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Ravello Cap Toe Boot x DC today.
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Killing it JSO, great combo

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Indys and chups. Good day gents!
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Hey guys,

 

I'm sure these questions have been asked and answered a million times but, I am new here so cut me some slack! :)

 

I just got the Color 8 Plaza NST from Brick and Mortar and they are almost black. Will they lighten up over time? I didn't know there was so much variance in the Color 8 and was really hoping for that eggplant color.

 

My Brannock size is a 10.5 D/E (right in between). I have a 10.5 on the Aberdeen last  (calf) that I wear all the time and it fits great.  

 

I also have two shell plaza last Aldens in a 10.5, the NST 8 and the PTB Cigar. They're a little tight but I have only worn one of the five times and the other never because it's been snowing a lot lately. Will they stretch out at all?

 

Would you advise going to a 10 or staying at a 10.5 in the Barrie last?

 

And lastly, is there anything you can do to minimize the rolls in the cordovan.  All of Mike's shoes ( Alden of San Diego) look brand new.  How does he do it!?

 

JJ, thanks for your comments! You already have a few lovely Aldens there. As @Burzan stated, the shoes will indeed lighten up with time and wear. Alden or Horween has been making them darker recently. Yes, wait until my Color 8 family photo in a few weeks, Color 8 indeed has a crazy amount of color variation.

 

I concur with @Burzan's sizing advice and perspective on the compression of the sole, but with minimal to no stretching of the upper.

 

Unfortunately, Shell Cordovan will roll. All of the shoes in "My Collection" pages are new. Because I am religious about taking photos of them before I wear them. Other than that, I spend about 15-20 minutes per pair shining my shoes between each wearing, utilizing the techniques posted on my blog or on the third post here.

 

 

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Thank you Mike:) I read the info on your website and it is helpful. There are too many outsoles to choose from, can you add a sole option part on your website? It will help us a lot to choose Alden shoes of different soles.

I list some outsoles that Alden use:

neoprene cork sole, Leather outsoles, Double Oak Leather Outsoles, Single Oak Leather Outsoles, Single flexible leather sole, Flex oil tanned leather sole, Waterlock Double Leather Sole, Commando Sole, Mini lug rubber outsoles, Microcellular Rubber Outsole......

I cannot figure out the subtle difference among those leather outsoles, such as leather outsole, oak leather sole, flexible leather sole, oil tanned leather sole, waterlock leather sole, and copley last (looks like a flex sole or something).

 

Glad to help! Ha, I have many planned articles for my blog upcoming, I am heavily time limited though, unfortunately. One of the planned articles is a comprehensive story on the Alden outsole options. Another one is going to be on the edge/welt colors. They will all get done in due time... Also, gives me or people things to look forward to! :-)

 

To specifically answer your bottom question...

 

Leather Outsole = Oak Leather Outsole = Typically its just a oak tanned piece of leather. This typically refers to a Single Leather Outsole. There is the Double Leather (which is just two attached to one another for extra thickness)

Flexible Leather Sole = Oil Tanned Sole = Flex Welt = A leather sole that I believe is oak tanned and then soaked in oil. The oil soaking is done at the Alden factory, so this is an Alden only option really that I have seen. This is supposed to provide superior inclement weather performance and its supposed to be softer (thus the name flex welt is associated with it).

Waterlock Leather Sole = Double Waterlock Sole = A leather outsole with a second oil soaked outsole under it, so its twice the thickness and has the oiled outsole on the bottom for water protection (since water and oil repel each other)

 

Copley Last is actually a Last, or wood form, in which the shoes are made around. Not a whole lot of shoes are made around the copley, just a few loafers really.

 

-Mike

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Ravello Cap Toe Boot x DC today.
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Looking great in your Ravello CT Boots @JSO1. Enjoy them today. Like the pairing with the lovely textured navy slacks.

 

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Indys and chups. Good day gents! Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

Looking good in your Indy Boots. Great casual pairing with the CHUPs and Selvedge.

 

-Mike

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cigar x ls

 

 

More and more, I find myself warming up to wingtip boots. These are unbelievable. What last are they made on? Most of the wingtip boots I've seen are on Barrie and have speed hooks. 

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^ looks like plaza to me
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More and more, I find myself warming up to wingtip boots. These are unbelievable. What last are they made on? Most of the wingtip boots I've seen are on Barrie and have speed hooks. 

 

They are indeed made on the Plaza Last. From LeatherSoul about 5 years ago.

 

-Mike

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Black Calf NST

 

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Gentlemen,

Beginning 2nd Semester of Grad School in these: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Happy Tuesday!

Where did you get them? Those look amazing. Great pants, too!
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Guys, I am normally a Barrie 10 but just grabbed some Leffot Natural Chromexcel Longwings in 9.5 hoping those might work for me. They are a bit snug across the vamp. In your experience, do you think these will stretch and "give" a bit with some wear? Thanks in advance for any advice you might have……...

I would disagree with Mike on this. CXL is the stretchiest material I've ever worn on my feet. I have some Alden 403 boots that once fit pretty snug and are much less so now, even with thick socks. I actually had to let my D width 403 go because they became sloppy.

Are these new? If so, your foot will compress the cork under the insole a bit which will also help.
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Hi,

I am a 10.5 B on brannock. On the Barrie last, my size is 9.5 C. 9.5 D was loose and 10.5 B was tight across the vamp. For the Indy boots that are on the Trubalance last, should I take the same size 9.5 C or try either 9.5 B or 10 B? Asking this because apparently Trubalance is wider than Barrie.

Thank you

Personally, I would start with 9.5C. I wear 10.5B on both. Anyone size differently between the Barrie and TB?

-Mike

Yep. I am 12D on the Brannock, but with relatively wide toes. I wear 11.5D on Barrie in shell, but non-shell is a bit too narrow in the toe box due to the elasticity of the material during lasting.

The trubalance is a wide last, so I wear a 12C in my 403 for a decent fit. I might able to wear a B, but have never seen one. I was fortunate to come across the 12C on the seconds list.
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^ I comb the web for Dry Joy Classics NIB with the FJ gold logo on the outside heel. Pretty decent golf shoe. I think they were made by AE ...


If you mean the FJ Classics Dry Premiere, they were made in FJ's own factory in Massachusetts (not made by AE).  I've tried AE golf shoes on several occasions and they are no match for the Dry Premiere... (not even close)


White pebble grain saddle on thick leather sole... best golf shoe ever!  (so sad to see their factory close down)

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I've wanted to do the golf shoe thing for a while.

Thought about trying to track down a pair of the leather/rubber Allen Edmonds replaceable soft spike soles and getting a cobbler to put them on a pair of cordovan Aldens.


I believe B Nelson can do it.

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cigar x ls

 


Fabulous DV!  One of my favorites of yours...

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RepTie. Great post.. Those are exactly what I mean. Best golf shoe ever. I'll post mine later..
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