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Thanks, I agree. I was hunting for my first pair of shells, so when I saw the strands were available in my size, I jumped on that price. Maybe next time, I'm still very happy with the purchase. The manager also went above and beyond my expectations and sent me a picture of the negligible defect that made them seconds. That was worth the extra I paid since I had a recent string of really bad seconds I had to send back.

 

Below are two that I had to return. As you can see, one pair had some really bad creasing on the medial side and significant bowing. The other pair was labeled the same size, but about an entire size smaller.

 

 

 

I've come across a few pairs of del rays with that wrinkling problem too (first and second quality). Sales Associates have told me it is due to the skin having a higher fatty content than usual. 

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World travels and females... It takes us all out of the game from time to time.

Really, I kept looking back at the amount of posts after weeks on the road, and I couldn't handle the thousands each time. 

I realize this is a necropost, in a sense, but the suede Strands (a model I requested so many times) brought me back... I miss you all, but mainly the shoes.

Great to have you back, Sizzle.

What is your profession...International man of mystery?
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Got my Leeds seconds today. I would guess they are fairly old since they have the black insole. They are in decent shape, probably a bit below average compared to most seconds I have seen. I think with some work they could be fine though. The biggest point of concern for me is one section of the leather is fairly rough and almost has a pebbled feel. I have not seen this before with cordovan. Anyone have any experience with this?

 

Yes, kinda.  My Alden #8 PTB had a rough patch of around 2 inches long and 1/2 wide at the inside quarter near the topline of the left shoe.  Being my first Alden, and not knowing how spotty the quality is, I didn't examine the shoe closely when I first received it.  I only noticed the rough patch after around 2 months when I did my first thorough brushing.  I called Sherman Bros and they said that it was a natural occurrence in shell and is called pitting.  I was pretty insistent that it was defective, so after a few more pictures and emails they agreed to have the factory inspect it.  I was hoping they would exchange the shoe.  But Sherman wrote me back and said the factory did say it was pitting.  They will not replace the shoe because it was a natural characteristic of the leather.  They said that so long as the pitting is not on the vamp, they consider it good.  I thought that was BS but what can I do.  So they just refinished the shoe and sent it back.  To their credit, Alden did a fantastic job in the refinishing.  I actually can't see the pitting now but can feel it when I run my finger around the patch.  Yours is visually not bad as mine.  And if it is hidden by our pants, maybe it's not a big deal.   Don't know if you can live with that.

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These were available when I called, but I just didn't know how I felt about the concept of black shell. Does black shell actually patina well through time?

 

Nevertheless, they look great!

 

You won't get anywhere close to the patina on color 8 or other shades, but you will get some variation and added depth over time.  Personally, I like a shiny black shoe that is easy to maintain.

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There is a designated sale section for this
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These were available when I called, but I just didn't know how I felt about the concept of black shell. Does black shell actually patina well through time?

 

Nevertheless, they look great!

I have a pair of black shell macneils. I have had them for a few months now. After a lot of treatment and brushing they have a very nice deep luster. They look way better than any black calf shoes I have. While I am sure they do not patina as well as various brown shells, they certainly are a good shoe to have in your rotation. 

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Originally Posted by GOP Shoe Guy View Post

I have a pair of black shell macneils. I have had them for a few months now. After a lot of treatment and brushing they have a very nice deep luster. They look way better than any black calf shoes I have. While I am sure they do not patina as well as various brown shells, they certainly are a good shoe to have in your rotation. 

I liken it to a black jellybean or a black clear coated car. It is black in color, but the color is in a layer below the surface - the surface is just clear, which makes for a neat effect on shoes. Once you get past the "spewing" stage, they are very easy to care for. Plus, you get shell rolls rather than micro creases.

Examples: Black shell Cambridge - brand new, never even been brushed, Black shell Park Ave, about 4 months old, Black shell Leeds = 2 years old, black calf Grayson = 3 years old, but hardly ever worn - probably 4 times per year (seriously)








Edited by bucksfan - 9/14/13 at 6:00am
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I liken it to a black jellybean or a black clear coated car. It is black in color, but the color is in a layer below the surface - the surface is just clear, which makes for a neat effect on shoes. Once you get past the "spewing" stage, they are very easy to care for. Plus, you get shell rolls rather than micro creases.

Examples: Black shell Cambridge - brand new, never even been brushed, Black shell Park Ave, about 4 months old, Black shell Leeds = 2 years old, black calf Grayson = 3 years old, but hardly ever worn - probably 4 times per year (seriously)








Pics like these makes me want to get a Cambridge , I bought a pair of Maccallisters from the Nordstrom AE and returned them because I found them too pointy for my taste , don't know if it was a bad pair or what but all the pics I've seen of PA,Cambridge,Maccallisters have a more rounded toebox.

This are the Maccallisters I returned , don't they look different ?more pointy,or is it me?
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Pics like these makes me want to get a Cambridge , I bought a pair of Maccallisters from the Nordstrom AE and returned them because I found them too pointy for my taste , don't know if it was a bad pair or what but all the pics I've seen of PA,Cambridge,Maccallisters have a more rounded toebox.

This are the Maccallisters I returned , don't they look different ?more pointy,or is it me?

Those look good to me, but I can see a difference when compared against the Cambridge above. I'd say your foot may just be longer and/or narrower than the other pictures.
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Mine are 12d
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Mine are 12d

The Cambridge has a double sole? That might be the difference.

Mine are 9.5EE so not narrow.

Thanks.
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Yep, double sole.
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Can you guys recommend a sleek AE shortwing? Blucher style. No Bals.

I don't think I've seen anything in the current lineup, but something fairly recent would also work.
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New Macallister and Cambridge, side by side.

I'm going to return the Macallisters, though; I ordered them before the current shell sale.

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Does MTO Allison have an email address?

 

I'm considering selling my Daltons (which I've worn maybe 2 times in a year) to fund a shell MacNeil creation. 

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