Thanks for all the thoughts on Shell, gentlemen. I will certainly take it into consideration.
Meanwhile, here are my new MacNeils on their inaugural wearing. I'm really enjoying the light edge treatment... Is this AE's "natural"?
Thanks, gents!I figured someone would mention Shell. I don't feel like I'm quite there yet. I'm thinking a plain-toe blucher is next up. I've really been liking the chunky double sole of my MacNeils, so a Leeds MTO in Bourbon, a la Bl@ster, might be in order.
Sunny day, so I wanted to do a family pic:
Back row, L to R: Burnished Brown MacNeil, Merlot MacNeil (MTO), Walnut McAllister, Brown CXL Bayfield, Brown Waxy Leather Long Branch
Front Row, L to R: Merlot McAllister, Suede Big Sur, Walnut Lexington, Black Brooks Brothers Strand, Burnished Brown Strand (no toe medallion, MTO)
A big shout out to the Hitch-n-Post eBay seller. I found these MacNeils for sale, he accepted my (modest) offer, and didn't charge me shipping to Canada.
They were listed as used, but as you can see, they have barely been tried on:
I slopped food on one of my latest Hobers. Damn it. It's just a small spot off to the side, thankfully. I dabbed it gently with a lightly-dampened cloth, and then rubbed it gently with the tail of the tie. I've done this successfully to "pull" the water onto the back on several occasions.
This was a Macclesfield, though, and it's left a light spot, due to the fact that it's a print, rather than a weave, I'd imagine. Is there any way to restore my tie to its former...
My last DHL Hober order got held by Canada Customs. They phoned me and wouldn't send them out until I gave them a credit card to pay the $54 (!!) in duties.
The customs broad even felt the need to tell me, "Those are some expensive neckties, hey?"
In all fairness, David had both phoned and emailed to let me know DHL often incurs import taxes, but I crossed my fingers and was happy with how fast they got to me.