New (to me) "Lexingtons". Besides a good polish and sole dressing, I thought about blue or red laces. Would that look good?
Wow lots of great longwings in the last couple pages!
I think it looks great GOP, well done! I tried wearing brown shoes with blue once and kept looking over my shoulder all day... Some can pull it off but I can't, guess I'm just too conservative (and old according to some LOL). Your combo however I would not hesitate to wear, good call IMO on the grey glen plaid and walnut shoes, looks sharp.
They do look great, nice score and well done. AE Burgundy shell turns brown over time. My Leeds turned almost solid brown and I have used Saphir Cordovan Cordovan polish on them several times to try and get the burgundy back. But it doesn't work for long and I am starting to just enjoy the color.
Yeah it was likely black polish, there are still a lot of old timers that use nothing but black wax polish on their burgundy shell. It helps give the "black cherry" look so desired at one time however some use too much and too often. I occasionally use a little black paste wax on my burgundy shell Cambridges.
Really? I just got this back yesterday:
"This message is in regards to your shoe repair question. Once attached to shoes, soles cannot be salvaged for reuse. In order to change the welt and sole edge color on your shoes, they must be recrafted. The Standard Package is the basic service, the price is $125 per pair. The return shipping fee to Canada is $15 per pair.
Should you decide to Recraft, include the attached forms with your shoes. Use the small package carrier of your choice to ship the shoes to our repair facility. Be sure to indicate you DO NOT want the shoes refinished – as refinishing will bring the shoes back to nearly the original color."
As for the sole conversion, it seems Dainite is left off the form that gets sent in for whatever reason.
B Nelson pricing from Nick (emailed with him the other day):
"A new 360 degree storm welt is $50.00.
A new mid-sole is $40.00.
Converting to Dainite is $155.00.
N/c on the edge finish."
I was only thinking of Dainite from B Nelson because they carry the brown but for the cost I will stick to the double JR soles. Probably chili split reverse welt and light brown
transparent edge for my Leeds. I am planning to send them in a few months.
These are not burgundy-turned-brown, but brown-from-the-get-go shell Leeds (MTO'd):
They have only been worn about 2 times since I had them made. When we tried to get a group buy on here for a MTO think I was the only one that ended up going with it and they waived the MTO fee (this was before Paul made his generous offer to SF members).
I went back and forth with AE several times about the welt and they kept saying they couldn't do what I wanted. They ended up sending me natural which wasn't what I expected. It is the same natural as on the Elgin and McTavish, although the Elgin has the storm welt these do not. I was debating sending these or my brown shell Patriots to B. Nelson for the red danitie resole with a natural welt. I am going to send the Patriots first and see how they turn out and if it works will then send these in for the same. Although something like the Alden antique would look good and be much cheaper, will see.
Shiny just realized that you requested a picture of my burgundy turned brown Leeds. The picture I posted is of brown shell, and I think that is closer to Alden cigar. A few pages back are pictures of burgundy which has been lightened by sunlight which is the same thing as aging. The older AE burgundy turns a slightly different color though. In some ways I think we have been spoiled by AE and shell colors for a long time all we had was burgundy and black. When brown came out it was considered exotic.
The burgundy in the center has just had a coat of Saphir Cordovan Cordovan polish on them so are fairly red here.