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Originally Posted by watchidiot View Post

Does anyone have experience with the following soles:
- Clare rubber sole
- VIP rubber sole
- Othello rubber sole
- Hamlet rubber sole

Are any of these 2 piece soles? I'm thinking of doing a casual boot MTO with a rubber sole with a bit more give than Dainite.

Also does anyone have a side by side of oxblood, bobs chili and merlot?

Thanks!

I have had all except the Clare sole - the Clare sole appears to be a dress shoe sole. The VIP is comfortable and wears well, but is more of a dress shoe sole with no lugs for traction. The Othello sole has some small lugs for traction but, as others have mentioned, is soft and wears quickly - but it is very comfortable. The Hamlet sole is pretty thin (I have them on my Nashua loafers) but they do have some small lugs for traction and are very comfortable.

None that I have are 2 piece.

Chris
post #56552 of 70737
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Originally Posted by catlettsl View Post

How dark do your walnut AE'S get after shine and usage? I ask because I recently purchased a pair of Walnut Carlyles. After trying them on I feel like they are too light and will be too casual. If you guys could post some pics that would be great. Thanks

I asked this as well.  Mine got a bit darker, but not the amount that I was expecting.  They are still way light, and I was hoping for something more like this.

 

I think next time I'll go for a chili or a Bob's Chili instead of Walnut.

post #56553 of 70737
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Originally Posted by danwatts2005 View Post

I asked this as well.  Mine got a bit darker, but not the amount that I was expecting.  They are still way light, and I was hoping for something more like this.


I think next time I'll go for a chili or a Bob's Chili instead of Walnut.
Try using mahogany or burgundy and brown polish. It will probably come out like this.
post #56554 of 70737
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Originally Posted by watchidiot View Post

Try using mahogany or burgundy and brown polish. It will probably come out like this.

This photo just happens to be overly saturated, the shoes just don't look like that in person. I agree you can get them close with enough of the right polish.
post #56555 of 70737
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Also does anyone have a side by side of oxblood, bobs chili and merlot?

Not entirely what you were looking for, but what I have available. Left to right:

Merlot Strand, Dark Brown Burnish Strand, Dark Chili Burnished Strand (not necessarily Bob's)

Chili McAllister (web gem from a few years back, not necessarily Bob's), Merlot McAllister

 

Now that AE has a Chili Manistee, I've been meaning to go in and see if either of my two match it reasonably well.

 

Low-lighting room, flash and no flash.

 

post #56556 of 70737
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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post


If you had paid $395 for firsts, then yes, they're terrible.

For $177, they're great. They're 2nds for a reason.

But instead of all the hemming and hawing abd waiting for others' advice, just follow your gut! If you're not happy with the purchase, send them back.


+1

at current 2nds pricing, I call that personality.

 

at 1sts pricing, I'd return them.

 

Your gut is all that matters.  

post #56557 of 70737
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+1
at current 2nds pricing, I call that personality.

at 1sts pricing, I'd return them.

Your gut is all that matters.  

If you buy firsts they will soon look like this anyway... Mine do.
post #56558 of 70737
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Originally Posted by 7_rocket View Post

Mine got dark. All shoes will get darker once you hit it with polish.



Group shot

I suddenly feel less unique in the world...

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@iamelroberto

O M G. Twinsies! BFF?
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i was under the impression that shoes tend to get lighter as you wear them. 

 

a few of my most worn shoes (not aldens) became lighter albeit i didn't use any shoe polish but a simple brush and buff as part of my bi-weekly regiment. 

post #56561 of 70737
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Originally Posted by CGKIII View Post

Not entirely what you were looking for, but what I have available. Left to right:
Merlot Strand, Dark Brown Burnish Strand, Dark Chili Burnished Strand (not necessarily Bob's)
Chili McAllister (web gem from a few years back, not necessarily Bob's), Merlot McAllister

Now that AE has a Chili Manistee, I've been meaning to go in and see if either of my two match it reasonably well.

Low-lighting room, flash and no flash.




Thanks for this!
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Originally Posted by 7_rocket View Post

@iamelroberto

O M G. Twinsies! BFF?

Bros 4 lyfe.
post #56563 of 70737
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Originally Posted by catlettsl View Post

How dark do your walnut AE'S get after shine and usage? I ask because I recently purchased a pair of Walnut Carlyles. After trying them on I feel like they are too light and will be too casual. If you guys could post some pics that would be great. Thanks

This is with flash, I polished my Strands the past couple of years with dark brown and even a bit of black. I find them more versatile now. J
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AE Byron in Merlot today. Found awhile back on ebay. Sorry for terrible pic quality.... J
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If you buy firsts they will soon look like this anyway... Mine do.[/quote]

My thoughts exactly. Those shoes are going to wrinkl whether you buy firsts or seconds. That doesn't mean you need to keep them. You just got a glimpse of the future.
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