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Originally Posted by JSO1 View Post

Went TTS on the Maritime. Same size as 5 last. Tried with and without socks.

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Originally Posted by Patrick30 View Post

I'm looking for a recommendation on a pair of AE's to wear with a medium grey suit with either a white or light purple dress shirt with no tie to a June Wedding. I'd like something with a little style,would the Black Strands be a solid choice ? Or is that too much? What about the Fith Ave vs the Clifton ? Any answers would be appreciated , thank you!.....I do also need a brown pair but I have five weddings from now until fall and was gonna start with black. Again, thanks for any feedback!

I don't think I would want to wear a blucher to a wedding. The Clifton seems a little casual for the occasion. Just my opinion. The Fifth Ave would be a great shoe for that. I also like the suggestion that others have made about the Carlyle. I have that shoe in bourbon and love it. If you like the fit of the Clifton better, the Carlyle is on the same last. Also, Jos A Bank sells the Nathan which is the Fifth Ave on the same last ( 8 last) as the Carlyle and Clifton.

I can understand why you are drawn to the Walnut Rogue. I've also been toying with the idea of that being my next shoe. Once you get 2 you'll want keep adding to the rotation. You can start adding burgundy, chili, oxblood, etc... To add some more versatile shoes.
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Originally Posted by vmss View Post

"2) If AE were to have their QC tolerances set at a range to meet SF member requirements...they would be a $1,000 shoe."

I don't agree here.

To become $ 1000 they have to offer better quality leather, refined construction and from leather/paper board heels to leather heels.
There are many other shoemakers that offer $500 range shoes with the abovementioned improvements.

Can someone tell me more about the leather/paper board heels? I've never heard of this. Which part exactly is paper board?

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Picked up my rare Black “Haight” Chelsea Boots from the Burlington Coat Factory at Union Square this afternoon. GORGEOUS boot, amazing calfskin leather AND that Dainite sole! For a freakin' STEAL at $99.00. Fourth pair of AEs in four months...so thanks fer nuthin', ya no-good pushers! Now I'm hooked!

 

 

 


Edited by misterellington - 6/6/15 at 12:57am
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Is the suede strandmok unlined?
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Originally Posted by middlepP View Post

Just left my local AE store. Ordered a pair of maritimes, as their sizing was very limited. Kept the same length but went down from D to B width. Hoping they fight.

I was amazed at how different the same size fit over 3 different shoes of the same model. Major differences in the "humps" of the sole lining.

Interesting approach to sizing the Maritimes compared to the others. I'm headed into a store tomorrow and will have to hope they have 12/13D in stock. Gonna have to keep the next width down in mind.
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Sorry to butt-in on the weekly "AE Quality Control Sucks" thread...or was it the "I'm Trying Really Hard to Find a Justification for Returning These Shoes" forum?  Sorry, I lost track of the whining...

 

So my first Shell purchase has arrived, soooo pumped to get these babies out in the wild...

 

But before I do, what's the best routine for getting them ready and making them show off their natural color/glow/patina?

 

I was thinking:

 

--RenoMat to remove factory-installed goop...then

--Conditioner...then

--Cordovan cream..

 

Then maybe Saphir Neutral polish to shine? (FYI I love the mirror shine look)

 

Obv lots of vigorous brushing between each application

 

Or am I wayyy off base here?

 

Opinions appreciated

 

BTW...for those who hate AE's QC so much - stop buying...they're making $$$, they ain't changing their production process for you and you alone,  and they still make nice shoes - If you're not happy, BY ALL MEANS. don't give them your money.  You are the buyer here, you have choices, so vote with your wallet.  But the vehemence that comes out of some of you is right out of the Shoe Jihadist's manifesto - really people, tranquillo, think of the children...

 

As for the "my right lace is 1 pantone shade darker than the left one - should I return these?" crowd?...Your shoe budget must pale in comparison to all that expensive OCD therapy - or maybe it doesn't and THAT is the problem?

 

Buy

Wear

Enjoy

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Originally Posted by DGY1atTMW View Post
 

So my first Shell purchase has arrived, soooo pumped to get these babies out in the wild...

 

But before I do, what's the best routine for getting them ready and making them show off their natural color/glow/patina?

 

I was thinking:

 

--RenoMat to remove factory-installed goop...then

--Conditioner...then

--Cordovan cream..

 

Then maybe Saphir Neutral polish to shine? (FYI I love the mirror shine look)

 

Obv lots of vigorous brushing between each application

 

Or am I wayyy off base here?

 

Opinions appreciated

 

 

My opinion: don't touch them. Don't strip them with renomat. Just wear them. Shell will develop a lovely patina and glow in time.

 

Don't use the cordovan cream unless they get deep scuffs that don't come out with brushing or a deer bone. The cordovan cream is like the factory goop, but worse. I just leave it the way it came from the factory.

 

If they get dirty, wet, or look dry, give them a little bit of water, brush vigorously while wet, then apply a little bit of Bick 4 to condition/nourish any dry spots, then brush and buff. If you really want a deeper shine/glow, apply a little VSC and buff.

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Originally Posted by 22busy View Post

I don't think I would want to wear a blucher to a wedding. The Clifton seems a little casual for the occasion. Just my opinion. The Fifth Ave would be a great shoe for that. I also like the suggestion that others have made about the Carlyle. I have that shoe in bourbon and love it. If you like the fit of the Clifton better, the Carlyle is on the same last. Also, Jos A Bank sells the Nathan which is the Fifth Ave on the same last ( 8 last) as the Carlyle and Clifton.

I can understand why you are drawn to the Walnut Rogue. I've also been toying with the idea of that being my next shoe. Once you get 2 you'll want keep adding to the rotation. You can start adding burgundy, chili, oxblood, etc... To add some more versatile shoes.
Thanks for the feed back. I agree with everything you said. I think I'm gonna do the Fith Ave in black . The Carlyle in bourbon. I really like it and it seems versatile . I could see it with dark jeans, white collard shirt and a blazer. Then I have to do the walnut strands or bourbon I love them I just don't have much to wear them with. Now the dilemma is for my first wedding with the grey suit do I do black or brown/walnut/bourbon. I'll be wearing a light purple shirt or white.
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Originally Posted by Patrick30 View Post

Thanks for the feed back. I agree with everything you said. I think I'm gonna do the Fith Ave in black . The Carlyle in bourbon. I really like it and it seems versatile . I could see it with dark jeans, white collard shirt and a blazer. Then I have to do the walnut strands or bourbon I love them I just don't have much to wear them with. Now the dilemma is for my first wedding with the grey suit do I do black or brown/walnut/bourbon. I'll be wearing a light purple shirt or white.

I tend to be more traditional and conservative. My first instinct is black. But, today things are moving away from that

http://simplerman.com/2013/03/03/suit-shoe-color-coordination/
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Originally Posted by DGY1atTMW View Post
 

So my first Shell purchase has arrived, soooo pumped to get these babies out in the wild...

 

But before I do, what's the best routine for getting them ready and making them show off their natural color/glow/patina?

 

Buy

Wear

Enjoy

 

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Originally Posted by JSO1 View Post

My opinion: don't touch them. Don't strip them with renomat. Just wear them. Shell will develop a lovely patina and glow in time.

 

Don't use the cordovan cream unless they get deep scuffs that don't come out with brushing or a deer bone. The cordovan cream is like the factory goop, but worse. I just leave it the way it came from the factory.

 

If they get dirty, wet, or look dry, give them a little bit of water, brush vigorously while wet, then apply a little bit of Bick 4 to condition/nourish any dry spots, then brush and buff. If you really want a deeper shine/glow, apply a little VSC and buff.

Congrats @DGY1atTMW on your new shell!  Excellent advice from @JSO1 above. 

 

I would not use Renomat on new shoes.  There's nothing wrong with wearing new shell as is.  They are tough and durable and resilient right out of the box.  If you feel you must remove the factory polish (which is basically the same as cordovan cream), use a rag with warm water.  It works great at removing polish and wax.  Afterwards, wet brush the shoes to a lustrous glow.

 

The Bick 4 routine periodically and VSC for a shine are excellent advice.

 

Regarding cordovan cream, I have 1 pair of shell that are quite dull and no amount of wet brushing or Bick or VSC or Renovateur has given them any luster.  On that pair ONLY do I use cordovan cream.  It brings them to life.

 

Edit:  I just noticed your "mirror shine" preference.  All the advice above will lead to the natural glow of shell, not a mirror shine. That level of shine will require some polish product.  You can try the Saphir Neutral polish.  I prefer creams on shell since wax tends to overly emphasis the bends and rolls while wearing the shoes.  Good luck!

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Originally Posted by ninjanine View Post

Now that I finally have my beloved Allen Edmonds Strands in walnut, I need a belt to match.

I'm in a creative field and never need to dress up for work, so I tend away from the corporate look and try to be more on the cool/hip side of things. Example: my brown belt is this one from John Varvatos:



I like the square buckle.

Against all advice to the contrary I wear my Strands with jeans (albeit dark-rinse ones), a white shirt, and a navy linen sportcoat.

And can I assume we agree that something like the below would be too top-to-toe matchy matchy?

 

I wear this belt/shoe combination all the time. The coordination is awesome in my opinion, and having three feet of pants separates it enough that it doesn't look too matchy.

 

And let's be honest, this is really only for ourselves, not about anyone else, because 1 in 100 people have any clue what our belts look like.

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Originally Posted by Rubik1014 View Post

I wear this belt/shoe combination all the time. The coordination is awesome in my opinion, and having three feet of pants separates it enough that it doesn't look too matchy.

And let's be honest, this is really only for ourselves, not about anyone else, because 1 in 100 people have any clue what our belts look like.

Where all 1 percenters though...I wear a British tan coach belt with my want strands. Inherited it from my dad from when he was skinny ha
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Where all 1 percenters though...I wear a British tan coach belt with my want strands. Inherited it from my dad from when he was skinny ha

 

I should have clarified...which I guess is what I meant when I said this is for ourselves, and our secret desire to encounter another 1 percenter.

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Originally Posted by misterellington View Post
 

Picked up my rare Black “Haight” Chelsea Boots from the Burlington Coat Factory at Union Square this afternoon. GORGEOUS boot, amazing calfskin leather AND that Dainite sole! For a freakin' STEAL at $99.00. Fourth pair of AEs in four months...so thanks fer nuthin', ya no-good pushers! Now I'm hooked!

 

Congratulations.  Those are nice boots.  I have a pair in brown that I got as seconds with no discernible flaws.  I didn't pay a lot for them, but nothing like the steal that you made.

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