Place that call. I'm in Missouri and called Friday night to order Higgins Mill and Alumnus. No shipping or tax charged.
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I was gonna pick up a Higgins Mill but I took inventory and realized I already have a lot of boots.
Then I was gonna pick up an Alumnus, but instead I put in an order with C&J for these:
You are right and I found this pair on his website. Spade soles with three cord weaving around the welt. These are bespoke for some specific customer.
For those who are interested in the evolving design of Allen-Edmonds shoes, my old Lombards have brogueing on the tongues, a feature which I don't think any current A-E shoes have.
(This pair also has two of my favorite things, Poiron insoles and all rubber soles and heels.)
I picked these up yesterday at NR in 8 E (my normal size is 8 D). They fit perfectly and actually feel slightly more snug than my 7.5 E Park Aves. Now I'm thinking I'm going to hold off on wearing these until whenever the next time AE offers midnight navy in something. Heard from the store that there is a decent chance the Strand would be sold again this Fall, but not confirmed. I, of course am waiting for a Park Ave or Carlyle in midnight navy. If they don't release either of those, I think I will keep these. In the meantime, they'll remain in my closet unworn for a while. I also realized that I have no experience with suede and need to know how to clean these guys. I saw the original price on these was 385, which makes me believe that they are pretty recent (last 2-3 years, maybe?).
And I wish these people would stop putting the W stickers on the insole of the shoes. It leaves a nasty residue on the shoe that is hard to remove.
lol, I wouldn't dare go out and wear these clothes like this. I was just showing you how they fit. I agree, this would look horrible like this.