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just curious, but for those who have ordered from AE shoes not in stock and needing to be made, did you have to wait the full 4-6 weeks as stated on the site?

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I have seen your shining work on brogues before. Is this method what you did on your own? I admired one of your pics while back.


The shine on those brogues was probably three layers with my normal method, but not what I would call a mirror shine (they probably looked shinier in the picture than they do in person). However, the only difference would really be slowly adding a few more layers to get to mirror. 

 

I typically follow the above method up to the the adding of wax. I don't use actual water anymore. I use my breath to soften the wax and add moisture, more slowly than with water but also more effectively, at least in my experiences. However one does it, the key to a high shine is getting the first two layers all the way into the grain in order to flatten the shoe's surface as much as possible for future layers. Heat and moisture aid in achieving this goal and my breath does them both well. However, I have admittedly used a lighter on my black FA's to get a faster mirrored shine, but I don't recommend doing that on burnished or light colors. If you want a mirror shine on a burnished or light colored shoe, I don't know any other way to get it than good old patient work. The good news is that as long as something drastic doesn't happen to the shoes, the hard work on the initial layers doesn't really have to be repeated again. After you achieve your goal, just give it a light coat quickly every other time you wear them and much of it can be maintained. (Of course I'm pretty undisciplined at times and often lose a little more shine than I should before getting to them with the polish, which makes for a longer polish day). 

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Patent leather is really only appropriate for opera pumps or formal tuxedo shoes. Nevertheless, it sounds like that is what you're looking for. AE doesn't currently offer a formal shoe. However, they did a limited webgem run of the Strand in patent leather two years ago. If you call the shoebank, it's possible there may be a few pairs lying around.

 

There's also the Mayfair. Still some of those at the shoebank.

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just curious, but for those who have ordered from AE shoes not in stock and needing to be made, did you have to wait the full 4-6 weeks as stated on the site?

 

From the RDA sale it was two days short of four weeks when I received my order. None of the stuff I ordered was in stock.

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just curious, but for those who have ordered from AE shoes not in stock and needing to be made, did you have to wait the full 4-6 weeks as stated on the site?

The first pair was ready for pick up in 12 days. The second pair, which I ordered a week later, is not ready yet after 10 days. I was told 4 weeks for both.
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Anyone have any informaion on the AE Richmond longwing? I have not been able to find much other than it was on the 7-last. Anyone know when it was produced or discontinued? I found a nice deal on a burgundy pair that may need recrafting.

Thank you.
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Maiden voyage for these Chilli Lexingtons

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Color 8 Leeds back from a recraft! Went with a dainite sole and got them back in 10 days!

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Hopkinson

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Round one: 



1. My first attempt at sanding and "antiquing" the edge dressing. Not perfect, but it kinda gives them a vintage "worn" look in my opinion. 

2. Cleaned with Renomat and conditioned with Renovateur.

3. Used AE walnut creme polish on the whole shoe.

4. Used AE burgundy creme polish on the toes and heels. Didn't show up as much as I would've liked, but there is a subtle shade variation.

5. 3 coats of Kiwi neutral wax polish.



Any opinions? What did I do right? What could I have done better?

Before:
















After:












I like it. Looks like it toned down the yellow hues just slightly.

Correct me if I'm wrong but did it take care of some staining issues as well? Was that the renomat?

Question is: are you happy with the results? wink.gif
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I use my breath to soften the wax and add moisture, more slowly than with water but also more effectively, at least in my experiences. However one does it, the key to a high shine is getting the first two layers all the way into the grain in order to flatten the shoe's surface as much as possible for future layers. Heat and moisture aid in achieving this goal and my breath does them both well. However, I have admittedly used a lighter on my black FA's to get a faster mirrored shine, but I don't recommend doing that on burnished or light colors.

I've been known to use my wife's hairdryer on duty boots to get the wax to soften, but again I don't think I'd do this on anything but black.
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I like it. Looks like it toned down the yellow hues just slightly.

Correct me if I'm wrong but did it take care of some staining issues as well? Was that the renomat?

Question is: are you happy with the results? wink.gif

Yes, the renomat took the stains off with almost no effort. I am happy enough. I had wanted to antique or patina the shoes, but didn't know what I was doing. Need to study up and try again later, but for now, I think the results are pretty good.
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Late to the party, but figured better late than never.  First pair of AE and loving it. (Carlyle)





Thanks for the pic. I like the Carlyle and it looks like you have a nicely finished pair.
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Hopkinson

Those look good, better than the PA in my opinion. How is your fit relative to other AE lasts?

A little gray and drizzly out so why not gray flannel and an EC in merlot.

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Seemed like a Dalton kind of day.
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