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Originally Posted by Disco Volante View Post

Sorry, this is by no means a fair comparison. There is a much faster way to do speed hooks, that's the slow granny way. Also, the person in the video did not take the additional time to lace the top tier of eyelets.

Real world, assuming you use all the eyelets, speed hooks should be faster than that, and 9 eyelets should be slower than that.

OK--I'll grant you that.  And I know the faster way to do speed hooks, but I'll maintain that any hook lacing still requires way more attention--deliberately placing the lace in each . And any method to lace hooks is difficult in dim light.  In the end, it's of very little consequence--people have their own preferences.  My goal was to demonstrate that all (8/9) eyelets aren't the PITA people make them out to be.  I don't mind a knot at the end of the laces, and by having them, I can use all of the lace without having them slip through the eyes.

post #109292 of 122416
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There is a quicker way to do speedhooks than that? Care to share?

 

So you're saying I'm not crazy??? haha  That's a relief. 


Here is some picture demo of the quicker way to do speed hooks: http://imgur.com/a/WVkRl#HXhAiqF

post #109293 of 122416
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Personally like the cigar. The olive hues that start appearing in sunlight make it stand out.

Regarding hooks vs all eyelets: having all eyelets is a pain while taking off or putting your boots on. But it looks good. Not worth the hassle imo.

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Color 8 is the most versatile IMO. Cigar ages nicely though. You definitely need both smile.gif

Frankly, all shell patinas nicely and will have a nice depth of color. Whether someone prefers a particular shade new or patinad will depend on the individual as well as how the particular shoe patinas. I think you will find that Color 8 will get a slight edge over Cigar in popularity, especially patinad. There is a reason Color 8 and Cordovan are used interchangeably to describe the burgundy color.

I am sure there are a number of awesome examples of patina here. I can post my Perf Tip Balmorals when I get back home as they have formed a nice color.

-Mike

Pantina example.

About 3 year old Marlows versus brand new pair.
Not Alden but they are Horween cordovan.

post #109294 of 122416
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Pantina example.

About 3 year old Marlows versus brand new pair.
Not Alden but they are Horween cordovan.

 

Nice looking Marlows, Zippy! Thanks for sharing!

 

And every time there's a discussion on patina of shell cordovan, I like to share this old article from leffot by Nick Horween about patina of shell: http://leffot.com/the-brownout-by-nick-horween/

 

Shell cordovan is truly an amazing leather.

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I'm somewhat skeptical the Marlows on the left started out the same color as the new pair. While patina does happen, extreme fading does not always take place to this degree. Also, old Marlows for the most part would not start out quite as dark a shade as the recently manufactured pairs. Moreover, this type of extreme fading often requires some deliberate exposure to sun and a prohibition of colored polish.
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Nice looking Marlows, Zippy! Thanks for sharing!

 

And every time there's a discussion on patina of shell cordovan, I like to share this old article from leffot by Nick Horween about patina of shell: http://leffot.com/the-brownout-by-nick-horween/

 

Shell cordovan is truly an amazing leather.

The horse's ass, right from the horse's mouth.  Great post!

post #109297 of 122416
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Here is some picture demo of the quicker way to do speed hooks: http://imgur.com/a/WVkRl#HXhAiqF

Quite interesting. I will have to try that one next time. I never really find myself needing to get into my boots too quickly, but still cool.

 

Thanks for sharing. 

post #109298 of 122416
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

Quite interesting. I will have to try that one next time. I never really find myself needing to get into my boots too quickly, but still cool.

Thanks for sharing. 

Ha! Yeah, same here, I find this discussion interesting, but have yet to find myself in such a hurry that hooks versus eyelets makes a difference...
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Here you go:

 

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I'm somewhat skeptical the Marlows on the left started out the same color as the new pair. While patina does happen, extreme fading does not always take place to this degree. Also, old Marlows for the most part would not start out quite as dark a shade as the recently manufactured pairs. Moreover, this type of extreme fading often requires some deliberate exposure to sun and a prohibition of colored polish.

That picture was taken about 3 years ago so the new ones aren't recent manufactured Marlows. The flash also lightens everything up a bit. The picture was taken as a quick snap to send to my buddy who I was proxying the new pair for.
There has been no deliberate exposure to sun. I have used brown polish sparingly on them.
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I'm lazy, so I find it far easier to get my foot into the boot with speed hooks. With all eyelets, I'd have to loosen the laces down to the 4th eyelet & use a shoe horn. In addition, I prefer not to lace my boots to the last 2 hooks and wrap the laces around the boot. With eyelets, the wrapped-around lace will move and end up at the top of the boot. Just my preference.

post #109302 of 122416

cigar w hooks x anatomica (saved me 30 seconds this am)

 

post #109303 of 122416
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Originally Posted by zippyh View Post

That picture was taken about 3 years ago so the new ones aren't recent manufactured Marlows. The flash also lightens everything up a bit. The picture was taken as a quick snap to send to my buddy who I was proxying the new pair for.
There has been no deliberate exposure to sun. I have used brown polish sparingly on them.

@zippyh - Points taken. I was wrong about these Marlows.

I will say this. The recent batches are dark and will take serious effort and time to lighten. Cheers.
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cigar w hooks x anatomica (saved me 30 seconds this am)




Really appreciate the small leg opening of your chinos. We're they tapered? Opening & break (or lack of) looks great with the boots.
post #109305 of 122416
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Here you go:

 

 

 

Haha this is great, you just blew my mind with that! Will have to give it a try next time I throw on something with speed hooks.

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