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It 's raining fairly heavily today, so I got out my Bayfields for the first time since the snow melted. This is also my first time wearing them with a suit:

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Bought these MacNeils on EBay for 140$ as an experiment. My 4th pair of cordovan shoes, though the others were all bought new. (My first pair of used shoes, actually, I don't generally dig the idea).

When I opened the box, they looked about as rough as I imagined:




But after only ONE damp cloth wipe and round of brushing, they looked a lot better:




Now I know what people mean when they say shell gets better with age. None of my other shell shoes clean up so easily. Guess I should wear them more!

The soles and heels are done. Thinking about putting rubber soles on, maybe dainite, commando, or even mini lug, since the bastards are already quite hefty. Suggestions?

Will AE crafting slap a different color welt and sole edge than the original (thinking chili and antique/toasted), or am I better off sending to B Nelson? I like the idea of sending them to the source (plus getting the $35 gift card wink.gif
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They can change the welt color as it is replaced. However it seems you have to stick to the same style. I have a split, and wanted to do a flat and said they couldn't.
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They can change the welt color as it is replaced. However it seems you have to stick to the same style. I have a split, and wanted to do a flat and said they couldn't.

Cool.

Yeah I remember Allison telling me that you can go from flat to reverse but not the opposite, because of how the leather is perforated.
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It 's raining fairly heavily today, so I got out my Bayfields for the first time since the snow melted. This is also my first time wearing them with a suit:


Such a great boot. AE really needs to bring this one back.
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Originally Posted by OptoDoc View Post

Such a great boot. AE really needs to bring this one back.

Thanks, and yeah, I agree. Non-wingtip boots are a lot more versatile, I feel.
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Looks like the leather sole is a little dry, this is normal by the way.

I use this stuff on leather soles with incredible results:

http://www.amazon.com/Leather-Honey-Conditioner-Since-Bottle/dp/B003IS3HV0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403188903&sr=8-1&keywords=leather+honey


Thank you for this.  I live in Minnesota and I'm not a fan of the leather sole bottoms (most of my 11 AE's have the tap sole which I love).  My MacTavishes have the leather sole and the shoes look quite a bit dirtier than my tap sole-based shoes.  Any product I can use to help prevent this (or at least make them age more slowly) is appreciated!

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Such a great boot. AE really needs to bring this one back.
I agree. While I don't have them, I did a MTO for my wife and she adores them. I would love to get them in other colors/materials for her.
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The brown grain Kiowas (Strands with split reverse welts and Vibram Lug Soles) from the Tent Sale arrived here today.  Can't tell from the box or the shoes if they are seconds, although if I spent several days carefully studying them using high intensity lights, a micrometer, and a high power magnifying glass like some people do, I could probably find something wrong that no one would ever notice.





 



Digging those Kiowa's, are they 5 Last as well?
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Not sure what last the Kiowas are, as they have totally disappeared from all Allen Edmonds websites.  I am wearing them around the house today, and they feel about the same as all my 5 last shoes do.  I took a picture outside in the sun a few minutes ago.  The laces are the laces that came with the Kiowas.  I haven't seen these laces on AE shoes in the past.  I have to figure out how to order the current pattern flat laces that now come with some AE shoes......

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Wow. I love that color grain. What is that? Just brown?
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The brown grain Kiowas (Strands with split reverse welts and Vibram Lug Soles) from the Tent Sale arrived here today.  Can't tell from the box or the shoes if they are seconds, although if I spent several days carefully studying them using high intensity lights, a micrometer, and a high power magnifying glass like some people do, I could probably find something wrong that no one would ever notice.



 

 


Digging those Kiowa's, are they 5 Last as well?

 

 

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Not sure what last the Kiowas are, as they have totally disappeared from all Allen Edmonds websites.  I am wearing them around the house today, and they feel about the same as all my 5 last shoes do.

 

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They are indeed on the 5.

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They are indeed on the 5.

 



Cool, I found this while searching.

http://reviews.allenedmonds.com/7512-en_us/SF2195/kiowa-brown-distressed-leather-reviews/reviews.htm

They mention a 555 last, then later on down the 5-65 last. So maybe that fuller toe, shorter forepart is the change to the 5 last that designates a 555. Wonder if a retail store could order them.
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Work in tech. This is about as fancy as I can get.

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Originally Posted by Roycru View Post
 

Not sure what last the Kiowas are, as they have totally disappeared from all Allen Edmonds websites.  I am wearing them around the house today, and they feel about the same as all my 5 last shoes do.  I took a picture outside in the sun a few minutes ago.  The laces are the laces that came with the Kiowas.  I haven't seen these laces on AE shoes in the past.  I have to figure out how to order the current pattern flat laces that now come with some AE shoes......

I want these with a lighter welt. PEfect for casual foul weather 

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