Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by watchidiot, Feb 12, 2016.
I thought I would like natural color shell, but for some reason I just can't get past the pale, sickly, fleshy tone of it...I think if there were some contrast in the welt or somewhere I think I would like it a little bit better
Yet another "OMG totally sockless with no socks!" ad popping up.
I suppose I wouldn't find this so amusing/annoying if I hadn't read that recent piece about the Allen Edmonds stylists specifically gearing up to push the sockless look this summer as if it was a new thing.
Badlands GMTO from grailed. I wear these with jeans and a t-shirt even.
It's an MTO. Natural shell.
Sorry, what does MTO stand for?
Made to order. But don't get your hopes up. They quit doing it.
About 6 days ago there were numerous posts on VSC (Venetian Shoe Cream) and its work on shell and other shoes. I am rarely satisfied with my own polishing efforts. This is most likely the result of inadequate effort on my part, especially when I see remarks about brushing a shoe for 30+ minutes. Being a sucker for any new product, I ordered a small bottle and went to work. Light coat rubbed in, let dry for 30 minutes, wipe off with a clean cloth and brush for 1-2 minutes. (See, not enough brushing.) I was VERY pleased with the pop in color and the shine that came to shoes that I had had limited success with in the past. Although it is difficult to see on the screen, there was a very nice improvement in the black Bryons after a single application. The top is a before taken outside last week and the lower is after application, also taken outside.
I was surprised at the amount of black that rubbed off the shoe as the VSC was being applied. I assume this is older polish that was adding to the dullness even though I brush the shoes before and after each wearing. The shoes were "ok" initially but looked flat or dull to my eye. Although it is hard to tell, the result is a much shinier and brighter finish. I suddenly would not hesitate to wear them to a wedding or similar event. I recommend VSC as have many others on the forum, especially to those like me who probably exert too little effort in this area. I bought my VSC HERE in case the urge strikes you.
If this is your first AE shoe, I'd go Walnut to start with. It's just so versatile a shoe to have. Then either go Oxblood Strand or other.
Just an FYI, I would think the Strands will be on sale in April.
I have to respectively disagree with this. IMO, Oxblood is way more versatile than Walnut. Oxblood kills with jeans, navy, khaki, and all greys. I dont think you're going to find that kind of versatility with Walnut. Plus, the Oxblood dresses up or down better. If you have a limited shoe budget, you'll get more miles for the buck with Oxblood. It shows a maturity of choice where the Walnut projects a somewhat limited view of style and color coordination. Just my opinion.
I really like the way the Rogue looks in chili.
While I agree that walnut (and particularly a walnut Strand) is much much less "versatile" than people seem to think, I also don't care for the red/purple look of the AE oxblood. I tend to think dark chili works significantly better anywhere that you'd think of using oxblood. Unfortunately, I think the dark chili Strand was only made for Nordstrom.
Not my first pair of AE. I have 6 pair and the barn weasels are a terrible influence because I want more. My wife is gonna kill me. I may have to get a second job or float a loan at the bank. Damn barn weasels. Seriously, I have neither color and was trying to decide. I love the walnut but it really doesn't work with my wardrobe. I just ordered the oxbloods today. I have never used VSC so I ordered a small bottle today.
And the shoes aren't bad either!
But yeah, easily the best color for that shoe. Never got the black, and walnut is ok, but chili shows it to its best advantage.
Imagine a world where the B&M AE stores only carry 9D - 12D. No narrows or wides in any size. That's what a SA told me today. Said they've shipped back a couple hundred shoes in the last week or two.
He said they've been told customers are being conditioned to guess on sizes and order over the Internet and the powers that be think having almost all shoes drop shipped from a central location is more efficient. I asked if this was the brainchild of the new PE group. He said "wellllll .... things like this DID seem to start about that time."
So, since I need an E or EE in almost everything, I guess the last two shoes I'll ever get to have tried on in an AE store were an Indy on the 201 last the the SA ordered in for me (turned out to be a brown Barttlet) and a walnut Cornwallis (a guy had order both the walnut and brown and kept just the brown).
The fit on the 201 was perfect for my high instep. The Cornwallis on the 1943 fit great, too, but the "V-gap" was huge, even greater than when I wear an E in the 5 last. It looked gorgeous.
I asked about buying. Hopkinson and he said they don't even have any uppers cut in an E width. So, minimum 4-6 weeks wait. The last Carmina's I ordered got to me in 3 business days.
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