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Originally Posted by CanadaCal View Post

Has anyone ran a Captoe Plaza #8 in the past?  I'd love that on commando with a flat antique welt.  

Yenni used to run this often when she was at JG. Haven't seen it in about 18mons - 2 years now.
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Originally Posted by tb43 View Post

These pics are bad also but they're the best I can do


This is simply a superb boot.
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Not sure if it's already been mentioned but looks like Leffot will launch a pre-order for the Color 8 Bristol boot (shortwing plaza last w/antique edge and flex sole) this coming Monday.  I'm tempted but I'm sidelined for a while.

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Does anyone have a secret trick for whitening the stitching on Indys?
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9901 - last night for cocktail party.  Need to get these out more...

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Originally Posted by shunted22 View Post

Does anyone have a secret trick for whitening the stitching on Indys?


I've used the edge of a dime on the stitching on my White's Boots, which takes off some of the grime; might work for the Indys as well.

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I broke down and just ordered a pair of the new brown CXL Conservation boots from Leather Soul.  I have never in the past been a big fan of the rubber soles, Christies especially, but have decided that my sore heels need a bit more cushion when I have to do a lot of walking. And these 2060-like soles I like a bit better than the flat Christy.  The more I looked at the pictures the better I liked these boots. Will update once they arrive.

 

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First day wearing my vintage NOS 990 after getting back from the cobbler to replace the v-cleat heel with a combination heel with rubber on the back.

These are a 12 B. I normally wear 11.5D in Barrie shell boots, and 11.5D in shell shoes are a bit loose. These are a bit tight across the top, when I first put them on, but I think after some wear they will be great.

The color is much more of an older burgundy color and not the modern eggplant that we see today. It makes me wonder if Alden's use of that eggplant dye is relatively recent in their long history of color 8 shell.



I found these right after I ordered the PTB from need supply with the antique edge, so I ended up with both.

Now I have to decide what to do with the Need Supply version.
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post #2679 of 10564
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Originally Posted by linafelt View Post

I broke down and just ordered a pair of the new brown CXL Conservation boots from Leather Soul.  I have never in the past been a big fan of the rubber soles, Christies especially, but have decided that my sore heels need a bit more cushion when I have to do a lot of walking. And these 2060-like soles I like a bit better than the flat Christy.  The more I looked at the pictures the better I liked these boots. Will update once they arrive.



congrats!

Cool to see peeps trying out some new designs.
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Originally Posted by HenryIII View Post

Cigar PTBs today Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

Henry, your Cigar PTBs are looking good. Those are funky socks as well, which is fun. Enjoy your shoes.

 

 

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Whiskey LHS

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Don, this combo is just impeccable. Those pants, socks, and matured Whiskey's are just soo nice together.

 

 

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Good day for Ravello...

 

Wow, those must have some sort of product added to them as they have an abnormal sheen to them. They are looking good, that is the modified last version, no?

 

 

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No whiskey or ravello in my arsenal - I went with Alpine grain today. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

Those AG Wingtips are looking mighty fine. Looks a bit like the brassvellos! :-)

 

 

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Originally Posted by Don L View Post
 

TSM Ravello LWB


 

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Don, your Ravello LWBs are looking good and have developed a nice patina to them. Nice hopsack-like slacks.

 

 

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Originally Posted by leadbelly2550 View Post
 

been reading this forum on and off for years, have not posted.  I have three pair of Alden shoes.  A pair of burgundy penny loafers with (gasp) gum rubber soles, 10+ years old, resoled twice, battered.  Foul weather shoes at this point.  Second pair are shell cordovan color 8 plain toe bluchers (990), about 5 years old.  Latest are a pair of handsewn penny loafers, color 8 shell cordovan (986), new in November (earned a nice bonus at work this year).  

 

a couple of observations about fitting:

 

-i wear shoes with a low-profile custom orthotic; i have virtually no arch.  They have worked fine with all three alden shoes with different adjustments.  With the burgundy loafers, removed the liner in the inside (footbed) and put a pad under the tongue.  orthotics add some volume, and my heels felt too high in the shoes.  The adjustments helped keep my foot seated.  the bluchers fit well with orthotics without adjustments; that is the best type of shoe for my feet.  The new cordovan loafers, we removed the liner in the footbed but did not need the pad under the tongue.

 

-anyone who owns shell cordovan shoes knows this, but the leather behaves a little differently than some other types.  It is thicker and more firm than typical calfskin.  At the outset, shell cordovan shoes that are the correct size may seem a little bit tight or uncomfortable as a result.  However, the leather upper stretches or 'gives' a bit as you wear them, and they also start forming to your feet.  Patience is a virtue with these shoes.  The last pair of loafers, in particular, felt a little too tight at the beginning, to the point where i wondered if i should have purchased them in wide (my feet are borderline, d/e width).  In retrospect, that would have been a mistake.  I'm wearing them now, and they feel great.  

 

-i use very small amounts of Saphir Pate de Luxe on the cordovan shoes, which don't need much polish.  wiping them with a damp cloth is often enough.

 

-can't say enough about Sky Valet in Washington, DC.  We have an Alden store in DC, which I have never visited.  Sky is a small place with a great selection of shoes, great at fitting them, outstanding at resoles (ask for the high quality Horween soles.  well worth the extra cost).

 

 

 

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SkyValet, and his brother Aram's shop, Ah One, are both great stores. I have been to both and they are both 

 

 

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I haven't had anything to share in awhile as I've recently discovered an affinity for Edward Green Galway boots...funny how one pair grows to three in a weeks time.

These are my Ravello LHS's from the shoe mart.

 

Looking good in your Ravello LHSes. Nice socks with them as well.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Burzan View Post
 

 

 

Stunning Ravello LHS!

 

 

Wearing my Whiskey LHS today.

 

 

 

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Looking great Burzan! Nice looking LHSes. Somehow your pictures sort of look like they are color splashed... :-)

 

 

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Originally Posted by TO Tie Guy View Post

Whiskey Wing Tip Boot

I don't reach for these nearly enough!
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Great looking Whiskey WT Boots and those slacks are rad as well.

 

 

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Originally Posted by makewayhomer View Post

Ravello longwings, recent pickup from me (2nd hand, and in need of a shine)

I haven't got a great fit in Barrie shoes (not boots) and I'm hoping these work out. These are 8E. I love my Indy boots in 8.5D for instance, they are probably a touch too long but the boot fit makes up for it I think...whereas 8.5D shoes have been too sloppy at the heel for me (lengthwise).

for comparison, bc I like that sort of thing, next to Rancourt tan shell and AE brown shell
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Congrats on your new Ravello LWBs. Definitely give them some brushing love and then foot time!

 

 

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Looking great Zippy! Those slacks make the red in those Whiskeys really pop.

 

 

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Picked these up from NeedSupply
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Beautiful PTBs, enjoy your new shoes!

 

 

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Cigar straight tips today:

 

 

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Lovely, straight tip bluchers! I really love my pair as well!

 

 

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Originally Posted by wdahab View Post

Well, finally did it. Bought my first pair of Alden Whiskey. Made a reasonable offer to the 379x Whiskey Wingtip boot on eBay (after fees, it's a small, not-unreasonable markup on his part, compared to what he paid, not a gouge like you sometimes see). They are officially on their way to me now! The flaw (which wasn't clear in the listing) is some dark streaking on the side of the boots. They are on the inside, will be covered by my pants and based on how I wear my light colored shoes, will be covered up in stains anyway.

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. Can't frickin' wait.

 

Congrats, enjoy your new WT Boots!

 

 

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Originally Posted by Alpina View Post
 

 

Naval boots paired with standard hospital-issue jump suit!

 

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Hope all is well Alpina! Nice shoe covers!

 

 

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Originally Posted by JSO1 View Post
 

Speaking of J.Gilbert, a fresh arrival from Yenni at Brick & Mortar today - Color 8 Indy on Commando from J.Gilbert's final run.


 

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Congrats on your new Indy boots! Cool look with the Color 8 and Antique! Funny that Yenni is getting boots with JGil printed in them...

 

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Originally Posted by gilby View Post
 

Decided to reach past the shell today for some calf.  

Brown straight tips on Plaza.  The fit in calf is always a tad snugger than shell.

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Those are some beautiful CT Boots. Those from DC? I know Kathy did a makeup like that and it was a beauty.

 

 

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Ravello LHS:
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Looking good and cozy in your Ravello LHSes and Chords! Hope that you had a good day!

 

 

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9901 - last night for cocktail party.  Need to get these out more...

 

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Looking classy in your Black PTBs! Indeed they could use a little more foot time!

 

 

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Originally Posted by gsgleason View Post

First day wearing my vintage NOS 990 after getting back from the cobbler to replace the v-cleat heel with a combination heel with rubber on the back.

These are a 12 B. I normally wear 11.5D in Barrie shell boots, and 11.5D in shell shoes are a bit loose. These are a bit tight across the top, when I first put them on, but I think after some wear they will be great.

The color is much more of an older burgundy color and not the modern eggplant that we see today. It makes me wonder if Alden's use of that eggplant dye is relatively recent in their long history of color 8 shell.
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I found these right after I ordered the PTB from need supply with the antique edge, so I ended up with both.

Now I have to decide what to do with the Need Supply version.

 

Those vintage PTBs are looking good and have a beautiful color to them! There are worse problems to have then having to decide between two Aldens.

 

-Mike

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Thanks Mike,

 

No these are actually from the Shoemart.   I've seen this makeup at a few vendors.  Maybe a new stock model?

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Originally Posted by tb43 View Post

These look great! I really like how the top stitching is more of a "U" shape.
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Originally Posted by 100 yrs View Post

I'll throw it out there that you should look for a black or snuff boot that is not an indy style, for variety sake. although i will say the pair of black indys i had were some of the most complimented aldens i ever had. my personal favorites are the snuff roy boots i have from context.
 

 

I think you may be right. Variety is always good... thinking about maybe a good summer boot. What are your thoughts on a milkshake suede boot, gents? Of all the styles of shoes and boots I currently own, I realize I do not have a plain toe shoe or boot. Perhaps it is because it reminds me too much of an army boot. 

 

 

 

Yay or nay?

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Originally Posted by iLuveketchup View Post


These look great! I really like how the top stitching is more of a "U" shape.

 

That is the power of the Plaza... ;-) A nice U shape and a more elongated toe stitch.

 

-Mike

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Originally Posted by sazon View Post

Yenni used to run this often when she was at JG. Haven't seen it in about 18mons - 2 years now.

Guess it's time to ask Yenni to run it again at B+M icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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