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Want to get a pair of versatile shoes. Jeans, chinos, slacks for work. Laid back work environment. Thinking about walnut kenilworths, strands, or brown neumoks. What do you guys suggest? Thanks.

Worried that the kenilworths have no brogueing and will make the shoe look too light.
Is it your first pair of good shoes? Then I would agree that it should be the Kenilworth. I have them in brown and they are the most versatile out of my modest (five) collection by a mile. Although I don't own one, the blucher longwing suggestion is also probably a good one.

It would be my 2nd pr of AE's. My 1st being a dark brown pair of Fifth Avenues. They are a little dressy for daily wear imo.
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I darkened mine with regular polish with dark brown Kiwi (pic w/flash)

That looks great! It's a beautiful golden brown.
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Here is one I don't wear very often - Manchesters I purchased about 20 years ago. They have been recrafted once.


Chris
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1. What model is the 1st pair?


I believe that is the Elgin. 

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Is there a way to get dull - rough shell to shine up? I picked these up on Shoe Bank and the right toe cap is dull compared to the left as you can see in the pic. Other than that they are pretty nice, but  don't think I can live with the difference in shine....

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I've seen the neumoks with slacks and think they work decent.

If I pick the kenilworth do you suggest the walnuts or bourbons?

Thx

 

Neumoks work well with so many different lace colors. Good job :fonz:

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Is there a way to get dull - rough shell to shine up? I picked these up on Shoe Bank and the right toe cap is dull compared to the left as you can see in the pic. Other than that they are pretty nice, but  don't think I can live with the difference in shine....
Those look pretty awesome to me. Regular wear will bring more of the oils to the surface, which increases the glow. You could also try some saphir or AE cordovan cream to moisturize it. But if it were me, I would just wear and enjoy until the shine develops naturally.

My Parks were cloudy when I first got them but are starting to glow nicely now.
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Is there a way to get dull - rough shell to shine up? I picked these up on Shoe Bank and the right toe cap is dull compared to the left as you can see in the pic. Other than that they are pretty nice, but  don't think I can live with the difference in shine....

 

 

Gorgeous shoes.  Since they are brand new, you really don't know how long they have been in the box for, so you definitely want to give a good application of Saphir Renovateur.  I always apply with a dauber, and for new shoes I"ll let it sit for a solid hour until it is 100% dry.  Brush the piss out of them. 

 

What I usually do as well if you want that nice shine, is get a bottle of neutral cordovan polish by saphir.  I use this for both cordovan and calfskin shoes, and it really adds a nice deep rich shine to the shoe, even on top of a freshly brushed renovateur application. 

 

http://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-renovateur.html

 

http://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-cordovan-shoe-polish.html

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Gorgeous shoes.  Since they are brand new, you really don't know how long they have been in the box for, so you definitely want to give a good application of Saphir Renovateur.  I always apply with a dauber, and for new shoes I"ll let it sit for a solid hour until it is 100% dry.  Brush the piss out of them. 

What I usually do as well if you want that nice shine, is get a bottle of neutral cordovan polish by saphir.  I use this for both cordovan and calfskin shoes, and it really adds a nice deep rich shine to the shoe, even on top of a freshly brushed renovateur application. 

http://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-renovateur.html

http://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-cordovan-shoe-polish.html

Does storage without wear damage the leather? I've kept my Strands & McAllisters in AE bags but have not worn them yet. Summer is to hot, winter too wet and slushy. I want to wear them but not lose the crease free toes.
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Gorgeous shoes.  Since they are brand new, you really don't know how long they have been in the box for, so you definitely want to give a good application of Saphir Renovateur.  I always apply with a dauber, and for new shoes I"ll let it sit for a solid hour until it is 100% dry.  Brush the piss out of them. 

What I usually do as well if you want that nice shine, is get a bottle of neutral cordovan polish by saphir.  I use this for both cordovan and calfskin shoes, and it really adds a nice deep rich shine to the shoe, even on top of a freshly brushed renovateur application. 

http://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-renovateur.html

http://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-cordovan-shoe-polish.html

Does storage without wear damage the leather? I've kept my Strands & McAllisters in AE bags but have not worn them yet. Summer is to hot, winter too wet and slushy. I want to wear them but not lose the crease free toes.

Not really. Just be sure to include it in your maintenance routine when you're conditioning. JJR is just suggesting to put some conditioner into the shoes to negate any possible drying out of the leather that could have occurred. It's possible that's the issue for that cap toe.
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Does storage without wear damage the leather? I've kept my Strands & McAllisters in AE bags but have not worn them yet. Summer is to hot, winter too wet and slushy. I want to wear them but not lose the crease free toes.

 

Any pair of shoes that you own can be anywhere from 3 months old, to a year or two, especially the well known models where you might have an uncommon size or if you are purchasing cordovan which is clearly not purchased/manufactured nearly as quickly as calfskin.

 

With that being said, the leather can dry out a bit after a certain amount of time.  It won't hurt the leather, however if you have shoes that are not properly conditioned and the leather doesn't have the moisture it needs from a good application of renovateur, the vamps will be prone to cracking easier as the leather is too dry.  Better to be safe than sorry, besides, who doesn't enjoy getting a fresh pair of shoes with no wear on them and spending some time with the brush. 

 

Its like getting a brand new car and hand waxing her.  Better than what you get from the factory any day of the week.

 

As far as the "crease" free toes, I will say one thing, I am religious about something being in my shoes at all times.  If it isn't my foot, its a shoe tree.  I'll post up a pic of my shell strands later if I have the ability to.  No one will believe me that they are 3 years old with a good amount of usage.  The vamps have almost zero crease, still, after easily over 100 wears.  God I love those shoes.

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I believe that is the Elgin. 
100% correct.
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I placed an order on Christmas day for a pair of brown burnished calf McGregors, which are part of the current After Holiday Sale for $299. I just checked its status online, and it says "Order Received." I thought I would've received them by now, but I guess my #1 new year's resolution for 2015 will be to have more patience. :blush:

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I placed an order on Christmas day for a pair of brown burnished calf McGregors, which are part of the current After Holiday Sale for $299. I just checked its status online, and it says "Order Received." I thought I would've received them by now, but I guess my #1 new year's resolution for 2015 will be to have more patience. :blush:


yeah, I don't think the factory has revved up again. If the shoe isn't in stock at a retail location, it'll have to be made.

 

I'm currently waiting on 3 MTOs :)

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Hello all - new to the Forum, was excited to find a place like this. 

 

Was saddened to see that my favorite Monk, the Norwich, is going away.     On my second pair - will need to quickly add another pair. 

 

 

 

 

(Please excuse my poor shine today!)

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