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Picked these up!! Will send photos in after the recraft. Thanks for the heads-up demar! I have 7 AE shoes but these will be my first chukkas.


I got tired of waiting for Allen Edmonds to bring something like this back again so I went ahead and sprang for a pair of Aldens like the one in this picture but I'd rather have Allen Edmonds.

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My brand new Bartletts. First wearing. The leather is like buttah, baby.
I wouldn't have expected the edge dressing to be so light, it looks like the light transparent brown instead of the medium it appears to be on the website. They look beautiful.
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Quick question. How much of a difference is there quality wise between the AE Gobi Chukka (snuff suede) and the Alden Unlined Chukka (snuff suede)? Obviously the Alden one will be higher quality but is there really a major difference? I actually have the Gobi. I would just like to know how they compare to the Aldens. Thanks!
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Does the MacNeil brown grain look out of place with a suit?  I love the versatility--especially for lousy weather days--but I'm thinking the grain plus the Dainite leans too casual for a business suit.  

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I've been curious about this, too.  I also have to wear business suits at least five days a week.  I bought the smooth brown MacNeils when they went on clearance early in the fall, but haven't worn them yet -- I've been trying to further "wear out" a couple of older pairs before I bin them. But, since I haven't worn them, I've been considering returning them for a pair of the brown grain 2.0s, which would be "more different" from the other pairs of brown shoes I own and would be more versatile in bad weather and with cords and tweed sportcoats.

 

 

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Does the MacNeil brown grain look out of place with a suit?  I love the versatility--especially for lousy weather days--but I'm thinking the grain plus the Dainite leans too casual for a business suit.  

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Does heavy broguing (particularly on a black shoe), for example the Strand, lend itself more to fall/winter rather than spring/summer?

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Had the day off so Freiburgs and jeans today.
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I wouldn't have expected the edge dressing to be so light, it looks like the light transparent brown instead of the medium it appears to be on the website. They look beautiful.

Agreed - very nice. I need to get more natural edges. Hmmm... maybe need to modify a couple of pairs I have... 

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Does the MacNeil brown grain look out of place with a suit?  I love the versatility--especially for lousy weather days--but I'm thinking the grain plus the Dainite leans too casual for a business suit.  

I think you're right.

Open lacing instead of closed.
Split welt instead of flat.
Brogueing instead of plain.
Grain leather instead of smooth.

The grain MacNeil, with or without the new sole, is a great option for odd jacket and tie, especially tweedy, "country" fits, not to mention tieless days. But, all the casual characteristics mentioned about make pairing them with a suit too much of a reach in my view.
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Oxblood Warwicks heading out to Zumanity. Sexy shoes for a sexy show. Borrowed caffeinated beverage from my wife for shot purposes. Eyes were rolled.
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Borrowed caffeinated beverage from my wife for shot purposes. Eyes were rolled.

 

The cola in the picture was funny enough, but picturing my own wife's reaction if I had made a similar request was too funny. 

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Regarding your Hopkinsons, how do you like them?  Any problems with the cap toe or creasing in that area?  Is the leather softer and/or grainier like some Indy line offerings in the past?  Does that "stich" thing just below the bottom of the laces look as high and wide as it appears on the AE website?  Any thoughts would be appreciated.  In my rare opportunities to be in a brick and mortar AE store, they've never had this shoe. 

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I guess the closest I have to duplications are:

* oxford wingtips and LWB's both in burgundy shell (Cambridges and vintage Florsheim Imperials);

* oxford wingtips and LWB's both in dark brown calf (Jefferson 1.0's and RL x AE Sandersons).

If I were starting from scratch and wishing to adhere to Manton's six shoe "streamlined" set, I would think the Jefferson in brown and the gunboat in burg shell would check a couple of boxes so no need for the Cambridge or Sanderson.  However, now that I have them, I can't see tossing any of them.  The Cambridge particularly was a bit of a grail for me.


Since I was home today I'll show you the pics I took earlier.

There is some creasing but not as bad as normal calf, the leather feels very similar to my Ferragamos and CJ leather shoes. It feels more supple than my AE Jefferson 1.0.




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What size do people usually go for in last 97 (Macneil 2.0) vs the 65? I'm a 10.5B or C in the 65.

Also - on the shoebank site - chili burnished calf v dark chili burnished - is there a difference?

Could someone please give me a hand with the above two unanswered queries - cheers.
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I don't fit 5 or 7 last, so I can't help you.

 

As for the dark chili, it's darker. They're both good colors, close, one's just a touch darker than the other.  Dark chili is better because I like it more, and because it's universal. There's pretty much no color or fabric you'll normally find pants made out of that it doesn't go with.

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Could someone please give me a hand with the above two unanswered queries - cheers.

 

I am an 8e in the 65 and a 9d in the 97.

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