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I need some shoe care advice for my AE walnut burnished shoes (Flatiron and Jefferson).  Both are just a couple of months old with a half dozen or so wearings each.  I sat down today to clean and polish them.

 

AE walnut polish worked fairly well, but the burnishing is giving me trouble.  How do I get out the scuffs from the burnishing around the toe box?  With size 15 feet and getting in and out of the car several times a day for work, I probably have more than average scuffing.  It isn't a physical blemish, just a rubbing of the color.  Any help would be appreciated.

post #7922 of 53427
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Originally Posted by runn View Post

Bought a pair the Walnut Strands and am looking for a reasonably priced belt to got with them.  I'd be wearing these with dress pants as well as jeans and ideally have one belt that would work for both.  1" seems too small (lgc dress belts generally this size) and 1.5" a bit big (ae belts).  

 

I'm still looking at Leather Goods Connection as an option...will their "work belt" (1.25") be suitable and if so, would you go with tan or medium brown as best match for the Strands?  I've bought a darker bridle belt from there and it is of high quality.  Also, any other options?  I've looked at J&M also and that might also work.

 

i have this... love it

 

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/trafalgar-eastham-embossed-leather-belt/3145712?origin=PredictiveSearch&fashionColor=Tan&resultback=5190

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Post photos

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It may be the lighting but I am having a hard time getting it to show in pictures.  The best example is the Jefferson on the right.  The change in color right in the middle of the broguing is a scuff.

post #7925 of 53427
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Originally Posted by CalTex View Post

is there another way of doing this? I like the clean design but I am not sure what to do with the extra lace, especially with dress shoes.

 

Laces are so cheap.... check online and buy new ones that are shorter.  I think straight bar lacing is so much cleaner than european, especially for a blucher style.  Ian's shoe lace website will also tell you how much longer your laces will be, so you can do simple math to determine what length laces you will need.

 

I have straight bar'd all my six eyelet bals and neither of them have "too much" lacing

post #7926 of 53427

The European straight lace is easier to cinch.  In most cases, with black or dark brown laces, the underlying cross over is less obvious.  On the other hand, I do it with my colored laces, and I still like it.  No harm in trying it out first.

 

You can select a variety of laces on the AE website.  Free shipping applies.

post #7927 of 53427
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Originally Posted by seer View Post

Just picked up my first pair of McTavishes at Nordstrom. I usually wear a 10E, but the E was way to loose in the heel - the 10Ds were just a bit tight in the instep - I took the 10D. Right choice?

If it's not too tight, it should loosen up as you break them in.

post #7928 of 53427

Jah, the McTavish runs just a little bit large. 

post #7929 of 53427

Ever notice the same guys who bash AE are the ones who say Mercedes makes shitty cars and Bose speakers sound like crap?

post #7930 of 53427
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Originally Posted by charliebrown2 View Post

All this talk about the walnut strands...

 

Currently I have the following 3 in my rotation for work:

-5A in black (cap toe)

-Players in black (wing tip blucher)

-Brown Magnannis (oxford captoe)

 

I'm currently looking for a casual pair in a lighter shade to go with jeans or chinos.  I've been debating between the tan mctavish and the elgin...

 

As much as I like the strands, i've been completely ignoring it as I feel it would be too close to the mctavish/elgin in terms of design and casual purpose.  But since I have yet to decide between the mctavish/elgin, I wonder if I should throw the walunt strands back in the mix.  Price wise they are very close...mctavish $200, elgin $220, strands $220.

 

Anyone care to share their suggestion?  Thanks.

 

If your considering the Elgin at all you might want to jump now and get them. The only ones left on the AE website are size 11, I purchased mine through the shoebank last week for $179 and they are flawless.

 

Agree with others that the Strands work well with jeans and chinos, my Strands are walnut shell but my McAllister are walnut calf which I do wear with chinos and once in awhile jeans.
And have come to really like that look. But purchased the McTavish and Elgin for an even lighter shade of brown and slightly more casual feel.

 

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Originally Posted by CalTex View Post

I bought the park avenues and wore them to the funeral for about 4 hours and I kept looking down and wasn't too impressed frown.gif
I know they are black shoes but has anyone else had the same experience?

 

Then they fit the task at hand perfectly. To wear shoes that jump out at all at a funeral at all would be disrespectful to the deceased IMO. Just that, my opinion but it is a common one. Same could be said for black shoes for an interview.

 

 

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Originally Posted by seer View Post

Just picked up my first pair of McTavishes at Nordstrom. I usually wear a 10E, but the E was way to loose in the heel - the 10Ds were just a bit tight in the instep - I took the 10D. Right choice?

 

I normally wear a 10D in most all AE lasts. All 3 of my rough collection shoes including the McTavish are 9.5D and fit perfectly. Did you try a 9.5E?

post #7931 of 53427

AE is awesome.  Mercedes sucks.

post #7932 of 53427
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Originally Posted by runn View Post

Bought a pair the Walnut Strands and am looking for a reasonably priced belt to got with them.  I'd be wearing these with dress pants as well as jeans and ideally have one belt that would work for both.  1" seems too small (lgc dress belts generally this size) and 1.5" a bit big (ae belts).  

I'm still looking at Leather Goods Connection as an option...will their "work belt" (1.25") be suitable and if so, would you go with tan or medium brown as best match for the Strands?  I've bought a darker bridle belt from there and it is of high quality.  Also, any other options?  I've looked at J&M also and that might also work.

Call the shoebank and see what offerings they have in walnut belts. I have done this for two belts in the past - one walnut and one chili, each 1 1/8 inches - and each was on sale. One was a first ($49); the other a second ($39) (but no defects that I could detect). The belts were each from a prior year and were no longer offered in AE retail stores or thru their website. And they still are not offered. I went looking for these belts because the AE Wide basic dress belt (1 3/8) - which I also have in walnut and chili - sometimes feels/looks a bit too wide for a classic/traditional dress belt, IMO.
post #7933 of 53427
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Originally Posted by Apollotrader View Post

Ever notice the same guys who bash AE are the ones who say Mercedes makes shitty cars and Bose speakers sound like crap?


I like AE, but Bose is crap.

post #7934 of 53427
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Originally Posted by charliebrown2 View Post

All this talk about the walnut strands...

Currently I have the following 3 in my rotation for work:
-5A in black (cap toe)
-Players in black (wing tip blucher)
-Brown Magnannis (oxford captoe)

I'm currently looking for a casual pair in a lighter shade to go with jeans or chinos.  I've been debating between the tan mctavish and the elgin...

As much as I like the strands, i've been completely ignoring it as I feel it would be too close to the mctavish/elgin in terms of design and casual purpose.  But since I have yet to decide between the mctavish/elgin, I wonder if I should throw the walunt strands back in the mix.  Price wise they are very close...mctavish $200, elgin $220, strands $220.

Anyone care to share their suggestion?  Thanks.

Sure - since you asked .....

Personally, I would not, and do not, wear the Walnut Strand with jeans or chinos. As such, if you are looking for a casual shoe, the Strand should be nixed, IMO. AE has plenty of truly casual offerings that would work better for you.
post #7935 of 53427
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

 

I normally wear a 10D in most all AE lasts. All 3 of my rough collection shoes including the McTavish are 9.5D and fit perfectly. Did you try a 9.5E?

 

I didn't think of that! I suspect that they will break in ok. I used two coats of Neatsfoot oil - darkened them up nicely and created a nice contrast and really brought out the grain.

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