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I don't typically wear boots, except for the ones that I use to shovel snow in and those are not real high quality boots.  However the ones you have there Cali are tempting me.

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Good morning gentlemen,

 

Who said that shell cordovan is addictive?

I've been wearing my Leeds for a few weeks now (with proper rotation) and they must be the most comfortable and beautiful shoes I have ever owned!

 

I am just in love with these babies... 

 

(Apologies for the poor quality pic and for the office carpet)

 

I am seriously considering a MTO brown shell wingtip on the Leeds last.

Do you guys think it is possible?

Suggestions?

 

Thank you,

Max

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Anyone have a picture of AE's natural edge dressing? Either applied on a shoe or just an image that shows the color. AE's natural is the most often recommended product for Alden's natural, light colored edge trim and I'm just curious how it looks.
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Originally Posted by LeviMay View Post


I Googled the Elgin for pics, as it isn't on the AE site anymore. The source for one of the images was this site, and the URL had the price in it. I figured I'd investigate, and did end up ordering. Low price, free shipping, and Paypal (rather than asking for CC info) all hepled me decide.

My one concern, however, is that the Elgin is on the same last as the McAllisters I picked up today, which, in an E width, are JUST wide enough. I'm hoping the Rough Collection fits a tad looser. If not, there may be an 11D Elgin up for grabs soon.

 

I take 7.5E on the McAllister and just received 7.5E in the Elgin and they do run a little larger. However, my McAllisters just barely fit and I could probably go 7.5EE on them so I stuck with the same size in the Elgin. It's important to note that there are AE Elgin and BB Elgin. Mine are AE. The BB have a different insole which some have commented make the shoe fit more snug. Please report back as I'm curious if I should have gone with 7.5D or 7E.

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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post

Anyone have a picture of AE's natural edge dressing? Either applied on a shoe or just an image that shows the color. AE's natural is the most often recommended product for Alden's natural, light colored edge trim and I'm just curious how it looks.

I don't have a picture, but I do own a bottle. It has the color of watered-down milk in the bottle, but likely goes on almost clear. That is why I don't bother using it.

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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post

Anyone have a picture of AE's natural edge dressing? Either applied on a shoe or just an image that shows the color. AE's natural is the most often recommended product for Alden's natural, light colored edge trim and I'm just curious how it looks.

I too have the natural dressing, and have used it a couple of times on my natural tan McTavish's.  It is milky in the bottle, but goes on clear, and if anything, just gives the edge colour a bit of a richer tone, but doesn't change the colour, or add any colour at all.  Honestly I think you could use it on any edge to give it some protection, without changing the original colour.  Where I think it wouldn't do any good, is on a dark colour edge that has been scuffed so it's much lighter than originally. There, you'd need to recolour the edge with suitable dressing.  If you've got light coloured shoes, go for it - it's like putting water on the edges...my two bits.

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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post

Anyone have a picture of AE's natural edge dressing? Either applied on a shoe or just an image that shows the color. AE's natural is the most often recommended product for Alden's natural, light colored edge trim and I'm just curious how it looks.

 

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Originally Posted by msulinski View Post

I don't have a picture, but I do own a bottle. It has the color of watered-down milk in the bottle, but likely goes on almost clear. That is why I don't bother using it.

 

It does have a watered-down milk look in the bottle, but it is clear when applied (as natural should be).  In other words, a picture of shoes with the natural dressing should look just like those with no edge dressing at all (apart from some added sheen perhaps).  I use it on my tan Finches below:

 

 

 

 

Even if you are seeking to keep your original color, it is still good to use edge dressing.  It isn't just to cover up scratches.  It seals the leather edge and helps keep water out when exposed to rain by providing a lacquer like surface protection. 

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In reply to Fabian 43:

Here is what I posted on your earlier request one page back.

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Originally Posted by Fabian43

Any opinions on the Banff? My Ugg slippers are wearing out. 6pm.com has them on clearance for $86


I have the Banff and really like them. However, I would go up at least a half size as they do run a tad small.

Chris
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How frequently does Allen Emonds run the clearance sales?  I would not normally be able to afford their stuff if it wasn't for the clearance sales.  Got a pair of fiesols on clearance last week-end.

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Originally Posted by patrick_b 

Anyone have a picture of AE's natural edge dressing? Either applied on a shoe or just an image that shows the color. AE's natural is the most often recommended product for Alden's natural, light colored edge trim and I'm just curious how it looks.

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Originally Posted by msulinski 

I don't have a picture, but I do own a bottle. It has the color of watered-down milk in the bottle, but likely goes on almost clear. That is why I don't bother using it.


It does have a watered-down milk look in the bottle, but it is clear when applied (as natural should be).  In other words, a picture of shoes with the natural dressing should look just like those with no edge dressing at all (apart from some added sheen perhaps).  I use it on my tan Finches below:

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Even if you are seeking to keep your original color, it is still good to use edge dressing.  It isn't just to cover up scratches.  It seals the leather edge and helps keep water out when exposed to rain by providing a lacquer like surface protection. 

I've used the natural edge dressing on a few pairs so far, all of which had natural welts and sole edges to begin with -- navy Cronmoks, webgem Neumoks & suede Strands -- and can concur with what's been written already.

The main reason to use it is to add protection, with minimal effect on appearance. It dries clear with a low gloss sheen, and (in my opinion) makes the leather appear almost imperceptibly darker. Probably less than the natural variation you might see between pairs of shoes made with different batches of sole leather.


I'd also add that, to my admittedly untrained nose, I think that all of the AE edge dressings are probably just acrylic gloss varnish, with the addition of dye or pigment for the colored varieties. Until they dry they're water-soluble, but afterwards provide a water-insoluble barrier and a bit of added protection against abrasion. Certainly, the smell is nearly-identical to some brands of acrylic varnish I've used in the past.
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Originally Posted by hohneokc View Post

In reply to Fabian 43:

Here is what I posted on your earlier request one page back.

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Originally Posted by Fabian43

Any opinions on the Banff? My Ugg slippers are wearing out. 6pm.com has them on clearance for $86


I have the Banff and really like them. However, I would go up at least a half size as they do run a tad small.

Chris

I'm a 10D on the brannick and like a snug fit with my slippers...do you recommend I still get a 10.5?
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Thanks for all the info guys. I have some scuffs that I need to re-color/cover up so it sounds like the natural wont help much with that. I think I'll use some brown cream polish then seal it with natural edge dressing for protection. I have a medium brown J&M cream as well as AE's walnut cream. I figure one of those or a mixture of those should help with the scuffs.

Thanks again for the insight.
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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post

Thanks for all the info guys. I have some scuffs that I need to re-color/cover up so it sounds like the natural wont help much with that. I think I'll use some brown cream polish then seal it with natural edge dressing for protection. I have a medium brown J&M cream as well as AE's walnut cream. I figure one of those or a mixture of those should help with the scuffs.

Thanks again for the insight.

 

But I thank you for asking the question and for your comments above as they will be helpful to me as I have the same problem with a few pairs.

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Originally Posted by WiredandTired View Post

I need to start brushing more.  Wonderful thing about shell, the color tones change depending on where you view them.  Quite jealous that your pair seems to have tones of red, and the shine is hard to believe is without wax.  Just curious, what # out of 1000 do you have stamped behind the tongue?

I purchased them as seconds so do not have the privilege of having a number stamp. However I DO have part of a Horween stamp on the tongue, although just part of a stamp. Those Horween stamps get me every time. A few months ago I saw a pair of Alden boots on ebay with one dead center on the tongue, with speed hooks and commando soles. I knew I was in trouble as soon as I saw them. A week later I got to take a picture of them as the new owner:

 

Stamps are nothing but trouble for me smile.gif Had a lot less steak that month and a lot more chicken.

 

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Originally Posted by Calikid View Post

Great information.  I never realized the 744's are the same color as the Marlow's.  I am going to have to put them side by side for a comparison.  I think it is interesting to note how shiny your 744's are as many people have mentioned on the Marlow, Darlton site that their C&J shell do not shine up as well as Alden's.  

Yeah like some of the AE shell several people have reported a fair amount of cream on the Marlow's, especially lately. Pretty sure it is the cream that is causing the lack of shine. Alden's normally have some wax on them from the factory and that helps with the shine, or at least I think that is what causes the difference.

 

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Not really enough light in this picture to see clearly it was cloudy but you can get some idea. As you know you need full sun to really tell the true color. And see the shine of course.

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Originally Posted by bucksfan View Post

Today's example: brown shell Patriots.  

And a great example it is bucksfan!

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Originally Posted by guasc1 View Post

Good morning gentlemen,

 

Who said that shell cordovan is addictive?

I've been wearing my Leeds for a few weeks now (with proper rotation) and they must be the most comfortable and beautiful shoes I have ever owned!

 

I am just in love with these babies... 

 

(Apologies for the poor quality pic and for the office carpet)

 

I am seriously considering a MTO brown shell wingtip on the Leeds last.

Do you guys think it is possible?

Suggestions?

 

Thank you,

Max

Those are looking great and will only get better over time!

 

Have you tried any shoes on the 5 last yet? That is where most of the wintips are and for about the first 3 years I loved the 1 Last (Leeds last) so much that I was afraid to try anything else. But am glad I finally did, I like the 5 last as well or maybe even a bit better. On the 1 last there is the Winter Park which is a LWB but not sure what the difference is between the 1-511G and the 1-511 except for the orthotic removable sole on the G.

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