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post #46 of 104
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I'd love to get a pair of bespoke Lobbs, but that would probably necessitate a trip to England.  I'd also have a really hard time choosing between all the offerings.  A lot of the monks (austerity brogue, Paris monk, double monk cap) look great, as do the Hilo and Ghillies.  I'd probably end up with a pair of Hilo.

 

Next shoe purchase is probably going to be a Carmina Steinbeck boot in grey suede, from Epaulet.

post #47 of 104

What products do you guys use to maintain your leather shoes ?  Pure wax is too dry. 

I have been using RM Williams Saddle and Leather Dressing in the last 10 years.  It preserves, conditions and nourishes leather.  

post #48 of 104
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Saphir makes a massive assortment of different products based on your needs.  I get most of my Saphir stuff from The Hanger Project (link).  They also make lots of great hangers for ties, belts, suits, etc.

post #49 of 104

Ever since I visited this thread head-fi has been filled with Allen Edmonds ads for me.

post #50 of 104
For what they cost they represent excellent value in terms of quality. I have several pairs and each is very comfortable to wear, look great and the leather is to notch. Your lucky in the States as many places have outlets selling AE shoes at bargain prices.
post #51 of 104

The most important thing you can do to protect leather shoes is to polish them before you wear them the first time. Most people don't do this.

post #52 of 104
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Originally Posted by sphinxvc View Post

Ever since I visited this thread head-fi has been filled with Allen Edmonds ads for me.

 

The intartoobs are trying to tell you something.  You should heed their words.

post #53 of 104
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The most important thing you can do to protect leather shoes is to polish them before you wear them the first time. Most people don't do this.

And when they are scuffed I learned an old trick from one of the Churches Reps that used to visit the shoe store I worked in whilst at college. Rub Dubbin into the sole once a month thorough the winter months, not a lot but just enough to sink in, let it settle in for a day and it helps keep the leather soles not only more water resistant but also helps preserve the leather a bit more against salts and such.
post #54 of 104

I... er...just drop them off at the shop. Which is why I have regular 'can be destroyed' shoes as well since I fail at looking after them. Same goes for my bags.

post #55 of 104

OP, I know this is an older thread, but well done on selecting the EGs.

 

Awesome you've discovered SF too, sorry about your wallet. :)

 

Since finding SF, I've relegated my various AE shoes to rough wear duty, and really only wear C&J and Carmina on a regular basis. Special occasions warrant my EG and G&G...

 

Awesome we have cross-over threads like this here etysmile.gif

post #56 of 104

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/cati2_Shoes_1_40000000001_-1_1_image_0_N_120552_120552_189_subcategory

 

Park Avenue's....Perfect for Wall Street or VP and up corporate...I have enjoyed them for many years. They are comfortable, they last a long time and they shine up great.

 

 

1000

post #57 of 104

Has Alden slipped in quality ?

post #58 of 104

It has been many years since I have seen someone wearing Alden's. I cannot comment on their current quality. Just that I don't see anyone wearing them.

post #59 of 104
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Originally Posted by bangraman View Post

Exactly. John Lobb (Hermes) are really nice shoes in their own right, but a custom pair wouldn't be that much more. Even a 'real' Lobb as I said, which is only about ~2x (which is a jump, but let's face it, if you're already looking to spend $1500-$2000 on shoes you can probably stretch to that... though you would need to arrange the logistics of fitting. Luckily in my case I'm literally around the corner).

 

 

However I dunno, maybe it's just the old-school fart in me but if a guy (I fully admit I'd give a woman a break as long as the ensemble was appropriately fabulous) came in dressed to the nines like the above for a position he'd actually have to interview for, as opposed to already being picked and then doing due dilligence, I'd be like, 'oooooooh look at you'

 

 

 

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I was going to suggest John Lobb also but since you've made your choice, I'll post the link for those who wish to check them out. True, made to measure custom shoes at prices many of us could only dream about. http://www.johnlobbltd.co.uk/main/main.htm

post #60 of 104
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Has Alden slipped in quality ?

 

Nope.

 

They are still a fair bit above Allen Edmonds in quality, and I'd say the best one could find made in the US.

 

Quality-wise I'd say they're on the order of Crockett & Jones.

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