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Speaking of Burgundy Shell, I am wearing myBurgundy Shell Daltons today. Here is stuck my feet in the sunlight shining through the window, and the bright light made for a cool pic of the shell...

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Speaking of Burgundy Shell, I am wearing myBurgundy Shell Daltons today. Here is stuck my feet in the sunlight shining through the window, and the bright light made for a cool pic of the shell...

 

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Lookin' good GOP

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Allison just called. My MTO Burgundy Shell Franciscans are done and shipping today. WooHoo! I will post pics as soon as they come in. 

 

I sincerely can't wait to see these!

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A blurry picture of my first day with my new 2nd burgundy MacNeils, bought during the Black Friday sale. I know these are a thread favorite around here, but I was on the fence about getting them since I think they look a little too "clunky" compared to some other long-wings, in particular the Larchmont. But, I decided that for $99, you couldn't go wrong. And I was right. Loving them now. I haven't used any products yet, but when I get home this weekend, they will be getting a good conditioning.

 

Really happy that I picked these up. I've been looking for a second burgundy since I travel every week for work and it's easier to bring two pairs of matching-colored shoes, thus only needing one belt. Now I have these to go with my burgundy Nathan's, which might be my favorite pair that I currently own. These pairs of shoes complement each other well.

 

Macneil's today:

 

Nathan's yesterday:

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I know many, including Allen Edmonds themselves, tout the 5 last as their sleekest original last.  But to me, something about the 8 last is particularly sleek and smooth as well.  It has a slightly flatter and less bulbous toe than the 5 last which can appear quite streamlined in the right profile.   Obviously the 22 and 333 last are more chiseled euro-inspired lasts, but the 8 looks rather nice to me as well.

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I own both and have to say I am a bit underwhelmed with the mini-lug. It feels thin and almost plastic-y in comparison to Alden's commando sole. The Alden sole is far more substantial 


Thanks for this, I am having a MTO boot and was really on the fence about what kind of sole I should get. This is kind of swaying me away from the Mini-Lug, which was my leading candidate. Do you have any boots on Dainite?

 

 

Would anyone with experience comment on how the Dainite fairs in inclement weather? I am trying to decide between Mini-Lug, Dainite, and Combination V-Tap for an upcoming MTO. Mini lug looks most substantial, dainite seems nice all around, V tap is probably the most dressy (but this will be a boot worn with jeans) but has the benefit of being very easy to replace when worn down, as I don't really have any local cobblers I trust.

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Found shell cordovan park avenues at Nordstrom Rack today. It's the first time I've seen shell at the Rack. Picked them up for $200, but they appear to be in rough shape. 



Here are some before and after shots of the shoes after I brushed and buffed. 



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Do you guys think these are worth the $200 I've spent on them considering they are shell? The dark spots concern me the most. If I decide they are worth keeping, I'm going to use some AE cordovan cream and deer bone to cover up the scuffs and they should look a lot better. Just can't decide how I feel about spending $200 on some beat up seconds, albeit new ones.



Thanks for the input in advance guys!


 




Hey guys, it's been almost a week, but I thought some of you might enjoy what my shell PAs look like after I treated them.




For anyone interested, I first used Saphir Cordovan Cream in the neutral color. The shell seemed to soak it up really quickly which is rare, but I figured it meant it needed some nourishment. I then wanted to add some burgundy color back as the shoes looked really worn from sitting on the shelf for who knows how long.


To do this I used the AE Burgundy Cordovan Cream. To be honest, I find that the AE cream does the best job at leaving a good glow/shine on my cordovan shoes. I've tried reno, saphir cordovan cream and venetian shoe cream as well, but nothing works like AE cream. For my other shell shoes I try to stick to just brushing and buffing for the most part, but sometimes I use a little product to get a richer glow.


Hope you guys enjoyed and thanks for the initial responses!

Edit: I don't know what was going on with the spacing so I tried to fix it.


Edited by NWTeal - 12/10/13 at 12:48pm
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For jeans, I would go all out and order the Vibram lug sole, à la the Long Branch.

(Edit: That was @NakedSnake. Sorry NWTeal... Gorgeous pair of shell!)
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Thanks for this, I am having a MTO boot and was really on the fence about what kind of sole I should get. This is kind of swaying me away from the Mini-Lug, which was my leading candidate. Do you have any boots on Dainite?

 

 

Would anyone with experience comment on how the Dainite fairs in inclement weather? I am trying to decide between Mini-Lug, Dainite, and Combination V-Tap for an upcoming MTO. Mini lug looks most substantial, dainite seems nice all around, V tap is probably the most dressy (but this will be a boot worn with jeans) but has the benefit of being very easy to replace when worn down, as I don't really have any local cobblers I trust.

 

 

AE added Dainite fairly recently; you'd probably be better off asking elsewhere, perhaps if there's a C&J or Loake thread floating around.

 

I have no experience, but I went with Dainite because I needed the boot to have some durability/waterproofing yet be very easy to dress up. I realize you're looking to wear these with jeans, but I think it still depends on what kind of look you're going for. Lug soles, especially a full-on Vibram sole like on the Long Branch, look very different than a v-tread or something like that.

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AE added Dainite fairly recently; you'd probably be better off asking elsewhere, perhaps if there's a C&J or Loake thread floating around.

 

I have no experience, but I went with Dainite because I needed the boot to have some durability/waterproofing yet be very easy to dress up. I realize you're looking to wear these with jeans, but I think it still depends on what kind of look you're going for. Lug soles, especially a full-on Vibram sole like on the Long Branch, look very different than a v-tread or something like that.

 

Thanks for the reply. Im going for the very dressy side of Casual. I am planning on doing MTO Eagle county from Snuff suede. I don't want the full Vibram sole, I already have it on the Long branches, and while I love those, it would be a touch too clunky here. Hence me wanting the dainite or Mini lug (Im after the same durability/waterproofing you are), which I think is a nice mid ground between V-tread and Full vibram. Ill ask around some of the other fora and see what I can find.

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Is the mini-lug what the Bayfield has? It's a lot more discrete than the Vibram full lug. I think it could work.
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Is the mini-lug what the Bayfield has? It's a lot more discrete than the Vibram full lug. I think it could work.

 

Its tough to find a good picture of the Mini-lug online, but its basically identical (in terms of looks, maybe not construction, as was previously mentioned) to the alden "commando sole". Give that a quick search. The more I look at that sole, the more I think I am going to have to get it.

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Its tough to find a good picture of the Mini-lug online, but its basically identical (in terms of looks, maybe not construction, as was previously mentioned) to the alden "commando sole". Give that a quick search. The more I look at that sole, the more I think I am going to have to get it.

 




There is also the toby minilug as on the AE Aberdeen.
Take a look there.
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As far as I can tell this is a mini lug on the Bayfield, though I think it is the Toby and not the Vibram Mini Lug.  Not sure what the real difference is aside from a yellow rubber stamp on the bottom. 

 

 

**These are not my shoes, btw.  I looked through literally every picture ever posted in this thread trying to find what every sole option looked like.  In the end I went with a Vibram mini lug for my MTo eagle county.

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I had defective Strands that I returned. I picked up their replacements and noticed that the leather looks weird in spots- sort of scaly. I also noticed that there are some ripples in the leather. I also noticed a streak that looks like a pen mark. I can deal with the last one. The other two make me hesitant about the quality of the leather. I want these shoes to last and if the leather is defective, I don't intend to keep them. 

 

That said, am I being overly OCD or is this normal for a new pair? I don't think either have been worn as they had the laces in "new shoe" lacing. 

 

Scaly Leather- like this on other parts of the shoe. Did the shoe get too dry?

 

Leather ripples all over

 

Pen mark. This one I can deal with and probably remove with some advice. 

 

Like I said, am I OCD or are these genuine issues? I intend to take excellent care of them so that they last a while (at least through school for the next 4 years). I don't want to start off with crumby leather.

 

Thanks!

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