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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...
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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?
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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.
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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?
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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.

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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?

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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?
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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.

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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?
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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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Originally Posted by bespoken pa View Post

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.

I finalized my custom order on May 8 without any problems.
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Originally Posted by Essential View Post

[*] I'm just finishing my first year in college but I eventually want to become a CPA in NYC (preferably Big 4). .
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Even as a CPA, I'll most likely be in chinos.

Chinos are borderline OK at the Big 4, IMO, if you're not client-facing, but I would try to step it up to wool trousers. Makes a world of difference.
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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.

I'm not sure he ever said that one was more proper than the other. He just said that navy with black shoes was proper CBD.
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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.

For interviews, you really do need a black shoe. Does not have to be AE, especially if you won't wear it much. Living in NYC, I am sure you can find a black stitch cap for ~60 that will suffice to be worn 3-4 times a year.

Regarding dress when you're actually working (at least here in Toronto) it is pretty casual unless you are client facing and the rest of your team is in a suit. Tax is generally more casual than audit. Wool trousers > chinos for sure, though. What I did was set out a long term goal of what shoes I'd like to have for a business casual rotation...and promised myself to only buy those shoes unless a REALLY good deal on a near equivalent came up. I settled on:

-Black stitch cap (own park avenue)
-Black PTB (own a CG pair of alfred sargent...great beater shoes)
-Burgundy shell longwing
-Burgundy shell PTB
-Dark brown double monk
-Dark brown split toe or other blucher
-Walnut strand (own)

I also own a pair of dark brown bayfields that work really well as a commute boot for Canadian winters, as well as a suede malvern which I can dress up or down.
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Originally Posted by gsgleason View Post


It that offer now defunct?


Dunno

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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 like the ring of that too, let us know how it turns out! I have 2 more cappuccino shell inbound. And if I ever take a break from getting AE shell I will be a copy cat and do rydenfan's beautiful make up of Rancourt ranger mocs in espresso shell. Now all of a sudden I have a hankering for some CC Dark Roast Stafford boots....

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Originally Posted by kentyman View Post

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.

Good advise kentyman and I agree. I just wanted to clarify that it was only the McTavish that I darkened. Not sure how neatsfoot oil will work on the waxy saddle leather of the Elgin. All I use is LL on them and seldom at that. I love the finish on them and try not to do anything to change them.

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It that offer now defunct?

I was told that it has no expiration date.

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