MTO Alfred Sargent burgundy shell monks review

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  1. ncdobson

    ncdobson Senior member

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    I'd like to share my great experiences ordering shoes from Alfred Sargent. After asking for shell cordovan sources here and on AAAC, I emailed Chay Cooper @ AS and received an astonishingly fast reply. We emailed back & forth, & I finally decided to go for Edens, an older model single-strap monk on the 87 last, in burgundy shell to AS Exclusive standards. My real problem was the size, since I couldn't make it to any of the US trunk shows and had no experience (as it turned out) with English shoe sizes. Based on a red herring pair of 10-year-old Cheaneys bought in the US @ a Church's retail store that must've been labeled in US sizes, we decided initially to go with 10.5. Fortunately I had input from Sarah Nelson @ A Fine Pair of Shoes and soon changed the size to 9.5. I paid my deposit and waited for almost exactly 2 months til my shoes were ready.

    The 9.5 turns out to be just right. The 87 last has a nicely spacious toe box and vamp, while still giving a sleek profile. [​IMG]

    The heels are the only unlined part of the interior of the shoes (for whatever it's worth), & they have a small springy insert that I really like. [​IMG]

    The shell is nice and thick, & I find the burgundy much subtler and more interesting than Alden's #8. One thing that should be mentioned is that there's is a tangible seam in the insteps where the vamp material meets 1 of the 2 pieces that form the back of the shoe. The seam in noticeable for about a minute when I put the shoes on, but then I get used to it & forget all about it.
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    The fiddleback soles are a nice subtle touch.
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    The price of the shoes included shipping to the US, as well as the AS dust bags & felt cloth. I can't recommend Sargent's service highly enough & am very disappointed that I won't be able to make it for a factory tour next month when I'm in England. I've already ordered another pair: whiskey shell saddle derbies w/ a black shell apron saddle. I can't hardly wait.

    Sorry for the mediocre pics.

    Nick D.
     
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    They are fantastic shoes and Chay is I agree a pleasure to work with.!
     
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    Quadcammer Senior member

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    I'm very please with the AS shoes that I own, but I must say, that last doesn't look very attractive based on those pics.
     
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    Sleats Senior member

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    I think thats more of a reflection of the photography than the last perhaps
     
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    Patek Senior member

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    What, I pray is "AS Exclusive standards"?
     
  6. ncdobson

    ncdobson Senior member

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    They're not done to handmade standards, but they're supposed to be higher quality than benchgrade. Semi-handgrade?
     
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    comrade Senior member

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    Those are beautiful shoes. More my style than the models shown at the trunk show in
    San Francisco in September.
     
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    The heels are lined,

    Throughout the shoe the lining leather is used grain- (hair-) side out. But for the heel section, the leather is used in reverse (flesh-side out).
    This gives more friction and prevents heel slippage.
     
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    ncdobson Senior member

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    ^Thanks for setting me straight. That makes more sense than lining everything but the heel.

    Nick
     
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    Just recently, I wrote a Sargent review as well that may be helpful to some here.
     
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    Nice review thanks !
     

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