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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.

Pat of my shoe collection includes 3 pairs of black shoes (monk, derby/blucher and an oxford/balmoral) and I am very happy with them. Let the man enjoy his collection, his circumstances might necessitate having more than 1 pair.
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Good evening gentlemen,
What is the general feeling about the Williams long wingtip?
Any first hand, ehm... Sorry, let me correct that...
Any first foot experience?
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Originally Posted by guasc1 View Post

Good evening gentlemen,
What is the general feeling about the Williams long wingtip?
Any first hand, ehm... Sorry, let me correct that...
Any first foot experience?

I have a pair. I love the leather in the Independence line. I have the Williams, Jefferson and Rutledge. Very soft. I love my WIlliams. Here is a pic. Not the best to show them off, but all I have of the Williams. 

 

AppleMark

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I didn't see any responses to this part of a my question a few pages back so thought I would ask again. Is it normal for "seconds" to be worn or just have defects? My Sheltons arrived from the outlet the other day and I can see no flaws. However, it's obvious that someone wore them for a day and returned them. I don't really care except there are creases (not deep) across each vamp. I'm just wondering if this means that they now won't crease on my lines and will end up being uncomfortable or end up with multiple unsightly creases. Obviously creases are inevitable and my other Sheltons have developed them just like every shoe, but I was concerned that these would tend towards the creases already there instead of mine. I image this is an issue for anyone who buys used shoes as well.

 

Thanks!

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Originally Posted by hollyb View Post


Pat of my shoe collection includes 3 pairs of black shoes (monk, derby/blucher and an oxford/balmoral) and I am very happy with them. Let the man enjoy his collection, his circumstances might necessitate having more

 

I think the Clifton, Park Avenue, and Rutledge are great shoes that make a tremendous foundation for what I am guessing will be an expanding collection. (No slight meant on the Montecito I just have no opinion on them since I do not have any nice loafers due my failure to find a good fit.)

 

My philosophy is that you should buy what you like. Now certainly having a well rounded collection is a good thing, but I suspect that most of us can find an area we could improve upon, but that just makes for a good "Want" list.

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For those Saphir lovers- I came across this package on Bespoke Post.  All for $60. Is that a descent price? Was originally $45.

 

https://www.bespokepost.com/box/polished

 

 

Renovateur, 50 ml, Saphir

Creme Surfine, Black and Brown, 50ml, Saphir

Pate de Luxe Wax, Neutral, 50ml, Saphir

Buffing Brush, 13.5cm, Saphir

Applicator Brush x 2, Saphir

Waxed Cotton Colorful Shoelaces, 32 inches, 2 Pair - Red and Navy

Shoe Bag, Saphir

 

Descent package?


Edited by ScottyBoy920 - 5/31/13 at 8:12pm
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Originally Posted by AdamAdam View Post

I didn't see any responses to this part of a my question a few pages back so thought I would ask again. Is it normal for "seconds" to be worn or just have defects? My Sheltons arrived from the outlet the other day and I can see no flaws. However, it's obvious that someone wore them for a day and returned them. I don't really care except there are creases (not deep) across each vamp. I'm just wondering if this means that they now won't crease on my lines and will end up being uncomfortable or end up with multiple unsightly creases. Obviously creases are inevitable and my other Sheltons have developed them just like every shoe, but I was concerned that these would tend towards the creases already there instead of mine. I image this is an issue for anyone who buys used shoes as well.

 

Thanks!

 

Not exactly sure if creases are a turn off. Many people buy their shoes second hand with creases and have a solid pair for life.

 

I guess if they create an uncomfortable experience then it would be an issue though.

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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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Hey hey hey, that's SHOE love. Watch it!

 

 

Great story guys! I remember mentioning to my wife one day as I was heading out the door, "I'm going to have coffee with a guy I met on the internet...see you later!" It certainly didn't sound sordid when I was making the plans but as I uttered those words aloud, it sure seemed strange.

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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?

 

It's an encouraging story, especially if you work in an environment with men who are less savvy about footwear.  More than once I've been challenged by a co-worker who thought his $99 Chinese made square toe loafer was superior to my AEs.

 

I was intrigued by the less than discrete scrutiny of the other party's footwear.  I fully expect that one of these days someone will appraoch me (probably at the airport) and ask me if I'm PhiPsi32, referring to one (or more pairs) of custom shoes that I posted on StyleForum.  Seems a little odd.  Someone walks by, looks at your shoes, and says, "Hey, I know you  .  .  ."

 

 

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What a delightful story. It would be interesting to know how the posters in this thread look and act "in the wild". There are many of you I'd enjoy having a beer (or highball) with.

FTFY

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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.

 

Per my earlier post about AE's natural edge dressing, I ended up using a tiny amount of AE's walnut cream polish on the scuffs themselves. I didn't apply the cream polish to the entire edge, just the spots that needed color (the tube was listed as AE Premium Shoe Polish).

 

I then applied AE's Brown wax polish (jar of brown carnauba wax polish) over the entire edge. As we know, wax polishes don't impart all that much pigment, especially when applied very lightly. My thought process (based on the informative responses I received earlier today) was that the cream would cover the scuffs and the wax would seal the edge. I have a bottle of dark brown edge dressing but its very dark and I wanted to preserve the OEM finish & appearance. The brown edge dressing would likely cover up the visible stacked layers of sole leather.

 

It turned out as well as I'd hoped. Here are some before & after images for reference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lastly, I've no idea how I scuffed them in the first place. I fly regularly and while it was my first trip with these shoes, I've never previously seen scuffs like this.

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Source of the scuffs aside, that looks like a nice touch up job.  Nice job!

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Originally Posted by ScottyBoy920 View Post

For those Saphir lovers- I came across this package on Bespoke Post.  All for $60. Is that a descent price? Was originally $45.

 

https://www.bespokepost.com/box/polished

 

 

Renovateur, 50 ml, Saphir

Creme Surfine, Black and Brown, 50ml, Saphir

Pate de Luxe Wax, Neutral, 50ml, Saphir

Buffing Brush, 13.5cm, Saphir

Applicator Brush x 2, Saphir

Waxed Cotton Colorful Shoelaces, 32 inches, 2 Pair - Red and Navy

Shoe Bag, Saphir

 

Descent package?

 

Unless this is different than what they had before.  The Saphir Reno that they have in this package is the base level Saphir Reno that comes in a less elegant jar with blue/green cover.  This is the original formula.  It's still pretty good, but the Saphir Reno that is mentioned in SF is Saphir MDO usually.  MDO is their more expensive line of creams and polishes with a more concentrated formula.  I didn't rush out to get this box at the original 45$ price, and I don't think its worth 60$.  You can get the AE branded brushes, laces, shoe bags for much cheaper and spend the rest of the money on Saphir MDO Renovateur.

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Originally Posted by David Copeland View Post

 

You've come a very long way since I first mentioned some suit and shoe ideas a few weeks back.

 

But remember, one of the themes in proper use of AE shoes is rotation - giving time for your AE shoes to rest for a few days.  

 

Yes, black is a must in most collections while other colors are used to expand your selection.  But for the day-to-day businessman, he may wish to have more than one pair of black shoes in order for his work -  to rotate others during their rest period.

 

As you read the collections here, many forum members strive to obtain 8 to 12 pair of AE shoes for proper rotation of various colors and styles.

 

Enjoy the journey,

 

David

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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

Source of the scuffs aside, that looks like a nice touch up job.  Nice job!

Thanks PhiPsi32!
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Originally Posted by DerangedGoose View Post

IS the AE cleaner/conditioner ok to use on a cordovan belt? My main belt is a black cordovan alden belt and its never been conditioned, its probably time. Or do I need to invest in renovateur? I probably dont need colored cream...do I?
I don't think those products are meant for shell. Saphir sells a shell conditioning cream (don't remember the name).
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