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I really like the way the Lasalle handles the back half of the shoe. In fact, it looks great. I just wish I could get behind the sewn apron look. If they went full (plain toe) blucher on it, ditching the apron and split toe, and went instead with a MACHINE stitch u-tip (like a stock Alden Indy) I would really be hard pressed not to own a pair. Assuming they moved it away from the 108 of course.
I'm not trying to poke the bee hive, but I've never been a big fan of the U-tip. I own the Rothsay boots that have it, but not really my cup of tea. It looks unfinished to me, but that's just my point of view. Give me split toe or plain toe.

Just for fun, I compared the new natural vs. the old natural. You will get an idea of how much darker the new one is. I now know that going up 1/2 size in the Higgins is my best size. These fit really well. I may just sell off my old brown pair because they've always felt a little too snug in the ankles and leg area.

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I'm not trying to poke the bee hive, but I've never been a big fan of the U-tip. I own the Rothsay boots that have it, but not really my cup of tea. It looks unfinished to me, but that's just my point of view. Give me split toe or plain toe.

Just for fun, I compared the new natural vs. the old natural. You will get an idea of how much darker the new one is. I now know that going up 1/2 size in the Higgins is my best size. These fit really well. I may just sell off my old brown pair because they've always felt a little too snug in the ankles and leg area.

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Your point of view is wrong and different from mine, therefore invalid!!!

interesting comment about the HM sizing I would have figured you have more issue with toe box on HM since self proclaimed narrow heel, wide at ball
 

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You mention the leather is a kind of nubuck. Would you just spray them with a water protector as you might for suede? Would you polish them? I think the care instructions on the AE website recommend polishing them. Did you keep them? Thanks
I guess the Kitsap burnished toes are smooth enough to take polish, but the rest of the shoe is more of a fuzzy nubuck-like texture, for which I would definitely not recommend polish. A suede protector spray would be better suited.

Believe it or not, I still haven't decided whether to keep them—in fact I haven't even laced them up. I am definitely aware of their stylistic limitations per comments above. The reason I'm considering keeping is that although I have a fair number of AE casual shoes, I don't have a true beater on which scrapes, spills or other mishaps wouldn't bother me. With these I'd be fine, and the $125 isn't too big a hit.

I also have another pair of AEs on the way, and if those work out it will likely tip the scales against.
 

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I guess the Kitsap burnished toes are smooth enough to take polish, but the rest of the shoe is more of a fuzzy nubuck-like texture, for which I would definitely not recommend polish. A suede protector spray would be better suited.

Believe it or not, I still haven't decided whether to keep them—in fact I haven't even laced them up. I am definitely aware of their stylistic limitations per comments above. The reason I'm considering keeping is that although I have a fair number of AE casual shoes, I don't have a true beater on which scrapes, spills or other mishaps wouldn't bother me. With these I'd be fine, and the $125 isn't too big a hit.

I also have another pair of AEs on the way, and if those work out it will likely tip the scales against.
Many thanks. I would like a nubuck shoe and I am thinking of this vs. upgrading to the Strandmok (for twice the price). I do find the weirdness of the Kitsap kind of appealing.
 
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I'm not trying to poke the bee hive, but I've never been a big fan of the U-tip. I own the Rothsay boots that have it, but not really my cup of tea. It looks unfinished to me, but that's just my point of view. Give me split toe or plain toe.

Just for fun, I compared the new natural vs. the old natural. You will get an idea of how much darker the new one is. I now know that going up 1/2 size in the Higgins is my best size. These fit really well. I may just sell off my old brown pair because they've always felt a little too snug in the ankles and leg area.

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I like the color of the "old" pair, what size are you?
 

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I'm not trying to poke the bee hive, but I've never been a big fan of the U-tip. I own the Rothsay boots that have it, but not really my cup of tea. It looks unfinished to me, but that's just my point of view. Give me split toe or plain toe.

Just for fun, I compared the new natural vs. the old natural. You will get an idea of how much darker the new one is. I now know that going up 1/2 size in the Higgins is my best size. These fit really well. I may just sell off my old brown pair because they've always felt a little too snug in the ankles and leg area.

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They’re called “u” tips and not “me” tips for a reason...
 

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Crazy lighting here. Had to lean back to prevent shadows.
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They’re called “u” tips and not “me” tips for a reason...
And everyone knows how to tell an extroverted iT guy, from an introverted IT guy, right? The extrovert looks at YOUR shoes when he is talking to you, introvert looks at HIS shoes when talking to you.... (I can get away with this joke as I spent a career in IT related things)
 

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I just got a pair a couple of weeks ago and I like them so far. Leather is soft and supple. I wore them for 3 straight days for Thanksgiving travel. Very comfortable.
And I thought they were just MEH......nothing to write home about, ok boots, ok leather, but not as well done NST as a couple of other companies, although significantly less expensive. I wear mine to mow the lawn type of thing.
 
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