Which AE wholecut?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by demeis, Jun 27, 2005.

  1. demeis

    demeis Senior member

    Messages:
    1,286
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2004
    Location:
    Boston, MA
    So i found out at work today i can get any AE shoe for half its MSRP and have decided to go with a AE wholecut, at 150+5 shipping i don't think its a bad deal. Â However i can't decide between the fairfax http://www.allenedmonds.com/webapp....ion=189 or the hastings http://www.allenedmonds.com/webapp....ion=189 Right now i'm leaning for towards the fairfax in merlot because i like the medallion toe, but i don't like the side brouging to much. Â I think the hastings is cleaner but wanted some other opinions. Can anyone tell me how to tell what last they are on and what other shoes have the same last?
     
  2. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

    Messages:
    8,607
    Likes Received:
    397
    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2004
    Personally, I think the broguing on the Fairfax is much more handsome than on the Hastings. (Otherwise, I don't think there is any real difference between the two.) On the other hand, I do prefer the chili color in which the Hastings is offered to any of the three color options for the Fairfax. If the the Fairfax were offered in chili, I might be tempted. Both are on the #5 last, which is good fit on my foot, but it is a little long and narrow compared to other A-E lasts. Other A-E lace-ups on the #5 last include the famous Park Avenue cap-toe and the Seneca moc-toe.
     
  3. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    16,118
    Likes Received:
    1,088
    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2005
    Location:
    Tombstone
    I agree that the Fairfax is far more handsome. The other just looks odd -- conspicuous, even, and that's always a bad sign.
     
  4. bachbeet

    bachbeet Senior member

    Messages:
    1,212
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    May 3, 2005
    Location:
    San Diego
    I actually prefer the grayson and the Leeds. But go with the one you prefer. If you have your eye on others and want to see better views, go to Zappos and see if they have them. If so, you can get all sorts of views.
     
  5. Tyto

    Tyto Senior member

    Messages:
    386
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2004
    Location:
    SoCal
    I find the Fairfax to be much more handsome. It looks like a proper dress shoe; the Hastings, a hybrid athletic shoe.
     
  6. Andrew V.

    Andrew V. Senior member

    Messages:
    405
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2004
    Location:
    Ohio, United States
    While the Fairfax is handsome, I have the Hastings in chili and I love it.
     
  7. demeis

    demeis Senior member

    Messages:
    1,286
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2004
    Location:
    Boston, MA
    ok i was leaning towards the fairfax,but now which color? i just got a cordavan belt that would go nicely with the merlot but brown would be more useful to me...
     
  8. RIDER

    RIDER Senior member

    Messages:
    1,357
    Likes Received:
    126
    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2004
    Location:
    RVA - NYC
    I would do the Fairfax...in Merlot (I'm one of those guys that still like Burgundy shades a great deal.).
     
  9. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

    Messages:
    7,805
    Likes Received:
    66
    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2003
    Location:
    Heart of America
    I have generally been opposed to these AE wholecuts, but I will admit after having seen one in person recently they're not that bad.
     
  10. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    16,118
    Likes Received:
    1,088
    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2005
    Location:
    Tombstone
    As for color, I vote for chestnut. Shows off the broguing nicely.
     
  11. Keith T

    Keith T TWAT Master.

    Messages:
    1,441
    Likes Received:
    905
    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2004
    Location:
    Texas
    Of the two, I prefer the Fairfax, and would choose whatever AE calls their darkest brown. That's a great price. I personally don't own any AEs, but it seems like you're getting a steal.
     
  12. NoVaguy

    NoVaguy Senior member

    Messages:
    6,529
    Likes Received:
    109
    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2004
    Location:
    Guv'mintFlunkyLand
    get the AE Fairfax in chestnut, and then try darkening as in one of the antique threads...
     
  13. Cliff

    Cliff Senior member

    Messages:
    175
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2005
    Location:
    MA
    I also prefer the Fairfax. The other has a 'sneaker like' look to it that I don't care for.
     
  14. Vintage Gent

    Vintage Gent Senior member

    Messages:
    2,748
    Likes Received:
    26
    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2003
    Location:
    The People's Republic of Galveston
    Agree with the majority opinion. Fairfax. Chestnut.
     
  15. arkirshner

    arkirshner Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    53
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    May 9, 2005
    Saw the Fairfax in the store today. It looks much better than the photo on the Allen Edmonds site. When viewed from above as an observer would when you wear them the side brouging is much less prominent than the side shot web site photos would have you believe.
     

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by