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post #21796 of 46948

Just ordered a pair of Elgins from the outlet. My first outlet purchase so we'll see how it goes. On AE's website it says for polish to use their "Leather Lotion" which I understand they recommend on all of the casual models. Does this mean I don't need any kind of colored polish? Also, I have Coach "Leather Moisturizer" for a leather bag that I have. My wife used to work there so I have an abundance of the stuff. Can I just use that on my Elgins?

 

http://www.coach.com/online/handbags/SearchResultsView?storeId=10551&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&quickOrder=yes&searchKeyword=leather%20moisturizer&cacheKeyword=LEATHER%20MOISTURIZER

 

Thanks!

post #21797 of 46948

Since everyone is talking about black shoes, I would like to join in to get an idea of my next shoe purchase.

 

  • I'm just finishing my first year in college but I eventually want to become a CPA in NYC (preferably Big 4). .
  • My shoe collection consists of: AE Walnut Strands, AE Dark Brown Larkins (penny loafers), and a casual bison leather boot (Yuma).
  • My suit color for interviews will be charcoal. The shoes I have are all too casual for interviews.
  • Since I rarely wear a suit and I'm a college student, I'm usually decked out in BB OCBD's and Chinos (two main colors being khaki and dark grey). I want the shoe to be versatile for conservative business as well as wear with chinos.

 

I'm leaning towards getting 5th Ave in burnished brown. I'm choosing this over the Park Aves because they have light broguing and I consider them more versatile (with regards to wearing them with chinos). Is this a good choice? I doubt I'll invest in a pair of black balmorals since I just won't be wearing suits much. Even as a CPA, I'll most likely be in chinos.


Edited by Essential - 5/22/13 at 1:34pm
post #21798 of 46948
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Originally Posted by OptoDoc View Post

Thanks, ColdIron. I'll hit them with some cleaner tonight. If it still looks off, I'll soak both shoes in coffee for a few minutes and see what happens. They are 1 year old $80 boots, so there isn't much loss if it doesn't work. I only wear them casually and to work when the weather is horrendous. I'll take pics of the process.

Sorry this happened. I can't wait for you to try this out, find that it resolves the color mismatch, discover that you and others here like the boots more post coffee soaking than before, and for the "OptoDoc method" to eventually be declared as the only real way to achieve that sought after, dark brown coffee patina.
post #21799 of 46948
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Originally Posted by Essential View Post

Since everyone is talking about black shoes, I would like to join in to get an idea of my next shoe purchase.
  • I'm just starting college but I eventually want to become a CPA in NYC (preferably Big 4). .
  • My shoe collection consists of: AE Walnut Strands, AE Dark Brown Larkins (penny loafers), and a casual bison leather boot (Yuma).
  • My suit color for interviews will be charcoal. The shoes I have are all too casual for interviews.
  • Since I rarely wear a suit and I'm a college student, I'm usually decked out in BB OCBD's and Chinos (two main colors being khaki and dark grey). I want the shoe to be versatile for conservative business as well as wear with chinos.

I'm leaning towards getting 5th Ave in burnished brown. I'm choosing this over the Park Aves because they have light broguing and I consider them more versatile (with regards to wearing them with chinos). Is this a good choice? I doubt I'll invest in a pair of black balmorals since I just won't be wearing suits much. Even as a CPA, I'll most likely be in chinos.

Oxfords with chinos seems weird to me, but I agree that the 5th ave is a nice relatively formal shoe with just a touch more blink that the more conservateive PA.

However, if you don't have any black straight cap toe oxfords, I think that's pretty much the staple of the business friendly shoe.
post #21800 of 46948
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

It is news to me that a navy suit is more proper CBD than a charcoal suit. I would be very interested to hear the reasoning behind this.

Either navy or charcoal will work, and so will many in medium gray.
post #21801 of 46948
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

"OptoDoc method".

I like the ring of that.

It's Community Coffee Dark Roast if anyone was wondering...
post #21802 of 46948
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Originally Posted by Pastor View Post

These were my first pair of Allen Edmonds shoes purchased almost five years ago from the Boston store while I was on a 5 year anniversary trip with my wife. Still some of my favorites.



AE Dryden in Brandy


Sweet! Why is it the more I see of AE discontinued styles the more I question the current offerings. Maybe still available MTO?
post #21803 of 46948
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Originally Posted by OptoDoc View Post

I like the ring of that.

It's Community Coffee Dark Roast if anyone was wondering...

I am sure the brewing method will also be key.
post #21804 of 46948
There has been a lot of chat about custom orders lately. I asked for some Leeds in the older burgundy shell, which they said they'd do, but for chili welt/edge dressing they want an extra $50.

Is that typical of your customizations?
post #21805 of 46948
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Originally Posted by AdamAdam View Post

Just ordered a pair of Elgins from the outlet. My first outlet purchase so we'll see how it goes. On AE's website it says for polish to use their "Leather Lotion" which I understand they recommend on all of the casual models. Does this mean I don't need any kind of colored polish? Also, I have Coach "Leather Moisturizer" for a leather bag that I have. My wife used to work there so I have an abundance of the stuff. Can I just use that on my Elgins?

 

http://www.coach.com/online/handbags/SearchResultsView?storeId=10551&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&quickOrder=yes&searchKeyword=leather%20moisturizer&cacheKeyword=LEATHER%20MOISTURIZER

 

Thanks!

 

See this post of mine and the following 4 replies for a discussion of using products on the Elgin. I think you can safely use AE's LL, CC, or SS on them, but you're more likely to lose a little dye the further right you go. So far, I've only used LL and CC on them, but will try SS if they get dirty enough. I don't think you'll ever need to add color with polish. Cold Iron darkened his with neatsfoot oil, so that's always an option if they ever got too light from excessive cleaning, but I don't anticipate that becoming a problem.

 

As for various other leather products, I'd be very careful. Many contain ingredients that may unexpectedly darken or lighten them.

post #21806 of 46948
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Originally Posted by gsgleason View Post

There has been a lot of chat about custom orders lately. I asked for some Leeds in the older burgundy shell, which they said they'd do, but for chili welt/edge dressing they want an extra $50.

Is that typical of your customizations?


 Which MTO program are you referring to?  The factory/retail MTO program?  Or the "Paul Grangaard" StyleForum special offer?

post #21807 of 46948
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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

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Originally Posted by gsgleason View Post

There has been a lot of chat about custom orders lately. I asked for some Leeds in the older burgundy shell, which they said they'd do, but for chili welt/edge dressing they want an extra $50.


Is that typical of your customizations?


 Which MTO program are you referring to?  The factory/retail MTO program?  Or the "Paul Grangaard" StyleForum special offer?

It's the 'talk to my local store manager' one. What are the details about that CEO one?
post #21808 of 46948
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Originally Posted by gsgleason View Post


It's the 'talk to my local store manager' one. What are the details about that CEO one?

The CEO offered to build any shoe by special request provided the materials are available and it's technically feasible.  That was, oh, about a month ago.

 

So you could have asked for a navy suede Dalton with contrast stitching and a mini-lug sole or whatever you want.

post #21809 of 46948
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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

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Originally Posted by gsgleason View Post

It's the 'talk to my local store manager' one. What are the details about that CEO one?
The CEO offered to build any shoe by special request provided the materials are available and it's technically feasible.  That was, oh, about a month ago.

So you could have asked for a navy suede Dalton with contrast stitching and a mini-lug sole or whatever you want.

It that offer now defunct?
post #21810 of 46948
I used it about three weeks ago and someone from the forum used it about a week after that so it's certainly worth a try.

As an aside I received my first pair of seconds today chocolate amoks for under $100. I'm fairly impressed I will need to get shoe bags but I can deal with that.
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