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Originally Posted by wonsmithr8 View Post


Yah thanks, had to wait a week for different size. Now that I've got my walnut strands, does anyone have thoughts on what shoes I should get next (not black)? I do prefer light color brown shoes (walnut, chili, tan) even though I know darker brown is more versatile. I only wear blue or grey trousers and blue jeans, thanks!

Have you considered burgundy/merlot?  Burgundy pairs well with grey and blue.  If you mostly wear jeans, the shell Leeds would be an awesome shoe.

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I have settled on my (first?) three pair of shoes after reading all the help on the forum, this thread in particular.  I ended up with:

 

AE Dark Brown Clifton

AE Chili LaSalle

Walnut Santoni Prichard

 

I have read a few threads about shoe care, but was hoping to get some advice on my particular shoes.  I was on the AE site making my order and reading the reviews and got concerned.  There were several reviews about the Conditioner/Cleaner darkening the color of some shoes.  The Clifton's are dark already, so seems safe to use.  The LaSalle is the chili color that I really like, has anyone used the cleaner on the Chili colored leather?  I am not sure I would try it on the walnut Santoni.

 

If I understand correctly, shoe cream (glass jar) to condition and carnauba polish (tin) for shine.  What about the squeeze bottle with applicator pad "premium polish"?  I want my shoes to look professional, but not plastic.  I have regularly put kiwi polish from a tin on my black shoes, but these were not "nice" shoes.

 

I see recommendations to use the shoe cream followed by the carnauba polish.  After doing that and the shoes need refreshing, do I use the cream again followed by polish?  I would have thought the polish would have kept the shoe cream from soaking in.

 

There is no recommended shoe cream for the Chili LaSalle on the AE site.  Premium polish only?  Carnauba polish only?

 

Sorry for the newbie questions, but the couple threads I could find here were confusing on these points.

I have no experience with using AE cleaning products.  But the sequence you mentioned above is in general correct:  Clean, Moisturize, Polish, Shine.  I personally use Lexol cleaner to clean the uppers for gentle cleaning.  If the uppers need to be further stripped, I use other cleaners (Renomat).  Then I use Lexol conditioner for the moisturizing step.  For polish, you can use cream and stop.  But if you want to develop a shine, you need to wax.  The cream actually moisturizes the leather and give the uppers a good enough matte polish.  But in order to get a mirror shine, you will need "spit shine" using wax.  Carnauba is a hard wax that give out a very good shine.  I've seen pictures of people using AE's carnauba wax with good results.  I use GlenKaren wax -   http://glenkarencare.com/gkcp/.  Prior to using GlenKaren, I actually used Kiwi polish.  I got good results with it.  

 

I would be careful about the squeeze bottle product.  Although I haven't used it, if it anything like what is typically sold in this form factor, it may be silicone based.  I don't recommend using anything with silicone.

 

In general the process I outlined above is for calfskin leather.  Shell is different.

 

If you don't know already, there is a thread specifically focused on shoe care  -  http://www.styleforum.net/t/228153/the-official-shoe-care-thread-tutorials-photos-etc

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on the subject of shoe care... would you guys recommend cream or premium polish? Is there any specific reason you like one over the other?

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Chocolate Larchmonts today. I think this may be my favorite AE last.

 

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^^ I have the chocolate Larchmonts too. The aggressively elongated and chiseled toe sometimes feels a little odd to me at times but overall I like the shoe. It definitely does fight against the criticism that AE makes bloby shaped shoes. 

 

I also have the Kenilworth that is on the same last. While the Kenilworth also takes on a more elongated and sleek shape, the overall look of the upper seems pretty different to me than the Larchmonts. They also fit a bit different in my experience - my usual size and Brannock size is 9.5D, but a 9D fits great with the Larchmont and a 9E + thin insert was the ticket for me on the Kenilworth. 

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FedEx just came - and it's Christmas in January!

 

Long Beach in grey:

 

 

Leeds in black shell:

 

 

Dalton in walnut shell:

 

 

The Leeds are a little rough even for seconds so they may go back.  The other two are firsts and they will occupy honored places on my rack.

 

I'm thinking about putting mini-lug tap soles on the Daltons.  Opinions?

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^^ I have the chocolate Larchmonts too. The aggressively elongated and chiseled toe sometimes feels a little odd to me at times but overall I like the shoe. It definitely does fight against the criticism that AE makes bloby shaped shoes. 

 

I also have the Kenilworth that is on the same last. While the Kenilworth also takes on a more elongated and sleek shape, the overall look of the upper seems pretty different to me than the Larchmonts. They also fit a bit different in my experience - my usual size and Brannock size is 9.5D, but a 9D fits great with the Larchmont and a 9E + thin insert was the ticket for me on the Kenilworth. 

Larchmont is on the 3 last, Kenilworth is on the 5 last. Completely different.

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Originally Posted by wonsmithr8 View Post


Yah thanks, had to wait a week for different size. Now that I've got my walnut strands, does anyone have thoughts on what shoes I should get next (not black)? I do prefer light color brown shoes (walnut, chili, tan) even though I know darker brown is more versatile. I only wear blue or grey trousers and blue jeans, thanks!

 

 

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Have you considered burgundy/merlot?  Burgundy pairs well with grey and blue.  If you mostly wear jeans, the shell Leeds would be an awesome shoe.

What he said! (With proof) Excuse lighting...

 

 

Merlot, BTW... Man these things POP with grey. Compliments abound. You can get brown in 50 shades at any time...stand out with your next purchase! The aesthetic elements of this shoe (brougeing, pinking) get lost a bit in brown - does anyone out there agree?

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It's a double butyl sole

 




Why did you pick the Butyl sole? I have not heard the virtues discussed much. . .
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FedEx just came - and it's Christmas in January!

 

Long Beach in grey:

 

 

Leeds in black shell:

 

 

Dalton in walnut shell:

 

 

The Leeds are a little rough even for seconds so they may go back.  The other two are firsts and they will occupy honored places on my rack.

 

I'm thinking about putting mini-lug tap soles on the Daltons.  Opinions?

ONE EIGHTH... MERRY CHRISTMAS MY BOOT BROTHER!!! I have the Dalton and the Long Branch in those same colors. 2 for 2 for U.

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Larchmont is on the 3 last, Kenilworth is on the 5 last. Completely different.


Wow, you're right. I thought when I checked awhile back I saw that Larchmont and Kenilworth were on the same last, but I just checked AEs website and see I was completely wrong.

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Sorry for the bad iPhone pic, and yes I'm sitting down hence the high waters. I've had my Strands for almost a year now and I'm still amazed how little they have creased. Are creased a big deal to me? Not at all but it's still nice to see them hold up extremely well with regular use.

 

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Black shell MTOs today

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Sorry for the bad iPhone pic, and yes I'm sitting down hence the high waters. I've had my Strands for almost a year now and I'm still amazed how little they have creased. Are creased a big deal to me? Not at all but it's still nice to see them hold up extremely well with regular use.



I like your style....

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Originally Posted by patliean1 View Post
 

Sorry for the bad iPhone pic, and yes I'm sitting down hence the high waters. I've had my Strands for almost a year now and I'm still amazed how little they have creased. Are creased a big deal to me? Not at all but it's still nice to see them hold up extremely well with regular use.

 


thank you for not being one of those guys that pulls his pants up to take the pic of his shoes and socks... I've hated that ever since I stumbled upon the old legs and argyles thread... also known as the shoe porn/damage thread. YUCK!  ... also, nice shoes!

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