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I missed these shoes. They missed me, too, and showed it with the bloom. I’m not a big fan of how burgundy shell starts out. It’s just too dark. But you need to wear it. It develops so much variation that you should never underestimate burgundy
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I was just considering one more RDA purchase (the Landon in #8). This time of the year, I'm required to wear black slacks for many of my side jobs. I wonder how that color/style would work with black slacks (not a suit).
 

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I was just considering one more RDA purchase (the Landon in #8). This time of the year, I'm required to wear black slacks for many of my side jobs. I wonder how that color/style would work with black slacks (not a suit).
What color pants? Burgundy is a great color--super dark at first. It even looks black in some lights. I personally like it with blue, but think it's best with gray pants.
 

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What color pants? Burgundy is a great color--super dark at first. It even looks black in some lights. I personally like it with blue, but think it's best with gray pants.
Black slacks (No suit)
 

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I missed these shoes. They missed me, too, and showed it with the bloom. I’m not a big fan of how burgundy shell starts out. It’s just too dark. But you need to wear it. It develops so much variation that you should never underestimate burgundy
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True 'dat! I know burgundy is often the red-headed stepchild of the Trunk Shows, but people really need to stop sleeping on it. Sure, it looks dark at the beginning, like you mentioned. But, the more you wear it, and the more you brush it, the more it rewards you with all the color variations. I really need to take some good photos of my burgundy Higgins Mills. The color range is dynamite. Your FAs look fantastic right now. Can't wait to see how they continue to develop over the years.
 

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Question for the group: anyone here have lived-in experience with the XL Extralight lug sole versus the Itshide commando? I like the Itshide based on past experience; wondering about differences in feel and whether (and if so how much) the XL is a downgrade in durability.
 

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Black slacks (No suit)
I am not big into fashion rules, but I feel like black slacks go with black shoes and almost nothing else.

True 'dat! I know burgundy is often the red-headed stepchild of the Trunk Shows, but people really need to stop sleeping on it. Sure, it looks dark at the beginning, like you mentioned. But, the more you wear it, and the more you brush it, the more it rewards you with all the color variations. I really need to take some good photos of my burgundy Higgins Mills. The color range is dynamite. Your FAs look fantastic right now. Can't wait to see how they continue to develop over the years.
They are cleaned up now.
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They are nice shoes, but they look like "old man" shoes. I'm not ready to be an old man.
I would agree that the dark brown is possibly an old-er man shoe but I have always been complemented on the brown ones that I try and keep a reddish-brown. I don't think the contrast stitching helps the dark brown one much either.

Well, I'm an old man, and they do look a bit like old man shoes. Which is not a bad thing. My only thing with Wilberts is that the apron extends too close to the toe, and the vertical seam seems short. But if you love 'em..wear 'em.
I'm the opposite, I like the long apron and short seam. I think when a shoe has a short apron and long seam it looks too dressy/fancy for me even as a dress shoe.

I am an unabashed fan of the Wilbert. I have the lighter brown. The leather is thick and supple and seemingly impervious to the elements. The Othello is more comfortable than Dainite.

As for looks, I think they are fine. Actually, better than fine. IDGAF if some think they are “old mannish” just as I’m sure others here DGAF about wearing dress oxfords with blue jeans.:hide: There, I said it.:-D
I'm with you. IDGAF. I was just wondering why others have the hate for these shoes.


The Wilbert is a great shoe for those moving days. You can let it get banged up and it will recover just fine.
Exactly, it works well with jeans and chinos for all kinds of days that you just do not want to wear a sneaker but dress shoes are a bit too much.
 

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Question for the group: anyone here have lived-in experience with the XL Extralight lug sole versus the Itshide commando? I like the Itshide based on past experience; wondering about differences in feel and whether (and if so how much) the XL is a downgrade in durability.

From what I have heard and read (but not based on actual experience) rubber soles are as such:
  • Dainite is hardest wearing and feel but most durable
  • Vibram Eton and Itshide are a bit softer and a bit less durable than Dainite
  • AE (Vibram as far as I know) XL Extralight is a "gum rubber" or "blown rubber" sole, not unlike the Othello so it is significantly more comfortable but not nearly as durable as the Dainite, Eton, and Itshide. But, more durable than even good quality leather.

I am not sure how much people watch the Cobblers Plus YouTube channel but Allen/Owner is doing an interesting Dainite versus Eton real world comparison with his own shoes:




 
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I took my college-aged son to an AE store a couple of years ago, and was surprised that the Wilbert was a shoe that caught his attention.
I think it looks terrible in Black. Not bad in Dark Brown. And really nice in (Light) Brown.
 

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I took my college-aged son to an AE store a couple of years ago, and was surprised that the Wilbert was a shoe that caught his attention.
He has good taste. I say that they look like "old man" shoes, but it's funny that 98% of my shoes are "old man" shoes. :)
 

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