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^Those are some snazzy shoes....
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velomane wrote: via Skoak?
Yah.

originally wanted to get a pair from japan, but doing business online with that shop was too much hassle, so settled on these.
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I just picked up some AE Strand in Walnut and I am just curious what you guys use to protect and polish the shoes? I would like to put a wax on the shoe but neutral waxes (Sno-Seal) I have used in the past ended up significantly darkening the tan/walnut leather and I am kind of concerned it will do the same here. Is there a spray on wax that won't change the color? Is there also a place locally to get the AE color specific shoe polishes?
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Asad_A203 wrote: I just picked up some AE Strand in Walnut and I am just curious what you guys use to protect and polish the shoes? I would like to put a wax on the shoe but neutral waxes (Sno-Seal) I have used in the past ended up significantly darkening the tan/walnut leather and I am kind of concerned it will do the same here. Is there a spray on wax that won't change the color? Is there also a place locally to get the AE color specific shoe polishes?
https://www.hangerproject.com/blog/2013 ... ish-guide/

Light brown for you. Any polish will darken the shoe. I have those exact strands in walnut and they have darkened a little.
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mebiuspower wrote: Just use shoe cream in neutral color.
I go with this as I prefer my shoes to age naturally...
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Wanted to get a pair of those and used them as "beaters" but then realized I rarely wear my white CP's...
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Asad_A203 wrote: I just picked up some AE Strand in Walnut and I am just curious what you guys use to protect and polish the shoes? I would like to put a wax on the shoe but neutral waxes (Sno-Seal) I have used in the past ended up significantly darkening the tan/walnut leather and I am kind of concerned it will do the same here. Is there a spray on wax that won't change the color? Is there also a place locally to get the AE color specific shoe polishes?
Venetian Leather Balm. Picked up the 3 pack from Massdrop which includes 4 fl. oz. of neutral leather balm, 1.6 fl. oz. brown, 1.6 fl. oz black for 23.99 USD + shipping. Otherwise, I'll use Saphir shoe polish in light brown.
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Nice. May I inquire the price?
dddrees wrote: I just ordered a pair of these via a GMTO through Skoaktiebolaget.

Gaziano & Girling St James II Cedar/Kudu

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$620 CDN. Dang. How does this compare to Allen Edmonds then? Rather what's so special, that its at this price range? Just wondering.
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djemzine wrote: $620 CDN. Dang. How does this compare to Allen Edmonds then? Rather what's so special, that its at this price range? Just wondering.
That's the deposit and that's only half the price without shoe trees..

Chances are if you do not appreciate the visual difference then these shoes wouldn't be for you. The laws of diminishing returns occur at a certain level with shoes and most of the differences are visual. The Last or shape of the shoe is certainly more elegant on a pair of Gaziano and Girlings than a pair of Allen Edmonds. This tends to be personal opinion but most would agree. Both shoes are Good Year Welted so that method of construction is the same although Allen Edmonds uses a 360 degree welt which then again tends to look more blobby. However there are also a number of actual differences with regards to the quality of the leather and sole. Gaziano and Girling at this price level will use a better quality of leather and sole and in this particular case Allen Edmonds doesn't even offer Kudu as an option. If they did offer something called Kudu we would probably be talking something entirely different and not the real thing in Allen Edmonds case. However even when it comes to calf, the calf leather used on the Gaziano and Girling shoe would be appreciably much better. With regards to better leather it will tend to age and patina a whole lot better than the lesser quality leather. The Sole will also tend to last a bit longer depending on the wearers gait and use of course. However since both can be resoled then this may or may not make a difference to you. Gaziano and Girlings finishing is to a much higher standard than Allen Edmonds and there again visually looks a lot better. Allen Edmonds is notorious for quality issues even though they are also known for rectifying these issues if brought to their attention. Gaziano and Girling on the other hand are known for superior quality. So would you be able tell the difference between the two if you had both of these shoes in one place together? Most people would have no problem telling which shoes were better or actually made with the better materials if they had them next to each other. It's very noticeable. Would one pair last longer than the other, not necessarily, but then again the Gaziano and Girling would look better getting there. Allen Edmonds probably makes hundreds of thousands of shoes a year, Gaziano and Girling probably make a few thousand shoes a year.

So the differences are not unlike the difference between a high end mechanical luxury watch and a timex quartz watch. Both tell the time and in fact the Timex is more accurate, however the high end mechanical watch does it more elegantly.


Just remember however, if it don't fit it's not worth it no matter what it costs.

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