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Gave my Bleecker Streets some TLC after a long trip.
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@ace13x Agreed, but also wanted to add - I recently picked up a walnut strand going up a length and down a width (backwards from the usual), so I wouldn't rule that option out either. Lots of annoying trial and error, but worth it if you get something that really works.
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Had an opinion question - let's say I only had room for one more casual style. I had been looking at the Ventura for a while as a replacement for my CH gunnisons and air grants (have gone through many pairs of these - they really don't hold up well at all). I'd use them as weekend casual wear for warmer weather.

But with all this talk about the Shelton, I'm sort of looking back at that one too. Definitely an apples to oranges comparison - the Shelton construction screams high quality compared to a rubber sole driver. Trouble is I just don't know when id use them - I'm overloaded with these casual styles to the point that I already don't use some of them much - I love the Mct but I'd wear the Normandy or Aberdeen over the mct any time.

But then id have to say to someone I chose the Ventura over the Shelton...they'd have me committed. If they both fit fine and I don't care about the price if either, which would people suggest.
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Also wanted to add - related to the Shelton, I don't think they're totally redundant with anything I already have, they have a double sole (which I like) plus I don't have anything else that is all tan (except for the Gobi which is different enough). But the round, non-elongated look of the 511 plus the plain toe box just sort of puts me off.

Don't know what experience people have had with the drivers, I don't hear much about them. I tried on a bunch a while ago and ultimately went with the grand Cayman for looks over anything else. They're fine but they're pretty junky by AE standards, so I'm a little hesitant to go for another one. But then again the Kirkwood and camp mocs were really good, so you never can tell I guess.
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A few more pics of my new walnut(?) shell Dalton SMU seconds from eBay.





There are a few stray marks (look like a marker or something) on the edges in two places, but it's not something that bothers me about an otherwise amazing boot.




A couple more:



I really like the lighter color edge on these boots, I prefer it to the standard darker one on the calf skin models. Probably part of the SMU.

Also, although there is a sticker on the shoebox with "Walnut" hand written ("Burgundy" is printed as the "official" color on the standard box label as is sometimes the case with MTO/SMUs), these shoes look very different in color than most walnut shell I've see from AE. it looks much more like a natural or whiskey color (which I prefer!)
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Originally Posted by BackInTheJox View Post

A few more pics of my new walnut(?) shell Dalton SMU seconds from eBay. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)



There are a few stray marks (look like a marker or something) on the edges in two places, but it's not something that bothers me about an otherwise amazing boot. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)




A couple more:


I really like the lighter color edge on these boots, I prefer it to the standard darker one on the calf skin models. Probably part of the SMU.

Also, although there is a sticker on the shoebox with "Walnut" hand written ("Burgundy" is printed as the "official" color on the standard box label as is sometimes the case with MTO/SMUs), these shoes look very different in color than most walnut shell I've see from AE. it looks much more like a natural or whiskey color (which I prefer!)

Lovely boots.

Do you have a picture of the SMU label? Those are probably Natural.
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@ace13x Agreed, but also wanted to add - I recently picked up a walnut strand going up a length and down a width (backwards from the usual), so I wouldn't rule that option out either. Lots of annoying trial and error, but worth it if you get something that really works.


Agreed, particularly annoying when you're size falls away from the norm.  The closest AE store for me is about 35 min away and often doesn't carry a full compliment of size/width around my Brannock.  I often have to guess with a different model on the same last.  It gets even more annoying if you take it to the level of different lacing methods.

 

On the other hand, I am SO grateful AE makes their shoes available in so many size/widths, that getting that near bespoke fit is possible, and that they're customer services is far better than most other businesses in todays age.

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Lovely boots.

Do you have a picture of the SMU label? Those are probably Natural.

Here's the label:


On the other side of the box, this sticker was placed (I figured it was placed by AE, but I suppose it could've been put there by the seller).


Edit: sorry they're sideways, posting from my phone.
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Originally Posted by BackInTheJox View Post

A few more pics of my new walnut(?) shell Dalton SMU seconds from eBay.





There are a few stray marks (look like a marker or something) on the edges in two places, but it's not something that bothers me about an otherwise amazing boot.




A couple more:



I really like the lighter color edge on these boots, I prefer it to the standard darker one on the calf skin models. Probably part of the SMU.

Also, although there is a sticker on the shoebox with "Walnut" hand written ("Burgundy" is printed as the "official" color on the standard box label as is sometimes the case with MTO/SMUs), these shoes look very different in color than most walnut shell I've see from AE. it looks much more like a natural or whiskey color (which I prefer!)

 

 

Also, I should probably mention that these are lined shell - I don't actually know what the standard is, and the only other pair of shell AEs I've handled were unlined (and "flimsier" because of this, which was not necessarily a bad thing as they were more flexible, just different).

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Those are almost certainly Natural. The production date/code on those indicates they were made in January 2015, which is right in the middle of the production for trunk show makeups. AE hasn't had any new Walnut shell in a while, and these look like Natural anyway.

 

In terms of the lined vs. unlined - AE stopped doing unlined shell boots a while ago due to problems they had with the unlined Walnut shell Daltons. I have a pair of unlined Walnut shell Daltons, and they're great:

 

 

 

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Those are almost certainly Natural. The production date/code on those indicates they were made in January 2015, which is right in the middle of the production for trunk show makeups. AE hasn't had any new Walnut shell in a while, and these look like Natural anyway.


In terms of the lined vs. unlined - AE stopped doing unlined shell boots a while ago due to problems they had with the unlined Walnut shell Daltons. I have a pair of unlined Walnut shell Daltons, and they're great:










Nice, thanks for the helpful info! Agree that they are not walnut and are natural. I think I actually prefer the natural shell cordovan, as it looks much more like the calfskin walnut version (which I own).

It may be a little redundant in my wardrobe, and I suppose the walnut shell version would be a little more diverse, but for my money the natural shell Dalton is one of the nicest AE offerings I've come across. I consider myself extremely lucky, and I got them for an excellent price!
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Wow that walnut shell looks amazing.
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I wish I knew how to wear the Yorktown. Its a beautiful shoe. I suppose crisp chinos, or a suit would work...but I'm not much of a suit guy, and they look like they might be too sleek/dainty for the type of non-tapered, or non-fitted chinos that I wear
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That natural shell should also darken over time.
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That natural shell should also darken over time.

 

Noooooooooooooooooooooooo!

 

Just kidding . . . sort of.  I really like the color now, I wonder how much they would darken over time.  

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