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I have heard several people speak of removing the Allen Edmonds polish? Is that something you are supposed to do? How do you go about it?

 

Only applies to shell.

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The brown grain Kiowas (Strands with split reverse welts and Vibram Lug Soles) from the Tent Sale arrived here today.  Can't tell from the box or the shoes if they are seconds, although if I spent several days carefully studying them using high intensity lights, a micrometer, and a high power magnifying glass like some people do, I could probably find something wrong that no one would ever notice.

 

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That looks exactly like something that @bl@ster or somebody could have MTO'd.  Really nice makeup.

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That looks exactly like something that @bl@ster
 or somebody could have MTO'd.  Really nice makeup.

Agree completely. Looks like a nice casual makeup for less than perfect weather days. May need to grab a pair of those
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I know these are pretty basic AEs, but my "Bradleys" are one of my favorite pairs to wear all day.


Great looking shoe, one of my favorite pairs as well. It is a very versatile shoe and I reach for this pair of AEs most often when wearing jeans.
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Agree completely. Looks like a nice casual makeup for less than perfect weather days. May need to grab a pair of those

When I received the Tent Sale email, I noticed the brown grain Kiowas.  I looked at the Shoebank and regular Allen Edmonds websites and didn't see Kiowas anywhere, so I called.  I was told that the Kiowas weren't on either website but they had them in stock. 

Since taking the picture, I laced them up and tried them on.  The Kiowas have some sort (not Poiron) of cushioned insole and I very comfortable.  Now I am wondered why Allen Edmonds didn't put the same cushioned insole the the Ridgeways, which also have Vibram Lug Soles.  The Kiowas are more comfortable than the Ridgeways.

As I have mentioned in the past, I like the Vibram Lug Soles, since I often walk beyond where the sidewalk ends, but don't like boots.  I think that I will be able to walk straight up any mountain wearing the Kiowas.

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Great looking shoe, one of my favorite pairs as well. It is a very versatile shoe and I reach for this pair of AEs most often when wearing jeans.

Dark jeans? Brown or black Bradleys?
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They will also greatly improve once you get all that AE polish off of them and brush them.  I had something similar with my shell patriots when I received them as seconds and found that it looked much better once I got all the AE polish off of them.

What did you use to do that? Would Saphir Renovateur work?
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What did you use to do that? Would Saphir Renovateur work?

 

We talked about this back a few pages.  Wipe them down with a damp rag to get as much off as you can.  When dry, apply Renovateur and extensive brushing.  I did the damp rag and extensive brushing every night for the first week or so to get all that stuff off.  It takes a long time.

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That looks exactly like something that @bl@ster
 or somebody could have MTO'd.  Really nice makeup.

Except....

Bl@ster would have included brass eyelets!
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Hi all - new to the forum, have learned a lot in this thread about AE shoes, thank you to everyone posting.  

 

My questions have to do with AE Factory Seconds.  

 

1) Is the AE process for determining flaws/irregularities particularly strict?  I just received shipment of an order of factory second Brown Shell Cordovan Strands - outside of a couple scratches (wouldn't refer to them as light, but definitely not deep) I can't spot an irregularity at all.   The brogue-ing doesn't look off center or anything, I guess you could say the color is slightly lighter on one shoe than the other... but other than this (and calling these flaws feels like reaching), shoes seem great.

 

2)  Are there more common flaws/irregularities in factory seconds to look for?  The reason I can't spot a flaw is maybe because, as a shoe noob, I really have no idea what exactly I am looking for as a flaw...

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Hi all - new to the forum, have learned a lot in this thread about AE shoes, thank you to everyone posting.  

 

My questions have to do with AE Factory Seconds.  

 

1) Is the AE process for determining flaws/irregularities particularly strict?  I just received shipment of an order of factory second Brown Shell Cordovan Strands - outside of a couple scratches (wouldn't refer to them as light, but definitely not deep) I can't spot an irregularity at all.   The brogue-ing doesn't look off center or anything, I guess you could say the color is slightly lighter on one shoe than the other... but other than this (and calling these flaws feels like reaching), shoes seem great.

 

2)  Are there more common flaws/irregularities in factory seconds to look for?  The reason I can't spot a flaw is maybe because, as a shoe noob, I really have no idea what exactly I am looking for as a flaw...

It really depends on the shoe.  I have eight pairs of AE seconds and the flaw is extremely minor and in many cases repaired by me.  For example, I have a pair of Banchory's and there was a black mark on the inside heel of the left shoe. I took 220 grit sandpaper and removed it in about three seconds.  As well, about a half-inch of stitching is a bit messy just above that area.  Beyond that the shoes are perfect.  I have some seconds I can't even see the flaw on.  However, other members have indeed posted pics of seconds with serious flaws, some serious enough to warrant the shoe being considered thirds (if that's the proper term).

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Will the AE DearBorn and Wide Basic Dress belt be ok with both suits and jeans? I was thinking of grabbing one of each before my friend ships out my stuff.

 

After measuring a current belt from prong tip to hole it was 86/87 and leather strap was about 84/85 so a 34" should be suitable, correct? I get confused about my size because all my pants are labeled differently. My Levis are 32/32 but I had the waistband altered.

 

And...would this belt that I currently own pair well with either bourbon or cordovan #8? Is it too casual or would it be ok with a suit if the time came?

 

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The color is a little off. In real life I would say it's a little lighter and not *as* red looking. It seems a little bright for bourbon shoes and a little light for shell #8 going off pictures of the shoes. I almost wanna say this belt might match a shoe in a chili color better but I'm still learning...

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Love the elongated toe cap on these... I might have to check out the 3 last

 

Does it size the same as the 5 last?

I ordered these in the same size that I wear in the 5 last. This is a little roomier, but still fits good. I probably could have went down a half size.... No regrets though. Probably my favorite pair of shoes in my collection.

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Got my Chili Strands and Walnut McAllisters this week. Love the Strands, but I'm having the same sizing issues with the McAllisters as I have in the past. 8D fits perfect in Strands, but is too wide in McAllisters.

They're sending me an 8C to try out. I just don't understand how there can be such a noticeable variation in width between two shoes made on the same last.
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Got my Chili Strands and Walnut McAllisters this week. Love the Strands, but I'm having the same sizing issues with the McAllisters as I have in the past. 8D fits perfect in Strands, but is too wide in McAllisters.

They're sending me an 8C to try out. I just don't understand how there can be such a noticeable variation in width between two shoes made on the same last.

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