- Aug 3, 2016
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If I was you I'd just buy some Cole Haan. Don't settle for subpar shoes like AE shell. Cole Haan has a superior process for attaching the sole to the shoe. They actually have a high grade adhesive that cements the shoe to the welt. This results in a more flexible lightweight shoe with a greatly enhanced comfort level that makes AE irrelevant. Why would anyone want to walk on a wooden welt and sole? LMy replacement pair of #8 shell PAs arrived. The vamp pieces still aren’t perfect (the stitching isn’t at the edge of the leather like it is on my calf PAs) but I can live with it. Two questions though:
1. the toe cap is actually a little concave near the stitching. I notice it pretty clearly when I wear them looking down at them. Is this normal for shell? My calfskin PAs don’t do this but I wasn’t sure if this happens because shell is stiffer.
2. Just walking around the house with them, I noticed where they bend in the vamp gets lighter. It’s almost like the finish is wearing off. Is this normal for shell? Is this the dreaded bloom?
I am attaching a picture. You can see the concave in the second picture, and the lightening I mention is toward the top of the photo on the vamp. I apologize for what might be noob questions but I’ve never owned shell before. You guys convinced me.