It's taken a whole forty-eight hours, but my recently acquired Fullertons are making me want those Club Monaco Suede Leeds even more. I am hopeless.
Edited by St Hubbins - 9/4/16 at 6:44pm
I picked up a pair of black Liverpools today from Woodmere (thanks, Brian!). I can't believe the fit, comfort and style of these. It feels like they were designed for my feet. Can't wait to wear them.
If you like the 511 last, I say go for it. It's not my favorite last, but it fits me pretty good. I don't plan on buying more shoes on that last any time soon, but it's also because I already have most of what I want that's available.
There is a Club Monaco that I stopped in today, but they never stock the Leeds shoes in the store.
I also went to the Nordstrom Rack in Orange for the first time. Horrible, horrible experience. Don't bother. And the parking lot is f--ing horrible. Didn't find 1 AE shoe in my sizes. NR is hit and miss. The South Coast Plaza location is awesome, but the Orange is terrible.
For those in LA area, so far:
Good Nordstrom Racks:
-South Coast Plaza
Bad Nordstrom Racks:
I got a pair of Brooks by AE Duke Brown Grain handsewn penny loafers from the Shoebank the other week.
However, I don't know if if I want to keep them our not? I was thinking of exchanging them or putting the money towards a loafer like these from ether Herschung or Sid Mashburn. Or alternatively something from Herring or Velasca.
One question are the AE ones recraftable? The shoe bank customer service said they were? I ask as all I know is that the Hershungs def are(good year welted) and I assume the Mashburns are probably blake stiched.
They list the 5 different handsewn lasts, and then have this statement for all of them:
They only have 1 cemented last listed, and it includes this statement:
However, the supposed "handsewns" made in the Dominican Republic cannot be recrafted, according to their individual product pages.
It doesn't make sense until you see this blanket statement at the bottom of their Lasts page:
I'm assuming that the examples they provide are by no means exhaustive, and this statement basically applies to everything made in the DR on a handsewn last.
^ I'm curious if they can be resoled by an outside company.
Maybe its just part of AE's policy not to recraft the DR models because they are typically sold at a lower price point. According to AE, recrafting is not a very profitable endeavor. I'm sure the idea that when buying a pair of shoes from AE you can get actual factory refurbishing helps them sell more shoes in the long run. Perhaps they want to limit that to their higher margin shoe lines.
I own a pair of brown CXL Bayfields which are rough duty / distressed (lugged sole, reverse welt, cap toe brogue only) with a CXL mismatch that has always bothered me a bit.
From day 1, the left boot was darker and a bit more shiny, and that boot immediately creased hard while the other did not. I wear them for work often outdoors and love them for that purpose. Pardon the condition of things here, I slid them forward and took a raw photo without prep. They do not match in color or crease, and I still love them.
CXL's color is what it is, some conditioner products like Bicks 4 may darken them a bit but mostly, you moist wipe and brush, and hopefully, enjoy your variation. :)
Going off your post just to confirm I went and took a look inside the Dukes. And despite what I thought it said previously it said "Made in the Dominican Republic" on the inside.
Back to the Shoebank they go then.
I'm very disappointed as the Shoebank stated they were "Made in the USA" and Brooks Brother's website did too for the same exact model also.