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post #56821 of 70737

Hello, AE thread! Lurked here for months, registered recently and just now posting. I don't know about everyone else but I've really enjoyed seeing before/after AE recrafting results. I recently sent in some well worn black Park Avenues I bought off eBay and just got them back today. This is the first pair I've sent in for recrafting and I was really blown away from the results. The soles are obviously great but the uppers feel much closer to new than I expected. I'm not sure if it's strictly the stripping and refinishing they do or the act of stretching them a bit to attach the new welt and soles (or maybe a combination of both) but they really surprised me.

 

I took a few "before" photos and a few more this afternoon of the results. Sadly, the photos are pretty poor because I am in no way a professional photographer and taking pictures of the black leather was very difficult to get lit well. I'm going to end up showing the pictures with the flash here because they show more of the original imperfections and how much they've been improved upon. The downside to the flash is that it does make the leather look a lot shinier than it is in real life. It's actually the typical matte finish which I greatly prefer.

 

Also, I shipped these out on 2/11 and received them 3/10 if anybody ever sees this post and wonders about the turn-around time.

 

Before 1:

 


After 1:

 

 

Before 2:

 

 

 

After 2:

 

 

Before 3:

 

 

After 3:

 

 

In case the poor quality photos don't prove it, I'm in no-way affiliated with AE. Just a fan thanks in large part to StyleForum and this happens to be my first post.

post #56822 of 70737

What have you done to your black McTavishes, if anything?

 

I just got some black McTavishes, and I love them.  I've also got the cognac (the darker, not the lighter) and I love them as well.  I put a little neutral polish on the toe and counter of the cognac and like it (did the same for my olive and navy Rush Sts).  I had planned to do the same for the black, but now that I've got them, I'm not sure.  I'm considering leaving them as is. 

 

I didn't realize that they had contrasting stitching and soles, but I really like it.  Clearly, if I do anything with a polish, I'll need to use neutral so I don't change the stitching color.

 

Has anyone done anything to the Black McTavish other than a leather conditioner or saddle soap, any polishing?   Got any pics if you have?

 

I've got the AE colored laces, but I'd like some the color of the stitching, kind of a gold color.  I found some laces on Amazon called "cognac", but without seeing them in person, who knows.

post #56823 of 70737
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Originally Posted by Soupy View Post

 

 

In case the poor quality photos don't prove it, I'm in no-way affiliated with AE. Just a fan thanks in large part to StyleForum and this happens to be my first post.

 

FWIW, taking terrible looking pictures is actually what AE does best.  But, I do believe you.

 

Shoes look great!

post #56824 of 70737
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Originally Posted by Al Dente View Post


Two things to consider, the style and the last, or shape. I like a more european shape to my shoes, so I picked shoes on the 333 last.  My suits are slim and I think this works well together, but I think a Starnd or Park Avenue would work too.  I don't think brogueing is a deal killer either, although it would go better with British European vs. Italian European.  I think AE is hard to pigeonhole because they have so many styles out there.  They have some shoes that would look silly with a European look, and some that would fit right in.  Some shoemakers I think would decidedly fit in one camp or another, i.e. Alden vs. Carmina, but I don't think you can make generalizations about AE.

The 8/108 last I think is AE's sleekest and most compatible with slim cut. But I think it's more than just the last- the sole will make the shoe bulky or sleek (single sole, and one that doesn't protrude far past the edge of the leather would be sleekest). I find everything on the 5 last too frumpy, bulky and round for any kind of slim trouser.

Check out the mcclain, vernon, hail, mora 2.0- all on the 8 last and fairly euro/sleek imo. In fact, I'd say the toe is a bit long on this last but for me this is better than stubby and round.
post #56825 of 70737
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Originally Posted by Soupy View Post

Hello, AE thread! Lurked here for months, registered recently and just now posting. I don't know about everyone else but I've really enjoyed seeing before/after AE recrafting results. I recently sent in some well worn black Park Avenues I bought off eBay and just got them back today. This is the first pair I've sent in for recrafting and I was really blown away from the results. The soles are obviously great but the uppers feel much closer to new than I expected. I'm not sure if it's strictly the stripping and refinishing they do or the act of stretching them a bit to attach the new welt and soles (or maybe a combination of both) but they really surprised me.

I took a few "before" photos and a few more this afternoon of the results. Sadly, the photos are pretty poor because I am in no way a professional photographer and taking pictures of the black leather was very difficult to get lit well. I'm going to end up showing the pictures with the flash here because they show more of the original imperfections and how much they've been improved upon. The downside to the flash is that it does make the leather look a lot shinier than it is in real life. It's actually the typical matte finish which I greatly prefer.

Also, I shipped these out on 2/11 and received them 3/10 if anybody ever sees this post and wonders about the turn-around time.

Before 1:





After 1:




Before 2:







After 2:




Before 3:




After 3:




In case the poor quality photos don't prove it, I'm in no-way affiliated with AE. Just a fan thanks in large part to StyleForum and this happens to be my first post.

Spectacular work. Makes me reconsider getting recrafting done at the local cobbler, even at half price of AE's fee for the same.
post #56826 of 70737
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Originally Posted by Soupy View Post
 

Hello, AE thread! Lurked here for months, registered recently and just now posting. I don't know about everyone else but I've really enjoyed seeing before/after AE recrafting results. I recently sent in some well worn black Park Avenues I bought off eBay and just got them back today. This is the first pair I've sent in for recrafting and I was really blown away from the results. The soles are obviously great but the uppers feel much closer to new than I expected. I'm not sure if it's strictly the stripping and refinishing they do or the act of stretching them a bit to attach the new welt and soles (or maybe a combination of both) but they really surprised me.

 

I took a few "before" photos and a few more this afternoon of the results. Sadly, the photos are pretty poor because I am in no way a professional photographer and taking pictures of the black leather was very difficult to get lit well. I'm going to end up showing the pictures with the flash here because they show more of the original imperfections and how much they've been improved upon. The downside to the flash is that it does make the leather look a lot shinier than it is in real life. It's actually the typical matte finish which I greatly prefer.

 

Also, I shipped these out on 2/11 and received them 3/10 if anybody ever sees this post and wonders about the turn-around time.

 

 

In case the poor quality photos don't prove it, I'm in no-way affiliated with AE. Just a fan thanks in large part to StyleForum and this happens to be my first post.

Thanks for that post very helpful.  I recently took in some shoes to my local cobbler.  He took off the whole bottom of the shoe completely and put a new one on.  That part was fine, but whatever he did to the upper, and the staining on the inside of the shoe, was just about a disaster.  All for $100.  I think my AE's will go back to AE.

post #56827 of 70737
Apologies if this is a re-post, but 6pm.com has certain AE styles on clearance at the moment:
http://www.6pm.com/allen-edmonds-mens-shoes~k
post #56828 of 70737
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Originally Posted by BoxSRS60 View Post

What have you done to your black McTavishes, if anything?

I just got some black McTavishes, and I love them.  I've also got the cognac (the darker, not the lighter) and I love them as well.  I put a little neutral polish on the toe and counter of the cognac and like it (did the same for my olive and navy Rush Sts).  I had planned to do the same for the black, but now that I've got them, I'm not sure.  I'm considering leaving them as is. 

I didn't realize that they had contrasting stitching and soles, but I really like it.  Clearly, if I do anything with a polish, I'll need to use neutral so I don't change the stitching color.

Has anyone done anything to the Black McTavish other than a leather conditioner or saddle soap, any polishing?   Got any pics if you have?

I've got the AE colored laces, but I'd like some the color of the stitching, kind of a gold color.  I found some laces on Amazon called "cognac", but without seeing them in person, who knows.

I just recently picked up a pair from the shoebank. The only thing I've done so far is saddle soap.
post #56829 of 70737
I have the Carlyle in bourbon, made on the 8 last. It's probably my favorite shoe, if I had to pick one. Fits like a glove. I can't help but strut a little when I wear them.smile.gif
post #56830 of 70737
Anyone get the Warwick yet?
post #56831 of 70737
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Originally Posted by RitchieBro View Post

I like the 201 last too......on the Rogue. It doesn't work with the Warwick

Care to elaborate how the Warwick's fit is different from the Rouge's?
post #56832 of 70737
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Originally Posted by Kahuna75 View Post

Cool will grab a pair to check out...I pretty much buy socks now to fit my shoes...Long Branch, GMTO shell Bayfield and MTO Shaker Heights(I ordered a width larger) all get boot socks as they are the winter warriors. My shell Leeds, GMTO shell Townley, CXL Alden boots all get medium socks and the rest of the shoes and boots are standard weight dress socks.

My wife who once thought I was a moron is now convinced

I'm really getting a good laugh out of that last line.
post #56833 of 70737

Guys, quick question:

Are the locations of these creases normal for a pair of shoes that fit well? I'm asking about the ones primarily on the toe cap, but if you spot anything else that looks unusual, please let me know. I should add: they are comfortably snug and not too large and not too tight such that I can't wiggle my toes.

 

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Edited by forbritisheyes - 3/12/15 at 7:26am
post #56834 of 70737

Hi there,

 

I've been a long time lurker so here's my first post. My apologies if this has been asked before... I scoured the thread but couldn't seem to find anything.

 

I was wondering if some AE experts could give me a hand with purchasing my first pair of AE's. I'm thinking of purchasing Strands in brown. Unfortunately, I would have to get them shipped to where I am as the local stores don't carry any Strands.

 

I'm looking to purchase them either from Amazon, the AE website, or Nordstrom online. However, it seems that the "walnut" colour is quite different site to site, and even within the same site.

 

Take for example Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005A1P55O/ref=twister_B001TDL0GK), where their "Walnut Calf" looks quite lighter than the "Walnut" on Amazon/Nordstrom and the "Walnut Calf" on the AE website.

 

So essentially, is there a difference between the "Walnut Calf" and "Walnut" that I see on the websites? I'd much prefer a colour closer to the "Walnut" colour picture on Amazon or such as the beautiful pair here: http://www.styleforum.net/content/type/61/id/513011/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL

 

Thanks in advance for your help!

post #56835 of 70737
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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post

^^^

Looking great!

Just wondering how folks are enjoying their GMTO burgundy strands? I rarely see them in fit pics. How are they treating yall?

I've been wearing mine about twice a week -- about 15 times total. The only problem with mine is they came with a bit of a twist at the left end of brogued strip across the captoe (whatever that's called) on the right shoe, which I assume is what's contributed to the rather large dent in the captoe. In any case, I like them. Here are a few pictures I took yesterday -- the first two under cloudy skies, the others indoors.




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