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Nah they're long gone and I am not sure it was AE anyway; just fancy schmancy stuff in that 1980s style of oversaturated colors and pictures of tabletop arrangements reminiscent of a saccharine Americana that probably never actually existed. He's not exactly a sentimental guy, and gets rid of stuff a bit too regularly for my liking. I was actually helping him clean the garage once and found wedged between some boxes his PhD dissertation, written several decades before pdfs were invented. Asked if he wanted it and he was like, "Nah you take it. It just reminds me of how much grad school sucked." For his futile attempt at warning me off the path, he got a sheepish mention about a decade later in my dissertation, when my own PhD misadventure finally concluded.Does your uncle still have any of those old catalogs, and his home phone? The reason I ask is I've been searching eBay for vintage AE catalogs but unlike Sears, Canadian Tire, Marshall Fields or even Victoria's Secret, AE catalogs are not to be found.
This is true. They were actually a bit of an impulse buy. AE ran some ridiculous sale on them a few years ago and I took advantage, but unfortunately they now sit in an awkward spot in my shoe rotation in terms of style and formality, between my burgundy captoes and shell Daltons; I find myself always reaching for those, and rarely for the McAllisters. Nowadays, I collect wears on them by traveling with them; don't want them to turn into a pair of sad neglected closet queens, right? They're quite versatile in that you can pair them with everything from navy or gray suits to dark wash denim, which is what I take on the road anyway, so it makes for efficient packing.Your McCallisters are great shoes.
That's always the target demo for these entry-level luxury companies, I'd imagine. There's no point in trying to market to a higher tax bracket since they're already your people or they aren't, and if you go one lower, you won't find too many people willing to drop four benjamins on a pair of old-fashioned shoes. The newly-minted-upper-middle-class person though will probably be up for a tangible little token that he or she has secured a seat at the table, or at least as secure as one can be on the fickle anxiety-fueled machine that is American white-collar labor.I suspect AE was appealing was to the upper middle-class, suburban white family that joined country or dinner clubs in a different era. Bankers, lawyers, accountants, middle management, salesmen types, but I missed that world.
Isn’t the Wilbert made with a English waxy leather? What is the tiny amount of wax in a conditioner matter?Guys, can I safely use renomat or acetone on the outband brown leather that the Badlands and Wilbert used? And does anyone know if the product AE uses as finish on their shoes, can it be bought for home use? My intention is to remove some of the wax that I got on the shoes by using conditioners that I did not know contained wax. @jpm1? Anyone?
The wax built up to the point where I get these ugly white creases on the shoes after I wear them. I guess I could just buy some cognac creme polish, but it probably won't match exactly. The leather color on the outland brown is sort of in between cognac and light brown.Isn’t the Wilbert made with a English waxy leather? What is the tiny amount of wax in a conditioner matter?
I have tried using AE's conditioner cleaner, which did not fix the problem and made it look worse. I don't own lexol, but I read that can work. I ordered some renomat, but unsure if that will be safe for this leather. I'm guessing acetone would not be what I want.Have you just tried any simple cleaner? I have had minimal issues with my Wilbert of the same color and I have cleaned with the horrible horrible saddle soap.
This may not help you, but I bought some vintage Florsheim Imperials 93602s on eBay that were covered in some type of acrylic dye or plastic-like spray covering. I have never used acetone before, and was hesitant, but I figured the shoes were worthless to me so what the hell? And I eventually found that with persistent scrubbing, I did strip the leather down the original finish without damaging it. I used the little sponge that comes with Fiebings saddle soap which is extremely soft and it eventually crumbled to pieces.Guys, can I safely use renomat or acetone on the outband brown leather that the Badlands and Wilbert used? And does anyone know if the product AE uses as finish on their shoes, can it be bought for home use? My intention is to remove some of the wax that I got on the shoes by using conditioners that I did not know contained wax. @jpm1? Anyone?
Try neutral wax used on a cotton ball as a rubbing agent. It takes off old wax remarkably readily, and does wonders on the pigment of cream polish, too.The wax built up to the point where I get these ugly white creases on the shoes after I wear them. I guess I could just buy some cognac creme polish, but it probably won't match exactly. The leather color on the outland brown is sort of in between cognac and light brown.