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post #41881 of 46882
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Originally Posted by SkySaw View Post

Agree - Here is a shoe that belongs in the collection of every single member of this forum:

burgundy LWB (Macneil 5) with a Dainite sole - can't get more useful or more versatile than that.


I concur likely my next order.
post #41882 of 46882
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Originally Posted by Rene_Lahm View Post


I'm rather impressed with how those look after the worst winter in Toronto in over 25 years, and no additional treatment other than polish and conditioner. Seems like you did a little bit of walking in deep snow, and a mix of business casual and city wear. Might opt for these for next winter, as the Dalton's i've had for almost two years now don't get quite the amount of wear I had initially expected in this climate.

Those vibram soles do a great job of keeping the leather up and out of the salt and slush. If you are in Toronto and looking for a good deal right now on a similar boot, check out the Rider boot on sale at Leatherfoot. Although I am incredibly pleased with my Longbranches, had these Riders been on sale at this price when I made my purchase, I would have bought them in a second:

http://www.leatherfoot.com/store/grafton/dp/1783

 

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Originally Posted by mispoke View Post



Thanks for the replies. Some followup questions:

(1) Fifth Avenue—brown burnished calf or bourbon?

(2) Do Fifth Aves ever go on sale for Nordstrom Anniversary? If not, where/when else to nab a deal?

(3) Are the walnut strands work-appropriate in a BigLaw firm setting?

1) I'm a lawyer, too, though not at a big firm.  I think the Fifth Avenues are classic in any color, but brown burnished calf would be dressier for the office.

 

3) The walnut strands are appropriate for wearing to the office, but I probably wouldn't wear them to court, or to meetings with important clients.  But you could definitely wear them to a regular work day, particularly if you're doing something social after work and don't want to look as if you are going to depose your friends.

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Originally Posted by SkySaw View Post
 

Agree - Here is a shoe that belongs in the collection of every single member of this forum:

 

burgundy LWB (Macneil 5) with a Dainite sole - can't get more useful or more versatile than that.

 

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Originally Posted by evilWagon View Post


I concur likely my next order.

Note that this is a single sole--whereas the standard MacNeil comes on a double sole. Same with the Dainite version--there is no midsole between the rubber and the welt. As far as I am concerned, MacNeil on a single sole would look pretty awkward. 

post #41885 of 46882
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Originally Posted by BespokeBrooklyn View Post
 

Casual shoe question for you all:

 

The Allen Edmonds outlets have a pair of Amoks in my size for $99.  I've always admired the Amoks, especially in tan, but I already have a pair of Clarks dark brown suede desert boots, with a crepe rubber sole. I recently bought tan Elgins and chili Daltons in the 2-for-$250 sale. 

 

I am relatively new to buying higher-quality shoes.  I know that a nicer pair of chukkas are among the most versatile shoes one can own. The Clarks, because they are more casual, are less versatile.  Obviously the tan Amoks are sharp, and would give me another option.  But, if I am relatively new to buying nicer shoes, and have other holes it my wardrobe, would it be better to put my money towards something that's less redundant with those three shoes that I already have?  It seems to me that I can wear the Clarks chukkas for very casual occasions, and the wingtips and casual boots also with jeans, or with slacks and a sportcoat or sweater on slightly dressier occasions.  To what occasions, or with what items of clothing, could I wear the Amok chukkas, but not the Clarks chukkas?

 

I had the same question earlier in the year and decided to pass on the Amoks as I had 2 pairs of Clarks. As you said, the Amoks are a nicer, dressier shoe but as someone else recommended to you, I found it better to put my money towards the other gaps I had. I decided the next chukkas I'd buy would be the Dundees if I was going for a more formal chukka. Reading what you wrote you seem to have

 

Dark Brown Clarks Chukka

Tan Elgin

Chili Dalton

 

There's lots of room in there for other shoes to diversify your wardrobe and give you more options. 

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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
 

 

This is what the list says:

 

35

6118S

Strand Green Suede

Green

234.00

1

 

 

Oh darn, a week late for St. Paddy's Day.

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The cognac leather looks nothing like the regular cognac you see on the ridgeway. Looks good though but I believe the picture will not be like what you actually get. I'm also digging the tan leather
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Originally Posted by mispoke View Post


Thanks for the replies. Some followup questions:

(1) Fifth Avenue—brown burnished calf or bourbon?

(2) Do Fifth Aves ever go on sale for Nordstrom Anniversary? If not, where/when else to nab a deal?

(3) Are the walnut strands work-appropriate in a BigLaw firm setting?

(1) I think the bourbon is prettier. However, if I'm not mistaken AE bourbon is simply walnut with a lot of burnishing and treatment applied after the fact. I question how that great color would be maintained for a long time. Plus, the dark brown is more "conservative" if that's important.

(2) I can't recall if the FA has been part of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale recently. It hasn't the last two years. That's usually the cheapest price (about 33% off) for first quality AE's.

(3). I think it depends on the culture of the firm and your clients. I'm among the vast minority around here when I say that the Strand in walnut- despite being fantastic looking - is not a particularly versatile shoe. Despite being a captoe oxford, it's color and extensive brouging make it relatively casual for business wear. The only suits I'd be ok wearing it with are light, seasonal suits like linen, seersucker, etc.

I wear my walnut strands with sport coat and tie a lot in the spring and summer. But in the fall/winter I have plenty of heavily brogues bluchers that fill the bill.

Obviously there are a lot of folks who would disagree with me. That's cool.
Edited by Count de Monet - 3/29/14 at 1:31pm
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Originally Posted by Count de Monet View Post


(1) I think the bourbon is prettier. However, if I'm not mistaken AE bourbon is simply walnut with a lot of burning and treatment applied after the fact. I question how that great color would be maintained for a long time. Plus, the dark brown is more "conservative" if that's important.

(2) I can't recall if the FA has been part of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale recently. It hasn't the last two years. That's usually the cheapest price (about 33% off) for first quality AE's.

(3). I think it depends on the culture of the firm and your clients. I'm among the vast minority around here when I say that the Strand in walnut- despite being fantastic looking - is not a particularly versatile shoe. Despite being a captoe oxford, it's color and extensive brouging using make it relatively casual for business wear. The only suits I'd be ok wearing it with are light, seasonal suits like linen, seersucker, etc.

I wear my walnut strands with sport coat and tie a lot in the spring and summer. But in the fall/winter I have plenty of heavily brogues bluchers that fill the bill.

Obviously there are a lot of folks who would disagree with me. That's cool.

^ This.

 

Fwiw, FA with a rubber tap sole (always a plus) is a part of the Brooks Brothers sale right now. 

post #41890 of 46882
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Originally Posted by facet View Post


did you get shoe bags with them? 

 

Most 2nds come in with plastic bags or wrapped with tissues. No flannel cloth bags.

post #41891 of 46882
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Originally Posted by ScottyBoy920 View Post

The cognac leather looks nothing like the regular cognac you see on the ridgeway. Looks good though but I believe the picture will not be like what you actually get. I'm also digging the tan leather

The Cognac leather looks a lot like my Cognac McTavishes

Chris
post #41892 of 46882
During the boot sale saw my list had some Dundees. So I inquired and my SA got them in and said they looked good and gave me a sweet deal. So got them yesterday. (Even next day'd them for no charge) Quite stunning and I had a bit of reserve on chukka having not owned any. However the 511 fits me well. e2yqy8ys.jpg

Only issue I can see is a bit of an upward roll in the vamp of the left shoe. Not as flat as the right but I'm sure over time won't be noticeable.
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If I get them pretty tightly laced I don't get much heel slip. But it sounds that as they break in the heel slip should go away. A slightly thicker sock helped as well.

2nd pair of shell in a month...I see what you guys meant.
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Originally Posted by YoungSweet View Post
 

 

Most 2nds come in with plastic bags or wrapped with tissues. No flannel cloth bags.

 

True.  However, one of my "2/250" boxes that arrived this week included a nice, slightly extended length faux bone shoe horn.  A nice surprise courtesy of somebody at the Freeport, ME store. 

 

Or maybe it fell out of their pocket accidently.

post #41894 of 46882

My bourbon University webgems arrived today.  Took only 2 weeks after placing the order.  Love em!

 

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Originally Posted by cincikid View Post
 

 

Note that this is a single sole--whereas the standard MacNeil comes on a double sole. Same with the Dainite version--there is no midsole between the rubber and the welt. As far as I am concerned, MacNeil on a single sole would look pretty awkward. 

Nice shoe but with a Cordovan vintage Florscheim in same color I am guessing it would not get worn much...I think brown cordovan strand is my next shoe

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