Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by watchidiot, Feb 12, 2016.
Brown or dark brown should be fine.
PSA regarding polishing walnut shoes:
As most people on here know, the AE Walnut polish has a tendency to turn the shoes an orange-ish hue. Some people are ok with this, but many people find this off-putting.
For the past 3-4 years I've been using AE Cognac polish (which was discontinued a while ago) on my walnut shoes and it's perfect. It's maybe a shade lighter at most than the walnut calf leather, and looks much closer to the AE walnut calf color than the AE walnut polish.
It can be difficult to find anymore, but there is a seller on ebay who has some for sale. I would highly recommend it. It should be brought back as the true "walnut" colored polish, in my opinion.
Alright fellas, need some assistance here. I received my $107 tan Freiburgs from the Shoebank yesterday (9.5D, same as my size on the 65, fits great) and other than some issues with the welt, the only major item I see is a small 0.5cm or so scuff/scratch/gash near the toe of the left boot. The sales associate at Port Washington warned me about this, but said that with this type of shoe and leather, this would have happened after a couple wears anyways. I'm a bit skeptical about this, but wanted to see what you guys had to say.
You can clearly see it in the first picture and it's less noticeable in the second picture, the point being that it does look like something that you'd only notice if you were getting up close. In fact, from the standing position looking straight down, I can barely tell it's there.
So the question is, would you guys send this back for a different pair? Or, is there something that can be done to "fill" in the scratch or at least make it match the toe a little better? I hate the hassle of sending things back and being seconds, there's no guarantee the next pair would be better. On a related note, how do take care of this type of leather? The SA said I only need the leather lotion, but if I want to maintain the slight shine and burnish on the toe and heel, how do I do that? TIA!
I fear this the most. I love that I have an AE store nearby that I can try on stuff and then order online or if I'm feeling frisky just walk out of the store with it. Those high end shoes that I can't try on but look phenomenal (Lobb, EG, etc...) haunt my dreams though. @RogerP doesn't help with his boot collection either...(seriously I want to shake your hand one day, I'll wear a bib so I don't drool on your boots too )
You're way overthinking this. It's a very minor scratch on a pair of deeply discounted casual/rougher boots. I wouldn't think twice about this in your position. If it bothers you this much, though, the caveat is always "send them back anyway" because it will just eat away at you.
I don't think that is bad at all. Also, I just asked a similar question about maintenance, and was told leather lotion and brush. It worked great, but YMMV depending on the actual leather type. I did it on McT Dublin leather and CXL.
Kind of you to say.
Even if the difference between a "scratch" and a "gash" is a matter of degree, there is still a practical difference. If the former, and if you like the fit, there's no reason to return them if that's the only problem. Use brown cream, buff it out, and roll on.
Or, have a second pair shipped and return the pair you don't want to keep. It's ten bucks and a trip to the post office. Right now you are sitting pretty good if that's all that's wrong and you are only out $107. Enjoy your steal.
I sent back a pair of seconds that had a scuff/scratch just like that only to realize that a month later I have done something similar to the next pair as well as most of my shoes at this point in time. Don't sweat it, those look great!
I also agree with board sentiment here. No one will ever see this but you, so if it wears on you, send them back. I would definitely keep these @ $107.
That price got me to order both colors from Shoebank, expected to arrive Tuesday. Have been admiring them from afar, as they never offered firsts in my size 15.
TY all for the quick input. I was leaning towards keeping them and you guys convinced me it wasn't worth sweating over. Now to figure out what to wear with them today...
I don't get what you see "gangsta" in either of them - they look like pretty standard minimalist sneaker designs to me (other than the Brisbane weave which is the one I like the most). They're not sleek, they're sneakers. Were you hoping for a Carlyle on a cupsole?
Ditto what everyone else said. I've already done as much to mine and I intent to beat them up much more. I definitely think it's the kind of shoe that will look better the more wear and tear it gets. I mostly wear mine with jeans.
I am curious about what kind of leather they're made of. i know it was determined that the russet ones are Horween Dublin, are the tan ones as well?
They have said that only the russet are from Horween leather; I do not believe they identified the source of the tan. But the leather quality seems pretty good, especially for ~$150.
And about the 201 last: I've had odd fit experiences with it. I have both a Warwick and the Freiburg, and they each feel slightly tight across the top of the vamp on my wider foot. I don't get them as being roomier than the 65. This has me nervous to try a balmoral without trying them on in store first, and since the nearest is over two hours away, no Indy for me until I'm in the vicinity.
I'm having trouble resisting the siren song of the McGregors on the Shoe Bank. For those of you who have succumbed, how do they fit? I'm in between 11.5D and 12D. Just wondering if they fit loose or tight. The color I'm looking at isn't available in both sizes, or I'd order them both and return.
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Thanks for reminding us of that NJ Store opening. Bartletts in Dark Brown being shipped! $339 all in ! Not too shabby!
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