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Originally Posted by rostov View Post

Technically, as we've been discussing, the same workers may NOT be punching the same patterns. The pattern punching for uppers seems to happen in the DR for the non-independence calf shoes. There is an argument to be made that each factory might do different things better. This could make Cordovan shoes better constructed, being built in PW, or even worse...

For instance, I might suppose that the QA for leather selection for uppers may be better in the PW, but that they may not be as attentive to detail stitching as in the DR, especially where it comes to hand-stitching. For example, the Cordovan Kenwood seems to be the only hand-sewn shoe made in PW, so is it really going to be as well-constructed as the calf Kenwood which is hand-sewn in the DR where all the other hand-sewn uppers are crafted? I don't know the answer to this, but I do suspect there is a difference here in construction quality and attention to detail, one way or another.

Yes, you're right, though I would think that the tools and processes are the same or at least similar in both factories. I mean, I can't tell in any measurable way the difference in craftsmanship between, say, my Long Branches and Regent Streets (which were clicked and sewn in the DR), and my shell MacNeils or MTO McAllisters (which were made in PW).
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I was at the nearest retail store picking up some new Bourbon Daltons (great looking boot - glad I could get them with the latest 15% discount) and was very glad to hear the new oxblood shoes are supposed to be coming out mid-November.  The Dalton, Strand and I think 13 other shoes will be offered in the color.  Apparently, they've gone through at least 3 different shades so it will be interesting to see what comes out.  Definitely will be good to see more offerings in that type of color.  Of course, it all depends on what the shade ends up being.  Just thought I would share.

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Sorry to bring up the Long Branch again in regards to the upcoming RDA sale.

 

On the AE site, it lists 4 colors for the Long Branch: Black, Dark Brown Grain, Brown Waxy Leather, and Golden Brown Chromexcel Leather.

 

I'm definitely not choosing black since I'm trying to find the most versatile color and black really only works with black or gray pants. So, which of the 3 brown colors has the most versatility? Originally, I was leaning towards the Golden Brown, but oh Mylanta, that Brown Waxy Leather looks pretty sweet, too. I'm not as enamored with the Dark Brown, but maybe I'm not giving it a fair shake or looking at it as a long-term boot that will age to a better color.

 

Thoughts on which one you'd prefer for colors to match most wardrobes in a business casual environment plus with darker color jeans on weekends?

 

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF6021_1_40000000001_-1_6043

 

Thanks! 

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To piggyback on donkey's post, does anyone have pictures of the black grain Long Branches in the wild? All I can find are the product images on AE's website. I want a black grain boot like Meermin's, but with a Dainite or lug sole and before I just give in and order the Meermin (and get a topy added), I wanted to check out if the Long Branch fits the bill or not. You can barely tell it's grain in the AE photos and want to confirm if that is the case IRL as well.
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PSA, Walnut Daltons are 20% off on Amazon and Nordstrom, making them $340, a bit cheaper than RDA price.
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Great Shakes!!!


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Originally Posted by donkeyhoatie View Post
 

Sorry to bring up the Long Branch again in regards to the upcoming RDA sale.

 

On the AE site, it lists 4 colors for the Long Branch: Black, Dark Brown Grain, Brown Waxy Leather, and Golden Brown Chromexcel Leather.

 

I'm definitely not choosing black since I'm trying to find the most versatile color and black really only works with black or gray pants. So, which of the 3 brown colors has the most versatility? Originally, I was leaning towards the Golden Brown, but oh Mylanta, that Brown Waxy Leather looks pretty sweet, too. I'm not as enamored with the Dark Brown, but maybe I'm not giving it a fair shake or looking at it as a long-term boot that will age to a better color.

 

Thoughts on which one you'd prefer for colors to match most wardrobes in a business casual environment plus with darker color jeans on weekends?

 

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF6021_1_40000000001_-1_6043

 

Thanks! 


I have LB's in waxy brown, and I polish them with Mahogany cream polish. They are basically burgundy, which I think is probably the most versatile colour for a casual and business casual wardrobe out of the colours available.

post #50033 of 70737
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Originally Posted by lemmy127 View Post

To piggyback on donkey's post, does anyone have pictures of the black grain Long Branches in the wild? All I can find are the product images on AE's website. I want a black grain boot like Meermin's, but with a Dainite or lug sole and before I just give in and order the Meermin (and get a topy added), I wanted to check out if the Long Branch fits the bill or not. You can barely tell it's grain in the AE photos and want to confirm if that is the case IRL as well.

Saw it in person at ae store and looked great...def could tell it was grain
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My first pair of AE. Still a favorite after a year or so.[/quote]
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Originally Posted by donkeyhoatie View Post
 

Sorry to bring up the Long Branch again in regards to the upcoming RDA sale.

 

On the AE site, it lists 4 colors for the Long Branch: Black, Dark Brown Grain, Brown Waxy Leather, and Golden Brown Chromexcel Leather.

 

I'm definitely not choosing black since I'm trying to find the most versatile color and black really only works with black or gray pants. So, which of the 3 brown colors has the most versatility? Originally, I was leaning towards the Golden Brown, but oh Mylanta, that Brown Waxy Leather looks pretty sweet, too.

I don't believe the Brown Waxy Leather is being offered any longer.  They're just selling off what is remaining (115B & 8D). 

 

I ordered the Golden Brown for the RDA sale.  Would prefer the Brown Waxy, but it's not available in my size.

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Originally Posted by johng70 View Post
 

I was at the nearest retail store picking up some new Bourbon Daltons (great looking boot - glad I could get them with the latest 15% discount) and was very glad to hear the new oxblood shoes are supposed to be coming out mid-November.  The Dalton, Strand and I think 13 other shoes will be offered in the color.  Apparently, they've gone through at least 3 different shades so it will be interesting to see what comes out.  Definitely will be good to see more offerings in that type of color.  Of course, it all depends on what the shade ends up being.  Just thought I would share.

 

That's great to hear. Can't wait to see the new color. 

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Originally Posted by Trader George View Post
 

To everybody who shared their opinion on the shell Daltons I received with the imperfection on the medallion, I just wanted to say thank you. It was all appreciated, and as I said before, I was leaning on keeping them. That still stands; I've decided to keep them for several reasons. These will not get passed off as seconds, so even if I were to exchange them, what's going to happen to the next person who receives them as firsts? I know I should be selfish in a $725 purchase, but in the end you guys have made me realize it's not something to ruin my day over.

 

It's also just a small error on the medallion, which only few people noticed (VERY FEW) when I asked what they think about the boot, and if they said nothing I followed it with "you don't see anything wrong with it at all?" @Kahuna75 I'd love to fix the problem by rounding off the hole, but I fear putting anything in contact with my shoes other than shoe care products and my feet. That being said, I still am thankful for your opinion and advice.

 

Receiving another pair after waiting several weeks, and having the chance of it being even worse is just a terrible thought for me. But, it's also a great thought; it pushes toward my opinion more to keep the boots. I know several people said they would not keep these boots at all, especially paying full price for firsts, but these are still considered firsts, whether we like it or not. I'm glad to see there were other people who shared my same opinion on disliking the imperfection as first, but I'm also glad that those who told me not to worry about it came forward.

 

Thank you all, and I'll post pictures of them in action over the next few weeks. 

 

As one of the ones who agreed that you were being "fussy", I want to commend you on the calm and reasonable way that you handled some of the comments coming your way. I know you've decided to keep the boots but I do agree with the others who said that if you will ever look down at the boots and be bothered about any of the imperfections and let them detract from the enjoyment of the boots, then you should probably return them.  But then you might have a heck of a time finding a nice pair that you're really satisfied with at that price point.  But it sounds like you're past the initial dismay at the imperfections and will enjoy them for what they are --- a really nice pair of boots, that are going to get scuffed up and develop really nice patina, and any imperfections will be soon forgotten.

 

Enjoy!  And I apologize if I came across as critical.

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Originally Posted by lemmy127 View Post

To piggyback on donkey's post, does anyone have pictures of the black grain Long Branches in the wild? All I can find are the product images on AE's website. I want a black grain boot like Meermin's, but with a Dainite or lug sole and before I just give in and order the Meermin (and get a topy added), I wanted to check out if the Long Branch fits the bill or not. You can barely tell it's grain in the AE photos and want to confirm if that is the case IRL as well.

 

I think you could alter the build for $269+$50 and have a Dainite sole used instead.  

 

Have not seen one in wild yet.  

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Just one reason to love cordovan.



After a quick wipe down with a damp cloth, a little deer bone and some brushing. I was even able to get it looking better after this pic and it's pretty much unnoticeable.

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