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Eh? The Dundee has historically been a Shell Cordovan only model. The Dundee "2.0" is calf version of the Dundee, and includes the changes made with other recent "2.0" model like the Macneil where they removed the piping and leather insole in favor of a poron insole

Yes as stated by someone else, Dundee has only been a cordovan model for about 5 years, but in my perspective all of the "2.0" models are updates to existing models and the introductions of the Dundee "2.0" to me doesn't fall in the same category as Amoks, Gobis or Mojaves that were up for one season and then went straight to clearance or only up as a webgem. To me it's just a change of the models in the direction AE is taking all of their shoes. I speculate that the poron insole is going to be the norm going forward. 

 

It depends on your perspective, but to some level I do agree that AE has had a weird strategy/run of chukkas, but it aligns with their strategy to come out with twists on classic styles which led to a lot of models of all types of shoes to be produced. I'm not sure if that's the same going forward. 

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Someone stepped on my shoes during the morning subway commute. ffffuuuu.gif

Gonna have to polish that! smile.gif

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Have been working for past couple of weeks on changing the edge dressing on these bourbon daltons, I think it took approx. 2 hours in total. It could have been done better, but I still like it better than black ...

 

 

 

 

Those look good - what was your process/products?

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I've been playing around with darkening the toes. I just used black wax on the toes and AE bourbon polish on the rest of the shoe. They don't come that way. I plan to remove some of that and tone it down.

 

Outstanding job --- those look amazing, even without toning it down.

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JoS A Bank has shoe trees on sale again with code "TODAY". Slightly more than the last "buy one, get two free," but still pretty good (one for $12.50, two for $20, or three pairs for $26.25).

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So my AE appreciation is for the recrafting service that gives us the opportunity to revive a discontinued style when the current offerings do not work.

 

Those look great, doc!

 

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Beautiful find!

 

Recrafting an eBay purchase was the original hook for me as well.  Was my first venture into investment grade footwear.  :)

 

Can either of you comment on a previous question about if the footbed is recrafted/renewed during the recrafting service? Or would the foot impressions from the previous wearer's still be present? I've read and heard mixed reports of this.

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So my AE appreciation is for the recrafting service that gives us the opportunity to revive a discontinued style when the current offerings do not work.

 

Those look great, doc!

 

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Beautiful find!

 

Recrafting an eBay purchase was the original hook for me as well.  Was my first venture into investment grade footwear.  :)

 

Can either of you comment on a previous question about if the footbed is recrafted/renewed during the recrafting service? Or would the foot impressions from the previous wearer's still be present? I've read and heard mixed reports of this.

Footbed is not changed but the cork bed is

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Footbed is not changed but the cork bed is

Thanks for the feedback, @Kahuna75. So in terms of foot impressions, are they still present? That is, if I were to take your shoes and send them off, when they came back would I still feel your impressions? Or would they feel flat, like new shoes?

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JoS A Bank has shoe trees on sale again with code "TODAY". Slightly more than the last "buy one, get two free," but still pretty good (one for $12.50, two for $20, or three pairs for $26.25).

Thanks!

I'm an 11.5 D in some things and 12 D in others, which straddles their L and XL. OK to use XL everywhere?
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Thanks for the feedback, @Kahuna75. So in terms of foot impressions, are they still present? That is, if I were to take your shoes and send them off, when they came back would I still feel your impressions? Or would they feel flat, like new shoes?

 

My uncertainty might also be related to the fact I don't know the difference between footbed and corkbed...

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So my AE appreciation is for the recrafting service that gives us the opportunity to revive a discontinued style when the current offerings do not work.

 

Those look great, doc!

 

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Originally Posted by jzrhwinnj View Post

 

Beautiful find!

 

Recrafting an eBay purchase was the original hook for me as well.  Was my first venture into investment grade footwear.  :)

 

Can either of you comment on a previous question about if the footbed is recrafted/renewed during the recrafting service? Or would the foot impressions from the previous wearer's still be present? I've read and heard mixed reports of this.

 

I agree. The actual footbed of the upper remains in place and the cork underneath is completely replaced after the new welt is  attached. While the footbed will have some impression from the previous use, I believe the majority of the impression will reside in the compressed cork layer. As the cork was removed, the prior impression is also removed. Wearing the shoes multiple times will compress the new cork and mirror the new foot. Perhaps your feet are more sensitive than mine, but they feel like new shoes to me. I expect them to feel more "molded" after I have worn them several times.

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Originally Posted by smfdoc View Post
 

So my AE appreciation is for the recrafting service that gives us the opportunity to revive a discontinued style when the current offerings do not work.

 

Those look great, doc!

 

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Originally Posted by jzrhwinnj View Post

 

Beautiful find!

 

Recrafting an eBay purchase was the original hook for me as well.  Was my first venture into investment grade footwear.  :)

 

Can either of you comment on a previous question about if the footbed is recrafted/renewed during the recrafting service? Or would the foot impressions from the previous wearer's still be present? I've read and heard mixed reports of this.

 

I agree. The actual footbed of the upper remains in place and the cork underneath is completely replaced after the new welt is  attached. While the footbed will have some impression from the previous use, I believe the majority of the impression will reside in the compressed cork layer. As the cork was removed, the prior impression is also removed. Wearing the shoes multiple times will compress the new cork and mirror the new foot. Perhaps your feet are more sensitive than mine, but they feel like new shoes to me. I expect them to feel more "molded" after I have worn them several times.

 

This is my "impression" (sorry!) as well.  The corkbed is the primary element that will mold to your foot.  

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Thank you for posting; those are gorgeous shoes. I found a pair of Merlot Chesters in a thrift shop about two years ago; they cost $15. They're a little to wider for me (14EEE, as opposed to my usual 14E or 15) but at that price I figured they were worth it. The sole is pretty worn down at the moment, and I've been debating whether to keep them and get them resoled or put them up on eBay and out the proceeds towards a new pair of wingtips in a different size. But if the recrafters can get mine to pop like that, then recrafting may be the way to go.

Am I wrong in thinking that they look a bit lighter and more oxbloodish than the typical Merlot color?
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I really wanted to find a short wing balmoral that would fit my poor wide feet and high instep. The McAllister on the 65 last will simply not work for me. I then stumbled across the discontinued Chester that was made on the 73 last. I also wanted a merlot/burgundy/ox blood colored shoe. After a little looking I found a Chester in merlot with nice condition uppers on ebay and sent them in for recrafting. I was hoping this would be a good experience as I had never used this service before. They arrived today and I could not be happier with the final product. Bear in mind this shoe and color was discontinued in February 2005, so this shoe is now a decade old at the minimum. So my AE appreciation is for the recrafting service that gives us the opportunity to revive a discontinued style when the current offerings do not work.


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they feel like new shoes to me. I expect them to feel more "molded" after I have worn them several times.

 

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This is my "impression" (sorry!) as well.  The corkbed is the primary element that will mold to your foot.  

 

This is exactly what I needed to know. Unfortunately for my wallet, this sounds like a great way to enter the shell game.

 

Thanks again for helping "mold" my understanding!

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McT's Tuesday?

 

If I didn't already own these, I'd be grabbing them from the shoebank at $157. Same size as my other 5-lasted shoes, though these do run slightly larger (perhaps noticeable by the tighter lace gap).

 

 

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