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post #59596 of 70737
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Originally Posted by Neo1 View Post
 


I have the Duke & Grand Cayman and they're both fine - not as good as the mainline but not because of DR vs. US made, they're just made to be more knock-around types of styles.

 

You want quality reduction, look no further than the Concordia/Desoto line.

 

Can anyone compare the Kirkwoods to the CenterFielder shoes? They are at $115 vs. $175 for the Kirkwoods. My Centerfielders wore out after just one summer last year, and my replacement pair doesn't look like it will fare much better. I am liking the looks of those green Kirkwoods, though, but would like to see them be a slightly higher quality shoe, and am wondering if that's what you get for the extra $60.

post #59597 of 70737
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Originally Posted by jzrhwinnj View Post

I own about 25 items on the 1 last.  And Bleeker Streets, Park Avenues and McGregors on the 5 last.

All are 15d.

The 5 lasted shoes are on the narrow side.  The 511 lasted shoes fit great.

Allen Edmonds description of the 65 last:  
"The longest in length of all of our lasts; best for a long, narrow look..."

I would try the Leeds.  I do not think you can size down on the 65 last based just on shell.  But the blucher on the 1 last could work.

I love shell Leeds (have natural, bottle green and 08)

Damn homie.
post #59598 of 70737
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Originally Posted by Rubik1014 View Post
 

 

Can anyone compare the Kirkwoods to the CenterFielder shoes? They are at $115 vs. $175 for the Kirkwoods. My Centerfielders wore out after just one summer last year, and my replacement pair doesn't look like it will fare much better. I am liking the looks of those green Kirkwoods, though, but would like to see them be a slightly higher quality shoe, and am wondering if that's what you get for the extra $60.


Ick...I always wondered how they kept the CenterFielder at 115.  I was actually thinking of the Kirkwood myself due to the CXL, but will definitely pass now.  The Grand Cayman have been fine, but if you're familiar with that kind (Boulder, El Paso, etc.) you definitely don't want to be doing crazy amounts of walking around in them.  Wasn't sure if the Kirkwood was different, but don't want to take a chance.  The Duke was actually available as a made in the USA by BB - wonder if that version holds up significantly better than the normal one like I got.

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Originally Posted by mreams99 View Post

I'm tempted by a couple Shoebank options.
I've got two AE boots, black (&brown) Cascade, and brown grain Malvern.
I've got two Cheaney longwings, one that's a chili color and a black water bison version.
I've got a burgundy PA, and a burgundy Bergland.
I've got a black Kingsley and a chili Bradley.
I've also got an olive Rush Street, a brown Oak Street, and a two-tone brown Bostonian brogued captoe.
I don't wear many suits -- more trousers, khakis, and jackets.
I'm tempted by the walnut Strand and the chili, or walnut Rogue.
I think I've already got too many shoes, but I'm still finding myself wanting these.
What do you think?


Why would you even ask - both are must buys :)

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Originally Posted by cc808314 View Post

I need some advice with my next few purchases. I wear dress casual at work at this time, but sometimes my clients are strictly business dress and I must wear suit and tie at all times. The suit colors are the usual staples. My affair with AE started during the last RDA and I have accumulated several pairs over this time. However, I haven't been very strategic in my aquisitions, and, therefore, need your advice with planning next several pairs.
The current arsenal:

1. Black Park Avenue
2. Chili 5th Avenue
3. Walnut Sanford
4. Dark brown Norwich
5. RL snuff suede Slaton (punched captoe blutcher)
6. Burgundy shell cordovan MacNeil (in progress)

Boots
7. Dark brown Long Branch
8. Bourbon Dalton

Few things to keep in mind.
A. The Dalton is brand new, so I am going to exchange them for either Oxblood, chili or dark brown. I haven't decided yet, but bourbon just doesn't appeal to me anymore.

B. I am not really into loafers, but I will consider a pair of burgundy Randolph for variety.

C. I don't have good rubber soled shoes, so I was thinking of 2 pairs (brown San Marco and
Walnut Black Hills/BB chili grain MacNeil w/ v-tread sole).

I really have a thing for burgundy balmoral wing tips. But I am not sure if it is wise to purchase the McAlister or the Cambridge at this time.

It's already too long of a post, so I will you take it from here gentlemen.

Thanks in advance.


B. You were like a B-width most of the time, correct?  For a loafer, give the Presidio a try - it might actually work for you.

C. I love the commando rubber sole shoes AE makes, I'm trying to get all the ones they still have.  My guess is you'll like the San Marco but the Black Hills will be way too large & wide for you.  But go for them both, they're both great.  I'm wearing my Jermyns right now, and with the trouble they and the Grayson have given me, I won't touch the MacNeil with a ten foot pole, so I can't comment on that. 

 

The balmoral wing tip thing just doesn't work for me - they're incredible looking if you can pull that off.  Ask JSO for more pics of his Cambridge - he'll be happy to share :)

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Originally Posted by Neo1 View Post


Really strange - I've honestly never heard anyone describe the 511 as longer and narrower than the 65.  Guess everyone's different.  I find most of AE's lasts pretty wide.  The 108 & 222 are more tapered/form fitted, and the 97 for loafers is just ridiculous, but the rest are fairly roomy for me, especially the 511.  Did you really just delete your exclamation point after the 108 or am I losing it? smile.gif
i take the same size 10D in 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and 8 lasts. 1 is probably the shortest and widest of all those.
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Originally Posted by mrfixit View Post

i take the same size 10D in 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and 8 lasts. 1 is probably the shortest and widest of all those.

I find 7 to be much shorter than 1, and much wider. Can't believe you take the same size in the 2.
post #59603 of 70737
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Originally Posted by Neo1 View Post
 


Ick...I always wondered how they kept the CenterFielder at 115.  I was actually thinking of the Kirkwood myself due to the CXL, but will definitely pass now.  The Grand Cayman have been fine, but if you're familiar with that kind (Boulder, El Paso, etc.) you definitely don't want to be doing crazy amounts of walking around in them.  Wasn't sure if the Kirkwood was different, but don't want to take a chance.  The Duke was actually available as a made in the USA by BB - wonder if that version holds up significantly better than the normal one like I got.

 

I see Shoebank has the South Shore, which is last year's model, for $97. I'll be hopeful that they are just clearing out firsts in a close out model and I'll get a nice pair.

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Originally Posted by Neo1 View Post
 


Ick...I always wondered how they kept the CenterFielder at 115.  I was actually thinking of the Kirkwood myself due to the CXL, but will definitely pass now.  The Grand Cayman have been fine, but if you're familiar with that kind (Boulder, El Paso, etc.) you definitely don't want to be doing crazy amounts of walking around in them.  Wasn't sure if the Kirkwood was different, but don't want to take a chance.  The Duke was actually available as a made in the USA by BB - wonder if that version holds up significantly better than the normal one like I got.

 

The Duke I purchased last summer has held up well so far. The price was set around the fact it was made in the DR, had a rubber sole, and wasn't recraftable... but the lug sole has worn well for me. If anything, the upper is a bit misshapen, but I figure that has more to do with the style and my gait than construction. When buying, I was hoping to get 3 years out of them, and I think I'll get that and more.

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Originally Posted by FatTuesday View Post
 

Working on the burgundy shell herd tonight...

 

 

I've settled in on a maintenance routine - wet brushing and boning (with a spoon).  I've been doing the wet brushing on shell for a while, thanks to @Cold Iron.  I just started spooning.  I must admit, the results are astonishing.  Shoes that I thought were wrinkled beyond repair have now snapped back to looking like new.  Pretty damned cool!  Still a couple of pairs to go...


Would you explain "wet brushing" and your technique for spooning?

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Rostov - would you believe on my Dukes, the left is mishapen? Doesn't give me a good feeling...
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Couple 2.0s up on the web site: LeedsDundee; and MacNeil (all available in brown grain!)

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Would you explain "wet brushing" and your technique for spooning?


My understanding of the two methods is as follows:

 

The traditional Mac Method involves wiping with a gently damp cloth, letting dry, then brushing vigorously for a while, then buffing to a shine.

 

Wet brushing involves wiping with a wet (not damp) cloth, and then brushing while the shoes are still wet, rather than waiting for them to dry. Then you buff to a shine.

 

I'm not familiar with the deer bone and spoon methods, as I don't use them to flatten the rolls or remove scuffs, but I think the basic approach is to clean the shoes, brush them a bit, then use the deer bone to further bring up the oils and bring down the creases, then buff to a shine.

post #59609 of 70737
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Originally Posted by naspratt View Post
 

Couple 2.0s up on the web site: LeedsDundee; and MacNeil (all available in brown grain!)


That "chili" MacNeil looks very much like bob's/dark chili. I'm curious whether AE is slowly ditching the original chili color and replacing it with the bob's/dark chili color, and then ditching the "bob's" or "dark" moniker from it.

 

Also, I was wrong about the grain - I thought it was going to be a walnut grain. Whoops. Still though, this grain is tighter than before, like a scotch grain now rather than the massive grain on the Oak Street.

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Someone asked about the Maritime the other day and my pair arrived in the mail this morning. I think the quality, shape and leather are all fantastic. So far I like these better than my OSB boat shoes and might actually replace the OSB pair if I can snag a deal on a pair of the Maritime in brown CXL.

 

I was able to get this pair on eBay for $75 shipped to Canada, they do not seem to have a flaw but are previously worn. Probably was a store return that was unsellable after that and then sold to the eBay seller. They are marked no warranty but I am ok with that for the price, very happy with them so far.

 

 

 

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