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New additions I picked up from the seconds sale. Left to right: Lexington Brown Burnish Dainite, Carlyle Oxblood (I'll be adding v-treads), Strand Bourbon Calf Dainite, Park Avenue Black V-tread. This is my second order from Allen Edmonds ever; I'm addicted. First order were the walnut Strands and Bob's Chili Mcallister. Where do I go from here since there's a decent collection of colors now?

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New additions I picked up from the seconds sale. Left to right: Lexington Brown Burnish Dainite, Carlyle Oxblood (I'll be adding v-treads), Strand Bourbon Calf Dainite, Park Avenue Black V-tread. This is my second order from Allen Edmonds ever; I'm addicted. First order were the walnut Strands and Bob's Chili Mcallister. Where do I go from here since there's a decent collection of colors now?

 

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Suedes, grains and boots!

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So these arrived in the mail today - sadly, they do not fit.  They will be going back.  These chukka boots are actually a lot nicer than the photos on the ebay listing.  Wish they fit.  :-(  

If anyone wears a 9C, you'd do well to keep an eye out for them.  

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Originally Posted by delmar View Post
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Allen-Edmonds-Cherry-Brown-Monk-Strap-Chukka-Boots-9C-St-George-EUC-/281905049297?hash=item41a2d9aed1:g:5WIAAOSwwPhWkWPk
Somebody needs to buy these and send them in for a recraft.  Oh, how I wish they were my size.
Maybe all they need is a good cleaning and polishing but they would look nice with new Dainite soles.

 

 

SORRY!  Post above was supposed to contain this link.  

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Here is my Bourbon Strand vs my Bourbon Flatiron

 

You see, that bourbon strand is wonderful. Both because I think the... texture isn't the right word, but like the visual texture of the well burnished leather against the contrasting the brogueing makes it look like a genuine organic material. It has the same appeal as figured wood in furniture or the varied grain in a nice fabric. That looks very much like the shoe I saw in the store a year ago, only slightly darker.

 

But the color itself is also much more useable than the larchmonts I have. They're not as neutral as a dark brown or mocha. I tried them on wearing some dark grey denim and the olive tint looked a little off. They go great with khaki and brown shades and I have some greenish chinos that'll be great, but I don't think I'd wear them with grey slacks. Either of yours would work with the grey.

 

I'm pretty sure it's just too hard a color for them to do. The way the leather responds is too variable.

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Do these bourbon McAllisters seem dark to you guys?

 

Yes. They're very dark. I just got a pair of Larchmont the same way.

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Yes. They're very dark. I just got a pair of Larchmont the same way.

Thanks. I thought so (obviously). If that is their "flaw" I really cannot complain for $200. I'll probably hit them with the same polish I use on my Fifth Aves and hope I can darken them enough to match my belt. Were your Larchmont seconds as well?

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New additions I picked up from the seconds sale. Left to right: Lexington Brown Burnish Dainite, Carlyle Oxblood (I'll be adding v-treads), Strand Bourbon Calf Dainite, Park Avenue Black V-tread. This is my second order from Allen Edmonds ever; I'm addicted. First order were the walnut Strands and Bob's Chili Mcallister. Where do I go from here since there's a decent collection of colors now

Strands in Bourbon and Walnut? I might sell one. Chukka boot would be useful, as would a suede wingtip or a brown calf longwing.
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Do these bourbon McAllisters seem dark to you guys? Here they are pictured with my dark brown burnished Fifth Aves and my dark brown burnished belt.

 

 

 

Those are definitely too dark to be bourbon, but it's a gorgeous color that would really do well with polish and some antiquing on the toe.

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Originally Posted by P12OFIT View Post Were your Larchmont seconds as well?

No.

 

Thus my whining. I have had zero luck with first quality. Literally. Not a single pair that I think qualifies and I've tried half a dozen times -- actually, no. The first pair I ordered was beautiful, but too small. I sent the next two replacements back and finally just kept the third because they're not so bad people would notice.

 

Anyway, besides being super dark, the larchmonts have bad stitching on the soles and stitches standing up on the welt. Structurally sound, so I don't care, but there's no way they should have passed inspection.

 

Seconds, on the other hand, have been a wonderful bargain for me. I have two pair of shoebank scores and they're both great for the price -- and both higher quality than all but one pair of firsts I've gotten.

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Bourbon Daltons
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There is also quite a bit of variation between Ravello colors with Alden's as well ...
http://www.styleforum.net/t/85589/the-official-alden-thread-share-enthusiasm-reviews-sizing-advice-and-photos/82770#post_7154978


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I wanted to share something that happened to me a few months ago and how I handled it. I bought a pair of new first quality Clark Streets in natural chromexcel in summer of 2014 and they became my favorite shoes for business casual events in warm weather and to wear with jeans. After about a year, I noticed a stain or slight abrasion on the outer right toe. I in my ignorance tried to clean the stain with rubbing alcohol, then with acetone on a q tip and ended up a reading the toe surface more. When I tried to apply lotion or polish or Venetian cream I only accentuated the stain. I even spent $50 and had AE refinish the shoes but it was no use. I felt that I had spoiled the shoes. Eventually my cobbler in town suggested that he strip and dye the shoes a dark brown, which I agreed to for $20 dollars. The shoes ended up looking ok to me for wear with dark jeans, although he was a little sloppy near the welt and I couldn't totally clean the stain to the threads.
Just a post to possibly prompt other suggestions as to how to manage this kind of damage. I had not known about this forum back then, and have seen a couple of other posts of similar damage from scrapes and improper use of alcohol.



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Those are definitely too dark to be bourbon, but it's a gorgeous color that would really do well with polish and some antiquing on the toe.

My Bourbon strands and PAs look like that.
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New additions I picked up from the seconds sale. Left to right: Lexington Brown Burnish Dainite, Carlyle Oxblood (I'll be adding v-treads), Strand Bourbon Calf Dainite, Park Avenue Black V-tread. This is my second order from Allen Edmonds ever; I'm addicted. First order were the walnut Strands and Bob's Chili Mcallister. Where do I go from here since there's a decent collection of colors now?


You have a pretty solid collection of timeless classic dress shoes. Time to dabble in boots, loafers, suedes and other leathers.
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