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I love my Hopkinsons, easily the most comfortable "dress shoe" that I own from AE.  The leather is so buttery and awesome.

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I really enjoy the positive conversation from the gentleweasels on this thread - it's largely a troll-free zone. That said, a small part of me is hoping for a flame war between you and @Lobster33 based on this comment ...

 

ha!  Well you know I own a pair of black Carlyle's with the new piping and it looks fine. As I said before, the dark colors look fine, it's the walnut that looks bad.  That said, I would prefer they use the new piping on the casual shoes.   

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I would definitely return the Cambridge. It's an odd shoe. A dressy Oxford, but in shell and with a double sole. Too confused, IMO.

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Return all the others, and maybe also pick up a black fifth Ave or Hopkinson (I actually think the "new" piping is classier - all my higher end shoes look like this.)

 

I agree about having a black Hopkinson. While I don't think Indy 2.0 is as good as 1.0 variants, they still are nice.  My Hopkinsons are really growing on me and the 201 last is a godsend for me.

 

A day or two ago someone asked folks to identify shoes they wished AE made.  I'd really like an Indy Fifth Ave, i.e. punchcap, but on the 201 and with a larger cap size, as they did with the Hopkinson. Are you listening @AllenEdmondsCEO ? :D  Make mine brown, please.

 

Respectfully disagree about the Burg Cambridge.  Well, actually I agree it is a bit of odd mix of characteristics, but no more so than a walnut Strand.  Typical AE in that respect.  But, I love mine, especially with a couple of blue flannel pinstriped suits I have.

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Taking a rest while thrifting in my Fultons. The contrast stitching and eyelets thankfully gives the saddle horn leather a little pop. But oh so comfy.

 

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I agree about having a black Hopkinson. While I don't think Indy 2.0 is as good as 1.0 variants, they still are nice.  My Hopkinsons are really growing on me and the 201 last is a godsend for me.

A day or two ago someone asked folks to identify shoes they wished AE made.  I'd really like an Indy Fifth Ave, i.e. punchcap, but on the 201 and with a larger cap size, as they did with the Hopkinson. Are you listening @AllenEdmondsCEO
? biggrin.gif   Make mine brown, please.

Respectfully disagree about the Burg Cambridge.  Well, actually I agree it is a bit of odd mix of characteristics, but no more so than a walnut Strand.  Typical AE in that respect.  But, I love mine, especially with a couple of blue flannel pinstriped suits I have.

Well, continuing the respectful disagreement, the Strand is a perfectly classic design that all makers sell (semi-brogue balmoral). Alden, Vass, Crockett, Edward Greem, GG, Lobb, all have versions. Dress Oxford in calfskin with a single sole.

I may be a stickler, but I think dressy oxfords should always be in calf with a single sole. smile.gif

Now, if we're talking about clearly casual shoes like McTavish, then all bets are off.

About the piping, the following Vass and John Lobbs all resemble the "new" AE piping:





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I love my Hopkinsons, easily the most comfortable "dress shoe" that I own from AE.  The leather is so buttery and awesome.


Speaking of the Hopkinsons, does anyone have any pics of the Bartlett?  If you are going to get a strand is it just as good to get the Bartlett?  Isn't it the same leather as the Hopkinson?

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With 9 purchases this year, I think I'm almost done with my AE rotation...at least for a little while. I know that want something in walnut and maybe also a casual shoe. I live in Upstate NY and see all 4 seasons in full effect. I work in a business casual environment in the defense industry, so really anything flies.  

 

What would you FBWs be looking at for your next purchases if you were in my shoes?

 

Here's where I'm at so far:

 

Current Rotation:

Black Park Aves

Brown Shell Strands

Merlot McAllisters

Loden Suede Dundees

Oxblood Daltons

Bone Snuff Suede Maritimes

 

Shoes I will be selling soon:

Brown Calf Strands (too big)

Brown Snuff Suede Dundees (too big)

Brown First Ave's (too big but kind of works with thick socks. I might keep these)

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With 9 purchases this year, I think I'm almost done with my AE rotation...at least for a little while. I know that want something in walnut and maybe also a casual shoe. I live in Upstate NY and see all 4 seasons in full effect. I work in a business casual environment in the defense industry, so really anything flies.  

 

What would you FBWs be looking at for your next purchases if you were in my shoes?

 

Here's where I'm at so far:

 

Current Rotation:

Black Park Aves

Brown Shell Strands

Merlot McAllisters

Loden Suede Dundees

Oxblood Daltons

Bone Snuff Suede Maritimes

 

Shoes I will be selling soon:

Brown Calf Strands (too big)

Brown Snuff Suede Dundees (to big)

Brown First Ave's (too big but kind of works with thick socks. I might keep these)


Maybe a Bartlett in Walnut?  Something in midnight blue! 

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hey guys. sold off my only pair of black dress shoes- johnston and murphys, in order to get something a bit nicer in allen edmonds. been eyeing the Cornwallis and the more i look at it the more i want a pair. should i grab these in black?? or go for something like a PA in black and get Cornwallis in brown? the black wont get worn quite so often but had to upgrade as the johnston and murphys were a bit too large for me anyway

 

Personally, I'd go Park Ave. in black and get the Corwallis in Chili - they look freakin' amazing in chili...

 

My $0.02

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That is the first time I have actually seen a picture of the brown.  Is it similar to the Rush Street?  I actually like this one better. 

 

I haven't seen the Rush Street in person.  But it does look very similar in photos.  They even have the same Dianite sole, differing only in color (orange for the Strandmok, black for the Rush Street).

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Did you do anything to the toe caps on those?  The color under the brown burnish is a lot lighter on mine.  

 

No, this is how I purchased them from AE.  There does seem to be a great degree of variance in the burnishing of the toe from pair to pair.

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About the piping, the following Vass and John Lobbs all resemble the "new" AE piping:





 

 

Ah, so now I see what AE is trying to achieve - these look fine.   They aren't quite there yet.  

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Ah, so now I see what AE is trying to achieve - these look fine.   They aren't quite there yet.  

Agreed, but also keep in mind that AE produces as many shoes in one day as Vass does in a year, so at that kind of volume, it's just not possible to spend the same amount of time on each pair.

I like where they're going, though, and Paul's commitment to not standing still and collecting dust and mold (cough Alden cough).
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Agreed, but also keep in mind that AE produces as many shoes in one day as Vass does in a year, so at that kind of volume, it's just not possible to spend the same amount of time on each pair.
 

 

 

Which is all the more reason why they should be going back to the old piping, which looked perfectly fine despite whatever production volume issues may be at hand.

 

And, as others have pointed out, the disconnect between what Paul has said about trying to play to the "casual" fans and the actual usage patterns of the new piping (heavily used on more formal shoes, notably absent from casual styles) is curious.

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Agreed, but also keep in mind that AE produces as many shoes in one day as Vass does in a year, so at that kind of volume, it's just not possible to spend the same amount of time on each pair.

I like where they're going, though, and Paul's commitment to not standing still and collecting dust and mold (cough Alden cough).

 

I always appreciate companies that are not afraid to try to new things.   And I guess you have to accept the difference between a $300 shoe and a $1000 shoe.  

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