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Another pair of Leiden Weave, today in walnut.

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This is a bit of an odd question. How does one get a small spot (about the size of a dime) of bacon grease out of calf leather. I have a pair of dark brown kenilworths that I am considering sending in for a recraft (the soles are truly shot). I have tried to polish and it did not really conceal the stain. Is there a home remedy I can try? I don't think a refinishing at AE will take it out but maybe others have experience with this. I appreciate any thoughts on this. A recraft is $125, maybe I should just get a new pair from the shoe bank for 30 dollars more when they come up.


I've heard that in some cases cornstarch can help.  The idea is similar to using kitty litter on oil spills in garages or rice to dry out cell phones.  You put some cornstarch on the spot an leave it there, next day brush it off (repeat as necessary).  I suppose it couldn't hurt to try this first as it seems to be the least invasive, and its cheap.

 

If that fails, this was just posted on the shoe care thread.  post #18496.  

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Walnut Wednesday

And I'm tapped out of #Indyweek - don't wear a black captoe enough to need the Hopkinson, but walnut Bartletts are definitely on my radar.
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I honestly thought today was Tuesday, so I wore my merlot PA's.

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Another pair of Leiden Weave, today in walnut.

Stop it. You're making me want to have a pair of those for summer. Do they actually provide additional ventilation for your feet?

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My Merlot Strands arrived yesterday. From a materials and workmanship perspective, I am extra pleased. They look stunning, and I cannot find a mistake. As for the fit, I'm still zeroing in on the correct 65 last size for me. I have 2nd quality 8.5D Bourbon Fifth Aves which seemed right when I bought them, but when I wear them a whole day I have some non-trivial pain in my right little toe. Plus the v-gap is pretty wide. These Strands are my Brannock size of 9D and seem about right. I get a bit of a "whoosh" noise in my right shoe as I step off. Sounds like air rushing back into a vacuum. Would this indicate some kind of fit problem? My general challenge with fit is I seem to have a wide-ish forefoot and a normal to narrow heel.  Many shoes crunch/crowd my toes but when I try a wider width, I get some side-to-side heel movement which is very undesirable.

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Originally Posted by St Hubbins View Post
 

My Merlot Strands arrived yesterday. From a materials and workmanship perspective, I am extra pleased. They look stunning, and I cannot find a mistake. As for the fit, I'm still zeroing in on the correct 65 last size for me. I have 2nd quality 8.5D Bourbon Fifth Aves which seemed right when I bought them, but when I wear them a whole day I have some non-trivial pain in my right little toe. Plus the v-gap is pretty wide. These Strands are my Brannock size of 9D and seem about right. I get a bit of a "whoosh" noise in my right shoe as I step off. Sounds like air rushing back into a vacuum. Would this indicate some kind of fit problem? My general challenge with fit is I seem to have a wide-ish forefoot and a normal to narrow heel.  Many shoes crunch/crowd my toes but when I try a wider width, I get some side-to-side heel movement which is very undesirable.

I have that noise on a pair of McAllisters that I haven't finished breaking in yet (damn you, dainite).  I think the 9D is the better fit and you just need to break the sole in to eliminate the heel slip.  You never, ever, want to ignore pain on the pinky toe as that means you are likely wearing a shoe that is too short.

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Question.. Are the Gobi chukka and Mojave chukka made on the same last?
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Question.. Are the Gobi chukka and Mojave chukka made on the same last?

 

No. Gobis are on the B34 last, and Mojave (original and 2.0) are on the 809 last. I don't have either, but someone else might be able to compare/contrast the two. 

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Indy Wednesday = Walnut Bartlett

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Stop it. You're making me want to have a pair of those for summer. Do they actually provide additional ventilation for your feet?

Maybe it's my imagination but I feel that the shoe breathes better.

The lining blocks most wind, for instance I wore them motorcycling and could only feel a slight breeze on my feet.

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Initial fitting of my 9D Merlot Strands. Feeling better than my 8.5D Fifth Avenues and also v-gap is improved. But best of all...  that color!

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Hey everybody,

 

I recently bought my first pair of Allen Edmonds. I purchased the merlot strands, but had to return them because of sizing issues. The exchanged pair fit perfectly, but I am bothered by a few imperfections. I have gathered that quality control is not AE's strong suit, but I would like to hear some opinions if I should exchange these again or keep them. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are some noticeable lines between the medallion and toe cap, below the middle brouging, and alongside the eyelets. The paint markings on both tongues speak for themselves. I am curious if these are common in most AE shoes. I do not believe the first pair I had had these issues. Please help me decide. I do not want to go through the hassle of exchanging these again, but I do not feel like I have received my money's worth. 

 

Thanks everyone!

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Originally Posted by St Hubbins View Post
 

Stop it. You're making me want to have a pair of those for summer. Do they actually provide additional ventilation for your feet?

 

 

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Originally Posted by Vitals View Post
 

Maybe it's my imagination but I feel that the shoe breathes better.

The lining blocks most wind, for instance I wore them motorcycling and could only feel a slight breeze on my feet.


If you want REAL ventilation, get your hands on a pair of Strawfuts.  Ironically there was an all black pair floating around the Paramus Nordstrom Rack a few weeks a go.

 

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Originally Posted by solidgir View Post
 

Hey everybody,

 

I recently bought my first pair of Allen Edmonds. I purchased the merlot strands, but had to return them because of sizing issues. The exchanged pair fit perfectly, but I am bothered by a few imperfections. I have gathered that quality control is not AE's strong suit, but I would like to hear some opinions if I should exchange these again or keep them. 

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There are some noticeable lines between the medallion and toe cap, below the middle brouging, and alongside the eyelets. The paint markings on both tongues speak for themselves. I am curious if these are common in most AE shoes. I do not believe the first pair I had had these issues. Please help me decide. I do not want to go through the hassle of exchanging these again, but I do not feel like I have received my money's worth. 

 

Thanks everyone!

 

 

The paint markings won't be seen so no big deal to me.  The lines are from the sewing foot of stitching machine.  They're more common on shoes with thicker leather like the Dublin in my experience.  I don't think I've noticed it on calf pairs.  I'd have to see your pair in real life, but I don't think it would be noticeable from eye level.  Considering the sale price I'd keep as it will likely blend in with creasing after wear. 

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