Ravello Cap Toe Boot x DC today.
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Killing it JSO, great combo
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.
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.
Looking great in your Ravello CT Boots @JSO1. Enjoy them today. Like the pairing with the lovely textured navy slacks.
Looking good in your Indy Boots. Great casual pairing with the CHUPs and Selvedge.
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)