Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by watchidiot, Feb 12, 2016.
Columbus, the last time they came through.
Got the new family together for a picture today. Is it a problem that the new family just started 60 days ago? They are multiplying like rabbits.
Just finished building a second shoe rack today which will only further the addiction I'm sure.
The Humboldt Ave. is an excellent color match to my golden brown CXL Rush Streets and Wilberts--much better match than the Sun River I tried first and returned.
Shadowy brown shell townleys shot:
I couldn't locate the post, but didn't someone post the AE Spring Sale offerings and prices a couple weeks back? Looking to get a pair of Chili Carlyle's and i could have sworn someone posted they were going to be $100 off.
Also, anyone who has recently ordered Shell Cordovan Strands, how long did it take for them to be made? I placed my order about 2 weeks ago and am obviously hopeful they arrive in less than the 6-8 week quoted time frame.
Starting the foggy day with Malones. A comfy split-toe with an Othello sole. The shoebank still has some on close out for $137 in select sizes.
Freiburgs and denim on this slow moving Monday.
Alright, so I dont really like to ask these sort of questions but I heard back (finally) from the recraft department about my shell loafers that were in. They messed up my order and didnt do the sole change (which cost an extra $10) So now I just have a leather sole. They told me that I could send them back and they would apply a rubber half sole to my order.
I really wanted the vtread because I have them on a few shoes and much prefer it to leather or dainite. I have had shoes with vibram half soles and hated them. I also rather dislike leather soles because the floors can get too slippery where I work.
Advice? I dont know quite what to tell them. The fact that this was just plain missed and now they want to shortcut it makes me a little upset. Thanks guys!
I'm not a very confrontational person so I understand this frustration but I think your best answer is just to tell them exactly what you said here. As an outsider to this situation this seems like a perfectly reasonable complaint and their first solution is not good enough, particularly considering you are working with an expensive pair of shell loafers here. If it's over email I'd send them almost your second and third paragraphs verbatim. Considering AE's customer service is mostly excellent, I suspect they'll find a better solution for you.
I'm planning on sending in an older pair for recrafting soon and having a dainite sole added so I'm certainly concerned that they missed your sole change request.
Manistee in bourbon (to match my bourbon Strands) for $49 is nice!
Better yet, I ordered last week when one showed up in my size, and customer service is crediting the difference in price from last week to the current sale (~$30). Tracking info says it'll be waiting for me when I get home today.
Ordered a lightly used pair of Normandy boots off of eBay from Steve's Name Brand Shoes. They were mislabeled as a pair of Long Branches, for whatever reason. Regardless, got them for a pretty sweet deal.
They just came in today and there's a lot to like about these. I think I got an earlier one that has a little more distressing on it than I'd like, but I'm hopeful with some leather lotion I'll be able to alleviate a little of it. A lot of pairs that he has for sale tend to have an indent around the toe cap, but these don't appear to, for now. I'm still surprised that AE didn't give these a mini-lug sole as the boot itself seems to be screaming for it, style-wise. Also, I kind of wish they had speed hooks at the top. They're unlined and unstructured, so I had to undo the top 2 eyelets to really feel OK about putting my foot in it with a shoe horn. Would have been nice to have the speed hooks to keep from having to re-lace those last 2.
The leather is indeed as soft as everyone has claimed and they are ridiculously comfortable. I found them a little bit roomier than my pair of Darmstadts, which are also on the B34 last. Lots more space in the toe box, but pretty much right volume-wise everywhere else. I might have been able to go down another 1/2 size, but I think I'm going to hold onto them.
I'll add some pictures later on when I'm back home. But, if you're on the fence about these, you shouldn't be. They're much better than I hoped and are a great casual boot. Can't wait to bust them out on a couple of casual Fridays or weekends or, heck, I'll probably break down and just wear them to work a couple of times before the weather gets too warm here in Chicago.
Big day for me today: maiden voyage for brown shell dundees - these are my first AEs and my first shells. This was a big decision, but I feel good about my choice. I'm really looking forward to seeing how these develop over time. In the meantime I need to work on improving my shoe photography.
Beautiful shoes! A great choice, as shell chukka is classic and AE's Dundee pattern is an outstanding one. I have 2 myself.
Congrats, my friend!
I think your two choices are (i) have them re-do it the way you had told them to, at no charge to you, or (ii) grin and bear it, but with your request/the suggestion that because you don't like, and didn't want, the leather sole, and hate the suggested half-sole, you ought to get some portion of the work you paid for refunded. E.g., go half's with them (50% refund).
The problem with option #1 is that even a welted shoe doesn't have an infinite number of re-soling's in it.
If it's any solace to you, a classic shell loafer with a nice leather sole really looks nice. So even if you slip, people will still note your nice looking shoes as they offer you assitance.
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