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My trip last week with my HM's was great for some initial break in, at least of the boots...

Both my ankles have cuts on the outside where they contact the cuff of the boots.

Any tips for as less medieval break in?
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Thanks guys. You're helping me lean towards keeping them. It doesn't show up in the picture much, but when looking closely at the shoe, you can see the brush strokes of the black polish. Would that bother you? Also it almost seems like a dirty walnut shoe. Should I polish them before wearing to "clean them up" a bit? If so, how do I polish these?

 

That is called tiger stripping, which is usually the reason why a bourbon pair hits the bank.  Yours don't seem to be too bad.  It's fixable if you are good with the polish, but with yours I might just let them ride.

 

Here are my McAllisters from the bank after I worked on them a bit.  I wish i had a before pic to show you for comparison purposes.

 

 

 

Here is an earlier pic.

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@MattRiv you are correct my friend. Everything in my closet was bar laced at one point, including my desert boots with two eyelets. One day I'll go back to bar lacing but criss cross works so much better fit wise and comfort wise for now
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Feels like fall?! Time to pull out the Shakers! Especially since temps will be back up near 90 by the end of the week.

 

My daily @dapkicks pic: (Click to show)
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That is called tiger stripping, which is usually the reason why a bourbon pair hits the bank.  Yours don't seem to be too bad.  It's fixable if you are good with the polish, but with yours I might just let them ride.

Here are my McAllisters from the bank after I worked on them a bit.  I wish i had a before pic to show you for comparison purposes.





Here is an earlier pic.


Yours look great! Can you give me some basic guidance on your polish routine for these?
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Thanks guys. You're helping me lean towards keeping them. It doesn't show up in the picture much, but when looking closely at the shoe, you can see the brush strokes of the black polish. Would that bother you? Also it almost seems like a dirty walnut shoe. Should I polish them before wearing to "clean them up" a bit? If so, how do I polish these?


You're welcome.

If you look at the tongue, you will see it is walnut because your shoes were walnut before getting polished on the black polishing wheel.  Your shoes will change color every time you polish them.  I usually use AE neutral or Kiwi tan and use my black, rather than my tan, brush and polishing cloth.

Everyone has their own ways of caring for their bourbon shoes.

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Merlot Strands and a slightly toned down combination for Tuesday.
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My trip last week with my HM's was great for some initial break in, at least of the boots...

Both my ankles have cuts on the outside where they contact the cuff of the boots.

Any tips for as less medieval break in?

I'm having the same issue today on my first wear. I have the same issue with my First Avenues as well. Everything fits fine but rubs bad on my shins/ankles.  Not really sure how to go about making them more comfortable.

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Picked these up from the shoe bank. What's the consensus on bourbon? I can't decide if it's a rich golden brown color or a diarrhea color (sorry but that's what came to mind).

lol, now I'm going to think of that when I see the color.  Thanks.  

 

To be serious, bourbon varies a lot.  Check out Orange Fury's Strands to see perfect bourbon.  I think it's a really nice color when its done right, but it can look weird when its off.  It's less forgiving than other colors like walnut and oxblood.

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Originally Posted by JLC2 View Post

My trip last week with my HM's was great for some initial break in, at least of the boots...

Both my ankles have cuts on the outside where they contact the cuff of the boots.

Any tips for as less medieval break in?

www.thorlo.com

Thorlo boot socks. Try sierra trading post, they sell irregulars for much less. To be honest, I haven't found any flaws in sny irregulars I've ever bought, but even so thats plenty good for breakin.

They also breathe much better than cotton. My cotton socks would be soaked after a day of wearing, but the Thorlos stay quite dry.
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So, you are out shopping at the local Nordstrom Rack for a bargain on some AE shoes and upon returning home find your wife has flipped out and set fire to your closet. You only have time to rush in to said smoke filled closet and rescue two pairs, consigning the remainder to the flames of marital discord. Which two do you save? There is no correct answer as everyone has different shoes and needs. For me, it would be a black shell LWB and #8 PTB.

The horror! If we're talking AE specific, I'd have to grab a pair of black park avenues and my burgundy/mahogany Daltons in dainite. I have to wear a suit just about every day, and I think that rotation could conceivably cover all my bases. The Dalton may not be ideal for suits, but it works in a pinch and could perform double duty with nice slacks and jeans.
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Yours look great! Can you give me some basic guidance on your polish routine for these?

 

 

I try not to mess with them unless I have to.  In these of this pair, I completely stripped the finish off the entire front of the shoe and slowly and carefully blended in some black meltonian cream to even out the stripes and darken the shoe to look like the other one.  Then I added some black wax in small amounts to finish it off.  I do not recommend this unless you have a lot of experience with shining shoes and the bourbon color in general as you are basically recreating the finish that AE makes in the factory.

 

For general maintenance, I would recommend using the AE bourbon polish and neutral or black wax depending on what you're trying to do with the shoe.  Do not, under any circumstance, use the AE conditioner/cleaner unless you want to remove the factory finish.

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Originally Posted by jjtitus View Post
 

I'm having the same issue today on my first wear. I have the same issue with my First Avenues as well. Everything fits fine but rubs bad on my shins/ankles.  Not really sure how to go about making them more comfortable.

 

For the first few wears, I always COAT the insides of my boots with some type of conditioner (leather lotion, Bick 4, etc). That, and thicker-than-you-would-normally-wear socks for the first few wears. This helps me break in the shaft and usually eliminates any squeaking issues as well.

 

Speaking of squeaks... Thought my Shakers were squeaking this morning. After a some true detective work, turns out it is my Hrothgar Stibbon belt. Guess that needs to be conditioned tonight...

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Freaking pissed- scratched the toe of my merlot McAllisters on a metal piece that I didn't realize was on my desk:
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Is the best option for this to just polish the heck out of it?
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