money for "just one more pair"; if you're married, your wife will be even more amazed.
Thanks for the reply. Luckily, my girlfriend is...somewhat understanding. However, if my collection grows larger than hers, she may think otherwise haha.
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After tearing up my heals on two separate occasions these are finally broken in. The suede feels quite comfortable on my wide hobbit feet.

 

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Originally Posted by Hino View Post
 

Long time lurker and reader, first time posting in the thread.

 

I work in a pretty conservative business casual environment that requires dressing in a suit every few months. My first pair of Allen Edmonds was a merlot Park Avenue (got it on clearance in July). I absolutely loved them and wanted to replace my other work shoes (cheap shoes) with more AEs.

 

I just picked up a bourbon Carlyle from AE's ebay store and I am breaking them in. I have a dilemma for the next pair: I see a pair of Rutledges on ebay in my size in dark brown that would immediately go to every day work shoe. Or should I save my money and get a Hopkinson (most likely in black) to replace my PAs as a suit shoe, and then use the PA for every day work. 

 

Any feedback or suggestions? Would love to hear from more experienced members.

 

 

I own a Hopkinson and a Rutledge (that I'm trying to sell, doesn't fit 11D) and I can tell you that the Independence line is incredible.  I can also tell you that the Rutledge is the one shoe that I would spend a lot of money to replace with a shoe that fits.  If there is one in your size and the price/condition is favorable, I would not pass on the opportunity to add a Rutledge to your collection.  

 

Also, since you're new here.... I'll go ahead and tell you that you should get the Rutledge and the Hopkinson... then about 10-15 more pairs.

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Originally Posted by Hino View Post
 

Long time lurker and reader, first time posting in the thread.

 

I work in a pretty conservative business casual environment that requires dressing in a suit every few months. My first pair of Allen Edmonds was a merlot Park Avenue (got it on clearance in July). I absolutely loved them and wanted to replace my other work shoes (cheap shoes) with more AEs.

 

I just picked up a bourbon Carlyle from AE's ebay store and I am breaking them in. I have a dilemma for the next pair: I see a pair of Rutledges on ebay in my size in dark brown that would immediately go to every day work shoe. Or should I save my money and get a Hopkinson (most likely in black) to replace my PAs as a suit shoe, and then use the PA for every day work. 

 

Any feedback or suggestions? Would love to hear from more experienced members.

I don't think I've heard more positive things about a shoe in this forum as I have heard about the Rutledge. I wish I would get my hands on a pair but they are gone now. Jump on that now while you have the chance. Then you can wait to see what the RDA sale brings in October before you make your next choice, that is if you can wait that long amidst all us FBWs (Filthy Barn Weasels)

 

You seem to be quickly piling up on balmorals. I would start to branch off into some blutcher/loafers since your work environment is business casual. As others have mentioned, the Dundees are a great choice. I'm absolutely in love with mine and may pick up a second pair in the near future.

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Originally Posted by Hino View Post
 

Long time lurker and reader, first time posting in the thread.

 

I work in a pretty conservative business casual environment that requires dressing in a suit every few months. My first pair of Allen Edmonds was a merlot Park Avenue (got it on clearance in July). I absolutely loved them and wanted to replace my other work shoes (cheap shoes) with more AEs.

 

I just picked up a bourbon Carlyle from AE's ebay store and I am breaking them in. I have a dilemma for the next pair: I see a pair of Rutledges on ebay in my size in dark brown that would immediately go to every day work shoe. Or should I save my money and get a Hopkinson (most likely in black) to replace my PAs as a suit shoe, and then use the PA for every day work. 

 

Any feedback or suggestions? Would love to hear from more experienced members.

 

 

I own a Hopkinson and a Rutledge (that I'm trying to sell, doesn't fit 11D) and I can tell you that the Independence line is incredible.  I can also tell you that the Rutledge is the one shoe that I would spend a lot of money to replace with a shoe that fits.  If there is one in your size and the price/condition is favorable, I would not pass on the opportunity to add a Rutledge to your collection.  

 

Also, since you're new here.... I'll go ahead and tell you that you should get the Rutledge and the Hopkinson... then about 10-15 more pairs.

Thanks for the reply. I really appreciate the feedback. Before getting the park avenues, I didn't really care much about shoes. Just went for cheap and comfortable. Boy, did that change once I broke it in.

I keep trying to tell myself that I'm going to be good after getting the Rutledge and Hopkinson but who am I kidding? I know there will always be something else to add to the list. And the colors...oh so many different choices.
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Originally Posted by Hino View Post
 

Long time lurker and reader, first time posting in the thread.

 

I work in a pretty conservative business casual environment that requires dressing in a suit every few months. My first pair of Allen Edmonds was a merlot Park Avenue (got it on clearance in July). I absolutely loved them and wanted to replace my other work shoes (cheap shoes) with more AEs.

 

I just picked up a bourbon Carlyle from AE's ebay store and I am breaking them in. I have a dilemma for the next pair: I see a pair of Rutledges on ebay in my size in dark brown that would immediately go to every day work shoe. Or should I save my money and get a Hopkinson (most likely in black) to replace my PAs as a suit shoe, and then use the PA for every day work. 

 

Any feedback or suggestions? Would love to hear from more experienced members.

I don't think I've heard more positive things about a shoe in this forum as I have heard about the Rutledge. I wish I would get my hands on a pair but they are gone now. Jump on that now while you have the chance. Then you can wait to see what the RDA sale brings in October before you make your next choice, that is if you can wait that long amidst all us FBWs (Filthy Barn Weasels)

 

You seem to be quickly piling up on balmorals. I would start to branch off into some blutcher/loafers since your work environment is business casual. As others have mentioned, the Dundees are a great choice. I'm absolutely in love with mine and may pick up a second pair in the near future.


Thank you for the reply. Again, being new to the whole shoe obsession, I am still unclear how to differentiate between a Balmoral and a blucher. I am very interested in the Dundee, but as I have said, Ive never worn anything like it.

That is definitely on my list of shoes to check out once I head to the B&M store in a few weeks
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Originally Posted by Hino View Post


Thanks for the reply. I really appreciate the feedback. Before getting the park avenues, I didn't really care much about shoes. Just went for cheap and comfortable. Boy, did that change once I broke it in.

I keep trying to tell myself that I'm going to be good after getting the Rutledge and Hopkinson but who am I kidding? I know there will always be something else to add to the list. And the colors...oh so many different choices.

 

I was lucky enough to find a pair of Rutledges in walnut that fit me from the shoebank. Absolutely worth $300 if its new. Do not hesitate for a second.

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Originally Posted by Hino View Post


Thank you for the reply. Again, being new to the whole shoe obsession, I am still unclear how to differentiate between a Balmoral and a blucher. I am very interested in the Dundee, but as I have said, Ive never worn anything like it.

That is definitely on my list of shoes to check out once I head to the B&M store in a few weeks

Balmorals have the "closed" lacing (think V shape) and are more formal than the "open" lacing of the blutcher/derby styles (if you removed the laces you could slide your finger from the vamp all the way up to the top of the tongue).

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Originally Posted by amphillips79 View Post

Alright my fellow shoe nerds, I have multiple questions I'd love your opinions on.

A few pages ago I asked about a dress boot with Dainite soles for the treacherous Pennsylvania Poconos winters. I spoke with one of the phone agents from AE today and they also informed me that I could do a custom mini-lug sole.

My questions are:

1) For weather that makes the roads, sidewalks, and environment suck the big one would the Dainite or lug sole be better?

2) When ordering a custom item, can you still do something in bourbon or has that ship sailed?

3) what is everyone's thought on the Dalton?


I've had a cabin in the Poconos since I was a little boy in the 60s (on the mountain next to Camelback) and would not choose Dainite soles ever / for winter especially.  

Would prefer a heavy lug anytime.  

 

Since leather soles offer less insulation from temperature AND from moisture, I'd prefer a heavy lugged Vibram outsole over a mini lug, especially any toppy-type lugs that would attach to a leather outsole.

 

To stay dryer, I would add a reverse welt / storm welt to any Dalton, or more likely might choose a Long Branch which comes with the rubber sole, storm welt and is cheaper.

 

If you can find a Long Branch pair that you like, you are there already without changes and can find some severe discounts at times...like new seconds for $199.

 

If there is room in the closet, consider the shearling lined First Aves; I changed mine to a lugged sole and loved them last winter.

 

Also, I agree with earlier posts, Bourbon is gone, and the Dalton is great though without at least a storm welt, I wouldn't choose it for Pocono winters.

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Originally Posted by Hino View Post


Thanks for the reply. I really appreciate the feedback. Before getting the park avenues, I didn't really care much about shoes. Just went for cheap and comfortable. Boy, did that change once I broke it in.

I keep trying to tell myself that I'm going to be good after getting the Rutledge and Hopkinson but who am I kidding? I know there will always be something else to add to the list. And the colors...oh so many different choices.

 

Haha.  I think most of us have roughly the same story as to how we got into shoes.  I started out with a walnut Strand and now I have 17 pairs of just Allen Edmonds.

 

I don't know your style, but like others have said, I would try and add some casual shoes/bluchers/boots/loafers.  

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