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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post

Is cappuccino shell lighter or darker than AE's brown cordovan?

 

Hard to say. Allison told me today it's darker than brown, but she also mentioned that YMMV, as no two shells are alike. I'd also like to get an input from those who have both. In the meantime, I am waiting for swatches from AE.

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Some of these are a cross post against the Alden thread, but there were recently questions about how Alden's Ravello compared against the Allen Edmond's Walnut Shell Cordovan. I just got a pair of Alden Ravello LWBs and wanted to share some pictures as Alden's Ravello is "darkening"...

 

Three-Quarters angle shot, Alden "New" Ravello LWB on the left next to a Allen Edmonds Walnut Shell Strand (from when they were a webgem nearly two years ago) on the right.

 

Top-down shot, Alden on the left next to a Allen Edmonds on the right.

 

-Mike

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Am I the only one who vastly prefers Oxfords to Derbys?

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Originally Posted by cincikid View Post
 

I've talked to Allison earlier today concerning an MTO order and but I hope to get an input from the fellow members before I pull the trigger. I envision a pair of MacNeils or Leeds in a cappuccino shell, with chili or light brown welt, light brown trim, double butyl sole and brass eyelets. 

 

This is how I see my Leeds (similar to the pair of Patrick B) but with the metal eyelets, similar to Frans Boone's Aldens.

 

 

 

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This would be my version of MacNeils (these are Aldens pictured), albeit with the lighter welt. 

 

 

 

 

Now, I am not sure which one I should get. The problem is that I already have Alden PTB in #8 (haven't worn them yet so, with a little luck, could sell for close to what AE's MTO price is) but I also have rough MacNeil in brown calf with natural welt, so it's 1:1. What you folks would recommend?

 

If you're going to sell your Alden, then I suggest getting the Leeds.  IMHO, a PTB shows off the beauty of shell like no other.  If you are keeping your Alden, then do the MacNeil.  

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You have to know the tax laws of your state as well.  If AE doesn't have a store (and therefore no sales tax license) in a state, then there is no tax only because they do not have a license to collect it.  Likewise, if you live in a state that doesn't charge tax on shoes, you wouldn't pay tax even if they have a store there.  I had to educate one of the outlets on PA's exemption on shoes as they initially charged me tax.  They did credit my card for the tax when I pointed out the PA law.

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Am I the only one who vastly prefers Oxfords to Derbys?

 

My preference depends on the situation. I do like both (though I think I like Bluchers/Derbys better and I also think they are more versatile), but as a rule of thumb, I prefer Bals when I am dressing up, and Bluchers when I am dressing down. 

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BOOM! Some RenoMat and a very very light dusting of some Alden Paste Wax. These really pop now when they used to just look pedestrian.

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Originally Posted by PlaceboFX View Post
 

That Red/Brown Finch is tempting for under $150 firsts.... hmmmmm.

 

I have a pair of tan/navy Finch and I get more compliments from women on that pair than any other pair of shoes that I own.  What I think it is, is that women around my age and older--women over 45 years old--associate saddle shoes with cheerleaders.  Something about saddle shoes just resonates with women.  I'd get them if I were you.  

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Just bought the AE Bayfield in Burnished Brown from Lands' End.

 

 

http://www.landsend.com/products/mens-allen-edmonds-bayfield-captoe-boots/id_228873

 

How should I protect these boots?  I plan to wear them to work when it rains/snows.  The upper is made out of chromexcel leather (at least, I think it is - the site does not specify and I'm assuming all Bayfields are the same).  AE Aqua-Care Cream, which AE recommends for the boot, seems to have been discontinued; it's not sold on the website.  I found some third party sites selling it, though.

 

Also, is it worth it to buy a pair of boot trees or will AE shoe trees do the trick?

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Originally Posted by 850csi View Post
 

Am I the only one who vastly prefers Oxfords to Derbys?

 

No, you're not the only one.

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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post
 

 

Adam,

 

I live in the same conditions as you. I go with the commando style sole as it is very low profile and I feel performs much better than a leather sole in icy conditions. For me a leather sole gets slick and doesnt provide much traction. As for calf vs. shell, my preference is shell as I find salt much easier to wipe clean but that is totally your call.

 

I have these in navy and think they are a must for navigating NE winters...

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SFCLBROWN_1_40000000001_-1

 

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Originally Posted by bucksfan View Post
 

 

Chromexcel (like the Bayfields you are eyeing) will be good, as will shell.  Generally, I recommend rubber overshoes or boots if its going to be really bad, I generally keep a pair with me.  Calf is ok, but you need to keep a nice coat of polish on them to provide protection.  

 
As far as soles, I recommend overshoes or some sort of rubberized sole if you are going to be sloshing around.  The leather soles will wear out more quickly if they get wet and won't provide much in the way of traction in snow.  

 

Thank you. Maybe I'll just go with some kind of overshoe and then not have to really worry about it too much. That way if I go for the Dalton, I don't need to get a custom sole. I do still want something like the Bayfields for the days when I'm going meeting to meeting or to dinner/drinks and just don't want to mess with overshoes. Since Lands End seems to be the only place that sells them still, I went to their website and searched for retail locations near me and all I got was Sears. I popped into one of them today quickly and didn't see them selling any Lands End shoes - just some linens and other clothes. 

 

Any way to try these things on? Maybe I'll just order and return if they don't fit. I wear 8E in the 1-last and recently tried on a pair of Dalton at Nordstrom in 8.5D and they were big. However, I understand that the Bayfield has the poron insole that makes them fit more snug. I wonder if 8.5D would fit me in this case?

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Originally Posted by AdamAdam View Post
 

 

 

Thank you. Maybe I'll just go with some kind of overshoe and then not have to really worry about it too much. That way if I go for the Dalton, I don't need to get a custom sole. I do still want something like the Bayfields for the days when I'm going meeting to meeting or to dinner/drinks and just don't want to mess with overshoes. Since Lands End seems to be the only place that sells them still, I went to their website and searched for retail locations near me and all I got was Sears. I popped into one of them today quickly and didn't see them selling any Lands End shoes - just some linens and other clothes. 

 

Any way to try these things on? Maybe I'll just order and return if they don't fit. I wear 8E in the 1-last and recently tried on a pair of Dalton at Nordstrom in 8.5D and they were big. However, I understand that the Bayfield has the poron insole that makes them fit more snug. I wonder if 8.5D would fit me in this case?

 

I wear an 8E in the Dalton and an 8.5 in the Bayfield. I prefer the fit of the 8E slightly but the 8.5D with the poron insole is a good fit and should work well for you

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Am I the only one who vastly prefers Oxfords to Derbys?

Nope... 25 pairs of AE & I don't own 1 derby
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Nope... 25 pairs of AE & I don't own 1 derby

 

You guys must not have high insteps. Balmorals are much sleeker, I do agree, but they are much harder to dress down IMO.

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Originally Posted by salgy View Post

Nope... 25 pairs of AE & I don't own 1 derby

I am a huge Oxford fan and only get Derbies when necessary (I.e. LWBs...)
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