Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by watchidiot, Feb 12, 2016.
What is your goal? I don't recall seeing it earlier in the thread.
I'm not trying to be argumentative, but the increase is 2.6%. That's inflation. The dudes that make the shoes need a pay raise, too.
OK, so I'm a 34 year-old gent that has always made fun of his wife for the volume and expense of her mountain of shoes. I recently started a new position at a very conservative company and grew tired of replacing what I thought were decent dress shoes and began researching. I quickly discovered AE and once I saw the Walnut McAllister Wing Tip...I felt like Arthur discovering Excalibur. They arrived today. I was pretty nervous regarding the size (normally a 10.5 in most shoes but took advice and ordered a half-size down) but when I slipped these on I felt like Harry Potter choosing the perfect wand (or the wand choosing Harry if you want to get all wizard-technical). I've never, EVER felt a pair of shoes fit this well. I'm pretty sure my feet had an orgasm.
It's interesting that my research has led to differing opinions on what to do with them prior to wear (nothing vs. one coat of polish vs. multiple coats). I'll probably go multiple coats of polish only (vs. cleaner/conditioner first seeing as though they're showroom ready) unless one of you AE experts has a differing opinion. In addition to the AE polish, I have a ridiculous amount of shoe gear coming shortly (trees, cleaners, polish, brushes). All this needs to get here fast (and the weather needs to improve) so I can take these out for a test drive. I'll post a pic prior to heading out for their first public viewing (hopefully my wife doesn't catch me doing it as I may never live that down).
Oh, and of course I had to continue to branch out my newfound taste in shoes and ordered a pair of Herring Lewis brogue (I hope that's not blasphemous posting that in a AE thread). I think it'll be fun to compare them to see if I might become loyal to AE or continue to fill my closet with other worthy candidates.
Dear God what have I started...
How does one stop now that one has the taste?
Unspoilered for sheer badassery. I erred by not picking up a pair of those for $399. I shall regret it.
Don't you mean "I 'shell' regret it"?
Ordered my first pair of AE's the other day, as a present to myself for my (upcoming) 30th birthday. After extensive research and deliberation, I decided to order a pair of Dark Brown Shell Cordovan Dundees. I'm really hoping they work out since returning and exchanging things from Canada is a huge pain, even though where I live is only a few hundred miles from the AE factory. Will post pictures when they arrive.
That's one Hell of a birthday present! Congrats!
For starters, you should understand that you are not likely to stop for a good while. It's OK. You are among friends. Once you accept that, however, you may wish to examine ways to feed the beast and not go completely broke. I have distributed my purchases between first quality, seconds, close out models, sales and previously worn shoes on Ebay or ebay.com to find a specific size and color of a shoe that is no longer available. You can also scour second tier stores that sell AE shoes that were pushed out of the system, such as Nordstrom Rack and Burlington Coat factory. There are likely a few others, depending on where you live. Out of 22 pairs, I have purchased two first quality AE shoes, only to later learn that one of those were heavily tiger striped and I did not know enough at the time to notice it. For me, I find the combination of other sources to be enough to meet my needs. I have found that locating the bargain is half the fun.
You have officially entered the covenant and your wallet has been conscripted for service to The Order. In the months and weeks to come you will learn our way of life, and the power of the shoes. Your journey has just begun.
Now that that's out of the way: you may do as you wish, but I would be very cautious about polishing walnut shoes, using walnut polish...personally, I highly regret ever polishing mine with walnut polish. The saturated orange hue is nowhere near as flattering nor as easy to coordinate with the average items in my wardrobe. I wish I had just started out using neutral wax/polish in the first place. But the choice is your's. Just know that once you start, you may not end up with the color that you paid for.
Serious question here: I looked through 28 pages of one guy's ebay sales today, and he had 75 pages of AE, and unless they said, "New," I got a weird feeling about wearing used shoes. Does this happen to anyone else who shops ebay?
Are you saying I now have the same affliction my wife has when it comes to gorgeous men's shoes and I'll start referring to men's shoes as "gorgeous" and "sexy" and...ohmygodit'sstarting!
It's good to be among friends as I can't seem to stop browsing. It's good to know about the other options other than paying full price. I hadn't even considered purchasing previously worn shoes. At first that strikes me as a little...odd. But, then, maybe it's not much different that playing with used golf clubs. Just because they've been handled by another guy for a few years doesn't make them ruined/gross I suppose. Can you explain "heavily tiger striped"? Do you mean pattern-wise or is that a term to described a flaw/injury to the shoe?
I wouldn't even know where to begin to find a pair of AE in good shape and know what a fair price would be provided they fit!
I'll need a bigger closet. And a mountain of gold nuggets. And a way to wipe the smug look off my wife's face when she realized after pair 5 or 6 that I'm going to probably owe her an apology for all the remarks I've made on her infatuation. I'm not sure even AEs are worth that. But I can't really help but want to find out.
*hears the chants of 'One Of Us' from seemingly out of nowhere*
Whoa..I had no idea about needing to be cautious regarding polishing the walnut shoes! I would think one should not want to feel bad about polishing walnut shoes with walnut polish. Something is amiss there. What polish do you recommend for them? I do admit wondering if I used a darker polish if I wouldn't like the (dis)coloration a bit? Any suggestions on that front would be most welcome but I think you've scared me off from using the Walnut polish I was about to use.
On a related question, then, what color of dress pants would be acceptable (and not acceptable) to wear with walnut? I have several shades of brown pants (mostly darker) and now I'm thinking I perhaps cannot wear them with all.
I believe its just Paramus. Its part of their Grand Opening. I may have to go back and pick up some more trees, and maybe those Hopkinson's. They did have a Black Shell Dundee; can't hope to keep up with the Peppercorns, but I'm tempted to try.
I don't remember if the First Aves have the gusset like the Dalton's, but make sure you apply some conditioner in there. I used (on my Daltons) the AE conditioner/cleaner n the gusset first, the next day, a bit of the AE leather lotion all around.
I have to agree. Additionally, while I love StyleForum, it and the other male fashion sites have probably accelerated the increases. More accurately, have given the quality shoe brands pricing power. Also, FINE leather is a somewhat limited resource; I can only imaging what shell prices will be in 10 years. Particularly, Horween shell. Not that I necessarily believe other tanneries shell are crap, but they don't seem to carry the cachet of Horween.
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