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Sorry if this has been addressed: did AE at some point upgrade the Kenwood from corrected grain, brush-off leather to fullgrain calf? I am guessing so based on the current Shoebank description--but it's a little ambiguous, describing the shoe as premium unlined calfskin AND "grain calf." What does this mean? Is the strap alone corrected grain? I'm thinking about nabbing a pair of seconds for $169. Or shell for $399? Or not.


which color and which sole?  the burgundy and black on leather sole are corrected grain.  the rubber soled versions are calf.  there were some other grain versions a while back.  i have a pair in brown grain and i love them for casual wear. i prefer the fit and feel over my rancourts.

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which color and which sole?  the burgundy and black on leather sole are corrected grain.  the rubber soled versions are calf.  there were some other grain versions a while back.  i have a pair in brown grain and i love them for casual wear. i prefer the fit and feel over my rancourts.


Thanks.  Burgundy on leather sole. The SA at Port Washington just confirmed for me that they are corrected grain.  Perhaps this is an inducement to get the shell!

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Thanks.  Burgundy on leather sole. The SA at Port Washington just confirmed for me that they are corrected grain.  Perhaps this is an inducement to get the shell!

I just bought a pair of Kenwood VIP from Shoebank for my son. They're burgundy calf with rubber soles. I think they're a great value at $169.
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which color and which sole?  the burgundy and black on leather sole are corrected grain.  the rubber soled versions are calf.  there were some other grain versions a while back.  i have a pair in brown grain and i love them for casual wear. i prefer the fit and feel over my rancourts.


Thanks.  Burgundy on leather sole. The SA at Port Washington just confirmed for me that they are corrected grain.  Perhaps this is an inducement to get the shell!


Agreed... Also keep in mind they don't make these in shell anymore, so if you want them, get them! I just bought mine last week!

That said, just know that while the Kenwood is recraftable, it is not Goodyear welted, but rather has a Blake/rapid stitch sole.
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It's actually built on the 333 last, hence the chisel toe.
Thanks. They do remind me of the Flatiron minus the medallion.
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Can the spoon method or deer bone be used to flatten the rolls on shell cordovan? Looking at a vintage used pair, but I am not sure about the deep rolls.
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Agreed... Also keep in mind they don't make these in shell anymore, so if you want them, get them! I just bought mine last week!

That said, just know that while the Kenwood is recraftable, it is not Goodyear welted, but rather has a Blake/rapid stitch sole.

How did the sizing work out for you? I like the idea of an unlined shell loafer, but something about the beef roll and pinked tongue makes me cringe a little. I don't think I could pull it off.

I feel the same way about kilties and tassels.
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What is it about shell that makes us want to constantly cart all our shoes out into the sun to take pictures? Lol, I do it too.

Awe-inspiring rotation, Mardi. Dare I ask to see the entire family???

I'm not quite ready to face that demon.  A few at a time is all I can emotionally handle.

 

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those bradleys tho...

Thanks (indirectly) to @bl@ster for the Bradleys.  I'm not creative enough to dream up such beautiful shoes.

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Can the spoon method or deer bone be used to flatten the rolls on shell cordovan? Looking at a vintage used pair, but I am not sure about the deep rolls.

Yes, to some degree.  In my experience, it works better on fresh rolls.  Using the back of a spoon, I've been trying to work the rolls out of 5 y.o. pair of shell Leeds with limited results.  They're better than when I started, but the rolls remain evident.

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Agreed... Also keep in mind they don't make these in shell anymore, so if you want them, get them! I just bought mine last week!

That said, just know that while the Kenwood is recraftable, it is not Goodyear welted, but rather has a Blake/rapid stitch sole.

How did the sizing work out for you? I like the idea of an unlined shell loafer, but something about the beef roll and pinked tongue makes me cringe a little. I don't think I could pull it off.

I feel the same way about kilties and tassels.

10.5 3E and fits just like my Duke loafer, perhaps slightly more tapered on the toe. Beef rolls are great with shorts in a way that straps aren't. Also, maybe it's just AEs lasts, but beefrolls somehow seem to work better at wide widths?

I'm more concerned about the black welt with casual dress (shorts) than the pinking. I don't mind the pinking personally and feel it makes it more casual, not less.
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Figure I better post my new shoe closet display shelve setup here too since quite a few AE are in my collection. Set it up last night and am going to try to keep them out of shoe bags but the level of dust will let me know if I should put them back in bags. Such a tough call since they look so great on display haha.

 

Not quite as efficient as @Burzan's solution - I found this shelf unit at Ikea.  I thought 16 cubbies would be plenty.  I've since outgrown it...

Ikea now has one with 25 cubbies - I'm gonna need a larger closet.

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I really want to get something like this. I would love to think I could make myself a custom one, but haven't even began to take the time to think about it...
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I really want to get something like this. I would love to think I could make myself a custom one, but haven't even began to take the time to think about it...

Dude. Do you know the staggering amount of materials and man hours that such a project would require??

Meanwhile, my shoes are all bagged up discretely tucked into corners of my closet, in the vain hope that you-know-who won't be able to tell at a casual glance how many pairs I really have...
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I really want to get something like this. I would love to think I could make myself a custom one, but haven't even began to take the time to think about it...

The cubby shelves are under $200 at Ikea. Not fine furniture, but fine in the closet.
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Not quite as efficient as @Burzan's solution - I found this shelf unit at Ikea.  I thought 16 cubbies would be plenty.  I've since outgrown it...

Ikea now has one with 25 cubbies - I'm gonna need a larger closet.

 

Just the thought of assembling a 25-cubbie rack system from Ikea gives me great anxiety. Anyone else, or is it just me?   ;)

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