Please ask the Allen Edmonds design and marketing teams to consider bringing back the Clark Street again in the future.
Joking aside, I appreciate you taking the time to read thoughts from your loyal customers.
Are these the ones you're talking about?: http://www.styleforum.net/t/141581/allen-edmonds-appreciation-thread-reviews-pictures-sizing-etc/62130#post_8011822
If so, then they're based on the Macneil.
Yes, those are the ones. Thoughts on this shoe at $278 after the 30% BB discount? Valuable for the repertoire?
My thoughts on these is that the price is good, but not great. If I was in the market for a suede shoe right now, I'd probably do the AE for BB brown suede shortwings (http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Suede-Wingtips/MH00203,default,pd.html), which are only $178, or the navy suede Dundees (firsts on clearance for $217, seconds on the shoebank for $177). But both of these choices are somewhat more casual than the longwings you're looking at.
The repertoire question is going to be highly personal to your wardrobe and sense of style. Some people would wear these all the time, and others wouldn't get much use at all. Most people wouldn't wear suede with a suit, with possible exceptions for more casual spring/summer suit styles (cotton suits, linen, etc.). But I think the consensus on this board would be that these shoes would work with almost anything else, from sport jackets (with or without a tie) to jeans and a polo shirt.
I have a pair of Dundees that I bought from a retailer that I suspect sells seconds not marked as such. The prices are usually good and the flaws so minor that I don't mind and I have bought more than one pair of AEs from them over the internet. I have another pair of Dundees that I bought as firsts directly from AE.
Can you tell which is which from this picture?
Did some shoe maintenance yesterday... but didn't touch these McTs. In fact, in 3 years, these have only seen a brush and the occasional damp wipe down. Always been worried about darkening them. For those keeping score at home, these are the "tan" version.
Civil Engineer in the land development sector and on any given day I can be meeting on construction sites, downtown with City officials, clients in my office, or on field site visits. I would say it is a bit more formal than tech.
I thought about a danite chukka for days I know I will be on construction sites.
In that case you're on the right track with the Dainite soled shoe. I like Chukkas, and wear them to work frequently, although I don't know if you're looking for something that casual.
Too bad they don't make the Varno 2.0 (Leeds with mini lug sole) or Dainite soled Lexington anymore. I think those would both be great for you in Dark Chili. Maybe there's some on the Shoebank in your size.
@naspratt - your Warwicks look great! They make me sad though - I want the Dark Chili (a BB-only model) and the 11.5D is cut too tightly to accomodate my high instep. Not only are they tight but there is a ripple in the top (where the laces would be) that just looks bad. A 12 is too long (heel slip) and there aren't E widths for the BB models. Not really looking for Walnut or Oxblood :(
Net: color me jealous!
I'm not sure if those are based on the McAllister or not, but someone else here can probably tell you for sure. And yes, to my eye the natural edge (and the contrasting laces) makes this shoe more casual, overwhelming any of the other "rules" regarding bals, bluchers, leather vs. rubber sole, etc. They are also unlined, which gives them less structure, and they have a storm welt. They could be "formalled up" by replacing the laces and sanding / refinishing the edge.