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Originally Posted by Nakedsnake View Post

Can anyone comment on the average wait time for a response from Allison on MTO projects? I sent her an email on Tuesday about a pair of MTO eagle county, and haven't heard back yet. I'm not in a rush by any means, I just want to know if she got the email. I want to be able to get a pair before the price increases.

The response time is all over the place. Sometimes the same day.... sometimes never. The whole MTO thing seems to work great for some and others of us have been waiting since August and don't get our inquiries answered. It's a pretty broken system.
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Originally Posted by Nakedsnake View Post

Can anyone comment on the average wait time for a response from Allison on MTO projects? I sent her an email on Tuesday about a pair of MTO eagle county, and haven't heard back yet. I'm not in a rush by any means, I just want to know if she got the email. I want to be able to get a pair before the price increases.
I've been quite fortunate as I receive email replies from Allison almost the following day. Only time that I haven't gotten a next day reply was when she had to wait feedback from production and/or warehouse to answer some questions I had.
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I've used it mainly on shoes and boots (AE and other). I'm not sure what the active ingredients are, but I highly recommend it. It makes even dry leather boots feel as smooth and soft as can be. I let them sit through the night and wipe them a bit in the morning. I've never noticed any darkening. It's the best conditioner that I've tried.

 

They won't give out the ingredients, but claim it is "free of animal products, silicone [sic], and solvents". I wonder if it's neatsfoot oil based? Actually, scratch that, they seem to be very against neatsfoot.

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They won't give out the ingredients, but claim it is "free of animal products, silicone [sic], and solvents". I wonder if it's neatsfoot oil based? Actually, scratch that, they seem to be very against neatsfoot.

 

 

How does Leather Honey fair over AE's leather conditioner? 

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My MTOs came today.



Brown Burnished Calf Strand, no toe medallion, combination tap sole.
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My MTOs came today.
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Brown Burnished Calf Strand, no toe medallion, combination tap sole.

Awesome, congrats!

Best of luck with them.

I'll be interested to see them in the wild after a few wears.

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Originally Posted by SkepTiKalKloWn View Post
 

I've sent an email to Allen Edmonds asking about them already, but does any know what the deal is with these Park Avenues? I found them at Nordstrom Rack and they fit great but have an all rubber sole. They also don't say "Park Avenue" inside the shoe which doesn't matter except I want to make sure they're the same level of quality as a regular Park Avenue, as I paid the same price for it as they charge for a standard pair with a leather sole.

 

 

Your shoes appear to have both rubber soles and Poiron insoles, two things that Allen Edmonds charges extra for.  If anything, you probably got an exceptional value at Nordstrom Rack.

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Anybody know if the leather used on the Dark Navy Jingle Bell Moc's is the same as that of the blue Numok? I love this new webgem, but I'm not completely on board with the contrast white stitching on the upper (love it on the welt, though). Might have to go down the MTO route to get what I want.
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How does Leather Honey fair over AE's leather conditioner? 

 

It's very different. Leather Honey has something in it that darkens leather, and without knowing I personally wouldn't use it on my shoes unless I specifically wanted to darken them. I've used it on belts though and it makes them very supple. I plan on doing my 10 year old leather couches, too, but that's a bigger job.

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Originally Posted by Nakedsnake View Post

Can anyone comment on the average wait time for a response from Allison on MTO projects? I sent her an email on Tuesday about a pair of MTO eagle county, and haven't heard back yet. I'm not in a rush by any means, I just want to know if she got the email. I want to be able to get a pair before the price increases.

The response time is all over the place. Sometimes the same day.... sometimes never. The whole MTO thing seems to work great for some and others of us have been waiting since August and don't get our inquiries answered. It's a pretty broken system.

 

I hope we're not killing the goose that's been laying golden eggs.

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So, I've decided to grow my boot collection.  Having gone around and around and around about it, I'm now 99% sure that if I choose to add another AE, it will be a custom/MTO Bayfield procured through Allison (still waiting for her to confirm this is possible and if so to quote me a price for my preferred configuration).  However, I am also looking at other brands.  Here are the candidates I've decided upon:

 

Wolverine 1000 Mile

Red Wing Beckman Round Toe aka Gentleman Traveler

Chippewa Homestead

Chippewa Service

 

If anyone out there owns both a Bayfield and one or more of these others and is willing to share their perspectives with me, I would be very grateful if you could PM me (or reply in the thread if it wouldn't be considered off-topic).  Thanks in advance!

 

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If this helps, I had a Chippewa service and currently have 3 pairs of 1K (Krause, 721 and 744). To make the comparison fair, I will only be talking about Chippewa and Krause, as both 721 and 744 are in another league. Krause is a lot more refined boot whereas Chippewa is a typical work boot. Both are extremely well made, but I felt that Chippewa is virtually indestructible. They, however, were not as comfortable as the Krause. 

 

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Thanks, I really appreciate the perspective.  Both of the Chippewas will arrive from Zappos tomorrow.  I have the Wolverines and RWs in hand already.  It's the "entry-level" 1000 Mile so I think all three of yours are actually in another league.  The 10 D fit me perfectly out of the box and of course the No. 8 Chromexcel is gorgeous.  With the RWs, I go 10 D with insoles or 9.5 D without.  There's some heel slippage in them but I gather breaking them in will fix that.  (For comparison's sake, fit-wise I'm a 9.5 E in Daltons.)

 

I feel the same as what cincikid says. I own Bayfields, 744, RW Beckman, and Krause (along with several others).

 

 

And for me the Bayfield wins. Enough that I own 3 pairs of them. L-R CXL, black calf, cappuccino shell MTO.

 

The RW Beckman featherstone leather as you know takes awhile to break in however it eventually becomes soft as butter. And my heel still slips in mine too. I really would like to get a pair of RW Ice Cutter boots but they are also on the RW 8 last so I keep backing off. I love the RW Beckmans but the fit is less optimal for my foot. The Wolverine 744 is one of my favorite boots for wear that doesn't call for a dress boot.

 

I am a 10D on the AE 1 and 5 last and 9.5D in the RW Beckman. The poron insole on the Bayfields changes the fit for my foot a bit too much. I owned a pair in black calf and CXL in 10D for over a year and at the end of the day I looked forward to taking them off. AE bought them back from me for what I paid for them, they suggested it I didn't ask and got them at a great price when I purchased them but in the end fit is #1, to me at least. She had me try a 10E which had too much heel slip and a 10.5D. The 10.5D fit me very well with the poron insoles. The black calf creased perfectly in 10.5D however the CXL in 10.5D are starting to get creases in the toebox area. When I had the cappuccino ones made I went 10D with no poron insole and the mini-lug on the sole but standard heel. They are just about perfect. Good luck, a man can never have too many boots!

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ColdIron! God's honest truth, I was formulating a PM to you to check on your whereabouts when I noticed you had posted.

 

Where, oh where have you been, old friend?

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ColdIron! God's honest truth, I was formulating a PM to you to check on your whereabouts when I noticed you had posted.

 

Where, oh where have you been, old friend?

 

+1.  Welcome back, Cold Iron!

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He lives! Welcome back.
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Your shoes appear to have both rubber soles and Poiron insoles, two things that Allen Edmonds charges extra for.  If anything, you probably got an exceptional value at Nordstrom Rack.

 

So I guess it's the Clare rubber sole, which was discontinued. My main concern was that the upper be the same, which apparently is the case.  Not bad for $200.

 

If anyone is in the Seattle area, the Nordstrom Rack downtown seems to have gotten a bunch of mainline Allen Edmonds (Park Avenues, Strands, McAllisters, ect.), all for $200 or less. I spent about 10 minutes walking around in D width walnut Strands trying to convince myself they'd fit once they broke in cause they looked so good.

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