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post #10621 of 53186
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Originally Posted by hohneokc View Post

Those look great - I really like the natural sole with the burgundy.
Chris

I debated on it, but that natural sole choice was a stroke of brilliance, the contrast looks great on this shoe.
post #10622 of 53186
woah those cordo delrays look awesome. congrats! how much were they?
post #10623 of 53186
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

 

I was one of those that recently had to strip the factory finish on shell, not that I wanted to. My shell Leeds from ~5 years ago were the same condition and I should have stripped those when I got them too. Both are burgundy however my burgundy shell Cambridge were fine as were both of my shoes in shell walnut. It is the AE cordovan shoe cream I believe that causes the problem. There were chunks on top of the leather buried in the finish. And the overall appearance was muddy. I had a jar of AE burgundy cordovan cream a couple of years ago that did the same thing. When I touched up one of my shoes with it once it hit the air it would create chunks much like a skim film that forms in a can of paint that is exposed to air. Most AE shoe care products are pretty good but I avoid the cream now.

 

 

Like tiny specs of paint right? I've had the same issue using AE's cordovan cream.

post #10624 of 53186
When is the next sale? lol

Anyone know what are the usual sales for Black Friday and Christmas/Boxing Day? I have time so wanna pick up some during the best time to add to my black Park Avenues and Burgundy Cliftons (beautiful!). I am looking at Strands and Del Ray.
post #10625 of 53186
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

 

I agree that the burnishing on those look like they were done by someone that has never done it before. And overall appearance of the shell on those shoes is bad.  But burnishing in general is common for all leathers. It was way over done on those. I posted this back awhile ago as an example of burnishing and how it changes the appearance of leather. These are calf strands on the left before burnishing and on the right after:

 

 

 

It is common to burnish the toes of shoes especially a plain toe, even suede like the Katmai:

 

 

Once I cleaned off all the junk on my Dundee's you could better see the burnishing which to me looks to be done about perfect. Heavier and even on the toes and touches of black spread throughout the shoe. Some of the darkness on the shoes are shadows but you can see burnishing on the toes and highlights:

 

 

So someone can do it right at AE. I hate to think that they have only one person there that can do it well, but that may very well be the case. I hope your replacement shoes are MUCH better, and that the wait isn't too long for you.

Thanks for the follow up on my post. I appreciate the perspective. 

post #10626 of 53186
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Originally Posted by jasonleb1 View Post

Anybody else waiting for a pair of the Urban Daddy collabs? It seems like I ordered them (Amsterdams) forever ago ffffuuuu.gif

I am still waiting on my amsterdams, too. But it has only been about two and one half to three weeks. the stated time has not elapsed by my memory.

post #10627 of 53186

So I'm probably here because I'm looking for some biased confirmation.

I live in Seoul; it snows fairly regularly in the winter, and when it does, the snow stays on the ground for a while. It is heavily salted, so I was thinking of getting some rubber soled AE's.

 

If I'm looking for something in black, nice enough to wear with a suit if absolutely necessary, would the Memphis line work? If not, is there another AE line you guys could recommend?
 

post #10628 of 53186
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Originally Posted by JubeiSpiegel View Post

So, after some hiccups, my custom Delrays in burgundy cordovan finally arrived:





I think they did a great job, and the cordovan looks flawless. I'm very pleased icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

 

Kick ass!  fing02[1].gif

 

Love the edge choice.  A couple of months ago, I stripped the finish off of the edge of some cheap ebay shell macneils with sandpaper and then applied some chili dressing and mottled it to partially create that same effect, but yours look killer.

 

 

Yours also remind me of some special order Alden PTB's I picked up in cigar shell (they are being refinished by Alden due to some welting from the rain, unfortunately), but one of our men's shop in Birmingham orders them as a special design on the narrowest Aberdeen last with a contrast welt line that really sets off the dark brown shell.  I love that effect. Unfortunately, I have yet to take any good pics of that shoe, but here's a crappy one.

 

post #10629 of 53186

3 great shell shoes

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Originally Posted by PK35216 View Post

 

Kick ass!  fing02%5B1%5D.gif

 

Love the edge choice.  A couple of months ago, I stripped the finish off of the edge of some cheap ebay shell macneils with sandpaper and then applied some chili dressing and mottled it to partially create that same effect, but yours look killer.

 

 

Yours also remind me of some special order Alden PTB's I picked up in cigar shell (they are being refinished by Alden due to some welting from the rain, unfortunately), but one of our men's shop in Birmingham orders them as a special design on the narrowest Aberdeen last with a contrast welt line that really sets off the dark brown shell.  I love that effect. Unfortunately, I have yet to take any good pics of that shoe, but here's a crappy one.

 

post #10630 of 53186
Got a pair of walnut Daltons during the sale. Love 'em.
post #10631 of 53186
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Originally Posted by myk7000 View Post

Got a pair of walnut Daltons during the sale. Love 'em.

Pics, please...
post #10632 of 53186
Per your request good sir.
post #10633 of 53186
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Originally Posted by myk7000 View Post

Per your request good sir.

Looks like a winner, the walnut calf always feels extremely supple. I need to get another walnut calf shoe...
post #10634 of 53186
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

I was one of those that recently had to strip the factory finish on shell, not that I wanted to. My shell Leeds from ~5 years ago were the same condition and I should have stripped those when I got them too. Both are burgundy however my burgundy shell Cambridge were fine as were both of my shoes in shell walnut. It is the AE cordovan shoe cream I believe that causes the problem. There were chunks on top of the leather buried in the finish. And the overall appearance was muddy. I had a jar of AE burgundy cordovan cream a couple of years ago that did the same thing. When I touched up one of my shoes with it once it hit the air it would create chunks much like a skim film that forms in a can of paint that is exposed to air. Most AE shoe care products are pretty good but I avoid the cream now.


I had 2 pair of Bradley's and both had to be returned, but when I had them they felt about the same as my Leeds. Several years ago I developed a bunion at the base of my little toe on both feet. I had them removed and they came back about a year later. I was able to track it down to both my shell Leeds and cobbler leather Sheltons out of all the shoes I own. As the bunion got bigger and more painful it was pretty easy to tell who the problem child was. I used a shoe stretcher with a bunion attachment on those 2 shoes and have been fine since. My Leeds are a little bit tighter than most of my other 1 last shoes at the ball of the foot.

1. AE cordovan shoe cream is awful. Just plain awful, IMO. I have treated shell shoes, over the years, at different times, with 5 products (Saphir reno, Saphir shell cordovan cream, Alden paste wax, Venetian, AE cordovan shoe cream), and the AE cordovan shoe cream is easily the worst. I threw mine away a long time ago.

2. Thanks for the feedback on the Bradley v. Leeds.
post #10635 of 53186
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Originally Posted by gooter View Post

I wouldn't return. Just wear them and enjoy life!

 

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Originally Posted by BootSpell View Post


That wouldn't bother me. Almost adds character. But you really have to decide if it will bother you. Those Dalton's aren't difficult to get so you could easily return them for a replacement.

 

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Originally Posted by Roger Everett View Post


I wouldn't worry about the coloration at all. I have both Strand and 5th Ave. in walnut, and neither pair are perfectly uniform in the shading. This is mainly appears to be due to the lightness and transparentness of the walnut coloring. Think of it as the difference between a dyed or stained pc. of wood ( in which you can still see the grain and naturalness of the wood ) and one that has been painted a solid color ( as in a black or brown shoe ). I think of it as adding character to the shoe.
Roger

 

Thanks everyone! I'm glad I asked.

 

I'm really excited to wear these! I have a feeling I'll be racking up some more pairs when the next sale comes around. The idea of getting these for my birthday and hopefully keeping the same boots for many more sounds very appealing.

 

As for care and maintenance, what would recommend for a guy without any products or accessories? I already have a pair of cedar wood shoes, but I'm still a bit foggy about the rest. I'm planning on getting these for the walnut calf Daltons:
 

  • Shoe Polish (AE's Walnut polish, Saphir's light brown, or possibly Kiwi?)
  • Cloth - I've heard everything from AE's cloth to an old tee shirt. 
  • Horsehair Brush - Seems essential
  • Leather Cleaner, or saddle soap? Do I need both, just one, or neither? 
  • .Horsehair dauber - Probably does a better job than a cloth/shirt
  • Heel/Sole dressing - Does anyone find these helpful?

 

I've also seen Saphir products come up, like its Renovateur.  

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