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Do you remember your first pair? The one that pulled you in? My dk brown park aves helping me finish off wedding season proper. Apologies for the lighting, the open whisky bar distracted me in the daylight.

An open whiskey bar sounds amazing, and like a terrible life choice for me lol
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These are most of my shoes I've bought in the last year.   The only ones missing are my desk shoes (walnut Carlyle, black Carlyle and brown Aldwych).  I love all these guys, and probably won't sell any of them.

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking of first shoes, mine were the Ashton, which is probably an unusual first choice.  The reason -- I needed something that I knew would be comfortable.

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These are most of my shoes I've bought in the last year.   The only ones missing are my desk shoes (walnut Carlyle, black Carlyle and brown Aldwych).  I love all these guys, and probably won't sell any of them.

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking of first shoes, mine were the Ashton, which is probably an unusual first choice.  The reason -- I needed something that I knew would be comfortable.


The fact that you chose something other than a PA as your first choice definitely put you in a whole different light for me - showed an increased sense of intelligence / rationality for sure.  You wouldn't believe the number of people who are obsessed with buying the PA and 5th in every possible color only to figure out either their size is way off or that the 65 just sucks for them.   Good for you.

 

PA was my first pair - I was fortunate enough to be able to pick them up at a time when I could totally exhaust all the length and width combinations to get an optimal fit so at least I had that going for me, but it was far from my optimal last.

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How come no wingtips?

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How come no wingtips?

 

I think they mostly look too busy for my eye.  Not quite my thing, yet.  My tastes are gradually expanding, in that I think I would probably own a bourbon Strand if they were still available.  I know the Strand isn't a wingtip, but it would definitely stretch my conservative tastes.   I like looking at everyone's shoes on here to see how their taste lean.  I'm definitely in the less common zone in terms of my taste.  Many think I'm a little boring.

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Got my HM's in today!: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Several dents, but nothing major- the fit is fantastic:
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I did want to ask two construction questions. First, the eyelets on the right shoe- do they look off-centered compared to the left shoe, or within the range of acceptability:
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Second, the tongue on the left shoe seems off-set. Not an issue when they're laced, but I'm wondering if the looks normal:
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Sorry for all the questions, this is my first pair of boots, so I'm not sure what's norma
Thanks for posting! I ordered my HMs the other day in brown and have been getting jealous of all the naturals I've seen on here. Natural CXL is just a great color on these boots! Your browns, though, make me feel much happier about my purchase - although that's all they had in my size at the shoebank!
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Do you remember your first pair? The one that pulled you in? My dk brown park aves helping me finish off wedding season proper. Apologies for the lighting, the open whisky bar distracted me in the daylight.

My first pair was black Saratoga. My dad bought them for me when I was about to finish college. He warned me - after Allen Edmonds, you won't want to wear anything else. He was spot on with that advice.

I wore the crap out of those Saratogas and they are no longer with me. But I still remember when I got them.

Chris
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Wow am I like the only one who got the Higgins in black? No brainer on the color choice for me.
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Is that the Heritage?

Yes. Right before they suspended the MTO program I contacted Allison and asked if I could get it with a regular sole and a EE. Then, she said they got some marks on them during lasting (which I still can't find) so she honored the sale price, waived the MTO fee and then still marked them down. So I ended up with a fun, first quality (to me) custom job for ... well, I probably shouldnt say but I was very pleased with the service and love the shoes.
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Do you remember your first pair? The one that pulled you in? My dk brown park aves helping me finish off wedding season proper. Apologies for the lighting, the open whisky bar distracted me in the daylight.

 

Mine were chili Bentons purchased as firsts here in southern California. This led to many others and inspired me to write the following poem that actually lists the other shoes. With due apologies for reposting it, my newly updated poem seemed appropriate in light of your question and ignore it if you have read it before.

 

                              How did it start?

 

I don’t know how it started. I really can’t recall.

I remember needing new dress shoes so I headed for the mall.

“Sneakers” were everywhere. No quality could I see.

That’s when the salesman said, “You should check out A and E.”

 
Chili Bentons were the first pair and I was sure that would do.

Then I bought a pair in black and suddenly I had two.

“I work hard and I deserve them.” What harm could there be?

I found some Regent Streets on Ebay and suddenly I had three.

 
I don’t really like odd numbers and black Byrons made it four.

My wife was starting to purse her lips, but really, “What’s one more?”

Black Winhalls made it five and Mapletons made it six

“Damn I have a lot of black” but it was a "problem" I could fix.

 
The compliments were rolling in and my friends said I looked great.

But the Chester’s and Fairfax arrived and I was up to eight.

“Not another pair I’ll buy, I will never shop again!”

But it was then I counted spaces in my shoe bag and saw that it held ten.

 
I bought Park Avenue and Fairgate, Shreveport and many other shoes.

I filled my first hanging bag and now I have filled two.

I should have thought about what I was doing and purchased carefully.

Because then I started counting and found I had twenty-three.

 

I’ve now sold some pairs, put away the card, and thought I was doing well.

But then came vintage long wings, in rich patina shell.

I’ve now discovered Alden’s Barrie last and cordovan still calls my name.

My wallet will recover but my marriage will never be the same.

 
So tread lightly friend and enjoy your wife while she's there.

Because tomorrow is another day and there's always another pair.


Edited by smfdoc - 9/10/16 at 9:46pm
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Do you remember your first pair? The one that pulled you in?

 

My first pair was my Dark Chili MacNeil 2.0 and I don't have to try too hard to remember because it was in March. It was annual bonus time... and it was a pretty good one. I decided that I "needed" to treat myself to some good shoes. I had somewhat recently decided to update my look to something more appropriate for my age. I made a couple of cheap-o dress shoe purchases when I should have just headed right to AE. Now it's September and I just bought my seventh pair last week. Eyeballing an eighth, of course. Hopefully I can stop before I hit twenty-three. As for my wife, she was convinced I didn't even need the third. I said, "Don't you know that you need to rotate them?"

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Yes. Right before they suspended the MTO program I contacted Allison and asked if I could get it with a regular sole and a EE. Then, she said they got some marks on them during lasting (which I still can't find) so she honored the sale price, waived the MTO fee and then still marked them down. So I ended up with a fun, first quality (to me) custom job for ... well, I probably shouldnt say but I was very pleased with the service and love the shoes.

 

I'm in complete agreement with the Count, it is to soon to mothball linen and Heritage specs. (Then again, I'm in Southern California, so summer continues through February.)

 

I'm not a golfer either. I bought my Heritages directly by phone from AE HQ when they were on closeout, and paid the resole fee to have them swap a chili double oak before sending to me. They were a bit snug at first but have broken in nicely.

 

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Wow am I like the only one who got the Higgins in black? No brainer on the color choice for me.

Nah. See my post a few pages back. I got and kept the black. The only better color would
Have been navy.
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The fact that you chose something other than a PA as your first choice definitely put you in a whole different light for me - showed an increased sense of intelligence / rationality for sure.  You wouldn't believe the number of people who are obsessed with buying the PA and 5th in every possible color only to figure out either their size is way off or that the 65 just sucks for them.   Good for you.

 

I'm somewhat guilty of this myself.  My first AE's were a Dark Chili Strand and a Black Fifth Ave from Nordtrom's.  I then went on to buy an Oxblood Strand.  All 10D.  Then I figured out that 10E was better for me in this last.  Went on to buy a Walnut Strand and a Brown Fifth Ave.  Then more recently a Merlot McAllister.  The 10D's work ok after I beat them into submission with a shoe stretcher, but that's still way too many balmorals and way too much 65 last.  I've since gone on to start rounding out my collection with penny loafers, bluchers, and chukkas, and have expanded beyond AE to Alden and Rancourt.  I like all of my shoes, but if I had to do it over again, I'd probably have made some different choices and thought more about how I would use each shoe in combination with specific suits, odd jackets and trouser, and casual pants.

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@pbrandes & @Count de Monet A little while back my good buddy lobster mentioned about sticking with plain toe only. I was definitely the same way until I finally got into wings & medallions with casual, then finally said WTH and started with the dressy styles too.

As much as I like the spectator styles like the broad street, I still feel like they're the "loudest" offering possible. I have no problem wearing my green rush street or red neumok, but something like a brown & white broad street I just don't know if I could pull it off - although I really wanted a pair ever since they were first released. In a similar vein, I passed on the 1776 - I know they would have been really comfy after breakin but the white and dark contrast was too much for me.

When you guys wear these, do they immediately grab everyone's attention or am I over worried?
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