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  • amathew
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    Thanks for the help folks.


    I ended up going with the 2 for $200 deal through AE.


    Plus, after work I'm going to hit up Brooks Brothers for the Perforated Captoe. I figure that I should at least have one nice shoe in my wardrobe....even though I work at a start-up where everyone wears jeans and is super casual.

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  • bruschetta
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    amathew, that's the Elgin. http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF4135_1_40000000001_-1


    It's a balmoral, but it isn't a dress shoe. The color's too light for navy slacks, it looks off with charcoal slacks, and it's too formal for jeans. Khaki chinos are really your only route with those shoes.

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  • trash
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    That's a nice looking shoe, I'm not sure which AE model it corresponds to. I think the casualness of the contrast color stitching clashes a bit with the formalness of the oxford style, but I'd still wear it. I wouldn't call it a versatile dress shoe though.

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  • amathew
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    I know I keep saying one last question, but what do you all think about:


    http://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Merchant_Id=1&Section_Id= 522&Product_Id=1605111&Sub_Product_Id=1605115&defa ult_color=Light-brown


    It would come out to about $240 with the F&F discount.

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  • Chareth
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    Did anyone look at the Q&A for MH00024? BB's customer service is horribly inaccurate -- they say these shoes are Alden. They are clearly AE Fifth Aves and even AE will tell you so.


    They've done this before with some on-sale Peals that they claimed were C&J, when they were Loake in actuality.

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  • amathew
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    @bruschetta Ok, that makes sense. I thought when people talked about shoes that lasted for 5+ years, it literally just lasted even after numerous wears. Good to learn that it also require possible alterations. Thanks for the clarification.


    I placed an order for the 2x$200 deal through AE outlets.


    I'm still tempted to hit up BB for MH00024. $500 in one day...I feel light headed.

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  • bruschetta
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    amathew, when people say that Allen Edmonds will last them a good 5-10 years they are taking into account the fact that the soles and heel will not last that long. Resoling and putting on a new heel are part of the maintenance of good shoes. In your case you will probably have to put on a new heel more often, but that's easy and inexpensive.


    I have both the MH00025 and MH00024 shoes that you posted from Brooks Brothers. Both are excellent choices. The split toe is hideous, and I would advise avoiding it.

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  • jessy_diamond
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    @amathew Between these two BB, get the second one.

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  • Chareth
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    You're probably better off with two seconds if you think you can deal with any potential defects.


    That second pair you linked is the AE Fifth Ave.


    If you do buy from BB, be sure to go through mrrebates.com. The rebate for BB is up to 7% right now, which is the highest I've ever seen it. Just make sure you use the 25% off FF code from mrrebates, which is slightly different than the one posted on SF.

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  • amathew
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    One more question:


    Yesterday, I had contacted the AE outlet and wanted to place an order for the 2x$100 deal. However, they just got back to me.


    So would you suggest I do which of the following:


    1. Get 1 BB shoe


    2. Get 2 seconded AE shoes.


    I don't like the notion of getting defective stuff, but it is a good deal and I could probably pay a cobbler to fix any issues with the shoes.

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  • amathew
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    One final question:


    How would you compare these two BB shoes:


    http://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=1518787&Sectio n_Id=524&Merchant_Id=1&default_color=BLACK&section color=&sectionsize=#null


    http://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Merchant_Id=1&Section_Id= 522&Product_Id=1518196&Sub_Product_Id=1518312&defa ult_color=Walnut


    Planning on going to BB after work today to look at some shoes.

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  • amathew
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    @pratyk


    Nordstrom anniversary sale is in mid-July. Should be good.

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  • TomasR
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    There's a guy on StyleForum who has some sort of hook-up that allows him to sell most any AE shoe for $100 or so off retail. That's first quality by the way. His username is "allaboutshoes" and I've yet to hear any negative feedback from the dozens of forum members who have made purchases through him.


    If you'd like to avoid the "fell off the truck" special, I'd recommend Charles Tyrwhitt shoes. They're all rebranded Loake shoes and are goodyear welted, full grain leather for less than $250 in most cases. Even the Die, Workwear! blogger likes Loake shoes and he's the kind of dude who is uber-skeptical of any shoes that cost less than $500.

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  • Chareth
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    To clarify, as amathew mentioned, that BB shoe is an AE Strand, with the differnces being a built-in Topy, dovetail heel, and poron footbed.


    BB also sells rebranded Fifth Ave, McTavish and Elgin from AE. Possibly others. The 25% FF sale has already started, fyi.

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  • pratyk
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    You could buy some AEs for around 200 in the nordstrom sale.. I suppose there'd one coming up soon (it was in June last year IIRC)

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