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Hi all,

Long time lurker, first time poster here. Now that I’ve amassed a four shoe collection, thought I’d survey y’all for advice on my next pair. Currently, I have Walnut Lexingtons, Chili Boulevards, Bourbon Fifth Aves (they are pretty dark), and Black Fifth Aves.

I was thinking an oxblood wingtip was the next logical progression? I wear business casual (leaning more towards professional) mostly during the week, with a suit a couple of times a month. Thoughts?
You are just about ready for a shell loafer. Don’t make me post pictures of my McGraws in cappuccino shell.
I don't believe they ever made a FA version for the Independence line.
But they should have. In dark brown. The perfect stable mate to the Hopkinson for the suit wearing crowd. It would have been an instabuy for me.
 

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Another huge drop on AE site.
Considering between

And


Help my decide :)
Can we please get better colors for the Liverpool.
 

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If it’s a really big want, color can be changed with a little dye.
I guess most people don't want to do that to a $500 shoe out of the box. :p
But, yeah, I agree.

Can we please get better colors for the Liverpool.
What colors? Black is classic, walnut gets a lot of notice from others in my case. (It's definitely more complimented than may of my shoes). I love my choco suede, but I think a lot of people get put off by the nap's center stripe that tends to occur on the Chelsea pattern in suede. Black (not waxed or burnished please) suede would be bitch'n, even if @Neo1 thinks it's a girl boot in that combo. I'm trying to imagine what I would really want beyond those, honestly.
 

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I guess most people don't want to do that to a $500 shoe out of the box. :p
But, yeah, I agree.


What colors? Black is classic, walnut gets a lot of notice from others in my case. (It's definitely more complimented than may of my shoes). I love my choco suede, but I think a lot of people get put off by the nap's center stripe that tends to occur on the Chelsea pattern in suede. Black (not waxed or burnished please) suede would be bitch'n, even if @Neo1 thinks it's a girl boot in that combo. I'm trying to imagine what I would really want beyond those, honestly.
I got the brown suede Liverpool. The stripe was pretty bad, and I’m pretty sure that’s why they were seconds. I removed the stripe with about 10 minutes of brushing on each boot using a brass-bristled suede brush. I’m wondering if I should re-wax them now.

I’ve bought shoes and re-dyed them immediately after confirming the fit. Sometimes it’s the only option to get what you really want.
 

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But they should have. In dark brown. The perfect stable mate to the Hopkinson for the suit wearing crowd. It would have been an instabuy for me.
It took me over a year of waiting before I found an old model dark brown (not cigar or mahogany) PA on sale at shoebank. They must have found it buried in a warehouse somewhere because they only had one of them. $99 + 20% off was worth the wait.
 

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Blue Holiday Hamilton (Frosty Ave) is 10% extra off today
 

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Blue Holiday Hamilton (Frosty Ave) is 10% extra off today
The Frosty boots look great. Those were a nice surprise addition to the lineup.
I’m a little surprised that the Frosty and Claus boots are unlined, since they’re based on the Hamilton. I’ve got the unlined Cronmok boots, and I definitely notice that they are not as warm.
 

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My questions is how would you maintain the white stitching on the frosty boot? I would think any conditioner would cause the blue to bleed when applied and brushed...
 

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The Frosty boots look great. Those were a nice surprise addition to the lineup.
I’m a little surprised that the Frosty and Claus boots are unlined, since they’re based on the Hamilton. I’ve got the unlined Cronmok boots, and I definitely notice that they are not as warm.
Says partially lined...maybe just the shaft isn't lined? I agree; the Santa Moks being unlined is still odd temp wise.
My questions is how would you maintain the white stitching on the frosty boot? I would think any conditioner would cause the blue to bleed when applied and brushed...
Alcohol and a toothbrush. Maybe try applying clear polish over threads first, but I would avoid adding any blue polish. These aren't really meant to be polished, just like the CXL versions (JBM). Just let the color age as they get scuffed and brushed; there won't really be factory finish to stitching transfer, or they would never do contrast stitching on anything.
 

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Says partially lined...maybe just the shaft isn't lined? I agree; the Santa Moks being unlined is still odd temp wise.

Alcohol and a toothbrush. Maybe try applying clear polish over threads first, but I would avoid adding any blue polish. These aren't really meant to be polished, just like the CXL versions (JBM). Just let the color age as they get scuffed and brushed; there won't really be factory finish to stitching transfer, or they would never do contrast stitching on anything.
In my experience, the “partially lined” portion is at the rear of the shoe — the heel area up.

I would use regular neutral conditioner (occasionally) with the Frosty boots. I would not expect any color transfer. Scuffs could be carefully touched up with blue shoe cream using a q-tip if necessary.
 

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I guess most people don't want to do that to a $500 shoe out of the box. :p
But, yeah, I agree.


What colors? Black is classic, walnut gets a lot of notice from others in my case. (It's definitely more complimented than may of my shoes). I love my choco suede, but I think a lot of people get put off by the nap's center stripe that tends to occur on the Chelsea pattern in suede. Black (not waxed or burnished please) suede would be bitch'n, even if @Neo1 thinks it's a girl boot in that combo. I'm trying to imagine what I would really want beyond those, honestly.
Walnut makes me want to puke. Mahogany is the ticket.
 
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