Originally Posted by amnesiac
I've read that mink oil will overly soften the leather and make it weaker, but I don't have any personal experience with it so I wouldn't know.
They should've made premium cloth tags or just regular cloth tags for it.
I dunno about the sole, I'm thoroughly confused by all their sole names.
I'm considering getting a brown pair in the oxfords (Perry?) but then again I might just buy the James in another color. Or those amazing tannish GTs Get Smart posted in the GT thread.
Never heard that about mink oil, but I'll use more sparingly. Just got fresh oxblood MIE's, so maybe will invest in the DM wonderbasalm now...
Agreed - premium tags (or even the basics) would have been less discouraging that those 'leather-like' things...
I think these use the same 'last' as the MIE model, which I believe uses a vintage 'last' DM still has from the original 1950's model. A bit narrower than modern ones. I like it too, especially since these do 'spread' with use.
I have the James shoe in the brown too. It's a seductive finish with a lot of depth. You can really see what DM describes as the 'pull-up' (different colors on the panels based on how much they were stretched over the last), from dark brown on the achilles heel-strip to a much lighter brown over the toe. Sexy, man. Recommended.
I'm breaking into GetSmarts house this weekend for those GT boots, but I can snag you his snuggies while I'm there. May grab his new Warehouse boots too.
PS another small complaint, but an annoying one: two of the eyelets near the top have burrs on the inside which are shredding my laces. I need to sand them down but am too lazy. Experienced this?