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Black CXL Leeds on the Dainite sole have arrived this morning--just in time for the wintry weather here in NJ (can't rotate the damn picture). 

 

Great make-up! I really like the soles on these MTOs.

- Dainite outsoles

- Natural split reverse welt?

- Leather midsole with natural edge finish?

 

May I ask what the exact make up of the soles? Thanks!

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Let's take a break from closed lacing gap widths and leather vs. V-Tread soles for some holiday hi-jinks...

I found my significant other's "riding boots" - an abomination, really - by the front door this morning. She always gives me crap about all my shoe care stuff (and shoes), so I had a little fun with her...




I'm curious to see how long they sit there before she takes em to get shined... or begs for me to do the other boot. worship.gif  

Fantastic experiment
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Just an FYI that the Mora 2.0 is now offered in Chili. I'm fairly sure they only offered Bourbon/Brown/Black in the past.

 

I wish they'd offer them in Walnut though, as that's a great casual color for a great casual style.

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Originally Posted by Indyoshi68 View Post

Let's take a break from closed lacing gap widths and leather vs. V-Tread soles for some holiday hi-jinks...

I found my significant other's "riding boots" - an abomination, really - by the front door this morning. She always gives me crap about all my shoe care stuff (and shoes), so I had a little fun with her...




I'm curious to see how long they sit there before she takes em to get shined... or begs for me to do the other boot. worship.gif  

My wife use to make fun of me a little bit over my shoe care stuff (I actually have a large rubbermaid full of shoe care products). While she was out one day I took several of her shoes and gave them a cleaning/polishing treatment. She was amazed at how her old shoes looked new again. She'll now ask me if I'll work on her shoes if they get bad.
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One of the things I like about AEs . . . call me crazy . . . they're imperfect.  Kinda rough-hewn, even in their pristine state.  Not long ago I ordered a pair of Church's monks from Mr. Porter, just for comparison's sake.  They weren't even from one of their higher-end lines, but I was shocked at how "perfect" they were.  Seemed . . . un-American, somehow.  America is a rough-and-ready kind of place and AEs reflect that.  The Churches OTOH seemed fussy, like they weren't capable of rolling up their sleeves.  If these run-of-the-mill Churches seemed that perfect to me, I can't imagine what a truly high-end pair would be like . . . I'd probably be afraid to wear them.

Like I said, call me crazy.


That does strike me as kinda crazy.  Accepting a certain degree of imperfections in shoes at a given price point I can understand.  Elevating sloppy workmanship to a virtue - that I can't really understand.  But I don't need to.  You are more than entitled to spend your money on shoes you enjoy for whatever reasons float your particular boat.  As for me, I look to near-perfection in a pair of shoes as reflection of the skill, dedication and pride of the people who made them, whether they be American, British, Spanish, Hungarian or Romanian.  Those are qualities I can universally embrace as virtues regardless of nationality.

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I'll take perfect over imperfect every time.
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Just an FYI that the Mora 2.0 is now offered in Chili. I'm fairly sure they only offered Bourbon/Brown/Black in the past.

 

I wish they'd offer them in Walnut though, as that's a great casual color for a great casual style.

 

...Thanks, Kentyman. :brick:

 

"just when I think I'm out...they PULL ME BACK IN...!!!"

 

That Chili 2.0 is nice. Very nice. Color sorta reminds me of Meermin's double monk. Speaking of walnut, I switched out my bourbon strands for the bourbon mcallister and got these instead:

 

Seconds that look better than my initial pair of bourbon firsts, actually. Some pinking sitting up, but not a big deal (at least not anymore).  I've read the posts about perfection and imperfections in shoes recently, and I'm a reformed "micro-evaluator" of seconds.  No one notices the crap we obsess about - literally nobody. 

 

I initially thought, "if I spend several hundred dollars on a shoe, shouldn't I expect it to be made to exacting standards?" We know mistakes happen, man or machine made.  I guess the only question for me is, how much should a company be willing to take for it's mistakes? I say 50%...75% tops, depending on the mistake.  That's better than tossing the shoe, or having it returned for refund.  

 

Now, thanks to SF, and until I can do the most expensive or bespoke shoes, I am happy exploring offerings from the likes of AE, Santoni, Magnanni, etc. and willing to stomach slight missteps in production. If it looks nice and doesn't disintegrate while on my foot, I'm good.  I think we're getting our $$$'s worth with AE - firsts, seconds and otherwise.

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I still remember how they make basketballs from a film we saw at school (in the ancient, stone-age days before video for you youngsters). And I don't even care to play basketball.

3KL69w

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Managed to try on some AE Malvern calf Chukkas - decent fit @ 8E

any advices re:sizing for Leeds & McNeil.

Alden LWB shell seem a good fit in 8D, and 8D TruBalance in shell I own (although the fit is as snug as I am comfortable with.
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Burgundy shell Dalton seconds arrived today.  As far as I can tell, the only significant defect is that the "wing" on the left one is a little misshapen:

 

 

I hope it comes through in the photo.  Anyway, I'm trying to decide if that's a deal-breaker.  I doubt anyone would ever notice besides me, but I will see it every time I look down.  Has anyone else successfully put up with this?  Thanks in advance for any perspectives!

 

Well, I've decided that these have to go back.  Anyone looking for a 10 D who can live with the defect may want to give Freeport a call.  As a relative noob to this thread, I'm very grateful for all the thoughtful and generous advice I've been getting!

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What is general consensus on the cushioned footbed? Got them in my new Long Branch's, first AE pair I have experienced them in, and was a bit surprised to see anything other than a hard leather liner. I appreciate the added comfort, but my first impression was that it was a cheap substitute vs. a hard leather footbed that has been developed anatomically correct and will adjust/form over time.
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Ok bro, we get it, you love seconds and don't mind imperfections. I feel the same.

But you can stop with the hyperbole, because many people don't mind paying full price for a perfect product, and not risk getting something they'll have to return, or something that reminds them it's a flawed product every time they wear it.

Everybody's different.

Oooh shnap! :eek:

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What is general consensus on the cushioned footbed? Got them in my new Long Branch's, first AE pair I have experienced them in, and was a bit surprised to see anything other than a hard leather liner. I appreciate the added comfort, but my first impression was that it was a cheap substitute vs. a hard leather footbed that has been developed anatomically correct and will adjust/form over time.

They have it in the independence collection and I kinda like it.
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Just got my MTO cappuccino Macneils in yesterday.  They fit great and look fantastic, except for the picture above.  I'm undecided as to whether or not I should return them :confused:

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Just got my MTO cappuccino Macneils in yesterday.  They fit great and look fantastic, except for the picture above.  I'm undecided as to whether or not I should return them :confused:

Unfortunately that is too blatant for a first quality MTO for me.

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Just got my MTO cappuccino Macneils in yesterday.  They fit great and look fantastic, except for the picture above.  I'm undecided as to whether or not I should return them confused.gif

Ick.

Really???

I'm pretty tolerant, but that's not a 600$ shoe.
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