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You just need the right product and technique. Check out the shine a fellow member managed on his AE Kenilworths. Same leather as the Park Ave, I'm certain.

http://www.styleforum.net/t/65734/red-wing-gentlemans-traveler/1560
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Originally Posted by MidwestSteve View Post

Newbie here, and first off, amazed by this thread.  Love AE shoes, and given their great quality, am not surprised at the many positive comments from the many experts here.

 

I haven't been able to find this in the forums, and surprisingly haven't had much luck from AE with this question.  I am looking for dress shoes, preferably cap toe, that have a very high shine but not as much like a patent leather. If you ever had your shoes shined by the guys in the St. Louis airport when TWA was at the end of their run, you'll know what I mean.  Ordered the Park Avenue's but the shine was mediocre.  AE suggested the Strand, but from their site it looks like a similar leather.

 

Is a high shine shoe out of style, am I looking at the wrong model of AEs, or both?  I've had this in the past with AE wing tip shoes, but can't seem to find those either.

 

Thank you.

 

Hey Steve, welcome! 

The former military part of me wants to tell you "Elbow grease!" But I agree, I've found it difficult to get that mirror shine on my PA's. That said, with time, and the right product (saphir), it's doable. This thread fills up quick, but someone just posted a great pic a day or two ago of a fantastic shine he had on his PA's. 

 

There's an entire shoe care thread here on SF as well that should be helpful. But if you don't want to dig through that the Shoe Snob has a good blog and he covers shining as well. Good Luck

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I e-mailed the store to ask about the re-soling, the person I spoke to should be able to give me a better idea.


Edited by Suit Up - 6/19/13 at 7:56pm
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When you visit a Nordsrom Department store and purchase a pair of shoes, they will provide you with a free professional shoe shine (all of the Nordstrom Department Stores have a shoe stand).  The last time I was in, the professional shine was very simple:

Brush the shoes
Apply a Shoe Creme
Lightly brush
Apply Shoe Wax
Lightly brush

That's it.

(You can double up on each of the above if you wish to deepen the shine, but it can be very simple)

By the way, take your other shoes to their shoe stand.  They only charge $2.50!

I have purchased three pairs of AE shoes from Nordstrom brick and mortar shoe shop. They have never offered me a shoe shine. I find this information very disturbing. It's as though Nordstrom is discriminating against me. I don't think can shop there any more.
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I like bacon. And patios too.

I also like bacon. A lot.
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Do you mind providing more details on the Jos A Bank versions you got?  I have always liked the idea of getting these shoes on those lasts, but haven't ever had a chance to see them in person.  None of the Jos A Bank stores near me carry them in the shop.  Do you mind saying how much they were, and posting photos? 

I tried to order the last pair of burgundy nathans in 10.5 but they were gone. 

 

The Jos A Bank models are a total steal at seconds pricing. The Nathan was $129, I remember they were offering the boardroom at the same price for the memorial sale, I believe.

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Originally Posted by MidwestSteve View Post

Newbie here, and first off, amazed by this thread.  Love AE shoes, and given their great quality, am not surprised at the many positive comments from the many experts here.

 

I haven't been able to find this in the forums, and surprisingly haven't had much luck from AE with this question.  I am looking for dress shoes, preferably cap toe, that have a mirror shine but not as much like a patent leather. If you ever had your shoes shined by the guys in the St. Louis airport when TWA was at the end of their run, you'll know what I mean.  Ordered the Park Avenue's but the shine was mediocre.  AE suggested the Strand, but from their site it looks like a similar leather.

 

Is a mirror shine shoe out of style, am I looking at the wrong model of AEs, or both?  I've had this in the past with AE wing tip shoes, but can't seem to find those either.

 

Thank you.

 

Yes, the AE shines are usually a Matte Finish.  The above Long Branch Boots I just purchased were a Matte finish out of the box.  Before wearing, a light brushing was applied to the boot, followed by an application of a mink oil based cream polish in matched color, another light brushing, followed by a wax based polish, more light brushing, and then some balm.  

 

Like you, I prefer not the mirror shine (or spit shine), but using cream and wax generally gets me where I want to go.  More wax and shining could have been added, but I chose to keep it like the photo shoes.

 

By the way, the shine above was a free shine at a Nordstorm department store where each of their professionals have decades of experience.

 

Some other great web sites are SID MASHBURN and HANGER PROJECT and A SHINE & CO .

 

David

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I have purchased three pairs of AE shoes from Nordstrom brick and mortar shoe shop. They have never offered me a shoe shine. I find this information very disturbing. It's as though Nordstrom is discriminating against me. I don't think can shop there any more. 

LOL

 

(Maybe you need a shave!)

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All Goodyear-welted shoes have a joint located on the inside heel breast.  It is where the welt is started and stopped during the stitching process.  Some manufacturers hide it better than others, but it is always there.  It isn't a defect. 

I thought that might be the case... Thanks for clearing that up for me.
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By the way, the shine above was a free shine at a Nordstorm department store where each of their professionals have decades of experience.

 

 

David, you push this, but I think fair to note that this varies by shop. I went to a Nordstroms recently where they had this poor sap with exactly 1 day of experience out shining shoes. Sure, it was $2.50, and its not his fault necessarily, but  the service was certainly not "professional."

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Errrm... This thread is a bit awkward to linger in, but quick question. Will Delray's be included in the Nordstrom sale and would it also be for $219? Thx!

In my opinion, I doubt it.

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David, you push this, but I think fair to note that this varies by shop. I went to a Nordstroms recently where they had this poor sap with exactly 1 day of experience out shining shoes. Sure, it was $2.50, and its not his fault necessarily, but  the service was certainly not "professional."

I stand corrected, and thanks for the post.

 

Yes, there may very well be a different level of professionalism between the department store shoe stands for $2.50.  For me, my experience has been outstanding at the following:

 

South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa/Newport Beach

 

Salt Lake City

 

Spokane

 

Seattle headquarters.

 

*****************

 

(I will try to use a qualified next time),


David

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Can you share your method? 

 

Here are two links for you to look at:

 

Sid Mashburn link

 

Hangerproject link

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Very nice McAllisters

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Looking good!

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They are actually quite special indeed, one of my fave styles and the very pair I hope to purchase next....absolutely gorgeous. Color me jealous.... J

Thanks guys! It's nice to see that a common, non-shell/MTO shoe still gets so much love.

To pat myself on the back, I think I made an excellent choice for my first Allen Edmonds shoe with the merlot Mcallister. Every time I got up from my desk today I found myself watching my feet as I walk and thinking "Wow, what a gorgeous shoe".

My second pair of shoes (well 4th because I have some MLB boat soes), the Strand in walnut will be here tomorrow and I'm even more excited now that I'm hooked on Allen Edmonds and know what to expect.

From there I don't know what my next pair will be, but I am spending 4 days in Chicago next weekend (I'm from Toronto Canada), so I'll have many opportunities to see other styles first hand. I think a Neumok is needed, but I'd rather see it in person first.

You have all drained my bank account, but I thank you for significantly improving my image and self-esteem.
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Originally Posted by MidwestSteve View Post

Newbie here, and first off, amazed by this thread.  Love AE shoes, and given their great quality, am not surprised at the many positive comments from the many experts here.

I haven't been able to find this in the forums, and surprisingly haven't had much luck from AE with this question.  I am looking for dress shoes, preferably cap toe, that have a mirror shine but not as much like a patent leather. If you ever had your shoes shined by the guys in the St. Louis airport when TWA was at the end of their run, you'll know what I mean.  Ordered the Park Avenue's but the shine was mediocre.  AE suggested the Strand, but from their site it looks like a similar leather.

Is a mirror shine shoe out of style, am I looking at the wrong model of AEs, or both?  I've had this in the past with AE wing tip shoes, but can't seem to find those either.

Thank you.

The park aves will take a mirror shine but its on you to get them there
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From there I don't know what my next pair will be, but I am spending 4 days in Chicago next weekend (I'm from Toronto Canada), so I'll have many opportunities to see other styles first hand. I think a Neumok is needed, but I'd rather see it in person first.

You have all drained my bank account, but I thank you for significantly improving my image and self-esteem.

 

Looks like we both got hooked at the same time, third and fourth pair are enroute and I've already planned the fifth, sixth and seventh. Damn these sales I feel like I'm stealing candy from a baby (and can't resist).

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