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Originally Posted by Captain Insano View Post

... To her they are "just shoes" To me they are a work of art.

And don't you ever let anybody tell you any different, ya hear?!
post #3302 of 17635
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Originally Posted by harlequin782 View Post

Trees + bags + boxes at all times, when not in use

Shoe trees, bags and put on shoe shelves in my closet. Used to never bag my other dress shoes, but since I made the switch to AE a few months back.
post #3303 of 17635
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Originally Posted by barto78 View Post

Shoe trees, bags and put on shoe shelves in my closet. Used to never bag my other dress shoes, but since I made the switch to AE a few months back.

Exactly. And alot of it for me is the principle of the matter. AE's may not be GG's, JL's or EG's but I genuinely cherish these shoes as my first quality shoes, and so I treat them as such.
post #3304 of 17635
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I got the 5th Ave in Walnut, and no it doesn't make any sense, now that I know better. It was my first AE purchase, and I had no idea of which color/broging/perfing/lacing combinations were acceptable. That said, I received numerous compliments on the Walnut 5th Ave from casual observers, family, friends and coworkers...that is, before I turned them bright neon orange with AE polish..smh 😳

So is there enough of a difference in brown and dark chili as a color to justify having 5A's in both?
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I think I'm going to buy 5A's in Walnut Dainite. I already have Walnut strands and daltons, but only bourbon Mcallister in Dainite. I have brown 5A's that I'm getting recrafted and just bought Chili Carlyles. otherwise that would have been my choice, so I think a walnut shoe w the Dainite sole would be good to have with the wet Louisiana weather/climate.
post #3306 of 17635
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Originally Posted by Captm2016 View Post

So is there enough of a difference in brown and dark chili as a color to justify having 5A's in both?

I don't have brown, but from what I've seen of it in the store, yes...at least I think so. Even though I have dark chili shoes, I clearly see a void that could be filled with a brown shoe...now, fortunately my Dark Brown Dundees are filling this void right now, but eventually, I plan to get a proper pair of brown calfskin that could be worn with a navy or grey suit, if I wanted to.
I've seen people say the two colors are equally versatile, and while they might be right, I don't see them as being the same "type" of versatile. I view brown as being a tad dressier/more conservative than Dark Chili. Dark chili goes with virtually everything, but it never quite makes that stern, staid statement that a pure brown makes, with certain color combinations in dress attire. It's a bit more of a Rustic look to my eye, while I view the pure brown color as a more polished, deliberate type of colormatch for certain color combos. Or in other words: I think brown is as versatile in dressy/business-casual attire as dark chili is in business-casual/casual attire. I know that didn't make any sense, but that's the only way I can think to put it.
post #3307 of 17635
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I just use trees and rack and let them sit naked. Now that I read the others responses I might bag any I think will sit for a while to avoid dust.... but probably not because my wife already gives me endless shit about how much I care for my shoes. To her they are "just shoes" To me they are a work of art.

This is where I'm at. I brush, tree and rack them after use, but my rotation is somewhat small compared to most so I don't want to have to deal with unnecessary steps if I don't have to.

Is there a reason for bagging and boxing the shoes between use?
post #3308 of 17635
I throw the boxes away. Just seems like a waste of space to me.
post #3309 of 17635
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I just started keeping them in bags; I found that once my rotation exceeded [mumble] about a dozen pairs [/mumble], they tended to collect dust between wearings if I didn't. I box the summer shoes (Maritime, Strawfut, Boone) sometime around October, but otherwise use the boxes for shoe care products (and to hide new pairs from the wife - "what, those? Had them forever!").


I tree, bag, and box except for a couple of stray eBay pairs. Dust mostly concerns me with my suedes, but I figure it looks neater to just be consistent.  I end up using the shoe-tree boxes for the care products.  

 

Pro-move on the hiding. :cheers: 

post #3310 of 17635
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Originally Posted by barto78 View Post

I throw the boxes away. Just seems like a waste of space to me.


I stack extra pairs (in boxes) on the top rack so they save me some space.  Guess that means I'm going to need a bigger closet.

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I have some new shell shoes coming tomorrow and I am wondering what break-in advice experienced shell wearers can offer? I know to wear them on carpet only to test the fit, but at some point they have to get out in the world. Should they be worn straight out of the box or should they prepped in some way? My other shell shoes were already broken in when I bought them, so this will be a new experience for me.

post #3312 of 17635
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Originally Posted by Captm2016 View Post


So is there enough of a difference in brown and dark chili as a color to justify having 5A's in both?


Sure. If you want a dark brown and medium brown pair. Really two totally different colors in my opinion. I have the FA in brown and black, and I think these are more akin to each other than brown and chili. The only reason I don't have the FA in chili or walnut is because I have those colors in the PA already. Brown and Chili are definitely both worth having if you like this particular style and the last fits you well. Add to that the fact that you can get one in dainite and the other leather (my black are leather and brown are dainite), and you have another very good reason to buy both brown and chili. 

post #3313 of 17635
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Originally Posted by Captm2016 View Post

So is there enough of a difference in brown and dark chili as a color to justify having 5A's in both?

I've had dark Brown PAs for 2 years and they have taken a reddish turn using just brown polish. Givin the polish you use and the particular pair it might look close, and in low light nearly identical. But that said I just bought some chili, in the McGregor. If you eye the pair before hand that might help.
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I have some new shell shoes coming tomorrow and I am wondering what break-in advice experienced shell wearers can offer? I know to wear them on carpet only to test the fit, but at some point they have to get out in the world. Should they be worn straight out of the box or should they prepped in some way? My other shell shoes were already broken in when I bought them, so this will be a new experience for me.


I too would be interested to hear what the veterans have to say.  Hopefully I'll be in the same shoes (figuratively) next week.

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Originally Posted by Captm2016 View Post

So is there enough of a difference in brown and dark chili as a color to justify having 5A's in both?

They are different enough that you and maybe % 15 of people who you meet will be able to tell the difference, but why not get a different style? I mean, if only for variety's sake...
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Originally Posted by smfdoc View Post

I have some new shell shoes coming tomorrow and I am wondering what break-in advice experienced shell wearers can offer? I know to wear them on carpet only to test the fit, but at some point they have to get out in the world. Should they be worn straight out of the box or should they prepped in some way? My other shell shoes were already broken in when I bought them, so this will be a new experience for me.

Brush and hit the pavement immediately! That's what I do.
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