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Originally Posted by Skelnik View Post
 
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Originally Posted by smfdoc View Post

I have stretched many calf shoes, but I have been really careful when trying to stretch cordovan. The grain is really tight in shell and they do not like to stretch. Shoe makers have to be careful when stretching shell over the lasts during construction lest they actually cause it to split. I do not know that you could generate that much pull with a shoe stretcher, but I would proceed with caution. I posted this video about a week ago, but it is applicable concerning the tearing while lasting up a shoe. Ignore it if you have seen it before.
 
That's what I was afraid of. I have a brand new pair of shoes I love and cannot be purchased anymore but I really want to keep them. This would have been the only way. You said you had been careful when stretching cordovan. Does that mean that you were successfully able to do it a little?

No, not really. I tried a a stretch or two that were certainly not aggressive and I could not tell any difference. Is this because shell will not stretch? Is this because I was too timid? I just know I did not wish to run the risk of causing damage and did not pursue it.

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Natty Higgins Mill, take 3...

 

Quick back story: Went to my local store about a month ago, use 9D & 9.5D in the HM to determine I need B width, no B widths in the store, pay for a 9.5B, they also order in a 9B just in case. Fit is great, but both pair look pretty beat up. Manager said they were going back and ordered in another 9.5B.

 

Swung by today for my replacement pair. They looked great! No tiger striping or fatty spots, limited nicks (I am fine with this, they're cxl boots after all).

 

Go to try them on. Damn it! One fits much looser than the other. Enough that I wonder if it is a mismarked D width. SA - one I've never seen before - tells me that's because they are handmade. In the middle of me calling him on that, he corrects himself to "hand lasted." Says it's very common for one to fit wider than the other or even between different pairs of the same model. I definitely pushed back on this, saying that is bad QC not a positive/celebrated affordance of hand-lasted shoes. Turns out the old pair was still in the back. Try them on again. Yup, they fit great. Go back to the replacement pair, nope righty still fits bigger. The SA initial said I could keep the mismatched pair, but then after checking with the other SA... nope. "Not allowed, because they have different lot numbers on the inside."

 

Guess I either live with these, hoping the footbed settles enough and they don't overly crease from excess volume, OR I wait even longer for a pair of shoes that I needed to pre-pay for before ever even trying them on. Took them home to mull it over. Rather than dealing with the store, I'll contact Kelly in CS. 

 

Again, I question the purpose of a brick and mortar store if you still have to order in sizes to try on. Easily could have taken advantage of the free shipping, ordered multiple pairs in multiple sizes online and returned the rest. Would end up costing AE more and my SM would miss out on the commission.

 

Itching to wear them. I'll try to post some pics tomorrow...

post #12813 of 17636
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Originally Posted by BackInTheJox View Post

Bad news, fellow weasels. I took a new job a month ago. I'm a physician, and my specialty often involves doing minor to moderately sized procedures in the office. In my former job/residency, I had specific days set aside for these procedures, but at my new job I will be having them sprinkled throughout most days. Because of this, I may end up having to switch to wearing scrubs all day every day. Unfortunately, none of my many dress shoes go with scrubs. I would hate to have to give up wearing all the wonderful and expensive AE (and non-AE) shoes I own!

Mulling over my options currently.

Career change! Switch to a more AE-friendly job like sales or consulting :lol:

post #12814 of 17636
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Originally Posted by middlepP View Post

Natty Higgins Mill, take 3...

Quick back story: Went to my local store about a month ago, use 9D & 9.5D in the HM to determine I need B width, no B widths in the store, pay for a 9.5B, they also order in a 9B just in case. Fit is great, but both pair look pretty beat up. Manager said they were going back and ordered in another 9.5B.

Swung by today for my replacement pair. They looked great! No tiger striping or fatty spots, limited nicks (I am fine with this, they're cxl boots after all).

Go to try them on. Damn it! One fits much looser than the other. Enough that I wonder if it is a mismarked D width. SA - one I've never seen before - tells me that's because they are handmade. In the middle of me calling him on that, he corrects himself to "hand lasted." Says it's very common for one to fit wider than the other or even between different pairs of the same model. I definitely pushed back on this, saying that is bad QC not a positive/celebrated affordance of hand-lasted shoes. Turns out the old pair was still in the back. Try them on again. Yup, they fit great. Go back to the replacement pair, nope righty still fits bigger. The SA initial said I could keep the mismatched pair, but then after checking with the other SA... nope. "Not allowed, because they have different lot numbers on the inside."

Guess I either live with these, hoping the footbed settles enough and they don't overly crease from excess volume, OR I wait even longer for a pair of shoes that I needed to pre-pay for before ever even trying them on. Took them home to mull it over. Rather than dealing with the store, I'll contact Kelly in CS. 

Again, I question the purpose of a brick and mortar store if you still have to order in sizes to try on. Easily could have taken advantage of the free shipping, ordered multiple pairs in multiple sizes online and returned the rest. Would end up costing AE more and my SM would miss out on the commission.

Itching to wear them. I'll try to post some pics tomorrow...
You know that you can get a proper fit. I'd order again.
post #12815 of 17636
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Originally Posted by orange fury View Post


The cologne came first for me, so though I haven't bought any in a while, I still have more bottles than shoes lol. I've figured out which ones I like better than others, so as I've gone through bottles I didn't love, I didn't replace them. I still have enough that I have my collection broken down by season, time of day, and level of formality...

When I first started into cologne I kept to a strict "only wear this in fall/night/when Venus and Mars are in view" type of thing but lately I have the same attitude as I do with my shoes.  If I want to wear it and I know it won't offend anyone in the office, I wear it (plus I rock two scents a day, one in the morning, then one after I'm done with the gym.)  Except black shoe with anything, and black shirt with any pants...right style police? :)

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These are the Gobi chukkas I was talking about earlier. I just punched in the extra set of eyelets. I measured the distance between each eyelet like 20 times haha. They look pretty good to me.
post #12817 of 17636
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Originally Posted by aero25 View Post

In the case of plastic trees, are you really any better off than stuffing socks in there? (serious question)
I didn't think of that; I usually just bring one pair of cedar trees for whichever shoe I wore most recently.

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Originally Posted by deker9 View Post

So got a new pair on exchange.  These were a little better in the leather department but the sole of one shoe wasn't molded correctly and the stitching went through the circles in the danite sole.  So I give up and returned them and instead picked up a pair of Strand's in Loden Suede.
That doesn't make them seconds. It's a minor defect, at best, that doesn't affect anything about the wear of the shoe. Hell, if anything it would make that stitch last longer since it isn't touching the ground.

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Originally Posted by BackInTheJox View Post

Bad news, fellow weasels. I took a new job a month ago.
****
Mulling over my options currently.
Sounds like you have to quit.
post #12818 of 17636
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Originally Posted by middlepP View Post
 

Natty Higgins Mill, take 3...

 

Quick back story: Went to my local store about a month ago, use 9D & 9.5D in the HM to determine I need B width, no B widths in the store, pay for a 9.5B, they also order in a 9B just in case. Fit is great, but both pair look pretty beat up. Manager said they were going back and ordered in another 9.5B.

 

Swung by today for my replacement pair. They looked great! No tiger striping or fatty spots, limited nicks (I am fine with this, they're cxl boots after all).

 

Go to try them on. Damn it! One fits much looser than the other. Enough that I wonder if it is a mismarked D width. SA - one I've never seen before - tells me that's because they are handmade. In the middle of me calling him on that, he corrects himself to "hand lasted." Says it's very common for one to fit wider than the other or even between different pairs of the same model. I definitely pushed back on this, saying that is bad QC not a positive/celebrated affordance of hand-lasted shoes. Turns out the old pair was still in the back. Try them on again. Yup, they fit great. Go back to the replacement pair, nope righty still fits bigger. The SA initial said I could keep the mismatched pair, but then after checking with the other SA... nope. "Not allowed, because they have different lot numbers on the inside."

 

Guess I either live with these, hoping the footbed settles enough and they don't overly crease from excess volume, OR I wait even longer for a pair of shoes that I needed to pre-pay for before ever even trying them on. Took them home to mull it over. Rather than dealing with the store, I'll contact Kelly in CS. 

 

Again, I question the purpose of a brick and mortar store if you still have to order in sizes to try on. Easily could have taken advantage of the free shipping, ordered multiple pairs in multiple sizes online and returned the rest. Would end up costing AE more and my SM would miss out on the commission.

 

Itching to wear them. I'll try to post some pics tomorrow...


That's crazy f-ing annoying - I'd be pissed about that whole thing.  You definitely have a higher threshold than me for patience.  I hope someone from AE retail reads your thing.

 

If you can wait I'm with my engineering buddy and I'd order it again and see.  If you really can't, no way I'd take the messed up size thing - I'd have to go with the beat up one - maybe try to get something off.  Misized will always end up bad no matter how you slice it.

post #12819 of 17636
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Originally Posted by naspratt View Post


I didn't think of that; I usually just bring one pair of cedar trees for whichever shoe I wore most recently.
That doesn't make them seconds. It's a minor defect, at best, that doesn't affect anything about the wear of the shoe. Hell, if anything it would make that stitch last longer since it isn't touching the ground.
Sounds like you have to quit.


He'll be good - with the new job his Kirkwoods & Maritimes should be more than sufficient. 

post #12820 of 17636
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Originally Posted by SLCRich View Post
 

When I first started into cologne I kept to a strict "only wear this in fall/night/when Venus and Mars are in view" type of thing but lately I have the same attitude as I do with my shoes.  If I want to wear it and I know it won't offend anyone in the office, I wear it (plus I rock two scents a day, one in the morning, then one after I'm done with the gym.)  Except black shoe with anything, and black shirt with any pants...right style police? :)


Before I joined this forum I would pretty much do black shirt / black pants (and sometimes black jacket) almost all the time.  Still tend towards that (hence my large collection of black shoes) but I've managed to branch out a lot now.

post #12821 of 17636
Some recent wears of mine...

Bourbon Park Aves:





Midnight Navy Cornwallis:



post #12822 of 17636
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Originally Posted by deker9 View Post


So got a new pair on exchange.  These were a little better in the leather department but the sole of one shoe wasn't molded correctly and the stitching went through the circles in the danite sole.  So I give up and returned them and instead picked up a pair of Strand's in Loden Suede.
I haven't seen the Strand in loden suede yet.
I imagine that they're awesome!
The stitching through the circle pattern on the sole of the Oak Streets is not something that would bother me. It has no impact on the longevity of the shoe, and would never be seen.
By the way, I've got a pair of brogue suede Strands and a pair of brown Oak Streets. I really like both pairs a lot.
post #12823 of 17636
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Originally Posted by Neo1 View Post


Before I joined this forum I would pretty much do black shirt / black pants (and sometimes black jacket) almost all the time.  Still tend towards that (hence my large collection of black shoes) but I've managed to branch out a lot now.
Black shoes.
I'm still searching for that one "just-right" black shoe.
I want something somewhat casual, and the ones I've got just don't fit quite as well as I'd like.
There was a pair of McGregors with a Dainite sole on Shoebank a couple of weeks ago. Maybe I should have grabbed that. The 65 last usually works fairly well for me.
post #12824 of 17636
Gentlemen...and fellow weasels, not sure if this has been mentioned lately, but this forum has been a real pleasure -- a real pleasant read -- of late. Not sure if it coincided with the move to the newer '2016' AE thread, but there seems lately to be less snark, and more real appreciation. Lots of amazing pics too! I don't post a ton, but I read this specific thread at least twice daily, to stay caught up, and it never disappoints...
Keep up the great posts guys, we've got a good thing going here, and I really...wait for it - APPRECIATE it. (see what I did there?...yes, too obvious I know)

Carry on!

J
post #12825 of 17636
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Originally Posted by mreams99 View Post


I haven't seen the Strand in loden suede yet.
I imagine that they're awesome!
The stitching through the circle pattern on the sole of the Oak Streets is not something that would bother me. It has no impact on the longevity of the shoe, and would never be seen.
By the way, I've got a pair of brogue suede Strands and a pair of brown Oak Streets. I really like both pairs a lot.

They look really nice.  Will try to get a picture up friday or saturday.

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