Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.
I guess he will have to chime in!
navy to be as well
i thought he was asking a question but that photo definitely looks navy too.
The consistent models on sale are the Park Avenue and Strands. It may only be limited to certain colors as well. At some point in the past the Players or Cliftons have been discounted for the half yearly or anniversary sale. It's also worthwhile to note, most AE stores will honor the Nordstrom sales price during that period. On the other hand, Nordstroms also has a ridiculous return policy, where down the road if you're unsatisfied with the fit, they'll refund you. Never done it myself but there are many stories about their customer service.
Interesting. I am looking to pick up a pair of Park Avenue and maybe Strands as well. I guess I shall wait.
Yeah, their customer service is superb. I exchanged a pair of shoes I received as a gift after wearing it for 6 months; no box and receipt. A Nordstrom rep told me I can ship it back to them with a prepaid label or go to a store.
So, being one state over from AE headquarters means my "Paul Grangaard" MTO arrived today. I went for a pair of Kenilworths in walnut shell and I think it came out pretty good. I specified some poron insoles and was a bit worried that it might affect the fit, but thankfully the shoe fits fine and not all that different from the try-on sample the ladies at AE sent me to verify my Kenilworth size.
The walnut shell color looks great, and ever slightly lighter than another pair of shell PTB's I recently received that came out much lighter than it was supposed to. So I now have two pairs of tan/dark tan colored shell PTB's at my disposal. The Kenilworths will serve as the blobby pair (check the pictures below ).
Overall, I'm very happy with the MTO experience with AE and I'd like to thank Mr. Grangaard for the nice offer to the SF community.
Onto some quick pics:
Compared with the aforementioned other pair of shell PTB's, which is Carmina. The 5-last doesn't look so sleek anymore, which is OK here. It would be kind of difficult to justify two pairs of sleek PTBs in almost the same color.
I hope you guys enjoy the pics. Now let's see some more MTO's as they get shipped!
This is really a wise choice as returns are less of a hassle, and the perceived higher level of QC on firsts. I will also probably be looking into a pair of Park Ave's as well for a formal shoe. I probably should've got them sooner, but the talk of the short toe cap made me hesitate, but I don't really find its a huge deal.
Mack, that MTO came out very nicely. Walnut is very close to that shade of cognac shell. I give the edge to the Carmina for sleekness as well, but from your pictures I wonder if its the angle or level of tapering, where the Carmina is more gradual and elegant whereas the AE 5 last is slightly sharper and more aggressive.
THOSE ARE AWFULLY NICE
Thanks for the pics
It's typically black Park Avenues, Walnut Strands and one other shoe that changes each year.
+1. Those look great.
I was planning on taking up Paul's wonderful MTO offer on a brownish (walnut or Capp) shell Kenilworths. I normally wear 12E in the 5-Last but I have seen many a mention to size down on the Kenilworth so I first ordered some black Keniworth seconds in 11 1/2E to check these out first. When they arrived they were too tight, and as a side not--they bowed out at the ankles. I attributed the gaping to the incorrect fitment, as I have never experienced this before. So, I sent those back for for replacement with 12E and also confirmed my order for the Cappuccino Shell Kenilworth in 12E.
My replacement black Kenilworth arrived and while the fit and feel was great, these also bowed out, though not nearly as much as the 11 1/2's. I was now worried about my shells that I had just ordered and contacted Allison at AE. While I've never had any bowing in any of my other AE's, they are almost all balmorals or boots. Here's what Allison said: "If you have a low arch the 3 eyelet blucher style may not come high enough up on your foot and therefore doesn’t wrap as tightly around your foot/ankle area." I believe that this it exactly the cause. First off, when I was a child I had really flat feet, but as I got older and by curling my toes in while walking I eventually did develop arches, but they're definitely not high, or probably even normal arching. Also with the 12E Kenilworths now, if I curl my toes in and back, thereby raising my arch and the top center of my foot just a little bit higher, the gaping goes away!
While this doesn't exactly explain the bowing for those who get it with the PA's with more eyelets, it does confirm that it is related to the individual person's foot shape and therefore is a fitment issue and not a quality issue. It also explains why only some have a problem with it, while most do not.
As far as my shells go, Allison made the suggestion to try out the Black Hills, also a PTB, but with two more eyelets to hopefully make up for the deficit in my arches/foot shape. As an example of AE's exemplary customer service, she's sending me out a new pair of those, just to try on and see if i like them; and we'll go from there. While I'm disappointed not to be getting the Kenilworths and to have to wait longer, this is more than made up by the way the fine folks at AE go far above and above and beyond to make sure there customers are exceedingly happy!
Nordstrom also priced matched the sale that AE had a couple of weeks ago. Too bad Nordstrom does not carry all the shoes and variations that AE has.
Thanks for this clarification.
Very nice. I also picked up some Brooks Brothers Walnut/Brown Shelton seconds and some Tan Finch seconds in my regular 5-65 last size of 8.5D. Interestingly, they were way too small. The Sheltons were especially small, likely due to the Poron insole; I could barely get them on my foot. I didn't expect these 1-511 last saddles to be so small considering my Dark Brown Shell Townley's fit pretty well (just a little tight on that right pinky toe; plan on trying to stretch them). Anyone else have a similar experience with Sheltons or Finches?
I'm considering going to Brooks Brothers to try on the Sheltons. If I find that 9D works, do you think it'll work for the non-Poron Finches? Maybe Nordstrom will have some 9D Finches I can try on? I'm concerned I have to try some higher widths to make this work, but without an AE store around, it might require quite a bit of back-and-forth.
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