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Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread 2016 - News, Pictures, Sizing, Accessories, Clothing, etc - Page 89post #1321 of 176703/2/16 at 8:38ampost #1322 of 176703/2/16 at 8:48ampost #1323 of 176703/2/16 at 8:54am
Am I the only one who doesn't like the Independence Line? I have a pair of Williams in dark brown and they are my least favorite pair of AE I own. The leather is soft, but that causes it to crease a lot. Additionally, I find the double oak sole to be extremely uncomfortable. I guess I need to list them on the 'bay. 9D if anyone is interested.post #1324 of 176703/2/16 at 8:54ampost #1325 of 176703/2/16 at 8:59amQuote:Originally Posted by alexnb
Just got the new suede Strandmok 2.0 in "saddle" suede in and wanted to share the pictures. I was very excited about this shoe, because I've been looking for an oxford in suede that comes in narrow, and there finally is one.
In your photos the "Saddle" color looks lighter than in those at AE. Would you say your pictures give an accurate impression of the color of these shoes?post #1326 of 176703/2/16 at 9:06am
My Bartlett's ( 2nds) arrived from Paramus. Love the way they feel. Thanks to Alyssa on 44th street for putting up with my sizing requests with a smile. My magnifying glass perusal noticed some uneven stitching where the inside lining meets the outside calf skin, around the ankle/heel. Without the glass, I could find little else, if anything wrong with these shoes. For $330 something with no tax and free shipping, it was a no-brainer. ( I however, did take them off before retiring for the night!)
Also, light brown Saphir Creme Polish arrived today, so, I'll be working on those tiger stripes and uneven burnishing ( Bourbon Strands), following a previous poster's suggestion. Maiden voyages soon to be taken on 3 pair, once the snow finally subsides. ( Walnut Fifths, Dark Brown Patriots, and those Bartletts..all seconds!) Phew! ( I've been one of the order for 20+ years without even knowing! Perhaps I'll be Knighted!)
post #1327 of 176703/2/16 at 9:09amQuote:
I'd say the photos are pretty accurate. The shoes may be just the tiniest bit darker in real life (the flash added a little light I suppose)... but it's pretty accurate. They are not a dark brown like the Snuff Dundees.post #1328 of 176703/2/16 at 9:20amQuote:Originally Posted by FaRKle
Quote:Originally Posted by smfdoc
Chili leather wraps the feet
I smile with new style
I love the Rutledge!
Was Chili color standard?
New Haikus weekly?
Thanks. This shoe was said to be walnut, but it sure looks chili to me. Not sure if it is darkened by the previous owner or not. As for Haikus, a definite maybe. I do not write them muchpost #1329 of 176703/2/16 at 9:24amQuote:
Thanks! Would you say the AE photos make this color look darker than they actually are? I wasn't much interested upon seeing the color there but your photos changed my mind.post #1330 of 176703/2/16 at 9:35amQuote:
Maybe a little darker. I mean the problem is the AE photos are on a pure white background, which changes the relative color of the shoes.
Bottom line is my photos are accurate as to the color of the shoes.
Can always return them for free if you don't like them.post #1331 of 176703/2/16 at 9:54am@middlepP I found those Mojave at BCF also - good looking style but decided to pass. For me they were identical to the Gobi except for the sole. Same really large fit with a ton of volume. Crepe sole was very comfortable but provided little support (then again this is from mini-lug sole's biggest fan). If you have the Gobi id say the original Mojave is redundant.post #1332 of 176703/2/16 at 10:38amQuote:Originally Posted by redmusic1
Firstly, nice patina on the Delray.
Secondly, what you say is true. I stand corrected to some degree, as the pigment in the cream (and to a lesser extent polish) can in fact slowly dye the leather over time. Additionally, polish and conditioner have an abrasive that will remove the darker burnishing over a long period time with brushing, and the lighter polish will fill in more worn areas with the new color, thus working to lighten the shoe over time as well. My primary issue is with the use of "just" when referring to the lightening of a shoe's color. A consistent use of a lighter shoe cream can indeed work to lighten the shoes color, but not to the extent that I would ever recommend buying a darker shoe several shades lighter than the actual color I desire. I must appreciate the color as is, even if I panned on seeing it lighten a bit over time. And I certainly wouldn't bank on being able to get back to the leather's original color prior to having been burnished, which seems to be what the OP suggested.
Also, I'd be interested in seeing how different the Delray looked completely stripped down at this point. Not that I'm suggesting you do so, but if you ever do strip the Delray, let me know the difference. I would be curious to know if it was visibly more than a half shade darker underneath.
Good question. I have no immediate plans to strip down the Delray but the attached pic might provide a partial answer. You can see the variation between the leather hidden by the tongue and the leather that's been exposed to the sun. I probably used conditioner on the tongues ~20% of the time.
Agreed on your point of not buying dark shoes and expecting to be able to get a lighter shade. I have to like a shoe's original shade in order to buy it but I do enjoy thinking about what it could look like and guiding the development of its patina.
That is the Wendell.post #1333 of 176703/2/16 at 10:42amBlack Park Avenue for a funeral today. These have been consigned to 'wedding, funeral and interview' duty and are stored on a high shelf in my closet. Each time I reach for them I wish I had opportunity to wear them more often. I rarely wear suits anymore and even my odd jackets are on the casual side. I sometimes think of pairing them with my navy blazer but then the 'mall cop' image comes to mind.post #1334 of 176703/2/16 at 11:32ampost #1335 of 176703/2/16 at 11:43am
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