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I personally use AE products to care for all of my shoes. I'd pick up some of their conditioner, that will always come in handy for keeping your shoes healthy. Since you've got black PA,s I'd also recommend getting their black shoe cream (you could also get their black premium polish, I have premium polish in every colour they offer, but I've grown to like the shoe cream more). I also have a different horsehair brush for each colour shoe to avoid cross contaminating the colours. For buffing I just use an old t-shirt, although their cloths are quite nice as well, but they get covered in polish way too quickly. 

 

My personal polishing process for calfskin shoes is quite easy, but everybody has their own way. I simply apply conditioner to the entire shoe with a cotton cloth, then I dip my finger in the shoe cream (or put the premium polish on my finger, despite the self-applicator) and apply the cream/polish evenly around the shoe. I find that using my fingers applies the polish better and more evenly than using a cloth or the self-applicator. After I've applied it to the shoe I brush it with a horsehair brush, buff it with a cloth, brush it again, buff for an extended period with a cloth, brush one more time, and buff for an even more extended period of time. 

 

Regarding toppies, I have no experience with them, nor do I care to. Just my own opinion though.

 

I hope I could help.

 

Thank you, I appreciate the insightful response.  Based on what you said and the AE videos I watched I'll just purchase the products individually.  Right now I am considering the horsehair brush, conditioner cleaner, black shoe cream or premium polish, and the heel and sole edge dressing.  I don't mind using old t-shirts to buff the shoes.

 

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Congrats on your purchase and welcome. I agree loosely with TG's process for calf care. AE has some great care products and they have some nice care videos as well.

I have toppies on one of my loafers and I really like them. Definitely adds life to the sole and doesn't change the shoe profile much at all. Even better with black edging.

Hope that helps.

-Mike

 

Thank you.  Do you prefer the shoe cream or premium polish?  

 

I do not have much to add as I do not do mirror shine or high luster shine generally but the one thing I absolutely do now is wait a day in between treatments..So if I leather lotion my shoes then I am not putting anything on them for 24 hours...I had a bad hazing form once when applying neutral polish on some boots right after using leather lotion or AE leather  cleaner/conditioner...

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I am starting to build a proper shoe wardrobe and just bought my first pair of Allen Edmonds shoes (black Park Avenues).  I am now in the market for a quality polish kit, do you guys have any recommendations? Would something like this suffice? Also, what are your feelings on topies and would you recommend them?
I personally prefer Saphir shoe products. I have two tins of AE wax polish and they have dried out. There is no issue with my Saphir ones.

I also prefer Topies on shoes. It will save you from having to resole a shoe. Only 34, but I have never had to replace a Topy on any of my shoes.
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I've seen this explanation: A derby has those arching "gooseneck" seams that connect each quarter to the vamp that start at the welt and roll up and forward, then up to the laces.  A true blucher, like the Leeds, does not.  Sometimes a blucher merely has small pieces of leather sewn onto the vamp creating the lacing system.

Thanks for the explanation.
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I personally prefer Saphir shoe products. I have two tins of AE wax polish and they have dried out. There is no issue with my Saphir ones.
 

 

I've just recently started using Saphir for wax polish and I find it very difficult to get a mirror shine compared to the AE caranuba wax. 

 

The saphir one is softer for sure, but do you use the same method for Saphir as AE? 

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Nordstrom has walnut daltons for 318 online right now, but not in my size- usually they do this as a price match- anyone have any idea who they are matching?
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Wore my cappuccino Bayfields yesterday.

 

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I personally prefer Saphir shoe products. I have two tins of AE wax polish and they have dried out. There is no issue with my Saphir ones.

I also prefer Topies on shoes. It will save you from having to resole a shoe. Only 34, but I have never had to replace a Topy on any of my shoes.
Thanks for the explanation.

Can you guys please recommend some online stores where I can buy some Saphir product, mainly renomat and renovateur?
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I personally prefer Saphir shoe products. I have two tins of AE wax polish and they have dried out. There is no issue with my Saphir ones.

I also prefer Topies on shoes. It will save you from having to resole a shoe. Only 34, but I have never had to replace a Topy on any of my shoes.
Thanks for the explanation.

Can you guys please recommend some online stores where I can buy some Saphir product, mainly renomat and renovateur?

Hanger Project
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Hanger Project

Thank you!
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Burnished chili webgems from May 2013.  Don't wear them often enough as I forget how much I do like them.

 

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Didn't realize these were a webgem. I picked up a pair a few months ago from an outlet. Love the color. Thinking about pulling them off the marketplace.

 

Interesting that you've got them up for sale.  I wore them yesterday specifically to decide if I wanted to put them up for sale in order to thin out the collection.  But I think I'm going to keep them.

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Was just at Shoebank.com and saw that they revamped the site today. Looks much better and they've added belts to the mix. With that in mind, I saw that they had some burgundy belts available. Just wondering how close that color of belt would be to their Oxblood shoes. It's just tough to gauge without seeing them in person and was wondering if one of you shoe hounds had something on hand to take a look at. I'm on a waiting list for some Oxblood Strands and would love to have a belt that's close enough to work. Doesn't have to be perfect, but it does have to be somewhere in the ballpark.

 

Thoughts?

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Was just at Shoebank.com and saw that they revamped the site today. Looks much better and they've added belts to the mix. 

 

Major hat-tip to you, sir.  Just scored shell belts in burgundy and black - with the $50 AmEx promo, they came out to $75 each (as opposed to $195 each for firsts).

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Major hat-tip to you, sir.  Just scored shell belts in burgundy and black - with the $50 AmEx promo, they came out to $75 each (as opposed to $195 each for firsts).

Nice. $99 for shell belts ain't bad.

 

I was looking at some larger sizes since you can always get them shortened and I saw this :

 

http://shoebank.com/FactorySecondInventory.php?STY=36915S&DIM=9998&SIZE=42IN

 

I wonder if this is a one-piece shell belt and not a tab belt. 

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Nordstrom has walnut daltons for 318 online right now, but not in my size- usually they do this as a price match- anyone have any idea who they are matching?


They also have strands on sale for 288...  FYI your local AE store should price match to this...


Edited by The Hunter - 12/3/14 at 12:59pm
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Black Park Avenues are also $288. I got mine for $308 from Nordstrom two months ago, which I already thought was a good price.

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Major hat-tip to you, sir.  Just scored shell belts in burgundy and black - with the $50 AmEx promo, they came out to $75 each (as opposed to $195 each for firsts).

Nice. $99 for shell belts ain't bad.

 

I was looking at some larger sizes since you can always get them shortened and I saw this :

 

http://shoebank.com/FactorySecondInventory.php?STY=36915S&DIM=9998&SIZE=42IN

 

I wonder if this is a one-piece shell belt and not a tab belt. 

 

Worth calling to find out.  You don't see one-pieces come around very often. 

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