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post #21571 of 46538
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

I talked to them Friday so I could copy your mini lug tap sole on mine shog%5B1%5D.gif When she was reviewing the order she said poron soles for options and it hit me that was an option so I asked about leather insoles and she said certainly. So thank YOU!

Last summer when I did the MTO for my Dundee's Deborah asked if I knew what color truffle (cappuccino) looked like. I said lighter than brown but darker than walnut based on the pictures on here. She said no cappuccino is actually darker than brown. And in indoor lighting it is, when it gets full sun it totally changes color. The samples don't always reflect that totally. Couple of weeks ago when I got my latest samples I took my cappuccino Dundee's outside in bright light and they were almost the color of the walnut sample that I had. I love how the cappuccino changes color during the day based on the lighting.

Very nice job! I really like my black shell Park Aves and wear them more than I thought I would, although normally I wear them with a suit. After polishing with black I hit them with a couple of coats of blue polish, I really like the effect.

 

 

Retired military here too smile.gif

 

Like masernaut said you can't get there from here using AE premium polish or cream. You have to use paste wax. Meltonian is premium Kiwi with a bit more carnauba wax, and AE paste wax with carnauba is good too. As is Saphir paste wax. But there is nothing wrong with good old Kiwi and that still works well, very well. Less wax works better IMO, use very thin coats I hardly touch the tin of wax with any pressure with the cloth when polishing for a mirror shine.

 

I've found the same using AE premium polish. I'll work in some Kiwi. A few questions... Do you still use the AE polish for color match first and then throw some clear Kiwi on top for shine? Something like black wouldn't be an issue but I have merlot AE polish for my merlot AE shoes and I'm guessing that Kiwi doesn't offer a matching polish. Also, some said that a waxy polish will leave residue in the creases on calf. Any truth to that?

post #21572 of 46538
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Originally Posted by AdamAdam View Post

This has been talked about already but with so many pages in this thread I apologize for not being able to find it and asking again. I'm 7.5 E on the 5 last McCallister in calf. What would I be in the McTavish? I understand it's the same last but with a different leather I think some were commenting that the fit was different. Thanks!

 

Bump. Thank you.

post #21573 of 46538
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Originally Posted by denverbizman42 View Post

Wow. I'd love to learn to get a mirror shine on my park avenues. I recently bought allen edmonds cream polish and applied that and then wax polish. I'm pretty detailed about shining my shoes and I have to say I had a hard time getting more than a dull shine. I do love my AE shoes but does anyone else have this problem?

 

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Originally Posted by thecooldude33 View Post

I couldn't get anything more than a dull shine either using just the AE tube polish. Well, I guess the shine is a bit better than "dull" but it definitely isn' the elusive mirror shine. I'm going to order some saphir wax this week and hope that it will do the trick. I'm not sure if the black Park Avenues can actually achieve the mirror shine. If anyone has any pics of mirror shined Park Avenues...please post pictures along with an explanation of what you did exactly. It would be greatly appreciated. 

 

If you want a mirror shine, you have to use carnuba wax polish, not cream polish.  The Park Avenue is actually a perfect canvas for achieving a mirror shine, if that's your thing.  Use whatever brand of carnuba wax polish you want, or like the most.   

post #21574 of 46538
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Originally Posted by AdamAdam View Post

 

Bump. Thank you.

 

I would go with same size.  Anytime I sized differently on 5 last, such as the Strand to the Nuemok, it just did not feel right.

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I've found the same using AE premium polish. I'll work in some Kiwi. A few questions... Do you still use the AE polish for color match first and then throw some clear Kiwi on top for shine? Something like black wouldn't be an issue but I have merlot AE polish for my merlot AE shoes and I'm guessing that Kiwi doesn't offer a matching polish. Also, some said that a waxy polish will leave residue in the creases on calf. Any truth to that?

 

Wax polish will crack in the creases.  It is best used on the toe cap and heel areas, where there isn't any flexing taking place. 

 

I may be reading too much into the last few comments, but it is starting to sound like there is a fundamental misunderstanding of the polishes and their respective purposes.  The fact that AE premium polish won't achieve a mirror shine isn't indicative of it's quality.  It is fantastic stuff.  It simply isn't formulated with enough wax to create the mirror shine.  They make carnuba wax for that purpose.  You can use whatever brand you like the most, but AE's products are wonderful quality and they make a product for every application that you want (except for a stripping product like Renomat).  There just isn't a need to go to multiple manufacterers to care for a simple pair of merlot (burgundy) shoes.   Shoe care is very easily turned into a difficult process when it really shouldn't be. 

post #21576 of 46538
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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

 

That's because very few SF members "bull" their shoes  .   .   .  nice job!

 

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Originally Posted by VinnyMac View Post

What do you mean by "bull?"

 

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bulling = getting that mirror shine

 

This term comes from the British military.  To "Bull" is to push- so you are forcing the polish into the leather.

In the U.S. Navy we just do a "spit-shine", but it's essentially the same thing.  Many light layers of polish and then finished with a little bit of spit to smooth out the finish.  Some also use cold water on a cotton ball. 
 

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Hello everyone, I am starting full-time work next month and will be buying 2 pairs of Allen Edmonds and I need advice on which to buy. At work, I will be wearing gray, charcoal and navy suits. Currently, I have a pair of plain black captoes so formal occasions are covered.

 

For my work shoes, I am looking at a black pair and a walnut pair. For the black pair I like the strand, and for the walnut pair I like the mcallisters. What do you guys think I should buy?

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Originally Posted by AdamAdam View Post

Bump. Thank you.

I would try either a half size down or keep the length but drop the width. I wear a 10E in the 5 last but my 10d mctavish fit very well.
post #21579 of 46538
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Originally Posted by Pastor View Post

Here are my walnut shell Daltons. I wore them last week but I took a week off from all forums so I didn't get a chance to post.
With the unlined shell these are the only boots I kept out for the summer. All my other boots are in storage patiently waiting on fall to arrive.


 

Great boots!

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I'd just like to add to the consensus that different models fit differently even if made on the same last. I posted about 10 pages ago about my right toe feeling pressure in the mcallister in 13B but I tried the strand in the same size and didn't have a problem.
post #21581 of 46538
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Originally Posted by Shoeluv View Post


I just bought some 5th Aves. I spent 22 years in the military and could shine shoes so you needed sun glasses to look at them. My 5th Avenues I put 12 coats of the AE Brown cream and got a light shine. It is kind of annoying too, that much work should have made them glow. I am going to get a wax and try that. I am scared to use some of my army tricks like coating the shoe with kiwi and running a lighter over the shoe to melt the wax in. I will try just spit shining with a wax polish, I just ordered the AE wax and will report back after a few hours with that.

 

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Thanks for you service.  I've been in for 15 years now- worn leathers the whole time and I have taken a match to my shoes many times.  I used a heat gun years ago and the shine was amazing.  I understand your reluctance to apply heat to your AEs.  I won't do it either. 

 

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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

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I talked to them Friday so I could copy your mini lug tap sole on mine shog%5B1%5D.gif When she was reviewing the order she said poron soles for options and it hit me that was an option so I asked about leather insoles and she said certainly. So thank YOU!

Last summer when I did the MTO for my Dundee's Deborah asked if I knew what color truffle (cappuccino) looked like. I said lighter than brown but darker than walnut based on the pictures on here. She said no cappuccino is actually darker than brown. And in indoor lighting it is, when it gets full sun it totally changes color. The samples don't always reflect that totally. Couple of weeks ago when I got my latest samples I took my cappuccino Dundee's outside in bright light and they were almost the color of the walnut sample that I had. I love how the cappuccino changes color during the day based on the lighting.

Very nice job! I really like my black shell Park Aves and wear them more than I thought I would, although normally I wear them with a suit. After polishing with black I hit them with a couple of coats of blue polish, I really like the effect.

 

 

 

 

Retired military here too smile.gif

 

Like masernaut said you can't get there from here using AE premium polish or cream. You have to use paste wax. Meltonian is premium Kiwi with a bit more carnauba wax, and AE paste wax with carnauba is good too. As is Saphir paste wax. But there is nothing wrong with good old Kiwi and that still works well, very well. Less wax works better IMO, use very thin coats I hardly touch the tin of wax with any pressure with the cloth when polishing for a mirror shine.

 

+1

 

I agree that AE polish will not get the high-gloss you are looking for.  I used it on my calf cap toes and was not impressed. 

post #21582 of 46538
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Originally Posted by AdamAdam View Post

 

Bump. Thank you.

 

I found that the McTavish fits a half size largeer.

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Working from home today but wearing my new McAllisters so that I can break them in before a conference in a few weeks where I'll be on my feet all day. How many wears for you guys before they feel somewhat broken in? My other McAllisters took about a dozen.

 

 

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Originally Posted by ckprax View Post


I would try either a half size down or keep the length but drop the width. I wear a 10E in the 5 last but my 10d mctavish fit very well.

 

 

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Originally Posted by masernaut View Post

 

I found that the McTavish fits a half size largeer.

 

Thanks for the replies. My TTS is 8D so for the McAllister we went to 7.5E as most have commented is normal. So, on the McTavish I'd go down even lower than that to 7E or 7.5D? My McAllisters are snug so maybe I'll stick with the same size 7.5E and see how that goes. I can go try them on of course but I'm looking at a few from the outlets. I have a good relationship with the SA from my local store and I've bought two pair from him recently but I feel bad going in to try on shoes that I know I will just turn around and buy from the outlet or Amazon.

post #21585 of 46538
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Originally Posted by paperfire View Post

Hello everyone, I am starting full-time work next month and will be buying 2 pairs of Allen Edmonds and I need advice on which to buy. At work, I will be wearing gray, charcoal and navy suits. Currently, I have a pair of plain black captoes so formal occasions are covered.

 

For my work shoes, I am looking at a black pair and a walnut pair. For the black pair I like the strand, and for the walnut pair I like the mcallisters. What do you guys think I should buy?

 

What about a burgundy (merlot) pair instead of the black? You have the black covered with the captoes you already own. I just picked up a pair of merlot McAllister and find that they go with everything. You can wear them with your gray and charcoal suits and go with the walnut for the navy. Merlot and burgundy are available in other AE models as well. I also have a pair of walnut McAllister and I love them and they look great with navy. I will warn you however that they are a little "flashy". If your office environment is more conservative you may want to keep that in mind. Mine is not and I can get away with it and get comments all the time on the walnut.

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