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post #14416 of 17593
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Originally Posted by jet-stream View Post
 

OK weasels - assuming the trunk show rumors are true, and that natural shell is an included option, I may have a decision to make.  I was leaning toward a Navy Carlyle (see awesomeness in previous post), but natural shell is tempting as well.  The issue is that I don't have a ready-made target for it.  The strand in @polojock615 's photo above is awesome but would be fairly redundant to my walnut strand (I could sell the latter, I suppose).  The Dundee is a *natural* fit (see above or @peppercorn78's iconic photos), but chukkas are not for me.  That leaves the field open . . I could see something like a First Avenue, but I may not get as much mileage out of a boot.  What I'm thinking a bit about is a natural shell Mora - it's casual enough to pair with jeans, is clean enough to show off the natty shell, and is on a last that fits me well.  Has anyone done this?  How did it turn out?  Any other thoughts?  Thanks all!

I'm thinking natty Mora or St. Johns myself.

post #14417 of 17593
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Originally Posted by jet-stream View Post
  Warning: More beautiful but irrelevant (to my question) shell (Click to show)

 

 

Polojock, how do you like the navy shell Carlyle?  I'm thinking hard about having a pair made during the trunk show . . . I'm reasonably certain I would wear the hell out of these.  Blue has been on my list for a while, but the midnight offerings were a bit too dark.  My initial leaning with navy shell was a 5th Avenue, but the more I think about it, the Carlyle seems like the right move - a more expansive vamp to show the roll.  Your photos (along with one other member - @Burzan perhaps?) persuaded me.  Plus, the 108 is a good match for my foot.

 

Do you wear yours much?  You said you don't recommend the green McG, but any misgivings on the Navy Carlyle?  Put another way - if you didn't already have it would that be on your shopping list this time around?


Hey - I love my Carlyle.  The problem is that even though it's shell, because it's sleek with a plain toe it's still very dressy.  I'm in a pretty casual environment and usually wear Dockers (gasp!) and a shirt.  I'm the epitome of cheap clothes, expensive shoes.  I find myself wearing bluchers and balmorals with a lot of brogueing (think the Strand).  If you will wear it, get it.  It's beautiful.

post #14418 of 17593
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Keep keep keep! Good God man, that's tremendous! Sub-$300 shell is something to tell your children about.


Tell me about it.  I picked up a pair of walnut shell Strands this week for ~220.  They're used, but who cares.  Not my normal 12 EEE, but the 13D is not a bad compromise.

post #14419 of 17593
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Originally Posted by jet-stream View Post
 

OK weasels - assuming the trunk show rumors are true, and that natural shell is an included option, I may have a decision to make.  I was leaning toward a Navy Carlyle (see awesomeness in previous post), but natural shell is tempting as well.  The issue is that I don't have a ready-made target for it.  The strand in @polojock615 's photo above is awesome but would be fairly redundant to my walnut strand (I could sell the latter, I suppose).  The Dundee is a *natural* fit (see above or @peppercorn78's iconic photos), but chukkas are not for me.  That leaves the field open . . I could see something like a First Avenue, but I may not get as much mileage out of a boot.  What I'm thinking a bit about is a natural shell Mora - it's casual enough to pair with jeans, is clean enough to show off the natty shell, and is on a last that fits me well.  Has anyone done this?  How did it turn out?  Any other thoughts?  Thanks all!


How about a natural MacNeil?  I was also toying with the idea of a natural Jefferson.  I never thought chukkas would be for me, but now I have three.

post #14420 of 17593
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Originally Posted by jet-stream View Post
  Warning: More beautiful but irrelevant (to my question) shell (Click to show)

 

 

Polojock, how do you like the navy shell Carlyle?  I'm thinking hard about having a pair made during the trunk show . . . I'm reasonably certain I would wear the hell out of these.  Blue has been on my list for a while, but the midnight offerings were a bit too dark.  My initial leaning with navy shell was a 5th Avenue, but the more I think about it, the Carlyle seems like the right move - a more expansive vamp to show the roll.  Your photos (along with one other member - @Burzan perhaps?) persuaded me.  Plus, the 108 is a good match for my foot.

 

Do you wear yours much?  You said you don't recommend the green McG, but any misgivings on the Navy Carlyle?  Put another way - if you didn't already have it would that be on your shopping list this time around?


The McG was just poor execution.  I took them as seconds.  Maybe a MacNeil?  I'm also thinking for sure a green Strand.  That'll put me at six colors of shell just in the Strand.

post #14421 of 17593

Out of curiosity - two years ago they had deep dark brown (different than the standard brown) as a special option.  Did anyone get it?  Do you have pictures of it compared to normal brown?  How has it aged?

post #14422 of 17593

Hello everyone -

 

I have been keeping up with this thread since buying my first pair of Allen Edmonds a few months ago.  My collection has started to grow and I wanted to get some advice on my next purchase.  Here is what I have so far:

 

Walnut Strand

Navy Neumok

Black Park Ave

Black Fifth Ave

Brown Higgins Mill

Black LAX

Dark Chili LAX

Oxblood McAllister (thanks, RDA)

 

I am trying to decide whether I want to add the Khaki McTavish or Brown Strandmoks.  Can anyone who owns one (or both) of those shoes, give me a recommendation?  I will also likely pick up the Merlot Strands and the eBay Shannon Drives.  You guys are terrible influences, by the way.

post #14423 of 17593
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Originally Posted by KPDarb View Post

Thanks Gabru- I called up the store here and they weren't aware of any upcoming shows. They proceeded to talk to me about custom options and reiterated that the only thing you can't change is the leather. Is this just at a Chicago location or an independent retailer? Im obviously out of this loop

I believe it will be at few selected AE stores and Chicago store (on Michigan ave) is one of them.
Surprisingly, my SA at local store in charlotte was aware of this and was pissed that these orders can go through only those selected stores. He still asked me come in to size me on Cornwallis though.
post #14424 of 17593
Hmm, sounds like extremely limited quantities. But my wife essentially green-lit Ruby First Aves. Not sure that would have been my first choice, but I won't turn it down... Also interested in a natty/brown Shelton, navy Carlyle or Leeds, Strand or Leiden.
post #14425 of 17593
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I have the navy suede cavanaugh, and it's worn the least out of my AE's (I've only worn them once). Once cooler weather rolls around I'll probably wear them more often with cords, but they just seem kind of blobby to me, compared to my brown calf Cavanaughs. They also have a bit of heel slip to them, but I think that might be due to the sole needing to break in more.

That said, I'm a huge fan of the cavanaugh as a shoe. Many here don't like it because it doesn't seem to fit a lot of people, but it fits me perfectly. I bought mine after multiple failed attempts to get the Patriot to work (which is the only shoe that has not fit me, regardless of size and width).

 

I've been tossing around the idea of this in Natural for the trunk show... wonder if they'll do it unlined.  

 

I don't have one currently... would you recommend it in shell?

post #14426 of 17593
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Originally Posted by DustinM View Post

My Sunday project...these bourbon McAllister 2nds I picked up about 6 months ago. They had tiger striping and my plan was to remove the finish on the both caps using Renomat, then apply Renovateur, then finally new bourbon polish.

All was going well until I finished the polish and realized the original color had a fair bit of green hue and now the toes didn't match the rest of the shoe. I was a bit short on time because my wife needed help with the baby, but used conditioner cleaner on the rest of each shoe and applied more bourbon polish. I also added some black polish to darken up the toe caps.

Needs more work (mainly because I got sloppy with the black) but this was my best effort under time constraints...still looks quite a bit better to me.

Before:


After:

 

I had pretty bad stripping on a pair of McAllisters as well.  I too stripped the toe cap on one shoe and then applied bourbon polish with black wax and got them back to being almost an exact match.  My back up plan was like yours, to strip the entire shoe in the case that I couldn't mimic the original finish.

 

Nice work.

 

My McA's

 

post #14427 of 17593
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Originally Posted by tkebh979 View Post

I've been tossing around the idea of this in Natural for the trunk show... wonder if they'll do it unlined.  

I don't have one currently... would you recommend it in shell?

I think it would be fine in shell, but if I personally were buying shell penny loafers, I would be getting the unlined Alden LHS in color 8. I love my Cavanaughs, but that is the iconic shell penny loafer imho
post #14428 of 17593

There is part of me that sorta hopes this trunk show doesn't become a reality because I'm ready to get navy shell cornwallis (i also want it to show the rolls but I don't own a pair yet and had previously been thinking about the midnight navy version) and a pair of natural strands or possibly natural carlyle. So many decisions.... Ruby dundees with natural welt? The impending damage to the wallet is going to be bad. Plus the 2 pairs of Buday shell I ordered a month or two ago....

post #14429 of 17593
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Originally Posted by orange fury View Post


I think it would be fine in shell, but if I personally were buying shell penny loafers, I would be getting the unlined Alden LHS in color 8. I love my Cavanaughs, but that is the iconic shell penny loafer imho

 

Agree with you on the LHS... this would be a more rare, in homage, type piece.

post #14430 of 17593
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Originally Posted by DustinM View Post

My Sunday project...these bourbon McAllister 2nds I picked up about 6 months ago. They had tiger striping and my plan was to remove the finish on the both caps using Renomat, then apply Renovateur, then finally new bourbon polish.

All was going well until I finished the polish and realized the original color had a fair bit of green hue and now the toes didn't match the rest of the shoe. I was a bit short on time because my wife needed help with the baby, but used conditioner cleaner on the rest of each shoe and applied more bourbon polish. I also added some black polish to darken up the toe caps.

Needs more work (mainly because I got sloppy with the black) but this was my best effort under time constraints...still looks quite a bit better to me.

Before:


After:

 

These look fantastic! They have way more character than they did before. I've always been of the feeling that burnished shoes don't have to be "perfect." The burnishing adds a unique look to the shoes. Each one is just different enough. When bourbon is done correctly, I think it's AE's 2nd best color (behind oxblood). You're well on your way to having a great bourbon shoe. Congrats!

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