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Originally Posted by coolarrow View Post

Looking forward to seeing your results.  

I have the Townleys and think they're fine in terms of shinyness.  There is a user here that really shines up his shell shoes something fierce. Like mirrors or patent leather.  IMO that's overkill.  

Also, the polish that AE applies will eventually "burn" away by itself, i think.  After a couple of wears, just mac method them and they get shiny again.  In know mine have minor scuffs, etc. and the stuff that oozes from shell when you're brushing is like a natural polish.  The scuffs magically go away.

I spoke to the head of AE's recrafting department this afternoon, and she recommended using carnauba wax on cordovan to get a shine. She ought to know what she's talking about, but has anyone tried this?
post #31802 of 46917
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Originally Posted by CrimLaw View Post

Question:

I own a pair of McAllisters and Park Ave in 10D and both fit great.  I want to buy a pair of Mora but unsure of the size to get.  Anyone with experience in the two lasts?

Thanks.  

I wear a 9.5E in both PA and Mora 2.0.
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post
 

I thought you GOP-types were all about the high standards that competition in the free market produces.  :stirpot:

 

JK my friends... enjoy and wear in great health. 

 

Well played ReppTie... Well played...

 

And my previous comment about negative posts about AE shell was not directed at any one person, it just seemed I had seen a few over a few days. 

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Originally Posted by jvc44 View Post

Tampa,do you have a high shine on your Townleys? If so , what did you use? Thanks

I use some Alden Brown cordovan wax very very light coating and then follow that up with some Alden Defender. That gives them a great shine. I don't like mine looking like patent leather though - at least this pair.
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Originally Posted by Sweetchuck View Post

What are your thoughts on the Toasted Natural Edge (Neumok) vs the Light Brown Transparent Edge for a pair of Chili Strands? I know there isn't that much of a difference, but do you think it would be to light?

Thanks,

Allison has confirmed to me that they are the same thing. There are a bunch of marketing names for natural, light brown transparent, light brown, dark brown transparent, dark brown, and black. Anything else is just one of those.
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Originally Posted by WICaniac View Post

I spoke to the head of AE's recrafting department this afternoon, and she recommended using carnauba wax on cordovan to get a shine. She ought to know what she's talking about, but has anyone tried this?

I don't try to get a high shine usually, except on my black park aves. When I do go for a high shine, I use kiwi black polish and spit shine the toe.
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Cappucino Dundees today



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Originally Posted by SloopyNoob View Post
 

Didn't get a chance to post this until now.

 

Here's my MTO Chili Cliftons with Independence sole

 

 

These are incredible.

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Originally Posted by kentyman View Post
 

 

I wore mine this weekend and realized how disappointingly dull they are. Tonight or later this week I'm going to try to spend a lot of time stripping the factory finishing to see if I can't get down to the shell. I don't have Saphir Reno'Mat, but I'm going to try to git it down with AE Conditioner/Cleaner if possible.

 

Don't use conditioner/cleaner as that is intended for calfskin.  All you need to do is invest the time applying a couple coats of Renovateur to get most of the factory polish off and then regularly wiping them down with a damp rag and brushing them.  Once you get down to the bare shell, you can enjoy the modest glow you will get as is, apply Saphir neutral cordovan creme or apply a little paste wax.

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Originally Posted by rpearlberg View Post

For those who have ordered from amazon, do you notice any difference in quality or should I feel ok ordering from them with the 20% off?

 

Amazon sells first quality shoes, but what you get is a mixed bag.  It's not unusual to get shoes with defects and/or creases suggesting someone has them worn around their house for a few days. Amazon is great with free returns, but the problem is that, by the time you have decided you need to order another pair, the sale price is frequently over or your size is sold out.  I think someone previously commented that he orders two pairs when he orders from Amazon to deal with this issue.

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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

Cappucino Dundees today

Gorgeous!!! I love the look of solid shell. IMO, the fewer seams in shell the better (Leeds, dundee). You know they had to use a near-flawless shell, as they couldn't cut around blemishes.



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Originally Posted by BootSpell View Post
 

As disappointed as I am with the burgundy shell Dalton experience, I am enjoying my Long Branches today.

Quick question, are these the Dark brown grain or the Brown waxy Long Branches?

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Originally Posted by GOP Shoe Guy View Post
 

Well played ReppTie... Well played...

 

And my previous comment about negative posts about AE shell was not directed at any one person, it just seemed I had seen a few over a few days. 

I'm glad you didn't take that personally.  You certainly have an awesome collection of shell cordovan shoes (and non-shell)!  I shouldn't have taken your post as one solely directed at me.  Good day my friend...

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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

Cappucino Dundees today


You wear your chukkas quite well my friend... enjoy often and in great health!

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Yes that is correct. I told Allison to make the same shoe, just added the tap sole.
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Originally Posted by tjyoung View Post
 

 

 

mdubs,

 

Thanks for the info! Much appreciated. You helped clear up a lot. Are there any structural differences between the different types in terms of quality or something else? Or are they just used for cosmetic purposes?

 

 

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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post


Not a problem, I honestly don't know which is the most structurally sound. They are all recraftable, which to me is the most important part.

 

There is no difference in structural integrity between different types of welts used in Goodyear-welted shoes.  They are all attached at the inseam in the same manner.  Split-reverse welts are sometimes touted as being a bit more weather resistant.  However, all they really add is a few millimeters of additional height that may help prevent some water entry when walking on wet surfaces (which can be valuable).  A true storm welt does butt up more tightly against the leather upper, creating a better seal than a split-reverse welt, but even it is only providing a marginal amount of additional weather resistance.

 

 

 

To really increase weather resistance (supposedly), you have to move beyond Goodyear-welted shoes into Norwegian-welted (also called Goiser), Veldtschoen, or Bentivegna constructed shoes.  These are still welted shoes, and are every bit as durable as Goodyear-welted shoes, but they use some different methods for how the uppers are wrapped, where the stitching is placed (additional rows of waxed stitching), etc. Sorry the image below is in Japanese, but it's one of the better diagrams.  The names are in English, if you care to research them further, and you can click on them for a larger view.  There are a couple of other methods diagrammed in the below pictures that don't fit into the "more weather resistant" discussion (stitch-down, Norvegese, and regular Norwegian (non-Norwegian-welted)).

 

 

 

   

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