Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread 2016 - News, Pictures, Sizing, Accessories, Clothing, etc

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  1. HealthActuary

    HealthActuary Senior member

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    Literally...
    Remove laces.
    Brush for about 10 seconds each.
    Clean each shoe with a damp cloth.
    Clean sole edge with a damp cloth.
    Brush for 10 seconds to remove any cloth cotton.
    Use conditioner/cleaner on shoe.
    Use a brush to remove conditioner/cleaner from any brogue holes.
    1 coat of walnut polish... Wait for about 20 minutes as it dries...
    Add a second coat of walnut polish... Wait another 20 minutes or so...
    Brush shoe vigourously for like 30 seconds each.
    Use a toothpick to remove polish from any brogue holes.
    Brush vigourously again for like 30 seconds.
    Wipe polish off sole edge if necessary.
    Use chili sole edge dye on your sole edge.

    So yeah. The trick is to let the walnut polish dry before your brush shine.
     
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    mreams99 Senior member

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    Oxblood and burgundy are different colors, but still fairly similar. Have you considered the dark chili?
     
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    naspratt Senior member

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    I'd go with Merlot for a night wedding, but oxblood for a daytime wedding.
     
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    tietherope Senior member

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    It's OK if the shoe is close to a colour I already have. I'm more worried about which will work best for the event. Fitting it into the rotation is secondary.

    I think the chili is probably too light for what I'm looking for.

    Thanks for the input. I'm not in the U.S., so have only seen the colours I own. I'll be in Chicago next weekend, so maybe I'll pass on the CEO sale now, check out all the shoes and colours in Chicago, and then pick something up at the tent sale. The June tent sale should still be happening?
     
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    I'm kinda in the same boat. I want my next shoe to be either merlot or oxblood, but I'm not sure which one I'll choose. I've seen the oxblood Leeds in person, and they look quite nice, and they have a bit of black burnishing on them that doesn't show on the site pictures.
     
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    Well cheers to you sir! I thought you may have been using some reverse psychology :) Are you happy with results IRL?

    How thick of a coat of polish did you use?
     
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    naspratt Senior member

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    Or you could buy both now and return whichever one you like less. As noted, oxblood has some burnishing that really pops on brogued shoes like the strand. Merlot to me is still more formal.
     
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    So I've been thinking I want a black shell heavy duty boot. Did Paul say they were bringing back the Bayfield, or is that just wishful thinking on my part (I know he said they were bringing something back this fall)? I may end up going with the Alden medallion toe boot, but I don't know if I can get that with a lug sole, and I'd really like this to be a foul-weather boot.
     
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    That would be ideal, but the two colours are not available from the same location and last time I ordered from the Shoebank shipping to Canada was $40 or $45 a shipment.

    I think I'll order the Strand Oxblood while the CEO sale is on. My size is backordered 4 weeks. So I'll check them out when I'm in Chicago next weekend and if they aren't for me, try to cancel the order before it ships.
     
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    Good call, but I have a feeling you are going to like that color on the Strand and keep them regardless of if you wear them to your wedding or not. You can't beat that price on first quality Strands.

    Oxblood is more of a dark red while merlot is more of a purple.
     
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    To be clear, the "piping" or binding has not been removed on these styles everyone is discussing. These styles feature a "profila" binding, rather than the classic rolled binding seen on the Timeless Classics. Look closely at the topline of any of the new styles. The binding is tucked below the edge of the upper. Completely removing the binding could compromise the integrity of a calfskin shoe. The difficulty that the profila binding raises, in my opinion, is that you are unable to hide any imperfections on the edge of the uppers.

    I don't know the full dollars-and-cents of the binding cost, but I'm sure it's negligible. If AE really was interested in cost cutting, you would not see CF Stead suede on the Sea Island or Dainite soles on many of the shoes. Neither of these components are truly necessary, but the quality of them is indisputable.

    Just my $0.02 (though, all together, I think we're approaching a dollar...)
     
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    Lake Forest and Acheson. Both new models. One has classic rolled binding and the other has Profila binding.
     
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    I'm thinking of ordering this very shoe. How's the coloring compared to walnut? And how's it look with other pant/outfit combos?
     
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    Not plain old chili, *dark* chili a.k.a Bob's chili :)

    Here's a great sample shot by JS01 (too lazy to go get mine):
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    And since you're from Canada (so am I), you may be able to purchase these at Nordstrom, depending on what city you're in.
    They're a Nordstrom exclusive, though the seconds are available at Shoebank.
     
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    I think I agree on the piping. I've purchased some old shell shoes on ebay and the piping seems to be cracked most of the time.
     
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