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On the alternative shoe discussion, I think a plain snuff suede shoe would be great here as well. I have a pair, but they're bals, and you know how I feel about that! :P

A tan/snuff spec sounds interesing and would probably work well here also.

 

 

 

In regards to the walnut strand discussion, I don't really like that shoe and I'll say why. Everywhere you guys are advocating wearing it I think a walnut monk or derby (franciscan/delray) does better. Additionally it breaks less "rules". I don't think this is a coincidence. Additionally as you guys said, walnut strand feels too casual for a suit. So what good is it? I think it is the best shoe for casual suits that are lighter than navy or charcoal. Pretty much I think it works best in light gray suits and suits that are like Air Force blue. That's about it. I continues to baffle me why this shoe is so recommended and encouraged.

 

That said, I could see it being recommended to somebody who could only afford a few pairs of shoes. It can sort of masquerade a lot of roles decently and that has value for some people. I think it's rarely the BEST choice (those times listed above), but I do think that it is often a fair choice, which may speak to it's popularity.

 

 

 

A few thoughts:

 

1.  You've got to get past the balmoral issue, especially when it comes to suede.  If you follow the Rock Your Socks thread, you'll see an abundance of suede balmorals being paired with everything from suits to more casual ensembles.  There is something about a suede cap toe or half brogue that looks outstanding when paired with more casual ensembles.  At the same time, I'm not a fan of suede bluchers as something just looks off.  You'll correspondingly notice there are not many suede bluchers posted in the shoe threads.

 

2.  With regard to walnut Strands, I tend to only wear them in the Spring and Summer.  I'm not a fan of double monks, so those are out.  I'm likewise only a fan of a split toe blucher in a sleeker last like Carmina's Simpson last or the EG Dover.  As for snuff suede, I've got a pair of Carmina half brogues in snuff suede on the way, so will soon be adding those to the rotation.  At its core, the Strand is not a beautiful shoe, but it is incredibly versatile, which is a selling point for a Summer dress shoe.  While I won't wear them with a suit, I'll pair them with pretty much anything else this Summer.

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A few thoughts:

 

1.  You've got to get past the balmoral issue, especially when it comes to suede.  If you follow the Rock Your Socks thread, you'll see an abundance of suede balmorals being paired with everything from suits to more casual ensembles.  There is something about a suede cap toe or half brogue that looks outstanding when paired with more casual ensembles.  At the same time, I'm not a fan of suede bluchers as something just looks off.  You'll correspondingly notice there are not many suede bluchers posted in the shoe threads.

 

2.  With regard to walnut Strands, I tend to only wear them in the Spring and Summer.  I'm not a fan of double monks, so those are out.  I'm likewise only a fan of a split toe blucher in a sleeker last like Carmina's Simpson last or the EG Dover.  As for snuff suede, I've got a pair of Carmina half brogues in snuff suede on the way, so will soon be adding those to the rotation.  At its core, the Strand is not a beautiful shoe, but it is incredibly versatile, which is a selling point for a Summer dress shoe.  While I won't wear them with a suit, I'll pair them with pretty much anything else this Summer.

I could not agree more with that statement in bold.

 

 

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^luv2breformed

Amazing contribution. The thought process behind the writing is very detailed and informative. Please do share more as it bring another dynamic to this thread.

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New drinking game! Take one every time 'luv2b' says "that said,..."

BAHAHA. I will work on my transitions. :)

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Well said on both points (in bold)... couldn't agree more.  I purchased a pair of Walnut strands a little more than year ago thinking they would be a regular part of my rotation.  I have worn them 2-3 times.  They are a great looking shoe, but the bal-walnut combination complicates execution as you described.

Glad to see I'm not crazy. OR glad to see that there are at least 2 Crazies. :)

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A few thoughts:

 

1.  You've got to get past the balmoral issue, especially when it comes to suede.  If you follow the Rock Your Socks thread, you'll see an abundance of suede balmorals being paired with everything from suits to more casual ensembles.  There is something about a suede cap toe or half brogue that looks outstanding when paired with more casual ensembles.  At the same time, I'm not a fan of suede bluchers as something just looks off.  You'll correspondingly notice there are not many suede bluchers posted in the shoe threads.

 

2.  With regard to walnut Strands, I tend to only wear them in the Spring and Summer.  I'm not a fan of double monks, so those are out.  I'm likewise only a fan of a split toe blucher in a sleeker last like Carmina's Simpson last or the EG Dover.  As for snuff suede, I've got a pair of Carmina half brogues in snuff suede on the way, so will soon be adding those to the rotation.  At its core, the Strand is not a beautiful shoe, but it is incredibly versatile, which is a selling point for a Summer dress shoe.  While I won't wear them with a suit, I'll pair them with pretty much anything else this Summer.

I agree with you on #1 actually. Suede may be my only exception to this rule (I'm bending but haven't broken yet!). I wore my suede cap toe bals with an odd jacket a couple of months ago, and I felt like a boss. Also agreed on the suede bluchers bit.

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I could not agree more with that statement in bold.

I agree with both of you on this. My question however is whether or not you find the Delray too blobby? I find the 108 handsome enough and really enjoy my Delray. I like my Carmina more, but I think the Delray is more than serviceable. Appreciate both of your guys' insight here.

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I agree with both of you on this. My question however is whether or not you find the Delray too blobby? I find the 108 handsome enough and really enjoy my Delray. I like my Carmina more, but I think the Delray is more than serviceable. Appreciate both of your guys' insight here.

I'm not a huge fan of the Delray. My EG Dovers are perfection.
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Seconds order arrived to Canada in record time! Ordered on Tuesday afternoon. SA threw in shoe bags as well.

 

 

 

The Brown Corodvan Strands look great for seconds, a slight dent on the heel of one. Little bit of poor pinking work on the toe and slight shade variation on one toe. Overall very happy with them for seconds pricing as I have seen many firsts with the complaint of the pinking.

 

The Truffle Cordovan McAllisters are beautiful and look great with the exception of one section, not sure what happened but it doesn't look great. That being said, I did state to Chris from the shoebank I was only concerned with toe issues, I am sticking to that with this pair as truffle cordovan is long gone so I will be keeping these. The issue is on the most discreet section of the shoe it could be and I think with some deerboning and a bit of polish I could hide it even further. I little bit of a pinking issue again on the back quarter of the shoe but it's small. Lots of bloom on these guys too.

 

 

They say that Truffle/Cappuccino cordovan are one in the same but these are far lighter compared to the Cappuccino Bayfields I have, which I am very excited about. This Truffle pair is as close as I am going to get to Walnut. I look forward to taking some better pictures of my whole AE cordovan collection.

 

 

 

 

Brown Cordovan Strand:


 

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Truffle Cordovan McAllister:


 

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Seconds order arrived to Canada in record time! Ordered on Tuesday afternoon. SA threw in shoe bags as well.



The Brown Corodvan Strands look great for seconds, a slight dent on the heel of one. Little bit of poor pinking work on the toe and slight shade variation on one toe. Overall very happy with them for seconds pricing as I have seen many firsts with the complaint of the pinking.

The Truffle Cordovan McAllisters are beautiful and look great with the exception of one section, not sure what happened but it doesn't look great. That being said, I did state to Chris from the shoebank I was only concerned with toe issues, I am sticking to that with this pair as truffle cordovan is long gone so I will be keeping these. The issue is on the most discreet section of the shoe it could be and I think with some deerboning and a bit of polish I could hide it even further. I little bit of a pinking issue again on the back quarter of the shoe but it's small. Lots of bloom on these guys too.


They say that Truffle/Cappuccino cordovan are one in the same but these are far lighter compared to the Cappuccino Bayfields I have, which I am very excited about. This Truffle pair is as close as I am going to get to Walnut. I look forward to taking some better pictures of my whole AE cordovan collection.






Brown Cordovan Strand:


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Truffle Cordovan McAllister:


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Nice pickups man! I'd wear them with those imperfections
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Seconds order arrived to Canada in record time! Ordered on Tuesday afternoon. SA threw in shoe bags as well. ... Lots of bloom on these guys too.
Those are gorgeous! I absolutely love picking up shell shoes with so much bloom and color variation -- it's like cracking open a good bottle of wine that's been in the cellar for a while.
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Nice pickups man! I'd wear them with those imperfections
+1,000
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Really nice shoes Burzan! Congrats!
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Really nice shoes Burzan! Congrats!

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+1,000

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Those are gorgeous! I absolutely love picking up shell shoes with so much bloom and color variation -- it's like cracking open a good bottle of wine that's been in the cellar for a while.

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Nice pickups man! I'd wear them with those imperfections

I am with them as well. Great job!
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Nice pickups man! I'd wear them with those imperfections

 

 

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Those are gorgeous! I absolutely love picking up shell shoes with so much bloom and color variation -- it's like cracking open a good bottle of wine that's been in the cellar for a while.

 

 

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+1,000

 

 

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Really nice shoes Burzan! Congrats!

 

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I am with them as well. Great job!
 

Thanks guys! I am very happy with them.

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Love the color of those Truffle. Hopefully that one spot can be easily worked out.
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Put some talcum powder on the tongue of these and it stopped the squeaking instantly. I recommend it to anyone with noisy shoes


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Is CXL considered more weather resistant than other casual leathers? If not, what would be? Dublin?

I would add pebble grain as being pretty weather resistant. Cobbled leather or corrected grain is also pretty weather resistant.

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Thanks, guys. I'm thinking of MTOing a pair of all weather comfort walking shoes, like Wilbert or Voyager (I think I can fix some things to make it less ugly).

And so am trying to think of some weather-hardy yet soft and comfy leather options. Considering CXL at the moment.

How pliant is the Dublin leather? Or is it thicker/stiffer like calf?
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