I believe they are both on the same last, but you are correct, the stock soles are different. Personally, I'll be going with the single JR sole, so I guess that's closer to the Grayson make up, but if I can get the LSD with the same sole, why not do so at a reduced cost? Just my thinking, which may be flawed.
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Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread - reviews, pictures, sizing, etc... - Page 2705post #40561 of 707373/12/14 at 11:18ampost #40562 of 707373/12/14 at 12:02pmQuote:
Good looking shoe indeed! Why did you get charged the $125 custom fee or is waived?post #40563 of 707373/12/14 at 12:09pmQuote:Originally Posted by partyof6
Mike, the manager of the Reston store, is phenomenal to work with. Very knowledgeable and gives great advice. He's also really good at his job, so be careful! . I only went in there to donate some shoes. I ended up walking out with the new Addisons, a belt, leather protector, and some cleaning stuff.
I met him the last time I was there. I had a much different experience with him. He quietly allowed myself to talk myself into buying a lot more than I neededpost #40564 of 707373/12/14 at 12:25pm
I noticed the OP's post some days back, and thought I'd update an original post of my own...
I just finished my own DIY/Leap of Faith patina/hand dyed & finished process on a pair of NEW (maybe 4 wears) Magnanni balmorals; I just didn't like how they were creasing, and the color was more difficult to match to polish than I (or my shoe topy guy) could imagine.
Here's how they started, with my applied shoe polish patina (sandalwood and red mahogany Meltonian Creme, brown & black Kiwi wax), and before prep (deglazing):
And here is what I did with acetone, bleach, dyes, cream polishes, wax and stain acrylic finisher:
Sooooooo much better now...
I used green, gold, red and dark brown dyes, red mahogany and sandalwood creme, with dark brown wax and satin finisher to top it all off. The shoes just looks brown when you see it, but if it catches ANY light...beeea-uuu-tiful colors emerge, like this toe shot!
I need to take some shots with my digicam, but for now the crappy cell pics will have too suffice... Still waiting for finisher to dry so I can polish the rear of the shoe to match shine of front.
Thoughts? Impressions? I want to do every plain or boring shoe I have now...and an Allen Edmonds acquisition (Walnut Park or Fifth Avenue) may be on that list. A new obsession is being born, I think, but at least this one can make me a little $$$ rather than empty the coffers!!!post #40565 of 707373/12/14 at 12:37pm
Oh yeah. It's similar with me. He's never pushy. I just tell him what i'm looking for and shows me a few examples. He's always been honest with me about when things will go on sale and he's let me return/exchange a bunch of stuff no questions asked.post #40566 of 707373/12/14 at 12:39pm
Good luck with the new hobby...will be interesting to see the whole shoe finished. did you have to clean each hole of product so they did not fill up with dyes and treatment? Also did you use any leather conditioner after the strip? seems that stuff would dry out the leather.post #40567 of 707373/12/14 at 1:08pmQuote:
Dang! I also still don't have mine. Urgh, I think my eyes have turned green for the 2nd time tonight. Here's my invoice for This MTO
I can't believe the 2 MTOs I'm suppose to have are actually in the hands of the same person. Lol!post #40568 of 707373/12/14 at 1:08pmKristle and Jill at the JVille store tracked down a shell park ave for me and gave me a great deal on them. The shell has the darker, newer black cherry finish, unlike my shell kenilworth, which is lighter.
It looks like someone tried them on quite roughly, maybe force-flexing the uppers by hand. I know the shoes are gonna crease there, so it doesn't bug me too much, but what is the preferred method for mitigating it a little? Deer bone?
Looks like plenty of bloom in the creases, too.
Everyone says shell is easy to maintain but it still seems all rather mysterious to me, as none of my pairs ever look like any of y'all's.post #40569 of 707373/12/14 at 1:43pmpost #40570 of 707373/12/14 at 2:05pmpost #40571 of 707373/12/14 at 2:10pmQuote:Originally Posted by Kahuna75
Good luck with the new hobby...will be interesting to see the whole shoe finished. did you have to clean each hole of product so they did not fill up with dyes and treatment? Also did you use any leather conditioner after the strip? seems that stuff would dry out the leather.
The holes never filled up, amazingly...I actually forgot about that until you mentioned it! I did check them though, and they didn't take on creme or conditioner. I applied dyes, cremes and waxes in very thin coats, so no build up... I moved SUPER SLOW so as to not ruin NEW (topy'ed) shoes, so it felt labor intensive; my dyes and finishers were getting ruined during winter transit (freezing is a no-no for this stuff) so my process kept getting delayed by snafus.
Yes, I did LIBERALLY condition after initial strip/bleach, and after dye/creme process...they're amply re-hydrated, it seems. Different blogs said different things about conditioning, so I did them ALL! I practiced on a throwaway pair of leather loafers (in earlier post here), and I trashed the leather...but found my threshold for using acetone and bleaching the skin. Plus, I believe, the leather was inferior to the Magnanni, so couldn't take as much abuse.
I've seen a patina'ed AE - here on Styleforum, I believe - and since the leather is clearly better than Magnanni, they will probably look even better than my first attempt. I've already had three requests for this work today from friends and colleagues - two from women. I've been in a zone when working on this; it's art, and makes me feel artsy. That's it; I'm moving to France. Eventually.
Sorry for hijacking the thread, people. I know,"...take it to the Shoe Care thread!!!" I don't cross-post much.post #40572 of 707373/12/14 at 2:37pmQuote:Originally Posted by cincikid
May I ask how you manage to score the MTO seconds? I actually asked the folks at the Shoe Bank about the possibility of getting some of those the other day and I got the reply that there's no way for them to know whether these are the regular stock models or someone's MTO.
I'm especially interested in this, since he's gotten ahold of SEVERAL Eagle County MTO seconds (he's selling another pair on ebay at the moment). How did you come across multiple MTO seconds?post #40573 of 707373/12/14 at 2:47pmpost #40574 of 707373/12/14 at 2:48pmQuote:
Called my local store today and he called the factory. They are indeed discontinued. However, what about Rush Street. They look almost identical to the Elgins. Any experience with those?post #40575 of 707373/12/14 at 3:32pmQuote:
You are right in that both the Rush street and the Elgin are essentially the variations of the classic Strand design (I wish AE called them all Strand!). Rush street is quite different from the Elgin though. Rush street is made with Horween CXL, and has a Dainite sole without a midsole. The Elgin is made with the Tan Waxy calfskin and has a double leather sole.
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