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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.
What makes them more expensive than the regular AE Strand?
I'm guessing the "Cordovan shell?"
Yes - shell cordovan carries a higher price than regular calf.
Hoping to get my RL Sandersons today. Still internally debating between them and the Rutledges. Decisions Decisions.
Purchased my first pair of AE shoes this past weekend at Nordstrom Rack (a pair of Hastings in black). I've been wearing Cole Haan's for quite some time now and the quality of the AE's is sooooo much nicer. I look forward to continuing to break them in and enjoy them for years to come. I already use shoe trees but will need to start using quality cleaning and polishing products as well. Next up: a pair of Strands in Walnut
Thanks for posting! Hope you enjoy them!
Contrary to what some are posting here, the shoebank sales associate said that the slaton and sandersons are NOT built on the 2 last, but instead on a RL last that are similar to the 5 last in fit. Can anyone with real life experience with these shoes give a brief description of that the last is like in comparison to the 5 or 8 lasts?
I'm not familiar with this at all. Would you mind explaining why this is so?
In short, it's a different type of leather (horse) that comes from a specific part of the animal and is harder to come by and goes through a different tanning process.
There is lots of info on the Internet... but basically it's because one horse = one pair of shell shoes. And the tanning process is much more labor intensive.
That is, if the leather is even available. They (along with the Walnut Cordovan Daltons) were a limited production run around Christmas of 2011, sold under the webgem line. A few folks have been able to secure them after the fact, but I have to believe the leather is mostly gone by now. I know I tried to secure a pair of Cappuccino / Truffle Dundees a few months back and was unable to do so, since they had finally run out of the leather. I think those were sold in the Spring of 2012, for reference.
Thanks for this bit of knowledge. Will def look more into it.
Gents, Just called shoe bank. They informed me the RL $130 sale already expired. They are now $259.
What a bummer.
They look outstanding and congrats!!
I think stupid comfortable is the best term I have heard to describe them and I agree. And get more so with age.
No they don't say what is wrong with them but you can return them if you don't like them. So your only out a $273 if you don't like them. Don't you have a phone call to make?!?!
Dead Nuts on all points, nice job.
To add to the description of shell this sums it up nicely IMO.
Which is why I sat on the sidelines during this recent sale. You guys made it tough with all your posts about the deals you scored!
This is my fourth (4th!) boot purchase since the holidays started, including 2 AE-made Here's the next one I'm trying to resist (don't click unless you want to lose more money...):
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