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

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  1. Rubik1014

    Rubik1014 Senior member

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    Is it accurate to say that the difference between original Chili and Dark Chili or Bob's Chili is essentially a non-issue depending on how you choose to polish the shoe after you own it?

    If you have a Bob's Chili and want it lighter, just use lighter Chili or brown polish on it? Am I wrong?
     


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    Thanks! I have no experience with the 97, but I can tell you that I fit snugly into a 10E with adequate toe room on the 65 and a 10D on the 201 fits me more comfortably - plenty of room.
     


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    I ordered the Steen in chili a couple weeks back in 11.5 and 12 as I wasn't sure on the loafer size that was right for mt foot. They were distinctively different. One was clearly the Bob's chili version. I actually like both versions. The lighter of the two is what fit best so now is in my rotation.
     


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    Well, to be precise, I was in West Nyack, which was only 20-25 min ride. And, I had to make some returns :) By the way, what's up with all these huge shopping centers 15-20 min drive away from each other in that area? I must have passed by 5 of those. I thought conventional shopping was slowly dying.
     


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    Sounds perfect. Thank you for the info.


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    Anyone think black Renegades could pass for normal-ass tennis shoes?


    More serious question: any opinions on the Bar Harbor?
     


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    Theoretically speaking, would you be able to achieve bourbon color by polishing/burnishing a walnut colored belt with black/bourbon cream?
     


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    I've been eyeballing the Bar Harbor as an alternate to the Kirkwood. But I wouldn't recommend them for you, if you happen to be a 10.5 D. Otherwise, I'd say they would be a nice add.
     


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    Yup.
     


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    It's much easier to go from, say, chili to dark chili than the other way around. It would be very difficult to lighten a dark shoe absent a complete strip and re-dye job.

    Here's how I think about it: imagine how much pigment is in a strip of black leather. All the walnut polish in the world isn't going make that shoe walnut unless you just plaster it on like paint. Same principle applies with other shades to varying degrees.
     
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  12. Scarlet

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    Nah, I was looking at a Shoebank pair. I really like the design, but AE by AE plus non-recraftable gives me pause.
     


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    http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Forget+Beverly+Hills,+Paramus+is+the+place+to+shop.-a0137162242

    It's one of the largest retail stretches in the country.
     


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    @Scarlet Those renegades look a lot better than those gangsta vans...[​IMG]

    More serious answer - I also was interested in the Bar Harbor but was extremely disappointed with them in person. Material was so-so, the sole seemed very flimsy for something hard leather like it wouldn't wear well. The whole thing just seemed sub par. I was hopeful, given how well I thought they did with the Kirkwood and northland, that the AE by AE had really improved, but it looks like those two were the flukes. If you don't already own a Kirkwood or Maritime, don't hesitate.
     
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    I love these boots... very creative with the color scheme. For those of us that love a little blue... this makes me pretty damn Jealous.
     


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