Anyway, hi all, my name's Bob. I'm from Pittsburgh and have a small but growing AE collection. I've been reading this thread for a couple months and signed up to show off the Strands that showed up today and became both my newest and oldest pair.
These are model 6175 burgundy aniline calf, and going off the catalogs on issuu (https://issuu.com/allenedmonds), it looks like they were available in this color from fall 1983 through spring 1986. Other colors of the Strand were available until 1991. The condition's pretty pretty good, even though they are stamped on the bottom with FR for factory reject.
All I did so far is straight lace them and wear them around the house for ten minutes. These are 13D and I thought maybe I could get away with it, but they are definitely too wide for me. I could probably topy them and wear them with wool socks in the slush this winter, but I have a pair of Clark Streets that are way more suited for that and I think its probably a crime in most states to treat shoes this nice as mudders. Tonight I'll get some conditioner on them and think about what I should do with them.
The main difference I can see between these and new Strands is the fancy pieces from the front and back come way closer together on the sides. I don't have any new Strands to compare them to so there may be more differences that I haven't noticed yet. As far as what made them factory rejects, I'm pretty sure it's because they are pinched kind of funny around the heel seam. It does make me feel a little silly playing the "why's it a second?" game with a pair of 30 year old shoes.
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Killer find! I think hunting vintage shoes is one of the most fun things about collecting shoes. That pair looks to be in roughly the same condition as the Chesters I picked up a few weeks ago that are from the early 80s.