Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.
I was told september last week when I asked...same with the 15-20%. The nordstrom deal is still better so I wouldnt wait to get something if it is on sale now.
Well if you are buying something that Nordstrom carries... no doubt. $200 Strands is 40% off. However when you can get the independence collection or even cordovans for 15-20% off, hell... thats a lot better than most "deals" out there. Cordovan for mid $400's or Rutledges for the price of regular calfs... yep, i'm sold.
Visited an AE store tonight in pursuit of my elusive rubber soled loafer, for comfort and use in inclement weather. I ended up getting a pair of leather soled Verona and paying full price. I probably tried on six different pairs of loafers, including all of the rubber-soled Italian loafers and the Sanibel, which is a handsewn made in the USA.
A couple observations:
The Verona, even with its leather sole, is noticeably the most comfortable of all the loafers I tried. I was really surprised. But it's the Bologna construction that makes it so great with the leather sole. It just fits like a glove. The shoes featuring the mini lug sole are not as comfortable.
Also, I looked at a lot of different shoes from several different makers. For a blake-stitched or Bologna constructed shoe, there is nothing of this build quality at even double the price of the AEs. You have to get into the $800 range for Ferragamos (Tramezza) or Ballys (Scribe) to get a shoe this well made - all the big name designer shoes, including those two brands, look and feel incredibly cheap compared to these at even $500. It is really impressive what AE has done in this category - there is nothing close.
They also had the Luccas on sale for $165 - these have the lug sole, and come in brown and black suede. I am probably going to pick up one of them as a casual shoe.
Also, the SA told me that there is a Cordovan version of the Dalton coming soon! He said he saw the orders in the system. No word on colors or delivery date.
Didn't they do a Cordovan Dalton last year? Apparently there will be a second chance at them.
I just took the plunge and ordered a pair of red, white, and blue McAllisters. Maybe I should change my name from delmar to Captain America.
Did you ever try the rubber soled version of the Kenwoods? If so, what did you think of them?
I didn't, because I didn't want a beefroll loafer. It's on the same last as the Sanibel, which I tried. I like the design, but that shape is too tight in the toe box for me. But it looks to be very well made.
333 last is like 5 last in terms of length, but 333 has a sleeker toe box, Just my observation (I own Cordovan Cambridge, Strands, and Neumora).
Not sure about this. I tried on the larchmont .5 smaller than my strands and got a pretty similar fit. My forefoot was swimming in my normal strand size. Best for you to find a chance to try it on in person, everyone's foot shape is different
Haha, definitely post pics when you get them!
now thats something i would like to see... i am going to need a boot for fall/winter, however i've really been warming up to Alden's wingtip blucher boot.
yea yea i know this is AE thread but these in ravello
or these if i don't go with shell
we'll see how the dalton looks... i would love a cap toe bal boot in color 8 for "dress" but realistically, i'll get better casual wear out of a boot, so either of the two above are more than suitable candidates.
Yes in Walnut shell, the Strand was also offered in walnut shell. I have both. Wonder what color they will be when they come out.
I agree, the Verona is a doll. I'm always considering picking it up full price every time I go to the AE store. If I had not seen it on sale last year I would have already. Come on sale!
I don't have a pair of AE but looking at these definetly makes me want to get a pair
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