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Who did you deal with I been trying to reach Debra for over a week think she might be off

Debra.  She's amazing!  Just spoke with her today.

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Congrats on a new pair...but just out of curiosity, how does one wear 36 pairs? Do they get even rotation? Are there any you no longer wear? Not trying to be offensive, just bloody curious! Also, would love to see sole pics!

I think I'm up to 45 pairs.  Some get more rotation than others.  Shell gets heavy rotation, gator not so much.  Everything else just depends on my mood.  I'm in a business casual environment where I can get away with pretty much anything.

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Originally Posted by polojock615 View Post

Debra.  She's amazing!  Just spoke with her today.

Hmm me and cold iron have tried for over a week no reply
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Originally Posted by David Copeland View Post

Okay, so you recommend to only use the 200 grit from start to finish?

I found that the finer grit clogged with the removed dressing pretty quickly. So, I had better results with the 80 grit (medium) paper to actually remove the dressing. After i had removed all of the dressing, i went over the edge with the 200 grit (fine) paper to smooth out the leather. I would like to know if anyone has had any success with Renovateur or another product as the sanding was quite tedious.
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Originally Posted by kentyman View Post

I got my replacement McAllister firsts, and unfortunately they have the same prominent ridge on the caps. In addition, the pinking is very inconsistent, where on the right shoe there's too much leather and they flair way up. The left shoe, on the other hand foot, is almost cut off:







I'm sure I want to replace them because of the pinking, but I'm worried the third attempt is going to have the same ridge problem. I don't see such a problem in this picture or this picture, so I'm holding out hope I can get a better looking pair. Any thoughts what could be causing this?

As for the inconsistent stitching causing pinking problems, this seems to a newer problem, as I don't remember reading about it on this thread much in the past. Just the other day, rollinsay had a similar problem, and I even chimed in with problems on my Bourbon Strand firsts. I hope if there is a consistent problem with stitching of the uppers, whether it be in the Dominican Republic or the USA, that AE notices and gets it under control.

Yeah, I have the same problem on the 1st quality pair I just received this afternoon however mine had an additional defect (below). This is going to be a hassle returning stuff from Canada, actually the first pair I am returning after 6 pairs...bummer.
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Originally Posted by JermynStreet View Post

Congrats on a new pair...but just out of curiosity, how does one wear 36 pairs? Do they get even rotation? Are there any you no longer wear? Not trying to be offensive, just bloody curious! Also, would love to see sole pics!

I have some that are summer only, some that are winter only, and some that are year round. The boots are winter weekends and the boat shoes are summer weekends.

On the non-boot / boat shoes, I never wear the same pair in a week and rarely wear that same pair in a month. Some days it's 2 pair - one to work and one out after work. Some do not get a lot of wear now - the black Park Avenues have been worn maybe 1-2 times in the past year as I don't wear suits to work any more.

I had a couple of pair that did not fit well (I was trying some different lasts). We recently hired a guy out of college and I found out he wears the same size as I do. He was wearing less expensive shoes the typical recent college graduate wears. These 2 pair fit him perfectly, so he got a jump start on his AE collection with 2 relatively new pairs of shoes.

Chris
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Originally Posted by tesuquegolfer View Post

I found that the finer grit clogged with the removed dressing pretty quickly. So, I had better results with the 80 grit (medium) paper to actually remove the dressing. After i had removed all of the dressing, i went over the edge with the 200 grit (fine) paper to smooth out the leather. I would like to know if anyone has had any success with Renovateur or another product as the sanding was quite tedious.
Ive done this a number of times I use acetone just be very careful to keep it off the upper
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Originally Posted by David Copeland View Post

So if I use a tiny Q-Tip (or small-tip screw driver) to nourish the Brogue holes - what Saphir color or product do I use in the leather holes to maintain the darker contrast?  Or do I use Saphir Renovateur?

David

Hi mate,

no i didnt use anything, i just spent more time brushing the brogue holes to darken them.
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Originally Posted by jch1 View Post

I think I may do this as well. Did you use AE cream polish or Saphir? To mirror what another said, if you used Saphir, which colors?
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Originally Posted by Persedye View Post

what brand polish did you use? Cream not wax I assume? I would love more detailed info.

Thanks!

Okay here are the steps i took to darken my Walnut strands:

1. Polished them with Collonil Leather Conditioner to clean them
2. I then used Collonil Waterstop Colors Shoe Cream in Mid Brown (only mid brown cream available at cobblers locally)
3. I applied approx. 4-5 coats of this on the shoes over a few weeks, letting them dry 2-3 days between each. Im sure you could do it every day if you wanted to.
4. After the coats of the mid brown cream, i got a little annoyed that there hasn't been much progress so bit the bullet and started to use Herring Shoes Dark Brown Wax i received with my herring shoes.
5. Over the course of a month i would have applied 5 coats of Dark Brown wax on these, i was becoming pleased with the results so i then put some leather conditioner on them to clean them.
6. i was going to apply a another coat but noticed I ran out of herring dark brown wax, luckily i received my meermin shoes with Dark Brown Saphir wax inside.
8. Applied 2 more coats of Dark brown Saphir wax on them letting them dry 1-2 days between coats.
9. Applied one last coat of leather conditioner.
10. Done

I hope that helps! remember just keep applying until you are happy with the results.

Cheers
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Just to clarify, Allen Edmonds will NOT recraft Brooks Brothers or Ralph Lauren shoes, even though they produced them?

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Originally Posted by DerangedGoose View Post

Just to clarify, Allen Edmonds will recraft AE's made for Brooks Brothers, but will not recraft AE made for Ralph Lauren.

FTFY.

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Thanks for the clarification. Any particular reason why?

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No, not really.  The real reason is that RL and Brooks Brothers have to sign agreements to have their shoes eligible recrafting and, for whatever reason, RL has chosen not to do so.

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Interesting, b/c Alden will recraft the Alden Brooks Brothers models no problem. 

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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

Interesting, b/c Alden will recraft the Alden Brooks Brothers models no problem. 

Ahh such a confused sole soul....

 

Well played New Shoes1, very well played good sir.

 

Nice to see 3 shell Strands today smile.gif

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A juicy tidbit, newshoes! Though hyperbole, Im sure the fashion world still works in this way, to some extent.

 

If anything it I could see how AE wouldnt recraft anything that doesnt have their name on it. If you are faced with the choice of AE models or 3rd party under contract, you might decide to spring for the AE knowing they can be recrafted.

 

Also, can anyone comment on the boardroom in person? From what I understand it is simply a park avenue on the roomier 7 last. I have kenilworths in size 11 on the 5 last and enjoy the slender profile. someone posted a picture of their Boardrooms and with the added girth of the 7 last, the toecap looked a little stubby...but it may also be because their shoe was a smaller size. I am considering the boardroom in brown. Is a brown captoe an anachronism? Is it too formal for jeans and untucked shirts?

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