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post #13546 of 17586

Srsly? A good polish and you'd hardly notice that itty bitty scratch.

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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.

 

This  is really tough.  Right now, it would be my merlot Park Aves and bourbon Carlyles.  Both of those fit me well and are extinct. 

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Originally Posted by smfdoc View Post

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.
I'd probably just cuddle with all my oxblood and burn with them. *insert violin music*
post #13549 of 17586
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Is the best option for this to just polish the heck out of it?

 

Brush and polish. Eventually you won't even see it or remember that it was there.

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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?

Yeah, use a few applications of a good cream polish with some pigment in it. Then go over it with some wax polish. You'll barely even see it.
post #13551 of 17586
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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?

That blows.

 

I would condition, hit it with some merlot cream and then fill in with burgundy wax.  On such a dark shoe, it should fill in just fine.  That's precisely why I put a wax protective shine on a shoe pretty much out of the box.

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Looking great! Would love to see a pic in outdoor indirect light. Mine have darkened quite a bit. Have yours?

 

Haven't had a chance to take a pic, though I will say that while it feels like the color of mine had become more deeper or more rich, I don't have any evidence of a change. The tongues of mine seem to be consistent with the rest of the vamp and the rest of the shoe. I wouldn't be surprised if the color hasn't actually changed much, as I really haven't worn mine much at all. I think that's going to change, though. I couldn't help but constantly admire them when I was wearing them the other day. That seems to happen whenever I wear either those or my Strands anymore...

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Originally Posted by smfdoc View Post

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.

Hmmm ... my head says grab the black PAs and dark chili Bleecker Streets. I might reach for the navy suede Dundees instead of the PAs. The Dundees would go with a wider variety of stuff I wear most often and the PAs are probably easier to replace. Then again if replacement difficulty is the criteria, it would have to be the Ritz (opera pumps).
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Thank you, and everyone else, for your opinions. Keep them coming. You have already given me much to ponder. I have been wanting to buy "Dressing The Man" for a while now, and maybe this is the right time to do so.

From the pictures online at least, the Madison fit suits always looked a bit too generously proportioned to my eye. Perhaps that is because I need a bit more education on the matter. My goal would be to have the elegant appearance of a Cary Grant or a Fred Astaire rather than a Neil Patrick Harris in a Heineken commercial or a Chris Hardwick. That is to say, not too trendy but still flattering to my modest physique.

How much time/effort do you want to put into this? With Brooks Brothers, you're going to get known materials/construction methods and will be able to find classic colors/patterns for your intended use. You can try on different cuts/sizes and they have onsite tailoring, which you will need for any off the rack suit. It may not be the best value but it's no rip off either and it's probably the path of least resistance. For a little more hassle but better potential value, you could check out Nordstrom's Rack. You still get to try it on and they have onsite alterations. I agree with those who've stated the best value will be from online retailers (or re-sellers). The problem is you really need to know your fit and are taking a risk on things like color, drape, etc. Photos and measurements can only tell you so much.

On a related note, if you think this may be the start of buying more suits (or even odd jackets), you'll definitely want to find a good alterations tailor. It typically takes a few projects to develop a good mutual understanding but it's well worth it. My tailor has turned many a thrift find into something that looks like it cost several hundred dollars. He's also warned me off of projects that would be a waste of time and money.
post #13555 of 17586
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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?

 

They are quite stiff.  My ankles were sore in same area for a few wears, skipping the top lace hooks helped.

post #13556 of 17586
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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?


I'm sorry to say, but that damage is beyond repair. Send them to me and I'll dispose of them for you.

post #13557 of 17586

Wearing my MTO MacGillicuddys today.........


(MTO Horween English Tan Dublin Leather MacAllisters with Danite soles, split reverse welts, brass eyelets, and flat laces.  Since there is no A-E name for this, I call them MacGillicuddys, which older members might remember was Lucy Ricardo's maiden name.)

post #13558 of 17586

Hey Higgins Mill owners, I have a question for you.

 

I don't treat my Long Brach CXL boots with anything. I just condition them periodically with leather lotion and occasionally add some saddle soap. Never had any issues with anything water related.

 

I'm assuming the Higgins Mill CXL is the same sort of process, although I'm probably not going to go the saddle soap route on these, considering AE doesn't recommend it on their product care page. However, there's the issue of the suede tongue. Now, most of the tongue is covered with laces and the lace stay/eyelets. Additionally, my pant leg is covering the majority of it. I would assume that the suede is mostly protected from the elements. But, I've made bad assumptions in the past. Are any of you treating the suede with any kind of protectant with winter coming up? I'm a total suede noob, so I'm not sure if there's anything I need to do to it moving forward.

 

Holla back, yo.

post #13559 of 17586

I'm looking to pick up the First Avenue (201) and the Dundee (511), can I get a recommendation for sizing based on the below?

 

My brannock is 9.5D, but the only AE I own are both Strands, Walnut in 9EEE and Bourbon in 9E. Of the two, the 9EEE are the easiest to wear, the 9E are snug/fine but that v-gap, otherwise no slipping or tight spots in either. Before I settled on 9's, I did try 9.5 but it was too long and I think I'd have ended up with some nasty toe creasing. Fwiw, there's enough room at the front of both 9's, that I'd consider dropping to a 8.5EEE on the next 65 last purchase.

 

Wearing the 9E Bourbons today.  \:D/

post #13560 of 17586
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Originally Posted by smfdoc View Post

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.

 

Thanks for the laugh!

 

I would have to go with my Bourbon Fifth Avenues and Snuff Suede Fullertons because replacing them would be difficult if not impossible. The rest can be replaced with an exact match or something close enough.

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