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 You have a great looking family there LeviMay! When I first started using the Mac method I would sometimes smack the shoe or boot with the brush handle. After 20 years of brushing military boots and shoes with long strokes I did the same with shell. Then read all I could find about how Mac does it and his brush never leaves the shoe and he uses his wrist more than anything else. I started doing the same and it makes a big difference, including no more handle smacking the...
There are a number of pictures on here of the Shelton and it is a great candidate for MTO which several people have done, Polojock has a stunning pair in exotics. A search will show quite a few on this thread. Mine are the old cobbler leather which hasn't been used for a number of years so my picture is more of a historical perspective instead of what you would purchase today. Great shoe and I would highly recommend them. LOL, nervously looking over shoulder now......
bespoken no I doubt it is operator error either LOL.. Wonder if all of yours didn't come from the same batch and were stiffer than normal? I would try another one and AE customer service is outstanding you could likely exchange yours but not sure if shipping would kill any benefit. If you have an AE store near you it would be worth checking out to do an exchange I would think.Before I put my walnut shell back in the closet thought I'd take a picture in more diffused light...
 Yeah I have enough shortwings, including a pair of McAllisters in Truffle which I will likely sell someday because I have never worn them. I really do like Truffle but also walnut and would be happy with the return of either. The walnut is getting darker and richer over time. My Dundees in walnut are identical to my Alden Ravello chukkas because the Ravello are lacking red, only way I can tell the difference is by checking for 3 eyes vs. 2. I might as well get rid of the...
Beautifully done! I also like how brown and lighter shell changes tones based on lighting. I just finished brushing my walnut shell Strands for wear next week and they keep getting darker over time. If the sun ever comes out this weekend I should take a picture.
I don't wash mine either, well except the ones I use for cleaning around the house. When buffing if it starts to get dry I grab a damp one and start over but it doesn't happen often. I only use them at the very end of the process and only for a minute or two at the most. But I do buff my waxed calf shoes and boots heavily with them. Haven't seen the Manchester in a while on here, Happy Friday! We do not do casual Fridays where I work however in the summer it is hard for me...
  Hard to tell for sure from the pictures but I do not think that is excess cream on those. A lady at the shoebank nailed it awhile back when she told me that AE shell seconds are either really good or really bad. You could just water brush them for awhile to see what happens. I use Reno when new and then only once every 6 months to a year after that and a whole lot of water brushing in between. Usually while still warm from wearing them. I tried the neutral Saphir cream...
 Nope not for me either. I did ask a bit more than a year ago to go the other way around as I have a low instep and love the 5 last. Debbie told me that at one time they used to swap lasts however there were issues that came up from time to time so it is no longer an option. I agree Mike, a man only needs so many shoes and boots and I have really slowed down, however... 
 I also agree, looking good! Mine are still in active rotation. I have enough wingtip boots but feel I can always use another captoe, especially a Bayfield.Wish I would have had one made in burgundy shell now  I live in Mn. also and most of my XX (don't want to count them and know LOL) shoes\boots have leather soles. As soon as I walk in the door from work I take them to the deep sink and wipe them down with a damp rag. If the soles have gotten wet which is usually the...
Nice job on those Leeds, I will be watching to see what happens. A pair of Leeds in burgundy is my oldest shell and they are almost brown now. I am the same fit in both 1 and 5 last with the 5 fitting me just slightly better. I am 10D in both (TTS) and the Patriots are also 10D. The brown pair is slightly tighter fitting than the burgundy and I wear them without socks which is something I used to think I would never do. But in the summer it works extremely well. The...
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