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post #136 of 266
^ Glad you like them! They are cigar shell Vass U-Last PTB which I purchased through Kolecho on the site. Hope that helps.
post #137 of 266
You be the judge: Uploaded with ImageShack.us Ron Rider's picture of the same shoes, before being worn: Uploaded with ImageShack.us Another example: Uploaded with ImageShack.us
post #138 of 266
^ Yummy! Perhaps my favorite style of monks. Is that mahogany shell?
post #139 of 266
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^ Yummy! Perhaps my favorite style of monks. Is that mahogany shell?
Thanks. The bluchers are color #8 and the monkstraps are color #6, slightly more red than #8. color #6 is my favorite color of shell cordovan (so far). Here's an early picture of my shell cordovan collection, before it expanded significantly. Sorry for the poor lighting and crappy background: Uploaded with ImageShack.us Edit: The RL MacCallum chukka boots in the center and/or the RL Darltons, second from the right, may be mahogany shell, I quite honestly forget. WTH, here are my other 2 pairs (pictures of the saddle shoes are from Ron Rider; the color on the front shoe is more true-to-life). The saddle shoes are whiskey/mahogany and the chelsea boots are color #6: Uploaded with ImageShack.us Uploaded with ImageShack.us Edit #2: Forgot I also own a pair of mahogany shell cordovan high boots, but they were too shy to be photographed (I've just never taken a picture).
post #140 of 266
interesting, how does shell work in a chelsea boot?
post #141 of 266
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interesting, how does shell work in a chelsea boot?
Honestly, I'm disappointed in the chelsea boots because they're hard to get on and off and I don't like the creasing pattern. The ripples on the vamp extend up the front of the ankle (you can see it a little in the photo). I don't wear them very often for these reasons. The monkstraps, on the other hand, are some of my favorite shoes (as are the chukkas and wingtips).
post #142 of 266
DUly noted on the Chelseas and something I would have suspected. Keep them photos comin'!
post #143 of 266
current iteration of my oft changing shell lineup:

I bought only the C&J new/recently, so I don't know what the original colors all looked like. I think they were all in that burgundy/slightly brownish spectrum similar to what AE currently uses, lighter than Horween#8

AE Hinsdale
C&J for BB boot
Florsheim Longwing
Hanover PTB





post #144 of 266
I really want to like shell but I must have been very unlucky because every pair I have had have welted horribly at the merest hint of rain. They then look absolutely dreadful and it's pretty embarrassing (I work in a formal business environment with senior people so can't get away with it).

As I live in the UK I can't leave home in the morning and guarantee it won't rain at some point in the day (for about ten months of the year anyway) so I find them being worn less and less. A real shame and I'm now down to two pairs, both from Church's - Lancaster and Shannon. I still have to brush the snot out of them before wearing them to get them looking anything like decent.

For £500+ a pair, they should be a lot better IMO. Trickers shell were the same.
post #145 of 266
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I really want to like shell but I must have been very unlucky because every pair I have had have welted horribly at the merest hint of rain. They then look absolutely dreadful and it's pretty embarrassing (I work in a formal business environment with senior people so can't get away with it).

As I live in the UK I can't leave home in the morning and guarantee it won't rain at some point in the day (for about ten months of the year anyway) so I find them being worn less and less. A real shame and I'm now down to two pairs, both from Church's - Lancaster and Shannon. I still have to brush the snot out of them before wearing them to get them looking anything like decent.

For £500+ a pair, they should be a lot better IMO. Trickers shell were the same.

you should be able to do better than that...pediwear has them for like 450, right?
post #146 of 266
Shell is lovely.
post #147 of 266
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Originally Posted by Tidybeard View Post
I really want to like shell but I must have been very unlucky because every pair I have had have welted horribly at the merest hint of rain. They then look absolutely dreadful and it's pretty embarrassing (I work in a formal business environment with senior people so can't get away with it).

As I live in the UK I can't leave home in the morning and guarantee it won't rain at some point in the day (for about ten months of the year anyway) so I find them being worn less and less. A real shame and I'm now down to two pairs, both from Church's - Lancaster and Shannon. I still have to brush the snot out of them before wearing them to get them looking anything like decent.

For £500+ a pair, they should be a lot better IMO. Trickers shell were the same.

If you condition them after the rain and keep a layer of wax on them water will just bead off of them. Build small layers of wax on them. This should help quite a bit.
post #148 of 266
I've got two pairs of shell, both from Alden, in a wingtip oxford and a paratrooper boot both in #8 color. I have both in storage, and this thread made me take out the wingtip and wear it. Eh, I know why I put them away - didn't look as well polished calf from JL, C&J, etc... Also, the two pairs I have are on the double leather sole so it's a bit clunky. I am debating though if I should have the boots resoled in commando or dainite for whenever it rains in Los Angeles.
post #149 of 266
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I've got two pairs of shell, both from Alden, in a wingtip oxford and a paratrooper boot both in #8 color. I have both in storage, and this thread made me take out the wingtip and wear it. Eh, I know why I put them away - didn't look as well polished calf from JL, C&J, etc... Also, the two pairs I have are on the double leather sole so it's a bit clunky. I am debating though if I should have the boots resoled in commando or dainite for whenever it rains in Los Angeles.

that seems like a healthy amount of overkill

for LA weather/occasional rain, a topy/vibram should be more than enough
post #150 of 266
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Originally Posted by makewayhomer View Post
you should be able to do better than that...pediwear has them for like 450, right?

Don't think so - AFAIK Pediwear doesn't carry Church's.

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If you condition them after the rain and keep a layer of wax on them water will just bead off of them. Build small layers of wax on them. This should help quite a bit.

Thanks for taking the time to post this, I'll give it a try and report back on results.
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