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Originally Posted by danwatts2005 View Post

A couple of cleaning questions/observations: 1. What do you use on Rough Collection? I've seen that AE recommends Leather Lotion, but one AE salesman told me saddle soap.

2. I wear overshoes in the Chicago winter, and they always leave black dirty marks. I use Conditioner Cleaner to get rid of the marks, but now I have to polish them again. Is there a rubber overshoe or a way to polish that won't allow the marks to happen in the first place?

Thanks.

I use saddle soap on my black McTavish and just brush. I use leather lotion on my black hills. Seems to work okay.

Thanks @coolarrow about the swims. I thought about picking up some totes on sale at JAB for $25, but I worried about marking my shoes. Nice to know about the felt lining on the swims. May be worth the extra $.
post #1067 of 17586
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Originally Posted by danwatts2005 View Post

A couple of cleaning questions/observations: 1. What do you use on Rough Collection? I've seen that AE recommends Leather Lotion, but one AE salesman told me saddle soap.

 

There was a...vigorous...debate in the Shoe Care thread on the topic of saddle soap.  It was enough to convince me to stick with Bick 4 and Saphir Renovateur.  While the cobbler guys seem to lean toward Bick 4, my experience with Saphir has been better, though my process was anything but scientific.  My kids left one of my deerskin leather gloves outside for some time and the leather was clearly unhappy.  I went over both glove thoroughly with Bick 4, but the damaged glove only looked marginally better.  I then went over them both with Saphir and the damaged glove is now a near match.
 
Anyway, I use Saphir Renovateur on my three pairs of McT's and my Brook x AE pebbled leather shoes.  I use it on the rest of my shoes too, except for the CXL.
post #1068 of 17586
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Originally Posted by jet-stream View Post

These were originally seconds, due to poor finishing on the wheeled edge of the sole and the right toe cap. The toe cap is a bit too far forward on the outside of the right shoe; it initially bothered me but isn't that obvious (can't really tell in the photo above), and if I notice it in the future I'll associate it with saving like $400.

Hmmmm .... Crime of opportunity here, but how do your CJs for compared to AEs? I'm specifically thinking the Edgware, could compare to pretty much any AE shoe you choose, but Hopkinson would work. Edgwares are in my list since I can't fit a Cornwallis.

Edited for typo.

AE are great value for the money, Crocketts are far superior in craftmanship but you also pay for it. My calf CJ cost as much as my shell AEs. Fit wise CJ will be a bit more narrow.
post #1069 of 17586
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Originally Posted by 22busy View Post

I use saddle soap on my black McTavish and just brush. I use leather lotion on my black hills. Seems to work okay.

Thanks @coolarrow about the swims. I thought about picking up some totes on sale at JAB for $25, but I worried about marking my shoes. Nice to know about the felt lining on the swims. May be worth the extra $.

I didn't know about the lining on the Swims, either. That's good to know. When are they on sale for $59? Because the Tingley ones definitely mark, and they smell like petroleum, too.
post #1070 of 17586
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WTF!  I emailed AE a week ago about the opening and they said they had no info yet.  I really wanted to see if we could get a StyleForum meet up on opening day.  Oh well, is anyone up for such an event?  Figures I'm sort of busy the next few weeks, but I guess I can always push off real world stuff for shoe stuff.   Some Saturday in March anyone???

Yes, it would be great to meet up and watch each other get poorer by the minute (albeit in style). 

post #1071 of 17586
There was an email blast that went out opening day.
So cool to have an outlet close by.
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WTF!  I emailed AE a week ago about the opening and they said they had no info yet.  I really wanted to see if we could get a StyleForum meet up on opening day.  Oh well, is anyone up for such an event?  Figures I'm sort of busy the next few weeks, but I guess I can always push off real world stuff for shoe stuff.   Some Saturday in March anyone???
post #1072 of 17586
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There was an email blast that went out opening day.
So cool to have an outlet close by.


Seems I was out of the blast zone.  I think I'll roll by there Monday.

post #1073 of 17586
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Originally Posted by jet-stream View Post


1. Manistee, or possibly DuPont (I'd lean toward the latter for a strand, but either would work with a McAllister. If you don't want to match the brogueing, Dearborn is a nice belt.

2. I use woodlore epics and JAB. The JAB are a bit too big in the forefoot for my taste but the price can be very good. I usually add brass knobs to them, especially for boots. The woodlore epics are perfect IMO, but expensive.

 

thanks for the advice. I thought the hard part was finding a great pair of second hand AE's in bourbon, but looks like the problem is going to be getting a matching belt!  I can't readily find anything in bourbon in my size in any of the 3 you mentioned.  (Ideally, I can get the Manistee because I want the matching Brogueing)

 

Size wise, I normally wear a 30 in jeans but usually wear a 34 belt.  I wear my pants on my hips (short torso) which I think cases me to need a longer belt.  For AE belt sizes, are they different than other belts, and I should follow their directions of getting a 32 or shoudl I stick with my "normal" 34 size?

post #1074 of 17586
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What was your brannock again? Those look like a mediocre fit. I think you might need a smaller width and a longer size. You aren't filling the vamp.

Brannock is 12C. I've given up on vamp width. 12Bs and 12C still have the gap, and some heel slippage/bowing. Same problem with 11.5E. 

post #1075 of 17586

>Sneakers

>Made in the Dominican Republic

 

Looks like I'll be going to Rancourt for my sneaker needs.

 

I hope the austerity brogues aren't going to be 100% DR-made too, else I'll probably go to Rancourt for those as well.

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post #1077 of 17586
The new offerings Paul talked about on reddit are there I see. Double monk, unlined and on the 201 - nice, another one that I won't be able to fit without a 6.5D. And I remember someone here telling me I was wrong to expect a sojourner lookalike, it was going to be sleek, etc. Looks like we were both wrong - instead we get gangsta vans. That's gotta be someone's idea of a joke.
post #1078 of 17586
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Originally Posted by shunted22 View Post

Which is your favorite? Those are all awesome but I'd love a pair of those bottom right (bayfields?)

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I know you waited for the navy a long time, so I get the front and center treatment.  But I still sweat the Natty's.

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Those natty bayfields! Urgh. Still can't believe I didn't get my MacNeils.

Thanks guys! I decided to put the two pairs of Dundees (not Bayfields, the perf cap toe boot. I wish!) in the back just cause they're taller.

I dunno which is my favorite. The Bradley and Carmina LWB are my two best-fitting. The natty Dundee is a pretty awesome casual shoe because of all the crazy patina. I very rarely wear the park aves, because I just end up reaching for my brown Lobbs when I need to wear a suit these days. I would sell them, but the color is just a gorgeous shade of burgundy, and there may be a time when I suit up more often.

The black Dundees are brand new. Can't wait to wear them. Maybe tonight.
post #1079 of 17586
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Originally Posted by Scarlet View Post

Who did you contact to get them stretched? I wonder if they could do that for my Dundee 2s which are a bit cramped in the toe.

Most competent cobblers will do it for you, or sell you the tools to do it yourself. If you live near an AE store, ask them to do it for you. They shouldn't charge.

I agree with you about chukkas! I've got two shell, two suede (one unlined), and one dressy chukka in museum calf, and have just ordered an MTO monk chukka! Once I get an NST or a promote chukka and an ankle balmoral boot I'll be all set wink.gif
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Originally Posted by jet-stream View Post

These were originally seconds, due to poor finishing on the wheeled edge of the sole and the right toe cap. The toe cap is a bit too far forward on the outside of the right shoe; it initially bothered me but isn't that obvious (can't really tell in the photo above), and if I notice it in the future I'll associate it with saving like $400.

Hmmmm .... Crime of opportunity here, but how do your CJs for compared to AEs? I'm specifically thinking the Edgware, could compare to pretty much any AE shoe you choose, but Hopkinson would work. Edgwares are in my list since I can't fit a Cornwallis.

Edited for typo.

I would caution you against stepping up to higher tier brands like CJ, especially if you enjoy your AEs. If you once balked at paying 300$ for first quality, soon you'll be quite comfortable dropping 5 or 6 bills at a clip, and you'll justify it by telling yourself how much nicer the sole edge finishing and stitching is on English brands than AE or Alden (which it is, but who the hell is gonna notice!!). And once you've finally purchased your first pair of Edward Greens or John Lobbs, you'll look at yourself in the mirror with disgust and say "my God, what have I done?" And two days later, find yourself back on the Leffot or Skoak web site daydreaming about the next order.

And be EXTRA careful not to fall prey to the Bonafe or Vass MTO addiction. It's as addicting as the old AE MTO program used to be, only vastly more lethal for your savings.

Having said all this, you can get stock Crockett models from pediwear for around $400 VAT free. Compared to $385 retail for AE and $535 retail for Alden calf, it's a no brainer!

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Originally Posted by 22busy View Post

I use saddle soap on my black McTavish and just brush. I use leather lotion on my black hills. Seems to work okay.

Thanks @coolarrow about the swims. I thought about picking up some totes on sale at JAB for $25, but I worried about marking my shoes. Nice to know about the felt lining on the swims. May be worth the extra $.

I should definitely look into those. My shoes have never been marked up by my Tingkeys, but the finish often gets smudged.
Edited by peppercorn78 - 2/27/16 at 6:09am
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eBay pickup. $51 shipped.

My first pair in this color, so I need polish. Is there a particular name I need to look for, or would it be just "brown"?
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