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Originally Posted by sazon View Post

Wow, I'm like 800 posts behind in this thread. So much activity!

Apologies in advance if this has been asked, but does anyone have a real life example of the chili color that is being offered as the web gem. Would appreciate it! Thanks in advance!

Here are my Lasalle in chili

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Originally Posted by cbtaylor View Post

New fifth st boot, loving these

Looking good and great boots very happy with mine, I originally preferred the Dalton but the fifth has become my fav. 

 

Hrmm contemplating those chili park avenues but I don't think Chili is any substitute for Merlot which is what I kind of had my head set on. 

 

edit: that being said the CHili above does look pretty good with Navy

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Originally Posted by tats View Post

So I have two pairs of AE's, basically my first good shoes that aren't J&M's from a mall. I have pair of Hale's in Chili (that I LOVE) but seem to only have one real suit that I like wearing them with and pair of black Fifth Ave's.

I've recently seen the burnished walnut Rutledge and am smitten - but are they too close in color to my Hale's?

Also, from reading this thread it seems I need to add at least one more pair to my rotation to avoid prematurely wearing out my shoes correct?

I live in NY and walk to work (only 7-10 blocks) but it's still walking on pavement, sidewalks, etc. Should I be giving my shoes for than a day off between wears?
Given that you already have Chili and Black covered (good shoe choices btw), my vote would be for something in Dark Brown (or Merlot?) next. Just my .02. J
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Currently, I never wear shoes more than once a week. I too started off with two pairs of AE's and rotated them. As I added more and more AE shoes (thanks to calling the Shoe Bank) I was able to give them breaks. In the summer my feet tend to sweat more so a rotation is even more important...but the most important thing you can do is BUY SHOE TREES for you babies. They're on sale right now for $9.90 @ Nordstrom Rack and I assume that's within reach there in NY.

Yep, got the cedar ones from AE and use them every night.

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Originally Posted by pudman43 View Post

Given that you already have Chili and Black covered (good shoe choices btw), my vote would be for something in Dark Brown (or Merlot?) next. Just my .02. J

Thanks! That's what I was thinking too, I'm also worried about getting something too close to what I have and then preferring one over the other. I'm also curious about getting a pair of boots either Fifth Street or something similar but I'm still not sold. I'll be honest I wish they still made the Hale, I just love it.
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Did some polishing recently on a few pair of my walnut AE's, so I thought I'd get the family together for a few pictures:

 

Walnut Calf Daltons, Walnut Brooks Brothers Fifth Avenues (mid-conditioner absorption), Tan McTavishes, Vintage Chestnut? Standish Monkstrap (1 Last);

Walnut Grain Calf Park Avenues, Walnut Jeffersons, Walnut Calf Strands.

 

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Taken in some waffling afternoon sunlight through my front door.

 

Oh yeah, I forgot to include my Zero Last Walnut Augustas, which I'm trying to sell, because as you can see, I have a few pair of walnut AE's shog[1].gif:

 

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I like them all!

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Originally Posted by sazon View Post

Wow, I'm like 800 posts behind in this thread. So much activity!

Apologies in advance if this has been asked, but does anyone have a real life example of the chili color that is being offered as the web gem. Would appreciate it! Thanks in advance!

 

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Originally Posted by cbtaylor View Post


Here are my Lasalle in chili

 

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Originally Posted by Osiris2012 View Post

Looking good and great boots very happy with mine, I originally preferred the Dalton but the fifth has become my fav. 

 

Hrmm contemplating those chili park avenues but I don't think Chili is any substitute for Merlot which is what I kind of had my head set on. 

 

edit: that being said the CHili above does look pretty good with Navy

 

Here are my Walton's in Chili:

 

 

 

 

I think they can be a great substitute for burgundy or merlot, especially if you have a more formal sole edge.  However, you need to be ok with them being a tad "different" (in a positive way), which is great as long as you aren't trying to obey the formality guidelines too strictly.  The sole edge on those webgems makes them just slightly more casual in my opinion, but I still think they look great.  Also, using AE's Chili polish will darken them a little bit from where they are when new. 

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Originally Posted by tats View Post

So I have two pairs of AE's, basically my first good shoes that aren't J&M's from a mall. I have pair of Hale's in Chili (that I LOVE) but seem to only have one real suit that I like wearing them with and pair of black Fifth Ave's.

I've recently seen the burnished walnut Rutledge and am smitten - but are they too close in color to my Hale's?

Also, from reading this thread it seems I need to add at least one more pair to my rotation to avoid prematurely wearing out my shoes correct?

I live in NY and walk to work (only 7-10 blocks) but it's still walking on pavement, sidewalks, etc. Should I be giving my shoes for than a day off between wears?

 

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Originally Posted by tampatravel View Post


Currently, I never wear shoes more than once a week. I too started off with two pairs of AE's and rotated them. As I added more and more AE shoes (thanks to calling the Shoe Bank) I was able to give them breaks. In the summer my feet tend to sweat more so a rotation is even more important...but the most important thing you can do is BUY SHOE TREES for you babies. They're on sale right now for $9.90 @ Nordstrom Rack and I assume that's within reach there in NY.

 

If we are strictly talking from a utlitarian perspective, then I think having 3-4 pairs would be more ideal than 2, but beyond that you are entering the realm of buying shoes for reasons beyond the basic principles of "ideal shoe care."  As tampatravel said, the reasoning behind shoe rotation is to allow the leather to rest and dry thoroughly so that it doesn't become macerated and begin to break down from moisture.  As long as your shoes are thoroughly dry, they are technically ready to be worn again as soon as you want to put them on.  Only having two pairs of shoes may not allow a pair to be thoroughly dry depending upon the individual, and what the shoes are subjected to.  If they get quite wet from a downpour, or if you sweat excessively, then they may benefit from more than one night of rest. 

 

None of this is to say that there is anything wrong with having many more pairs of shoes, as most people here do (to expand your wardrobe options, etc.).  I'm just saying that after 3 (maybe 4) pairs, you are no longer "helping" your shoes last longer other than by simply not wearing them very often (a seldom used product will last much longer than a regularly used one).   

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Going beyond 3 or 4 pairs, does reduce the wear on soles. Resoling properly is expensive and a larger shoe rotation does delay the need to resole, or you put sole protectors on.

Of course I may just be justifying my shoe binge that's happened in a relatively short amount of time.
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Originally Posted by Osiris2012 View Post

Looking good and great boots very happy with mine, I originally preferred the Dalton but the fifth has become my fav. 

 

Hrmm contemplating those chili park avenues but I don't think Chili is any substitute for Merlot which is what I kind of had my head set on. 

 

edit: that being said the CHili above does look pretty good with Navy


Hey, I too have the same dilemma, Dalton vs Fifth. But I am leaning towards Dalton for more casual style.

If you don't mind me asking, what made you think Fifth over Dalton? Will you be using them for more formal occasions?

Thank you.

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Going beyond 3 or 4 pairs, does reduce the wear on soles. Resoling properly is expensive and a larger shoe rotation does delay the need to resole, or you put sole protectors on.

Of course I may just be justifying my shoe binge that's happened in a relatively short amount of time.

 

You are correct, but it only reduces the wear due to lack of use.  Like I said, a product that is used less often will last longer than a product that is used more regularly.  It comes down to a question of economics.  After a certain point (which I believe to be under 5 pairs), you are spending more money on buying new shoes to save wear and tear on replaceable parts of your existing shoes, than you would if you just maintained your existing shoes and replaced parts as needed. 

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Originally Posted by WiredandTired View Post

Going beyond 3 or 4 pairs, does reduce the wear on soles. Resoling properly is expensive and a larger shoe rotation does delay the need to resole, or you put sole protectors on.

Of course I may just be justifying my shoe binge that's happened in a relatively short amount of time.
LOL yes I think we all justify from time to time.... All I know is, I love the options that multiple pairs give me (I'm up to 10 now), and yes they'll last far longer. Factoring in that some shoes are favorites, I only wear the same pair every 5-7 days or so
J
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LOL yes I think we all justify from time to time.... All I know is, I love the options that multiple pairs give me (I'm up to 10 now), and yes they'll last far longer. Factoring in that some shoes are favorites, I only wear the same pair every 5-7 days or so
J

 

That's the only reason you really need, and it's the most accurate one. biggrin.gif

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Gentlemen, thank you very much for the Chili pictures!
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Originally Posted by cbtaylor View Post

New fifth st boot, loving these

 

How do they fit compared to other shoes you have, possibly on the five last?

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Here are my Walton's in Chili:

 

 

 

 

I think they can be a great substitute for burgundy or merlot, especially if you have a more formal sole edge.  However, you need to be ok with them being a tad "different" (in a positive way), which is great as long as you aren't trying to obey the formality guidelines too strictly.  The sole edge on those webgems makes them just slightly more casual in my opinion, but I still think they look great.  Also, using AE's Chili polish will darken them a little bit from where they are when new. 

 

So the Ashton is just the orthotic version of the Walton? Those look exactly like the shoes I am wearing at work today.

 

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Originally Posted by WiredandTired View Post

Going beyond 3 or 4 pairs, does reduce the wear on soles. Resoling properly is expensive and a larger shoe rotation does delay the need to resole, or you put sole protectors on.

Of course I may just be justifying my shoe binge that's happened in a relatively short amount of time.

 

This is referring to leather soled shoes correct? All my shoes are from the orthotic line and have the rubber (vibram?) soles. How do these compare to the leather soles in time it takes for them to need replacement?
Edited by jrarnold - 6/11/13 at 10:58am
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