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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.
What I have in these two models:
9D walnut calf strand
9D dark brown shell strand
10D burgundy shell bradley
With my strands I wear thin socks typically. With my bradleys I wear a medium-thickness sock typically. There is no possible way I could wear a bradley in 9D.
Anyone have the Rutledge? That's one sweet looking bal!
I don't own the Rutledge, but I tried it on with the intention of buying. While I did not purchase it due to the last not being a great fit for me, I would dare to say that the profile and styling make this the nicest looking cap toe (and one of the nicest looking shoes, period) in the AE lineup.
I agree with your judgement regarding the proportions. The main issue I have with the AE pert. cap toe (which is basically a fifth avenue with slightly changed details) is the shortish looking toe cap.
The price differential cannot be used as a proxy for quality since it is distorted by tariffs: In the US, C&J will be massively more expensive than AE (I think C&J Benchgrade goes for a ~$570 before taxes vs. AE for $335 before taxes), but this is caused by tariffs imposed on shoes made in the EU. In Europe, the C&Js would be around 340EUR (excl. VAT) and AE would be 330EUR (excl. VAT), this time it is the EU imposing tariffs on US-made shoes.
So I was in San Francisco and saw their red white and blues in person. These are the model I ordered, but I'm still waiting for mine.
Strawfuts in the wild. Never mind the pants; I was leaning in to get a good view of the shoes.
Anyone know which AE model this Brooks loafer is? Is it the Presidio?
Got to stop by an AE store today to see the new arrivals.
The Neumoks in suede look nice. They are so soft that they don't form properly around the lasts.
Really like the Hamptons in person. But I don't know how I'd wear them - sort of in between a dress and casual shoe:
Yes, it is indeed their version of the Presidio. I think the sole is different, however. There may also be other minor differences as is common in BB versions of many AE/Alden varieties.
Thanks! Yes, the sole is different. It is the standard BB/AE sole - the rubber Topy-like outsole on the front half.
On the BB website, the Peal version (i.e., C&J benchgrade) is $598 and the AE version is $368. I prefer the Peal version for the reasons identified earlier in this thread - proportions, location of cap, etc. However, $598 for C&J benchgrade is out of whack, when a guy can get C&J benchgrade models from PLAL (and a few British vendors) for around $400. $400-ish is a nice price for C&J benchgrade. I would not pay $598 for this shoe. For that price tag I would go with black shell.
Anyone familiar with the AE outlet in Mebane, NC? I'm on vacation and will be driving by there in a couple of days. Was wondering if the selection is decent. I've never been to an actual AE store.
It's a nice store. If you have an odd size like I do, you can call ahead and have them email you a list of their in-stock shoes in your size.
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