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Gorgeous. Where'd you get those laces and socks?

Thank you!!  The socks I found on Amazon.   The shoe laces I found at www.shoelacesexpress.com.  Shoelaces Express has a large selection of Waxed Cotton Dress, Flat and Casual laces in a lot of colors.  You can even get them in custom lengths to order.


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Wearing MTO dark chocolate MacNeil 5s today:



Didn't know what you guys meant by your shoes squeaking and now I know haha. Didn't hear it while I was walking outside but holy squeaking so much in the office. I'll be glued to my chair today haha
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Hey Won,

I had this problem with a pair of AEs as well, but the creaking sounds were suppressed 90% once I sprinkled baby powder onto the parts creating the friction. For my case, it was the tongue creating a frcition with the flaps (derby). It can get a little messy with baby powder, but just wipe off the excess and you should be fine.

Frugal tip: just buy the travel-size container (only $1)
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I'm wearing some new Daltons today that have a squeak issue as well. First time I had to change shoes at lunch, then realized I forgot to condition the tongue before the first wearing. So went back and did tongue and inside of the flap and it seemed to help some. However today the left shoe is the culprit. So also won't be moving around as much either! Not sure if its better or worse when its just one.
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Went with the RL singletons for a 1st communion celebration over the weekend:

 

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I don't think the loose stitching is terrible, but that's pretty uneven lacing. I have that on my regular MacNeils and I didn't think it would bother me, but it is slowly starting to bug me more and more. Probably a result of this thread!
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Of the typical 2nds flaws, this one bothers me the most. I tried one of Ian's lacing methods on one shoe of a pair of Rapid Cities, and it straightened them out pretty well: http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/sawtoothlacing.htm

Depending on how close the facings are when you lace them up (and if you're willing to bar lace them), it might be worth a shot.

Definitely bothers me and I got in touch with Allison and am sending them back to be remade. Thanks fellas!
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Hey Won,

I had this problem with a pair of AEs as well, but the creaking sounds were suppressed 90% once I sprinkled baby powder onto the parts creating the friction. For my case, it was the tongue creating a frcition with the flaps (derby). It can get a little messy with baby powder, but just wipe off the excess and you should be fine.

Frugal tip: just buy the travel-size container (only $1)
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I'm wearing some new Daltons today that have a squeak issue as well. First time I had to change shoes at lunch, then realized I forgot to condition the tongue before the first wearing. So went back and did tongue and inside of the flap and it seemed to help some. However today the left shoe is the culprit. So also won't be moving around as much either! Not sure if its better or worse when its just one.

Haha hmm I'll have to do that when I get home! Thanks!
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So I have some new Jeffersons (2nds) that have the pinking right at the point in the middle that wants to flap up. Whats an appropriate means to secure it down so it doesn't end up getting ripped off somehow. Thinking some form of adhesive possibly.
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Originally Posted by csmitty View Post

I'm wearing some new Daltons today that have a squeak issue as well. First time I had to change shoes at lunch, then realized I forgot to condition the tongue before the first wearing. So went back and did tongue and inside of the flap and it seemed to help some. However today the left shoe is the culprit. So also won't be moving around as much either! Not sure if its better or worse when its just one.

Haha you know for some reason after conditioning, my left one is always the one squeaking still..
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Thanks fellas!

 

Okay so I looked them over in more detail and the walnut and dark chocolate calf shoes are definitely good to go. The Natty CXL, on the other hand, I'm more iffy on but let me know what you guys think (the issues aren't as bad as Kahuna's).

 

 

Uneven lace area on the left shoe

 

 

Loose stitching on the inside of the left lace area on the left shoe

 

 

Loose stitching on the inside of the left lace area on the right shoe

 

This is so typical of AE these days.

I just returned a pair of Burg Cordo Macneils with wrinkled skin on the vamp.

Another pair bought at Nordies, Wilberts, had the same uneven lacing blucher "flaps."

AE has had poor workmanship and very poor quality control issues for the past many years.

I am uncetain as to what is going on there but I am glad I am old enough to no longer need shoes from them.

One good thing is their customer service. But, my lord! These are not inexpensive shoes and these issues come up more often than not lately.

S

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It is probably your foot. wink.gif
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Odd blotch spot in same area on both shoes




Uneven  lace area




Off center cap or lace area on left foot. Right foot crooked lace but center cap

I could see the uneven lacing or the off center cap making it through QC, but the blotch on each side...wow. That's extremely disappointing. I know a lot of companies are running short on CXL so they're letting blemishes get through (and, truth be told, a lot of the "blemishes" people get worked up about are just fine with me on a CXL shoe) but those blotches are completely screwed. That's embarrassing.

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Some interesting designs coming out of the Allen Edmonds + Parsons collab this year.  The winning design will be offered as a webgem.  I personally like both The Bleecker Street and The Wright.

http://www.allenedmonds.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ParsonView?langId=-1&catalogId=40000000001



I think it's interesting that the only acceptable model in there - the Bleeker - was designed by a student with a stated background in Menswear Fashion Design. Strangely, the Wright, despite being designed by a non-American with no knowledge of "Midwest values" was still acceptable (although I wouldn't buy it.) The Strata was just awkward and I think that student should stick to womens' designs. I hate saying this because there's a very nice story behind it, but the Frontier Boot is hideous.
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FTFY

One of the worst boots I've ever seen.
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Playing a bit of devils advocate, but on those defects above, is it possible with CXL, that if you over-burnish it, as appears in the photos, it looks ok initially - maybe just a little oily? And then it gets boxed up and shipped out, and over the following days and weeks, it almost 'oxidizes' like a cut apple? Not sure if that's the right analogy, but I too can't imagine how those got through QC. I'm wondering if they may have just appeared as acceptable 'oily patches'? I'm not defending AE, because I find that amazing - so much so, that I'm even trying to figure out how it's possible!?
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Playing a bit of devils advocate, but on those defects above, is it possible with CXL, that if you over-burnish it, as appears in the photos, it looks ok initially - maybe just a little oily? And then it gets boxed up and shipped out, and over the following days and weeks, it almost 'oxidizes' like a cut apple? Not sure if that's the right analogy, but I too can't imagine how those got through QC. I'm wondering if they may have just appeared as acceptable 'oily patches'? I'm not defending AE, because I find that amazing - so much so, that I'm even trying to figure out how it's possible!?

 

Also as I said in a different post those spots appear on the other side of each shoe also - so it is actually 4 spots...almost as if a person with greasy hands were holding the shoes in that spot for an extended time. The spots were the first things I noticed and in my mind thinking with my handy dandy kit of lotions, salves, bones, crèmes, waxes...etc I would have no problem fixing that...then the issues just kept mounting...

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I think it's interesting that the only acceptable model in there - the Bleeker - was designed by a student with a stated background in Menswear Fashion Design. Strangely, the Wright, despite being designed by a non-American with no knowledge of "Midwest values" was still acceptable (although I wouldn't buy it.) The Strata was just awkward and I think that student should stick to womens' designs. I hate saying this because there's a very nice story behind it, but the Frontier Boot is hideous.
One of the worst boots I've ever seen.

I agree with most of what you said here. I think the Bleeker would be okay as a casual shoe in suede or some kind of fabric. Something just seems wrong about it in these dark leather colors. The frontier boot is just too many different kinds of material. Maybe two leathers would be okay, but it just looks busy and conflicting. The sparta just looks like it tried taking a classic wingtip and turning it into a loafer and just doesn't come together at all.
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...silly rant removed. (Oops)
Edited by BCer - 5/12/14 at 1:26pm
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