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post #47116 of 53389
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

2 totally different boots IMO.

The Alden is more of a dress boot and I agree it is different enough from a wingtip that it is worth getting. I wear my Grant last #8 captoes and AE Cappuccino Bayfields a lot more than wingtip boots, but still almost always as dress boots.

The 744 I only wear casually. But I wear them a lot and sometimes in rough conditions without any issues at all. I wear them so much because I love how they fit and feel and part of that is because they are unlined. I will even wear them when fly fishing on small streams when I don't need to wade wet, and know I am going out to eat after. Yes they are paired with technical pants smile.gif



They have always cleaned up fine when I needed them to and I have never had an issue with integrity of any part of them.

 

The 744 is a unique boot, at least in my eyes. You can always pick up a shell captoe dress boot, or at least with a little waiting you can. Something like the 744 not so much. January before last I spent a week in the Phoenix, AZ area and wore them every day. They handled town at night, light hiking in the desert and every thing in between perfectly. My girlfriends daughter was there from Indy and she has a Masters in Art and media sciences and works in those fields. One evening in the hotel room she came over and picked up one of my 744's and studied it for a bit then said these things are beautiful and a work of art. She asked if I could try and talk her boy friend into wearing boots like them. I told her she was on her own there LOL. 

As to which one is correct I think a lot depends on your lifestyle. For me the answer is both, one is for play and the other for work.

Cold Iron,

How has the toe held up without structural reinforcement? I keep going back and forth on this one. Unfortunately I only have the funds for one of these since I'm also committed to the Alden x Epaulet Innsbruck.

The Alden's I could wear to work in bus casual, with a suit, or with jeans. The 744's look like a jean shoe only. Both look great to me. Trying to justify and prioritize. Uggh indecision!!!
post #47117 of 53389
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Originally Posted by Buddy0329 View Post


Cold Iron,

How has the toe held up without structural reinforcement? I keep going back and forth on this one. Unfortunately I only have the funds for one of these since I'm also committed to the Alden x Epaulet Innsbruck.

The Alden's I could wear to work in bus casual, with a suit, or with jeans. The 744's look like a jean shoe only. Both look great to me. Trying to justify and prioritize. Uggh indecision!!!

My toe caps have been fine. I know at least 2 people on here way back treated their 721's with Sno Seal and so does Crane's. And on all 3 of them the toe caps has dented in and lost form. 

 

bkotsko by chance did you treat yours with Sno-Seal or other waterproofing agents? If not then Buddy0329 I would certainly look into the Wolverine warranty before purchasing. Even though AE made them Wolverine I believe would handle any warranty issues.

 

As to which of course both but totally understand only 1 for now. So yeah there is some decision making and weighting you have to do. Good luck! 

post #47118 of 53389
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Originally Posted by Buddy0329 View Post


Cold Iron,

How has the toe held up without structural reinforcement? I keep going back and forth on this one. Unfortunately I only have the funds for one of these since I'm also committed to the Alden x Epaulet Innsbruck.

The Alden's I could wear to work in bus casual, with a suit, or with jeans. The 744's look like a jean shoe only. Both look great to me. Trying to justify and prioritize. Uggh indecision!!!

Buddy FWIW, these are mine. You can see the deformation of the toe. 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

post #47119 of 53389
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Originally Posted by cats33cats View Post

Does anyone know if Allen Edmonds 3E boat shoes are any wider than Sperry XW? I currently have a pair of Sperry's in 13XW but even they feel too narrow. I don't know what has happened to my feet in the last few months but it seems like they've gotten wider.

(I'm 23 so maybe they are still in fact growing)


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I don't know about the Sperry fit, but I can report that while I am usually 9.5E in AE lasts, I went 9EEE for my Fastballs.  That leads me to believe the EEE boat shoe may not be all that wide.

post #47120 of 53389
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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post


Yeah...not feeling the black welt/sole edge on the walnut Mac.

ditto.  major fail.  light brown would have been on point.

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If you're going to buy boots to do all that stuff, why not just go for red wings...

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Thanks for the photos and posts. I ended up going with my gut and pulled the trigger on the JCrew x Alden boots. I actually was looking to buy them a few weeks ago in a size 10, but none were available online. I even contemplated buying a lightly used pair from the Bay but reconsidered. Over the weekend I noticed that a pair of 10's became available again (one pair only); so I reasoned that I have to take a chance to buy these now while I could. The fact that they are lined, have a thicker sole, and cost less too didn't hurt. Hopefully they are in good shape and not beat up. Hopefully the size works out.

The Wolverines are gorgeous, but I think I'll have another bite at the apple if I really want them down the line or if I'm not happy with the Aldens when they arrive. I know Cold Iron is a fan of the shell being unlined, but reading about toe cap deformities only reaffirmed my hesitancy to purchase $750 unlined cordovan boots after reading that AE will no longer produce MTOs in that manner.
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Why not just calling it Strand? AE should fire the person responsible for naming the shoes. 

 



Guessing the split welt. If it was flat id agree..

Last time around, the lined Strand with a split welt (and a Vibram Lug Sole) was called the Kiowa.

post #47124 of 53389
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Originally Posted by Roycru View Post
 

Last time around, the lined Strand with a split welt (and a Vibram Lug Sole) was called the Kiowa.

There was also tan saddle Elgin on a double sole. 

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Wow, this thread has been quite quiet, I thought we have a sale coming up.
post #47128 of 53389
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Originally Posted by YoungSweet View Post

Wow, this thread has been quite quiet, I thought we have a sale coming up.

I'm pretty sure it has something to do with a ton of people getting a DNS redirection error when they try to get on the website. Obviously I made it on now, at my work computer, but before I left for work this morning I was getting the error on my laptop at home.
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Is it safe to assume that the Labor Day sale Aug 21st to Sep 1st will include discounts on some current production 2nds, or should I settle for the unimpressive closeout 2nds in my size?

Not that the Fifth St boot is really all that bad for $150. I'll just feel like a bit of a dandy.
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Has the 2 for $300 sale started? Does it apply to everything ex shell?
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