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I'd say that's a little unusual to see that much creasing after 1 wear.   However, that kind of creasing will happen in time anyway.  All of my shoes crease worse on the left shoe, and I think it has to do with the shape of my foot.   If those were mine, I probably would not return because black is going to be harder to see creasing in from a distance.  But take advantage of the return if you don't like them.

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Originally Posted by amphillips79 View Post

If I didn't already own a pair of bourbon strands I'd definitely be buying a pair of the bourbon McAllisters. I am sorely tempted by the Sand Suede Boones though. Could use another casual shoe.

On a side note, I got that pair of Bitter Chocolate Suede McGregors for $100. No one bid against me on that one. I'll take some pics as soon as they arrive!


No McA's in my size or else....  but there is an Odenwald I don't need and the B34 fits me rather well.

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I was in my local AE retail store and the associate said to be on the lookout for a new PTB coming out this fall, around the RDA sale. He said that it is lasted similarly to the Normandy, but short since it's a PTB. He couldn't remember if there were eyelets or not.
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I was in my local AE retail store and the associate said to be on the lookout for a new PTB coming out this fall, around the RDA sale. He said that it is lasted similarly to the Normandy, but short since it's a PTB. He couldn't remember if there were eyelets or not.


I wonder what he meant by similarly.  The Normandy is on the B34, which I think works great as a casual boot last, but I'm not sure about a PTB.  The Leeds is pretty damn good at what its supposed to be.

 

On the other hand exposed eyelets does intrigue me with the right leather combination.

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For the win!
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Awesome photo above with the 1776 and the Stars and Stripes socks!! Loved it.
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Greetings, Gentlemen --

I hope you all had a good 4th of July Weekend. I'm a history aficionado and was in London on the day of the Brexit vote and then for the surprised BBC coverage the next morning, including PM Cameron's resignation speech. Interesting time we're living in.

I want to thank you for the input on piping on our newer designs. We decided on our Refined Dress shoes on the 1943 last and some of the 201 lasted shoes, to go from our usual piping to what's called "profila binding". The profila plays the same role as piping, providing reinforcement around the topline of the shoes for more firmness and closer fit, but it obviously doesn't extend above the topline as the piping does. It was a design decision, not a cost one (profila binding costs a bit more, actually), and therefore one that can be a matter of taste. It's good to have your feedback.

On the 333 last vs 1943 last question posted above, we did indeed replace the 333 last with the 1943 purposefully. Both have the more square toe than our other lasts, but the 333 didn't fit as well as we'd like across various foot anatomies. The 1943 is based more closely on the fit of our better lasts. Having said that, feet anatomies are highly variable. The 333 last did fit some men well and so those feet may find the 333 preferable to the 1943. The 1943 is much more popular with our customers already, however.

Thanks for all of your business and your support of American Manufacturing and AE!

Best wishes,
Paul
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I needed a pair of plain black oxfords for a wedding, so I ordered a pair of AE Carlyles through Nordstrom online since the local AE store only had the 10.5E in brown. They didn't look as nice as I expected when they arrived (some loose threads, a crease in the left shoe quarter panel), but I didn't have enough time to mess with an exchange before the event. After wearing them once, I noticed the left shoe is creasing significantly more than the right. This is my first pair of AE shoes, so I'm not sure if this is normal. Thoughts?













So, curiously, why didn't you just order the black through the AE store, since obviously you were in there to try them on in the brown?
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This is a bit of an odd question. How does one get a small spot (about the size of a dime) of bacon grease out of calf leather. I have a pair of dark brown kenilworths that I am considering sending in for a recraft (the soles are truly shot). I have tried to polish and it did not really conceal the stain. Is there a home remedy I can try? I don't think a refinishing at AE will take it out but maybe others have experience with this. I appreciate any thoughts on this. A recraft is $125, maybe I should just get a new pair from the shoe bank for 30 dollars more when they come up.

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Originally Posted by GrosgrainUndies View Post
 

I needed a pair of plain black oxfords for a wedding, so I ordered a pair of AE Carlyles through Nordstrom online since the local AE store only had the 10.5E in brown. They didn't look as nice as I expected when they arrived (some loose threads, a crease in the left shoe quarter panel), but I didn't have enough time to mess with an exchange before the event. After wearing them once, I noticed the left shoe is creasing significantly more than the right. This is my first pair of AE shoes, so I'm not sure if this is normal. Thoughts?

 

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Slight differences in your feet (width, length, instep height, ect) can cause the shoes to crease differently. Yours look normal to me.

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I grabbed a pair of McAllisters on eBay, only to discover I should have done more homework.  The leather was different than I expected, and when I looked up the model (6275) it is corrected grain. :paranoia:  

 

They've cleaned up decently, but I think I'm going to put them back out there and see if I can recover my $65...

 

So, you're the one that outbid me on those. In hindsight, I guess I'm OK with it. Was wondering why that auction didn't see too much action. Now I know. Corrected grain. I shoulda known better. Good reminder to check out the number, if it's there, when dealing with anything burgundy/merlot.

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Originally Posted by AllenEdmondsCEO View Post

Greetings, Gentlemen --

I hope you all had a good 4th of July Weekend. I'm a history aficionado and was in London on the day of the Brexit vote and then for the surprised BBC coverage the next morning, including PM Cameron's resignation speech. Interesting time we're living in.

I want to thank you for the input on piping on our newer designs. We decided on our Refined Dress shoes on the 1943 last and some of the 201 lasted shoes, to go from our usual piping to what's called "profila binding". The profila plays the same role as piping, providing reinforcement around the topline of the shoes for more firmness and closer fit, but it obviously doesn't extend above the topline as the piping does. It was a design decision, not a cost one (profila binding costs a bit more, actually), and therefore one that can be a matter of taste. It's good to have your feedback.

On the 333 last vs 1943 last question posted above, we did indeed replace the 333 last with the 1943 purposefully. Both have the more square toe than our other lasts, but the 333 didn't fit as well as we'd like across various foot anatomies. The 1943 is based more closely on the fit of our better lasts. Having said that, feet anatomies are highly variable. The 333 last did fit some men well and so those feet may find the 333 preferable to the 1943. The 1943 is much more popular with our customers already, however.

Thanks for all of your business and your support of American Manufacturing and AE!

Best wishes,
Paul

Paul,
Thanks for being so involved with user communities! I think we've all been impressed with the responsiveness of AE and you should be commended for that.
I'm one of those for whom the fit of the 1943 doesn't work. I understand that the 333 doesn't fit well with the design ethos of most other AE lasts, and I see the aesthetic connections between it and the 1943, but for me the fit is wildly (and bafflingly) different. This makes me wonder: does AE do formal surveys to compare customer preferences and fit between various lasts? I've been a little tempted to do this myself out of sheer curiosity; human variability never ceases to amaze. If not, how do you determine whether a particular last works for most feet?

Lastly, I think we'd all like to see what footwear AE's CEO is sporting today!
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Originally Posted by AllenEdmondsCEO View Post

Greetings, Gentlemen --

I hope you all had a good 4th of July Weekend. I'm a history aficionado and was in London on the day of the Brexit vote and then for the surprised BBC coverage the next morning, including PM Cameron's resignation speech. Interesting time we're living in.
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I want to thank you for the input on piping on our newer designs. We decided on our Refined Dress shoes on the 1943 last and some of the 201 lasted shoes, to go from our usual piping to what's called "profila binding". The profila plays the same role as piping, providing reinforcement around the topline of the shoes for more firmness and closer fit, but it obviously doesn't extend above the topline as the piping does. It was a design decision, not a cost one (profila binding costs a bit more, actually), and therefore one that can be a matter of taste. It's good to have your feedback.

On the 333 last vs 1943 last question posted above, we did indeed replace the 333 last with the 1943 purposefully. Both have the more square toe than our other lasts, but the 333 didn't fit as well as we'd like across various foot anatomies. The 1943 is based more closely on the fit of our better lasts. Having said that, feet anatomies are highly variable. The 333 last did fit some men well and so those feet may find the 333 preferable to the 1943. The 1943 is much more popular with our customers already, however.


Thanks for all of your business and your support of American Manufacturing and AE!

Best wishes,
Paul

 

Thanks for the note, Paul.  When do you think you'll have another reddit AMA?  I'm sure many of us (myself included) found this valuable and strengthened brand loyalty among us.

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@AllenEdmondsCEO Thank you for taking the time to read our comments and fill us in with information especially regarding the new piping on some of the lasts. Can you tell us if the profila binding has been well received outside of this forum? I would also like to say that Holly DiFrances in your customer service department was extremely helpful with getting my Midnight Navy strands taken care of and your customer service is one of the primary reasons I prefer AE over the competition.

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Originally Posted by rangen930 View Post
 

This is a bit of an odd question. How does one get a small spot (about the size of a dime) of bacon grease out of calf leather. I have a pair of dark brown kenilworths that I am considering sending in for a recraft (the soles are truly shot). I have tried to polish and it did not really conceal the stain. Is there a home remedy I can try? I don't think a refinishing at AE will take it out but maybe others have experience with this. I appreciate any thoughts on this. A recraft is $125, maybe I should just get a new pair from the shoe bank for 30 dollars more when they come up.

 

I had the same experience with a pair of burgundy MacNeils. Vinegar and oil salad dressing. The consensus from cobblers and AE was that I was screwed. To save the shoes I had them stripped and dyed a very dark brown, almost black. The end result was that the dye did cover the oil stain. But that expense, plus the recraft, would tell me that those shoes are done. It would be more cost effective to replace them.

 

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