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Anyhow, to get to the point, I've been searching for a dark grey / black boot for a while now that is similar to the Augusta's I would love to own (at least I *think* I would.. last pair I ordered didn't work for me and I returned 'em). Basically something fairly slim profile (sorry I can't into the bulbous toeboxes everyone seems to love these days) with some light distressing and a thick sole. Something you can wear with jeans, cords, whatever, and be a bit edgy but not too conspicuously "hey I'm into fashion" so it still works in a casual environment.
A couple weeks ago I found these HTC (Hollywood Trading Company) back-zips at Yoox, marked down from the ~$800 I'd seen 'em for at some euro store online. I gave 'em a try and I gotta say think I've finally found my non-baller baller replacement boot:
They have a matte finish and basic cut/pattern so they're not too flashy, a pretty decent thick sole and some light distressing. The sole shape is also quite nice IMO - slim but not too pointy. Leather is very soft and they come with a vibram rubber sole and heel by default, which is kind of nice. On the downside, because the leather is not the super thick stuff on true baller footwear, these will never have the beautiful creasing of an aged CCP / Guidi / Augusta. But at 1/4 the cost and with the styling I'm after I think I can take the tradeoff.
Here are a couple fit pics. One downside is that the distressing on these was a bit irregular - the left one is more distressed than the right. Not too visible except close up.. but yeah.. not true baller quality for $400. Other downside was that the leather flap over the back zip was initially too wide and caused some rubbing, but I trimmed it down and now they're quite comfortable. I should also mention that the comfort is pretty great on these because they are quite soft and they're only ankle boots, so your foots maintains a lot of freedom of movement.
I completely see where you are coming from. The issue i ran into when I received my CCP is that i couldn't wear them with regular jeans which are slim but the leg opening wasnt as slim as i'd like to be at the time. Hence, i got myself a pair of ZB/RO and Levi's 511 which all worked really well. My A1923 are a bit of the bulbous toe you speak of and with slim jeans the toe box becomes more pronounced. CCP never gave that effect.
From the look you are describing, it sounds more like an Ann D, YSL, Dior look, a bit clean but with some edge. In which case, some brands like a1923/L0 wont always work. But, i think guidi/MA+ would be just fine because they are a bit more clean. Anyways, the HTC boots look great and you did whats right for you. Those a1923 you linked have a very similar last to the HTC. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I think you never need more than 2 distressed boots at a time in your collection and most often times you can pass of a MC boot into sw&d.
See this guy from SZ wearing aldens Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Its all about mixing the right styles which is what you did...