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Originally Posted by rostov View Post

I'm thinking of picking up Walnut Harrisons, but I'm honestly not sure what the hell I'd ever wear them with. I seldom wear a suit, and if I did, I'd have to buy a grey one to match these shoes (which, is probably not a bad idea...)   Maybe with the occasional pair of chinos? Unlike the Strand, they look too formal for jeans?

I think Walnut looks terrific with Navy or Gray suits or trousers.
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Sorry! Those are my Black Shell Harrison's. They are dropping the Harrison???? All colors or just Walnut?

Edit: Crap, they did. AE why must your discontinue such nice styles!?!?

They're going to revamp and relaunch the Independence line. Just exactly how is anyone's guess.
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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post


They're going to revamp and relaunch the Independence line. Just exactly how is anyone's guess.

 

I really hope that they add the Strand to their collection, they can call it "The Mdubs" hehe... :-)

 

I actually asked if they could put my name on the inside of my MTO Strands... But alas, they are just Strands.

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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

I really hope that they add the Strand to their collection, they can call it "The Mdubs" hehe... :-)

I actually asked if they could put my name on the inside of my MTO Strands... But alas, they are just Strands.

You could always remove that plate on the sole, and replace it with an engraved one!
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Yeah, I would just rather have it done for free with my MTO, that way I can dedicate more funds towards my shoes...

 

-Mike

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Originally Posted by dapperdoctor View Post

My kid, who now has the same size 13 shoe that I have, wants to wear my shell Daltons when he performs with his band (he's only 13).  He wants to wear them with jeans and an OCBD untucked to get what he calls "the Dave Mustaine look".  Should I let him rock the Daltons?     I'm usually pretty gentle with shoes and I know he will not be as easy on them as I am.  ha ha  I think it's probably OK.
I would absolutely do it. He admires something about you - something I could never say about my own dad. Is do this for my son in a heartbeat.
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The LWB has always been a special shoe for me, at least in my mind. I will do a MTO in burgundy (with exposed brass eyelets of course!) eventually not sure about welt and sole though. A gentleman on here recently had a MTO MacNeil in cappuccino shell for sale. AE did the welt and sole wrong on it, different than what he specified so they were never worn and sat in his closet. He was generous enough to sell them to me and I fully expected to send them in to have the welt and sole redone. As I was packing them up to send in my girlfriend asked what I was doing and I told her. She replied with all the woodworking I do why don't I just sand the "wood" down and do it myself. I laughed and said it wasn't wood it is leather, and I had no intention of making a mistake on such a rare and beautiful shoe. Unfortunately she knows how to push my buttons and after a few minutes conversation....

 

As AE made them (not to MTO specs)

 

I taped the uppers to protect them and sanded using a foam backing block. Started at 100-150-220 then finished with 400. Wiped them down with a microfiber rag and acetone.

 

It is hard going from dark to light, the dye from the factory penetrates different thickness throughout the sole. I took it down quite a bit. When I took the tape off a lot of the finish came off with it, they have a lot of cream on them yet. A session with Renovateur and then the Mac method cleaned them up a lot. Then I used 4 thin coats of AE neutral heel and edge dressing letting it thoroughly dry between coats. The edge dressing darkened them quite a bit. The finished results are very much a unique antique look that I like. Have to see how they hold up long term but I had already planned on sending them in so nothing lost except time, a little sandpaper, and sweat. The hardest part was that when I finished I had to listen to "I told you so" from my girlfriend.

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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

The hardest part was that when I finished I had to listen to "I told you so" from my girlfriend.


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From my small phone screen, it looks like you did pretty good job!
Edited by V1KTA222 - 7/26/14 at 4:27pm
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I have seen the rarest of the rare on eBay - a Sanford in Whiskey shell!  According to AAAC's shell hunter's guide, these are indeed the numbers for Whiskey.  http://www.ebay.com/itm/MEGA-RARE-Allen-Edmonds-Whisky-Shell-Cordovan-Sanford-8-5D-Brown-Cognac-Cap-Toe-/141358908834?pt=US_Men_s_Shoes&hash=item20e9a5c5a2 .  Now if only they were my size...

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Quote:Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post
 

The LWB has always been a special shoe for me, at least in my mind. I will do a MTO in burgundy (with exposed brass eyelets of course!) eventually not sure about welt and sole though. A gentleman on here recently had a MTO MacNeil in cappuccino shell for sale. AE did the welt and sole wrong on it, different than what he specified so they were never worn and sat in his closet. He was generous enough to sell them to me and I fully expected to send them in to have the welt and sole redone. As I was packing them up to send in my girlfriend asked what I was doing and I told her. She replied with all the woodworking I do why don't I just sand the "wood" down and do it myself. I laughed and said it wasn't wood it is leather, and I had no intention of making a mistake on such a rare and beautiful shoe. Unfortunately she knows how to push my buttons and after a few minutes conversation....

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As AE made them (not to MTO specs)

 

I taped the uppers to protect them and sanded using a foam backing block. Started at 100-150-220 then finished with 400. Wiped them down with a microfiber rag and acetone.

 

It is hard going from dark to light, the dye from the factory penetrates different thickness throughout the sole. I took it down quite a bit. When I took the tape off a lot of the finish came off with it, they have a lot of cream on them yet. A session with Renovateur and then the Mac method cleaned them up a lot. Then I used 4 thin coats of AE neutral heel and edge dressing letting it thoroughly dry between coats. The edge dressing darkened them quite a bit. The finished results are very much a unique antique look that I like. Have to see how they hold up long term but I had already planned on sending them in so nothing lost except time, a little sandpaper, and sweat. The hardest part was that when I finished I had to listen to "I told you so" from my girlfriend.

 

They turned out pretty damn well! Hope you like your new MacNeils!

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They look amazing!! Great work!!
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ColdIron those look wonderful! Great work, much easier to get the DIY light edge to look good when the welt is already light.
 

 

 

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Originally Posted by polojock615 View Post
 

I have seen the rarest of the rare on eBay - a Sanford in Whiskey shell!  According to AAAC's shell hunter's guide, these are indeed the numbers for Whiskey.  http://www.ebay.com/itm/MEGA-RARE-Allen-Edmonds-Whisky-Shell-Cordovan-Sanford-8-5D-Brown-Cognac-Cap-Toe-/141358908834?pt=US_Men_s_Shoes&hash=item20e9a5c5a2 .  Now if only they were my size...

 

I am tempted to pick these up, probably would work with a tongue pad. The dent on the left cap and the black edge is bugging me (though it looks like they are almost ready for a recraft so the edge can be changed then).

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Originally Posted by AMProf View Post

Tried to do a search for this and didn't see any commentary (although I found a lot of threads about vacation spots): does anyone have experience with the AE St. Thomas V.I. bit loafer (pictured below)?

I'm in the market for a biz casual slip on and I like the looks of this one, and shoebank has it at a good price. On the AE website, however, it only has 4 reviews, but they're all negative. Any first hand experience here?


Grabbed a pair about 2 months ago. Got them because they're on the same last as the Patriot, which is the only loafer I've found that fits my flat foot/narrow heel. Fit on these isn't quite as good in the heel, as they use a full heel counter (which isn't in the Patriots). Overall, though, I kike them as a biz casual loafer. At a CLE conference down in Florida this weekend, and these were the loafers I brought. Hope this helps.
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Thank you gentlemen! 

 

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Originally Posted by cincikid View Post
 

They turned out pretty damn well! Hope you like your new MacNeils!

Yes I do, very much so! Thank you good sir :cheers: Been wearing them around the house for a couple of hours in the evening all week, look forward to shifting colors and getting underway with my new gunboats next week.

 

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Originally Posted by polojock615 View Post
 

I have seen the rarest of the rare on eBay - a Sanford in Whiskey shell!  According to AAAC's shell hunter's guide, these are indeed the numbers for Whiskey.  http://www.ebay.com/itm/MEGA-RARE-Allen-Edmonds-Whisky-Shell-Cordovan-Sanford-8-5D-Brown-Cognac-Cap-Toe-/141358908834?pt=US_Men_s_Shoes&hash=item20e9a5c5a2 .  Now if only they were my size...

That is a unicorn if there ever was one! I had no idea AE had ever done a whiskey shell anything before. Yeah if only they were my size... 

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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

The LWB has always been a special shoe for me, at least in my mind. I will do a MTO in burgundy (with exposed brass eyelets of course!) eventually not sure about welt and sole though. A gentleman on here recently had a MTO MacNeil in cappuccino shell for sale. AE did the welt and sole wrong on it, different than what he specified so they were never worn and sat in his closet. He was generous enough to sell them to me and I fully expected to send them in to have the welt and sole redone. As I was packing them up to send in my girlfriend asked what I was doing and I told her. She replied with all the woodworking I do why don't I just sand the "wood" down and do it myself. I laughed and said it wasn't wood it is leather, and I had no intention of making a mistake on such a rare and beautiful shoe. Unfortunately she knows how to push my buttons and after a few minutes conversation....

As AE made them (not to MTO specs)



I taped the uppers to protect them and sanded using a foam backing block. Started at 100-150-220 then finished with 400. Wiped them down with a microfiber rag and acetone.



It is hard going from dark to light, the dye from the factory penetrates different thickness throughout the sole. I took it down quite a bit. When I took the tape off a lot of the finish came off with it, they have a lot of cream on them yet. A session with Renovateur and then the Mac method cleaned them up a lot. Then I used 4 thin coats of AE neutral heel and edge dressing letting it thoroughly dry between coats. The edge dressing darkened them quite a bit. The finished results are very much a unique antique look that I like. Have to see how they hold up long term but I had already planned on sending them in so nothing lost except time, a little sandpaper, and sweat. The hardest part was that when I finished I had to listen to "I told you so" from my girlfriend.


CI, those are absolutely epic. I really, really want a pair!!!

If Mac is the king of shell, you're the Prince for sure.

Deliberately unspoilered for unbridled (pun intended) awesomeness.
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