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My first pair was black Saratoga. My dad bought them for me when I was about to finish college. He warned me - after Allen Edmonds, you won't want to wear anything else. He was spot on with that advice.I wore the crap out of those Saratogas and they are no longer with me. But I still remember when I got them.Chris
PSA - if you want navy suede Dundees in 9.5D, some just popped up on clearance - first quality at $167. Chris
I have an interview today, so I pulled out the black Park Avenues. The receipt was in the box - paid $149.97 in May 1992 for these. New heel caps once, never recrafted. Maybe they will bring me good luck. Chris
Per this page from the AE catalog - the Duke is not recraftable
Thanks for the pics. I like the black HM. I would have considering getting the black HM when I got the brown ones except I already have the black Odenwald and there is too much similarity.Congrats on your HM's and enjoy them.Chris
I don't think the HM are blobby. I would describe my Odenwalds at blobby. Dundees somewhere in between. My Freiburgs are the least blobby of the 3. Here are some comparison shotsChris
Personally, I think the brown grain leather Oak Street would be a great business casual / casual shoe. I think the Academy color selection is a bit limiting.Just my .02.Chris
Your Higgins Mills in natural look almost as dark as mine in brown - I guess there is a lot of variation in the chromexcel. I really like that Academy. The black Higgins Mills aren't bad - I think the natural welt breaks up the all-black "stealth" look. I would have considered a black Higgins Mill if I didn't already have the black Odenwald. My black Odenwalds came with tan laces and they bring out the natural welt nicely - you might put the tan laces from the natural...
Brown Normandy's after a coat of AE Leather Lotion Chris
I have the black chromexcel Odenwalds. They still look like black calf without any color variation, etc. I apply AE Leather Lotion every few months and that's all I do on chromexcel.Chris
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