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Originally Posted by JLC2 View Post

I don't know if I have bad luck or am just to picky.



I've worn my blue neumoks twice now and the leather is cracking around the front of the left shoe. They've never been wet, I haven't used any polish on them. Is this just what happens to rough collection leather?



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I'd call and talk to their customer service, send those pix (and more) and see what they say. Hard to tell.
post #10952 of 17828
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Originally Posted by M635Guy 
I'd call and talk to their customer service, send those pix (and more) and see what they say. Hard to tell.

Will do. In person it looks "scaly".

They fit great, but if these cracks start to peel/flake off, the shoes won't last long at all.
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Originally Posted by ace13x View Post
 


Bickmore Bick 4 is available on Amazon.  Its a bit harder to find in a brick and mortar location, but try sporting goods people like to use it to break in baseball gloves, (possibly Ace Hardware also).

 

Lexol is much easier to find.  You can get it at just about any auto parts chain store (Pep Boys, AutoZone, Strauss etc) and Walmart (check the auto section).  I also think I've seen it in supermarkets.

 

Venetian Shoe Cream you can order online directly from them, a cobbler may also carry it.  You can get it in a small bottle for like $7.50 directly from C.A. Zoes, or you can buy a gallon from other places for like around $25.  The gallon would last all but @mdubs and a few other SF'ers a lifetime. 

 

Edit: The large VSC is a quart not a gallon and its around $14 not $25.

So Venetian Shoe Cream (Neutral) will work well on a pair of allen edmonds cordovan shell macneil (cordovan/burgundy color?) Didn't they say not to use nuetral colors on it? or is that only for the polishing?

post #10954 of 17828
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Originally Posted by M635Guy View Post

Well, the #filthybarnweasel answer is the time to buy is now... 

In all seriousness, here's the thing - how much are you bumming about missing the McTavish?  If the Rush St. rises to that level of desire, you should think about the fact that getting a pair later is tough.  Not impossible, but tough for what I'm guessing wasn't a high-volume shoe.  

But if it is that you just like them, I'd wait for a pair that winks at you.  Right now for me that is the Academy in natty cxl, but I've got Truman Marrone Horsehide derbys and Alden tobacco chamois LWB's on order, and they're making it really hard to justify another pair of anything...

I'm actually more of a wingtip guy lol but I like the Rush Street because of the cxl leather and dainite sole. I also like the Neumok 2.0 in brown kudu, navy cxl and red cxl. I might just wait to see if they go on sale for a good price during the RDA Sale. If they're at a good price than I'll snag a pair of Neumoks instead.
post #10955 of 17828
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Originally Posted by Lobster33 View Post

I mostly shop at outlet malls.  I go to Banana Republic, Gap, wherever has the non-logo, cheap shirts.  I will say that Banana Republics shirts are not built to last.   I usually find Old Navy too casual and bright, but sometimes I find something there that I like.  J Crew is nice, but usually too expensive.  Funny that I say that after all the AE shoes I bought this last year.   But with AE shoes, I know they will last at least 10 years.

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I like Brooks Brothers and Nordstroms and sometimes Dillards.

I'm also a big fan of BB and Nordstrom non-iron. BB is cut generously (even the slim cut) but since I'm muscular mixed with fat it works for me.

Oddly enough, years ago Costco was selling Kirkland wool trousers that were great for the money ($50 or so). They seem to have gone a bit downhill in recently though.
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Wow, lots of people here today and tonight.  Wonder why this place is so busy.

post #10957 of 17828
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Originally Posted by DustinM View Post



I'm also a big fan of BB and Nordstrom non-iron. BB is cut generously (even the slim cut) but since I'm muscular mixed with fat it works for me.

Oddly enough, years ago Costco was selling Kirkland wool trousers that were great for the money ($50 or so). They seem to have gone a bit downhill in recently though.


I really like JosABank Traveler shirts. 

post #10958 of 17828
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Originally Posted by SLCRich View Post

Non shoe related...where do you shop for clothes? Mall or MTM or (jealous if so) bespoke? I'm trying to expand my knowledge on clothing in general. I pretty much destroyed Banana Republic on their last few 50% off sales and I'm happy with it BUT there's always something slightly off on the fit with off the rack clothing for me. So gentleman, school me please

Gap, BR, Ralph lauren or anywhere else that has sales. Then I take it to my tailor. Nothing high end since my tailor just gonna end up cutting it up

post #10959 of 17828
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Originally Posted by SLCRich View Post

Non shoe related...where do you shop for clothes? Mall or MTM or (jealous if so) bespoke? I'm trying to expand my knowledge on clothing in general. I pretty much destroyed Banana Republic on their last few 50% off sales and I'm happy with it BUT there's always something slightly off on the fit with off the rack clothing for me. So gentleman, school me please

My build is kinda hard to fit, so I've been going for mostly MTO stuff these days. Chinos and jeans from Gustin, trousers, a few sport coats, and individualized shirt from Epaulet (during their Ends for friends promotions). Kamakura New Yorl fit shirts also work for me.

Polos and tees from JCrew or Banana or wherever.
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Originally Posted by JLC2 View Post

I don't know if I have bad luck or am just to picky.

I've worn my blue neumoks twice now and the leather is cracking around the front of the left shoe. They've never been wet, I haven't used any polish on them. Is this just what happens to rough collection leather?

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Try some conditioner and see if that helps. If not, call the CAC.
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Originally Posted by smfdoc View Post

Cross post from the vintage shoe thread. Ordering shoes in 2016 is a breeze. We pick up the phone or place the order via email or directly purchase off the website. It wasn't always so easy and the catalogs shed a little light on ordering shoes in those bygone days. For example Allen Edmonds was proudly advertising their new answering machine in 1970. It offered the ability to leave a message on the weekend or in the evening when one wanted to save money by calling in the evening.

 

 

The answering machine was actually a tremendous breakthrough, as evidenced by the 1960 AE catalog. The back page of the catalog provided a handy Telegraphic Code sheet to be used when one wished to call Western Union and send AE a telegram to order those shoes.

 

 

Each shoe in the catalog was assigned a code name. For example, the Mac Gregor in black was code named Hamburg and the Briar Scotch Grain was code named the Harlem. This is seen in example 1. Each length and width was also given a code name. My 11 EEE size was code named Gill. So I could tell Agnes from the Steno pool, "Send Allen Edmonds a telegram that says 'Harlem Gill Yellow'" and they would know to send my 11 EEE Mac Gregor shoes Parcel Post COD. This was the final days of such ordering as the code sheet was no longer seen in the 1964 catalog.


Thanks for sharing this! Really interesting.
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Originally Posted by firefit View Post

So Venetian Shoe Cream (Neutral) will work well on a pair of allen edmonds cordovan shell macneil (cordovan/burgundy color?) Didn't they say not to use nuetral colors on it? or is that only for the polishing?

I highly recommend reading @mdubs web site blog: www.aldenofsandiego.com

It's got a great section on cordovan care.
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These look like shell PAs to anyone else?
post #10961 of 17828
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Originally Posted by Lobster33 View Post

Wow, lots of people here today and tonight.  Wonder why this place is so busy.

We blew our Friday night going-out budget on shoes.
post #10962 of 17828
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Originally Posted by RichieP View Post


We blew our Friday night going-out budget on shoes.


Where do you go on Friday nights?  My Friday night going-out budget would buy slightly less than four pairs of 30" shoelaces.

post #10963 of 17828
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Originally Posted by Amercs View Post


These look like shell PAs to anyone else?


They do look like shell.  The roles are typical shell cordovan.

post #10964 of 17828
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Originally Posted by orange fury View Post

Innaugural run of the new Verona II's today. Wearing these with a suit, I kind of feel like I'm on 1980's Wall Street- and I'm pretty okay with that:
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Super, super comfortable too

How did you size these vs your normal size?
post #10965 of 17828
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Originally Posted by DustinM View Post

How did you size these vs your normal size?

I got my normal size- all my AE's are 10.5 D, and they all seem to work for me (except the 606 last, which I've talked about here before). These fit like a glove- easily my most comfortable shoes out of the box.

As an aside, the only shoe that I own that I have issues with on sizing is my suede Cavanaughs- there's quite a bit of heel slip, but in fairness I've only worn them once, so I imagine/hope that will be corrected as they break in.
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