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But do they look bulkier than the AE equivalent?


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Yeah the bourbon mcallisters wold be presumably firsts from Allen Edmonds eBay store for 179 plus 11 shipping. The strands would be from the amazon primes 260 price to match nordstrom and with rewards point from my card it's about the same price. I am leaning towards the Strands. I just wish they had the combination tap sole. I feel like the El and the 20 to 30 minutes of daily walking on Chicago sidewalks are chewing up leather soles. I am going to already have a big resoleing nightmare on my hands. Should of topyed my non-combination tap soles.
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I love my merlot Park Aves so much, that I think next year, I will purchase a pair of Hopkinson's in merlot and apply the amex deal (if it is available).   I might even say this is my favorite color.  Walnut is also a favorite of mine, but merlot is just stunning.  

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I have occasionally posted some pictures here of older styles that are more than 20 years if age and can thus be considered vintage. As a self serving PSA, I want to mention that I started a SF thread for the discussion and appreciation of all brands of vintage dress shoes. Show pictures, ask questions, share restoration information and post vintage shoes you may have for sale. All are invited to come to browse.

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I have a question.  So I got my first pair of Bourbon shoes.  They look like they are a greenish tint to me.  Can you comment?  Is that normal?

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With just hours to spare there is still time for "Throwback Thursday (C)." As part of the comfort series, AE ended the run of Mapletons in 2006-7. Yes, the dreaded "bicycle toe" from which some people recoil. Anything the Mapleton may lack in style, it more than makes up for it in comfort. A padded insole, Othello sole and supple leather uppers make the Mapleton a pleasure to wear as a weekend causal shoe. The Mapleton came in brown Saddlehorn leather and black Alpine grain uppers, both with nice contrast stitching. Shoe care is done with leather lotion for the brown and conditioner for the black. No polish for these causal workhorses. And yes, I enjoyed my brown enough to pick up their black counterpart when I came across a pair in my size. Now I am ready for whatever a causal weekend can throw at me.

 

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I have a question.  So I got my first pair of Bourbon shoes.  They look like they are a greenish tint to me.  Can you comment?  Is that normal?

 

Yes, that's very normal.  Bourbon is a weird color in that it varies so much from shoe to shoe.  For example, my bourbon Carlyles are much more dark than other bourbon shoes I've seen, almost like brown.  In the lighter-colored bourbon shoes, I've noticed that the green tint is stronger.  

 

A while back, I ended up ruining the very nice color on my Carlyles by using the conditioner / cleaner.  I tried using bourbon polish but it has proven to be worthless.  However, I recently bought some dark brown polish and I'm finding it works great at restoring my original burnish on my Carlyles.  Some people use black polish, but I think dark brown is a better match.  

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@LeeMerrill I sort of figured you had them pegged at around the same price but was waiting for you to confirm it. Can't argue about the leather sole though - they do get torn up. Having owned so many different types, I'll say this. I find that the vtread holds up quite well. For a leather sole, anything that uses a double I have also found shows very little sign of wear over time. Danite has held up too but is just sort of too soft for me.
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@Lobster33 Definitely with you on merlot & burgundy....but wait until you try oxblood 😉
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@catlettsl Feel bulkier? Definitely. Look bulkier? No - only thing that might make something look bulkier is a reverse welt.
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@smfdoc Might want to add a little sojourner action to go along with those....or not 😊
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Got my Neumok seconds. What do you think of the imperfection? It's not particularly deep and frankly not at all noticeable since they're a casual shoe. Any thoughts?
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Need some help. I'm torn between the Merlot Strands and merlot Mcallisters. Was leaning towards the Strands as they're a bit more unique, but keep seeing good pictures of the McA's that make me go hmm. I'm 35, work for a city in finance and wear suits most days. I have a pair of black PAs, brown Hinsdales and chestnut Meermin Oxford wing tips. Next purchases after the merlot pair will probably be black Kennilworths and brown FAs. Any thoughts would be appreciated...it's tough as they're both nice shoes.

 

It honestly depends on your style.  I have a pair of Meermin wingtips that are (I think) considered chestnut and that color is somewhat close to a burg/merlot.  Maybe that is enough to sway you to the Strand?  I would pick the Strand myself.

 

Nordstrom currently has walnut Strands for $260.


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Thanks guys!

Yes the leather seems really high quality - I must say!

 

 

Here are mine.  You can see on the inside of the toe cap how there is a slight indention with some creasing just passed the stitch.  They were an ebay find where the creasing was already evident when they arrived, but I assume this is somewhat normal for this style.

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Casual Friday? What's that? Also I'm close to finally pulling the trigger on shell. I'm thinking the cap toe boot from Alden (#8), and then maybe the Cambridge. All TBD of course but I've got shell on my mind...
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