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^ What's wrong with the bottom pic? Uneven?

post #4622 of 48696
Yes, left side of heel cup on the right shoe almost touches the my ankle bone.
The left shoe was perfect, just needed a right shoe that matched it.
post #4623 of 48696
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Originally Posted by RingTail View Post


Presidio is indeed the closest.
On another note, I'm realizing that sizing down by .5 stops the whole heel slippage issue with the loafers. So this opens up the avenue on AE loafers again, what did you end up deciding on?

Waiting for the Positano to come in to check size, but I'm probably going to go with the Firenze. I am liking that bit loafer look...
post #4624 of 48696

 

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Originally Posted by mb6c View Post

 

 

Are AE shoe trees the way to go?

 

I also just got the McAllisters and posted a pic a few pages ago. What's the best type of cloth do you use for the polish or does it not matter? You got the Walnut paste right? I got that as well but now I think tha the neutral one may have been better if I want to retain a lighter color. Thoughts?

 

I believe the AE shoe trees are just Woodlore shoe trees with AE branding. I would recommend the full-toe instead of the split-toe as they appear to shape the toebox better.

 

The AE polishing cloth works fine.

 

The polish colour depends on your preference. I have the Clifton and the McAllister both in walnut -- I wanted to keep the walnut a lighter hue on the Cliftons so I am using the cognac polish for that (it also adds a slight red tint which I like), but I think a darker hue would look better with the McAllister brogueing so I am using the walnut polish for that.

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Well as you posted that perhaps you can give an opinion on my new McAllister. There's one slight imperfection area that is somewhat bothering me:

 

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I will say it looks a little worse in the picture with the up close shot with flash, and also from that angle. Is this worth returning them? I'm assuming there will always be such tiny imperfections on hand-made shoes. Thoughts?

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Originally Posted by Kwaker View Post

I'm disappointed to have deal with a quality issue for my very first pair of AEs. My pair of supposed 1st quality cordovan Leeds has 2 major defects. Needless to say, they are being shipped back.
Anyhow, they're an 8.5D that should end up in the 2nds listing.
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those differences are wildly inappropriate ffffuuuu.gif go with Alden for cordovans

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Originally Posted by mb6c View Post

Well as you posted that perhaps you can give an opinion on my new McAllister. There's one slight imperfection area that is somewhat bothering me:

 

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I will say it looks a little worse in the picture with the up close shot with flash, and also from that angle. Is this worth returning them? I'm assuming there will always be such tiny imperfections on hand-made shoes. Thoughts?

 

I had similar imperfections on mine and I think it comes with the territory (unless they are painstakingly crafted handmades from higher end shoemakers like EG, JL). However, after I put some polish on them and brushed them, the imperfections were much less noticeable. My guess is the polish "sinks" into those recesses, making all the ridges darker and more even in colour.

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Originally Posted by JubeiSpiegel View Post


Waiting for the Positano to come in to check size, but I'm probably going to go with the Firenze. I am liking that bit loafer look...

 


Firenze is indeed nicer, very similar to the Ferragamo.

Since I'm looking for a tan loafer, I'm now debating between the  AE Rush

 

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and the BB version of Presidio, which worked well when I tried it out in .5 size smaller.

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Edited by RingTail - 4/21/12 at 9:25pm
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Originally Posted by violethour1951 View Post

 

 

I had similar imperfections on mine and I think it comes with the territory (unless they are painstakingly crafted handmades from higher end shoemakers like EG, JL). However, after I put some polish on them and brushed them, the imperfections were much less noticeable. My guess is the polish "sinks" into those recesses, making all the ridges darker and more even in colour.

 

Thanks I appreciate it. It's good news. Plus I'm not trying to go into the hassle of returning them... the store that sold the said it was the last pair in my size (and I kind of believe them b.c. of the sale... my buddy had to order his size through the mail too).

 

PhiPsi32, thanks about the tree shoes.

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Originally Posted by mb6c View Post

 

 

Are AE shoe trees the way to go?

 

I have AE full toe trees, Nordstrom split toes,and the Woodlore Epic.  The Woodlore Epic and Ultra are fuller in the heel and vamp but I don't know that they are better.  If the price is right and the shoe tree fits, use it.  Anyone have a different experience?


I found the same thing about the Epic. I liked that it's fuller in the vamp and fills out the heel area better. I've been buying my trees from Nordstrom Rack for years but I like the Epic so much. I'll likely start buying them as needed.
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I've been wearing and enjoying my Burgundy Shell Macneils for a couple of months now. Fit is great and they are an iconic & versatile classic that works well with business and casual attire.

 

With that said, I'm considering changing the edgetrim from black to brown. Am I crazy? Should I leave well enough alone? Just interested in some feedback from fellow AE enthusiasts.

 

For reference, there have been several Alden Color 8 LWB makeups with the brown edgetrim. Leffot's example from early this year comes to mind and looks terrific. Furthermore, someone here at SF posted a DIY tutorial on the process.

 

http://lastedleather.com/Edgetrim/Changingedgetrim.html

 

 

 

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I'm not sure I'd tackle the job myself. If I don't gain the nerve to do so, the other option is to have B. Nelson perform the work when I need a resole. I've seen his results a few times here at SF and it looks quite good (IMO). However, since I wear these shoes at most once a week, it will be some time (2+ yrs) before I need the iron-like Rendenbach soles replaced.

 

Any thoughts? Good or bad...I can take it smile.gif.

 

 

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While I see your point that the brown edge looks natty, I'd be worried of destroying a perfectly good shoe.

I vote leave em alone and wear in good health.

The Macneils are a beauty
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Originally Posted by Dr.Teatime View Post

While I see your point that the brown edge looks natty, I'd be worried of destroying a perfectly good shoe.
I vote leave em alone and wear in good health.
The Macneils are a beauty

 


You make some very good points, thanks for the input.

 

For reference, my Macneil's with a few days of wear. I've since treated with a bit of renovateur and a lot of brushing. They've got a nice glow to them now.

 

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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post

I've been wearing and enjoying my Burgundy Shell Macneils for a couple of months now. Fit is great and they are an iconic & versatile classic that works well with business and casual attire.

With that said, I'm considering changing the edgetrim from black to brown. Am I crazy? Should I leave well enough alone? Just interested in some feedback from fellow AE enthusiasts.

For reference, there have been several Alden Color 8 LWB makeups with the brown edgetrim. Leffot's example from early this year comes to mind and looks terrific. Furthermore, someone here at SF posted a DIY tutorial on the process.

http://lastedleather.com/Edgetrim/Changingedgetrim.html



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I'm not sure I'd tackle the job myself. If I don't gain the nerve to do so, the other option is to have B. Nelson perform the work when I need a resole. I've seen his results a few times here at SF and it looks quite good (IMO). However, since I wear these shoes at most once a week, it will be some time (2+ yrs) before I need the iron-like Rendenbach soles replaced.

Any thoughts? Good or bad...I can take it smile.gif .


I have seen people try this and it is possible to change the edge color, but the flaw that I see is that the welt is still black while the mid-leather and leather sole are brown. The contrast from the black welt and brown soles is just not effective in my eyes. A suggestion is that when you are eventually ready for a re-sole, you can ask AE if they can change the soles AND also the welt to a natural edge trim style. This would ensure professionally done work and alleviating the contrasting welt. Either way, good luck!
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Originally Posted by Kwaker View Post

I'm disappointed to have deal with a quality issue for my very first pair of AEs. My pair of supposed 1st quality cordovan Leeds has 2 major defects. Needless to say, they are being shipped back.
Anyhow, they're an 8.5D that should end up in the 2nds listing.
heel_a.jpg
heel_b.jpg

 

The bad news; what a pain in the ass for something you've paid in full for, and should not happen. Here is the good news; send them back and speak to a customer service representative. Tell him/her that you want them to personally inspect the replacement pair. They will probably give you $100 credit, and your replacement shoes will be a notch above first quality.

 

This exact same thing happened on my shells, my post with pictures are a few pages back. Its well worth the wait, and like I said, the replacements are flawless.

 

 

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