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Originally Posted by stgrim View Post

Do you guys bother with Sole Savers or Topy sole pads with your new shoes?

No
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Originally Posted by Flyswatter View Post

Yeah... damn. Still deciding. $150 is a great deal. Hate the thought that I might have to return them over something as stupid/annoying as the friggin' shoes make a squeaking sound when walking.

Even if you get a pair that squeaks and talcum powder fixes it, isn't is worth it at that price?
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I look at it this way :
1 ae cs is known to be responsive and helpful
2 they are well aware of the problem they feel it is caused by the interface of suede upper and oiled sole
3 they have even gone so far as to recommend using talcum powder as a lubricant to reduce the squeak
4 i belive this squeak is probably the reason the shoe was discontinued
5 taking all this into consideration i would really doubt returning this shoe would be a problem should the squeak turn out to be a serious issue
thats just my take on it i bought a pair

I can vouch for AE's Customer Support, at least when dealing with the Amok issue. I picked up a pair of chocolate suede Amoks last summer for $125. I figured I would take a chance on the squeaking. Sure enough, after the second time I wore them, the squeaking began. There was no getting around it. I called AE, and had a great experience. They sent me a free return label, refunded my money, recrafted the shoes, and sent them back to me for free as a fit trial. I'm not sure if this is typical, but I was wowed. I've been wearing them frequently since then and have had no issues. I recommend them.
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On another note, does anyone know if these are the New Orleans in walnut? They seem too light to be walnut, chestnut is a more likely colour?

Has AE ever produced a limited run of New Orleans or the older Fort Lauderdale in chestnut?

I can confirm that this is the New Orleans in walnut. I have a pair, and the color in that picture is quite accurate.
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Even if you get a pair that squeaks and talcum powder fixes it, isn't is worth it at that price?

I wouldn't wear a pair of shoes that squeak as audibly as some Amoks reportedly do if I got them for free. As for the talcum powder fix, how does that work, exactly? Sprinkle some inside the shoe? That seems... messy.

Have you experienced any squeaking with your pair, mediahound?
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So I'm seriously thinking of ponying up for a Dalton shell rather than the regular Dalton.  Now I want to wear the boot regularly,  am I better off putting a topy on it or just recraft when the sole wears out? Not sure if it's possible to have Allen Edmonds put their combination tap on a Shell Dalton.

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So I'm seriously thinking of ponying up for a Dalton shell rather than the regular Dalton.  Now I want to wear the boot regularly,  am I better off putting a topy on it or just recraft when the sole wears out? Not sure if it's possible to have Allen Edmonds put their combination tap on a Shell Dalton.

The shell Dalton comes with (as stated on their site) a "Double Rendenbach leather sole with combination heel". I'll pass along the advice given to me last year when I got my first pair of shell double-soled shoes:
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Congratulations on your purchase and belay that sole guard order!
The Leeds have double layered soles and adding a rubber layer (Topy, etc) on top will make them feel like Frankenshoes.
They'll become too rigid and won't bend as you walk. Leave as is and enjoy with confidence. They can take a beating and should wear like iron.

I have found that to be true. The toes might wear down in a more pronounced fashion at the beginning, since the sole is naturally stiffer, but a bit of edge dressing after the first couple of weeks and the difference won't be noticeable at all. My Leeds and Daltons are indeed wearing like iron.
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A topy outsole is so thin and so light that it cannot transform your kicks into Frankenshoes if they weren't there already. I really dislike the curled toe look that can afflict double soled shoes ( at least those without flush-mounted toe taps), and have not found edge dressing to be a remotely effective remedy.
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Have you experienced any squeaking with your pair, mediahound?

None as of yet.
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So I'm seriously thinking of ponying up for a Dalton shell rather than the regular Dalton.  Now I want to wear the boot regularly,  am I better off putting a topy on it or just recraft when the sole wears out? Not sure if it's possible to have Allen Edmonds put their combination tap on a Shell Dalton.

I'm with random-adam. I have two pairs of shell Dalton's, both with the J. Rendenbach double leather soles. Both have been wearing extremely well. J. Rendenbach soles are known to be some of the best leather soles out there. I personally wouldn't want to cover them up.

Use the recommended approach of wearing them for the first few times on carpet. And toe wear has a lot to do with a person's gait. None of my boots wear excessively at the toe.

Good luck with your purchase. I personally love my Dalton's.
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Originally Posted by Goosey View Post

So I'm seriously thinking of ponying up for a Dalton shell rather than the regular Dalton.  Now I want to wear the boot regularly,  am I better off putting a topy on it or just recraft when the sole wears out? Not sure if it's possible to have Allen Edmonds put their combination tap on a Shell Dalton.

 

I have them in burgundy shell, and they are very durable, nothing else on sole is needed in my opinion.  My sole is still not fully broken in after many wears.

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Breaking news! Doesn't the fact that the CEO posted those details [two yrs ago] indicate a certain level of transparency?

Perhaps someone could make a YouTube video to fill us in on the sordid details. He could reference that [six year old] article from 2007.

Judging by how responsive Mr. Grangaard (can we change his name to Vanguard?) is, he'll address these questions, himself, on this thread. He is one of the most honest, transparent CEOs there is, and I'm sure with enough chatter he'll come forward. Regardless, I'll still buy the product no matter where AE is made, because the leadership is dedicated to making quality shoes at an affordable price, with the former taking precedence over the latter.
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I think they are the the cheapest and easiest way to preserve your good shoes . I also think the ones made by vibram are the best[/
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is there an argument against Topys? Not allowing the shoe to breathe, covering the cool Horween stamp, etc.?
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Haha. I wish my stamp was still visible. It is loooong gone.
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I think they are the the cheapest and easiest way to preserve your good shoes . I also think the ones made by vibram are the best[/
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is there an argument against Topys? Not allowing the shoe to breathe, covering the cool Horween stamp, etc.?
I put them on my shoes as an alternative to recrafting I can have 5 topys put on for the price of one trip to ae or alden or 3 for a trip to b nelson not to mention the worry of having your shoes in the mail .
I notice no difference in breathability between my shoes with and without
the only real difference I am aware of is better traction
yes you can see the topy when sitting with your legs crossed but thats the only time i dont find them visible when standing
as for the cool stamp just wear your shoes till the stamp is worn off before putting topys on
there are levels of aesthetic to the bare leather sole that i can understand but dont necessarily share
i think it just boils down to what you prefer there are advantages and disadvantages to both there is not really a "better "solution
but aint that the way of most first world problems
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I think they are the the cheapest and easiest way to preserve your good shoes . I also think the ones made by vibram are the best[/
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is there an argument against Topys? Not allowing the shoe to breathe, covering the cool Horween stamp, etc.?

That's my argument. I used to do topys all the time. Sure, there is breathability on the sides of the leather (edge) and the upper, but you lose breathability over the sole IMO.  Also,  2 of my shoes that I used to topy experienced a breakdown in the leather sole, which I attributed to moisture.  It was like they caved in, which never happened to my non-topied shoes.  This is totally unscientific, but it's good enough for me!

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