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Throw the Delray in the mix, it's my favorite AE split toe, with not too much going on...
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Anyone have experience with the Rutledge? I'm thinking of grabbing a pair off of the seconds sale. The walnuts look fantastic, but I haven't had the chance to see a pair in-person.

I love mine, but don't end up wearing it all that often. Perhaps I should've gotten the dark brown one, as it seems more versatile.

Terrific shoe , regardless. Very light and soft, and I love the Indy sole.
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Yea, those are smoking. I can feel the itch already. I just need some boots and gunboats, that's all. . . . .
After I dipped my toe into the water with black shell Leeds, I figured about the same. Picked up some #8 Daltons and #8 MacNeils. Thought I'd be good.

Then #8 Grayson seconds were on that $299 sale last February and how could I say no?

Now I'm staring down the $399 #8 Leeds seconds in my size that've been waiting in the shoebank for at least three years and...

yeah. shog[1].gif
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Thanks rydenfan! I really like those natural welt and Red Dainite soles you posted and will be sending a pair to Nick, although in brown shell. You always seem to know how to push my buttons to spend more money LOL.

 

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Ok shell experts, how did I do? Do I need to Reno them and brush like I've been reading about? Thanks!!
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Yes these are seconds. I assume those "flaws" are simply do to the excess product they use that I have read about? I will look into picking up some Saphir neutral cordo cream. Any idea where I can get some on the cheap? Exquisite Trimmings?

 

These are my first shell, so not sure what to do next. Thanks for the help, guys. :)

 

Hard to tell for sure from the pictures but I do not think that is excess cream on those. A lady at the shoebank nailed it awhile back when she told me that AE shell seconds are either really good or really bad. You could just water brush them for awhile to see what happens. I use Reno when new and then only once every 6 months to a year after that and a whole lot of water brushing in between. Usually while still warm from wearing them. I tried the neutral Saphir cream but didn't care for it but that was only on my walnut shell Daltons. I do like the cordovan cordovan but then brush the heck out of them after applying it, I prefer to not have any product on shell if I can help it. Many of us have different routines and what works best for you is the right one IMO. Doesn't help that AE shell can have its own "personality" that varies from shoe to shoe. Main thing I feel is brushing and you can't do it all at once it takes time. Let them rest in between sessions.

 

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Where in the world do y'all pick up some decent polishing cloths? All the ones I find our pretty high priced =]

Amazon of course... Amazon Basics Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

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Can an expert tell me about lasts? If I can wear the 108, would the 222 be okay as well? I am reading reviews on the Norwich (222) and people say it is very narrow. Allen Edmonds says it is similar to the Vernon (108) I have Vernons that I really like. Would the Norwich fit the same?

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I've read the comments on the Web Gem monk straps, but do people think about the Ardsley wing tips? I have several pair of Strands, but am in need of a casual wingtip that can be worn with chinos and jeans.

Hate quoting my own post, but not a single opinion on these new Web Gems? I like them, but would like others to chime in.

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Hate quoting my own post, but not a single opinion on these new Web Gems? I like them, but would like others to chime in.

 

If you scroll back to when the e-mail announcing the webgem, there were several people that had negative perceptions of them.  The other comment was that this austerity brogue design would make a great MTO.

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@Cold Iron  my pleasure!!, I look forward to seeing them when they return.

 

I use those same Amazon microfiber clothes and really like them. The only think I notice is that they seem to create dryness in the shell more easily. Like I can buff a shoe with a cloth and its fine but then I buff it with one of these and suddenly dry patches appear. I am wondering if it is the texture of the cloth? I don't wash mine in a washing mating or anything before using them so maybe I should do that??

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If you scroll back to when the e-mail announcing the webgem, there were several people that had negative perceptions of them.  The other comment was that this austerity brogue design would make a great MTO.

The comments I read were on the webgem monks (Pembroke). People didn't like the pinking. I'll go back and look again, but don't recall anything specific to the Ardsley.
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Hate quoting my own post, but not a single opinion on these new Web Gems? I like them, but would like others to chime in.

 

Personally I hate the gumlite sole(meaning I have had to return more gumlite soled shoes than all other combined for various reasons) especially in white but I think the Brown/Tan Strawfut is a better looking shoe.

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Hate quoting my own post, but not a single opinion on these new Web Gems? I like them, but would like others to chime in.


I really like the McTavish for a casual wingtip.
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@Cold Iron  my pleasure!!, I look forward to seeing them when they return.

 

I use those same Amazon microfiber clothes and really like them. The only think I notice is that they seem to create dryness in the shell more easily. Like I can buff a shoe with a cloth and its fine but then I buff it with one of these and suddenly dry patches appear. I am wondering if it is the texture of the cloth? I don't wash mine in a washing mating or anything before using them so maybe I should do that??

I don't wash mine either, well except the ones I use for cleaning around the house. When buffing if it starts to get dry I grab a damp one and start over but it doesn't happen often. I only use them at the very end of the process and only for a minute or two at the most. But I do buff my waxed calf shoes and boots heavily with them.

 

Haven't seen the Manchester in a while on here, Happy Friday! We do not do casual Fridays where I work however in the summer it is hard for me to not sometimes.

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Well got my McNeil 5 Cognac's replacements back today and they a great looking. While there are a bunch of minor flaws on these they are staying. I would have to even question if the first pair I received was on the 5 last now that I have the new pair. These are much more refined looking than the last pair and the fit is great and I will not have remorse when I sell my Rush St that do not fit great now. 

 

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^^ Wow, they look great! COngrats.
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Are Allen Edmonds boat shoes any better than the Sperry's I have now?

 

I dug up a discussion from a year and a half ago:

 

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Anyone have any experience with AE's boat shoe offerings? I like the looks of the Harbour in brown, though I know their cemented and made in the Dominican Republic. Would y'all skip AE for boat shoes and just stick with something like Sperry's?

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I have the AE Eastport and really like it. I have Sperry's and Sebago's also. The last Sperry's I bought a couple of years ago are really poor quality - much worse than the Sperry's I bought 5-6 years ago. The Sebago's I recently purchased are vastly superior to the Sperry's. The Eastports are much nicer than the Sebago's - more comfortable, lined inside, and the leather is much nicer.

Granted the Sperry's were cheapest, the Sebago's next higher priced, and the AE's most expensive, but the difference is not much. The Sperry's were about $80, the Sebago's were about $100, and I got the Eastports on sale for $175. I would say the Eastports are easily twice as good as the Sperry's. Maybe not twice as nice as the Sebago's, but nicer.

I use my Sperry's for car washing, etc. and figure they will last a couple of years. The Sebago's and Eastports are used for less strenuous activities and are holding up well.
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Like Chris I also have the Eastports and agree with what he says. They are much nicer than the others and better quality IMO, and my go to shoe in the heat of the summer. July and August I wear them almost every night when I get home from work and on most weekends. Mine took some breaking in to be comfortable but once they did are fantastic, and I expect they will hold up for a very long time. For canoeing and portage or wading wet while fly fishing I have an older pair of Irish Setter boat shoes that are more technical than sporting so those are what I use for more demanding rougher use, the others would never hold up to that except maybe the Eastports. It is almost 15 below zero F today so talk of boat shoes is cruel and unusual punishment. The dog days of summer will be here soon enough however and I look forward to breaking out the Eastports once again.

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Thanks for the responses, guys. I think I much prefer something with a lower profile like the Harbour to something with a more pronounced sole and heal like the Eastports. No offense, but the Eastports look a tad more "old man"ish for some reason. Sort of the same difference between Sperry's Authentic Original and their Billfish.

 

I noticed the Eastports are handsewn and the Harbour are cemented. Do you anticipate a big difference in quality between the two?

 

Also, did you size down for AE boat shoes? I tried on Sperry's at a store and the size 8 seemed more appropriate than my usual 8.5.

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Your comparison is spot on.  The Eastports are much less nice looking and are much more "I've given up because I'm an old old man"ish.  The Westport and Harbour is much more classic and timeless looking, like the Sperry Authentic Original.  Even the tan baseball one ("Shortstop") is a much better look in my opinion.  Again, the Eastports just look like some Tommy Bahama type shoes that retirees would be wearing to a Jimmy Buffet concert on a cruise.

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