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Are you positive? Most Leeds I have seen have the split reverse welt, dark edge trim and a thicker sole than his picture appeared to have

To me it looked more like an Alden PTB in Cigar. But I might be wrong...
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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

Are you positive? Most Leeds I have seen have the split reverse welt, dark edge trim and a thicker sole than his picture appeared to have

To me it looked more like an Alden PTB in Cigar. But I might be wrong...

Not positive at all. But they don't fit any other AE model I know of. They could be Aldens I suppose, but I don't know. They are almost the same shoe, the Alden and AE PTB. I've seen the Alden in shell but not the AE. Mine should be at the office on Tuesday so I'll be smarter starting on Tuesday!
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The new burnished chili timeless classics webgem offerings are piquing my interest a little..

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So relatively new to AE but have built up my collection to 8 pairs in last 2 months. I've been constantly on this thread and so many comments about MTO Cordovan shoes. So what exactly is the big fuss about? The terms I read of often are Horween, shell, and cordovan. What am I missing out on?
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So relatively new to AE but have built up my collection to 8 pairs in last 2 months. I've been constantly on this thread and so many comments about MTO Cordovan shoes. So what exactly is the big fuss about? The terms I read of often are Horween, shell, and cordovan. What am I missing out on?


fair warning - once you find out, you're going to start your collection all over again.  I'll leave the pros here to answer.

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Originally Posted by Fabian43 View Post

So relatively new to AE but have built up my collection to 8 pairs in last 2 months. I've been constantly on this thread and so many comments about MTO Cordovan shoes. So what exactly is the big fuss about? The terms I read of often are Horween, shell, and cordovan. What am I missing out on?

You're using three terms to talk about the same thing. Shell Cordovan, Shell or Cordovan are all the same thing. Horween is (one of?)the branded shell used by AE.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shell_cordovan

http://horween.com/leathers/shell-cordovan/

 

Some of AE's shoes already come in shell. The MTO shell are for folks that want special order shoes made in shell in the color and design that they like. If you ever get the chance to go to an AE store, ask them if they have any shell on display. You'll be able to see, feel and smell the difference.

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Shell is much rarer than most calf offerings. Additionally it is a very tough and resilient material that maintains a wonderful shine with little maintenance. The patina that develops with shell is a beautiful thing to see. Just my .02
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fair warning - once you find out, you're going to start your collection all over again.  I'll leave the pros here to answer.

 

I was hoping this wouldnt be the case, but sadly I can confirm this as truth...I just received and wore my first pair of cordovan shoes about a week ago...I was truly hoping this was a myth, but alas, I see exactly what people are speaking of regarding this phenomenon.  It truly sucks, but even my very uninspiring brown cordovan Dundees, have got me SERIOUSLY contemplating only ordering cordovan going forward...Im actually not blown away by the color at all...Its a rather mundane brown that, so far, has little personality..but that gloss is just beautiful, and I cant even say Im entirely satisfied with my purchase.  And I cant pinpoint what it is that makes it seem more appealing than calf (maybe its just the pricetag alone) but damn that gloss more than makes up for any disappointment Ive harbored. 


Edited by harlequin782 - 6/2/13 at 12:27pm
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Originally Posted by charliebrown2 View Post


fair warning - once you find out, you're going to start your collection all over again.  I'll leave the pros here to answer.

 

This happened to me. I'm selling most of my calf shoes and buying cordovan instead. I've fallen to the trap.

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Shell is much rarer than most calf offerings. Additionally it is a very tough and resilient material that maintains a wonderful shine with little maintenance. The patina that develops with shell is a beautiful thing to see. Just my .02

Some shell shoes:

 

AppleMark

Black, new Burgundy, old Burgundy, Brown, Brown, Cappuccino, Walnut

 

I've actually got two more on the way, a cappuccino/walnut Shelton and a walnut MacNeil.  They're addicting!

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Originally Posted by charliebrown2 View Post


fair warning - once you find out, you're going to start your collection all over again.  I'll leave the pros here to answer.

I can attest to that as well.
post #22542 of 52253
Some serious shell addicts here! I think the longer I go without fully understanding the shell lure the better off my pocketbook will be...and the longer it'll be before my wife catches on!
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Originally Posted by harlequin782 View Post

The new burnished chili timeless classics webgem offerings are piquing my interest a little..
+1

J
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Originally Posted by polojock615 View Post

Some shell shoes:
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Black, new Burgundy, old Burgundy, Brown,

Brown, Cappuccino, Walnut



I've actually got two more on the way, a cappuccino/walnut Shelton and a walnut MacNeil.  They're addicting!

I have about two weeks on my walnut daltons and two more aldens as well. I also acquired the matching belt. AE MTO will be the death of my checking account.
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I got my Brooks Brothers Neumok seconds today.  I ordered them in the same size as my Strands but they seem a lot narrower in the toe box.  Is there something about the unlined design of the Neumok that makes it fit differently even though both are on the 5-65 last??  Or is the BB version on a different last?  You can kind of see the difference here along the outside edge in the toe area.


 

Is the unlined suede material of the Neumok more prone to stretching to accommodate?

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Originally Posted by FraudulentTom View Post

My suede neumoks (AE branded) definitely fit differently than my Fifth Aves.  I thought since they were the same last I would know for sure what size to buy, but I ended up taking a half size smaller in the neumoks due to length. Even then they don't fit as snugly in the heel as the FAs.  The neumoks do feel narrower in the toe box.  I haven't broken the neumoks in enough yet to know if they stretch much.

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Originally Posted by ScottyBoy920 View Post

To be honest, you may want to get sized first.

 

Im a 11.5D in the Neumok but when I tried on the McTavish I felt most comfortable in a 10.5E. Although I may be more picky about the comfort of my shoes… I hate when my pinky toe is squeezed.

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Originally Posted by MDeKelver View Post

Try going a half size up in the narrow.  I've waffled between 11E and 11.5D in the 5 last.  11D is definitely too small..except in a Neumok-style unlined, which fit a bit bigger.  

 

I just wanted to chime in on my Neumok experience. Like some but not all of you, I found Neumoks to be more narrow and long than standard 5-65 lasted shoes. See these posts for more discussion: one two three. I also had the problem with the funny bump on the toe where the lined and unlined portions met.

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