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Originally Posted by tradbrah View Post


Beautiful collection Trader. Only advice: Needs more shell.

Thanks, and I completely agree! I'm slowly going to start adding more shell to the family, I actually have a pair of Cambridge coming on Thursday or Friday, and I must say this is the most excited I've ever been over a pair of shoes, lol.

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So other than the nordstrom sale in July, when and where's the next best to get some walnut strand?

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Originally Posted by supaflypatty View Post
 

So other than the nordstrom sale in July, when and where's the next best to get some walnut strand?

Amazon sometimes has some AE shoes with decent price discounts. I was just looking at Strands in Walnut for you and actually found some sizes for around $315. I'm not sure on the exact price you're looking to pay, but I lucked out with my Walnut strands for around $280 off Amazon. But, I prefer to buy my shoes from AE directly. The only two that were not purchased directly from AE that I own are Park Aves in Dark Brown and the Strands in Walnut. They were both priced very well that I couldn't resist.

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Originally Posted by Trader George View Post

Got bored and decided to take a picture of my babies. (I don't know why the quality is so poor, but I apologize for that in advance).




From left to right:
Row 1: Mcallister (Walnut), Mcallister (Chili), Mcallister (Merlot), Sapienza (Black)
Row 2: Rudledge (Walnut), Jefferson (Brown), Harrison (Walnut), Vernon (Saddle Brown)
Row 3: Park Ave (Walnut Cloud), Park Ave (Dark Brown), Park Ave (Black), Madison Ave (Chocolate)
Row 4: Broadstreet (Black/White), Shelton (Burgundy/Black), Boca Raton (Walnut), Boca Raton (Black)
Row 5: Fifth Ave (Bourbon), Strand (Bourbon), Strand (Walnut), Strand (Brown Cordovan)

That's a healthy collection of bals you have there! Very nice indeed.

Just a question though. Are you just not into bluchers, boots, monks, or loafers?
Edited by peppercorn78 - 6/2/14 at 6:15pm
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Nice collection trader George, especially on the wingips. Do you exclusively buy AEs only?

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Originally Posted by Trader George View Post

Thanks, and I completely agree! I'm slowly going to start adding more shell to the family, I actually have a pair of Cambridge coming on Thursday or Friday, and I must say this is the most excited I've ever been over a pair of shoes, lol.

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Originally Posted by tradbrah View Post

Beautiful collection Trader. Only advice: Needs more shell.

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Originally Posted by Trader George View Post

Got bored and decided to take a picture of my babies. (I don't know why the quality is so poor, but I apologize for that in advance).




From left to right:
Row 1: Mcallister (Walnut), Mcallister (Chili), Mcallister (Merlot), Sapienza (Black)
Row 2: Rudledge (Walnut), Jefferson (Brown), Harrison (Walnut), Vernon (Saddle Brown)
Row 3: Park Ave (Walnut Cloud), Park Ave (Dark Brown), Park Ave (Black), Madison Ave (Chocolate)
Row 4: Broadstreet (Black/White), Shelton (Burgundy/Black), Boca Raton (Walnut), Boca Raton (Black)
Row 5: Fifth Ave (Bourbon), Strand (Bourbon), Strand (Walnut), Strand (Brown Cordovan)

Trader George,

You have acquired a rather nice collection. I regret to inform you that I did the exact same thing that you did with getting a load of Calf Skin AE's, then I discovered this thing called Shell Cordovan, reluctantly got a pair, thinking "$415 for shoes!!! That is insane!" My wife thought it was also and made a point of asking all her male co-workers if they would pay $500 for shoes. Well within a few months I had sold most of my Calfs and replaced them with Shells. :-)

Very nice collection, it appears that a like me, you are a big time Balmoral fan. I learned to appreciate the Blucher side of the world, but still prefer the cleanliness of a proper Balmoral to that of the Blucher.

-Mike

P.S. About 75% of her co-workers said they would pay that much if they loved the shoes and thought they would last significantly longer than their standard shoe.
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AE Walnut Shell Patina

I found my original pictures of my Walnut Shell Strands and I thought this community might appreciate how my Walnut Shell Strands have aged.

Here is from Day 1:



Here is from their last wearing, about 2 years and 40 wearings later:




I really love these shoes.

-Mike
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Hey guys, I'm not even sure if this outfit as a whole works, but I'll describe what I was thinking.

 

The casual black shoe. I have described it's difficulty before. I think it's best use is in monochrome type outfits. Here is an almost monochrome attempt at a casual black shoe. Black Mora 2.0.

 

 

Full outfit (Click to show)

 

 

So, black casual shoes (bluchers, monks, loafers etc.) are notoriously difficult. The reason this is the case is because black is inherently a formal color. Making a casual shoe out of black leather doesn't make the shoe more casual, it simply makes it more of a contradiction. That can be dealt with, but you are fighting to opposing forces. On the one hand your outfit will have to seem sort of "city" or fairly clean and sharp to match the inherent formality of black. On the other hand you are going to want to pair it with casual items to match the informality of the shoe's styling.

 

The simplest way to accomplish the "city" or "clean" portion is through color. Namely, a lack of color. Monochrome outfits always feel very sharp and clean because there is little to distract the eye. The palette all belongs together. First off, your pants almost always need to be charcoal. Light gray will usually contrast too much with the shoes and create an imbalance. Your jacket is therefore going to need to be light gray. it contrast well with your trousers and maintains the monochrome status you are aiming for. Shirt must be white. Tie is ideally going to be black or dark gray as well. You need something dark up top to balance out the fact that your top block thus far is pretty light colored. Pocket square should contrast well with your jacket, either white or something in the dark gray category will usually accomplish this.

 

Keeping the outfit casual is going to require very specific choices to balance out your relatively austere palette. As for my choices: monks are dressier than loafers but more casual than bals so I need items that are similarly "semi-casual". Pants are wool, though very lightweight and springy. Shirt is white, but it is an oxford cloth with a button down collar which is a bit more casual. Tie is black, but it is an unlined knit with a square bottom and a slightly transparent weave. Jacket is a very clean and tailored style in a fairly "city" fabric, though it has a more casual checked pattern.

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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post


That's a healthy collection of bals you have there! Very nice indeed.

Just a question though. Are you just not into bluchers, boots, monks, or loafers?

Thank you, and to answer your question, I really just prefer balmorals over blutchers. However, I wouldn't say I dislike bluchers. I've never really been a boot type of guy, although if I could get my hands on a pair of Fifth Streets, that would be a totally different story. Regarding monks, I really thought they'd work for me, but when I finally tried on a pair at an AE store, I really couldn't see myself wearing them, so I left it at that. And loafers, I always preferred lace-ups over loafers, although that pair of Sapienzas is actually one of my favorites from my entire collection. 

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Originally Posted by JezeC View Post
 

Nice collection trader George, especially on the wingips. Do you exclusively buy AEs only?

Lol, I'll admit I'm a sucker for wingtips :D and yes, it's just something about AE that has me coming back and back. Terrific customer service, beautiful designs, excellent recrafting, you name it! AE definitely has my loyalty.

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Trader George,

You have acquired a rather nice collection. I regret to inform you that I did the exact same thing that you did with getting a load of Calf Skin AE's, then I discovered this thing called Shell Cordovan, reluctantly got a pair, thinking "$415 for shoes!!! That is insane!" My wife thought it was also and made a point of asking all her male co-workers if they would pay $500 for shoes. Well within a few months I had sold most of my Calfs and replaced them with Shells. :-)

Very nice collection, it appears that a like me, you are a big time Balmoral fan. I learned to appreciate the Blucher side of the world, but still prefer the cleanliness of a proper Balmoral to that of the Blucher.

-Mike

P.S. About 75% of her co-workers said they would pay that much if they loved the shoes and thought they would last significantly longer than their standard shoe.

I feel I'm reliving your past! I really would like to add more shells to my collection. I was told they are very addicting, and it appears I was informed correctly. I've got a pair of Cambridges coming later in the week, but I don't think that and my shell strands will cut it. I'm looking forward to sharing my celebration of it's arrival, though, with you guys here on the forum.

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'Tis the season -- finally incorporating last February's burgundy shell Graysons into the workweek. These are the only narrow-legged summer pants I've got; must pick up a couple pair of tapered linen trousers. I plan to avoid the sockless look, at least in the (biz-casual) office.

These were by far the dandiest shoes on the bus this morning. Feels like I've got to go slim-cut everything and break out the hipster rx shades to pull it off, what with being vehemently against DC's sack-suit-with-tassels stereotype.


Great combinations...compliments.

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Hi guys,

I am thinking of buying Allen Edmonds Conditioner Cleaner. But I read some reviews on their website that it may change the color of shoes. Is it true? Do you guys usually use it?

Thank you.
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Originally Posted by zhanghagn0529 View Post

Hi guys,

I am thinking of buying Allen Edmonds Conditioner Cleaner. But I read some reviews on their website that it may change the color of shoes. Is it true? Do you guys usually use it?

Thank you.
I have not used that conditioner in particular, but some conditioners will either temporarily or sometimes permanently darken the leather. They usually go back to normal after allowing the conditioner to dry.
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Originally Posted by zhanghagn0529 View Post

Hi guys,

I am thinking of buying Allen Edmonds Conditioner Cleaner. But I read some reviews on their website that it may change the color of shoes. Is it true? Do you guys usually use it?

Thank you.

I use conditioner cleaner quite a bit. It's my go-to product when I think any of my calf shoes need some quick hydration. Have not noticed any discoloration. YMMV.
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Originally Posted by luv2breformed View Post
 

Hey guys, I'm not even sure if this outfit as a whole works, but I'll describe what I was thinking.

 

The casual black shoe. I have described it's difficulty before. I think it's best use is in monochrome type outfits. Here is an almost monochrome attempt at a casual black shoe. Black Mora 2.0.

 

 

Full outfit (Click to show)

 

 

So, black casual shoes (bluchers, monks, loafers etc.) are notoriously difficult. The reason this is the case is because black is inherently a formal color. Making a casual shoe out of black leather doesn't make the shoe more casual, it simply makes it more of a contradiction. That can be dealt with, but you are fighting to opposing forces. On the one hand your outfit will have to seem sort of "city" or fairly clean and sharp to match the inherent formality of black. On the other hand you are going to want to pair it with casual items to match the informality of the shoe's styling.

 

The simplest way to accomplish the "city" or "clean" portion is through color. Namely, a lack of color. Monochrome outfits always feel very sharp and clean because there is little to distract the eye. The palette all belongs together. First off, your pants almost always need to be charcoal. Light gray will usually contrast too much with the shoes and create an imbalance. Your jacket is therefore going to need to be light gray. it contrast well with your trousers and maintains the monochrome status you are aiming for. Shirt must be white. Tie is ideally going to be black or dark gray as well. You need something dark up top to balance out the fact that your top block thus far is pretty light colored. Pocket square should contrast well with your jacket, either white or something in the dark gray category will usually accomplish this.

 

Keeping the outfit casual is going to require very specific choices to balance out your relatively austere palette. As for my choices: monks are dressier than loafers but more casual than bals so I need items that are similarly "semi-casual". Pants are wool, though very lightweight and springy. Shirt is white, but it is an oxford cloth with a button down collar which is a bit more casual. Tie is black, but it is an unlined knit with a square bottom and a slightly transparent weave. Jacket is a very clean and tailored style in a fairly "city" fabric, though it has a more casual checked pattern.

 

I like everything about this outfit except for the tie. Personally, I think it's a bit warm now for knit ties, and I think something like a very deep navy or violet would work better here. Nonetheless, I'm a fan of the monotone color scheme you've got going!

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I like everything about this outfit except for the tie. Personally, I think it's a bit warm now for knit ties, and I think something like a very deep navy or violet would work better here. Nonetheless, I'm a fan of the monotone color scheme you've got going!

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