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post #1141 of 5668

Nice work blaster. Golden Brown looks really nice. It's not something AE stocks right? If not, how much is this MTO pair? 

post #1142 of 5668
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Originally Posted by bl@ster View Post

Look ma, no exposed eyelets! A brand new MTO just arrived... Leeds in Walnut Calf. Here are pics and specs: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


Specs:
- Leeds Derby Shoes
- Leather: Walnut Calf
- Tone on Tone stitching
- Natural split reverse welt
- Wheeled and fudged edges
- Double butyl leather outsole
- Natural edge dressing
- Standard Brown leather insole

This one looks interesting. Almost like a "naked" shoe. Would be a good summer shoe. But I think I'd like to see it with maybe a red dainite or gumlight.
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Thanks for backing me up, Dubsy. Haters gonna hate I guess.

And that leads us (ahem, leeds us) to today's MTO: Leeds in Golden Brown CXL.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


Specs:
- Leeds Derby Shoes
- Leather: Golden Brown Chromexcel
- Exposed antique brass eyelets
- Tan contrast stitching
- Chili split reverse welt
- Double butyl leather outsole
- Light brown transparent edge dressing
- Standard Brown leather insole

Fantastic! Now that you've just gotten two new leeds and two new Lexingtons, each one in calf and CXL, can you tell me how you're going to be deciding when and with what kind of outfit to wear each pair?
post #1143 of 5668
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Originally Posted by bl@ster View Post

Thanks for backing me up, Dubsy. Haters gonna hate I guess.

And that leads us (ahem, leeds us) to today's MTO: Leeds in Golden Brown CXL.





Specs:
- Leeds Derby Shoes
- Leather: Golden Brown Chromexcel
- Exposed antique brass eyelets
- Tan contrast stitching
- Chili split reverse welt
- Double butyl leather outsole
- Light brown transparent edge dressing
- Standard Brown leather insole

 

Amazing. I have way too many plain toe bluchers already, but if I were to add one more - this would be it!   Congrats, and wear in good health!

post #1144 of 5668
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Originally Posted by JezeC View Post

Nice work blaster. Golden Brown looks really nice. It's not something AE stocks right? If not, how much is this MTO pair? 

Yeah the golden brown CXL is very rich with beautiful undertones. The Leeds in CXL is not a stock model, correct. To get them MTO'd in calf leather is $365
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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post

This one looks interesting. Almost like a "naked" shoe. Would be a good summer shoe. But I think I'd like to see it with maybe a red dainite or gumlight.
Fantastic! Now that you've just gotten two new leeds and two new Lexingtons, each one in calf and CXL, can you tell me how you're going to be deciding when and with what kind of outfit to wear each pair?

Yeah I was going for the "rough collection" look on that one. Not sure I'm digging the tan on tan with the leather and welt. I will probably treat the outsole and edges with conditioner so they darken, adding some contrast. I try to dress down all of my MTO's, which is why I usually opt for exposed eyelets and lighter leather colors (and sometimes natural edge dressing). I work in a very casual environment, which means raw denim for me pretty much every day or sometimes casual chinos... this is why I try to make all my MTO's as casual as possible. One guy at my work wears no shoes (I'm serious), I've seen other people wear sweatpants. Software...
post #1145 of 5668

Good Morning friends, 

Just wanted to share another amazing AE customer service experience. A few months ago, I have received my second MTO, a casual Leeds in distressed Olive with a white harrier sole. Unfortunately within a couple of week, the white outer sole started separating from the midsole. I emailed Allison to ask if this was something they could fix for me and she very quickly replied that they would take the shoes back and determine the issue. Once they received the shoes a few days later she called me again to communicate that they had noticed some issues with the bonding of the harrier soles and for that reason recently modified the process. For my shoes, however, it would take a recraft. He's the great part, rather then make me burn a recrafting, Allison offered to make a new pair altogether. With the option to have a new MTO made, she also allowed me to (dramatically) change the specs. 

 

My original MTO:

 

Second run:

 

 

These are also Leeds, but with Natural CXL, natural split reverse welt, khaki piping, and a red dainite sole. They also threw in orange laces, but those probably won't be staying on there :satisfied:.

I also have the Alden Natural PTBs on a double waterlock sole so I definitely do have some overlap; I just like CXL so much I couldn't resist, and these do have a dainite sole....

One final note, AE's Natural CXL seems to have some type of glaze that Alden's CXL lacks, somewhat visible here:

 

 

Anyway, happy Saturday!  

post #1146 of 5668
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Originally Posted by Subutai View Post

Good Morning friends, 
Just wanted to share another amazing AE customer service experience. A few months ago, I have received my second MTO, a casual Leeds in distressed Olive with a white harrier sole. Unfortunately within a couple of week, the white outer sole started separating from the midsole. I emailed Allison to ask if this was something they could fix for me and she very quickly replied that they would take the shoes back and determine the issue. Once they received the shoes a few days later she called me again to communicate that they had noticed some issues with the bonding of the harrier soles and for that reason recently modified the process. For my shoes, however, it would take a recraft. He's the great part, rather then make me burn a recrafting, Allison offered to make a new pair altogether. With the option to have a new MTO made, she also allowed me to (dramatically) change the specs. 

My original MTO:



Second run:

These are also Leeds, but with Natural CXL, natural split reverse welt, khaki piping, and a red dainite sole. They also threw in orange laces, but those probably won't be staying on there satisfied.gif .
I also have the Alden Natural PTBs on a double waterlock sole so I definitely do have some overlap; I just like CXL so much I couldn't resist, and these do have a dainite sole....
One final note, AE's Natural CXL seems to have some type of glaze that Alden's CXL lacks, somewhat visible here:




Anyway, happy Saturday!  

What is distressed olive? Suede?
post #1147 of 5668
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Originally Posted by green garden View Post


What is distressed olive? Suede?

 

It's the leather used for the Neumoks

post #1148 of 5668
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by green garden View Post

What is distressed olive? Suede?

It's a distressed leather that has a rougher look to it. No, it's not suede.
post #1149 of 5668
Thread Starter 
Nice story Sub, I like the CXL shoes as well. I probably would have made that change, although I really want to try Golden Brown CXL. :-) However, I have too many shoes and don't wear shoes casually too often.

-Mike
post #1150 of 5668
Ah, this leeds story provides context to why my blue McAllister with the peeling red gumlight sole had to be completely remade, even though the upper was perfect. Allison was rather cryptic with me, but now I understand. There must have been a problem with the entire process.
post #1151 of 5668
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Originally Posted by Subutai View Post
 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Good Morning friends, 

Just wanted to share another amazing AE customer service experience. A few months ago, I have received my second MTO, a casual Leeds in distressed Olive with a white harrier sole. Unfortunately within a couple of week, the white outer sole started separating from the midsole. I emailed Allison to ask if this was something they could fix for me and she very quickly replied that they would take the shoes back and determine the issue. Once they received the shoes a few days later she called me again to communicate that they had noticed some issues with the bonding of the harrier soles and for that reason recently modified the process. For my shoes, however, it would take a recraft. He's the great part, rather then make me burn a recrafting, Allison offered to make a new pair altogether. With the option to have a new MTO made, she also allowed me to (dramatically) change the specs. 

 

My original MTO:

 

Second run:

 

 


 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

These are also Leeds, but with Natural CXL, natural split reverse welt, khaki piping, and a red dainite sole. They also threw in orange laces, but those probably won't be staying on there :satisfied:.

I also have the Alden Natural PTBs on a double waterlock sole so I definitely do have some overlap; I just like CXL so much I couldn't resist, and these do have a dainite sole....

One final note, AE's Natural CXL seems to have some type of glaze that Alden's CXL lacks, somewhat visible here:

 

 

Anyway, happy Saturday!

 

 

Nice!  Just wondering - are those dark patches on the eyestays as noticeable IRL as they are in your photos?

post #1152 of 5668
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Originally Posted by halfnhalfnhalf View Post

Nice!  Just wondering - are those dark patches on the eyestays as noticeable IRL as they are in your photos?

I don't know, but they will be overwhelmed after the first wearing by the wrinkles that CXL gets. :-)

-M
post #1153 of 5668
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Originally Posted by bl@ster View Post

Yeah the golden brown CXL is very rich with beautiful undertones. The Leeds in CXL is not a stock model, correct. To get them MTO'd in calf leather is $365
Yeah I was going for the "rough collection" look on that one. Not sure I'm digging the tan on tan with the leather and welt. I will probably treat the outsole and edges with conditioner so they darken, adding some contrast. I try to dress down all of my MTO's, which is why I usually opt for exposed eyelets and lighter leather colors (and sometimes natural edge dressing). I work in a very casual environment, which means raw denim for me pretty much every day or sometimes casual chinos... this is why I try to make all my MTO's as casual as possible. One guy at my work wears no shoes (I'm serious), I've seen other people wear sweatpants. Software...

Mornin' Bl@ster. The latest MTO's are amazing, as ALWAYS. HOWEVER buddy, that yellowish-glow you get from your in-house photo studio HAS to go! Can you (for your favourite Canadian creeper - er, follower), take the last 3 or so pairs of MTO outside in that beautiful Pacific Northwest sunshine, and snap a natural light photo of these last few side-by-side? I'd love to see the real colours of these. You could have a shoe design career after you get tired of software - and of guys wearing no shoes. Lol.
post #1154 of 5668
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Originally Posted by halfnhalfnhalf View Post
 

 

Nice!  Just wondering - are those dark patches on the eyestays as noticeable IRL as they are in your photos?

 

 

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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post


I don't know, but they will be overwhelmed after the first wearing by the wrinkles that CXL gets. :-)

-M

 

Hey Half, they are noticeably darker as seen in the pics and I'm not sure why. I've seen other pics of cxl shoes that were significantly darker as well, and my Alden CXLs have also gotten a lot darker all around. I'm perfectly fine with it as I think it legitimately "adds character" and it's uniform, but it is something for others to consider when ordering. 

 

Maybe MWS knows why this happens? And, right, as Mike mentioned, the wrinkles will certainly soon overshadow!

post #1155 of 5668
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Originally Posted by wonsmithr8 View Post
 

 

Update on this: I got my natty cxl macneil 5's back after I had them remade due to flap mishap and loose stitching. Overall the shoes look good and the flaps line up properly except there is loose stitching again on the left flap on the left shoe which I was okay with. I didn't notice until I tried lacing them up that one of the metal eyelets on the inside is all messed up. Is that something a cobbler can fix?

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Wow, I think someone like B. Nelson could fix that, but I am not certain. Anyone else had to fix something like that?

Can AE fix it? Did it come to you from AE like that?

-Mike

 

I have had this happen twice. On one pair it wasn't all that bad so I just straightened it out with a needle nose pliers. The other was a pair of Leeds and it looked exactly like yours. Take a look, same eyelet too!

 

I took it to a local cobbler but he suggested he would need to take the stitching out on that side and replace all the eyelets. Sounded fairly complicated, and he didn't have eyelets that matched exactly anyway, so I sent them back to AE. They fixed it fairly quickly. This is now part of my inspection criteria, as wearing the shoes (even around the house) with a jagged eyelet can really scratch up the tongue.

 

I would send them back to AE and get them fixed properly. 

 

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