Just ordered a pair of Walnut Strands seconds from the shoebank. $199 as suggested a page or three back. They didn't have my size, so they'll be getting it from another store. She implied that holiday shipping is crazy, so I won't likely see them until next week. When I inquired a week ago, they only had two in my size so I figured i'd sacrifice the $18 (if I ordered them between 3 and 6am on friday from the store mentioned on the last page I could have gotten them for $181) to make sure they actually had my size left. $18 is $18, but i'd be pretty pissed if I got up at 3am only to find out that I missed it!
She also suggested chili edge dressing over the natural. Anybody care to comment on that? I needed chili ANYWAY, so i didn't waste my money. Just want to make sure i'm not significantly changing the shoe. I also recall talk about a lighter polish to use on the strands other than walnut. Something about the walnut polish darkening the shoe?
I use chili edge dressing to correct the color when I scuff the sole edges (I put a little bit on a q-tip and dab the scuffs). When I am just doing my regular polishing routine, I use natural edge dressing. Many on here say they use chili all the time, and I am sure that is fine, but my experience is that it is slightly darker/redder than the more brownish color of the natural welt. I think it comes down to personal preference in the long run, and you can't go wrong either way. As for the walnut polish darkening the shoe, again some have said they have had trouble with this. It hasn't really been my experience, but those who have say that they prefer cognac polish. Beware though, this color is being discontinued, so get it quick if you decide to go that route. It is under the clearance tab on AE's website. Enjoy your Strands!