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I got my Brown Shell Strand MTOs back from AE yesterday. They fixed the edge coloring issue and then I asked them to re-run them on the burnishing wheel to fix the pinking that was standing up. A bit better but not perfect, much more tolerable.

Pics later... Got to go out for a bit.

-Mike
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This is more of a preference question, I suppose, but I see a lot of people do MTO's with Leeds.  Why not the Kenilworth?  Both are PTB's but I feel that the Kenilworth is a much more attractive shape and I hardly see them in this thread, or the AE Appreciation thread.  Maybe I'm the one that's off? 

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This is more of a preference question, I suppose, but I see a lot of people do MTO's with Leeds.  Why not the Kenilworth?  Both are PTB's but I feel that the Kenilworth is a much more attractive shape and I hardly see them in this thread, or the AE Appreciation thread.  Maybe I'm the one that's off? 

To me Leeds look like chunky American style shoes whereas Kenilworth look like sleeker European style shoes. I like my American made shoes in the American style (see also: Alden). You could say the Leeds are blobbier. The choice probably hinges on what kind of clothes you will most likely pair with the shoes.
Edited by bl@ster - 6/7/14 at 6:28pm
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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...

lol sounds like my environment.  I'm also more on the raw denim and chinos but slowly building up the wardrobe to include more.  

 

Pretty much all of my AE are casual or very versatile .. just for this same very casual work environment.

 

I guess I need to look out for your MTO's more often..

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To me Leeds look like chunky American style shoes whereas Kenilworth look like sleeker European style shoes. I like my American made shoes in the American style (see also: Alden). You could say the Leeds are blobbier but more versatile. The choice probably hinges on what kind of clothes you will most likely pair with the shoes.

I see your point.  Outside of their boots, Aldens shoes all look blobby to me....but, I've got a long, narrow foot so blobby doesn't necessarily work for me. 

 

I would likely wear Kenilworths to work (business casual) and wouldn't pair them with a suit when I need to dress up.  The MTO that I'm thinking about would be golden brown CXL with the red Dainite sole.  I figure I could also wear them with jeans, as well. 

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This is more of a preference question, I suppose, but I see a lot of people do MTO's with Leeds.  Why not the Kenilworth?  Both are PTB's but I feel that the Kenilworth is a much more attractive shape and I hardly see them in this thread, or the AE Appreciation thread.  Maybe I'm the one that's off? 

Check page one or two for my Kennie MTO. My fave shoe.

Kenilworth is a derby shoe. Sleek (for AE at least) with three eyelets. Still very dress-up-able.

Leeds is a classic, all-American blucher shit- kicker. Not a dress shoe in the slightest.
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Has anyone inquired about the availability of any blue leather? Just wondering what might available. I kinda like the weybridge blue but its a print grain. 

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Has anyone inquired about the availability of any blue leather? Just wondering what might available. I kinda like the weybridge blue but its a print grain. 

They have blue distressed cowhide, blue calf and blue suede. Well, the last two really are dark navy. Someone posted a stunning navy calf blucher boot (eagle county) several pages back.
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They have blue distressed cowhide, blue calf and blue suede. Well, the last two really are dark navy. Someone posted a stunning navy calf blucher boot (eagle county) several pages back.

Ah yes, I forgot about those boots. I'll have to go back and take a look. the distressed like the neumok is probably a bit to casual. 

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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. 

 

 

 

Ah good to know and I e-mailed Allison over the weekend about this issue. She got back to me today and I'm sending them back for her to show to the QC team and to get it fixed. Allison's great but it's a shame this is the second time I've had to send these back.

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Has anyone done an MTO of the Rutledge in shell (brown or burgundy)?  I love the Rutledge generally and am in need of another dark brown or burgundy shoe to bolster my collection.  The Rutledge in brown burnished calf would be an alternative, but I think I'd be more interested in the shell.  

 

Also, I think this question has been answered before, but is AE unable to offer the 3 lasted shoes in C width (I'm a 14C) on the MTOs?  I know looking through the AE website they don't appear to carry C widths on any of the 3 last shoes so assume that's a no go even on an MTO.  I have the Walnut Harrison in 14D, which is a little wide in the heel area and maybe a touch long, as well, so would also be interested in thoughts on sizing down to a 13D on this last since it is longer than most of AE's other lasts (type of leather may play into this as well, since the Independence calf is so soft and flexible it may be accentuating the feeling of width in the Harrison I have).

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Has anyone done an MTO of the Rutledge in shell (brown or burgundy)?  I love the Rutledge generally and am in need of another dark brown or burgundy shoe to bolster my collection.  The Rutledge in brown burnished calf would be an alternative, but I think I'd be more interested in the shell.  

Also, I think this question has been answered before, but is AE unable to offer the 3 lasted shoes in C width (I'm a 14C) on the MTOs?  I know looking through the AE website they don't appear to carry C widths on any of the 3 last shoes so assume that's a no go even on an MTO.  I have the Walnut Harrison in 14D, which is a little wide in the heel area and maybe a touch long, as well, so would also be interested in thoughts on sizing down to a 13D on this last since it is longer than most of AE's other lasts (type of leather may play into this as well, since the Independence calf is so soft and flexible it may be accentuating the feeling of width in the Harrison I have).

You can always email Allison and ask if the three last can be made in C width. 3E isn't a width normally offered and she said it was fine when I requested it on the 5 last
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Has anyone done an MTO of the Rutledge in shell (brown or burgundy)?  I love the Rutledge generally and am in need of another dark brown or burgundy shoe to bolster my collection.  The Rutledge in brown burnished calf would be an alternative, but I think I'd be more interested in the shell.  

 

Also, I think this question has been answered before, but is AE unable to offer the 3 lasted shoes in C width (I'm a 14C) on the MTOs?  I know looking through the AE website they don't appear to carry C widths on any of the 3 last shoes so assume that's a no go even on an MTO.  I have the Walnut Harrison in 14D, which is a little wide in the heel area and maybe a touch long, as well, so would also be interested in thoughts on sizing down to a 13D on this last since it is longer than most of AE's other lasts (type of leather may play into this as well, since the Independence calf is so soft and flexible it may be accentuating the feeling of width in the Harrison I have).

 

I remembered that someone had MTO'd a pair a while back so I found this (not my listing)

 

http://www.styleforum.net/t/374519/allen-edmonds-cappuccino-shell-cordovan-rutledge-captoe-shoes-13d-nib-new-horween-truffle-custom

 

Not sure if he's still selling these, but cappuccino is no longer available and looks like it's a 13D.

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You can always email Allison and ask if the three last can be made in C width. 3E isn't a width normally offered and she said it was fine when I requested it on the 5 last

I'm a 3E, and I've found it available in my length (10.5) in almost every shoe in every line.
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Thanks for the info, smith and NWT.

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