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It looks fine it's just used
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Originally Posted by Al Dente View Post


Do you have a before picture? I like the color.

 

Thanks! Unfortunately I dont... I got carried away before I thought to take a picture of them.

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Is there something wrong with this pair on ebay?
Is this a good deal?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ALLEN-EDMONDS-Park-Avenue-Black-Cap-Toe-Lace-Oxford-Shoes-385-Size-8-D-/181830954210?hash=item2a55f82ce2

These have new heels but need new soles. If you really want these, offer $20-$30. I personally wouldn't touch them.

If you have $100, here ya go: http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&alt=web&id=121736048038&globalID=EBAY-US
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First day in my new (to me) Marlow's. These were produced in 1992 from what I can find. These came in so dark burgundy they were almost black.

Ended up stripping them to an almost cherry red and redying them with cordovan, green, and mahogany leather dye, mixed in with healthy doses of saphir navy shoe cream. Hard to tell with artificial lighting, but I'm thrilled with the depth of color they have now.

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Those look great, @garland. Wish we could see a before shot...

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Originally Posted by keepsake89 View Post
 

Is there something wrong with this pair on ebay?

Is this a good deal?

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ALLEN-EDMONDS-Park-Avenue-Black-Cap-Toe-Lace-Oxford-Shoes-385-Size-8-D-/181830954210?hash=item2a55f82ce2

They look like they have the seconds mark on the sole, so you need to compare them to seconds pricing.  Bidding will end higher of course.  There is an 8D pair at shoebank.com for $229, if you could find a Brooks Brothers model (call and have an SA check the system) it would be $170.  Regular Brooks Brothers model price is $200, if you were just willing to wait for one to pop up, but I think the BB models go pretty fast.  If I were you I would rather get a new pair of seconds.

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They're stamped 00987 10 9591 4913

 

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yep. theyre burgundy shell.


Yep, listed on AE's website: 9591 Burgundy Genuine Shell Cordovan

 

Nice score!

 

Now the question is, flip them as is, or recraft them first and then sell them for more?

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Open question to all. I was looking at a pair of Mapletons that were said to be "oil tanned brown leather." They do look dark as if there is an oil element to these casual shoes. I would appreciate any pro/con comments from those who might be familiar with this type of finish. What can be done to maintain such shoes? Can they be polished or are the scuff areas just a permanent feature. Many thanks for any comments. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

I'd assume that it would similar to CXL as they are both oiled leathers. You would use something like Obenauf's HDLP on them. I think they are tough to shine, so leathers like this, for me at least, would be relegated to casual wear, so no shine really needed.
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Hey guys,

I contacted AE about the other pair I posted on here and they said it was a defect and to replace them. So now I have this pair. The cap toe on the left shoe overlaps with the leather by 2/16" on the outside of the shoe to 4/16" on the inside, while the leather on the right shoe overlaps by 3/16" all the way across. 


Is the cap toe asymmetry noticeable to other people? Is it unreasonable to want a symmetric pair of shoes? 
Or am I just being nitpicky?


I feel like I messed up by wearing them around the house because the leather is no longer perfect (in case I want to return).

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


Thanks!

(fractions not reduced for ease of comparison)
This would bother me and I would return if possible, but these are your shoes.
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I've seen a lot of captoe issues with AE. No one will notice it but you. If you can't live with it then send them back. At the price of their shoes you can't expect a perfect shoe. There's always flaws here and there. Hell, two of my shoebank shoes were better quality than my firsts.
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My third box that arrived on Friday were a pair of dark brown ATL 2nds. Went up a 1/2 size from my 5 last size. Happy I did, as they seem to fit well. Plus I really don't have a shoe that is this color brown. Slightly crooked cap toe, but I can live with that at 2nds pricing, plus the added comfort and ability to put in my own insert. 

 

The leather on these feel nicer than my LGAs, but I like the look of the LGA slightly more. And both of these are light years away (for the better) compared to the MKE loafer.

 

 

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Originally Posted by keepsake89 View Post
 

Is there something wrong with this pair on ebay?

Is this a good deal?

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ALLEN-EDMONDS-Park-Avenue-Black-Cap-Toe-Lace-Oxford-Shoes-385-Size-8-D-/181830954210?hash=item2a55f82ce2

 

By the way, the soles show a faint hammer by the heel used by AE to show these shoes were already recrafted. This means that the uppers may be older than you think as they have already been worn sufficiently to require recrafting at least once. This does not mean you should not consider the shoes at all, but just knowing the facts as you wade in to the purchase.

 

OOPS! Sorry, I did not see Al Dente's response above about the hammer. Consider yourself twice warned and my post to be old information.

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Originally Posted by JR Magat View Post

Question for you gentlemen, for those of you that own walnut calf shoes/boots, what is your preference in shoe polish?  My walnut calf Strands could use some TLC, and I have/used AE Premium Walnut polish in the past and I recall it was very orange which I didn't like.  Would a tan polish be a better option?  Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

It depends on which direction you'd like to go with the color and finish. You could start with some neutral cream and then use the distressing to guide you on burnishing with darker/contrasting colors. Or try something like mid-tan or brown for a more uniform finish. Creams and waxes will work their way out over time so there's nothing wrong with trial and error here.
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I do not suggest anything....it is a burnished finish and the less you do to them the better.. I like to use neutral when I have to and that may be once a year. Some will use black and AE used to have a bourbon cream/wax color. Stay away from Reno or anything like that.

+1. If you like the burnished finish they came with, stick with neutral and go easy on them. Bourbon is walnut with black burnishing so if things get the point you do decide to mess with it, a light/neutral base with black highlights will be the way to go. I hit my bourbon double monks (one of the Mora variations) with oxblood and chili from time to time to try and add some depth/patina. Thin coats have little effect and give you a chance to change direction if you don't like how things are turning out.
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First day in my new (to me) Marlow's. These were produced in 1992 from what I can find. These came in so dark burgundy they were almost black.

Ended up stripping them to an almost cherry red and redying them with cordovan, green, and mahogany leather dye, mixed in with healthy doses of saphir navy shoe cream. Hard to tell with artificial lighting, but I'm thrilled with the depth of color they have now.

c757bf0b2584aab89e750a963acd2e2c.jpg

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Those look great, @garland; what did you use to strip them?
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Those look great, @garland; what did you use to strip them?

 

Thanks! I used acetone and angelus deglazer.

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Originally Posted by garland View Post

First day in my new (to me) Marlow's. These were produced in 1992 from what I can find. These came in so dark burgundy they were almost black.

Ended up stripping them to an almost cherry red and redying them with cordovan, green, and mahogany leather dye, mixed in with healthy doses of saphir navy shoe cream. Hard to tell with artificial lighting, but I'm thrilled with the depth of color they have now.

c757bf0b2584aab89e750a963acd2e2c.jpg

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Wow, I guess it's comes in handy to know how to redye and mix colors. Excellent work.
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Thanks! I used acetone and angelus deglazer.


I just noticed your sig. You have FIVE daltons???? How do you decide between cordovan color and the oxblood calf? or walnut and bourbon for that matter??

 

Awesome.

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