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Why do I think there must be some Brandy shell involved here? There is always Russell Moccasin if someone likes a lot of lacing and speedhooks. Over 100 types of leather, but no shell. Grand Slam Sheep Hunters truly are function over form. Some mornings after bird season starts and I'm still sore and tired I understand just how K75 feels. The new AE boots are on an unknown last, only 2 choices of leather and limited sizes. And I also am not sure about the eyelet spacing....
LOL no offense here at all pepper, I am not a native of this region and never dreamed I would end up here. Except for the winters which are bone breaking cold it is not as bad as I feared to be here and have come to call it home, but I do look forward to moving back South when my work here is done. The only offense I would take is find out you were playing again anywhere within a few hundred miles and didn't let me know. Now that my friend would really upset me....
I never could get the 8 last to fit my foot well and gave up on it. I believe several have gone down in length and up one in width to get a good fit on the 8 but that didn't work for me either. For me the 5 last fits my foot best of all lasts, and my PA in black shell is one of my favorite 5 lasted shoes. I am pleased with the look of the 5 last, although many are not to me it is perfect. If they were a Southern company it would be called "Billy Bob's chili". Not that...
No it doesn't, they do also... The Red\Brown of #8 or AE burgundy shell is something many look froward to developing over time. However I will admit that on shoes like my Cambridge's I prefer that they stay more black cherry, or in other terms red and black. IMO that goes better with more of my suits than brown. The old timers used to use black Kiwi on #8, it helps blend the black spots in as they age. I prefer to stay away from waxes and polishes on shell but on a few of...
 Shell often has specs of black in it, sometimes black streaks and larger spots. Over time as the shell lightens, or if you use UV to speed up the process, the black does not lighten and becomes more noticeable. My burgundy shell Leeds have turned brown over the years and you can easily see the black specs but you have to get up close. I tried using Saphir cordovan cordovan polish and it helped but it really didn't add much color over the specs and I accept them as they...
Mine is only half that, but gets dragged through the rain, snow and mud at sporting clay courses and camps during hunting season so likely looks like it is 10. My favorite bag by far. I used it in a photo contest a few weeks ago, or at least part of it As far as the photography think I'll keep my day job LOL.
[[SPOILER]]  I'd keep both and agree with others when they say that they are 2 totally different shoes. However I don't think I have worn my cappuccino shell McAllisters even 3 times since I've had them, but I have a lot of other similar shoes that truly are redundant. ReppTiePrepster posted pictures of Ravello and the various shades that it can come in a page or so back. Cappuccino is the same way as are most all the brown shell colors. It has been exactly 2 years since...
Good on you, especially for taking the wife! 2 of the best SC in the country are near you, Horse and Hunt and Caribou. They both host national shoots and FITASC. I shoot both places when I can but it is a bit of a drive for me, was at Caribou 2 weekends ago which is 2 hours from me. Sunday was a perfect day for shooting and I was in Lewiston at a small SC course. Last time this year I will shoot my target clay gun With Grouse opener only a month away I will switch to the...
AE switched to the MTO, or rather made on order, for shell back in 2012 due to the shell shortage and expense. So the seconds availability will remain the same as you see now.
 Guess I'm getting off topic but not, I do agree with making a more consistent product. When I first retired from the Navy I did some consulting work for BMW and the associated manufacturing companies that sprang up supporting them around Spartanburg, SC. One of those places produced the body panels. They were fully automated and used robotics to create them including robotic spot welding. The machines were huge, expensive, and custom made in Germany. The demand for the...
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