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Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread - reviews, pictures, sizing, etc... - Page 3064post #45946 of 707376/25/14 at 6:56ampost #45947 of 707376/25/14 at 7:01ampost #45948 of 707376/25/14 at 7:06ampost #45949 of 707376/25/14 at 7:07amQuote:
+1, I wear my Walnut Shells primarily with lighter grey suits... If iam being adventurous, I will do navy or darker greys...
-Mikepost #45950 of 707376/25/14 at 7:08ampost #45951 of 707376/25/14 at 7:13amQuote:
Ha, I saw the question on the Alden thread, and then looked up some of Ryden's work... Cool he did CDs and stuff before...
Thanks! I was shooting for a mix between Alden's Cigar style (brown shell with "antique edging") and the AE Independence line... I strongly believe AE should do an Indy collection Strand. I went medium brown, as the light brown (transparent) was lighter than I liked... The heel stack looked odd to me the different pieces were significantly differ color tones.this one is a bit better... The Strand is my favorite AE design.
-Mikepost #45952 of 707376/25/14 at 7:16amQuote:
There are tons of polishes that you can use to darken them. The AE Walnut polish, tends to make them look very orange. You could try kiwi or Saphir polishes...
-Mikepost #45953 of 707376/25/14 at 7:23amQuote:Quote:
Agreed. I used walnut premium polish on my Mcallisters and they turned out much too orange. I've started using some dark brown premium polish and wax and it's getting darker. It takes time a little bit of time and work.post #45954 of 707376/25/14 at 7:25ampost #45955 of 707376/25/14 at 7:27amQuote:
Dark brown? I've tried Saphir cognac and light brown to play around with color due to how orange AE's walnut is, but would imagine dark brown will leave you with a dark brown shoe. No?post #45956 of 707376/25/14 at 7:27ampost #45957 of 707376/25/14 at 7:32amQuote:
The color doesn't seem to stay on the shoes as dark as I thought it would. It's not a heavy coat or anything and my excess brushing and buffing might be weakening the effect. My original though was that since AE's Bourbon is a walnut base + black polish this would produce a similar effect over time. I forgot to mention that the walnut color has basically fallen out of favor with me since I find it pretty much useless on a balmoral so the darker, the better.post #45958 of 707376/25/14 at 7:44am
I tried on a pair of Park Avenues at Macy's last weekend that were on the clearance rack. They were size 9 but fit my foot fine (no tightness at all). I usually wear size 10s. I chatted with an AE rep online who told me they tend to run long so that makes sense.
At any rate, I noticed the topline of the vamp area (around my ankle) rubbed my ankle. That is, my feet sit too deep in the shoe and when I walk it chafes my ankle bone skin area. I guess I have a lower arch/instep and the shoe is too deep for me.
I'm thinking the 5-65 last might not be good for my feet.
I really like the look of the Carlyle. I would like to have it in walnut if it fits.
The rep mentioned the Walton, Benton and ... I can't remember the last one for lower vamps but I'm not sure about that. Especially since the Benton is deep intended for orthotics.
Anyway, what I'd ultimately like are two shoes - a formal black oxford (something like Park Ave but better fit) and something like the Carlyle in walnut.
Unfortunately there is no AE store in my area. There are mens stores that carry the brand so I plan on going to try some on but was wondering if anyone could help in my search.
Oh yeah, I bought the Park Aves because how cheap they were (on clearance). Is there any way I can modify these shoes to fit me better or is it a lost cause and I should just return them?
Sampost #45959 of 707376/25/14 at 7:48amQuote:Originally Posted by NWTeal
The color doesn't seem to stay on the shoes as dark as I thought it would. It's not a heavy coat or anything and my excess brushing and buffing might be weakening the effect. My original though was that since AE's Bourbon is a walnut base + black polish this would produce a similar effect over time. I forgot to mention that the walnut color has basically fallen out of favor with me since I find it pretty much useless on a balmoral so the darker, the better.
Okay, just realized you are useing AE's dark brown polish. In that case, what you say makes sense. I find that AE's polishes seem to change the color temporarily whereas Saphir has more pigments and effects a more permanent color change.post #45960 of 707376/25/14 at 7:57amQuote:
Ah, interesting. Maybe I should upgrade to some Saphir polish to save myself some time. Are you using the saphir cream shoe polish?
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