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A fine boot, but wouldn't be in my top 5 for "first shell" recommendation.

See, I think the shell Dalton would kill four birds with one stone for his collection: a shell, a wingtip blucher, a burgundy, and a boot. Where else are you going to fill that many holes for a mere $725?
post #2342 of 19334
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I recommend one of the below in burgundy cordovan (also called color 8):

 

1) Longwing Blucher. MacNeil is the AE version. I personally prefer the Alden version (model 975) due to it's more classic shape and better proportions. Can't go wrong with the MacNeil though, if it fits you well. I had to sell mine because the toes were too cramped.

 

2) Penny Loafer. The AE Patriot or Alden "Leisure Handsewn." This is super classic, as long as you can nail the fit.

 

3) A chukka boot. The AE Dundee is my favorite, although the Alden and Vass versions are also excellent.

 

4) Plain Toe Blucher. AE Leeds or Alden 990. Carmina also makes a very nice version. I have it above in cognac color.

 

Any one of these 4 will be a classic addition to your rotation and will fill a gap in the burgundy color range and the more casual end of the dress shoe spectrum. You certainly have your "suit shoes" covered. i would decide on whichever one is most comfy for you. Good luck!

 

I wish I could improve on this advice.  I cannot.  One of those four in #8 is what you should start with.  Each is pretty versatile.

 

I will add this suggestion, though, that I received back in the day and will pass on at no charge :):

 

To dip you toe in the shell water, you might first consider a "gently pre-owed" vintage Florsheim Imperial LWB in #8 shell.  They are relatively plentiful on ebay in multiple sizes, are built like tanks, and can be had relatively cheaply.  If you don't like the look or fit, you can flip them without much of a loss.  Mine date (according to Nick at B. Nelson) to the 70's.  Uppers were almost pristine and they still had the original soles (which they replaced).  Have loved them for three years now. I might have to bust those out tomorrow.  Anyway, just one option to consider.

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Walnut Shell Cordovan Strands by Allen Edmonds

 

Happy Tuesday!

 

X-Post from the Shell Cordovan Thread


Great minds... and shoes.

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post #2344 of 19334
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It's relatively low maintenance compared to calf. It is also much more resilient yet ironically most here are rather shy with them, probably because it costs so much. It also is quite water resistant, yet rain can mottle its finish with welts.

For these reasons, plus thickness and shine, I find it particularly well suited to casual footwear like chukkas and bluchers.

The real reason it's so popular is its aesthetic appeal. Therefore, I recommend browsing any number of shoe threads on SF to get a good dose of cordovan pr0n. If the pictures aren't convincing, then it's probably not for you. smile.gif

Here are a few pics to get you started:

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peppercorn, nice selection of pics. are you a cellist?
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peppercorn, nice selection of pics. are you a cellist?

Thanks!

Saxophonist actually. But I share a teaching studio with a cellist at one of the school's I teach at.

Do you play?
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Thanks!

Saxophonist actually. But I share a teaching studio with a cellist at one of the school's I teach at.

Do you play?

Yes I'm a cellist/teacher. Nice to see a fellow musician with good taste in footwear. smile.gif
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How do people generally go in sizing the 201 last (specifically the First Avenue boot) v the 5-65 last? I'm a 10.5C or B in the 5-65. Cheers.

Also, has the date of the next seconds sale been confirmed? I read early April in an earlier post.
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How do people generally go in sizing the 201 last (specifically the First Avenue boot) v the 5-65 last? I'm a 10.5C or B in the 5-65. Cheers.

Also, has the date of the next seconds sale been confirmed? I read early April in an earlier post.

I don't have the First Ave but have a couple of shoes on the 201; a width down from my 65 size works quite well for me. 201 is TTS for me, though has slightly more volume than I need. I have to go up a width in the 65.
It's possible you could go down a half size instead of a width as well.
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Happy Wednesday gents!!

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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post


Thanks!

Saxophonist actually. But I share a teaching studio with a cellist at one of the school's I teach at.

Do you play?

 

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Yes I'm a cellist/teacher. Nice to see a fellow musician with good taste in footwear. smile.gif

 

My girlfriend is also a Cellist/teacher.  The next time another wave of AE boxes happen to appear on our doorstep, I will have ammo ready when she tells me I am crazy.

 

"These other musicians do it too!" :nodding: 

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My girlfriend is also a Cellist/teacher.  The next time another wave of AE boxes happen to appear on our doorstep, I will have ammo ready when she tells me I am crazy.

"These other musicians do it too!" nod%5B1%5D.gif 

Ha! One of my chief enablers is a fellow saxophonist. He's also a longer-standing member of SF than I, so I won't out him.

But it is true that the frugal struggling artist of my yesteryears had to be broken into the fine footwear addiction gently, and in tiered phases. At first I would only go for 2nd quality clearance models and struck gold at Century 21. Now it's Vass MTOs and Alden preorders. FML. Sometimes I still get a little disgusted with myself when I remember how hard I had to struggle for so long, as a full priced pair of shells would have covered a full month's rent and expenses back then.

But times change. I imagine I'll be done with footwear soon, once it's time to start saving for something more important (like a piano) wink.gif
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Great minds... and shoes.
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AE did such a great job with many of those Walnut Cordovan models.  A pity they do not do them anymore...

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Oxblood Daltons today.  I need to get as much out of these as I can before Summer gets here.

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Another AE long discontinued - the Hampstead. It is supposed to be 80 here today (with possible snow Sunday - go figure) so I decided to wear something woven.
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Not strands but the shell Dundees I just got came in after three weeks (was told to expect 8). Maybe this will give you hope.

 

That is great news.   Hopefully i will have the same luck.  Just curious...did they give you a shipping notification or did the shoes magically appear 5 weeks earlier than quoted.?

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