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Building the Shoe Collection...which should be next?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by CJG_NYC, May 10, 2011.

  1. CJG_NYC

    CJG_NYC Senior member

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    So, I am slowly picking up my shoe game and I purchased a few months back two pairs of AEs: Park Avenue in Black and Fifth Avenue in Burnished Calf.

    I'm looking to add to the collection. First and foremost I want a lighter brown and I was thinking of maybe the AE Strand in Walnut? I also really like the new AE New Orleans.

    I'm unsure if I should invest in another black pair now also? And, if so, what kind of black? Or... should I go with a staple lighter brown (so that I have the main three essentials) and then get maybe a "more fun" shoe, like the New Orleans or maybe even a suede shoe for the warmer months?

    That said, if you had ONLY the two I mentioned above, what would your next two purchases be? (Does not have to only be AE, but I do need to keep the price in that range).

    Thanks!
     
  2. Liquidus

    Liquidus Senior member

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    E Strand in Walnut would be good. Clifton is another choice if you'd rather have a blucher.
     
  3. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    The AE Strands are beautiful shoes. If you can't decide between brown or black, buy one of each if you can. Both finishes will serve you very well.
     
  4. CJG_NYC

    CJG_NYC Senior member

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    Thanks, guys.

    I'm definitely loving the Strands, and I am definitely contemplating having another Black shoe in the rotation.

    I guess where my current debate is: with summer around the corner should I invest now in a summer-style (suede maybe?) or maybe even get a slip-on in addition to a Strand in Walnut.

    The Strand in Walnut is seemingly a 100% purchase for me. I was thinking maybe the new Carlsbad slip-on as a more casual and summer friendly shoe. Thoughts?


    Also, a bit off topic, but - any NY Members been to Stapleton Shoe Factory Outlet down near Wall Street? I work nearby and was wondering if it is worth the time to visit.

    Thanks!
     
  5. ShoesYouCanUse

    ShoesYouCanUse Well-Known Member

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    The AE Strands are beautiful shoes. If you can't decide between brown or black, buy one of each. In addition, you should have a pair of suede wing tips in your collection. They are so classy in all seasons.

    Best regards,
     
  6. LanceW

    LanceW Senior member

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    E Strand is exactly what I would purchase next. Then I would go try on a pair of Alden for Brooks Brothers Leisure Hand Sewn Penny Loafer. They will go on sale between 8 and noon on December 26th. Save another 20% by purchasing Brooks Brothers gift cards.
     
  7. CJG_NYC

    CJG_NYC Senior member

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    Thanks all for the input. I think the Strands in Walnut are definite (maybe even get them tomorrow!). The place i noted above does a buy one get one half off deal -- and has many different brands: AE, Alden, Florsheim, etc. I'm not sure how the deal works, I'm sure its buy one get one similarly priced half off, but I might stop in and see if they carry the Strands in my size and go from there.

    I passed by and saw Park Ave and Fifth Ave in the window, so maybe they will have the Strand as well. I'll be sure to let you know how I make out!
     
  8. CJG_NYC

    CJG_NYC Senior member

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    Also -- I meant to ask, can the Strand be worn with a suit? I've been getting confused on the forums lately reading that shoes with too much of a brogue should not be worn with suits. The Strands are semi-brogue (correct?), so how does that work with a suit. I notice guys wearing full-brogue with suits all the time, but I know that doesnt necessarily make it "right"

    Thanks!
     
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    As I came to understand it, the Strand is suitable for suits as well as more casual wear, including jeans. Yes, they are semi brogued, so their formality is toned down a bit.
     
  10. LanceW

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    The Strand is a walnut half-brogue oxford. Walnut is casual, half-brogue is casual, oxford is formal. I put that in the bottom 1/3 of suit formality and would wear it with casual suits no problem [​IMG]
     
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    I too wanted a walnut AE and was deciding between the Strand and McAllister. I went with the latter as I already have several cap toes.
     
  12. CJG_NYC

    CJG_NYC Senior member

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    The Strand is a walnut half-brogue oxford. Walnut is casual, half-brogue is casual, oxford is formal. I put that in the bottom 1/3 of suit formality and would wear it with casual suits no problem [​IMG]

    Ha! Thats exactly what I was thinking. I was a bit confused with them being Oxfords and being half-brogue. I agree though, being Walnut alone would make me wear them much more casually even with a suit.

    Thanks so much!!

    I know the SFers are a bit against black shoes, but I'm thinking I probably could use two pairs in rotation. That would give me Park Aves in Black, Fifth Ave in Brown Burnished, the Strand in Walnut, and I'm thinking maybe a McCallister in Black?

    But, budget wise I think I might go with the Strand in Walnut and then invest in a loafer or something I can wear in the summer months.

    Decisions, decisions. [​IMG]
     
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    Ha! Thats exactly what I was thinking. I was a bit confused with them being Oxfords and being half-brogue. I agree though, being Walnut alone would make me wear them much more casually even with a suit.

    Thanks so much!!

    I know the SFers are a bit against black shoes, but I'm thinking I probably could use two pairs in rotation. That would give me Park Aves in Black, Fifth Ave in Brown Burnished, the Strand in Walnut, and I'm thinking maybe a McCallister in Black?

    But, budget wise I think I might go with the Strand in Walnut and then invest in a loafer or something I can wear in the summer months.

    Decisions, decisions. [​IMG]


    What about a McAllister in merlot?
     
  14. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    why are you limiting yourself to AE? Why not try a different maker?
     
  15. Dicky Dicardo

    Dicky Dicardo Well-Known Member

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    What's a good belt for the walnut Strand?
     
  16. CJG_NYC

    CJG_NYC Senior member

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    why are you limiting yourself to AE? Why not try a different maker?

    I'm definitely not. I'd love to explore some other brands and I said so in my original post, the only problem is that I'll need to stay at or near the AE price point unfortunately.

    I'd love some brand suggestions.
     
  17. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I would say Alden, or Cheaney, but that is more in the $400 range.
     
  18. LanceW

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    McCallister in burgundy would be a great way to round out the AE collection. After that I would save up for a Alden for Brooks Brothers unlined leisure hand sewn penny loafer. They go on sale December 26th from 8AM - noon. Purchase a gift card for less than face value and you'll have them for under $400. I eventually gave away all of my AEs due to fit issues but have kept the penny loafer; it's the most comfortable shoe I own.
     
  19. GBer

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    C&J seconds or sale? You might be able to get it under $350. Depends on how fast the dollar drops.
     
  20. CJG_NYC

    CJG_NYC Senior member

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    So, today I got a pretty good deal and learned something fairly useful for future purchases. I wanted a half-brogue light brown oxford so my initial thought was the AE Strand (since I own the Park Ave and the Fifth Ave). I went to a store nearby work and tried on the Strands and then also a similar style Alden (on the Aberdeen last, I believe). Maybe I'm just being silly, but I really felt that the look and feel of the Alden shoe was head and shoulders above the AE.

    That said, the AE was on a nice discount AND it was buy one get one half off (for in stock shoes) so I got the Strand and a pair of the Randolph Loafers for just about 50-75 dollars more than just the Alden's would have cost me. But, from now on, I am pretty confident I will not buy AEs (unless I am in love with the style and no other company makes a similar one) for full retail.

    Now the question is this: If you had a black Park Avenue, burnished brown Fifth Avenue, chili Randolph Loafer, and Chestnut Strand what would be your NEXT shoe? [​IMG]
     

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