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$44 for a made in usa belt. This helped a lot. Do you know how fast they ship? Because I plan on wearing them for the first time next Saturday.

Web site says usually ships in 24-48 hours. I just checked with my friend and he says they did arrive quickly and that he was pleased with the quality. Good luck.

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If you're looking for something that's not too expensive, I would suggest just going to your local mall or outlet store and seeing what's on the rack. It will be easier seeing the belts in person than trying to figure out if the color matches looking at pictures online, and you'll be able to tell the quality of the leather. It's also my personal opinion that money is much better spent on higher quality shoes than on belts. A belt is a very simple item, and they just aren't worth the premium that high-end makers charge. 

 

I'm inclined to agree here. When I buy new sometimes I'll check shoebank for a match but AE has some bad reviews at least on their basic belt. Go to the mall and try and match them up.

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So turns out that Allen Edmonds retail and the ShoeBank are out of merlot belts in my size. What other brands do you guys know that sell dress belts similar to merlot? I want them for my merlot McAllisters. I don't want anything to expensive. Thanks!

Check ebay.

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I visited the Plano store Wednesday to return some McAllisters in Merlot that had too wide a V gap for my liking.  The three HM pairs on display had the same toe scrapes/dents as these.   It looks like a manufacturing defect, something their machinery is doing to mess up the toes of these boots.

 

Guys - CXL is not a leather that stays looking new.  It is patina-forward.  Most scrapes are "fixed" simply by rubbing your thumb hard on the area for a few seconds and then brushing.  More serious stuff stays visible but blends after time.

 

I'm not trying to be chippy, but these are causal boots - wear 'em and beat 'em.  I take good care of my Alden Indys, but they are all about patina.  And I love them.   (apologies for the non-AE content)

The cut and shape of HM is a lot sleeker than my Indy's, and if I didn't have the pair above and some other things on the boil, I'd be really tempted to buy a natty CXL HM boot.  The CXL they are using is more rustic and more brown from what I saw, and that is a good thing.

 

I can't tell you how many times I've dinged the boots above, especially in the toe.  I rub and brush and they are better.  Every once in a while I wipe 'em and brush 'em for a while and they glow. 

 

If you don't like wrinkles and patina, CXL is probably not right for you.  I didn't realize that entirely when I bought it, but it changed my views.  My JCrew boots looked very bland when I got them, and now I'm really enjoying their emerging character. 

 

(apologies for the rant ;))

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Guys - CXL is not a leather that stays looking new.  It is patina-forward.  Most scrapes are "fixed" simply by rubbing your thumb hard on the area for a few seconds and then brushing.  More serious stuff stays visible but blends after time.

I'm not trying to be chippy, but these are causal boots - wear 'em and beat 'em.  I take good care of my Alden Indys, but they are all about patina.  And I love them.   (apologies for the non-AE content)


The cut and shape of HM is a lot sleeker than my Indy's, and if I didn't have the pair above and some other things on the boil, I'd be really tempted to buy a natty CXL HM boot.  The CXL they are using is more rustic and more brown from what I saw, and that is a good thing.

I can't tell you how many times I've dinged the boots above, especially in the toe.  I rub and brush and they are better.  Every once in a while I wipe 'em and brush 'em for a while and they glow. 

If you don't like wrinkles and patina, CXL is probably not right for you.  I didn't realize that entirely when I bought it, but it changed my views.  My JCrew boots looked very bland when I got them, and now I'm really enjoying their emerging character. 

(apologies for the rant wink.gif)
I was fully aware of CXL. I'm fine with a little loose grain. Especially since they are close to the bend points of the toe. I love the boots and I can't wait to truck through whatever with them
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Wow, congrats on your unobtanium!! Those look tremendous!

Thanks p-78. Somewhat related, I am a closet admirer of your shoe care regimen. Your color 8 tassels and LHS's that you've recently posted are truly things of beauty.

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Those are amazeballs.

Always appreciate the words MattRiv. Especially when it adds to my vocabulary. Thanks.
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Thanks p-78. Somewhat related, I am a closet admirer of your shoe care regimen. Your color 8 tassels and LHS's that you've recently posted are truly things of beauty.
Always appreciate the words MattRiv. Especially when it adds to my vocabulary. Thanks.


THanks, but I believe you are mistaken! I don't own any loafers actually. But a suede LHS is on the list for next year...

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My Clark Streets are pretty resistant to scratching, but I totally agree that I don't really care if they get dinged a bit.  On cxl, it's not a big deal.  On my Leeds, I care a little more.

 

I'm very much looking forward to when I recraft my Clarks with a single leather sole, but it might be 10 years from now as my Dainite sole is showing no signs of wear on the heel. 

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A little non-AE today. Crockett & Jones for Brooks Brothers.



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As promised in my first post last night (man, you guys post a lot!) here's what I'm wearing today. Chili Delrays. About 7 years old.

Glad I found this thread/forum, will learn a lot. The wife might not be too thrilled about the inevitable packages arriving at the house. wink.gif.

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New wheel bearing on the car meant that I had $325 less to spend on shoes. Was dreaming of picking up two pairs at the Oak Brook store. Instead, it was just returning the Shoebank brown Odenwalds and grabbing the brown Higgins Mill. Such a great boot. If you're even remotely on the fence, get them now at $250. FYI, I'll post pictures soon, but mine didn't have any of the toe box dings that others have had. Seriously in love with these things.


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Suede Dundees, gotta catch 'em all
Its you and me
I know it's my destiny
Suede Dundees, oh, you're my best friend
In a world we must defend
Suede Dundees, gotta catch 'em all
A heart so true
Our courage will pull us through

You teach me and I'll teach you
Suede Dundees, gotta catch 'em all
Gotta catch 'em all
Yeah

 

 


OH!  The one that got away.....regrets on that one!

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Oooh, which JL? Me too actually. Also considering a shell Vass boot instead...
Thanks for the comparison, it made me realize I need both. I'm on the fence but leaning toward the Garnier, which is a nicer Carlyle to give the AE equivalent. I'm also interested in the Heath and Cavendish, but I don't think I can get away with dropping $2K on shoes in a matter of weeks...
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Originally Posted by middlepP View Post

Nice! The (tan) Freiburg might be one of THE best AE values ever. Super comfy and great looking casual boot. If I recall, firsts were promo'd at something like $150.
Yup, $147 shipped. The only problem with these is that I have no idea what my care regimen should be. Suede brush mucks up the burnishing, and I don't believe leather lotion would be appropriate. They're my favorite fall weekend and casual Friday boots.
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I had a chance to check out the Palo Alto store that was just recently opened today.  They are doing a 15% off sale on shoes and AE branded accessories.  I've checked out a couple of models (classic McAllister, Moras)  No merlot models from what I can tell, but I'm not sure that I fit the typical clientele judging by the reaction of the sale staff.

 

Leather quality is pretty decent, but finishing from what I can tell is not as good as some of my other shoes (Cheaney, CJ, Santoni)  Not sure who would want to pay full retail of $395.  Great value south of $250 though.

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Has anyone had to return a pair of shoes purchased from the AE eBay store? Is it a hassle?

Found a pair of brown McGregor seconds a half size larger than the slightly too small pair I purchased from eBay. However I am getting close to the 30 day return period and I am worried about being stuck with them while also having the pair of seconds.
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