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From purely a width perspective - Would a 7.5E and an 8D in the 333 last be the same width OR would one be wider?

Thanks
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For those interested, here is what my dark brown LBs look like during and after treatment with Obenauf's HDLP. The leather did darken significantly, but I don't think that's a negative thing in my case. I used a blow dryer to warm up the leather beforehand and applied the HDLP with my fingers. Then I hit them with the blow dryer again to facilitate the absorption process. You can literally see the leather sucking up the HDLP as it goes from a shiny wax to a matte texture. I then wiped them down to remove the excess wax and buffed them with an old cotton rag.

 

During (top is the untreated shoe):

 

After:

 

I actually like the darker color and think it will age well. I also feel much better about wearing them outside, as I have had a pair of leather boots destroyed by snow and salt before.

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Just finished some shell cleanup. Both pair needed a good brushing and I added a coat of Renovateur as well. Quick picture in sunlight to show the difference between dark brown shell Patriot and cappuccino shell Leeds.

 

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Just finished some shell cleanup. Both pair needed a good brushing and I added a coat of Renovateur as well. Quick picture in sunlight to show the difference between dark brown shell Patriot and cappuccino shell Leeds.

 

 

Sweet, especially the Leeds!

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Originally Posted by csc67 View Post

From purely a width perspective - Would a 7.5E and an 8D in the 333 last be the same width OR would one be wider?

Thanks
the 7.5E should be wider theoretically
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The gap between suits and jeans is a tough one to bridge with a single pair of shoes. I only wear oxfords (like Park Avenues or Fifth Avenues) with suits, but those are much too dressy for khakis and jeans. Kenilworth's aren't really my cup o' tea anyhow, but I wouldn't wear them with a suit, or jeans either for that matter. If you really only want one pair of shoes for both roles, definitely get something in dark brown. Black doesn't work well for casual wear, and a light brown such as walnut wouldn't be ideal for conservative/formal situations.

 

I think Kenilworths absolutely go with jeans. I wear my burgundy shell Kenilworths with jeans all the time. But to each their own.

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Hey guys,

 

I usually use AE's conditioner cleaner for all my calf shoes. Is there any reason why i should be moving to a saphir product like Renovateur? I am struggling with any type of mirror finish, although a pair of Glasgows I have do look pretty good.

 

I am also using AE's tube polish instead of wax, should I switch that too?

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I had a pair of chili Regent Streets which are a LWB just on a different last I believe. Just like the MacNeils you are referencing, they were chili grain/calf combo. I absolutely love the chili color, especially in the sunlight.

Enjoy the pic.

I have that shoe as well and really dig it. It's definitely on the casual side with the two different textures and brass eyelets.

It's on the 4 last, and has a heel cushion. It's really great with jeans. Even works with lighter washes, I think.
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Originally Posted by ScottyBoy920 View Post
 

Hey guys,

 

I usually use AE's conditioner cleaner for all my calf shoes. Is there any reason why i should be moving to a saphir product like Renovateur? I am struggling with any type of mirror finish, although a pair of Glasgows I have do look pretty good.

 

I am also using AE's tube polish instead of wax, should I switch that too?

If you are happy with the AE conditioner, then there's probably little reason to switch to Renovateur. However, if you are looking for a mirror finish, then you need wax.  I see a role for both cream polish and wax polish in every kit.  Wax builds up and creates white cracks in the areas where the shoe creases, so I only use wax polish on the toe-box or other areas that don't crease. To apply wax, you have to put a little bit on, and then dip your finger in water and put a drop of water on the waxed area and work it in. This brings the paraffin to the surface and creates the mirror shine. My 5th Ave are over 20 years old and are now far from perfect, but I use wax to get something close to a mirror shine on them. My wife objects to the ostentatiousness of a mirror shine, so I have to be careful just how much shine I put on my shoes.

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^ agree with the advice above on all counts. Also those look stunning for 20 years old.
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Interesting divot. I had one as well in the same place in the pair of Jefferson's that I sent back. That was the second attempt they made. I rejected the option of waiting for a third try.

That's one of the frustrating things about dealing with AE. I know that this is an "appreciation" thread, and I love AE shoes (own nearly 20 pairs) but my burgundy shell Daltons are the only pair of AE shell cordovan that arrived at my door with zero defects. They seem to have consistent struggles in working with shell cordovan. I don't believe I ever had to send a pair of calf AEs back due to defects...but my shell Park Aves, Patriots, MacNeils and now my Jeffersons had a problem. I'm now at the point where I'm reluctant to buy shell from AE. I have had better luck with Alden shell in terms of quality, so they may become my go-to for shell in the future.
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That's one of the frustrating things about dealing with AE. I know that this is an "appreciation" thread, and I love AE shoes (own nearly 20 pairs) but my burgundy shell Daltons are the only pair of AE shell cordovan that arrived at my door with zero defects. They seem to have consistent struggles in working with shell cordovan. I don't believe I ever had to send a pair of calf AEs back due to defects...but my shell Park Aves, Patriots, MacNeils and now my Jeffersons had a problem. I'm now at the point where I'm reluctant to buy shell from AE. I have had better luck with Alden shell in terms of quality, so they may become my go-to for shell in the future.

I find it more surprising that you've never seen an AE non-shell shoe without defects. I see them all the time (although they're usually minor).

 

Alden is certainly better with shell, but that's primarily due to their excellent finishing/glaze. They have their share of issues.

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Originally Posted by SkySaw View Post
 

If you are happy with the AE conditioner, then there's probably little reason to switch to Renovateur. However, if you are looking for a mirror finish, then you need wax.  I see a role for both cream polish and wax polish in every kit.  Wax builds up and creates white cracks in the areas where the shoe creases, so I only use wax polish on the toe-box or other areas that don't crease. To apply wax, you have to put a little bit on, and then dip your finger in water and put a drop of water on the waxed area and work it in. This brings the paraffin to the surface and creates the mirror shine. My 5th Ave are over 20 years old and are now far from perfect, but I use wax to get something close to a mirror shine on them. My wife objects to the ostentatiousness of a mirror shine, so I have to be careful just how much shine I put on my shoes.

 

Great looking shine. Are you referring to this wax? 

 

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF652_1_40000000001_-1_

 

Rather than buying all the colors, would it make sense to buy neutral? That way you can get the proper shine without adding more color to the shoe. I feel that the "premium shoe polish" is enough to restore the shoe's color. 

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Hi all, would anyone know what model AEs these are? They essentially look like strands without the medallion on the toe cap. Thanks!

 

 

That's an old Clifton from when the Clifton was a balmoral rather than a blucher.

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