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post #106 of 175

Hey, guys! New to SF. 

 

I bought my first pair of Indy boots earlier this month (JCrew 405s). I have a question about the white toe stitching. Is it common for the stitching to become loose and come undone over time? The stitching in some sections of my boots doesn't seem to be super tight. With regular brushing, I am not sure if this will get worse over time?

 

Thanks,

post #107 of 175
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Originally Posted by Wesley Crusher View Post
 

Hey, guys! New to SF. 

 

I bought my first pair of Indy boots earlier this month (JCrew 405s). I have a question about the white toe stitching. Is it common for the stitching to become loose and come undone over time? The stitching in some sections of my boots doesn't seem to be super tight. With regular brushing, I am not sure if this will get worse over time?

 

Thanks,

How about some good photos of what you are talking about. Are you talking about the moc toe stitching or the welt stitching or both??

post #108 of 175
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Originally Posted by Carson View Post
 

How about some good photos of what you are talking about. Are you talking about the moc toe stitching or the welt stitching or both??


Just the moc toe stitching. Here's a pic that I took earlier today:

 

http://i66.tinypic.com/2zf30ua.jpg

 

The stitching on the front of the moc is raised and feels loose compared to the stitching towards the end of the moc. Again, I am not sure if this is common, but I wasn't comfortable with the boots. I took them back to JCrew, explained the situation. They took them back without issue. 

post #109 of 175
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Originally Posted by Wesley Crusher View Post
 


Just the moc toe stitching. Here's a pic that I took earlier today:

 

http://i66.tinypic.com/2zf30ua.jpg

 

The stitching on the front of the moc is raised and feels loose compared to the stitching towards the end of the moc. Again, I am not sure if this is common, but I wasn't comfortable with the boots. I took them back to JCrew, explained the situation. They took them back without issue. 

On Indy's the moc stitching is mainly decorative (though some says it helps to decrease vamp creasing…not my experience). Especially if you brush your boots a lot, and start breaking them in and wearing them hard, it all becomes somewhat irrelevant. Welt stitching would be a different story. Do you plan on finding another pair?

post #110 of 175
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Originally Posted by Carson View Post
 

On Indy's the moc stitching is mainly decorative (though some says it helps to decrease vamp creasing…not my experience). Especially if you brush your boots a lot, and start breaking them in and wearing them hard, it all becomes somewhat irrelevant. Welt stitching would be a different story. Do you plan on finding another pair?

 

I definitely want another pair of Alden boots, but I'm not sure if they'll be Indy boots. I think some plain toe or straight tip boots may suit me better. Brick + Mortar in Seattle has some really nice straight tip chromexcel boots that I'm interested in. I emailed the owner earlier today. Hopefully they have my size. 

post #111 of 175

 Is the NeoCork sole not suited for wear in wet conditions? Will I destroy the shoes if I walk in snow with them occasionally? This seems strange for a boot that is storied to be bulletproof.

post #112 of 175
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 Is the NeoCork sole not suited for wear in wet conditions? Will I destroy the shoes if I walk in snow with them occasionally? This seems strange for a boot that is storied to be bulletproof.

I believe the Neocork to be fairly weather resistant. I have only one Indy on Neocork, and I haven't worn it in inclement weather yet so I can't give a great definitive answer though!

-Mike
post #113 of 175
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 Is the NeoCork sole not suited for wear in wet conditions? Will I destroy the shoes if I walk in snow with them occasionally? This seems strange for a boot that is storied to be bulletproof.

I've never had any issues with the neocork I have on my 403's in rain. I think it's fine, though you'd want to be careful if it's icy...

post #114 of 175
While we're discussing 403s, any products recommended for pre-treatment and/or long term care? The salesperson told me a horsehair brush and Saphir Reno is all I need.
post #115 of 175
Most would actually recommend Alden Boot Cream for them. Brush of course.
post #116 of 175
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While we're discussing 403s, any products recommended for pre-treatment and/or long term care? The salesperson told me a horsehair brush and Saphir Reno is all I need.

The thing with CXL is to avoid products with too much wax in them. Nick Horween has said a few things over the years - I've heard everything from VSC to neetsfoot oil - but I think the most appropriate product, which i have personally used, is Saphir Greasy which was designed especially for chromexcel, and doesn't contain waxes like Reno does. I've used Saphir Greasy + a lot of brushing and my CXL Indys always look great…and you don't need to use much and maybe just a couple of times a year. Just brush regularly and store with shoe trees. You can get it at Kirby's Hanger Project. 

 

post #117 of 175
Finally got my first pair of Alden's. Just need it to stop raining so I can start breaking them in.

post #118 of 175
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Finally got my first pair of Alden's. Just need it to stop raining so I can start breaking them in.
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Amazing choice for a first pair. Wear them well, and wear them hard, because that natural CXL patina is only going to get better.

post #119 of 175

I've applied VSC to my 403s after a year of hard use including subway rides to the office and desert hikes in Arizona. Well, the VSC did its job and then some! The boots are now way too shiny and all the hard worked scuffs have come out. 

 

In my future Indys (not incl cordovan/suede), I will stick to damp cloth / brush.


Edited by iLuveketchup - 1/9/16 at 12:50pm
post #120 of 175
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I've applied VSC to my 403s after a year of hard use including subway rides to the office and desert hikes in Arizona. Well, the VSC did its job and then some! The boots are now way too shiny and all the hard worked scuffs have come out. 


I hear you about that. Doesn't VSC have a moderate wax content?  That could account for the shine. The Saphir Greasy will just return some of the oils to the CXL, without so much shine. But, it seems like you need to beat the hell out of them again with a new adventure! : )

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