Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.
^ What's wrong with the bottom pic? Uneven?
Yes, left side of heel cup on the right shoe almost touches the my ankle bone.
The left shoe was perfect, just needed a right shoe that matched it.
Waiting for the Positano to come in to check size, but I'm probably going to go with the Firenze. I am liking that bit loafer look...
I believe the AE shoe trees are just Woodlore shoe trees with AE branding. I would recommend the full-toe instead of the split-toe as they appear to shape the toebox better.
The AE polishing cloth works fine.
The polish colour depends on your preference. I have the Clifton and the McAllister both in walnut -- I wanted to keep the walnut a lighter hue on the Cliftons so I am using the cognac polish for that (it also adds a slight red tint which I like), but I think a darker hue would look better with the McAllister brogueing so I am using the walnut polish for that.
Well as you posted that perhaps you can give an opinion on my new McAllister. There's one slight imperfection area that is somewhat bothering me:
I will say it looks a little worse in the picture with the up close shot with flash, and also from that angle. Is this worth returning them? I'm assuming there will always be such tiny imperfections on hand-made shoes. Thoughts?
those differences are wildly inappropriate go with Alden for cordovans
I had similar imperfections on mine and I think it comes with the territory (unless they are painstakingly crafted handmades from higher end shoemakers like EG, JL). However, after I put some polish on them and brushed them, the imperfections were much less noticeable. My guess is the polish "sinks" into those recesses, making all the ridges darker and more even in colour.
Firenze is indeed nicer, very similar to the Ferragamo.
Since I'm looking for a tan loafer, I'm now debating between the AE Rush
and the BB version of Presidio, which worked well when I tried it out in .5 size smaller.
Thanks I appreciate it. It's good news. Plus I'm not trying to go into the hassle of returning them... the store that sold the said it was the last pair in my size (and I kind of believe them b.c. of the sale... my buddy had to order his size through the mail too).
PhiPsi32, thanks about the tree shoes.
I found the same thing about the Epic. I liked that it's fuller in the vamp and fills out the heel area better. I've been buying my trees from Nordstrom Rack for years but I like the Epic so much. I'll likely start buying them as needed.
I've been wearing and enjoying my Burgundy Shell Macneils for a couple of months now. Fit is great and they are an iconic & versatile classic that works well with business and casual attire.
With that said, I'm considering changing the edgetrim from black to brown. Am I crazy? Should I leave well enough alone? Just interested in some feedback from fellow AE enthusiasts.
For reference, there have been several Alden Color 8 LWB makeups with the brown edgetrim. Leffot's example from early this year comes to mind and looks terrific. Furthermore, someone here at SF posted a DIY tutorial on the process.
I'm not sure I'd tackle the job myself. If I don't gain the nerve to do so, the other option is to have B. Nelson perform the work when I need a resole. I've seen his results a few times here at SF and it looks quite good (IMO). However, since I wear these shoes at most once a week, it will be some time (2+ yrs) before I need the iron-like Rendenbach soles replaced.
Any thoughts? Good or bad...I can take it .
While I see your point that the brown edge looks natty, I'd be worried of destroying a perfectly good shoe.
I vote leave em alone and wear in good health.
The Macneils are a beauty
You make some very good points, thanks for the input.
For reference, my Macneil's with a few days of wear. I've since treated with a bit of renovateur and a lot of brushing. They've got a nice glow to them now.
I have seen people try this and it is possible to change the edge color, but the flaw that I see is that the welt is still black while the mid-leather and leather sole are brown. The contrast from the black welt and brown soles is just not effective in my eyes. A suggestion is that when you are eventually ready for a re-sole, you can ask AE if they can change the soles AND also the welt to a natural edge trim style. This would ensure professionally done work and alleviating the contrasting welt. Either way, good luck!
The bad news; what a pain in the ass for something you've paid in full for, and should not happen. Here is the good news; send them back and speak to a customer service representative. Tell him/her that you want them to personally inspect the replacement pair. They will probably give you $100 credit, and your replacement shoes will be a notch above first quality.
This exact same thing happened on my shells, my post with pictures are a few pages back. Its well worth the wait, and like I said, the replacements are flawless.
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