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Have you found price leeway this way?  I hear the same line over and over, that all AE sources price the same.  Of course, I have not tried being nice yet. smile.gif

A 3rd item can be rolled in at the same / sale $150 price, which would help if you found an odd number of items.
Call and see if they will sell you one pair for $150, I've asked nicely before and it was done since there were not anything else in my size I was interested in. You can always order the less than 150 close outs anytime.
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Just received a pair of cognac Chromexcel MacNeil 5's with Dainite soles from the 2-fer sale.  Does anyone know what the care regimen is for these?  Do you treat chromexcel the same as calf?

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Originally Posted by jzrhwinnj View Post

Have you found price leeway this way?  I hear the same line over and over, that all AE sources price the same.  Of course, I have not tried being nice yet. smile.gif

A 3rd item can be rolled in at the same / sale $150 price, which would help if you found an odd number of items.

It depends on whom you can get on the phone and what kind of day they're having. Of course, if you have a relationship (say, a 7 or 8 pair order history) with a particular SA, that doesn't hurt. wink.gif
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Just received a pair of cognac Chromexcel MacNeil 5's with Dainite soles from the 2-fer sale.  Does anyone know what the care regimen is for these?  Do you treat chromexcel the same as calf?

 

Venetian Shoe Cream is a popular choice - Horween-recommended.

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Any point to black McAllisters if you already have black Park Aves? Don't have another black shoe in the closet, wouldn't mind another option in that color that would pair well with trousers and a blazer. Never can find any bluchers that seem right.
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Any point to black McAllisters if you already have black Park Aves? Don't have another black shoe in the closet, wouldn't mind another option in that color that would pair well with trousers and a blazer. Never can find any bluchers that seem right.

i would consider shell if you want another pair in black. 

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Any point to black McAllisters if you already have black Park Aves? Don't have another black shoe in the closet, wouldn't mind another option in that color that would pair well with trousers and a blazer. Never can find any bluchers that seem right.

If you wear black shoes several times a week, like me, then sure.
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If you wear black shoes several times a week, like me, then sure.

I wouldn't mind it once or twice a week; but I can't even do that with only Park Aves. Not wearing suits regularly, so Park Aves are out of the question of this role.
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i would consider shell if you want another pair in black. 

Recco?
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Similar boat as you: I purchased a pair of Rush Streets recently (chromexel leather Strands) but don't have anything for them aside from standard cleaner/conditioner. My understanding is that Saphir offers a product specifically for chromexel leather and costs around $20.00. I don't have any experience with their products but hear very good things. From what I've read chromexel is a leather "injected" with animal fats so over time it does not age in the same manner as calf leathers. Thus, it is not advised to use the same of care regime as you would your other calf AEs.
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Recco?

I'm in a similar situation. I don't wear suits often, so the black Park Aves collect dust. My office just officially set a dress code on Friday to take effect immediately, to a strict business casual. No jeans, sweatshirts, untucked button-downs, etc. And we were encouraged to wear the school's colors often, which are black and yellow. So I'm looking into more black casual-ish shoes since the PAs are all I've got at the moment.

I'm thinking about black shell AE Leeds, Alden 9901 PTBs, and Brooks Brothers PTBs (made by Alden). But since most of my wardrobe is geared for brown shoes (stone, british tan, or navy pants most days), I was trying to find a make-up like this Alden Dover from Unionmade (black exposed eyelets, natural welt, and transparent edge dressing) but in black shell with a Dainite or Tempest sole... or a less obnoxious price tag if calf. I'll probably end up MTOing Leeds for it.

Also maybe some Patriots or Randolphs. Depends if you're a loafers guy or not.
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I'm in a similar situation. I don't wear suits often, so the black Park Aves collect dust. My office just officially set a dress code on Friday to take effect immediately, to a strict business casual. No jeans, sweatshirts, untucked button-downs, etc. And we were encouraged to wear the school's colors often, which are black and yellow. So I'm looking into more black casual-ish shoes since the PAs are all I've got at the moment.

I'm thinking about black shell AE Leeds, Alden 9901 PTBs, and Brooks Brothers PTBs (made by Alden). But since most of my wardrobe is geared for brown shoes (stone, british tan, or navy pants most days), I was trying to find a make-up like this Alden Dover from Unionmade (black exposed eyelets, natural welt, and transparent edge dressing) but in black shell with a Dainite or Tempest sole... or a less obnoxious price tag if calf. I'll probably end up MTOing Leeds for it.

Also maybe some Patriots or Randolphs. Depends if you're a loafers guy or not.

The AE conundrum seems to be that if you want a blucher you're forced either into an orthotic shoe with a rubber sole, a wingtip Macneil or PTB, or loafer.

Already have Patriots in burgundy calf and brown shell, not interested in Leeds or Macneil. The only plain toe I would entertain is the Dundee; just not sure if that is too fashion forward for business use.

Really I should be looking at a captoe blucher like the Clifton; which is a Nordstrom exclusive, decent shoes as I've had 3 of them over the years, was just hoping on changing things up.
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Strands on sale at Nordstrom for $240.

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If you're not in suits all that much, you might be all set for balmorals. Having said that, today is the last day to get McAllisters on sale through Nordstroms. Id go for merlot

Thanks for the response and the tip unfortunately it's only the black mcallisters that we're on sale otherwise I would have jumped on them.
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Were the bolded items previous purchases?  They won't make and I want Bayfields.  Did not see them during this sale and was not watching any previous shoebank sale.

Maybe consider a pair of Bentons/Ashtons.  Whether or not you need a softer step, the combination of softer sole/heel + orthotic insole makes longer days on your feet more comfortable.  

No you're right I got the bayfield seconds last year and the Leeds during the last shell 299 sale. I'm in my mid 30s so the idea of orthotic shoes hadn't crossed my mind but you have a valid point.
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Just received a pair of cognac Chromexcel MacNeil 5's with Dainite soles from the 2-fer sale.  Does anyone know what the care regimen is for these?  Do you treat chromexcel the same as calf?

IMO it is as important to clean them before you condition them. I use Fiebing 100% Glycerine Saddle Soap and water on CXL first and let it dry completely before conditioning them. I use a knuckle brush that you clean your nails with, the bristles aren't too hard or soft, just about right to restore the nap on the CXL. After brushing them with the saddle soap I rinse the soap off with a small stream of hot water out of the deep sink. The Glycerine helps condition the leather also, after I am sure they are dry then I condition them. Let them dry without any additional heat on their own in a well ventilated place.

 

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~ I'm in my mid 30s so the idea of orthotic shoes hadn't crossed my mind but you have a valid point.

In addition to the Benton, which I own in chili, the Wilbert is another similar shoe to consider IMO.

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