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I'm thinking of adding a pair to my casual rotation, which currently consists of the Rush Street and Gobi boots.  I'm thinking of either the Strand in Brogue Suede, or the Strandmok 2.0 in saddle suede.  Any thoughts on which would be the better choice?  I love the Rush Street, but hate the original Strandmok.  Does anybody know what last the 2.0 is made on?  Any input is appreciated.

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Appreciate your prompt reply.  The pictures notwithstanding, I feel as though mine were in the same situation as yours.  (Some rain / wet pavement, but salt too.)

 

Would you take the 20% for a new pair and call it a "lesson learned" ?


Its a tough call.  If it's a model/makeup that you love & want in your shoe rotation, then 20% off for a new pair is reasonable, or wait until the next big sale to possibly get them cheaper.

 

In my case, I ended up selling my damaged pair on eBay as-is and replaced them with other shoes I wanted more.

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Beautiful color spread, the oxblood and bourbon look fantastic.  I'm considering getting the Carlyle myself and I was hoping that you could help me out with your sizing experience.  What sizes did you go with to get a good fit with the Carlyle in comparison to the Strand and Park Ave?

The 8 Last and 5 last fit me the same. Only difference was that with the 8 last which the Carlyle is on, it had zero break in. I'm wearing the Lasalle right now actually
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If you can post some pictures it will help us see how bad the damage is.  I made the mistake of wearing black Fifth Street boots on a big snowfall day & the streets were salted like crazy, streets got wet & slushy.  It was my wife's graduation, and we had to park FAR away from the building, so there was no option but to walk through it.  Came home, wiped them down, and woke up the next day and saw all of these salt stains along the sides.  Needless to say, the salt just ruined the leather & there was no fixing it. 

 

It was a learning experience (early on in my shoe obsession days) and as @peppercorn78 a pair of all weather winter beaters are the way to go

Sounds like I am in for an unfortunate surprise when I go home to check my own black Fifth Streets, which I blithely wore yesterday. For future reference, would a good dose of HDLP have helped, or do you guys reserve that only for grain leather?

 

Unfortunately for me, I fully grasp the concept of winter beaters, but cannot disabuse myself of the notion that boots are meant to be worn, dammit--especially in inclement weather.

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If you can post some pictures it will help us see how bad the damage is.  I made the mistake of wearing black Fifth Street boots on a big snowfall day & the streets were salted like crazy, streets got wet & slushy.  It was my wife's graduation, and we had to park FAR away from the building, so there was no option but to walk through it.  Came home, wiped them down, and woke up the next day and saw all of these salt stains along the sides.  Needless to say, the salt just ruined the leather & there was no fixing it. 

It was a learning experience (early on in my shoe obsession days) and as @peppercorn78
a pair of all weather winter beaters are the way to go

Have you ever tried a vinegar solution for the salt stains? I had bad salt stains on a pair of cxl boots, and I dipped a rag in a solution of 1 part apple cider vinegar, and 2 parts water. The stain came out right away. The vinegar left the shoes a little dry, but nothing that some conditioner couldn't fix.
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Not sure how many of you share this experience. I got bourbon flatirons from the seconds sale and wasn't really happy with the defects. Visible striping on one vamp and leather wrinkles on one toe. If these were $150 I probably would've been ok but at 199 with firsts going for 277 in clearance it didn't seem worth it. So I exchanged them for firsts (from another source) for only 250. Sometimes it doesn't seem like the price difference between the two is steep enough.
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Sounds like I am in for an unfortunate surprise when I go home to check my own black Fifth Streets, which I blithely wore yesterday. For future reference, would a good dose of HDLP have helped, or do you guys reserve that only for grain leather?

Unfortunately for me, I fully grasp the concept of winter beaters, but cannot disabuse myself of the notion that boots are meant to be worn, dammit--especially in inclement weather.
You may want to check out the shoe care thread.
Several people have had good experience using a mix of water and vinegar to remove stains (salt, beer, etc.).
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Have you ever tried a vinegar solution for the salt stains? I had bad salt stains on a pair of cxl boots, and I dipped a rag in a solution of 1 part apple cider vinegar, and 2 parts water. The stain came out right away. The vinegar left the shoes a little dry, but nothing that some conditioner couldn't fix.


I did try a vinegar solution after some research and the stains did go away, but the damage was already done to the leather.  They were still wearable, but it just bothered the heck out of me.

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Here is my contribution for the day. I've noticed that a few of people, to my poor and untrained eye, don't condition, polish or shine their shoes. I just wanted to highlight how differently a pair of shoes can look with just a quick conditioning, polishing and shine. Here is a pair of Gordons to illustrate the point.

 

 

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How does one get rid of some 'hard wear' blemishes and restore a uniform polish?  Do I need to 'strip' the previous polish?  

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Here is my contribution for the day. I've noticed that a few of people, to my poor and untrained eye, don't condition, polish or shine their shoes. I just wanted to highlight how differently a pair of shoes can look with just a quick conditioning, polishing and shine. Here is a pair of Gordons to illustrate the point.

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

Looks great ...of course I would be stripping that shine right off :) I do admire properly shined shoes...just not for my wardrobe. That there is a terrific shine

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Some terrific shoes being posted lately - nice scores gents.

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How does one get rid of some 'hard wear' blemishes and restore a uniform polish?  Do I need to 'strip' the previous polish?  

I think you might have better luck posting this on the shoe care thread.
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How does one get rid of some 'hard wear' blemishes and restore a uniform polish?  Do I need to 'strip' the previous polish?  

 

I wouldn't be too worried about the counter area. As a matter of fact, you can't buy real "patina" like that. You can clean that up and polish the entire shoe with a darker tone polish to minimize the scuffs. In my opinion a well maintained old shoe with looks better than a brand new shoe. The bigger concern for me would probably be the heel. That looks like it needs to be replaced.


Edited by fieldsheer - 1/26/16 at 8:09pm
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I think you might have better luck posting this on the shoe care thread.


oh thanks, didn't know about that thread

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