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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.
What are you wearing those Larchmonts with? Suit? Slacks?
I didn't even know the Bay carried AE, interesting.
Also, am I the only one that abhors people that buy new shoes, walk around with them on carpet for a long time then decide it's not for them and put it back/return it? As if that's some sort of legitimate way of trying new shoes on?
I don't know what those people prefer, but I prefer my "new" shoes not already playing home to someone else's feet for more than a couple minutes, if at all. I can't imagine retailers like it either.
I have a couple of shoe boxes filled with inserts that I have tried and collected over the years, some custom molded. But have settled on just the $20 superfeet black 3/4 length hard plastic ones for everything. I do wear them in my Beckmans and most of my boots and shoes. Fit and how your feet feel at the end of the day matter most to me, it is more individual fit and what works best for you is what is correct IMO. And the 3/4 black superfeet even though they are hard work best for me. If I get a better fit without inserts I do not wear them.
That was my original thought, but the people getting them probably don't really know about proper shoe care.
I'm an accountant, in a private company but you are correct, they are for a very high profit department.
Not really what most people are thinking. This is for a very casual department that has been making decisions on extending credit to customers, which is a no no and creating collection issues. So he wanted to get them bankers shoes, which will be WAY out of place in their work enviroment, and if they extend credit they have to be wearing their wingtips or no commission.
I probably would've since I do like my Alden's a little more, but:
1) The sizes were all over the board and I couldn't find them in all in Alden, might have been able to if I called multiple places. Even AE website didn't have everything, lots were on back order. Zappos did have all sizes so it was a quick one stop.
2) It would make zero difference to the people getting them as to if they are Alden or AE. If he said add a pair for yourself I would've tracked down the Aldens from various stores.
I agree with the consensus expressed above that all three of those defects look pretty minor and don't require a return. BUT I will add that if you are unsatisfied (especially if they are worse in real life) you can go ahead and return them. I'm confident AE will gladly exchange them (especially since you seem to be in the habit of buying shoes in bulk...).
Edit: wait, so these free shoes are done kind of quasi-punishment? Some boss!
I'll end up keeping them, I just remember when I was looking at some posts at the time of my cordovan purchase some were returning stuff for what I sawy as a smaller issues. I didn't know how quick people send stuff back around here. This was the first bulk shoe buy for me and probably last. What's funny is I chose the free standard shipping from Zappos which was 3-5 days ground. They showed up today, next day air, I guess they decided to upgrade the $4500 order to a better shipping method. LOL.
Yes, kind of odd but that pretty much sums it up.
The situation certainly makes more sense, and I like the way you think!
My larger question would be around the sizing for the employees - how do you know all of these pairs are the appropriate size, especially considering how exact sizing can be with AE's?
It's a much better product IMO. I have at least half of a bottle of AE conditioner/cleaner left over because I stopped using it. Compared to LH, I think that calling it a "conditioner" is very generous. Not to mention, it stripped a little of the color off of some of my shoes. LH didn't.
Again, in my experience, it doesn't darken leather at all. You have to let it sit through the night. It's quite a bit thicker than other conditioners, so it's no surprise that it takes a little longer to dry. I've tried it on practically every color or leather, and I've never noticed any darkening.
Every year I lament how short the SoCal winter is and how little I get to wear my coats, and now Im looking at acquiring more boots.
I love the ocean and San Francisco is really expensive to live in. First world problems.
My Black Friday Merlot Strands came in and they are looking pretty good. Nothing noticeably wrong with them, just some lifted perfing (I think that's what it's called, see last pic). Gotta try them on then give them a good rub down. Interesting sole colors.
Hey guys, I present you the picture to use when your significant others tell you that all your shoes look the same. Haha
Merlot BB McAllister and Merlot Strands. Significant difference in how they fit and weigh.
Very nice. I'm beginning to think it's impossible to make an ugly Strand - they just look great in every color and leather.
Just got the good news from Allison today! My burgundy shell Kenilworths are ready to ship!
Too bad I won't have much time to enjoy them next week.
Well, please make time to post pics! Sounds like a great makeup.
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