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I love my walnut McAllisters but there's been a crease developing in the toe region (right shoe only) that's been bothering me.. The shoes fit perfect and I also have McAllisters in merlot that have seen as much wear as the walnuts but do not exhibit creasing in the toe region.  I believe I got these from Amazon last year.  Would this be considered a defect?

 

Here is a pic of the merlot McAllisters.

 

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Woah, new McTavish leather option available. Dark Brown Crackle leather -- I like the rough collection stuff but this may be a bit too "rough" for me.


Hopefully they look better in real life, but from the picture they look like someone set them on fire.
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I love my walnut McAllisters but there's been a crease developing in the toe region (right shoe only) that's been bothering me.. The shoes fit perfect and I also have McAllisters in merlot that have seen as much wear as the walnuts but do not exhibit creasing in the toe region.  I believe I got these from Amazon last year.  Would this be considered a defect?

 

Here is a pic of the merlot McAllisters.

 

 

Funny because I have the same two shoes, same colors, and for me they are both the same size and have the same issue as you. Except for me the toe crease is on my merlot pair and the walnut are fine. The only difference in the shoes for me is that the merlot have the combo sole and the walnut are just leather soled. I asked a rep at an AE store and he just gave the expected, "they are hand-made and no two are the same and sometimes that happens" response. I don't love that it's doing that but I've just accepted it at this point.

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How about merlot sheltons? Mighty handsome shoes...

 

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I love the merlot color. It's very versatile. I have a pair of merlot McAllister that look great but I know you said you didn't want another pair of those. I also have the burgundy/black Shelton and love the look. The Park Ave merlot is my favorite color in that shoe also (don't own it, just seen in-store). Good luck!

 

 

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If you're maintaining around 20 pair (or upwards or $10,000), perhaps you can consider investing in a quality "show case" to keep them exhibited well . . . such as:

 

 

 

Yes, I would like to acquire a nice case or trunk for storage. However, Since I am a student and that was a photo taken during dorm move out, its not feasible to find a case right now. Trust me I have thought about it. Do you know who makes the second picture you posted?

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Every time I see or even type MWS I think Money Well Said instead of MoneyWellSpent. And once again, as always, he did say it well. 

 

I agree that tensile strength has little meaning in shoes, that was my first thought when I saw it. It is the wrong metric for shoes and longevity. Abrasion resistance is usually at the top of my list and how the leather recovers to it. Bird hunting from Western NC up through the middle Atlantic States along the Appalachian Mountain backbone shreds boots in just a few years. As does pheasant hunting in the prairies of South and North Dakota. And many other places for that matter.

 

My oldest pair of shell are my burgundy Leeds although they have ~20 years to go to hit the 30 year mark. My black calf Leeds are older by a few years. They are my first AE calf and shell shoes and I rotated between them for quite a few years before getting into collecting other shoes and boots. I thought those 2 were all I needed for a long time, truth be told you can go a long ways on a pair of black and burgundy shoes. Hard to see the tips of the soles here but they are worn down to almost a knife edge and have plastic taps on them. The soles are fine though and there is a reason so many of us really like the double soles especially J&R, they last! Heels are cheap to replace at ~$20 and you can replace a lot of heels before the sole needs replaced. Then again I hate the run down at the heel look.

Leeds (Click to show)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even regular leather shoes and boots will last more than 30 years, I have a pair of steel toed Naval Engineering boots that are older than that (cowhide) made by the cheapest bidder. I wore them every other day for the first 10 years and exposed them on a regular basis to saltwater, hydraulic fluid, oil, jet fuel, diesel fuel marine, fighting fires and fire suppression chemicals. I only used Kiwi polish on them and once in awhile shaving cream to strip them. When there isn't a shoe store for hundreds of miles around you do what you have to do. The last 20 years they haven't seen a lot of use but I could put them back into duty right now if I wanted to. They are rotting from the inside out because they were so filled with sweat after a 16-20 hour day in the tropics that I had to pour the sweat out before heading to the showers. They are the tall ones in between my 2 Bayfields.

Boots (Click to show)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Couple of years ago I gave away a pair of Herman Survivors that I purchased in the mid 70's, I was tired of looking at them to be honest. I treated them for years using mink oil heating them in the oven which now they say will destroy leather. I guess the boots never found out about that as they still looked new when I gave them away. I didn't wear them near as much as my Vasque Sundowners which were my main boots for many years. Until Red Wing moved production to China about 10 years ago and ruined them, my last pair was made in China and the soles delaminated in just a few months. Which sent me on a quest to find better boots and I have.

 

As to shell durability you don't have to look any further than Wolverine boot company in Mi. They were the largest producer of shell in the US for many, many years. By the late 30's they had sold more than 2 million pairs of shell boots IIRC. A bit more expensive than cowhide but they lasted longer for harsh work like farming and industrial work. Now AE makes shell boots for Wolverine when they do decide to make a run.

 

I am jealous of how much hunting you are able to do.  I struggle to do any right now.  Someday... 

 

I grinned when you mentioned your experience with heating your boots with mink oil.  Saying your boots "never found out about that" being bad is a witty way to put it.  There is a lot of stuff going around these days about what is supposedly bad, or things that the leather supposedly needs to stay healthy.  If the leather could talk, it would probably tell us how coddling people have become. 

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Hopefully they look better in real life, but from the picture they look like someone set them on fire.

 

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The first voyage of my new Strands, obtained from the Nordstrom sale

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My Independence Rush loafers, discontinued though rumored to be returning, recently cleaned / shined with saphir renovateur > AE tan cream > saphir yellow wax: 

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Yes, I would like to acquire a nice case or trunk for storage. However, Since I am a student and that was a photo taken during dorm move out, its not feasible to find a case right now. Trust me I have thought about it. Do you know who makes the second picture you posted?

The bottom photo is a Limbert #359 bookcase made by the Charles P. Limbert Company in Holland, MI, in the years just before the First World War.  You can sometimes find them being sold by dealers in American Arts & Crafts furniture or at auctions of American Arts & Crafts furniture.

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I love the merlot color. It's very versatile. I have a pair of merlot McAllister that look great but I know you said you didn't want another pair of those. I also have the burgundy/black Shelton and love the look. The Park Ave merlot is my favorite color in that shoe also (don't own it, just seen in-store). Good luck!



Ah yes, these were the shoes I meant. Burgundy, not merlot. Love these. Dying to get them, But I'm up to four pairs this year. My lovely wife won't stand for it (not an unreasonable position.) maybe for Xmas...
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Yes, I would like to acquire a nice case or trunk for storage. However, Since I am a student and that was a photo taken during dorm move out, its not feasible to find a case right now. Trust me I have thought about it. Do you know who makes the second picture you posted?

 

I believe the original photo was from an auction of fine furniture.  Go Here and here

 

But there are thousands of similar items when searching Google in the Images tab using the phrase: Glass Door Cabinet.

 

Also, Bassett has several types too.

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Yes, I would like to acquire a nice case or trunk for storage. However, Since I am a student and that was a photo taken during dorm move out, its not feasible to find a case right now. Trust me I have thought about it. Do you know who makes the second picture you posted?

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I believe the original photo was from an auction of fine furniture.  Go Here and here

 

But there are thousands of similar items when searching Google in the Images tab using the phrase: Glass Door Cabinet.

 

Also, Bassett has several types too.

 

This is a rather inexpensive option from Ikea: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S09908441/

 

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Yes I have. Deborah said at one time they experimented with it however it did not work out well at all so they stopped doing it, it is no longer an option.

 

All my hopes of getting a Dalton made on the 8-678 last have been dashed :(
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This is a rather inexpensive option from Ikea: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S09908441/

 

 

Oh man, this is perfect! Gotta think about how I can swing this past my wife. peepwall[1].gif

 

The LED light kit is a must as well. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30180778/

INREDA LED light strip IKEA Suitable for use in confined spaces, such as cabinets, bookshelves and closets, as the LED light source emits low heat.

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