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Originally Posted by Mark_Y View Post
 
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I don't know if this qualifies as in the wild, but here are my Rush Streets.
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Gorgeous. I have Snuff and Walnut Strands. My next Strand will be this one, hopefully during the anniversary sale.

 

As nice as these are in pics, they're even better in person.  Last week I scored a pair of seconds.  When I found out they were covered by the sale ($20 price difference), I had my local SA order me a pair of firsts, then returned the seconds.  But, in the meantime, they were on my "brown" rack, and every time I looked at them I marveled at that color.  They're supposed to be an inexpensive, relatively informal shoe, but I swear they look like they're a particularly exotic shade of shell!

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With the Rush street I would say def make sure you are happy with the fit...I am ordering a pair during the sale in a different size than what I have and will sell my current pair. Out of all the shoes and perhaps it is the CE leather I get some odd toe depression/creasing creasing. LOVE the shoe though over all.

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Speaking of shell - finally got a chance to break out my Burgundy Cambridges today (1st shell purchase), with sunny, warm(er) weather permitting their debut:

 

 

...I am a HUGE Fan.

 

Comments I've read are holding true about the shell experience; wearing is believing... The shoe is lightening...actually becoming more filled with color...at it's flex points. Sweet.  The entire shoe is actually more attractive since this morning - much redder.  Gotta go outside and take a few snapshots to show it off! :smarmy:

 

I'm encouraged about what these are going to become after plenty of wears, if just one wear has such an effect on the color of the shoe.  

 

Can anyone with both burgundy and brown shell share their impressions of the brown versus the burgundy? Thinking about a brown Norwich and am curious about how it ages/blossoms from beneath the venerable "AE product".

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Originally Posted by Snobol323 View Post
 

I finally took the cordovan plunge during the recent shell sale.  After seeing all the great pics on this thread I went for a pair of burgundy Leeds.  Wow, they are well worth the money (especially at the sale price) and are going to be very versatile.  So, in short, thanks for being enablers ;).  Now...what to buy next?

 

 

Also recently took a step up to purchase shells.  I got the Dundees and really like them. I'm waiting for the next sale on shells and looking for a longwing. 

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Regarding the Rush Streets.....

On another forum the following has been written:
  • +1 that balmoral will look awful when its chromexcel wears in.
  • I'd worry about that - but I think the perfs and pinking and other fine detailing might actually hide it better than on a sleeker, simpler balmoral.
  • I'm not sure why AE keeps bringing out funky balmorals. "Lace-up oxford casual shoes" is an oxymoron. Bluchers and boots are much better suited for chromexcel IMO.
  • Just curious... What about the Chromexcel leather will make that shoe look awful when it wears in? Is there a specific characteristic of the leather itself that you are referring to? Or just the fact that the shoe is a captoe oxford style shoe, with a very casual leather, that will look even more casual when broken in?
  • chromexcel is awesome for rugged models like long wings, double soles, boots. it gains patina, wrinkles instantly, and is tough. if you google some images, you'll see a lot of the rugged american workwear looks paired with them.
  • Thanks for the quick responses. I agree that the Chromexcel leather looks great with more casual shoes like the Alden PTBs and Indy boots. I can see how it wouldn't look quite right with a shoe like the Strand.
  • I don't think it'd look quite right for more formal shoes because it does develop different colors at the creases, etc.
  • Definitely a fan of CXL - definitely NOT a fan of its use in a balmoral! AE doesn't seem to care as they keep putting out balmorals in casual materials and styles.

Any thoughts on this? Anyone think the Rush Street (Strand) age poorly? I'm looking at these shoes to wear with a tapered chino or nice denim. Sure wouldn't wear them with a suit.
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Originally Posted by Mark_Y View Post

Regarding the Rush Streets.....

On another forum the following has been written:
  • +1 that balmoral will look awful when its chromexcel wears in.
  • I'd worry about that - but I think the perfs and pinking and other fine detailing might actually hide it better than on a sleeker, simpler balmoral.
  • I'm not sure why AE keeps bringing out funky balmorals. "Lace-up oxford casual shoes" is an oxymoron. Bluchers and boots are much better suited for chromexcel IMO.
  • Just curious... What about the Chromexcel leather will make that shoe look awful when it wears in? Is there a specific characteristic of the leather itself that you are referring to? Or just the fact that the shoe is a captoe oxford style shoe, with a very casual leather, that will look even more casual when broken in?
  • chromexcel is awesome for rugged models like long wings, double soles, boots. it gains patina, wrinkles instantly, and is tough. if you google some images, you'll see a lot of the rugged american workwear looks paired with them.
  • Thanks for the quick responses. I agree that the Chromexcel leather looks great with more casual shoes like the Alden PTBs and Indy boots. I can see how it wouldn't look quite right with a shoe like the Strand.
  • I don't think it'd look quite right for more formal shoes because it does develop different colors at the creases, etc.
  • Definitely a fan of CXL - definitely NOT a fan of its use in a balmoral! AE doesn't seem to care as they keep putting out balmorals in casual materials and styles.

Any thoughts on this? Anyone think the Rush Street (Strand) age poorly? I'm looking at these shoes to wear with a tapered chino or nice denim. Sure wouldn't wear them with a suit.
I agree with the oxymoron that is "casual lace up oxfords or balmorals". I don't get it, either. Granted I only formed this opinion after really getting into shoes. Before I knew what a balmoral and blucher was. AE 100% needs more bluchers.
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Originally Posted by Snobol323 View Post

I finally took the cordovan plunge during the recent shell sale.  After seeing all the great pics on this thread I went for a pair of burgundy Leeds.  Wow, they are well worth the money (especially at the sale price) and are going to be very versatile.  So, in short, thanks for being enablers wink.gif.  Now...what to buy next? Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


Be sure to give em a good brushing to bring out some lustre.
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Originally Posted by Mark_Y View Post

Regarding the Rush Streets.....

On another forum the following has been written:
  • +1 that balmoral will look awful when its chromexcel wears in.
  • I'd worry about that - but I think the perfs and pinking and other fine detailing might actually hide it better than on a sleeker, simpler balmoral.
  • I'm not sure why AE keeps bringing out funky balmorals. "Lace-up oxford casual shoes" is an oxymoron. Bluchers and boots are much better suited for chromexcel IMO.
  • Just curious... What about the Chromexcel leather will make that shoe look awful when it wears in? Is there a specific characteristic of the leather itself that you are referring to? Or just the fact that the shoe is a captoe oxford style shoe, with a very casual leather, that will look even more casual when broken in?
  • chromexcel is awesome for rugged models like long wings, double soles, boots. it gains patina, wrinkles instantly, and is tough. if you google some images, you'll see a lot of the rugged american workwear looks paired with them.
  • Thanks for the quick responses. I agree that the Chromexcel leather looks great with more casual shoes like the Alden PTBs and Indy boots. I can see how it wouldn't look quite right with a shoe like the Strand.
  • I don't think it'd look quite right for more formal shoes because it does develop different colors at the creases, etc.
  • Definitely a fan of CXL - definitely NOT a fan of its use in a balmoral! AE doesn't seem to care as they keep putting out balmorals in casual materials and styles.

Any thoughts on this? Anyone think the Rush Street (Strand) age poorly? I'm looking at these shoes to wear with a tapered chino or nice denim. Sure wouldn't wear them with a suit.

Honestly, it sounds a bit pretentious. These sartorial rules on bluchers v. balmorals are antiquated and should have some flexibility.

 

That being said, I think they are wrong regarding CXL and the rush street specifically, because the vamp between the cap and the throat/facing is so narrow. There will not be enough room for the CXL to look tired, overly creased, or too "rugged".

Honestly, I have more of an issue with the light piping than the CXL.

It is ok for the strand to be a balmoral and *gasp* a casual shoe.

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I should add that most of my anger towards bals stems from them not fitting my feet well. LOL. It's not you, it's me sort of thing.
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I should add that most of my anger towards bals stems from them not fitting my feet well. LOL. It's not you, it's me sort of thing.

I am telling you. Try the 974 Tremont

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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

I should add that most of my anger towards bals stems from them not fitting my feet well. LOL. It's not you, it's me sort of thing.

 

Don't back off, sir. Casual bals are like jumbo shrimp. People need to know. There are rules and people should follow them.

 

This is mostly tongue in cheek, but people need to know when they are breaking rules at the very least. Break too many and it is utterly apparent you have no clue what you are doing. One must learn the rules to break them properly and you need to know that when you wear a "casual bal" the rest of your fit needs to be on point IMO.

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Originally Posted by luv2breformed View Post
 

 

Don't back off, sir. Casual bals are like jumbo shrimp. People need to know. There are rules and people should follow them.

 

This is mostly tongue in cheek, but people need to know when they are breaking rules at the very least. Break too many and it is utterly apparent you have no clue what you are doing. One must learn the rules to break them properly and you need to know that when you wear a "casual bal" the rest of your fit needs to be on point IMO.

To some, any shoe with anything more than the absolute minimal broguing is a casual shoe, so the same should be said for any Bal with broguing... Jumbo shrimp, correct?

This is why the rules are not set in stone.

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Originally Posted by Gdwilson View Post
 

A recent Ebay acquisition that I am pleased with.

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Nice!  Are those short wings?

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Does AE do MTO at the sale price? Thinking about a Jefferson spectator makeup.
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Originally Posted by luv2breformed View Post

Don't back off, sir. Casual bals are like jumbo shrimp. People need to know. There are rules and people should follow them.

This is mostly tongue in cheek, but people need to know when they are breaking rules at the very least. Break too many and it is utterly apparent you have no clue what you are doing. One must learn the rules to break them properly and you need to know that when you wear a "casual bal" the rest of your fit needs to be on point IMO.
Not backing off. I hate formal bals, too. haha!
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