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LoL - you've got a lot of company wink.gif
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Picked up some AE Cognac McTavish seconds at the outlet on the RDA sale - plan is to use them as beaters. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Is that a waxy type leather? 

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Anyone heard anything about calf fitting tighter than grain?

Long story short(er), went to pick up the 1st Ave boot and they had limited sizes (of course). Tried on a walnut grain in my 5-last size and the walnut calf in 1/2 size down. The typical size had a lot of volume to it. I was worried that the 1/2 size down calf might be slightly short and tight at the widest part of my foot and the SA said "Well, the grain is a different, nicer leather so it fits looser than calf." Then went on to say that they can not stretch it as much during production so it fits a little bigger. This sounded like either a confusion with shell or an attempt to get me to make a purchase (on something that they didn't have in stock).

I walked in really wanting a pair of grain leather, but am thinking I might reserve that for something with a non-leather sole.

Needless to say, I ordered a walnut calf from the shoebank in my 5-last size. Figure I'll wear boot socks if they are slightly big. Now, fingers crossed I get a decent pair!

That sounds like hooey to me. My grain leathers do not fit any different from my regular calf. Grain leather is just calf leather with an imprint on it isn't it?
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@Kahuna75 I wish they'd bring back the Ridgeway, would solve all the mcT problems😃. Don't know who asked about the colors, but neither the tan nor the khaki are waxy. Tans awesome, wasn't a fan of khaki, too light plus the black welt was too sharp contrast.
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Chili Strands today 😍
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@Kahuna75 I wish they'd bring back the Ridgeway, would solve all the mcT problems😃. Don't know who asked about the colors, but neither the tan nor the khaki are waxy. Tans awesome, wasn't a fan of khaki, too light plus the black welt was too sharp contrast.

 

I think someone mentioned the tan is an essex leather - I just looked up the Cognac dublin and it is indeed waxed - that stuff is just so damn cool - from Horweens website - I think there was an MTO Longbranch made with this - I would LOVE to get this leather in something like a badass Dundee with a double sole and lugged - 

 

"Dublin is a full grain, aniline dyed cowhide that is primarily vegetable tanned and then infused with a special recipe of oils and emollients that is the very same as has been used in Horween's premium Shell Cordovan for more than 100 years. Dublin also contains a hard wax which gives the hide a slightly firmer temper and a crackle effect that is quite lovely if you like that kind of thing- and I most certainly do. Because it's a veg tan you might expect it to be stiff as a board and generic looking the way that most others tend to be, but it's quite the opposite. This is a leather that is aesthetically complex with a multitude of color variations due to the oil-pull-up effect, something Horween is famous for. Pull-up occurs when oils are moved within the skin which happens wherever the hide is bent, stretched or pulled."

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A little bit about Horween Essex leather - (Cognac Dublin is Essex with a wax finish)

 

Like Genuine Shell Cordovan, Essex is straight 100% vegetable tanned.  It similarly uses the same blend of liquors and extracts as the Cordovan.  The result is a leather that is smooth to the touch, that feels durable and strong, yet is supple enough for the most sophisticated bags and leather goods. The leather is also full grain, which means that it has not been altered in a way that weakens it’s fibers or structure.  It is the outermost leather of the hide, which is the strongest and most durable.  Another characteristic of Essex is its high oil content.  In making their Essex leather, Horween puts the hide through a fat liquoring process that enriches the leather with high quality oils, which, in turn, help give the leather not only long life, but the ability to age well, and look better and better over time.  The leather is also hand glazed and then given an aniline finish.

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All of this Dublin and Essex makes me wonder what the Waxy Brown Long Branches are made of...anyone know? @garland maybe?

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Thanks everyone for all the great discussion here! Definitely one of the best threads on the forum.

I recently acquired a pair of shell Daltons second hand, and the previous owner used some sort of product on them. They're very waxy, tacky and clouded.

I've tried brushing religiously, and removed a ton of gunk with Saphir Renovateur. While I've made some progress, it's very sow going. I've already put 5+ hours into this.

So now I'm thinking about having them professionally cleaned and taken care of. What else would y'all recommend?
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Wasn't last year's GMTO Long Branch in tan Dublin rather than Cognac Dublin?

Here are my son's:



Anyone recall the group buy through Urban Daddy three years ago with three rebranded AE models in new colors and/or rough leathers, all for about $100 off MSRP. The Gramercy was a MacNeil in Cognac Dublin. I've kicked myself for three years for not getting a pair.
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Wasn't last year's GMTO Long Branch in tan Dublin rather than Cognac Dublin?

Here are my son's:



Anyone recall the group buy through Urban Daddy three years ago with three rebranded AE models in new colors and/or rough leathers, all for about $100 off MSRP. The Gramercy was a MacNeil in Cognac Dublin. I've kicked myself for three years for not getting a pair.

 

Those are unbelievably gorgeous, and I would sell my soul and my current Long Branches (brown grain) in a heartbeat for those.

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These McTavish pictures are killing me (or they're going to kill my wallet, at least).
I was holding out for the Golden CXL Rush Streets. Those were discontinued before I got a chance (and none available in my size when they went to clearance).
Lately, I've had my eye on the tan McTavish. I liked it, I just wished it was a little darker. Just a few minutes ago I looked at the Shoebank. Suddenly there is a dark brown crackle McTavish and, wait for it..., a golden CXL Rush Street.
I'm torn. What do you guys think:
1. Dark Brown Crackle McTavish
2. Golden CXL Rush Street
3. Tan McTavish
My existing casual shoes are a natural CXL Clark Street, an olive (green) Rush Street, and a brown grain Malvern chukka.
The dark brown crackle looks a little too distressed in the pictures, but I have never seen it in person.
I'd appreciate your input.
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PSA: the Burlington coat factory on 23rd and 6th in Manhattan has the following:

Tan Suede mcgregor in 9D for $139.99
Tannish kiowas in 9D for $89.99
Black manchesters in 11D for $139.99
Tan mcgregors in 11D for $139.99

Son of a gun I would kill for a pair of Manchesters. Just my size.
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These McTavish pictures are killing me (or they're going to kill my wallet, at least).
I was holding out for the Golden CXL Rush Streets. Those were discontinued before I got a chance (and none available in my size when they went to clearance).
Lately, I've had my eye on the tan McTavish. I liked it, I just wished it was a little darker. Just a few minutes ago I looked at the Shoebank. Suddenly there is a dark brown crackle McTavish and, wait for it..., a golden CXL Rush Street.
I'm torn. What do you guys think:
1. Dark Brown Crackle McTavish
2. Golden CXL Rush Street
3. Tan McTavish
My existing casual shoes are a natural CXL Clark Street, an olive (green) Rush Street, and a brown grain Malvern chukka.
The dark brown crackle looks a little too distressed in the pictures, but I have never seen it in person.
I'd appreciate your input.

Please do not buy that crackle leather. For the love of Saint Crispin. id go for the tan McT, since you already have one pair of Rush Streets.
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For the love of Saint Crispin. id go for the tan McT, since you already have one pair of Rush Streets.
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+1.  I'm kicking myself for not picking up a pair of Tan McT's when I had the chance.  If I wore your size, I'd snap them up in a split second.
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