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    ISU Wingtips?

    Here is for all of you who have ever wanted ISU wingtips. Design your own in time for March madness.

    Allen Edmonds Shoes - WebGems



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    Re: ISU Wingtips?

    Has AE jumped the shark?

    I haven't been impressed with AE's quality, which is supposed to be amazing. I bought a pair of cap-toes, wore them 2-3 times a week in pretty mild weather, and the soles were worn out with massive holes within 6 months. The heels (which appeared to be glued on) were pulling off within weeks. I sent them back to AE for recrafting, and the same thing happened the second time around. I took them to a local cobbler who used his preferred leather and nailed the heels on, and they're still in great shape almost 2 years later.

    My pair of Alden's, on the other hand, are still looking great after several years. They were a little more expensive upfront, but I haven't had to spend a dime on recrafting. I'm through with AE after this pair finally bites the dust.



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    Re: ISU Wingtips?

    Quote Originally Posted by DistrictCyclone View Post
    Has AE jumped the shark?

    I haven't been impressed with AE's quality, which is supposed to be amazing. I bought a pair of cap-toes, wore them 2-3 times a week in pretty mild weather, and the soles were worn out with massive holes within 6 months. The heels (which appeared to be glued on) were pulling off within weeks. I sent them back to AE for recrafting, and the same thing happened the second time around. I took them to a local cobbler who used his preferred leather and nailed the heels on, and they're still in great shape almost 2 years later.

    My pair of Alden's, on the other hand, are still looking great after several years. They were a little more expensive upfront, but I haven't had to spend a dime on recrafting. I'm through with AE after this pair finally bites the dust.
    Let me get this straight: you have a cobbler?



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    Re: ISU Wingtips?

    Those are going to sell a ton in the south, where they still actually get dressed up for games...



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    Re: ISU Wingtips?

    Quote Originally Posted by CtownCyclone View Post
    Let me get this straight: you have a cobbler?
    You seem surprised?

    PS, I could see Bob Huggins or Rick Pitino going for a pair of these.



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    Re: ISU Wingtips?

    I wear my AE's every day when weather permits. I have four pair and have never had a problem with any of them. My McAlisters get so many compliments I'm thinking about buying a pair with rubber sole for wintertime.

    Not sure if we've had a dressy thread but it may be a good time for an update.

    Edit - I have no problem dropping $200 on custom ISU shoes. Which is better...
    Attachment 17898

    actually, these might be better in the long run


    Last edited by mtowncyclone13; 01-31-2013 at 12:36 PM.

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    Re: ISU Wingtips?

    Quote Originally Posted by CtownCyclone View Post
    Let me get this straight: you have a cobbler?

    This is becoming more and more common again. We have been such a throw-away type society when all we need is a stitch or rework on a shoe and various other clothes. Its much cheaper than buying new if you dont absolutely have to.



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    Quote Originally Posted by bos View Post
    This is becoming more and more common again. We have been such a throw-away type society when all we need is a stitch or rework on a shoe and various other clothes. Its much cheaper than buying new if you dont absolutely have to.
    I think it's always been pretty common, at least in cities large enough to support it; the guy I take mine to has been around since the 60s. The first time I saw a cobbler, though, I admit that my thought was "WTF, why do we still have cobblers in this day and age", haha.

    Leather-soled shoes are designed to be refurbished like this. The uppers can last for 10-20 years and are made so that a new sole can be added when it's worn out. There's a higher up-front cost for shoes like this, but they can actually be cheaper in the long-run, if properly cared for (and they look a hell of a lot better).



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    Re: ISU Wingtips?

    Quote Originally Posted by CtownCyclone View Post
    Let me get this straight: you have a cobbler?
    You aren't a man unless you have a cobbler.

    Also, disappointed. The shoes on this site only go up to size 14, so I guess I won't be getting anything there. The shoes look pretty good.



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    Re: ISU Wingtips?

    Quote Originally Posted by klamath632 View Post
    You aren't a man unless you have this figurine on your mantle
    FIFY

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    Re: ISU Wingtips?

    Quote Originally Posted by klamath632 View Post
    You aren't a man unless you have a cobbler.

    Also, disappointed. The shoes on this site only go up to size 14, so I guess I won't be getting anything there. The shoes look pretty good.
    and a tailor.


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    Re: ISU Wingtips?

    Quote Originally Posted by klamath632 View Post
    You aren't a man unless you have a cobbler.

    Also, disappointed. The shoes on this site only go up to size 14, so I guess I won't be getting anything there. The shoes look pretty good.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tri4Cy View Post
    and a tailor.
    I work at a chemical plant. Which means my employer provides my clothing (NOMEX) and footwear (steel toe boots). I have no use for either a tailor or a cobbler.


    Unless it's peach cobbler.



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    Re: ISU Wingtips?

    Ctown you never go to weddings or funerals? What about an anniversary dinner, etc?



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    Re: ISU Wingtips?

    Quote Originally Posted by mtowncyclone13 View Post
    Ctown you never go to weddings or funerals? What about an anniversary dinner, etc?
    Not often enough to require a tailor. And I'm not married (yet), so no anniversary to worrry about!



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    Re: ISU Wingtips?

    Quote Originally Posted by CtownCyclone View Post
    I work at a chemical plant. Which means my employer provides my clothing (NOMEX) and footwear (steel toe boots). I have no use for either a tailor or a cobbler.


    Unless it's peach cobbler.
    I love peach cobbler!



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