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It will darken the leather.
Walnut Strand
I think it took about 5, maybe 6, weeks before my burnished merlot Strands webgem arrived. Though not MTO, they were not in stock and were considered a special order. My credit card was charged quickly after placing the order.
I'm going to guess no. I had a pair of Aldens that were a 1/2 size too big (all their lasts make fitting a challenge) and asked if they could recraft them on a smaller last and size down. They said no. Seems as though it would be easier to make a pair smaller than larger, which, I suppose, would require leather that isn't there.
$295, they were a web gem for two weeks at that price. To give the local retailer the business, and to avoid a delivery left on the porch this close to Christmas, I had the store order them for me.
Picked up my web gem burnished merlot Strands today, very nice. The SA told me there were so many web gem orders they added them to the regular line up. I also picked up a belt and a wallet. Looked at the black and bourbon Strands (which would complete my Strand collection), Daltons and the McAdam. Can't justify the McAdam as I have the fifth street in black. He brought out a nice brown suede cap toe (new model, I forget the name). I started contemplating my next...
Purely personal preference. I would go for the LWB, and I have, one of my favorite pair shoes.
No, you do not have to order online. I called the local store and ordered through them.
Since it's casual and Denver, Aberdeen because of the mini lug sole and split reverse welt. I might favor a boot however, the Long Branch.
Since you want one in black and brown, I'd get one of each brand, going for whichever brown offering you like best, then the other in black. I wouldn't get shell, as I wouldn't be wearing boots that much due to the warm St. Louis weather in the summer.
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