Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.
My Flatirons I just got do not have that tag.
I think this tag is only found on a few 90th anniversary styles, which are, as far as I know, Hamptons, Broadstreet, and Jodox (which has not appeared on the website yet). I just got the brown Hamptons as well and am very pleased with it. The 90th anniversary tag is a nice little touch.
My first pair of AE shoes just showed up, walnut Strands!
I was taking a closer look at them and noticed a few odd marks and finishes here and there. These are my first pair of shoes "above" something like Cole Haans, these are my first pair with interesting detail work on them, and these are my first pair in a lighter brown/tan. So I'm not sure if the things I noticed are actually quality issues, or if these are just the sort of things I should expect with these types of shoes. I'd appreciate it if some of the more experienced members would take a look at the photos and let me know what you think!
1) The broguing right below the laces on one shoe seems a bit stretched and uneven, and the split is visible through it. (images hidden in spoiler tags)
2) There are two darker spots on of the shoes that are also little bumps in the leather. They are fairly visible in the right light.
3) The fringe on part of one shoe is bend up and a little ratty looking...
4) There's a pretty noticeable discoloration right on one of the top caps..
Anyway, I'd appreciate any advice about this -- Thanks!
I have bought Jeffersons, McAllisters, Williams, Daltons, Patriots, Neumoks and Strands all this year, and none of them have this tag.
I'd return these to the store or send them back to AE. One minor flaw I could live with, even though it would bug me each time I saw it. But all of these... that is just to much. AE will make it right for you, I am sure of it. You will be glad you sent them back.
I have a pair of walnut Strands and my pair do not have any of the above issues. I don't know that any of the above issues individually are that terrible (knowing what we do about AE quality control) but when you put all of them together in one pair, I think they are not acceptable, especially since they are your first pair. I would send them back for an exchange.
Agreed as well that the tag was only for specific throwback styles... both Broadstreets I purchased this year had the same tag, the other models I purchased new did not.
An 8.5D fits me in terms of length (but pretty tight if I try to do closed lacing) but a 9D fits me better in terms of width but I have about 1.5 inches of toe space. Which size should I go for?
My Strands have none of those issues. I think those would be acceptable, as seconds.
I would send those back. Should not be problem to exchange
I swung by the local AE store tonight, and, while ordering another pair of shoes, I asked if it would be possible to get bourbon McAllisters. Well, in case anyone is wondering, she said it looks like they'll be available in a little over a month (end of January or beginning of February). Now, that's just based off their computerized inventory/ordering system, but it makes sense, and I'm looking forward to that option. I considered placing an order right there, but I think I'll wait until I see them in person.
Well, unfortunately I didn't pay seconds prices, lol. The sales guy who helped me in the store just sent me an e-mail to make sure they got delivered, so I'll start talking with him and see about exchanging them.
Is anyone else in love with the old Allen Edmonds Windsor monk strap boot? I wish they'd bring it back.
AE has no strap boot offerings, and there are no currently produced boots of this style in the AE price range.
I have an Alden black shell boot very similar to this one.
Currently Alden sells a boot like the one in the picture - The George Boot - and it is offered in black shell and color 8. But it does run $625-ish ...........
Both shoes are considered PTBs, but that's where the similarities end. While the kenilworth is sleeker (5 last) than the leeds (1 last), the leeds is a much more substantial shoe, not to mention the shell v. calf difference. The leeds is also much easier, IMO, to wear casually. I have the leeds in burgundy shell, dark brown shell, and black shell. I used to have the kenilworth in dark brown calf. I sold it after a few wears. Just too skinny and "wimpy" for a PTB - at least for my personal style. And I even like the 5 last!!
But I do acknowledge that many like the kenilworth. I have no issue with that.
Shell Leeds are 595; calf kenilworths are 295. So this is quite a difference too.
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