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post #286 of 755
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Su-perb, amlai! Beautiful boots. Perfect showing of character and wear.

+1. It seems as if the coloration on the #8s and the Cigars converges after a while? Is there any point then in getting both, if the eventual result is as good-looking as the above?
post #287 of 755
AlanC, I did appreciate that thread with pics of your AE Shell MacNeil. When the time comes for me to ship them a pair, I hope that they don't throw them around the factory floor like you suspect they did with yours for the `before` pic!
post #288 of 755
These are Alan McAfee shoes that I purchased in London in December of 1986. At that time the British Pound was worth about $1.12 making trips to London rather affordable. Unfortunately you ran into Americans everywhere! I seem to recall that these were around $80.00 with trees.

Alan McAfee had a royal warrant for making polo boots for Prince Charles. The company was later purchased by Church's

These have been resoled twice but remain in good shape. They have always had these shoe trees on them.



post #289 of 755
Those are awesome to see, Pocketsquareguy. Thanks for posting them.
post #290 of 755
Nice shoes psg. Were those sent back to the UK for resoling or was the work done locally?
post #291 of 755
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Just wonderful
post #292 of 755
I posted these in the B&S, but I think people here could apreciate them as well

http://cgi.ebay.com/VTG-STUART-McGUI...1%7C240%3A1318

I'm not the seller by the way...
post #293 of 755
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Nice shoes psg. Were those sent back to the UK for resoling or was the work done locally?

I had my local guy do them.
post #294 of 755
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^^ I think those are ready for a dissection
post #296 of 755
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If the wife thinks they're sexy, I must ask, how does the Truebalance last compare to the Barrie last for size.
Haha... I once had a woman say that they were "cute." Sexy sounds so much better than "cute." Trubalance and Barrie are supposed to be the very similarly sized (typically down half size from normal shoe size.)
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+1. It seems as if the coloration on the #8s and the Cigars converges after a while? Is there any point then in getting both, if the eventual result is as good-looking as the above?
There is still a difference in coloration between #8 and cigar. The #8 still has a slightly redder tone to it. However, you're right they do seem to converge. I haven't worn the cigar shell ones as much or exposed them to as much sunlight. I wonder how the cigar shell ones will eventually look once they've developed as much "character" as the #8s.
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Originally Posted by Wes Bourne View Post
And as much as I've abused the search function, I haven't been able to find pictures of a factory EG recraft, or factory recraft of an English shoe of any make.
I will absolutely be using EGs recraft when the time comes. I have not had a pair recrafted, but when I tore the loop on the back of my Shannon boots, I sent them across the pond to have them repair the loop. They said that it probably wouldn't look as refined. However, when I got the boots back, to my eyes they looked absolutely as good as new. I even had them swap out the top eyelets for speedhooks. They even all of did this free of charge. Now, if that's the free repair job, I would imagine their recrafting to be just as phenomenal.
post #297 of 755
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Originally Posted by amlai View Post
Haha... I once had a woman say that they were "cute." Sexy sounds so much better than "cute." Trubalance and Barrie are supposed to be the very similarly sized (typically down half size from normal shoe size.)



There is still a difference in coloration between #8 and cigar. The #8 still has a slightly redder tone to it. However, you're right they do seem to converge. I haven't worn the cigar shell ones as much or exposed them to as much sunlight. I wonder how the cigar shell ones will eventually look once they've developed as much "character" as the #8s.



I will absolutely be using EGs recraft when the time comes. I have not had a pair recrafted, but when I tore the loop on the back of my Shannon boots, I sent them across the pond to have them repair the loop. They said that it probably wouldn't look as refined. However, when I got the boots back, to my eyes they looked absolutely as good as new. I even had them swap out the top eyelets for speedhooks. They even all of did this free of charge. Now, if that's the free repair job, I would imagine their recrafting to be just as phenomenal.

What laces are you using? They are different than the laces that come with the shoes.
post #298 of 755
The laces are just some I got from a very friendly Alden dealer of whom I'm a reasonably good customer... I have absolutely no idea if Alden uses them on any of their shoes or if they're readily available. I just hope that they continue to last as well as they have. They're good laces!
post #299 of 755
Picked these up at a thrift store. Johnston and Murphy Made In USA Still have to get trees for them Also I don't know why the camera turned the inside of the shoes white
post #300 of 755
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Originally Posted by rubin749 View Post
These might have a little too much character... They are Edward Green for Paul Stuart. I figured for 5 bucks it was worth it just to take them home and get a better look, plus they are actually my size. I used cleaner/conditioner and shoe cream, but I'm not sure if anything can be done for them and black captoes don't seem like a good choice for distressed shoes. There is one crack that goes all the way through. Do you guys have any ideas?

Prince Charles has the same problem and doesn't let it worry him FWIW.
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