Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.
+10000 for the bold/underlined point. Their website pictures are just awful.
So does this mean they will apply the new style finish to all models? I could see myself wanting a burgundy Leeds with the new style finishing.
It seems as though they would convert everything to the new finish in time, but in the near term you probably run some risk of having old stock delivered to your door.
The topline can be tightened some during recrafting however it can't fix bowing beyond a certain point. It doesn't matter if the shoe is calf or shell it should not make a difference in the collar opening, which is where I measure to see if a shoe has bowing. Your strands should measure the same distance between the calf and shell models. To measure I remove the laces and tie the top eyelets together. Then spread the opening with calipers until you can just start to see the tension on the laces:
My #1 lasted shoes are ALL the same, 2.4" in size 10D including calf and shell Leeds. The pair above which bowed badly from the factory measured 3.1" and QA told me they were defective when I returned them. Not sure what my #5 lasted shoes measured right now but IIRC they were smaller. But again all consistent.
Found a place that still has them - only in size 10 and 12 though.
Thanks for looking man! unfortunately I am a size 9.
What size do you need?
thanks man, updated to reflect Clifton and Nathan.
the JAB Nathan looks really good, i hadn't seen pictures of it before.
How do you think it is possible to get the Daltons for cheap (like seconds)? I saw some people have bought them for $149 from the factory - what kind of sale should I look out for? I am dying for a pair of the chocolate calf daltons
Factory seconds have defects. You're talking about a shoe that is already a good value for the money. As a retailer I'm biased, but save up and get what you want.
I don't mind the seconds! I just can't get over how beautiful I think they are.
droool...my walnut cordovan dalton seconds are in the mail...here's to hoping there's nothing too wrong with them!
one wonders how much of it is just polishing and brushing...i remember a previous post with some nice photos of a burgundy shell full brogue with a very nice shine, presumably on the older finish.
Stolen from another poster in the Meermin thread:
The Alden (right) is the glossiest of the bunch by a good amount while the AE (middle) is the least glossy. No amount of brushing to my shell Leeds could equal that luster - it took a good amount of polishing. There's a lot to the finishing.
Modern AE shell is inferior to Alden (shine/lustre wise) despite coming from the same factory... so go figure!
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