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Ok guys, wanted to give you an update on my sun tanned, acrylic finished Leed.

 

 

So it's been only around 3-4 wearings since I applied the finish and all the main areas of the shoe are holding up well. No signs of any degrading of the finish in the creases which I pleased with. I have noticed some areas under the laces where the finish had kind of rubbed off from the friction, no shock there imo. I have also continued to keep them in the sun when I can and the color is a nice rich tone that I would say kind of resembles some tones of Ravello shell or darker Whisky shell I have seen with more yellow/orange maybe.

 

I plan to continue to lighten them and also introduce some olive/cigar type tones by using a mix of fawn & black Saphir cordovan cream over time, I am hoping this may calm the yellow/orange in them a bit. To do this I think I may need to remove the finish as the cream does not really seem to get through the finish very well, so we will see what I decide to do after some more time in the sun and some more wearings. The lightening seems to have slowed down nice applying the finish, not sure if this is due to the finish or maybe that the natural lightening has hit a bit of a peak.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Those started out as merlot/burgundy right Burzan? They have transformed into a beautiful color. Keep us updated.
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When the 744 first came out most people posted a concern that it would suffer from what they called the bulbous toe of the 721. But the shape of the toe on the 721 is exactly what I liked about it, and many work boots. There are several threads on SF where people are using a hammer to try and flatten toes on their boots or putting them in a vise overnight, I don't get it. I am hoping that Wolverine will release another shell boot soon too as they fit my feet very well, or at least have up to this point.

 

A great mystery to me too.. but as you know it is worth it. Took many years to get all the goop off my burgundy shell Leeds using just water brushing and Mac method before Renovator was readily available. 

 

Picked up burgundy Dundees when they first came out and it was soon after Paul had announced the new shell finish and that the master burnisher at AE was being dedicated to shell. They showed up caked in solid goop. It took me a full weekend to get it all off and expose the work of the master burnisher. He went to all the work to finish the boots then handed them off to someone who covered up all his work.

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

My Cambridge's are the only burgundy shell that wasn't covered in cream from the factory, I think maybe because they were afraid of filling in all the perforations.

 

I have to say I saw a pair of Alden Cap Toe's the other day that was very clear the color was Burgundy(or their term for it) - I would prefer to get an AE in shell - will be between the Dalton and a new one that may be coming out - but man I can not see going through all of this on a Dalton...Perhaps for an MTO I can request it to be ungooped...lol 

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Those started out as merlot/burgundy right Burzan? They have transformed into a beautiful color. Keep us updated.

 

They sure did, burgundy shell. Here is a bit of the progression through the lightening process. I am interested in seeing what the leather can handle, I liked the idea of making them a bit more casual. I would say it's been pretty much been in the sun most of the time (4-5 days a week) for the past few months. Some pics from along the way posted below.

 

 

 

 


 

LIGHTENING PROGRESSION PICS FOR THOSE INTERESTED. (Click to show)

 

 

 

 

 

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I have a pair of these on the way from the Shoebank as well. The original is actually suede as well, though a CXL would look excellent. I think someone on the MTO thread did one in dark brown. I went to one of the AE stores in Manhattan and thought this was, by far, the best casual loafer they offer. The red Dainite sole just sets it off.

 

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I have a pair of these on the way from the Shoebank as well. The original is actually suede as well, though a CXL would look excellent. I think someone on the MTO thread did one in dark brown. I went to one of the AE stores in Manhattan and thought this was, by far, the best casual loafer they offer. The red Dainite sole just sets it off.

 

 

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I am an 11.5E in the 5 last and 12D in the 7 and 8 last. I was swimming in 12Ds in the Addison, but 11.5D fit me perfectly. Sizing loafers is no easy task.

 

So got my pair and they fit great -amazingly-  would say the right foot fits perfect and as expected the left is a touch loose in the heel - overall thrilled to grab these so cheap...I am guessing they got returned due to poor fit as the remnants of tongue pads are there. So no defects...save when they packed the shoes they put newspaper in the box so naturally the black ink from the paper got on the shoes in some spots...

 

Any idea the best way to clean these would be? I have a suede eraser and brush and that is it. I plan on placing an order from Hangar Project today so can add something in if anyone has a suggestions. 

 

These things are going to get a crap load of wear they are nearly as comfy already as my broken in Sperry's and Sebago's. I love multi colored boat shoes and would consider MTO's of these if they have other leather colors like this leather style.

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They sure did, burgundy shell. Here is a bit of the progression through the lightening process. I am interested in seeing what the leather can handle, I liked the idea of making them a bit more casual. I would say it's been pretty much been in the sun most of the time (4-5 days a week) for the past few months. Some pics from along the way posted below.

 

 

 

 


 

LIGHTENING PROGRESSION PICS FOR THOSE INTERESTED. (Click to show)

 

 

 

 

 

 

And I am the exact opposite...while I love the way yours are turning out(would love a chukha style in the color you have turned it to) - For the Leeds I wanted a pair that screamed burgundy...which is also what I want in a boot

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I mean, i like the AE shell burgundy color. To each his own though, as long as no one is damaging their shoes in the process of experimentation...
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And I am the exact opposite...while I love the way yours are turning out(would love a chukha style in the color you have turned it to) - For the Leeds I wanted a pair that screamed burgundy...which is also what I want in a boot

 

 

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I mean, i like the AE shell burgundy color. To each his own though, as long as no one is damaging their shoes in the process of experimentation...

 

Agreed.  I like the original burgundy color better.  That said, I am enjoying Burzan's posts on this subject immensely and curious how the acrylic will hold up with additional wear.

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And I am the exact opposite...while I love the way yours are turning out(would love a chukha style in the color you have turned it to) - For the Leeds I wanted a pair that screamed burgundy...which is also what I want in a boot

 

I agree that a chukka would be sweet in the color they are currently.

 

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I mean, i like the AE shell burgundy color. To each his own though, as long as no one is damaging their shoes in the process of experimentation...

 

I made peace with the experimenting as I am a big fan of Alden #8 and would like a pair of their PTB or Dover to fill that area of my collection. These Leeds are also seconds that I picked up for $299, I doubt if I paid retail for first I would be doing any experiments haha.

 

 

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Agreed.  I like the original burgundy color better.  That said, I am enjoying Burzan's posts on this subject immensely and curious how the acrylic will hold up with additional wear.

 

 

Burgundy is a classic color, the lighter tones are more casual and have less mass appeal and versatility imo. It's a fun process for me that I enjoy almost more than actually wearing the shoes at the moment lol. I have only worn the Leeds maybe 6-7 times since picking them up in Feb. Though not wearing them is more so the  fading and color enhancing has more of an overall change rather than effecting creasing more heavily. Creasing will take cream more readily I think from them being dryer and more worked. I believe this is with you see many older pairs with relatively dark creasing compared to other areas.

 

I also want to change the welt and edge on them eventually. Possibly try the process out myself first and then have it professionally done, as I would not be able to do the welt.. 

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So got my pair and they fit great -amazingly-  would say the right foot fits perfect and as expected the left is a touch loose in the heel - overall thrilled to grab these so cheap...I am guessing they got returned due to poor fit as the remnants of tongue pads are there. So no defects...save when they packed the shoes they put newspaper in the box so naturally the black ink from the paper got on the shoes in some spots...

 

Any idea the best way to clean these would be? I have a suede eraser and brush and that is it. I plan on placing an order from Hangar Project today so can add something in if anyone has a suggestions. 

 

These things are going to get a crap load of wear they are nearly as comfy already as my broken in Sperry's and Sebago's. I love multi colored boat shoes and would consider MTO's of these if they have other leather colors like this leather style.

 

Suede eraser did the trick...wooo hooo - hit them with some Nano tonight and party on!

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I just bought my first pair of Allen Edmonds. I grabbed the Strands in Walnut calf. I got some cedar shoe trees too!

 

 

Do you guys think they will work well with slim fit chinos?

 

 

Thanks :)

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I just bought my first pair of Allen Edmonds. I grabbed the Strands in Walnut calf. I got some cedar shoe trees too!

 

 

Do you guys think they will work well with slim fit chinos?

 

 

Thanks :)

 

Congrats, that's one of AE's best selling makeup. One of my favs from AE for sure.  

 

I'm pretty sure the answer to your question is an unequivocal YES. 

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Congrats, that's one of AE's best selling makeup. One of my favs from AE for sure.  

 

I'm pretty sure the answer to your question is an unequivocal YES. 

Strands pretty much go with everything...

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Originally Posted by Kahuna75 View Post
 

 

So got my pair and they fit great -amazingly-  would say the right foot fits perfect and as expected the left is a touch loose in the heel - overall thrilled to grab these so cheap...I am guessing they got returned due to poor fit as the remnants of tongue pads are there. So no defects...save when they packed the shoes they put newspaper in the box so naturally the black ink from the paper got on the shoes in some spots...

 

Any idea the best way to clean these would be? I have a suede eraser and brush and that is it. I plan on placing an order from Hangar Project today so can add something in if anyone has a suggestions. 

 

These things are going to get a crap load of wear they are nearly as comfy already as my broken in Sperry's and Sebago's. I love multi colored boat shoes and would consider MTO's of these if they have other leather colors like this leather style.

Pics or it didn't happen. :cheers:

 

Can't wait for mine to come in. No idea how to maintain them. Will buy suede eraser.

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@Burzan I think you need to send those to B Nelson and get a lighter edge trim. The dark welt is throwing it off a bit now that the shell has lightened up. I would say send them to AE but I'm worried they would try and re-finish the shell in some way
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