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post #4906 of 17635
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Originally Posted by rpearlberg View Post

Which option is best?

I have a pair of McTavish that need to be recrafted. 

Pay $125 to AE and get the $50 gift card? 

Buy them in seconds from shoebank for $137? 

Or find a local cobbler to replace soles/heels?

The barn weasle answer is recraft your pair AND buy the seconds.

The question really is down to this: can you get more than $62 + fees + effort for your original pair? But if you go that route you also remember you may get a seconds pair that you don't like.
post #4907 of 17635
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Originally Posted by rpearlberg View Post

Which option is best?

I have a pair of McTavish that need to be recrafted. 

Pay $125 to AE and get the $50 gift card? 

Buy them in seconds from shoebank for $137? 

Or find a local cobbler to replace soles/heels?

4th option: send to B. Nelson for $115 resoling. You're gambling a $10 restock fee with the seconds. Even if they do work out and you sell your current pair, I'm not sure you'd net more than $40 after fees and shipping. So, best case scenario there is $137 - $40 = $97. Not to sound haughty but saving $18 wouldn't be worth the hassle to me.
post #4908 of 17635
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Originally Posted by yunBW View Post

Hi, I wonder if there's any method of covering this part of leather tear? (I know it's not so visible but i would like to look as good as possible)

 

Thank you,

 


How new are these shoes? I ask because this could either be ordinary wear and tear or a manufacturing defect. They look relatively new. The only thing I like more than AE shoes is AE customer service and the way they stand behind the product. It might be worth contacting them. They might want pictures, and they might want you to send the shoes in for examination. I have so much confidence in this company that I'd suggest you contact them.
post #4909 of 17635

I noticed someone commenting how Bob's chili is now Dark chili for the Carlyle.  Are these two colors the same?

post #4910 of 17635
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Originally Posted by flylikeneagle View Post

The newest addition to my AE collection, First Avenue boot in tan country grain.  I'm a fan of English country boots and have been eyeing AS Cambridges for a couple of months.    Initially the tan first ave boots didn't appeal to me when I saw these on the AE website, as I thought the color was too light and lacked versatility.  However I decided to give these a try when AE put them on clearance, and am glad I got them.  The tan is more of a walnut, perhaps a tad darker. These have the dainite soles, and unlike my promontory point boots, the first ave was comfy right out of the box.  These boots are seconds, and the flaw I've noticed is overzealous burnishing in a few spots.  There is also some wrinkling around the ankle area (see 3rd pic), but I've wondered if the wrinkles were created by design to break in the leather, which is surprisingly supple (I'd expected the country grain leather to be more stiff, like football grain).  

The first ave runs a bit long, and I had to go down a half-size from my usual 9D to avoid ugly creasing in the toe cap.  I'm really enjoying these boots, and at closeout prices these are a good bargain.












Thanks for posting the pics. They look great! Would you say that the color in the pictures is close to what they look like in real life?
post #4911 of 17635
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Originally Posted by FaRKle View Post

Looks like the new Walnut Creek AE store opens up today! Funny that it should open the day after I called the CAC and asked when it would open (for some reason I thought it wasn't opening till later in the year). I wonder if they're running any specials.

Supposedly there's a store opening up in the Stanford Shopping Center too at the end of the month. That makes FOUR AE physical locations in the Bay Area!

I hope this means we'll get a West Coast Shoebank soon too (Livermore outlets please!).

I'm curious about the thought process behind opening a full line store as oppose to a shoe bank. DC got 3 full line stores in the past year, but I never hear about plans for a shoe bank in the area.

I would think salary in the area would dictate, in which case I don't see DC or the Bay Area getting a shoe bank in the near future. frown.gif
post #4912 of 17635

I'm going to get my Burgundy Dundees recrafted.  I'm worried that they may not fix the holes in the lining where my heel is.  It appears to have worn through over time.  I've had them for 18 months or so.  Also, I'd like to change the sole from black to something else, possibly chili.  Thoughts?

post #4913 of 17635

Exciting news!

 

I just called the Walnut Creek store and asked them what their "Grand Opening Specials" were. The assistant manager, Madeline was very pleasant and said it was "15% off everything for the next two weeks." When I asked her if that included SMU and MTO orders, she said she didn't know and would ask the store manager, Jay. When she got back to me she said that he confirmed that it would be 15% off everything, including SMU and MTO!

 

Get your shell orders in!

post #4914 of 17635
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Originally Posted by Oinkedmoo View Post


I'm curious about the thought process behind opening a full line store as oppose to a shoe bank. DC got 3 full line stores in the past year, but I never hear about plans for a shoe bank in the area.

I would think salary in the area would dictate, in which case I don't see DC or the Bay Area getting a shoe bank in the near future. frown.gif

 

Honestly I'm surprised the Bay Area can support four physical stores. Tech (my field) isn't exactly known for or caring much about dressing well.

 

OTOH, the areas where all the stores are make sense, two in the SF financial district, Walnut Creek has a lot of financial and insurance business, and Stanford is in the VC hub/really really expensive area. I'm still surprised there's enough volume though.

post #4915 of 17635
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Originally Posted by FaRKle View Post

Honestly I'm surprised the Bay Area can support four physical stores. Tech (my field) isn't exactly known for or caring much about dressing well.

OTOH, the areas where all the stores are make sense, two in the SF financial district, Walnut Creek has a lot of financial and insurance business, and Stanford is in the VC hub/really really expensive area. I'm still surprised there's enough volume though.

Haha, I'm in tech too and the only guy in my group that cares about shoes has 3 kids and is only allowed his pair of Red Wing Iron Rangers.

While I was out in Palo Alto all I had were my square, bicycle toe Eccos. I didn't know better back then.
post #4916 of 17635

I don't know why there isn't an AE in the Raleigh area.

 

As far as Bay Area - with an Alden store and places like Union Made, it seems like there is a good volume to support higher-quality footwear...

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Its been a minute since I perused the 'bank. No indication of sales, but noticed a few interesting prices that seem different from before. From my size of 9D:

$57 Brown Kirkwood

$127 Long Branch

$197 Charles Street (Cornwallis made for Harry Rosen)

$147 Delray in black and bourbon (never seen this color combo before)

 

I also hadn't noticed the some of the spring shoes like the suede-ish Maritimes, Sea Island, Cheetah, etc. 

 

I'm not jumping up and down for any of these, though I have a pair of red Kirks ($77) that have yet to be worn. I've been reluctant to wear them, as the color is a little brighter than I expected and I have yet to attempt to darken them to a chili or oxblood. Has me wondering if I'd rather have a second dark brown pair instead, to keep one as a beater/sockless shoe - which was the intention with the red all along... for $10 cheaper (when you account for the $10 restocking fee).

post #4918 of 17635
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Originally Posted by middlepP View Post
 

Its been a minute since I perused the 'bank. No indication of sales, but noticed a few interesting prices that seem different from before. From my size of 9D:

$57 Brown Kirkwood

$127 Long Branch

$197 Charles Street (Cornwallis made for Harry Rosen)

$147 Delray in black and bourbon (never seen this color combo before)

 

I also hadn't noticed the some of the spring shoes like the suede-ish Maritimes, Sea Island, Cheetah, etc. 

 

I'm not jumping up and down for any of these, though I have a pair of red Kirks ($77) that have yet to be worn. I've been reluctant to wear them, as the color is a little brighter than I expected and I have yet to attempt to darken them to a chili or oxblood. Has me wondering if I'd rather have a second dark brown pair instead, to keep one as a beater/sockless shoe - which was the intention with the red all along... for $10 cheaper (when you account for the $10 restocking fee).

 

I like that chili in the Cornwallis (especially if you can save yourself an additional $100). Do you find the fit of the 1943 to be the same as the 65? I go 9E on the 65 and 800 last but 9D on the 511 last. They didn't have that in store when I went to try it on. 

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post #4920 of 17635
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Originally Posted by yunBW View Post
 

Hi, I wonder if there's any method of covering this part of leather tear? (I know it's not so visible but i would like to look as good as possible)

 

Thank you,

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Southwick View Post


How new are these shoes? I ask because this could either be ordinary wear and tear or a manufacturing defect. They look relatively new. The only thing I like more than AE shoes is AE customer service and the way they stand behind the product. It might be worth contacting them. They might want pictures, and they might want you to send the shoes in for examination. I have so much confidence in this company that I'd suggest you contact them.


Same advice from me, but ALSO, if you bought them with a credit card, don't forget some cards will cover replacement cost on something like this.  That also applies to shoes bought at certain retailers (like Nordstrom) that have generous return policies.  My guess is that AE will take care of you, but a couple of things you could look into in case you strike out with AE.  

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