or Connect
Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Classic Menswear › Shoes With Character
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Shoes With Character - Page 16

post #226 of 755
Quote:
Originally Posted by DocHolliday View Post
Thank you, Fritzl and Walneal. These are my relatively poor quality Polo boots, made in Italy. You can see where the edge dressing keeps flaking off, even after a cobbler repainted it for me. They also have new laces, after one broke, and have been reheeled once and need another. They've had a hard life.

try this

PM me and see if they are my size
they are some kick ass boots!
post #227 of 755
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tarmac View Post
nicely aged Alden 911s I have. They have wax stains, rain stains, etc.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Tarmac View Post
Yeah there is no normal creasing on these at all. These are a bit older, probably from the late 90s. I've definitely found that Aldens from a few years back are very high quality, I'm not sure about the current level but they are still great shoes. I also think the last helps with creasing, for me the Hampton is a little "bubble"-like, rather than a flat toe. In this case it helps reduce creasing.

The regular tan doesn't look like this, this is definitely from wear, polish and the like. Alden's regular tan (they still make this exact shoe, the 911) is remarkably plain. I don't own any Barrie but the Hampton fits very well for me, medium width feet.

Quote:
Originally Posted by SirSuturesALot View Post
Wow, those Aldens look amazing. Shoes that can manage to truck on unsupervised and still turn out wonderfully are a joy to own.

+1, VERY VERY NICE Tarmac! Seeing that pic, I'd definitely invest in a pair of 911. Unfortunately, can't justify it now since I currently own Grenson, Loake, as well as old USA made Cole Haan (pebble grain) semi brogues...
LL
post #228 of 755
Quote:
Originally Posted by CrackedCrab View Post
Character development of a C&J for Polo cordovan boot:

L to R, and bottom to top: new, 5 years old and 10 years old (resoled once)

I love these boots.


It's nice to see the differences among the three boots. All three look good, regardless of age.
post #229 of 755
Quote:
Originally Posted by CrackedCrab View Post
Character development of a C&J for Polo cordovan boot:

L to R, and bottom to top: new, 5 years old and 10 years old (resoled once)

I love these boots.

CrackedCrab, what do you wear the 4 remaining days of the week?
post #230 of 755
I just bought these on the bay:




Holding my breath untill arrive.
post #231 of 755
I'd love a pair of McCallums. Look good.
post #232 of 755
^^ Thank you JayJay and grim, all things considered, these are probably my favorite shoes.
post #233 of 755
^^Wes, I missed your message earlier. The rest of the week is mostly a slew of Aldens
post #234 of 755
Sounds like a pretty good rotation to me. Thing is, my girlfriend says all my dress shoes look the same; you actually have 3 pairs that ARE the same! Must admit I've thought of purchasing multiples from fear a well loved style might go out of production...
post #235 of 755
^Wes - my Dad always said if you really like something, buy 2...you never know if they will stop making it. So I sometimes take it a step further and get 3. I'm glad I did with the boots, I haven't seen them for sale at RL for some time (although I'm sure there will be another run before long either in store or on line) The 'new' ones pictured here have been in the box since '05 or 06, can't remember.

I can empathize with you on the gf issues: when I wear really nice (IMO) cordovan Aldens, split toe cigar, etc...or even MTO dark oak Edward Greens with jeans for example, my gf says: do you have anything other than plain brown 'work' shoes, maybe like sneakers or something, maybe you should try that?? And for work dress the same comment as yours re basically all looking the same. But her other good qualities make up for her disconnect with my shoe preferences.
post #236 of 755
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wes Bourne View Post
Sounds like a pretty good rotation to me. Thing is, my girlfriend says all my dress shoes look the same; you actually have 3 pairs that ARE the same! Must admit I've thought of purchasing multiples from fear a well loved style might go out of production...
I've never bought 3 pairs of the exact same shoes, but I do have two pairs of Alden shell longwings in #8. It's the only time I've bought two of the same without first wearing one pair out.
post #237 of 755
Quote:
Originally Posted by JayJay View Post
I've never bought 3 pairs of the exact same shoes, but I do have two pairs of Alden shell longwings in #8. It's the only time I've bought two of the same without first wearing one pair out.

It can be good avice. I have seven (7) pair of a discontinued AE model on a last they no longer use at all - the much-lamented number 4 - in brown shell and various colors of calf. After I bought the first pair in shell I knew they were my perfect shoe. I could not replace them today at any cost and so I'm very glad I stocked up.

I too admire the McCallums, by the way. Beautiful in all three stages.
post #238 of 755
Quote:
Originally Posted by CrackedCrab View Post
And for work dress the same comment as yours re basically all looking the same. But her other good qualities make up for her disconnect with my shoe preferences.

TRUTH! Glad to report I'm in the same boat!

Quote:
Originally Posted by JayJay View Post
I've never bought 3 pairs of the exact same shoes, but I do have two pairs of Alden shell longwings in #8. It's the only time I've bought two of the same without first wearing one pair out.

Quote:
Originally Posted by well-kept View Post
It can be good avice. I have seven (7) pair of a discontinued AE model on a last they no longer use at all - the much-lamented number 4 - in brown shell and various colors of calf. After I bought the first pair in shell I knew they were my perfect shoe. I could not replace them today at any cost and so I'm very glad I stocked up.

I too admire the McCallums, by the way. Beautiful in all three stages.

Considering my past ocd habits of buying multiples of other things (comic books as a kid, favorite jeans, etc), it's only a matter of time before I start doing this with some shoes...I guess I haven't done it yet because there are so many specific styles/models on my wishlist that I'd rather get first, instead of purchasing a duplicate of a pair I already have. Then again, if I were to find out that a particular style I really like was to be discontinued soon and that I could stock up at a bargain price, I might not be able to show restraint!
post #239 of 755
Alden for Brooks Brothers Plain Toe Shell Bluchers. I've had 'em for 2 years and got them from ebay with minimal wear. From the numbers, Alden said they were originally #8 and made in 2002 or 1992. From the brown color, I'd guess the latter.....









I think tan calf shoes show age/character the best. Those Alden 911s look very good in that regard....
post #240 of 755
An update on my #8 shell Indy boot from LeatherSoul (~15mo old):


#8 shell Indy boot (R) next to cigar shell Indy boot (L):

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Classic Menswear
Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Classic Menswear › Shoes With Character