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Originally Posted by Karl Drogo View Post

The below photo is after I finally got around to pouring blood, sweat, and tears into applying the first two coats of polish a couple weekends ago. It took me three hours since it was my first time ever polishing shoes. I figure I'll get better and the shoes will get shinier with every subsequent coat... or at least I'm hoping so. wink.gif
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Originally Posted by cbfn View Post

Before polishing further, read this and this, and watch this. You should be able to do it in about 15 minutes after you got the hang of it.

After absorbing some of the advice in the links provided above, I applied the new knowledge and skills towards further polishing of my pair of Allen Edmonds Park Avenue.

This time, I used miniscule amounts of polish and miniscule amounts of saliva per coat, instead of gobs of each like I did to achieve the shine seen in the first post-polishing photo above. After one thin coat on the majority of the shoe and about five or six thin coats on the toe caps, I finally have a ridiculously reflective shine. The toe caps in particular resemble the light-reflecting qualities found in patent leather.

I couldn't decide which photo below I liked better but I tried to replicate the first post-polishing photo above in terms of lighting, exposure, and angle for a close comparison.

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Originally Posted by Buddy0329 View Post

I need to give two enthusiastic thumbs up for the great & courteous service at the new Philadelphia store.. I ordered 3 pairs of shoes this week from there, unfortunately I didn't get a chance to drive in this week. Now I have a reason to drive into the city more often. It's going to be dangerous to my wallet.

Agreed. I've been in there a few times, most recently to drop off a pair for recrafting and my experience has been awesome.
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Originally Posted by Karl Drogo View Post


Awesome score! How did you find out about this Presidents Day sale? Seems like many of us here didn't even know this sale even happened. Was it online or at retail locations? Was it also open to jealous Canadians such as myself? smile.gif

 

Thanks guys. This is an outlet/Shoes bank sales only. I was on the email list so I got the notification. I called my SA and asked him to email me the list of belts in my size (there were almost 100 LOL). Spent some time going through them and picked these 4. 

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Originally Posted by New Shoes1 View Post

The JAB Park Avenue (Boardroom) and Fifth Avenue (Nathan) are both in the 8 last and look noticeably improved on this last.  The problem is the cap toe line is in the same place as the AE versions on the 5 last.  IIRC, JAB has a 20% corporate customer discount for shoes, but don't think the shoes ever go on one of their buy 1 get 10 sales or other huge markdowns.

Recently shoes were 25% off, and then they had $50 off any purchase over $300.  Scored a set of Nathans (Fifth Avenues), a tie rack, and a few accessories for $225.

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Originally Posted by Buddy0329 View Post

Unfortunately, the Sole4Souls "Honor" code does not work for Brooks branded merchandise. I was ready to jump for 2nds @ $164. At $199 I'm a bit apprehensive, especially since I just picked up 1sts of Player's in Black @ Nordstrom for $167.

The one single time I ordered 2nds, they were so bad I had to return them. I've even had a couple of purported 1st quality shoes sourced from Amazon that were disappointing enough to return.




Thanks to some good Bourbon, I found my defenses lowered and decided to order the Brooks 7 after all. In less than a week I will know whether this was done in sound judgement or not.. With any luck, pics will follow.
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Originally Posted by spitshine123 View Post

 

Are these a little too narrow for you? You seem to bulge where the ball of your feet are.

 

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Originally Posted by kentyman View Post

 

They sure look like they're too narrow, but they actually feel pretty good. They're 8.5D just like my Strands and Elgins. I think they just appear too narrow because of the strange bumpiness. Actually, the left shoe may actually be a little narrower than the right, as I cannot lace them as tight.

 

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Originally Posted by md2010 View Post

They are too narrow for you. They look stuffed. The toes on your left foot are full on hanging out. Even if you feel they feel good a incorrect fit is still a incorrect fit. Its like wearing your high school clothing's. Some items you still maybe get into ....but it doesn't meant you should wear it.

 

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Originally Posted by wdahab View Post

Those are *way* too narrow for you, and probably a bit too long as well. Your foot shouldn't be distorting the sides of the shoe like that at all. Larger width shoes, on average among brands, are 3/16" larger for each extra width. Your toes are also being wedged in there, so you're not getting an accurate fit on the length. By going wider, you'll accomodate the ball of your foot, but your toes will possibly have too much room.

Judging from the picture, if those are size D widths, I would strongly suggest sizing up the width, possibly all the way up to EEE, and down maybe a half size or a full in length, depending on how much toe room you have. Remember, AE has free both-way shipping on online sales, so you can experiment.

 

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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

Well, I'm not prepared to go as far as the other posters based on one photo. I will say that the fit looks to be off.

 

I understand the recommendations because of the picture, but how do we reconcile the fact that my Strands fit perfectly and if anything my Elgins are a touch big?

 

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Originally Posted by Buddy0329 View Post

I would recommend sizing down. I needed a 1/2 size down in Neumok when I tried them versus other 5 last shoes (Park Ave & Strand).

 

And then here's an example of people claiming Neumok run big, not small.

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Just because the shoes are one the same last don't mean they will fit the same, it also depends on the type of leather used. Case in point: the McTavish fits larger than the other calf shoes on the same 5 last.

 

The Neumok defintely fits narrower and a bit longer than something like the Strand based on my experience. This is mainly due to the thicker leather used I think. You might want to size down and go up in width.

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Originally Posted by SloopyNoob View Post

Just because the shoes are one the same last don't mean they will fit the same, it also depends on the type of leather used. Case in point: the McTavish fits larger than the other calf shoes on the same 5 last.

 

The Neumok defintely fits narrower and a bit longer than something like the Strand based on my experience. This is mainly due to the thicker leather used I think. You might want to size down and go up in width.

I've read this before, but this just seems so weird.I mean no matter the leather used, the leather is put on top of and constructed around the same last when the shoe is made.

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Originally Posted by dddrees View Post

I've read this before, but this just seems so weird.I mean no matter the leather used, the leather is put on top of and constructed around the same last when the shoe is made.

 

Some leathers are able to wrap the last in a tighter manner, making less room inside the finished shoe, and some leathers are more flexible, allowing for a more forgiving fit. Off the top of my head, those are just two issues that could come up.

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Originally Posted by TheSizzle View Post

 

Some leathers are able to wrap the last in a tighter manner, making less room inside the finished shoe, and some leathers are more flexible, allowing for a more forgiving fit. Off the top of my head, those are just two issues that could come up.

I knew there had to be a reason for it, I just couldn't come up with it off the top of my head.

 

This makes sense, thanks.

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Originally Posted by Winston S. View Post


I don't think it is only an AE thing. We use that in the BB thread also, so I would say it is at least a styleforum thing and maybe even broader, e.g., AAAC.
 

I just mean "SA" refers to a person at Allen Edmonds, not a person here.  No SA here cna put you on an AE mailing list.

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I decided to give my walnut strands a little love today, and I have to say they never cease pleasing me.

 

 

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Hey dude. Go easy on yourself. Just pick up some Saphir and your mirror coats will come much easier.

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Originally Posted by JermynStreet View Post

Hey dude. Go easy on yourself. Just pick up some Saphir and your mirror coats will come much easier.

 

Are you talking to me? For casual shoes like those, I'm not a fan of the mirror coat. That's just how I like them. 

 

Side note: Look at the lids on those jars when you feel like making such a suggestion.

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Holy cow, awesome job on those walnut Strands. They almost look like wood.

This past weekend I used Moneysworth & Best Brillo shoe cream (like the tube pictured below, except in neutral) on my pair and it did absolutely nothing for the shine. What a waste of time and money. Lesson learned: While the Moneysworth & Best black shoe polish was great on my black Park Avenues, I'll probably have to find something else for my walnut Strands.

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