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Originally Posted by dino408 View Post


I just saw these in a Nordstrom mailing advertising their July sales.

"Allen Edmonds Bainbridge Cap-Toe Brogue"
Will be selling for $199.90 during the sale...$299 afterwards. Also other colors will be available but doesn't say which.


Thanks for the reply.  I haven't seen the mailer yet, but I did get a response from my inquiry to AE.  Laura was awesome and found me as much info as she could.  

 

"The Bainbridge is made on the 201 last.  Unfortunately it was discontinued a few years ago.  It did come in brown as well, but there is no longer inventory in your size.  There is a small amount of inventory left if others were interested.  The style numbers are:

 

8176S in Brown

8177S in Navy

 

These are factory seconds.  I wish I could give you more information. 

 

Thanks"

 

 

Maybe she is making the assumption it is a discontinued style since they have limited stock.  Either way, if anyone is interested the style numbers and a phone call may get you a pair.  I am interested to see the brown color (wondering if it's more like the Acorn Hillfire color or the brown on the Neumok). 

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I wonder if the Bainbridge is the other shoe Paul was talking about when he mentioned another blue shoe would be arriving soon.  

 

Still waiting for the blue Carlyle or Leeds...

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Late afternoon chili Fifth Aves:
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@firefit - Despite suggestions of "strands with jeans are fine" and "everyone else will be in square toed monstrosities anyway," I can relate to the 'nice casual' shoes without looking too out of place. If brouging is too much, I think the previous suggestions of Dundees, suede, etc are right on point. To add to the suggestions, are there any Frieburgs left in your size on the shoebank? I have been pleasantly surprised by these and they seem to fill that casual role that you mentioned.

 

Happy Monday, Gents! With a small chance of rain, plans to be on my feet, and the possibility of excited dogs stepping all over them, I reached for the Frieburgs today. Went with same size as 5 & other 201s.

 

 

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Also, to follow-up on whoever mentioned that the dye from their Kirkwood or Maritime colored their socks... I have had this problem with all 6 of mine. Mentioned this (in passing) to my CS contact when I initially bought them last spring. She said if it was anything other than minor color bleed or if it didn't go away in the first couple of wears that there was something wrong (and even encouraged me to ship them back to AE for inspection).

 

My latest pair of red Kirks is by far the worst offender. I have easily 20+ 'easy' wears in these, as they serve as my around the house, walk the trash outside, etc shoes. Decided to wear some new white socks while around the house yesterday, just to see how bad it really was. I usually wear dark no-shows, so I don't see the severity. I'd say this is not up to expectations.

 

This was after a few hours of wear:

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Also, to follow-up on whoever mentioned that the dye from their Kirkwood or Maritime colored their socks... Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I have had this problem with all 6 of mine. Mentioned this (in passing) to my CS contact when I initially bought them last spring. She said if it was anything other than minor color bleed or if it didn't go away in the first couple of wears that there was something wrong (and even encouraged me to ship them back to AE for inspection).

My latest pair of red Kirks is by far the worst offender. I have easily 20+ 'easy' wears in these, as they serve as my around the house, walk the trash outside, etc shoes. Decided to wear some new white socks while around the house yesterday, just to see how bad it really was. I usually wear dark no-shows, so I don't see the severity. I'd say this is not up to expectations.

This was after a few hours of wear:

My feet were green yesterday from my cxl Maritimes. Of course, they were brown the day before from my Sea Islands. I've found that my shoes with colored linings also bleed over to my socks when my feet sweat (which is common in the summer). I figure since by definition it's the part of my sock covered by the shoe (and usually most common, as with yours, along the sides), I don't really care that much.
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Originally Posted by naspratt View Post

I figure since by definition it's the part of my sock covered by the shoe (and usually most common, as with yours, along the sides), I don't really care that much.

 

For the record, I love this style and wear them all the time!

 

I typically feel the same way @naspratt... that is, until I looked like a slob taking my shoes off while going through airport security. Or when at some friends who (culturally) do not wear shoes in their house, and I remove clean shoes to walk on their white carpet with dirty feet. Other than those two instances, I've had little concern. Still, a few wears I understand, but it shouldn't happen for the life of the shoes. 

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Originally Posted by MattRiv View Post
 

I have the poplar dress belt for my Hopkinsons.  

 

 

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I went with the wide basic since I am primarily only going to wear them with my light charcoal suit.

 

I was going to grab a belt off the Bank but I just realized the Manistee Dress Belt in Merlot is on clearance for $69.97.  I'm in need of a belt for my Oxblood Daltons as well, would this Merlot belt be an acceptable substitute?

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I just picked up a Wide Basic Dress in merlot.  This is the only time I've had somewhat bad experience with a belt.  The leather looks wrinkled when it is coiled up, like it's going to crack.  I also own this same belt in black and it does not have this issue.  I would suggest ordering another belt for merlot such as Walters St. or the Popular Dress Belt.

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Originally Posted by middlepP View Post

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
For the record, I love this style and wear them all the time!

I typically feel the same way @naspratt
... that is, until I looked like a slob taking my shoes off while going through airport security. Or when at some friends who (culturally) do not wear shoes in their house, and I remove clean shoes to walk on their white carpet with dirty feet. Other than those two instances, I've had little concern. Still, a few wears I understand, but it shouldn't happen for the life of the shoes. 
Oh man, that would be embarrassing. Didn't even consider that, I was only thinking about the damage to the socks, and the need to replace them earlier than otherwise.
post #7766 of 17554
The mistake McT's today (with Gustin taupe linen selvedge jeans)
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I feel like I'm losing my mind a bit trying to determine my sizing. 

 

Went into two different Allen Edmonds shops last week, measure between a 6.5 and 7 on the Brannock device. Tried on a pair of Strands in a size 6.5D and they felt tight, although the salesmen kept sying they were better for me than a 7. The 7 felt pretty good to me but maybe a tad too long, but generally felt more comfortable than the 6.5. In the meantime, ordered Merlot Strands during the sale last week.

 

Then went to another AE nearby where I went through a similar process but the salesman told me go with a 7D (which may be too big, in his opinion) or a 6.5E. So I went home and ordered Merlot McAllisters and Chili MacNeil 2.0s from the Shoe Bank in 6.5E. 

 

All three pairs showed up today. The Merlot McAllisters just felt weird. Not even too wide being an E, but just off. Slightly too tight in some places.

 

The MacNeils were a bit better (they seem to be on a wider last to begin with) but not good enough for me to keep them. So I'm wondering now if I'd be better off with a 6.5D or 7D MacNeil 2.0.

 

Lastly, the original Merlot Strands in 7D feel really good. I can see where they might be considered just the slightest bit long for me but having tried 6.5D and 6.5E now I still prefer the 7D. I'll be keeping these!

 

What's left is that I'm kind of thrown off by the measurement on the Brannock. Maybe I'm just slightly not quite a 6.5 or a 7 and so I just have to accept neither is going to be absolutely ideal? Any tips on how to size in future AE shoes, if I ordered another MacNeil for example, or try something like the McGregor?

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another question on these- first off it sickens me to do it because i got a ridiculous deal on these but my big toe pushes against the toe box when i walk so im gonna hafta return them, but will likely just pay the full price and order straight from AE cuz i love em so much. anyone know if the maritimes and kirkwoods typically go on sale again? question is is the slight bowing typical for these?

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Of coarse, you and I may be the only two people here that would feel comfortable wearing a bow tie and jacket to the mall (not to mention a PS).  


Another date (same girl), a stroll in another mall, another bow tie, another pocket square, and wearing MTO (rubber soles and heels) black Rutledges.......

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So I didn't really get to wear these for Merlot Monday, but I did get to try them on when I got home. I'm in love with Merlot and the Strand all over again.

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