Both of my Daltons are all eyelets.
I thought the Long Branches were, but maybe I am wrong now.
Just polish it if you want.
Ah ok, I'll have to buy that.
This isn't a defect or anything worth returning the seconds for is it? I'm not really sure how to gauge quality of seconds.
How much does it bother you?
I can barely tell that it's there, but it might be worse in person.
Realistically, a coat of polish will fix that right up.
"Question for the thread: I work in a government office, which has a business formal dress code, but which isn't as clothes-conscious as I would assume many private companies would be. Do you think that tan Elgins are too casual to wear with a blue suit? I wouldn't wear them to court, or on days when I have important meetings, but could you wear them on regular office days?"
I own the McTavish in natural tan (essentially the same as the Elgin but with the McAllister upper vs. the Strand upper on the Elgin). There is no way I'd wear these with a suit for multiple reasons:
1. The double sole makes the shoe look "chunky" which looks fantastic with jeans but quite inappropriate with a suit.
2. The contrast between the sole and the rest of the shoe makes it look more casual (which is what it's designed to be) and is inappropriate with a suit.
3. When I first got my McTavishes they looked just like the picture you referenced. They don't look like that any more (and I take great care of them). The leather darkens and looks 'rough' while the sole darkens and gets dirty quite easily (even when applying natural/clear colored edge dressing). I've found that in order to maintain the contrast I need to sand down the edges of the sole to lighten them - they get REALLY dirty! The pic below is after one light coat of sanding with rough sandpaper - I plan to clean them up this weekend with a finer grit + natural edge dressing when finished.
4. I would (and do) wear them with thick flannel pants, cords, jeans, etc. but not with dressy pants/suit pants. If you want to go that route I'd more strongly recommend a Strand.
I added some color laces because I wanted to spice them up a little bit and for the life of me cannot find cream colored laces with this width in a brick and mortar store - the stock laces are dirty and seem too small for this kind of style.
Hope this helps!
Does anyone have any experience with AE wallets? I really like their card case, it's pretty much exactly what I'm looking for, but I don't know if it's a quality product or just something they slapped their name on. I have no problem paying $75 for a wallet IF it'll hold up.