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AE Walnut Fifth Avenue and BR Bourbon Hyde Oxford - which to keep (or both)?

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  • tarmac
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    This is half on topic, but if anyone knows of an affordable belt that matches the walnut color well, I would love some ideas! Hopefully it's not a threadjack.

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  • tarmac
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    I just ordered them last night. I realized I shipped them to my parents' address accidentally too, so it may be a while before I snag 'em. Darnit! Once broken in, I've been happy with my 3 other pairs of BR shoes. Really excited for the oxfords.

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  • bremersm
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    I think those shoes are too close to have both in the rotation unless you have a large closet and own more shoes than your wife/girlfriend. If you feel that the quality is close enough then I see no reason to send the extra cash on the AEs.

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  • bassopotamus
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    I prefer whichever is the captoe, but both are fine

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  • 90Shilling
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    Thanks for the feedback, all. A lot of the opinions voiced are identical to what I'm struggling with. Anybody think that the two pairs are different enough to keep both in the shoe rotation?


    @Mike_W - the first photo is more representative of the shoe colors in real life. They really are almost identical in the shade of light brown.


    @tarmac - How do you like the Hydes so far? Comfortable? Any complaints?


    @DanOlympia - Great suggestion, as that would indeed be the best of both worlds! However, I've been searching eBay for the last 3-4 months daily and I have never seen a used pair of AE 5th avenues in walnut (size 9.5D) for less than $200.

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  • DanOlympia
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    How do you feel about returning both, and then getting a second-hand pair of 5th Aves on ebay? Then you get the nicer product, as well as significant savings. Best of both worlds?

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  • tarmac
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    While I would love a pair of AEs, I actually ordered those same BR Hydes recently on a similar deal. I've had great luck with fit and durability for three different pairs of BR shoes, so there was little hesitation for me. If you pay 40% off or more with their email coupons, the BR shoes are great bang for buck.

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  • The Dork
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    I like the look of the Hyde better. The shape, to me, is a little sleeker than the Fifth Ave. The cap on the Fifth Ave looks too stubby. If it were longer like the AE Clifton, it would be my pick.

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  • Standard_Deviance
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    The Fifth Avenue is nicer looking, but for me, if aesthetics is the only criteria, it's not so much nicer that it's worth the extra $200 over the Hyde.

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  • bruschetta
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    I don't really like the Fifth Avenue in Walnut, but I dislike the Banana Republic shoe. The leather looks awful and the design is not to my taste.

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  • jicarv
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    The cap toe is so much nicer IMHO that it's not even a contest for me.

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  • Mike W
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    The AE-fan in me wants to jump to conclusions, but that's not what you're here for.

    If you have a chance, could you grab a photo of the colors(preferably in natural light, like the second photo, but with the light facing the shoes)? The first photo makes them look pretty spot on as far as color, but the second is a different story.

    I do like the tight throat on the BR's though, I'm sure it looks completely different on foot than off though.

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  • Johdus
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    Cap toe all the way.


    The other one is too vanilla.

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  • TravisB
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    I personally like the AE.

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  • Sigtweed Corduroy
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    The AE zealots will descend on this post like rabid barbarians....


    If, as you put it, "I am not concerned with durability or craftsmanship in this comparison" then I think the answer is clear, a $200 savings is very significant and could be used elsewhere for something that you are interested in investing in the durability and craftmanship.


    Both are very handsome looking shoes, great choices.

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