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

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  1. Buster Brown

    Buster Brown Senior member

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    If we're talking 'instant' results then, yes, stripping and re-dyeing is the only way to go from a dark to light shade. If you have a longer (i.e. years) timeline, using the lighter polish is not superfluous. Here is a pic my 'old' chili Delray next to dark chili:

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    I allowed them to lighten by mixing applications of chili shoe cream with walnut, mid tan and even neutral cream and wax. I also used some dark brown and black on the burnishing. I'm currently doing something similar with my dark chili Bleecker Street. It will probably be a couple years before I even notice anything and another few years before they settle into the desired shade.
     
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    Firstly, nice patina on the Delray.

    Secondly, what you say is true. I stand corrected to some degree, as the pigment in the cream (and to a lesser extent polish) can in fact slowly dye the leather over time. Additionally, polish and conditioner have an abrasive that will remove the darker burnishing over a long period time with brushing, and the lighter polish will fill in more worn areas with the new color, thus working to lighten the shoe over time as well. My primary issue is with the use of "just" when referring to the lightening of a shoe's color. A consistent use of a lighter shoe cream can indeed work to lighten the shoes color, but not to the extent that I would ever recommend buying a darker shoe several shades lighter than the actual color I desire. I must appreciate the color as is, even if I panned on seeing it lighten a bit over time. And I certainly wouldn't bank on being able to get back to the leather's original color prior to having been burnished, which seems to be what the OP suggested.

    Also, I'd be interested in seeing how different the Delray looked completely stripped down at this point. Not that I'm suggesting you do so, but if you ever do strip the Delray, let me know the difference. I would be curious to know if it was visibly more than a half shade darker underneath.
     
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    Walnut dalton / Dainite sole from Shoebank, scored for 197. No major defects according to my eyes.


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    Is that the 2.0? Shell?
     
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    Regular 1.0, black shell.
     
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    Thank you. I did find a lot of re-use of names when searching the bay for 7 last shoes!



    Thank you for the resource.
     
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    A few Normandy shots....was brewing some coffee so I figured it was pepper time

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    what's that bike toe brogue on the left?
     
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    Damn you, @Kahuna75 . Now I want a pair. And some coffee too!
     
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    I just saw someone in MSP with that exact shoe on. Crazy.
     
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    Really like the restrained burnishing on those. Most of the seconds seem to be that way because they were violently assaulted by a mad burnisher.
    Sexy shoes, love my oxblood Warwicks. Vast expanse of cherry calf = sultry.
    Unspoilered for sheer badassery. I erred by not picking up a pair of those for $399. I shall regret it.
     
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    Are shoe care supplies 15% off everywhere? Or, just at the Paramus store.
     
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