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Originally Posted by Count de Monet View Post
 


Thanks for the confirmation.  Do they fit a bit more loosely than your dressier 5 last shoes?

 

 

My lacing gap is narrower, but not to the point where I'd size down. I can fit either a size 8.5D or a 8.0E in the 5 last, and the 8.0E in the Ridgeway works fine. (I have tried the 8.0Ds, and they were too narrow for me.)

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Finally, almost 6 months later, have myself a pair of first condition brown shell cordovan Neumoks. They failed inspection several times, but now here they are! smile.gif They are beautiful. And if any of you forgot, they have a shell half-insole sock liner, and the rear heel liner is also shell... It's amazing! One step in them, and they have beautiful rolled creases everywhere. I bought them to be patina machines, and they sure will be. Pictures forthcoming.
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Let me just say, I'm really glad i went with the bourbon.

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Originally Posted by BillyMcGee View Post
 

Let me just say, I'm really glad i went with the bourbon.

 

I'll wear my walnuts with jeans on friday and make you regret that.

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Ugh. I tried on the Cronmoks this weekend in NYC and they were soooo damn comfortable. But the colors are just... ewww.... The blue is too light (much lighter than navy nuemok), the brown is too distressed, and the tan look like flesh. I wonder if they'll change or add new leather?

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Ugh. I tried on the Cronmoks this weekend in NYC and they were soooo damn comfortable. But the colors are just... ewww.... The blue is too light (much lighter than navy nuemok), the brown is too distressed, and the tan look like flesh. I wonder if they'll change or add new leather?
If they are still an existing, non-clearance shoe you can order them in any leather color you want.
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post


If they are still an existing, non-clearance shoe you can order them in any leather color you want.

Good to know! Anyone have any suggestions?

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Let me just say, I'm really glad i went with the bourbon.

Dang it, I just purchased brown calf Fifth Aves instead of bourbon. Making me want to pony up and buy the bourbon Strands as well. Don't think I should buy a third pair of McAllisters. Beautiful shoes and nice jeans.
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Originally Posted by devastitis View Post


Dang it, I just purchased brown calf Fifth Aves instead of bourbon. Making me want to pony up and buy the bourbon Strands as well. Don't think I should buy a third pair of McAllisters. Beautiful shoes and nice jeans.

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Bourbon strands, just to make your decision easier :D

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Bourbon strands, just to make your decision easier biggrin.gif

Haha..dang you. What do you usually pair your bourbon Strands with? I think I'm going to hold out until after the Brooks Brothers sale and see what the damage is from that.
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Originally Posted by BolognaFingers View Post

Good to know! Anyone have any suggestions?
I'd take a look at the first post in this thread.
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Haha..dang you. What do you usually pair your bourbon Strands with? I think I'm going to hold out until after the Brooks Brothers sale and see what the damage is from that.

 

I have both the Bourbon and Walnut Strands.  I'm using the Bourbon for more formal events. I've worn them with navy suits and dark grey suits.  I'm sure they would look good with dark jeans (like these http://cdn.styleforum.net/c/cc/500x1000px-LL-cc72e3be_IMG_5717.jpeg) but have not tried it.  I wear my walnut strands with jeans most of the time.

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Originally Posted by YoungSweet View Post

I have both the Bourbon and Walnut Strands.  I'm using the Bourbon for more formal events. I've worn them with navy suits and dark grey suits.  I'm sure they would look good with dark jeans (like these http://cdn.styleforum.net/c/cc/500x1000px-LL-cc72e3be_IMG_5717.jpeg) but have not tried it.  I wear my walnut strands with jeans most of the time.

Ah, I see. I have the walnuts as well, but I feel like I wear them too often, if that makes sense. You don't think you could rock the same pants but with the bourbons? This is a tough decision haha.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Allen-Edmonds-Mens-Strand-Bourbon-Brown-Perforated-Brogue-Cap-Toe-Oxfords-Shoes-/360872293011?pt=US_Men_s_Shoes&var=&hash=item5405aa3293#shId

+ $18 in eBay bucks. I think I'm going to pass, but someone should jump on it so I don't have to.
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My AE Brown Shell Neumoks! These are an almost completely unlined shoe, with the added bonus that any of the interior lining is done in shell cordovan. I don't believe you could do a full interior lining with shell, but Neumoks have, as default, the outer leather also being used as the inner leather, and the sock liner. Allison volunteered that back when I was designing these, and I was flummoxed. These are going to be patina machines. The unlined nature of them means that they've already started having major creases and discolorations, in a good way.

Brown Shell Cordovan, on a double JR Sole, with transparent light brown edging and chili reverse welt. A bit thicker of a sole than Neumoks come with standard, but as they break in I hope they'll get super comfortable.


Perfect fit, 9.5EEE. In this picture, you can see that in some lighting, they look almost like they're color #8.


Might be a bit tough to see, but there's a slight faint stripe that occurred after exactly one flex of the shoe. These are going to be patina MACHINES!


The half-insole sockliner is made of shell cordovan, as is the heel lining.



The rest of the shoe is unlined, which allows you to see some really cool stitching patterns for the shell cordovan. I can see the celastic toe insert in the front of the shoe. Unstructured would be better, but that's the one thing AE will not do.



Final thoughts: my *only* complaint is that the tongues feel a bit flimsy and I'm worried I'll just rip them if I'm not careful. Shell isn't very strong laterally, and it's definitely a concern. I'm going to keep the tongue well conditioned, and since oiliness often lends strength to shell.

Not a complaint, but these came super greasy. That's a good thing, as I've had problems with shell coming brittle and dry, especially unlined shell and a tremendous shine isn't something I really need. I use Lexol on my shell cordovan, and while it doesn't give the instant shine of Reno, it keeps my shoes super healthy feeling, and I can brush them to a high gloss really quickly.

These are definitely keepers, 6 months in the making.

Edit: ugh, okay so a minor but definitely seconds issue with this. So, it looks like they ran some stitches in the wrong place, then pulled some out. So just a few random holes in the side of the shoe. Minor, but I've reached out to Allison. This shoe has been cursed...

Edited by wdahab - 3/17/14 at 2:47pm
post #40830 of 46904
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Originally Posted by BolognaFingers View Post
 

Ugh. I tried on the Cronmoks this weekend in NYC and they were soooo damn comfortable. But the colors are just... ewww.... The blue is too light (much lighter than navy nuemok), the brown is too distressed, and the tan look like flesh. I wonder if they'll change or add new leather?

 

Regarding the blue, it's possible that the leather had dried out.  A few weeks ago a member posted some before-and-after photos showing the results of conditioning a pair of Chukkamoks.  The blue in the "after" was much more appealing.  If you hunt for and can find those photos, it might give you a different perspective.

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