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Burgundy Shell Daltons today:

 

 

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Love the patina!

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I hate myself right now for not getting those Elgins when I first saw them yesterday.  Forgot about it until after I left the office and then by the time I went back to get them they were already sold out.  Really nothing else on there that I want at this point. 

Call a store near you and see if they have them. They may even be able to order from other stores if they have them in the database. It's different inventory than online.
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There were a few posts in the last couple of pages recommending the Kenilworth. Out of curiosity, why is the Kenilworth recommended more frequently than the Flatiron? I would have thought the medallion on the Flatiron would make it more appealing... then again, what do I know?
To my taste, a medallion on the toe would suggest the rest of the shoe be similarly decorated (broguing and the like), while an otherwise plain shoe would call for a similarly plain toe.

I think the last comes into play as well; the Flatiron's 333 last is noticeably more chiseled than the 5-last Kenilworth, and many seem to prefer a rounder toe.
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I picked up a pair of BB pebble black MacNeil during the recent seconds sale. The only reason I can see that they may be seconds is that the leather on the toe of each is a little smoother than the rest of the shoe therefore the pebble doesn't show as much. Fine by me. My question...

 

The only other shoe I owned before this one on the 7-97 last was a pair of Summit Aves I picked up last year. The only difference that I can tell between a MacNeil and the SA is that the SA has a single sole.

 

http://answers.allenedmonds.com/answers/7512-en_us/product/SF6877/walnut-burnished-calf-bone-leather-summit-avenue-questions-answers/questions.htm

 

However, when I put the two next to each other like in the picture below, the MacNeil seems to have a much larger, more pronounced toe. Is it just my eyes playing tricks because of the double sole? I like the way the Summit Ave fits with what seems to me like a "sleeker" toe. Do all MacNeils look like the black ones in this picture? They feel like a boat anchor. I like them but I think I prefer the look/feel of the SA.

 

Thanks!

 

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For what it's worth, the toe of all my pebble grain shoes is smoother than the rest of the shoe. I think it has something to do with the stretching and stiffening that occurs. So that's not necessarily a defect.
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I didn't notice my MacNeil's being that heavy -without having the Summit's to compare  with I do have a few pairs of AE's that I can not recall the names of that are single soled and feel light as a feather...oddly light in fact.

 

Also I have a pair of Nettleton's out at B Nelson which are pebbled and they too were less on the captoe from what I recall.

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For what it's worth, the toe of all my pebble grain shoes is smoother than the rest of the shoe. I think it has something to do with the stretching and stiffening that occurs. So that's not necessarily a defect.
this is correct, the stretching of the leather over the last causes the grain near the toes be less pronounced. The grain is just imprinted on the leather, so the stretching diminishes the effect of the grain.
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I would try Renovateur or VSC

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Same Here

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Nice! So, how did you do it?

Yeah, mdubs and bkotsko, I started with the VSC - (there is a limitless supply in Chitown!), but that left shoe was not giving up any shine.  So, halfnhalfnhalf, Everyone here said 'Mac Method, Mac Method, Mac Method...' when I first got the shoes, but it never occurred to me to try the...AE Cordovan Shoe Cream to achieve some luster!  It seems like the thread rallies against using the cordo cream, (except in extreme circumstances) so I hadn't, but it worked like a charm, as you can see. I used a MINUTE amount, and it went a long way.  

 

I would propose that the suggestion to use AE Cordovan Shoe Cream be pardoned from banishment or 'bad advice' status, as it clearly was an immediate (and effective) solution to improving the matte finish on my shell! Live and learn, I guess.  I was also surprised that there was no follow up on my original post for advice, guys; we've gotta stick together in our quest to acquire (and maintain) awesome footwear!!!

 

 

...Or was this one for the "Shoe Care" thread? Should've cross-posted, I guess.  :smarmy: 

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it never occurred to me to try the...AE Cordovan Shoe Cream to achieve some luster!  It seems like the thread rallies against using the cordo cream, (except in extreme circumstances) so I hadn't, but it worked like a charm, as you can see. I used a MINUTE amount, and it went a long way.
My first pair of shell were some black Leeds; I picked up a jar of AE's cordovan cream before I could be advised against it... and I agree. A little of that stuff twice a year keeps them looking really good. I suspect it has some kind of dyeing agent in it, because the shoes always look considerably blacker after I'm finished.

With my burgundy shell shoes I'm after a different effect (I want them to lighten up and look more ruby than burgundy, like the shoes that kicked off this thread) so I avoid using the AE cream, preferring a moderate scrubdown with VSC and then lots of time with a brush.
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What does lots of time with the brush mean? Sorry I am new to shoe care and outside of laying on some polish and AE Leather cleaner - I have not idea f a lot of brushing is 3 minutes or brushing through the Daytona 500

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Nice! So, how did you do it?

Yeah, mdubs and bkotsko, I started with the VSC - (there is a limitless supply in Chitown!), but that left shoe was not giving up any shine.  So, halfnhalfnhalf, Everyone here said 'Mac Method, Mac Method, Mac Method...' when I first got the shoes, but it never occurred to me to try the...AE Cordovan Shoe Cream to achieve some luster!  It seems like the thread rallies against using the cordo cream, (except in extreme circumstances) so I hadn't, but it worked like a charm, as you can see. I used a MINUTE amount, and it went a long way.  

 

I would propose that the suggestion to use AE Cordovan Shoe Cream be pardoned from banishment or 'bad advice' status, as it clearly was an immediate (and effective) solution to improving the matte finish on my shell! Live and learn, I guess.  I was also surprised that there was no follow up on my original post for advice, guys; we've gotta stick together in our quest to acquire (and maintain) awesome footwear!!!

 

 

...Or was this one for the "Shoe Care" thread? Should've cross-posted, I guess.  :smarmy: 

 

I've suggested the AE cream in the past. I think it's a good way to get some quick luster. However, I think the best product is Saphir neutral cordovan cream. It works great as long as you let it soak into the shell for about 10 minutes then brush. I don't buff with a cloth and I still get a great luster. After one application I've only brushed and they still look great. 

 

From yesterday. 

 

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I've suggested the AE cream in the past. I think it's a good way to get some quick luster. However, I think the best product is Saphir neutral cordovan cream. It works great as long as you let it soak into the shell for about 10 minutes then brush. I don't buff with a cloth and I still get a great luster. After one application I've only brushed and they still look great. 

From yesterday. 


I just got some Saphire neutral cordovan creme. I might try it on my dull Cambridge.
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What does lots of time with the brush mean? Sorry I am new to shoe care and outside of laying on some polish and AE Leather cleaner - I have not idea f a lot of brushing is 3 minutes or brushing through the Daytona 500
I usually spend five to eight minutes each shoe, and can't do more than one or two pair before my arm feels like a wet noodle.

Keep in mind this is only for shell cordovan. My understanding is that it's infused with sufficient oil to prevent the shoe from drying out, and brushing spreads that around to suffuse depth and richness across the surface of the shoe. I would not brush calfskin that much; my calf shoes get a wipedown with VSC, time to dry, a quick brush to remove excess cream, and then a layer or two of wax polish.
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I love the flatiron, but I couldn't wear it because the 3 last runs a little long on me, and the derby lacing doesn't come up high enough to compensate.

So I ordered a burgundy kenilworth instead. Great sunlight this morning finally.

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I was also surprised that there was no follow up on my original post for advice, guys; we've gotta stick together in our quest to acquire (and maintain) awesome footwear!!!

 

Well, I can't speak for others but I didn't follow up because I didn't know.  But, like others, I've wondered what if anything could be done for my Cambridges.  I do have the jerrycan of VSC as well as the AE burgundy cream, so as much as I'd like to rely solely on Mac-ing, I may take another whack at them using products.

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