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Originally Posted by David Copeland View Post

I am straining my eyes to see the lace gap you have on the uppers.  Maybe you have a closeup photo.

 

(Great looking boots and care)

 

David

Thanks David. Concerning the gap on the uppers MWS gave a great answer here, and totally correct IMO.

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Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post

I don't think you are trying to be argumentative.  I just think you are trying to unfairly take a guideline for a balmoral, and apply it as a general rule to all shoes and boots (bluchers included).  You simply can't do that.  Some people have huge ankles, some have thin bony ankles, some have big calves others have small ones.  You are correct that manufacturers accommodate for general anatomy in constructing a well made boot, but the boot is still sized according to the heel to ball of the foot area.  In other words, you can't take a gap in the lacing that is way up above the ankle as indicative of size or proper fit when the boot's size is based on the same part of the foot as any other shoe.  If the gap way up on the shaft of the boot is larger than you prefer from an aesthetics point of view, while the rest of the boot is comfortable, I can assure you that going up in size won't help the lacing issue.  If you don't like the lacing gap in an otherwise well fitting boot, you will simply have to accept that the model may not be to your taste and look elsewhere.  To have it your way in fit and aesthetics from the toes to the top of shaft, you will either have to stumble upon a boot that is perfect for you by sheer luck, or you will have to go bespoke. 

IIRC you and your wife both have the Long Branch coming and plan on using them for light hiking use. And given your location likely in the mountains with an occasional steep decent. The gap in the laces of my boots for that use is not even a consideration nor is it for anyone that I know. What I look for in a boot like that and even a load bearing boot (backpacking or packing out elk\mulie quarters) is:

 

1) Make sure they are comfortable with mid weight socks, you do not want them too tight. Wicking liner socks are great and I wear them all year under wool socks.

2) Heel slip, when new and soles are stiff you may have some heel slip but you don't want too much. After break in there should be none. It can be a fine line between loose enough for midweight socks and heel slip especially if you have narrow heels like I do.

3) Toe slam. During decent with steep inclines your foot can slide forward and your toes smack the front of the boot. Which becomes very painful in a short period of time. If you have any toe slam in the beginning it will only get worse IME. Hope that helps.

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Don't need any slippers as yet, however I will most likely need some in the next few months.  What is the quality like of the Aztec slippers?

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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

And a great example it is bucksfan!

Those are looking great and will only get better over time!

 

Have you tried any shoes on the 5 last yet? That is where most of the wintips are and for about the first 3 years I loved the 1 Last (Leeds last) so much that I was afraid to try anything else. But am glad I finally did, I like the 5 last as well or maybe even a bit better. On the 1 last there is the Winter Park which is a LWB but not sure what the difference is between the 1-511G and the 1-511 except for the orthotic removable sole on the G.

 

Thank you Cold Iron, for taking the time to comment to my post.

 

I have Park Avenues in the 5 last, and they are not too bad, but nothing compared to the "wowww" that I hear from my feet when I wear the Leeds.

What I liked is that I felt comfortable in the Leeds right from the first minute. No break-in time required.

And then the depth of color, the nuances, the smell...

..I think I am in trouble...

 

Regarding the wingtip... I have put a little bit of thought and, considering the "brogue" to be an all-british (scottish to be precise) shoe, I might decide to go with Cheaney or Crockett & Jones.

I feel that would be fair to history and tradition.

Unless I decide to go with the long wingtip McNeil (the flag of American footwear) and similar to the 1 last, but it will have to be a MTO, because I would really like it to be a brown/walnut shell shoe.

 

Have a wonderful start of your weekend,

 

Max

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Originally Posted by Fabian43 View Post

I'm a 10D on the brannick and like a snug fit with my slippers...do you recommend I still get a 10.5?

I am a 9.5D and have the 9.5D in the Banff. My toes are almost at the end of the slipper. I also have a high instep and they are tight across the top.

The 9.5D works for me but I think I would have been happier with a 10D.

I would suggest 10.5, but I'm not sure exactly how snug you like your fit.

Chris
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Originally Posted by rickrone View Post

Great collection, Those are too many black shoes, you only need one. Do you do a lot of weddings or funerals? I would have gotten the park ave in black and the rest in dark brown, merlot, and chili.

I agree, my next few pairs will definitely be some shade of brown. I just really liked those particular models in black as opposed to their brown shaded counterparts. Next shoe will have to be a walnut strand 😎
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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post

Thanks for all the info guys. I have some scuffs that I need to re-color/cover up so it sounds like the natural wont help much with that. I think I'll use some brown cream polish then seal it with natural edge dressing for protection. I have a medium brown J&M cream as well as AE's walnut cream. I figure one of those or a mixture of those should help with the scuffs.

Thanks again for the insight.

I don't think you'll ruin anything by doing what you're suggesting.  But my thought is that if you apply cream polish to the edges, you're somewhat sealing them with the waxes and conditioners in that cream.  Then applying edge dressing, I'm wondering if it will just 'sit on top' of the wax you've just applied?  My [brief] experience with the edge dressing, is that it's very 'watery' and is designed to soak into the outer layer of the edge leather, giving it a tough seal.  I don't know that wax cream will have the same protective quality on an edge, and the edge dressing might just be laying on top, accomplishing nothing.  Just a thought...but like I say, I don't think you'll do any harm.  What I am suggesting is that you go right to the appropriate colour edge dressing, without 'waxing' first.


Edited by BCer - 5/31/13 at 12:19pm
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Originally Posted by rickrone View Post

Great collection, Those are too many black shoes, you only need one. Do you do a lot of weddings or funerals? I would have gotten the park ave in black and the rest in dark brown, merlot, and chili.

This post is hard to take seriously for multiple reasons.
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

Yeah like some of the AE shell several people have reported a fair amount of cream on the Marlow's, especially lately. Pretty sure it is the cream that is causing the lack of shine. Alden's normally have some wax on them from the factory and that helps with the shine, or at least I think that is what causes the difference.

 

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Not really enough light in this picture to see clearly it was cloudy but you can get some idea. As you know you need full sun to really tell the true color. And see the shine of course.

Are the middle C&J. If not, what are they? I'm dying to know

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Originally Posted by rickrone View Post

Great collection, Those are too many black shoes, you only need one. Do you do a lot of weddings or funerals? I would have gotten the park ave in black and the rest in dark brown, merlot, and chili.

Says the person who read one of the many issues of GQ where glenn obrien says "black is for funerals and weddings," and then takes it as a decree. 

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Originally Posted by thecooldude33 View Post

I agree, my next few pairs will definitely be some shade of brown. I just really liked those particular models in black as opposed to their brown shaded counterparts. Next shoe will have to be a walnut strand 😎

Don't be apologetic for having black shoes. Your collection is fine. If you like black, no problem.
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Originally Posted by havingaraveup View Post

Are the middle C&J. If not, what are they? I'm dying to know

Ralph Lauren Marlow made by C&J

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Thoughts on these cordovan randolphs? If theyre cheap enough I was thinking I could send them for recrafting. Im a bit wary about the stretching at the pinky area, it looks as if they were stored with bad shoe trees or something. Any input?

 

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Originally Posted by BCer View Post

I too have the natural dressing, and have used it a couple of times on my natural tan McTavish's.  It is milky in the bottle, but goes on clear, and if anything, just gives the edge colour a bit of a richer tone, but doesn't change the colour, or add any colour at all.  Honestly I think you could use it on any edge to give it some protection, without changing the original colour.  Where I think it wouldn't do any good, is on a dark colour edge that has been scuffed so it's much lighter than originally. There, you'd need to recolour the edge with suitable dressing.  If you've got light coloured shoes, go for it - it's like putting water on the edges...my two bits.
I use the Natural Dressing on my salads, adds a nice zestiness! J
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Through this thread, pudman43 and I recently discovered that we live within a short drive of each other, here on the left coast, in the great white north (Vancouver area).  Just before lunch today, we had a stealth meeting at the Starbucks in the casino across from my office.  Two guys who have never met, walking up to each other in the Starbucks lineup, not looking each other in the eye, but immediately down at the floor to see what AE model each other had on!  Only then the glance rose up to eye-level, with a hello handshake.  Sat and talked for over an hour…much of that time spent sharing our thoughts on YOU GUYS!  Haha.  Oh, and of course Allen Edmonds shoes - how many we have, which styles, how and where we bought them, how we maintain them, blah blah blah.  Some first date, eh?  And to boot, it’s my wife’s and my anniversary today…and I’m two-timing her on a blind date, WITH ANOTHER MARRIED GUY!  And it all stemmed from the AE thread on the Style Forum.  Shoes were just the ice-breaker - we have many more things in common.  Could be the start of a long bro-mance!  Thought you fellow SFers would like to hear such a touching story…brings a tear to your eyes, doesn’t it?

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Originally Posted by BCer View Post

Through this thread, pudman43 and I recently discovered that we live within a short drive of each other, here on the left coast, in the great white north (Vancouver area).  Just before lunch today, we had a stealth meeting at the Starbucks in the casino across from my office.  Two guys who have never met, walking up to each other in the Starbucks lineup, not looking each other in the eye, but immediately down at the floor to see what AE model each other had on!  Only then the glance rose up to eye-level, with a hello handshake.  Sat and talked for over an hour…much of that time spent sharing our thoughts on YOU GUYS!  Haha.  Oh, and of course Allen Edmonds shoes - how many we have, which styles, how and where we bought them, how we maintain them, blah blah blah.  Some first date, eh?  And to boot, it’s my wife’s and my anniversary today…and I’m two-timing her on a blind date, WITH ANOTHER MARRIED GUY!  And it all stemmed from the AE thread on the Style Forum.  Shoes were just the ice-breaker - we have many more things in common.  Could be the start of a long bro-mance!  Thought you fellow SFers would like to hear such a touching story…brings a tear to your eyes, doesn’t it?
Well said BCer, it was a blast, and now the tough part...to conceal our man-love from our wives! Sheesh. J
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