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post #35416 of 48271
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Originally Posted by halfnhalfnhalf View Post
 

 

That's a very nice color - lighter than I remember brogue suede being.  Or did you take the photo with a flash?

Yes, I used a flash.  It's not very bright or sunny in the living room (or outside) this time of year.  After I took the picture, I relaced them (European Straight) and then walked four blocks to a Chinese restaurant and back.  I still can't figure out how some people can see minor cosmetic imperfections in their Seconds when they are wearing their shoes.  My shoes are on my feet and about as far from my eyes as possible and still be on me, and when I walk, my feet are moving, and I don't look down, I look where I am going, so I can't even see my shoes.

All my AE shoes have various sorts of rubber soles.  These shoes have Danite soles, which were very stable when I was walking.  I still think that if rubber soles had been invented before leather soles, the only shoes that would have leather soles would be dancing pumps.

This is my sixth pair of AE Seconds, have I still haven't been able to find anything structurally wrong with any of them.  Some have had very minor cosmetic problems, which I can't see when I use the shoes as directed (putting them on my feet and walking around with them on).  I am not a curator of a shoe museum.

post #35417 of 48271
Is there anyone that could use an AE recraft card for $35 off a set of full priced shoes? I got it about 2 months ago and I doubt I'll use it in the coming weeks. Let me know.

I'm not looking for anything for it, unless you've got an Amazon coupon (which in my search, there aren't any shoe coupons right now)
post #35418 of 48271
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Originally Posted by OptoDoc View Post

New Shoes,

Here is the picture you requested.

Long Branches after some HDLP (alongside a pair of Wolverine 1000 Mile Austen boots I did the same to.)

My method:

Clean with saddle soap
Apply one coat HDLP with fingers
Place in black garbage bag to cook in the sun all day
Brush
Another coat HDLP/Garbage Bag Sauna
Brush
Wipe away excess HDLP
Apply one coat AE Chili Cream Polish to heel & toe of LBs
Brush




I really like the depth and richness of the color now.
Note: Mine are the brown waxy leather.

 

The LBs are stunning!

post #35419 of 48271
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Originally Posted by coolarrow View Post
If you return them, you should put a PSA here saying: these size X Daltons are going back to the Shoebank. Someone may jump on them.

 

Good idea - will do.

post #35420 of 48271
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Originally Posted by Roycru View Post
I am not a curator of a shoe museum.

 

One of the things I like about AEs . . . call me crazy . . . they're imperfect.  Kinda rough-hewn, even in their pristine state.  Not long ago I ordered a pair of Church's monks from Mr. Porter, just for comparison's sake.  They weren't even from one of their higher-end lines, but I was shocked at how "perfect" they were.  Seemed . . . un-American, somehow.  America is a rough-and-ready kind of place and AEs reflect that.  The Churches OTOH seemed fussy, like they weren't capable of rolling up their sleeves.  If these run-of-the-mill Churches seemed that perfect to me, I can't imagine what a truly high-end pair would be like . . . I'd probably be afraid to wear them.

 

Like I said, call me crazy.


Edited by halfnhalfnhalf - 12/20/13 at 6:13pm
post #35421 of 48271
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Originally Posted by schweezly View Post

Is there anyone that could use an AE recraft card for $35 off a set of full priced shoes? I got it about 2 months ago and I doubt I'll use it in the coming weeks. Let me know.

I'm not looking for anything for it, unless you've got an Amazon coupon (which in my search, there aren't any shoe coupons right now)

I could definitely use that, if you're still willing to part with it!
post #35422 of 48271

HDLP, Longbranches, and Gerstner

 

 

post #35423 of 48271
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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post

I could definitely use that, if you're still willing to part with it!
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No problem. I'm out now but I'll PM you the number a little later
post #35424 of 48271
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Originally Posted by schweezly View Post


No problem. I'm out now but I'll PM you the number a little later

Thanks man!!!!
post #35425 of 48271
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Originally Posted by bkotsko View Post
 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

HDLP, Longbranches, and Gerstner

 

 

 

Great picture of a great boot. I bought mine on a whim when they were a $125 clearance. Looking back now, I should have gotten about 3 pairs, I love them even more every time I wear them.

post #35426 of 48271
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Originally Posted by evolved View Post

My MTO Macneils should be here tomorrow icon_gu_b_slayer%5B1%5D.gif

Was supposed to get my shell kennys today (5 day economy fedex oddly enough) but they never showed. FedEx tracking just says NA for estimated delivery now.

Weird. That's an expensive pair of shoes to be unaccounted for...
post #35427 of 48271
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Originally Posted by OptoDoc View Post

New Shoes,

Here is the picture you requested.

Long Branches after some HDLP (alongside a pair of Wolverine 1000 Mile Austen boots I did the same to.)

My method:

Clean with saddle soap
Apply one coat HDLP with fingers
Place in black garbage bag to cook in the sun all day
Brush
Another coat HDLP/Garbage Bag Sauna
Brush
Wipe away excess HDLP
Apply one coat AE Chili Cream Polish to heel & toe of LBs
Brush




I really like the depth and richness of the color now.
Note: Mine are the brown waxy leather.

Outstanding job Doc! And you did it the right way IMO. When I had my Grand Slam Sheep Hunters made by Russell the gentleman that fitted me handed me a jar of HDLP, it is when I first learned about it. He told me about the black plastic bag to melt it in and mentioned it was on the website under shoe care. It is still there. Most of the time I end up using a heat gun to melt it in because it just doesn't get warm enough here much of the year. Supposed to be -19 F on Monday LOL. I feel there is a difference in letting it soak in slowly vs. the heat gun method with the slower soaking method being better. I have tried the AE chili polish over HDLP on my CXL Bayfields but it just didn't work on mine. Your boots turned out great, fantastic job.

post #35428 of 48271
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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post

Was supposed to get my shell kennys today (5 day economy fedex oddly enough) but they never showed. FedEx tracking just says NA for estimated delivery now.

Weird. That's an expensive pair of shoes to be unaccounted for...

Same thing happened to me with a recent order. I'm sure they arrive tomorrow. FedEx (and all other shipping carriers) are backed up due to the volume of packages being shipped over the holidays. I bet tomorrow they're "on vehicle for delivery!"
post #35429 of 48271
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Originally Posted by halfnhalfnhalf View Post

Burgundy shell Dalton seconds arrived today.  As far as I can tell, the only significant defect is that the "wing" on the left one is a little misshapen:




I hope it comes through in the photo.  Anyway, I'm trying to decide if that's a deal-breaker.  I doubt anyone would ever notice besides me, but I will see it every time I look down.  Has anyone else successfully put up with this?  Thanks in advance for any perspectives!


All depends on what your tolerance is for imperfections. I personally would return. It would bother me each time I wore them.
post #35430 of 48271
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Originally Posted by halfnhalfnhalf View Post

One of the things I like about AEs . . . call me crazy . . . they're imperfect.  Kinda rough-hewn, even in their pristine state.  Not long ago I ordered a pair of Church's monks from Mr. Porter, just for comparison's sake.  They weren't even from one of their higher-end lines, but I was shocked at how "perfect" they were.  Seemed . . . un-American, somehow.  America is a rough-and-ready kind of place and AEs reflect that.  The Churches OTOH seemed fussy, like they weren't capable of rolling up their sleeves.  If these run-of-the-mill Churches seemed that perfect to me, I can't imagine what a truly high-end pair would be like . . . I'd probably be afraid to wear them.

Like I said, call me crazy.

You're not crazy. We all have certain tolerances.

For me, it's the latent cynical guy who'd still rather buy American.

Although for the money of the brands you speak, I demand that level of quality. With AE I expect a durable shoe with good construction, good looks and excellent customer service...which they accomplish.
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