Yesterday, I saw that they put a shoe on clearance that I've been wanting for a while (the McGregor with Danite sole).
And today, I saw it on Shoebank in the color I wanted.
Must. resist. temptation.
Perhaps I could start a "go fund me" campaign?
Nothing strange. I brush them clean, occasionally hit them with some Bick 4 -- though I hadn't done that when this pic was taken. For polish I use AE Walnut polish in a very thin coat, let it dry for 15 minutes then rub it off with a soft cloth. If I want more patina avoid the seams with the cloth at this stage and put just a little black on them, so I get a combination of black and walnut. Let it dry then rub the seams until the color is how I like it.
After rubbing most of the polish off with a cloth I hit it with the brush, then to finish rub it lovingly with a soft cloth until it has a nice sheen. The leather in these shoes seems to take a more satiny polish than in my other shoes, but I like how it looks so I stop there. It's super easy. Other than waiting for the polish to dry it takes me about 5 minutes of work each shoe.
Not on purpose, but the walnut and some rubbing took a bit if it off from how it was new. After about 2 more polishes it was getting a little bland so I started adding back some black.
Mine came damned near perfect from the shoebank. Others seemed to have had more burnishing. I think one person, who had extreme burnish, was able to calm the contrast using 91% isopropyl and a little careful rubbing. I've used that to strip old polish on a different shoe and it worked a treat while still being pretty mild. It takes a while, but if you're patient it'll do the trick. Add the moisture back with some Bick4 after and polish again as normal.
Thanks for the replies to this. I realized after posting this, that I had done plenty of research and just need to jump in and give it a shot.
I'll skip the minor details like number of coats, wait time, brushing, polishing, edge dressing, etc....
Daltons got treated with Bick 4, then coats of AE bourbon polish everywhere, followed by lighter coats of navy on the toe and heel.
First Aves got Bick 4, coats of cognac everywhere, brown and then navy on toe and heel.
I am very happy with both! The Daltons developed a deeper color and will only get better with future treatments. (My goal is an almost bourbon Dalton, with a chili edge, minus the need to sand black edges.)
The First Aves developed a rich honey color that, IMO, will allow them to be worn more formally than with walnut.
Here are the Daltons. First Aves maybe on Monday. Happy Friday, everyone!
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Beautiful results. I'll have to remember that polish combo if I ever get a pair of walnut shoes.
So, exactly what color is Bourbon?
I fell in love with it when I saw it in a store. It seemed like a more golden color than walnut, but still on the light side. Somehow it matched a lot more fabrics, too. So, I snagged a pair of Flatirons when it went away because I thought I'd never get a chance again -- though I had decided on Larchmont as I think the Bourbon looks better on a semi-brogue or wingtip, the last pair was literally sold between when I searched and when I clicked Add to Cart -- and have posted a picture of them here.
Anyway, just after I was convinced to keep the odd pair of Flatirons, some Larchmonts appeared on the website again. I saw them as I was browsing while waiting to talk to a customer service person. Anyway, AE was very accommodating and somehow I ended up buying the Larchmonts I had originally wanted.
So, here's what I got:
I threw in one of the flatirons to show the comparison in color. It is significantly darker. In indirect lighting, it looks like a dark brown shoe, and even in full sun it looks like medium-dark brown with a gold/green hue more than the walnut with a golden hue I expected from bourbon.
I bet Bourbon is going away because AE just can't do it right to a consistent color and quality!
Anyway, this is an unexpected color. Pretty unique, too, and the lights don't show it well as they're just crappy incandescents. In full sun they have a sort of olive/brown tint to them as opposed to the chocolate brown you normally see in the dark brown leathers. And the pattern of the burnishing is pleasing. They just aren't anything near what I'd expect from the color bourbon. They're keepers if they fit, as their real flaws are just some ugly stitching and bad shaping on the soles and I'm not convinced AE can actually make a shoe any better. And I'll be the only one to have this color, I guess.
I didn't wait long enough. I bit on the leather sole McGs and would have rather had the dainite. I said the other day that I would wait until after the winter to clearance those. I guess AE doesn't think the way I do, or getting rid of them fast while the weather is still foul is a priority for some reason.