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Anyone?


Add a boot, I never wore any type of boot before ...ok some biker boots when I thought I was rough and tough and cool about 20 years ago...but outside of that never a boot to wear to work at all- thanks to the crack dealers hear I now have five pair...and love them

 

After that...grab a Shelton, Broadstreet etc ...something bold

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How do you typically dress? Suit and tie? Bus casual? What climate (snowy winter or sunny year around or lots of rain)?

 



Business Casual mostly. Live in Chicago so snowy winters.
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If there's one thing your boots won't lose with HDLP application, it's the waxy look; they'll in fact have a waxy FEEL as well. I even HDLP'ed my leather laces. No problem.

 

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I wore my HDLPed Long Branches all winter, too:



 

Ok you guys convinced me....I am going to HDLP this weekend. Great pants by they way on both accounts. I think I will add some wool or woven feel pants to the lineup for next year...guess I should start looking now as I would imagine they are on sale...any suggestions?

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I do agree that any black, blucher has a bit of an identity crisis. The fact that it's shell has nothing to do with it.
Much as I like my Leeds, I second this. They're relegated mostly to either informal concertwear (when I need all-black for pit orchestra or something) or going out in the evening with dark denim, open collar, and a black linen sportcoat (...that sportcoat was an unfortunate purchase, but it works on rare occasion).

 

In my shoe universe, my black shell Leeds occupy a similar place as my black shell MacNeils.  I wear them with denim or chinos when I want to look like I mean business - not "business" in the sense of making money, but in the sense of TCB.  I think they lend an understated (almost subliminal) manliness to my appearance and demeanor.  My burgundies do the same, but with a little festiveness thrown in; my browns, when they finally arrive, will temper the manliness with a little warmth.  My Dundees (black, burgundy, cappuccino) do all of that as well, but give my ankles that extra bit of love on days when I think they'd appreciate and need it (e.g., on days when I ride my motorcycle).

 

Having written this, it occurs to me that I may spend far too much time thinking about my shoes!

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I think it's unfortunate that you impose that rule on yourself. I actually prefer bals on just about everything since I like the look more. I think bals look out of place on longwings and bucks, but that's about it. I wear bals with jeans as well and I rarely ever wear a suit but wear bals with sc's and odd jackets as well.

Come to the dark side!

I think I eventually will, as I have some snuff suede bals on order and frankly don't have many casual suits to wear them with.

However, please note that my "restriction" is fairly historical in origin and not simply some blind concoction I've come up with. It's similar to say no shantung ties in the winter in that regard. There's something to be said for that when making your clothing decisions, even if it doesn't shape them entirely in a rigid way.

There are benefits to "knowing you are doing it wrong" if you know what I mean.
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If there's one thing your boots won't lose with HDLP application, it's the waxy look; they'll in fact have a waxy FEEL as well. I even HDLP'ed my leather laces. No problem.

 

Ok you guys convinced me....I am going to HDLP this weekend. Great pants by they way on both accounts. I think I will add some wool or woven feel pants to the lineup for next year...guess I should start looking now as I would imagine they are on sale...any suggestions?

 

Is it just a trick of the light, or did the HDLP really darken those grey Long Branches up?

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I think it's unfortunate that you impose that rule on yourself. I actually prefer bals on just about everything since I like the look more. I think bals look out of place on longwings and bucks, but that's about it. I wear bals with jeans as well and I rarely ever wear a suit but wear bals with sc's and odd jackets as well.

Come to the dark side!

I think I eventually will, as I have some snuff suede bals on order and frankly don't have many casual suits to wear them with.

However, please note that my "restriction" is fairly historical in origin and not simply some blind concoction I've come up with. It's similar to say no shantung ties in the winter in that regard. There's something to be said for that when making your clothing decisions, even if it doesn't shape them entirely in a rigid way.

There are benefits to "knowing you are doing it wrong" if you know what I mean.

 

I understand and appreciate the "bals only with suits" rule, but shoes like the Neumok blur that line in a very positive way IMO.

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Is it just a trick of the light, or did the HDLP really darken those grey Long Branches up?

It's not a trick of the light. In my opinion, HDLP is totally unnecessary for city wear

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It's my assertion that shell is inherently casual just like a blucher is inherently casual. Consequently ANY shell bal under my rubric has an identity crisis.

This is not to say that I would never wear a shell bal, I might if I had 1. However I would wear them about as often as a black blucher, probably less. To me a bal is formal and I feel highly uncomfortable wearing bals without a suit. Shell however IMO should be worn with just about anything but a suit. Hence I would pretty much never find occasion to wear a shell bal.

I know this thinking runs completely counter to all the shell strand and pa mto's here. Even how people generally wear strands here likely. The number of people that find walnut strands versatile baffles me (but this is clearly because of my self-imposed no bals with odd jacket restriction).

Bottom line: I see shell bals as a anachronistic at best, but if I could learn to relax my bal restriction I might find a similar use for them as a suede bal.

Again, YMMV

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I think it's unfortunate that you impose that rule on yourself. I actually prefer bals on just about everything since I like the look more. I think bals look out of place on longwings and bucks, but that's about it. I wear bals with jeans as well and I rarely ever wear a suit but wear bals with sc's and odd jackets as well.

Come to the dark side!

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I think I eventually will, as I have some snuff suede bals on order and frankly don't have many casual suits to wear them with.

However, please note that my "restriction" is fairly historical in origin and not simply some blind concoction I've come up with. It's similar to say no shantung ties in the winter in that regard. There's something to be said for that when making your clothing decisions, even if it doesn't shape them entirely in a rigid way.

There are benefits to "knowing you are doing it wrong" if you know what I mean.

I can appreciate each person having their own style here. I agree with some points and not with others. I wear bals and bluchers with my business casual work attire with a mix of shell and calf. I never wear a jacket to work. I also never wear bals with jeans. Some do.
It's personal style. Nobody is wrong. If you are confident in what you are wearing...rock it. Own it.
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I understand and appreciate the "bals only with suits" rule, but shoes like the Neumok blur that line in a very positive way IMO.

I agree with this and it's my favorite thing about ae. Traditional pedigree and construction meets innovation.
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Anyone have any opinions on the fifth street boots? I hear some bad things about them.

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Ok you guys convinced me....I am going to HDLP this weekend. Great pants by they way on both accounts. I think I will add some wool or woven feel pants to the lineup for next year...guess I should start looking now as I would imagine they are on sale...any suggestions?

I wore my LBs all winter in Toronto, and only treat them with conditioner and cream polish. They've been wet from snow melting on them numerous times; they got pretty wet once walking to my car and scraping the car off in knee-deep snow. By the time I got home they were quite wet on the tops and sides, but not soaked through. I let them dry (away from any heat), then put trees in them the next day. I like the colour of my LBs and don't want to darken or dull them. I also want the colour to deepen a bit, and I am going to get the toe-box a bit shinier with wax polish over time, so I have no plans to put the thick oils on my LBs. However, I also like to wear my LBs in business casual settings. They can still be used as a great winter boot without water-proofing them, provided you are not walking through deep puddles or standing out in the rain for long periods of time.

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Anyone have any opinions on the fifth street boots? I hear some bad things about them.
What types of bad things have you heard about them?
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Deets on another number to call? Can't get through on the 7158 number for the last hour ... frown.gif

 

worked fine for me, I got connected twice no problem in the span of 15 minutes... just keep trying!

 

just got off the phone with Vincenzo and ordered some walnut grain park aves, a pair of snuff suede neumoks and some navy suede strands as well as a box of assorted colored laces to try on the suede shoes.

 

It's my first time participating in a shoebank sale like this, I'm not sure if it's fairly common knowledge but  I didn't know it was actually a 1 for $125 sale and one doesn't neccesarily need to buy in multiples of 2... and that's how my resolve to only buy 2 pairs crumpled like a house of cards on a cruise ship pool deck.

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It's not a trick of the light. In my opinion, HDLP is totally unnecessary for city wear

So my question would be then how to protect them...on my Shaker Heights for example of have used AE leather lotion, a waterproof spray and one waxing...yesterday a drop of water got on them and left a stain. I blotted it off right away. This is what is tough for me in that I am fairly hands on with cooking, washing dishes stuff like that at home and at work washing my plates etc and I feel like I have to worry about my shoes getting a bit wet. Ridiculous I know ...now I have not checked the Shakers to see if the spot has vanished due to complete drying. My pair of Walnut MacNeils also have a water stain from a similar poorly placed drop of water.

 

I feel like a big dope when it comes to this stuff.

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