Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread - reviews, pictures, sizing, etc...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.

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  1. harlequin782

    harlequin782 Senior member

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    Those look really, really nice...the leaves and the stone are a nice touch...I think the Bourbon Mora 2.0's I just got are the most beautiful shoes I own.

    Still kinda disappointed that the bourbon isnt an actual leather color though...just a polish. But oh well, I guess anything is better than a generic brown.
     
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    ScottyBoy920 Senior member

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    Those look great. Wish there was a little more flair to them though.
     
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    I've used the colored and neutral AE wax before. The black works okay on black shoes, but I stick to the neutral for the best results.

    I get a pretty good mirror shine on most of my shoes using it. It takes a good amount of patience the first time, but afterwards you get used to it. The Official Shoe Care thread on SF is pretty helpful. I'd read the first few pages as they have good advice on a mirror shine.

    Indoor shot is poor, but pretty decent mirror on my PAs.

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    A suggestion, stick to only bull polishing on the toe and heel. Neutral wax will eventually collect in the creases of the vamp and you'll get whiteness that accentuates creasing.
     
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    Yup. I agree. I only use reno and some AE premium polish (sparingly) on the other areas other than the toe and heel.
     
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    Oh, it looked like you used neutral on the vamp with the shine. Nice work.
     
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    Thanks. I think it's just some weird lighting and some specks of dust that might make it appear that way.
     
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    What exactly do you mean by this? i.e., is it that easy to turn any pair of walnut AEs into bourbon?
     
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    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    Bourbon is just Walnut Calfskin Leather that they polish on the Black Burnishing Wheel. As opposed to being a specific dyed color like Walnut, Merlot, Brown or Black.

    I actually think it's cool how they get creative to make new colors, but I understand where you are coming from here. Cause the effect probably fades with time and is harder to maintain.

    -Mike
     
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    Thanks. Would love to see a pic of your new Mora 2.0s.

    I like brown too, once it ages a bit through wear. Regarding Bourbon as a leather color, I heard that it starts as Walnut but undergoes a darkening process that includes application of black coloring (but don't hold me to that 100%). Works for me.
     
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    Gotcha. I'd imagine it's not that easy for the average joe to turn a pair of walnut shoes into bourbons without the burnishing wheel.
     
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    Sorry, the above was in the wrong place and slightly redundant. Still figuring out how to post here...
     
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    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    Never thought of trying, but if you had some beater shoes that you didn't care about you could do a light application of Black polish on them and brush, brush, brush.

    -M
     
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    AE used to recommend black polish for bourbon, but they now have bourbon polish - might make maintenance easier.
     
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    BTW, for those who like bourbon, yesterday I was at the AE store here in New Orleans and saw the bourbon Daltons in person for the first time - absolutely beautiful color. Also checked out the new Carson City boot. All they had was the black distressed leather. Very unimpressed. The leather feels cheap and they look like hell. They are very lightweight, if that's your thing, but otherwise I'd say they basically have nothing going for them. The list price is only $45 less than the Dalton, which is absurd - I don't even think they're worth the $197 sale price. OTOH, judging by the website photos, the other color versions may be more impressive.

    Ultimately I was a baaad wittle boy yesterday. Ordered two pairs of shell Daltons. One was the burgundy from Sherman Brothers - they're offering 15% off with the code "gobbler". They claimed to have 9.5 Es in stock but I've ordered from them before only to be told the following day that they were out of stock, so we'll see. The other was 10 D walnuts from Pelle Line. I know the 10.5 D in the calf is too big for me, so I'm hoping for the best with the smaller size. They're offering $75 off orders of $450 or more, and $200 off orders of $1,000. That plus the fact that they were offering them for $675 before the discount instead of $695 was all the incentive I needed (as if I needed any more). If they work out I'll be selling my walnut calf 9.5Es. Seconds, but barely worn and defects are basically unnoticeable.

    FYI, Pelle Line appears to have one more pair of walnut shells in 9.5 D.
     
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