Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.
(Question above was referring to this ^^)
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I posted about this exact thing a few weeks ago after I went to a store. Their demo shell shoes are garbage and get negative (not just no) care. They are not a good representation of their production shoes at all. If I had only seen their demo shoes, I would have never ever ever spent $600 on those crappier looking shoes. To me it's appalling that they represent their highest end shoes so horribly. I have found that some of their shells can be just as nice as others, i.e. Alden's. I LOVE my Walnut Shell Strands...
Good call going with calf vs cordovan leather--with AEs I've not been happy with shells. These look great.
I thought as much. Well done--very clear and illustrative. I aspire.
I apologize for the noob question. This is my first pair of good shoes and I certainly don't polish/wax/cream my shoes as diligently as many members on this forum, so I did not know if I had not protected my shoes well enough. (I brought my shoes when they were new to several cobblers and asked for an initial protective layer of polish/wax as recommended by members here, yet they all looked at me like I was crazy and said that AE shoes are so good that they "self-maintain.")
Nordstrom.com is also running the AE sale until 10/15.
All of the non-outlet cordovans are now MTO, so if you buy a pair online at retail it is overwhelmingly likely that a new pair will be made for you. I suppose there is a small chance they might still have back-stock in the style and size you order, but I'm sure if you put a note in your order or order it on the phone they will make a pair from scratch for you.
"Self-maintain" is questionable, but they are certainly made of much better stuff than most "dress" shoes you'll see out there; a cheap pair would've likely been gouged and/or ruined by what merely scuffed your Park Avenues.
I'd rub some cream into it, let it dry, and brush 'til you can't see the scuff anymore. Repeat if needed.
Don't worry about the question. It's not as big of a deal as some would lead you to believe. I don't see anything wrong with looking for advice.
Thank you gentlemen for your response. In my general experience, care for shell is pretty low maintenance. I'm not sure what the store could be doing to make them age poorly. The store I visit regularly does not display their shell shoes under display lights. They are on a table on the middle of the room. They shouldn't be discolored this badly.
I actually ordered a pair of norwich in brown shell thinking exactly what you said, calidist. When they arrived at my house, I was disappointed to see blotchy patches of varying color... the cap portion of one of the toes looked like walnut and other portions of the upper had a greenish tint. Also, there were a few small pock-marked depressions/imperfections throughout both shoes. I suppose this could have been an older shoe remaining in stock from a while back, but I still can't figure out how the coloring could be this poor stored in box. (maybe it wasn't) I might have kept them if they were $299 seconds and use them as beaters for casual wear, but even then I'd be unsure. For $550 (tax included) with the ongoing sale, I decided to return them and wait for some other shell opportunities from some other company.
I continue to enjoy my walnut shell daltons (look, comfort, etc...). I may give AE shell a try if and when the right opportunity presents itself.
I was on the fence but I ended up getting the same shoe as a MTO except in Cappuccino Shell instead of brown shell. It's only been three weeks and I was quoted eight so i'm not sure when they will arrive.
Thanks to all who replied regarding the independence lining. I'll definitely be requesting those now.
AE should have offered the walnut shell MTOs strictly on a "one per customer" basis
I had exactly the same experience this past week at the AE store in Chicago. The shell shoes looked beaten up and faded unevenly. The cap toes on the brown shell Strand were much lighter than the rest of the shoe.
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