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Originally Posted by ScottyBoy920 View Post



The Morgan doesn't look as nice as it does online. Don't like the burnishing look.
I agree. Not my thing.
post #28472 of 46525
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Originally Posted by ScottyBoy920 View Post



The Morgan doesn't look as nice as it does online. Don't like the burnishing look.

 

I'd hate to see them in navy. :cry:

I wish AE would get away from these "experiments" and focus on more classics. I think bringing back the Mora and adding an NST Boot was a step in the right direction.

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Originally Posted by impendingdoo View Post

Im in between sizes but went ahead with the AE plunge. I bought a pair of Fifth Ave's in size 7.5D and Strands in size 8D.

The FAs are breaking in slowly but still very snug on the sides. The strands are still fitting, but I'm worried they'll loosen too much.

Any chance there is a slight size difference between the two even though they are on the same last? Should I size down to the 7.5 or stay on the 8?

Have you considered 7.5E? Many (including me) have to go down a 1/2 size and up a width on that last. I've found that if the sides are tight they probably will remain that way although the overall shoe may loosen a little.
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Holy Venetian Shoe Cream Batman!!

 

I picked up a bottle of VSC this week at the Freeport AE outlet. They must have just started carrying it. I've always used Mac Method with my shell footwear and a bit of Renovateur 3-4 times a year. I decided to give VSC a shot and found the results quite impressive.

 

I didn't take any 'before' shots but I'm certainly pleased with the 'afters'. I didn't even buff after brushing. This was just a quick application of VSC and ~45 seconds of brushing per shoe. I've always thought that shell footwear with an unadorned toe makes for an excellent canvas to showcase the material's inherent sheen. The Leeds and Alden boot are virtually glowing with just a bit of VSC. The brogued Macneil looks great as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEWARE: Alden boots...cover your eyes! (Click to show)

 

 

 

post #28475 of 46525
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

They are "repairable" theoretically in that a cobbler could try to glue the shitty plasticated sole back onto the shitty plasticated leather, but let's not continue with this, eh?

Check out those links, and the links to which they link, and the linked links' monks.  That way happiness lies.

Thanks for the responses and links. To be clear, I appreciate the value of well-made shoes which is why I own 6 pair of AE. I was mainly trying to understand how one could determine if a shoe was in fact Goodyear welted just by looking. As you pointed out in your post to which you linked, as you experienced, sometimes it can be difficult. For a shoe that I may wear only occasionally (black cap toe, for instance) one of the J&M Goodyear things may be a viable option.

I'll check the links to the retailers you posted as well. I'd love to check out some Loake, Meermin, Carmina, etc. however I just haven't found any place to try them on. Any ideas? I live in the Boston/Providence area. I could take a chance with eBay or one of those retailers but it may cost me some money to get it right. As mentioned, my feet are a bit odd so I'm looking for all options for decent footwear.

Appreciate the response and making me now think of dick skin every time I see a cheap pair of shoes.
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I did try the 7.5Es but they were too loose. My ankles are the bearer of my chicken leg syndrome haha.

 

I guess its good to know if they wont loosen up too much. That means I could keep my strands without too much worry even though they are slightly long.

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Originally Posted by green garden View Post

How does AE Walnut compare to Ravello?

Out at the moments, but I will take a picture when I get home... But bespoken is correct Ravello tends to have more red in it...
post #28478 of 46525
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

I agree. Not my thing.

I wonder what the Navy ones would look like if they had the crap removed with RenoMat? Just an idea....
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My new Allen Edmonds' Brown and White Gatsbys have arrived. They are, in all modesty, Great. The fit and feel are excellent.

 

CH

 

 

 

 

post #28480 of 46525
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Originally Posted by green garden View Post
 

 

How does AE Walnut compare to Ravello?

Alden Ravello...  (I should add, though, that this particular ravello is a little darker and has a smidge more red undertones than most batches of Alden ravello.)

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AE Walnut...

 

Alden whiskey...


To me AE's walnut looks more like some of the older batches of ravello, or an aged Alden whiskey (it darkens nicely over time and with exposure to sunlight).

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Here are my comparison pictures that I promised. Repp did a good job of summarizing it, but in mine, Ravello and the Walnut Shell look VERY similar... Taken in both natural light and direct sun. I have included the widest variety that I could... I have more Ravello coming in later this month sometime.

 

Comparison lineup (from left to right): Alden Cigar LHS, Crocket and Jones (for Ralph Lauren) Brown Cordovan Marlow Wingtips, Allen Edmonds Walnut Shell Cordovan, Alden Ravello NSTs, Alden Whiskey LWB. First picture hopefully sets the overall scene for you.

 

 

 

Same lineup, but this time from an angle. In natural light, but not direct sun, my Ravello looks darker than the Walnut Shell.

 

 

Here is just the Walnut and Ravello in direct sun light (Walnut Shell left, Ravello Shell right). In direct sun, they look much closer to one another.

 

 

Here is a closeup in direct sun (Walnut Shell left, Ravello Shell right).

 

 

Hope that this helps. But as you can see from my post versus Repp's, the colors vary quite a bit within any tone (most of the Dalton's in Walnut Shell that I have seen are a bit darker than my Strands).

 

-Mike

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^ Nicely done RTP and mdubs. Thanks for the images.
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Anyone here just snag a pair of burgundy McAllisters from EBay? Sold for $103 in beautiful condition.
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Originally Posted by ScottyBoy920 View Post

Anyone here just snag a pair of burgundy McAllisters from EBay? Sold for $103 in beautiful condition.
I almost bid on those but I just dropped $200 on daltons
post #28485 of 46525
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post
 

Here are my comparison pictures that I promised. Repp did a good job of summarizing it, but in mine, Ravello and the Walnut Shell look VERY similar... Taken in both natural light and direct sun. I have included the widest variety that I could... I have more Ravello coming in later this month sometime.

 

Comparison lineup (from left to right): Alden Cigar LHS, Crocket and Jones (for Ralph Lauren) Brown Cordovan Marlow Wingtips, Allen Edmonds Walnut Shell Cordovan, Alden Ravello NSTs, Alden Whiskey LWB. First picture hopefully sets the overall scene for you.

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

Same lineup, but this time from an angle. In natural light, but not direct sun, my Ravello looks darker than the Walnut Shell.

 

 

Here is just the Walnut and Ravello in direct sun light (Walnut Shell left, Ravello Shell right). In direct sun, they look much closer to one another.

 

 

Here is a closeup in direct sun (Walnut Shell left, Ravello Shell right).

 

 

 

Hope that this helps. But as you can see from my post versus Repp's, the colors vary quite a bit within any tone (most of the Dalton's in Walnut Shell that I have seen are a bit darker than my Strands).

 

-Mike

You have a fine collection on your hands my friend!:nodding:

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