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Originally Posted by thecooldude33 View Post

Picked up a pair of factory second Rutledges from the shoe bank. $322. Defects are very minor and do not bother me at all. A bit of discoloration on the inside of the left shoe (using Saphir wax seems to be helping) and some "imperfect" leather on the toe of the right shoe. I think the shoe is pretty boss- its comfy, color is absolutely AMAZING, and I think it matches with a lot of things. 

Those Rutledges look really good! I was very tempted to get a pair during one of the seconds sales where this exact model was one of the featured shoes, but talked myself out of it. Might have to think about it again if it's featured in another sale later on.
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Originally Posted by New Shoes1 View Post

Curious about this as well.  My guess is Robert last as the toe box looks a little narrower than my Forest last shoes.  By the way, I think that picture reinforces what a great shoe the Kenilworth is. 
I'm actually thinking the opposite that it would probably look better alone. Setting it next to a shoe that looks sleeker makes it more blobby.
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Originally Posted by englade321 View Post


I grew up down there doc I think mildew or being chewed by gators is probably a bigger problem than dust

 

I tend to do all of my gator hunting in bare feet.

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Originally Posted by tampatravel View Post

This could be one of the most brilliant posts I've read in a long time. The key is that scuffing of the soles...also don't go nuts and polish them in front of her or give them any extra special "ahhh these are new shoes" treatment. That's a DEAD GIVEAWAY!!

Thanks, Tampa, for the kind words. I forgot to include the following suggestions: Destroy all evidence of purchases, including AE or Nordstrom shopping bags. If possible, store boxes in basement, crawl space or preferably the offices (I have a stack of 10 AE an Alden boxes in my office closet). Most importantly, buy dear wife nice stuff from time to time smile.gif
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Sevenfold, ColdIron and David...thank you for your replies regarding shoe bags. I am a visual person as well and so will not be bagging any time soon. Those cabinets look amazing, David. Maybe I'll have some built when I make partner.

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Originally Posted by David Copeland View Post

"Smell that? You smell that?
 

"What?
 

"Cordovan, son. Nothing in the world smells like that.

"I love the smell of cordovan in the morning.

 

"You know, one time we had a laid Remington sights on a buck herd, for 12 hours. When it was all over, I walked up.  We didn't find one of 'em, not one stinkin' carcass. But the smell from our boots, you know that cordovan smell, permeated the whole hill.   Smelled like... victory."

 

This is one of the most humorous posts in this thread's history. Well played, sir.

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Can I get some advice?
 
I got a good deal on a pair of new Navy/Tan Finches on closeout (not factory seconds). I absolutely love the style and fit, but after wearing them for just a couple of hours I notice they are breaking in very asymetrically from an aesthetic standpoint. The right shoe has barely any crease to it, even when bent, while the left shoe already has several enormous creases that span across the entire toebox and down to the outsole.
 
Creasing per se isn't something that bothers me, but I have two concerns I was hoping some of you guys could weigh in on:
 
1) If the leather quality varies greatly between the two shoes, is the left shoe likely to get more and more beat up while the right one continues looking new, or is it more likely that with time it will even out?
 
2) Because these shoes are part of the "rough" collection, AE advises that no polish or cream is used on them. It would be nice though if there were some way to restore the original color in the creased area so that there isn't so much contrast on the creasemarks. Is there a solution for this or am I asking the shoe to be something that it isn't?
 
Photos for reference:
 

 

 

 

post #22223 of 43051
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Originally Posted by ScottyBoy920 View Post

First, the shoes look great. The color is unbelievable.

Second, do you mind telling me/us why you went with AE Shoe Trees and not a cheaper option at Nordstrom Rack or wait for a Jos A Bank sale?
I guess I am still trying to wrap my head around "proper" shoe trees. I have them in all my shoes, but fear I may not be getting the right size or worrying about them being too tight or too loose.

I just got the AE trees the same time I ordered the shoes. They are even a couple of bucks cheaper at the shoe bank. If you're worried about the right size trees for your shoes, AE trees have a size chart so you can order the correct size. I know there are probably "better" trees than AE's (and on the flip side, worse trees), but I figure you can't go wrong with buying trees made by the manufacturer of your shoe. Only thing annoying about AE trees is the fact that they can be tricky to get out of the shoe sometimes.
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I think they should even out over time, unless your feet bend in diffrent parts of the shoe on each foot.  As far as the color, some tan polish wont hurt if you want to try it out, but it may lead to the two shoes being different colors.

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Originally Posted by MacktasticGDogg View Post

Those Rutledges look really good! I was very tempted to get a pair during one of the seconds sales where this exact model was one of the featured shoes, but talked myself out of it. Might have to think about it again if it's featured in another sale later on.

They are awesome, leather is definitely a step up from other Allen Edmonds. I will post some pics later with a proper saphir wax.
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Robby - Any issues with any other shoes? Sometimes it's a person's gait that causes issues and not what the person is wearing.

Especially during a break-in period there's a good chance a person isn't using their "normal" walk.
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Originally Posted by Winston S. View Post

I'm actually thinking the opposite that it would probably look better alone. Setting it next to a shoe that looks sleeker makes it more blobby.

 

Certainly blobbier, but I still appreciate that it has a rounder toe instead of those harsher angles.

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Originally Posted by TM79 View Post

Robby - Any issues with any other shoes? Sometimes it's a person's gait that causes issues and not what the person is wearing.

Especially during a break-in period there's a good chance a person isn't using their "normal" walk.

I don't recall having this problem before, but I'll double-check my barely broken in Strands when I get home to see if there's anything similar going on there.

 

Either way, I do think there's something different about the leather on this particular left shoe. I could see the creases beginning from my first walk down the hallway. I'm fine with it as long as I can expect it to even out in time.

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this shoes has a leather sole.  I just got a pair from Nordstrom rack they are tan suede. 

 

Does allen Edmonds have a belt that will match thes?.  most of their shoes have belts that will match the shoes.  I need a belt for these.

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are any of you guys right on the fence between two widths? I am just on the cusp between D and E. I cant decide if it is better to stay D and wear a thin sock and have a snug fit or go E and have a bit more room but the ankle fit be loose. I typically have gone with the D route in the past but am starting to re-think this. I am curious if anyone else has this dilemma? 

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