Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.
I've noticed that as well, yet, as you put it on, the tongue becomes perfectly centered.
Hey guys I have a quick question. I ordered a pair of Burgundy Shell Daltons with this recent shell sale, and I am wondering how I can protect them from light rain and snow? I am planning on putting rubber over soles and wearing them all the time, including when there is light rain in the late fall, and snow. Would Allen Edmonds spray waterproofer be a good idea? I have heard great things about Alden Leather defender, but it is near impossible to get in Canada.
This is what I have been envisioning.
Shell cordovan is already a highly durable, water-resistant leather. It's not like calfskin, you don't need to do anything extra to protect it from the elements. If you want them to really be waterproof for walking around in snow on purpose, then you can LP them or if you plan on walking through creeks, sno-seal. But otherwise just wear 'em out and then give them a nice brushing to get salt and residues off of them.
Quick sizing question guys:
My Brannock size is 10.3 , only pair of AE I have are on the 5 last , 9.5EE and 10E(a bit long)fits me well on that last, what size you think I should try on the 7 last (Mcneil and Leeds).
Thought it might be useful to some if I posted some aligned pics of my Portlands and the same size (10D) PAs. Upon close inspection, the Portland boots are only a (negligible) hair longer. The soles are a near match with the PAs being just a bit wider; a hair at the heel and a bit more near the toe box - shown in the third pic with the two shoes sole-to-sole with the PA sole showing a bit of extra width beyond the Portland sole.
Great looking boot. I would be tempted to snatch a pair up if they ever come up on closeout in my size again. They are also a conversation starter being they were the boots worn in the movie Titanic!
I'd try 10.5D or 10E. I am 9.5D on Brannock and McNeil 10D fits me the best.
What's that movie once again? Never heard of it. Seriously though, the fact they were worn in Titanic would almost be a sole major factor for me not buying them
I wasn't clear enough. The tongue will "wander" to the outside which on the right boot will be to the right. This will make the off centered tongue even more pronounced.
.....and I didn't correct my typo fast enough (left vs right)
I did not know this. Are you saying that women will start looking at me the way they look at DiCaprio?
This is the only image I could find showing any male cast member's feet.
Nice score Doc! As you know the Bayfield never goes on sale at Lands End even when most of the other Canvas things do. After AE purchased my original Bayfields back which I only paid $220 for through the exchange I waited months just for them to get 10.5 back in stock. When they finally did I just paid the $350 figuring that they wouldn't go on sale any time soon and if they did was afraid they would be out of stock again. You got a great deal!
It is one of my favorite boots. Worth owning in CXL, calf and shell in my opinion.
I also had sizing issues although for me it was across the ball of the foot after wearing them for long periods of time. I owned the CXL for 2 years and the black calf for 1 year but AE purchased them both back from me for what I paid for them. I replaced them both with a half size larger boot and they fit much better. I had the cappuccino shell made in my TTS but with no poron insole and they fit perfectly. Poron insoles are OK in both of my Wilbert's but other than those I am not a fan of it.
You could take Paul up on his MTO offer and get a pair made at the same cost that most people pay at Lands End.
The Dalton is a true dress boot and I have worn mine under some extreme conditions, many times in the teens below zero Fahrenheit and through some deep snow. I would wait and see how your pair handle getting wet before you treat them, you may not have to do anything. I wear my walnut shell Dalton's in the winter through snow without any issues. Some of my shell does get water welts which go away with time and brushing but most of my shell is fine with being wet on the surface. If yours do need treating Alden SF (I think) has a write up on their web page about using several thin coats of wax for water protection. It goes against the grain of many but I feel it would likely work best if you needed protection for your shell. Congrats on your new Daltons!
I'm pretty sure thats the way it works right? Here is an old description with the background:
For those who went through the process of getting shell MTOs using Paul's promo, how much would I expect to pay for a pair of brown shell McNeils?
OptoDoc and Cold Iron,
Thanks for the responses, that is exactly what I was hoping to hear. Looks like I will just be putting rubber sole of some sort on them when I get them and then wearing them without any coating, at least at first.
I have been, in secret (at least to my family), collecting a modest but respectable collection of AE shoes, and after this weekend, when they have all arrived, I will have to post a family picture. I have 3 more pairs that I am currently on the 2nds wait list for, and then after that, I think I am going to have to take a break for a little while (I know...easier said than done).
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