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Can anyone tell me what, if anything, is special about AE belts to put them in the $100 range? Love the shoes, but I am a bit picky and looking at the stamped buckles and normal leathers I think I'm looking at maybe a 50 dollar belt when I look at them. I buy custom made belts in belting or bridle leather for less than this...   Any rebuttal, commentary? I am open minded but just have a disconnect...
I do not, but it looks a lot like the Chukkamok that I DO have, and love it- they are just extremely comfortable...    
What is the absolute best leather insole to put in good shoes? Or at least top 3 if there is no discernible difference? My AE's come with good bits as is, but my RM Williams have that annoying line across the heel transition that I just can't live with- any suggestions?
Thanks for all the responses on the tap soles, very helpful. Let me ask on a different topic-   Sent an email to one of the more well informed AE sales associates I have met, asked and answered below- any further information anyone can add about care and feeding for our beloved new leather color, Bourbon?   Me- (obviously nonplussed)     "Hey, I have a question for you before I invest in any more Bourbon shoes- how the HELL do I polish them?? I took my...
Does anyone make a habit of buying the Combination Tap soles, and if so how does it wear? Is it thin and when it wears you have to replace it, or does it just wear down then you're left with leather?   I am working and living now in the Middle East/North Africa, and all floors here are essentially stone or marble, so leather is quite slick actually. So I am considering an alternative...   Thanks for any input!
I own and love Saddleback stuff, but for a wallet I am a purist and a minimalist. This company makes a no-compromise pure leather wallet with no cardboard, and no nylon or anything other than quality leather in it, and they start at around fifty bucks.   http://www.leathergoodsconnection.com   I own the #2 and it is about 1/2" thick unless you stuff crap into it- no chiropractor wallet for me...   : )    
Has anyone bought a walnut shoe and successfully used a darker polish to get it more of a Bourbon color? If so can you share the exact brand and color of polish, even if it turned out a different but attractive brown?    I want something darker than Walnut, but not full-out dark browns- own a pair of AE Flatirons in Bourbon that are perfect, and would love to buy more shoes in Walnut since they aren't offered in Bourbon or similar and polish darker...
Just for the comfort lovers out there- I tried these on side-by-side and had to go with the Chukkamok, as much as I love boots. They are unlined, and the Cronmok having that line across the instep just was not as comfortable as that smooth vamp on the Chukka- super soft leather and no seam, one awesomely comfortable piece of footwear...   Now what the hell belt am I gonna wear with them??   
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