Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.
Brown burnished Delray.
If you are referring to "khaki" as the color also, I would suggest the natural tan or cognac McTavish, the tan Elgin, brown, olive, tan suede, or snuff suede Neumok, tan Black Hills, tan Stewart - and many other possibilities.
I was one of those that recently had to strip the factory finish on shell, not that I wanted to. My shell Leeds from ~5 years ago were the same condition and I should have stripped those when I got them too. Both are burgundy however my burgundy shell Cambridge were fine as were both of my shoes in shell walnut. It is the AE cordovan shoe cream I believe that causes the problem. There were chunks on top of the leather buried in the finish. And the overall appearance was muddy. I had a jar of AE burgundy cordovan cream a couple of years ago that did the same thing. When I touched up one of my shoes with it once it hit the air it would create chunks much like a skim film that forms in a can of paint that is exposed to air. Most AE shoe care products are pretty good but I avoid the cream now.
I had 2 pair of Bradley's and both had to be returned, but when I had them they felt about the same as my Leeds. Several years ago I developed a bunion at the base of my little toe on both feet. I had them removed and they came back about a year later. I was able to track it down to both my shell Leeds and cobbler leather Sheltons out of all the shoes I own. As the bunion got bigger and more painful it was pretty easy to tell who the problem child was. I used a shoe stretcher with a bunion attachment on those 2 shoes and have been fine since. My Leeds are a little bit tighter than most of my other 1 last shoes at the ball of the foot.
I also ordered the Burgandy Shell Dalton's but have not got a shipping motive but to be honest I'm not expecting one for a coupleore weeks
I cant believe I missed out on those shell Daltons
Dark brown shoes with a matching belt...works everytime.
So, after some hiccups, my custom Delrays in burgundy cordovan finally arrived:
I think they did a great job, and the cordovan looks flawless. I'm very pleased
For the folks who put up pictures of the cronmoks that were darkened, were those the brown or tan version? It looks like the darker ones have dark laces , but you indicated that you got two pairs of laces which appear to be the ones offered with the tan.
I looked at the brown in the store today, but I can't envision them looking like the pictures without extensive work they look very broken in already. Am I going crazy?
they were def the tan version, not brown
I ordered a pair within a couple of days of them being offered; no news yet. I'm not going to panic for another week or two.
I posted pics of my tan ones a few pages back... they came with blue and tan laces.
I believe the brown ones came with red and brown laces.
The tan darkened up easily with two passes of Reno... I did not want to go too dark since I have Elgins that are darker.
You probably want to stay a shade or two lighter than you want as the rough leather will most likely darken over time.
Whoops! Yes I am. Thanks for catching my error.
Thank you guys for the suggestions!
I noticed the same thing in store too but am going to buy the brown just to darken.
The edges of the tan shoe are much lighter than the brown shoe.
Those look great - I really like the natural sole with the burgundy.
I've come some way in my taste in the last couple of months. That may be among the best (and near, if not the, best) AE shoe I've seen. Great, great job.
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