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Aren't those the Shaker Heights?


Right, sorry -- I need to post when I'm not distracted.

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Have any of you guys ever had a belt cut so that it would fit?  How much should I expect to pay for this service, and did it work out well for you?

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Have any of you guys ever had a belt cut so that it would fit?  How much should I expect to pay for this service, and did it work out well for you?


Guarded Goods will sell (probably just make it to order) a belt in half inch increments, $95.  Just measure according to the instructions and choose from the pull down menu.  They used to have shell cordovan (more money), but have sold out.

 

They do have Natural CXL Horsehide which seems interesting.

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I agree with Ace; I love the black cherry color and that's an enviable price point.
I still haven't, but now I really want to. You've shined those beautifully.
The welt is just where the two ends meet, nothing to worry about and common with Alden as well as AE. The crinkling, as you term it, is not uncommon with cxl, but you could always send a picture to AE CS and ask if it's within spec for firsts and see if they offer a discount or exchange.

Thanks, Park Ave is a beautiful shoe. Now I am looking to get either a Walnut Strand or Walnut Fifth Ave.
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Although I have watched a number of videos on making leather, I only recently saw this piece on creating shell cordovan at the Horween factory. Enjoy it if it is new to you as well.



Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan from Horween Leather on Vimeo.


Great vid! thanks for sharing..
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To me there is a difference - and I think a qualitative difference - between a leather being prone to wrinkle once worn, eg CXL, and leather cut from the belly and already wrinkled when the boot leaves the factory.

The shoes pictured up thread leading to this discussion were brand new and, IIRC, sold as firsts. In my experience, "good" CXL doesn't look like that new. I've heavily worn my two pair of Maritimes (firsts) and my Long Branches and Clark Streets (seconds) for over a year and none of them have that fat belly look.

But PC is right, AE figures most people won't mind for a casual boot such as the HM and I imagine they're right. My Dublin Sauk Drives arrived that way. I decided to keep them. For what they are and for how I use them, they're fine.

 

This is exactly how I feel. I'm fine with the boots getting beat up as I wear them and break them in, hell I'm fine with them coming in the box with some scuffs and scratches. But it just looked strange to me that a single piece of leather on one of the boots was all wrinkled. It looked out of place, seeing as how the rest of the boot (and the other boot) were fine.

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Once again, the customer service at AE is excellent. I stopped by my local store on the way back from work earlier this afternoon and showed them a picture of the crinkled leather on my pair of HMs. They brought out another pair in my size that we looked at, and then they told me to bring mine in and they'd exchange them. Being the barn weasel that I am, I went home and grabbed them and went right back to AE. Of course, someone had purchased the only pair they had in my size while I was gone! They said they'd put in an order to make a new pair and put a special note on the order to make sure the leather didn't have any wrinkles in it ("fat wrinkles" they called them.) So once again, had a great experience at AE. Everyone I've met at the store on Michigan Avenue has been great, and I have never had a negative experience there.


Although some people aren't too keen on naturally occurring fat wrinkles in shoes there are other people who search out hides with large amounts of naturally occurring fat wrinkles to use to upholster their furniture on either the theory of the old wives tale that leather with fat wrinkles holds up better and lasts longer or that people seeing the fat wrinkles in your furniture will have no doubt that it is real leather.

I looked through a stack of hides to find this leather (and I thank all those who return A-E shoes with fat wrinkles because I can then buy them from eBay Seller Dabondo).

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Haven't been online in a bit, so maybe this is old news to you folks.

 

Suede Strandmok 2.0 is down to $127 on the Shoebank. That seems ridiculously cheap, but I guess they want to clear inventory before Fall is in full swing. 

 

Wish full suede was my thing, but I'm just not that into it. Maybe someday it will click with me. Plus, I already blew my available funds on the Higgins Mill recently. No regrets. None.

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Back in the Madison Parks sporting something of a nautical look for Tuesday's "Cheap Clothes, Expensive Shoes." Need a belt or two so I can put my unworn pairs into service. Or I need to break my rule about belts.
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Following in the wardrobe footsteps of @St Hubbins today... short wing bluchers and navy/grey chinos.

 

My daily @dapkicks pic: (Click to show)
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My attempt at one of the watches/shoes poses:
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Verona II's with a Mido Belluna II (apparently, I like sequels). Also, J Crew suit and RL shirt.
Edited by orange fury - 9/6/16 at 10:46am
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I've been taking a break from this thread lately (funny how much less I have thought about buying shoes).

 

I received a catalog over the weekend with a $50 coupon on the front, which I'm sure most of you also received. If you didn't, though, I would be glad to share the code with you. Send me a PM, and follow up if I am slow to respond. I think it's good until 9/26, but I won't hang on to it forever.

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95 degrees today calls for my Codys.

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I really have to roll my eyes at all the people complaining about AE QC with fat wrinkles in CXL... Good thing you guys don't buy Alden, because you'd get the same or worse, with no CS (they'd tell you it's perfectly normal), and you'd have paid twice (or more) what a Higgins Mill costs.

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I really have to roll my eyes at all the people complaining about AE QC with fat wrinkles in CXL... Good thing you guys don't buy Alden, because you'd get the same or worse, with no CS (they'd tell you it's perfectly normal), and you'd have paid twice (or more) what a Higgins Mill costs.


Which might lead some to wonder about anyone who wants lots of marbling in his steaks but no fat wrinkles in his shoes.

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