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I don't get why they discontinued oxblood for the McAllister but kept it for the Fifth Avenue. I think that the classic AE combination for those styles would be this:
Black PA
Dark brown or dark chili FA
Walnut (or bourbon/copper) Strand
Oxblood or merlot McAllister
Sure, it's not a biggie to switch out the FA and the McAllister, but the most classic option was burgundy for the full brogue, not the quarter-brogue.
Not sure what is the traditional version but oxblood FA are amazing looking.
If you ask me, oxblood is going to look better than dark chili on any model.
I am not sure if you missed my post and accompanying chart from the other day but I posted them again below for reference; the original post has more detailed notes. It is actually the Oxblood 5A and McAllister that appear to have been discontinued with the color remaining in the PA and Strand. (I might be going against SF norms but I refer to the Fifth Ave as 5A because when I read FA, I think of the First Ave boot.)


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I'd be curious if the Leeds are even selling to younger men these days. Are they seen as too fuddy duddy to them? I say this as a big fan of the Leeds.
Relative to the PA?
Got me there.
Very funny both of you.

And I agree, the PA is going to be seen as more fuddy duddy by young'ins unless they are going for something very retro. The 80s are back so maybe back too comes the power suit with padded shoulders. Slapping a sneaker sole on a PA/Strand makes no sense to me. Maybe the suede Strand but even so, it's still weird IMHO.

Whereas, I think they can do a lot with the Leeds to make it appeal to a younger customer. Make both a chocolate and snuff suede Leeds as a stock shoe. Also make one in CXL because apparently CXL appeals to both young and old. And make one with a Vibram wedge sole. That's basically what Grant Stone is doing and they are killing it with their shoes (and a younger customer demographic).

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, as-in, Grant Stone copies Alden with a twist, and then hopefully AE copies Grant Stone with its own twist (aka shoe model).



 

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It's interesting how everyone here seems to want the lighter version whereas I am specifically interested in the darker version.
I find the really light raw color to look rather sickly out of the box, especially Alden’s pairs. I wasn’t wanting the light; I wanted lots of burnishing and as much of a two tone aesthetic as possible.
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I am not sure if you missed my post and accompanying chart from the other day but I posted them again below for reference; the original post has more detailed notes. It is actually the Oxblood 5A and McAllister that appear to have been discontinued with the color remaining in the PA and Strand. (I might be going against SF norms but I refer to the Fifth Ave as 5A because when I read FA, I think of the First Ave boot.)


Yellow = closeout pricing
Green = outlier
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If what you say is true, I'd buy the oxblood FA now before it's gone. I made the mistake of not buying Macneil's before it was too late and here I am waiting.
 

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I find the really light raw color to look rather sickly out of the box, especially Alden’s pairs. I wasn’t wanting the light; I wanted lots of burnishing and as much of a two tone aesthetic as possible. View attachment 1510790
I was initially turned off by the weird greenish tint that some of the Natty CXL showed. I suspect that I’m not the only one.
I will say that after they age, they tend to lose that greenish tint and become a darker brown. I really feel like the “new” natural CXL is really about what the old CXL looked like after some age.
 

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Got these brown Delrays from the real real a few days ago brand new. Wanted to ask about these soles they look like their close channeled and the soles look different from all of my other pairs. Is this a different sole than what is typically offered? Any input would be great.
 

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If what you say is true, I'd buy the oxblood FA now before it's gone. I made the mistake of not buying Macneil's before it was too late and here I am waiting.
I waited too long so the 5A and McA are sold out in my size on both leather and Dainite.:brick:

I don't see the point of an Oxblood 5A if one already has a Black PA. And, not sure if I like an Oxblood Strand which appears will be around for the foreseeable future.
 

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I waited too long so the 5A and McA are sold out in my size on both leather and Dainite.:brick:

I don't see the point of an Oxblood 5A if one already has a Black PA. And, not sure if I like an Oxblood Strand which appears will be around for the foreseeable future.
I wear my PA only with suits. I wear anything with broguing as business casual because I'm not gonna give up wearing my favorite shoes simply because it's business casual at work. I think one thing this forum has problems with is that business casual for one place may be vastly different for another. I would never consider denim as business casual but others would if someone had a jacket or something.
 

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I waited too long so the 5A and McA are sold out in my size on both leather and Dainite.:brick:

I don't see the point of an Oxblood 5A if one already has a Black PA. And, not sure if I like an Oxblood Strand which appears will be around for the foreseeable future.
Never mind. I see what you mean now.
 

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May be your last chance. I'm assuming you only looked at firsts. Sorry if that's not the case.
Heard there was an extra 20% off from AE insider on FB for all seconds the other day. Any idea if this is still going on?
 

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Heard there was an extra 20% off from AE insider on FB for all seconds the other day. Any idea if this is still going on?
Usually they have the same deals at shoebank as what you'd find on the website. A few days ago they had a sitewide sale. I think that deal is over with and now it's just 30% off boots.
 

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Got these brown Delrays from the real real a few days ago brand new. Wanted to ask about these soles they look like their close channeled and the soles look different from all of my other pairs. Is this a different sole than what is typically offered? Any input would be great.
Those aren’t Delrays, and they look Blake stitched. They may be GYW, but look at how stitching ends before heel. those look to be from the Italian made line.
 

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Those aren’t Delrays, and they look Blake stitched. They may be GYW, but look at how stitching ends before heel. those look to be from the Italian made line.
They did look a bit different mainly the burnishing and the 10d was much more elongated than what I'm used to. Any idea of the exact model? I'm going to start scouring the internet now. They can't be older than maybe 2 or 3 years since they have the new logo.
 

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They did look a bit different mainly the burnishing and the 10d was much more elongated than what I'm used to. Any idea of the exact model? I'm going to start scouring the internet now. They can't be older than maybe 2 or 3 years since they have the new logo.
I don’t remember off hand, sorry. Currently doing some wiring, but I’ll try to look later today

no model in footbed? What are the stamped numbers on tongue? Can search by model number maybe
 
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