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Maybe it's outshined by its vibram ice grip soled brethren the chukka and full lace boot, plus the Patton. Boot overload? Nah, TS takes priority I think for most
That whole line is sizeist. That sole and last screams B width.
 

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I'm a little surprised that I've seen no excitement for the new Alpine cap toe boot. I think they look great, and the 1757 last works good as a boot last for many.
I kind of like the Alpine cap toe boot, but have some Grant Stone cap toe boots on pre-order, so............
 

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I'm a little surprised that I've seen no excitement for the new Alpine cap toe boot. I think they look great, and the 1757 last works good as a boot last for many.
Definitely a case of Trunk Show Fever.

I like the new boots. The Alpine seems exactly like something I'd want in a style. I'd like to know what leather it is. The website just describes it as "premium European leather," whatever that is.
 

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I'm a little surprised that I've seen no excitement for the new Alpine cap toe boot. I think they look great, and the 1757 last works good as a boot last for many.
I liked it alot. But I doubt it'll ever make it into a TS
 

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Definitely a case of Trunk Show Fever.

I like the new boots. The Alpine seems exactly like something I'd want in a style. I'd like to know what leather it is. The website just describes it as "premium European leather," whatever that is.
Premium European leather could be damn near anything. I may get a pair once they are in my size at Shoebank just to see.
 

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Interesting video i found that i think some of you will enjoy.
Interesting indeed, especially the section on the company's product quality and overall impression of the brand's quality. AE was my first foray into "nice" shoes, after my $100 Florsheims literally fell apart at work one day. I was excited to step into this new world. Only problem was the AE store I went to never measured my feet to make sure I was actually wearing the right size -- both times! I wasn't wearing the right size. At all. (I trusted them when I said, "I wear a 12 or 13" and they said, "Okay, buy these.")

I went through many pairs of AE shoes as well as many other brands and went through a ton of foot pain (and lost a LOT of money reselling the others, thank goodness for AE's return policy), trying to figure out my size. And I experienced many of those issues of poor quality with AE's shoes (giant air bubbles sewn in the insole on a pair of 1776s, brogued parts sewn way off-kilter on a pair of McAllisters, terribly off-center heels on a pair of Dainite Daltons, etc.). The whole two-year-plus long ordeal was super disappointing and costly -- plus I got jumped all over by redditers when I tried to post about it. But I still want to find some AEs that I can wear!

Anyway, I'm glad to hear about how they are addressing those issues. It gives me reason to be optimistic. Here's hoping the Higgins Mill fits and I can order a pair at the trunk show!
 

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Definitely a case of Trunk Show Fever.

I like the new boots. The Alpine seems exactly like something I'd want in a style. I'd like to know what leather it is. The website just describes it as "premium European leather," whatever that is.
Premium European leather could be damn near anything. I may get a pair once they are in my size at Shoebank just to see.
AE only uses a handful of European tanneries. If they were calf, they would call it out. Premium to me means hides that are too big to be called calf. Nothing wrong with a well tanned Steer hide. I have said it before but let us remember that our beloved Chicago tannery is about 90% Steer hide. Shell is really a low percentage as those raw materials are really hard to come by. My next comment will be seen as heresy but our beloved CXL is not only partial chrome tanned but if you really get into the details, it is also semi corrected.
 

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AE only uses a handful of European tanneries. If they were calf, they would call it out. Premium to me means hides that are too big to be called calf. Nothing wrong with a well tanned Steer hide. I have said it before but let us remember that our beloved Chicago tannery is about 90% Steer hide. Shell is really a low percentage as those raw materials are really hard to come by. My next comment will be seen as heresy but our beloved CXL is not only partial chrome tanned but if you really get into the details, it is also semi corrected.
Sure but AE has listed corrected as “premium calfskin” before
 
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Interesting video i found that i think some of you will enjoy.
The only thing that drives me nuts is where the content creator compares 1950 dollars to present day dollars. I work in an industry where my natural material costs have skyrocketed in the past 20 years. I would love to tell my supplier that according to the value of the 1999 dollar vs the 2019 dollar my price should only be $1.5 and not $4. After all in 1999 I was only paying .35 cents. They would say, no problem, we will just sell it for $4.25 to the next guy in line.
 

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AE only uses a handful of European tanneries. If they were calf, they would call it out. Premium to me means hides that are too big to be called calf. Nothing wrong with a well tanned Steer hide. I have said it before but let us remember that our beloved Chicago tannery is about 90% Steer hide. Shell is really a low percentage as those raw materials are really hard to come by. My next comment will be seen as heresy but our beloved CXL is not only partial chrome tanned but if you really get into the details, it is also semi corrected.
Yep, lots of stuff that's great leather that isn't called calf or shell. My comment is more because I'm a curious type, not insinuating inferior materials. Though, I can see how my comment may be construed that way, so I appreciate your reframe! I would like to know more about the semi-corrected nature of cxl you mentioned. I'm not a tannage process guru and, as I said earlier, I've a curious mind. If you've the time to post about it, I'd appreciate it!
 

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Someone posted these in "Vintage Shoes" on eBay. They are Size 8.5D.

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Wonder if more people would see this listing if it was posted with all the other A-E shoes rather than in "Vintage"?
I have a pair. Beautiful
 

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Obligatory Sunday clean up shoe porn, as visions of chili shell dance in our heads. (No, these are not chili.)

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