Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.
Anyone know of the next big AE sale? I'm looking to get LaSalles 9.5d for under $200.
Sorry to hear this, and I completely understand. A pair of $500+ shoes should be flawless. I guess they can't do anything about the manufacturing backlog, but then they're just telling customers to shop elsewhere. I'd be sending these back, too, if it were me. I've had good luck with sales and seconds, but I wouldn't put up with these flaws if they were firsts.
Speaking of other brands, while my #1 favorite is of course AE, a close 2nd is Grenson. Definitely a shoe worth checking out for those not familiar with the brand. Similar build quality of AE, with some interesting silhouettes and colors.
Hey guys, I've been lurking this thread, and interested in some feedback (posted my own thread too a couple days ago). I want to take the leap from J&M/CH to the next level of shoe, and AE seems like the best option. My finances aren't up to the level of my desire, however, so would seconds be worthwhile? I know they have the sale going on right now, and the shoe I want is likely either a McCallister or Strand in brown, is it worthwhile to just go for it, or should I wait and buy a new pair for my first pair?
Not a big deal but I'm still slightly perplexed how people are getting quoted strands for $169. I checked with the shoe bank and 2 other reps I've bought from consistently, and all 3 said it is $199 for the walnut for either the BB or non-BB versions.
I would say Leeds, but they are relatively casual and not sleek.
You can get the Strands in Walnut (not sure if that shade of brown is OK with you) right now for $199. They are seconds, and you can order them from any of the outlet stores.
However, since this is your first pair of Allen Edmonds, I recommend trying them on in-store, especially the McAllisters and Strands, as the "5" last often does not fit true-to-size.
I stopped by an AE store in the local mall on Friday an tried on the Strands, and found that they run a little smaller than I'm used to wearing (the 9D fit well compared to a 9.5 in other shoes I wear). They didn't have the Mcallisters, but if they are on the same last I should be fine, no?
Do you think it's worthwhile for me to get seconds as my first pair? Are they generally pretty close in quality to firsts?
The McAllister (Fifth Ave and Park Ave and more) are all on the same last, so you should be able to get the same size in any of these shoes. I see no harm in going with seconds for your first pair. The sale on the Walnut Strands ends today, I believe. The outlet stores should let you return them if you find any defects that you can't live with.
Great, thanks for the advice. One last question - which brown model do you think I'd get the most wear out of to compliment my current black shoes? I will be wearing them mostly with suits daily to work, occasionally with khakis, and once in a blue moon with nice jeans. I'm leaning towards the Mcallister, but don't know if those are too casual for dark suits.
For the strands, I would go with the BB version over the standard one if you're grabbing them from the factory store as long as you don't mind the pre-topied sole. It's the same price right now, the only difference is additional padding and topied sole but it makes the shoe a lot more comfortable imo.
Hey, thanks. That's good to know. Not sure what I'll do, but this helps.
I think it's worth giving seconds a try, as a good deal of the time the "defect" is something trivial. Of course, you have to factor in the cost of shipping if they do have significant defects or don't fit.. I think (but not sure) you can return seconds to a retail store, so if there's one near you, you can save shipping cost one way.
Any idea if AE shoes will be a part of the summer Nordstrom sale in 2-3 weeks?
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