• CALLING ON HOME SEWERS TO HELP HEALTHCARE WORKERS FIGHTING COVID-19

    The lack of proper masks, gowns, and eyewear equipment is making it difficult for health workers to do their work fighting the novel coronavirus. In a recent New York Times article, medical workers said they were worried about how they can both fight the coronavirus without imperiling themselves, as well as their loved ones when they go back home.

    If you are a home sewer, please consider helping my joining Hickey Freman Technical Vice President Jeffery Diduch in his effort to produce and deliver homemade gowns and masks to medical professionals in the greater Rochester, New York Area. Read about how you can help here

    Fok and the Styleforum Team.

  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Status
Not open for further replies.

LuxLemon

Senior Member
Joined
Jun 4, 2018
Messages
140
Reaction score
721
That looks more like the oxblood I'm used to seeing; maybe a bit more brown than pinkish.
OK good to know. I actually probably like the colour more than what I’ve seen for Oxblood on the AE site and think with the toned down colour it fits my style more.

that being said I’m considering getting either Oxblood AE polish or perhaps burgundy Saphir to see how it looks.Typically I’ve just stayed with the recommended polish.
 

CommanderMcBragg

Senior Member
Joined
May 28, 2017
Messages
155
Reaction score
713
Gentlemen:

I just received my $60 worth of polishing products from Allen Edmonds, and I figured I would start right in with my Strand oxfords.

Starting with the right shoe that has scuffing issues on the toe, I brushed the shoe with the horsehair AE brush, and then applied Bick 4 conditioner. Once it dried, I applied the AE Walnut polish with a cotton rag, let dry, and then buffed with a horsehair brush. I have repeated the polish application process four times, but yet the scuff area on the toe is just as visible as when I started.

What am I doing wrong?
 

Attachments

savvysartorial

Distinguished Member
Joined
Oct 16, 2016
Messages
2,205
Reaction score
10,553
I would also been very happy with some shell Strands, but I have fit issues with the 65 last. The Hampton works better for me. Something to note for those in my situation with high instep and wide feet. But I would urge you really try to make the 65 last work for you in some combination of length and width if at all possible. The wait times for Alden shoes to be ordered, made and delivered requires the patience of Job. For example, 12/1/19 will be the one YEAR anniversary of an order I made for a scotch grain perfed cap toe shoe. Not shell. Not hand stitched. Nothing "rare or special." Just one year of waiting for a fully paid for shoe to arrive and there are others who have waited much longer for special orders. So, stick with the readily available AE if possible.

LOL, excellent reference to Biblical figures! You are a well rounded man.

1 year?? That's crazy talk, why such a long wait for a regular shoe?

I have a pretty average foot so I am lucky to have my run of the place choosing which shoe/last combo I want in the closet. I feel for guys like you.
 

lemmy127

Senior Member
Joined
May 24, 2011
Messages
683
Reaction score
1,063
Is that a pooper shot?!?!

I agree on the Dalton (being off) and McAllister (being good). That Alden last is a no-go for me; give me the 65.
Haha, that’s a sitting area in the top landing of a flight of stairs shot.

Apropos of your last paragraph, don't forget that the 0.01% of the population that wears your sizes can be found right here on this here thread! :thumbs-up: ('cept for that Hampton last)
Not mentioning anyone in puticaler.
This has been a public service announcement
I’m fully aware of you and the one (?) other of us here (sorry, your username is escaping me right now) mreams99. You two can expect PMs before I list anything on eBay.
 
Last edited:

M635Guy

Distinguished Member
Joined
Aug 21, 2015
Messages
8,484
Reaction score
21,475
I did the same upgrade. Delivery notice says they are home waiting for me on the porch. Any idea if the nubuck is pre-treated for water? I have a ton of rain in the forecast tomorrow and reaaaaly want to wear them.
I forgot you and I are the same size and we apparently have more similar taste in shoes than I realized with your order and the stuff you have listed for sale. Surprised to see McT's and 93605's on your list.

To answer your question, I don't know, but I'm not planning to worry much about nubuck in the rain. ;)
 

M2511

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 29, 2016
Messages
2,430
Reaction score
5,035
If it were time to resole, it would make sense, maybe.

I saw that video on the GYW change.



Yes. It's kind of nice to be able to ask questions about style, etc. here. Not so strait laced.



Don't worry, I am not that guy on the lacing. I presume you're referring to cross versus bar lacing.

I always wear once, maybe twice when new with cross lacing to break them in and settle the shoe and then switch to bar lacing. Bar lacing = king for balmorals.



I don't want to get evicted from this thread, but I agree with your sentiment on the shoes ;) What a coincidence to be wearing that pair today. It's the only iteration I've seen of the 9854 on here.

That being said, some of AE's offerings like the Fifth Street boot knock it out of the park and no one can touch it for the money. I can't wait to get my hands on them and pound the pavement in them.

Also, I agree with the vamp space comment and I've said as much in the past regarding the Fifth Avenue versus Alden's 9016/9015. Even in my size, 11, the caps just look a bit too stubby. Alden hits it right on the dimensions.

I also wish AE make the Jefferson 1.0 (65 last) still as I think the wings on that shoe really hit the proportions just right and it was a kingly shoe.

The waiting game on Alden's shoes is absurd, but I get it since it's basically a very, very small company. I am in the same boat as you for waiting on odd sizes and trying to pick up deals used isn't the easiest either.

Alden's medallion is more formal as medallions go and is very attractive, to me.

My two cents, not trying to start a food fight.
No issue with criss cross lacing just if you are going to go with the bar on top at the first eyelet row the lace needs to go in from above on all rows following. The way it is now it looks like a giant space between first and second row. As far as vamps and all that jazz and caps etc Alden does them better except the strand. I no longer have fifth aves or PAs. Alden got nothing on the adelaides though. Rutledge and Cornwallis FTW.
 

woofmang

Distinguished Member
Joined
Feb 23, 2019
Messages
1,924
Reaction score
8,129
Gentlemen:

I just received my $60 worth of polishing products from Allen Edmonds, and I figured I would start right in with my Strand oxfords.

Starting with the right shoe that has scuffing issues on the toe, I brushed the shoe with the horsehair AE brush, and then applied Bick 4 conditioner. Once it dried, I applied the AE Walnut polish with a cotton rag, let dry, and then buffed with a horsehair brush. I have repeated the polish application process four times, but yet the scuff area on the toe is just as visible as when I started.

What am I doing wrong?
Did you brush after the conditioner dried, let them sit for a bit and wipe off any excess conditioner before going to the cream polish (you did use cream polish, right)?

I would do it this way: apply conditioner to the shoes, let them dry for a good 10 minutes or more, brush them good, let them sit for another 5 - 10 minutes, wipe them down with a clean cotton cloth (to remove any excess conditioner), apply colored cream polish (adding a little extra over the scuffs and really working it in), let dry for 10 minutes, brush, let sit for 5 more, wipe off any excess polish, apply another coat of cream polish (adding a little extra over the scuffs and really working it in), let sit for another 10, brush, wipe down, add a little more cream polish over the scuffs if necessary, let sit, brush, wipe, and then put on a coat or two of paste polish.

Here's a before and after of my Walnut Mackenzies that I did like that (note the scuffs on the left toe in the before shot - not as bad as what you're looking at, but they're gone in the after shot):

Before:
left-before.jpg


After:
left-after.jpg
 

M635Guy

Distinguished Member
Joined
Aug 21, 2015
Messages
8,484
Reaction score
21,475
Greetings, fellow enthusiasts. I wore some AEs this week. Here they are.

View attachment 1283500

View attachment 1283502

First up, Grailsons. For those unfamiliar, that means natural shell Graysons. J Crew 770 broken in chinos, Lands’ End OCBD and merino v-neck, Banana Republic MiUSA belt (not pictured), Schott NYC tweed car coat.

View attachment 1283501

View attachment 1283503

Tuesday. Brown CXL Higgins Mills with new darker green LL Bean five pocket cords, Lands’ End chambray shirt and donegal lambswool sweater, AE Central Ave belt, Schott NYC tweed car coat.

Also, I bought a pair of boots today. Hoping I like them because they cost me a pretty penny.

View attachment 1283504
Reverse tobacco chamois Indy boots.
Dood - reverse chamois Indys...
 

CommanderMcBragg

Senior Member
Joined
May 28, 2017
Messages
155
Reaction score
713
Hello Woofmang--

Thanks for chiming in. I have put on 15 applications now of the cream polish, and the "spot" just isn't going away. (It isn't a scuff, per se--it's an area where much of the color has worn off, but it feels perfectly smooth to the touch.)

I called a guy from work who is a shoe fanatic and ex-military, and he says sometimes you need to use a darker color polish for areas where the dye has worn off...
 

AJ1

Senior Member
Joined
Sep 9, 2017
Messages
509
Reaction score
1,038
Wow those Indy’s are nice. Who’s make up?

Greetings, fellow enthusiasts. I wore some AEs this week. Here they are.

View attachment 1283500

View attachment 1283502

First up, Grailsons. For those unfamiliar, that means natural shell Graysons. J Crew 770 broken in chinos, Lands’ End OCBD and merino v-neck, Banana Republic MiUSA belt (not pictured), Schott NYC tweed car coat.

View attachment 1283501

View attachment 1283503

Tuesday. Brown CXL Higgins Mills with new darker green LL Bean five pocket cords, Lands’ End chambray shirt and donegal lambswool sweater, AE Central Ave belt, Schott NYC tweed car coat.

Also, I bought a pair of boots today. Hoping I like them because they cost me a pretty penny.

View attachment 1283504
Reverse tobacco chamois Indy boots.
 

ELClodge

Distinguished Member
Joined
Apr 24, 2014
Messages
1,126
Reaction score
6,552
Hello Woofmang--

Thanks for chiming in. I have put on 15 applications now of the cream polish, and the "spot" just isn't going away. (It isn't a scuff, per se--it's an area where much of the color has worn off, but it feels perfectly smooth to the touch.)

I called a guy from work who is a shoe fanatic and ex-military, and he says sometimes you need to use a darker color polish for areas where the dye has worn off...
I would suggest the same - AE’s polish doesn’t seem to have much pigment and I’ve had almost instant success when I’ve tried Saphir’s version.

For walnut, I think they have a light brown that would work well, specifically in the
saphir medaille d'or polish. But you have to pronounce it with an over exaggerated French accent to get it to work.
 
Last edited:

EZB

Distinguished Member
Joined
Apr 10, 2018
Messages
3,825
Reaction score
14,843
I would suggest the same - AE’s polish doesn’t seem to have much pigment and I’ve had almost instant success when I’ve tried Saphir’s version.

For walnut, I think they have a light brown that would work well, specifically in the
saphir medaille d'or polish. But you have to pronounce it with in an over exaggerated French accent to get it to work.
If you pronounce it properly, you can also refer to it as sovereign grade
 

woofmang

Distinguished Member
Joined
Feb 23, 2019
Messages
1,924
Reaction score
8,129
I would suggest the same - AE’s polish doesn’t seem to have much pigment and I’ve had almost instant success when I’ve tried Saphir’s version.

For walnut, I think they have a light brown that would work well, specifically in the
saphir medaille d'or polish. But you have to pronounce it with in an over exaggerated French accent to get it to work.
C'est ça!
 
Status
Not open for further replies.

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Featured Sponsor

WHICH TYPE OF SNEAKERS WORK BEST ON A FIRST DATE?

  • Classic Leather Low-Top

  • Canvas Plimsoll

  • Leather Slip-On

  • Canvas Slip-On

  • Athletic Kicks

  • Leather High-Top


Results are only viewable after voting.

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
435,788
Messages
9,363,136
Members
196,474
Latest member
TheCatholicGent
Top