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I am not sure about the sizes. The site says they run small.

 

Personally, I don't want a lot of tension in my shoes.  I think the people who are saying they run small aren't realizing that is the intended design and proper function.

 

I'm a 11.5/12 and my Epics are XL's - they aren't huge in the shoes - they don't put a lot of pressure at the heel and fill the vamp/toe very well.

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i like the way u describe the colors. need me some oxblood!
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@farkle Wow, those both look amazing!
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As you suggest, whether that product is good for the shoes in the long term is one thing - but the shine on those looks absolutely stunning.

Thank you. I do not wish to compromise these shoes in the long term, so I will not be revisiting the Parade Gloss until right before the event. Hopefully two specific instances of PG use will not compromise the leather too badly.
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Those will look great with a tux

Thank you as well.

After a bit more brushing and finishing with a buffing cloth, I brought the shoes outside to inspect them in the sun. They look good for a trial run and I again thank the fine participants of this thread for their invaluable advice. I also shot them next to the only instance of black shell that I own to see the difference in lustre, which seemed minimal.





I will be researching the best way to further gloss these out before the event. A military friend suggested I run a lighter over the shoes to heat the wax, and I'll research this procedure but likely do the best I can without adding fire. rotflmao.gif

Have a great evening, all!
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@FaRKle those bayfields and Dundees are really fabulous!! Wear in good health, my friend!
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Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread 2016 - News, Pictures, Sizing, Accessories,...

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Hey folks - so the folks that said me sticking at 6 pairs was naive were absolutely correct. Need some help picking my next 3-4 purchases. Here's what I have:

Black:
Hopkinsons

Walnut:
Madison Park wing tips
Carlyles
Rogues
First Ave Boots

Oxblood:
Daltons

Burnished Brown;
First Ave boots

I'm leaning towards the following:
Carlyle and/or Park Ave in Oxblood
Brown and/or Black Mcallister

Keep in mind my office is business casual so most days are chinos or slacks with a dress shirt and occasional tie. I'll throw on a suit a few times a month just because, which is why I only have one pair of black shoes. I've upped my cap to no more than 12 pairs due to closet space. I also have a pair of black rogues I was going return.

Why are you returning the black rogues? In a BC environment black rogues work with a suit or with slacks and tie. IJS .....


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Those pictures remind me why I love the black park ave. It is neither flashy nor attention-seeking, and makes no apology for it. That understated elegance makes it, for me, the quintessential American dress shoe. I think I'm gonna wear mine tomorrow.
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Why are you returning the black rogues? In a BC environment black rogues work with a suit or with slacks and tie. IJS .....
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I may end up keeping them. For the 180 I paid there's nothing close for a black less formal shoe. I just don't know how often I'll wear them as I prefer to wear brown most days and with jeans as well.
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Originally Posted by M635Guy View Post

Personally, I don't want a lot of tension in my shoes.  I think the people who are saying they run small aren't realizing that is the intended design and proper function.

I'm a 11.5/12 and my Epics are XL's - they aren't huge in the shoes - they don't put a lot of pressure at the heel and fill the vamp/toe very well.
That is a good point M365. We are not trying to stretch our shoes, just help them maintain their shape
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Did I never notice, or did AE just raise all $385 shoes to $395?
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Did I never notice, or did AE just raise all $385 shoes to $395?
Yes. And boots went up $20.
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Has anyone had experience with calf leather not being smooth, but somewhat rough/coarse? Is this something that might go away over time? I picked up a pair of Mcgregors and I feel the roughness when I slide my fingers over the vamp and toe area. The rest of the shoe feels fine. I am a bit concerned that it may not take polish/shine well.
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Yes. And boots went up $20.

This is a shame, I've been looking at some first avenues or daltons for a while, but was having trouble justifying the price already.
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Originally Posted by NorseHorse View Post

Hey folks - so the folks that said me sticking at 6 pairs was naive were absolutely correct. Need some help picking my next 3-4 purchases. Here's what I have:

Black:
Hopkinsons

Walnut:
Madison Park wing tips
Carlyles
Rogues
First Ave Boots

Oxblood:
Daltons

Burnished Brown;
First Ave boots

I'm leaning towards the following:
Carlyle and/or Park Ave in Oxblood
Brown and/or Black Mcallister

Keep in mind my office is business casual so most days are chinos or slacks with a dress shirt and occasional tie. I'll throw on a suit a few times a month just because, which is why I only have one pair of black shoes. I've upped my cap to no more than 12 pairs due to closet space. I also have a pair of black rogues I was going return.


IMO, I think you have the workplace well covered.  Maybe you should consider a pair for other activities.   If you can find a pair of McTavish (Cognac would be my first choice) on ShoeBank, or picking up a Dundee (perhaps in Snuff or Loden suede).  I also think a McAllister in Merlot over the Black may be a bit more interesting.

 

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Hey guys, so I'm looking into getting a pair of boots, would you suggest the Normandy or the Sturgis? Thanks in advance.
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I decided to hit my Park Aves with two light coats of Kiwi Parade Gloss, followed by a light spritzing of water and vigorous brushing.

I am very well aware of the controversy surrounding the silicone that Parade Gloss uses to glaze the leather, and that this can be a detrimental product to use, or at least continue to use for any amount of time, but I wanted to see for myself how much shine I could eke out with the product. I have a black tie wedding coming up, and while I am debating a pair of Carmina black shell wholecuts, I am also considering a pair of Shoebank Carlyles and running them through the Parade Gloss procedure in order to save money.

This is a pair of $50 Ebay-sourced Park Aves that I purchased simply to have a cap-toe balmoral in the closet, and that I have worn twice in the years that I have owned them. Given the circumstances (funerals), neither event was a particularly joyful occasion. frown.gif







The resulting gloss and reflectivity is definitely enhanced over my best results using traditional polishes, but the Parade Gloss did smell like either Goof Off or Nevr-Dull, so some serious chemicals were likely at work. I would have no problem believing that this product is caustic to use longterm on quality leather.

These pics are from yesterday immediately following the initial polishing. I've continued to brush them sporadically and the gloss has perceptively increased. While I do not think it quite matches the hammering reflections of either black shell or patent leather, and likely due to poor technique since I've seen mirror shines result from this product in Internet photos, I do think a Carlyle that has been similarly polished would be acceptable for black tie.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend, as always. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

 

These shoes would also be acceptable for a black-tie event.

 

Agreed.  No one but the strictest traditionalist would have an issue with that.  Down here, I see people pair beat-up loafers with formal wear.  For my part, I wear my black shell Rutledges (MTO):

 

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