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post #4276 of 10556
First time out for the suede gunboats.

post #4277 of 10556

I've been getting a ton of questions about the black Walkabout leather we're using for our next Indy boot makeup.  

 

This will probably be a little bit too explain-y for serious shoe guys, but here's what they had to say:

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Walkabout is a nubuck that has a coating of wax on the buffed top grain. The wax top gives the leather a mostly matte appearance. A gentle brushing with cream will temporarily even out any marks from wear. Although the wax would allow for a more burnished, brighter finish I don’t recommend it. The burnish of the wax layer breaks down rather quickly during wear, often unevenly.

To my mind, Walkabout is best used as a boot or work shoe, casual, “beat it up” type of leather, a use in which it can become quite flat and dull in appearance.

 

In general: Nubuck is a fairly dry tannage in which the grain (top) side of the leather has been buffed with a very fine sandpaper to produce a soft, buffed top, almost suede-like but with a very short “nap”

 

post #4278 of 10556
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Originally Posted by KPDarb View Post

Thats a damn fine choice. Is the tongue lined? I thought Alden didn't line the tongue of their shell models but then again I may be totally mistaken.

This is unlined tongue.
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Originally Posted by HenryIII View Post

Nice! It's all down hill from here my friend. Color 8 Indy on Plaza?
This is 7.5D Plaza.

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Originally Posted by Rstldr View Post

Great first choice, congratulations! The first of many😉
Thanks

I really love this pair. It's time to learn how to mix and match from all of you and how to maintain and polish it.
post #4279 of 10556
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Originally Posted by JSO1 View Post


Most Alden shell boot tongues are unlined, but that's not always the case. That said, the majority of mine (6/8) have lined tongues:
  • Plain Toe Boot Black Shell x ??? (TSM irregular) (45067) - unlined tongue
  • Plain Toe Boot Cigar Shell x Frans Boone (45146HC) - unlined tongue
  • Cap Toe Boot Ravello Shell x DC (40644HC) - unlined tongue
  • Cap Toe Boot Cigar Shell x AoM (4070) - unlined tongue
  • Norwegian Stitch Boot Color 8 Shell x AoM (40218HC) - unlined tongue
  • Indy Boot Color 8 Shell x J.Gilbert (86968HC) - unlined tongue

  • Wingtip Boot Color 8 Shell x DC (4461H) - lined tongue

  • Medallion Cap Toe Boot Black Shell x TSM (3939) - lined tongue

Great collection
Would you show them *^O^*?!
post #4280 of 10556
Posted this in its own thread earlier by mistake.
Anyway, after becoming intrigued with shell cordovan about 5 years ago, and learning a ton on this forum (and its predecessor), I have since owned/worn over a dozen pair or so, from 3 different manufacturers. I have about 6 pair in the current rotation, including the Indy boot (via J. Gilbert) pictured below. Cordovan is a great material, and I have personally found it to be very low maintenance. I know some people follow the Mac method with almost religious fervor, and I respect that. But for me, I go with a very low maintenance routine—after a day of wear (and I do wear them, as you will see), they may get a light brushing (10 seconds) and then shoe trees go in and they go on the shelf until the next wearing. Once every 15-25 wearings, they may get some Reno and some paste wax, but a quick buffing does wonders as well. That’s it. Shell holds up great and I’ve honestly got better things to do with my time.

Anyway, for your enjoyment, or shock, below are pics of a cleanup job that my Indy’s needed. I have worn them on some light hikes in the woods, but recently took them to my father-in-law’s farm where he has a great place for shooting guns. It had rained recently, but I thought the ground had dried out sufficiently, but this turned out not to be the case. Anyway, after a couple hours of blasting sporting clays, exploding 2 liter bottles of pop, and getting in some 9mm target practice, my boots had suffered the effects you can see below.

Not only that, when I got home, I took them off in the cold garage and they sat in that state for 2 full weeks. Yes, you read that right. I’m a busy guy, but had also worn shell long enough to know that any worry was over nothing.
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Here they are after a wipe down with a very wet cloth and a wet toothbrush along the welt, and a towel dry. Scuffs and scratches show character.
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Here they are after a quick treatment with Renovateur, some light paste wax, some brushing (not a lot), an application of Alden leather defender, and a buff with an old cotton t-shirt. They look fantastic. Shell is some great stuff.
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Note the watermark--more character!
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Looks like I may be wearing them down there again tomorrow for more marksmanship fun.icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #4281 of 10556
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Originally Posted by FLW View Post

Pretty happy with these...
Stitched toe bluchers in brandy scotch grain shell cordovan. Aberdeen last.
Holy moley!
Details please; about how old, retailer or mto, are they 10.5?
post #4282 of 10556
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

Holy moley!
Details please; about how old, retailer or mto, are they 10.5?
Eduard Meier of Germany. Old-ish, but not old enough to have the 4A logo. Size 9...get out the bone saw.
post #4283 of 10556
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Originally Posted by CanadaCal View Post

Congrats @BenLeaman
!  Enjoy her!  I love my girl to death!   They're just the best! 

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Originally Posted by Rstldr View Post

Congratulations!

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Originally Posted by sazon View Post

Thanks !
Thanks Ben !
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Originally Posted by BenLeaman View Post

Good morning gentlemen!


Since I had previously mentioned it here in the thread, I wanted to follow up and let everyone know that babygirl Leaman has arrived, safe, happy, healthy and fortunately with her mother's good looks! Only 24 hours and she already has me wrapped around her finger!

Momma did a great job during delivery and is in great spirits while also feeling well (as well as one could after giving birth).

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Congrats and God Bless !!

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Originally Posted by Don L View Post

Congrats @BenLeaman
  Well done.  Girls are the best

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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Congratulations Ben! Glad that your growing family is safe and healthy. Take good care of your new daughter.

-Mike

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Originally Posted by HenryIII View Post

Congrats Ben!

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Originally Posted by prez View Post

Congratulations Ben.
Daddy and daughters.
Know the feeling , have two girls myself.
Enjoy the moments.

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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

@BenLeaman wins the internet today.
Congratulatios to you and your wife. Life's about to go hi def at the leaman house.

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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post

ditto ^^^  @BenLeaman
  Congrats my friend; greatest package ever delivered my way!  Daughters rock!  nod%5B1%5D.gif

Thanks gentlemen! I can't even believe how much joy this little human has already brought to our lives. It truly is something special!
smile.gif

(I write this at 1am with her in my arms so my wife can get some sleep. Turns out everything we read about the second night had been true.)


We were discharged from the hospital today with a clean bill of health for everyone. Here we are just arriving home earlier today.



Thanks for bearing with my off topic sidetrack.
post #4284 of 10556
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Originally Posted by JezeC View Post

Are there any shell corrdovan watch straps available similar to Alden's shell quality and in Whiskey or Ravello? 

pictures for inspiration? 

I picked one up from @Leffot in "rust" which is seemingly cigar. I paired it with my Grand Seiko SBGA057. Here's a link to their site alas they don't have ravello or whiskey though.

https://leffot.com/shop/index.php/accessories/watch-straps/strap-sc-cordovan.html

Some pics...







You could check with SF member @Deusis too. He may be able to hook you up!
post #4285 of 10556
Truly one of the miracles of life. Congrats!
post #4286 of 10556
Hi,first post and would really appreciate some advise. I am about to order a pair of 4060H Cap toe Naval boot, Grant last. I use 8,5D in Allen Edmunds Strand and 7,5F in Loake. Will 8,0E fit or should I go for 8,5 (not available)?
Thanks a lot in advance:)
Tom
post #4287 of 10556
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Originally Posted by FLW View Post

Eduard Meier of Germany. Old-ish, but not old enough to have the 4A logo. Size 9...get out the bone saw.
Thanks for the info. Really interesting model.
post #4288 of 10556
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Originally Posted by Sting View Post

Hi,first post and would really appreciate some advise. I am about to order a pair of 4060H Cap toe Naval boot, Grant last. I use 8,5D in Allen Edmunds Strand and 7,5F in Loake. Will 8,0E fit or should I go for 8,5 (not available)?
Thanks a lot in advance:)
Tom
I wear the same size for strands and grant lasted boots. True to size 10.5.
Welcome to the dark side mr sting.
post #4289 of 10556
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

I wear the same size for strands and grant lasted boots. True to size 10.5.
Welcome to the dark side mr sting.
Thanks a lot MrDV! I kind of hoped the answer would be different, but you confirmed my suspision. Will have to put them on order or continue the search otherwhere. I live in Norway so not many options over here.
Yeah, I feel drawn to the dark side:)
post #4290 of 10556
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Originally Posted by g.michael View Post

Posted this in its own thread earlier by mistake.
Anyway, after becoming intrigued with shell cordovan about 5 years ago, and learning a ton on this forum (and its predecessor), I have since owned/worn over a dozen pair or so, from 3 different manufacturers. I have about 6 pair in the current rotation, including the Indy boot (via J. Gilbert) pictured below. Cordovan is a great material, and I have personally found it to be very low maintenance. I know some people follow the Mac method with almost religious fervor, and I respect that. But for me, I go with a very low maintenance routine—after a day of wear (and I do wear them, as you will see), they may get a light brushing (10 seconds) and then shoe trees go in and they go on the shelf until the next wearing. Once every 15-25 wearings, they may get some Reno and some paste wax, but a quick buffing does wonders as well. That’s it. Shell holds up great and I’ve honestly got better things to do with my time.

Anyway, for your enjoyment, or shock, below are pics of a cleanup job that my Indy’s needed. I have worn them on some light hikes in the woods, but recently took them to my father-in-law’s farm where he has a great place for shooting guns. It had rained recently, but I thought the ground had dried out sufficiently, but this turned out not to be the case. Anyway, after a couple hours of blasting sporting clays, exploding 2 liter bottles of pop, and getting in some 9mm target practice, my boots had suffered the effects you can see below.

Not only that, when I got home, I took them off in the cold garage and they sat in that state for 2 full weeks. Yes, you read that right. I’m a busy guy, but had also worn shell long enough to know that any worry was over nothing. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
IMG_2143_zpsw6av2kg8.jpgIMG_2144_zpsdvcaxobo.jpg

Here they are after a wipe down with a very wet cloth and a wet toothbrush along the welt, and a towel dry. Scuffs and scratches show character.
IMG_2145_zpsuhavvks8.jpg
IMG_2146_zpsxq0tr3pt.jpg

Here they are after a quick treatment with Renovateur, some light paste wax, some brushing (not a lot), an application of Alden leather defender, and a buff with an old cotton t-shirt. They look fantastic. Shell is some great stuff.
IMG_2147_zpspnca36qc.jpgIMG_2148_zpsmrgknjh8.jpg

Note the watermark--more character!
IMG_2151_zpsfbmglhkd.jpgIMG_2152_zpscphn5zlw.jpg
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Looks like I may be wearing them down there again tomorrow for more marksmanship fun.icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

I think this makeup may be the all around best made by Alden. I own a version from Leffot and it's certainly the best i have owned or seen personally. Maybe the various ravello wingtip boots can compare
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