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I have mixed feelings about my new blue suede Boones that I bought on clearance from the AE site. http://www.allenedmonds.com/clearance/mens-clearance/shoes/boone-plain-toe-casual-shoes/SF3108.html

These are firsts, so I would have expected them to arrive in pristine condition.

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Even if these were some that had been returns, I would have expected AE to at least clean up the soles. I do realize that a single wearing myself might result in the same debris .... I just didn't expect to find beach sand on shoes straight out the box.

Having said all that, they fit great and there are no scuffs or marks that I noticed on the suede itself. I'm keeping them.

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Well, dammit. While picking up some groceries, I just barely caught the edge of a shopping cart with the edge of my toe (Brooks Warwicks). The angle was apparently just right, and clearly shopping carts are being made out of razor wire, because:


I got a great deal on these (i.e. don't have a lot of money in them), but still pretty demoralizing. Has anyone dealt with this? Should I fix at home or go to the cobbler? If home remedy, what kind of adhesive are we talking? Argh...

 

If the flap is still there (looks like it), I've used Super Glue before.

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Finally got the right size in my carlyles.. Perfect 2nds for 195 for my wedding. Thanks for the help in thid thread!
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This week in Chicagoland, the temperature dropped a touch—down in the low-70s most days. Usually, that's still shorts and sandals weather for this neck of the woods, but when you have a closet with some AE boots in it, it's an opportunity to start working them back into the rotation.

 

I'm sure they felt neglected after sitting in the dark for so many months, so I had to have a talk with some of them.

 

On Monday, I wore the tan saddle Gobis. "Gobi, you're unlined, so I still wear you during the summer sometimes. You don't need this pep talk, but I'm going to give it to you anyway. You'll always be special to me. You were such a dirt cheap second from the Shoebank, that I had to try you. I figured for $97, I couldn't go wrong. In truth, I'm not sure I could have gone more right. You changed me, Gobi. You changed the way I thought about chukkas. Whenever I heard that word, I always pictured ugly-ass, 70s-era, faded brown suede things. Never again. You're beautiful, Gobi. Bright and smooth and comfortable and full of hope and wonder. On top of that, you're the one boot I own that my wife thinks is out of this world. There's a special place for you in my heart. Forever, Gobi. Forever."

 

And with that, Gobi wept as we spent the day together. 

On Tuesday, I broke out the brown Normandys. "Normandy, your name came up on the forum yesterday. People wondered why you didn't get more love. I'm here to tell you, I love you. You're great. Sure, you've got a couple of issues. Your left toe cap is a little crooked. Your right tongue creases at a weird spot. You know what? I don't care. I know you were 'No Warranty' and on eBay. You probably wondered if anyone would ever want you again. I did, Normandy. I wanted you. Ever since I saw you, I wanted you. No toe indents. Minimal wear. The 7 minutes I waited between submitting my Best Offer and it being accepted were the longest 7 minutes of my life, and that includes an incident with a bad late night burrito on a walk back to my apartment still a half-mile away. When I got you, you were everything I hoped you would be. I never knew a boot could feel so great until I slipped my foot into you. You were so soft. And you know what? I know this sounds weird, but I'll say it anyway: You smell great. Seriously. People talk all the time about bad-smelling shoes. Well, they've never smelled kudu before, obviously. It lingers on me, long after I've brushed you and put you away. A faint reminder of the time we've spent together. Normandy, you are fantastic. You deserve more love. And, I'll try to wear you more often on days like today that aren't a casual Friday. Sure, you really shine on weekends with jeans and no agenda. But today was a great reminder that you can work with tan khakis and a little bit of a more open mind."

 

And the Normandy was happy again.

On Wednesday, I wore the dark brown McTavish. Sometimes, no words need to be said to know how you feel about each other. Wednesday was one of those days.

 

On Thursday, I wore the golden brown Long Branch. "Long Branch, you were my first. I bought you brand-new almost 2 years ago during the RDA sale. I'd made a choice in my life to start spending more money on higher-quality footwear that would last more than a year. You are the embodiment of everything that was good about that decision. Here you are now, still looking great. Sure, you're a little more wrinkly than the day you came out of the box, but we both knew that would happen going in. It's in your nature. It's who you are and part of what makes you so wonderful. Yeah, at 12D, you're a 1/2 size bigger than you really needed to be. Still, when winter comes and the wool socks come out, you know you're the first boot I reach for. First forever, Long Branch. That's you. I have so much to thank you for. If you hadn't been so great, I'm not sure I would have stuck with AEs. But, you were, and here I am 2 years later with 8 more pairs under my belt. You and I both know that if I had more funds and a little less self-control, that the number would be twice that. Easily. You're my gateway-boot, and for that I will always be grateful. You're aces in my book, Long Branch. I hope how much you know that."

And the Long Branch did grin.

But, that was all part of my master plan. You see, I have a new addition, and I didn't want the other AEs feeling jealous. Even though I don't want to play favorites, I might be here. So, I'll just say it, "Brown Higgins Mill, you're my favorite right now. You're exactly what I was looking for, when I didn't know I was looking for you. I'm sorry I pined so long for the Odenwald when you're the better boot in every conceivable way. Your Dainite sole. Your suede tongue. Your more comfortable leather. Everything about you is better, except for maybe the color of your laces (but I can fix that with a quick stop on Amazon). I brushed each of you for exactly 23 seconds this morning and your glory shone through. I'm only sorry that I didn't pair you with a better caliber of jeans, but I haven't had time to start the break-in process on those 501s. I can't wait to see where this crazy journey of ours takes us, Higgins Mill. Let's roll."

 

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I have mixed feelings about my new blue suede Boones that I bought on clearance from the AE site. http://www.allenedmonds.com/clearance/mens-clearance/shoes/boone-plain-toe-casual-shoes/SF3108.html



These are firsts, so I would have expected them to arrive in pristine condition.



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Even if these were some that had been returns, I would have expected AE to at least clean up the soles. I do realize that a single wearing myself might result in the same debris .... I just didn't expect to find beach sand on shoes straight out the box.



Having said all that, they fit great and there are no scuffs or marks that I noticed on the suede itself. I'm keeping them.



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I'm somewhat easy-going on this kind of thing, but those aren't firsts - as much for the wear in the footbed, etc. as anything.
post #11991 of 17565
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I just got my pair of Hopkinson seconds from the shoebank sale and I am on the fence about them. They look great with the exception of some noticeable creasing near the laces. Should I return these and try my luck at another pair of seconds or should I consider myself lucky?[/IMG]

 

Those look very good for being 2nds.  I would keep.

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Those look very good for being 2nds.  I would keep.

 

If you aren't averse to losing $10 you can get another one sent and pick from there. See my previous post about who to contact. I agree with lobster in that for seconds particularly at their discounted price they are keepers but I'm also picky and would spend $10 for another try haha.

 

On that note does anyone know if shoprunner can be used when buying from the shoebank? It isnt like an online purchase so I'm curious if this can be done or if anyone has tried. @TexasTexter you seem to have these things delivered to you via fighter jet, do you know if this works?

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Originally Posted by Mcbeck View Post

I have mixed feelings about my new blue suede Boones that I bought on clearance from the AE site. http://www.allenedmonds.com/clearance/mens-clearance/shoes/boone-plain-toe-casual-shoes/SF3108.html





These are firsts, so I would have expected them to arrive in pristine condition.





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Even if these were some that had been returns, I would have expected AE to at least clean up the soles. I do realize that a single wearing myself might result in the same debris .... I just didn't expect to find beach sand on shoes straight out the box.





Having said all that, they fit great and there are no scuffs or marks that I noticed on the suede itself. I'm keeping them.





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I'm somewhat easy-going on this kind of thing, but those aren't firsts - as much for the wear in the footbed, etc. as anything.

 



I typically easy going about this as well. I've bought shoes (firsts) from AE that have had a minor flaw or two. I'm usually of the opinion that I don't sweat minor issues if if were something I might do the first day I wear them.

The Boones were half-off clearance items and no where was it indicated that the shoes might be "gently used" returns. That's why finding sand and some sticky stuff on the sole surprised me. Even when buying shoes from the Shoebank, all the shoes I've bought haven't even had a scratch or mark on the leather soles.
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The Boones were half-off clearance items and no where was it indicated that the shoes might be "gently used" returns. That's why finding sand and some sticky stuff on the sole surprised me. Even when buying shoes from the Shoebank, all the shoes I've bought haven't even had a scratch or mark on the leather soles.

 

If they were half-off, I wouldn't worry about it.  A heads-up would have been nice though.

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Originally Posted by Mcbeck View Post

I have mixed feelings about my new blue suede Boones that I bought on clearance from the AE site. http://www.allenedmonds.com/clearance/mens-clearance/shoes/boone-plain-toe-casual-shoes/SF3108.html

These are firsts, so I would have expected them to arrive in pristine condition.

4d3e92479352994138702f2d95db32ab.jpg
2c1d52bc479bd9da18501c61fd1acbaa.jpg

Even if these were some that had been returns, I would have expected AE to at least clean up the soles. I do realize that a single wearing myself might result in the same debris .... I just didn't expect to find beach sand on shoes straight out the box.

Having said all that, they fit great and there are no scuffs or marks that I noticed on the suede itself. I'm keeping them.

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This was definitely a screw up at the warehouse- a worn return got put back in new inventory by mistake. Contact CAC and they will apologize profusely and send you a brand pair!
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Originally Posted by Mcbeck View Post
 

The Boones were half-off clearance items and no where was it indicated that the shoes might be "gently used" returns. That's why finding sand and some sticky stuff on the sole surprised me. Even when buying shoes from the Shoebank, all the shoes I've bought haven't even had a scratch or mark on the leather soles.

 

Even with the great clearance price, that would not work for me. Yes you would likely do that "damage" in the first wear, but this seems different than minor wrinkles on the shaft of a boot. More about the misadvertising and subsequent surprise than anything. I would definitely call AE CS. (If you do, please report back.)

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@donkeyhoatie, that was me a couple of weeks ago. Still very hot in Texas, but I love me some boots! Luckily we had some heavy rain that "forced" me to dust off some fall/winter favs. 

 

Denim and Freiburgs today... 

 

My daily @dapkicks pic: (Click to show)
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Really need more Walnut in my life. Repeating Madison Parks for "Cheap Clothes, Expensive Shoes" on Friday. I just love these too much.
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Originally Posted by kitandkaboodle View Post

I just got my pair of Hopkinson seconds from the shoebank sale and I am on the fence about them. They look great with the exception of some noticeable creasing near the laces. Should I return these and try my luck at another pair of seconds or should I consider myself lucky?[/IMG]

 

I would try to bar lace those bad boys to see if I could get the lacing area to sit a bit more flat.  A huge benefit of the double tanned leather that they use on the Indy line shoes is that they don't really crease as much or as hard.  Send a pic once you bar lace them to let us know how they turn out.  You are going to love those shoes FYI.

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Really need more Walnut in my life. Repeating Madison Parks for "Cheap Clothes, Expensive Shoes" on Friday. I just love these too much.

Get a pair of Strands.  You will not regret it.

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