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Originally Posted by smoothie1 View Post


Plenty of the good Ravello, in fact most of it, stays in the gold ole US of A. I've got a new pair of LHS in Ravello that I decided to let go in fact.

 

I have been eyeing those for some time my friend.

 

And, I think they would fit me too...

 

I am just not so sure of Van sizing.  I have a Copley last LHS that fits me well in a 10.5D

post #109442 of 122416
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Originally Posted by circleslife View Post

Search Halleck boot pics here. Should make your call easy.

I googled them and they look lovely, but unfortunately I need a commando sole; going to be living in wet and snowy northern japan. Also, the ones at Alden Carmel don't have that lovely antique edge.
post #109443 of 122416
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Originally Posted by AnOxymoron View Post


I googled them and they look lovely, but unfortunately I need a commando sole; going to be living in wet and snowy northern japan. Also, the ones at Alden Carmel don't have that lovely antique edge.

 

Brick + Mortar is doing a WT boot on commando with an antique edge, but is on the Plaza last.  Not sure when that preorder is happening or if it already has.

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Thanks to randy the cobbler. My wait is finally over. Both boots done with antique brass eyelets. Such a great guy awesome to work with.
post #109445 of 122416
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Originally Posted by inn8chiro View Post
 

I am far what I would consider a nerd or a dweeb or whatever bullyish term warrants being applied to this shoe fetish. But as I was laying in bed not paying attention to my beautiful wife scrolling through this thread I realized that I really am a huge nerd, and everyone that puts this much effort into shoes/boots has taken it to the next level of what some might call off or odd. I am good with the weird culture and the silly routines, but I don't believe it makes it uninviting, like @tifosi said, just block peoples comments you don't like. Just because someone has more money or can buy more pieces of some animals ass it doesn't mean they matter more. I give respect when it's given.


Respect

post #109446 of 122416
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Originally Posted by HenryIII View Post

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Henry, looking superb in your Cigars.

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Thanks for all the advice re. barrie v. tb sizing. The 9.5 indy boots are going back today or tomorrow. The good folks at j crew have located a pair in 9 that is on the way to me. Fingers xrossed.

In other news, I reached for the cxl dovers today. Sox may be black but the cross cutting pattern matches my pants (for all the purists):
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Cool, very nice Dovers. I really like the unlined models such as these.

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Happy Whiskey Wednesday
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Don, I say this too much, but your Whiskey LHSes are terrific and as someone else said, the natural color variation is hard to top.

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FedEx delivered these to me last night. About 6months ahead of my quoted arrival date.
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Eighth, those are superb. Glad you were able to get them. Will be a nice addition to the Whiskey Wed club.

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Originally Posted by denver0321 View Post

If anyone remembers my post a couple of weeks ago about Leffot, all is well. They accepted the returned shoes and gave me a cash refund. They were very understanding and easy to work with. Their return policy is specific but under the circumstances they agreed to adjust it. That's good business.

And for the record, in my opinion Mac is missed and his methods are gold.

Glad to hear it. Leffot is a good and reputable shop.

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Originally Posted by JETTASY View Post

Hello,
Thank you for your kind words.
My last Ravello pair is Chukka Boot.
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Very nice. I actually assume these are from Alden SF as they match my pair exactly. Enjoy them my friend.

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Originally Posted by sazon View Post

In the 90's and early 2000s I used to make yearly trips to Italy with an empty suitcase and return with Italian shoes galore. The $ was strong and life was good.

Proud nephew here. Much respect to Uncle Mac.
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Looking great bud in your boots. Hope that you had a great day.

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AoDC Cigar Captoe boots

Ben, you are looking great in the boots. You have done very well by those.

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I used to be a Ferragamo guy., I still own a pair:) Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Looking great in your Color 8 LWBs. Like how you worked your loafers in.

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Originally Posted by mike fite View Post

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Thanks to randy the cobbler. My wait is finally over. Both boots done with antique brass eyelets. Such a great guy awesome to work with.

Enjoy them. Glad to hear that you are happy with the end product!

-Mike
post #109447 of 122416
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Originally Posted by AnOxymoron View Post

I googled them and they look lovely, but unfortunately I need a commando sole; going to be living in wet and snowy northern japan. Also, the ones at Alden Carmel don't have that lovely antique edge.
You don't really need commando sole for that. It helps but isn't necessary if you rotate your boots enough. Try the reverse tobacco chamois on commando if you want to wear something everyday in sleet, snow or muddy/rainy conditions. Highly recommend.
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Originally Posted by circleslife View Post

You don't really need commando sole for that. It helps but isn't necessary if you rotate your boots enough. Try the reverse tobacco chamois on commando if you want to wear something everyday in sleet, snow or muddy/rainy conditions. Highly recommend.

I'm not on the same level as most people that post in this thread. I'll only have two pairs of Aldens to rotate---some 975s and hopefully a more rugged boot that I can romp through the weather with.

I really don't think two leather-soled shoes in a city that gets ~43 inches of rain and 235 inches of snow per year is a wise idea.

That said, I'd like a boot that I can dress up a bit but also wear out for more casual outings. I'm very close to pulling the trigger on the Brown CXL Wing Tip boots from Alden Carmel since they have them in my size. Don't really want to wait for a pre-order because I'm moving there next thursday...

Also, I'm a young gun, only 25.
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Originally Posted by AnOxymoron View Post


I'm not on the same level as most people that post in this thread. I'll only have two pairs of Aldens to rotate---some 975s and hopefully a more rugged boot that I can romp through the weather with.

I really don't think two leather-soled shoes in a city that gets ~43 inches of rain and 235 inches of snow per year is a wise idea.

That said, I'd like a boot that I can dress up a bit but also wear out for more casual outings. I'm very close to pulling the trigger on the Brown CXL Wing Tip boots from Alden Carmel since they have them in my size. Don't really want to wait for a pre-order because I'm moving there next thursday...

Also, I'm a young gun, only 25.

 

Base on your requirement, I agree the Brown CXL WT boot will be a great choice! Go Ahead!

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Originally Posted by tanbar View Post
 

Anyone know if Unionmade typically does a run/stocks the Halleck boots every year, or were those a one off design?  Going to email them, but figured I'd check on here first.

 

I took out my yet-to-be-worn 2012-13 Halleck boots by Unionmade, and they have a black edge trim and a commando sole - so their details vary a little bit from batch to batch.

post #109451 of 122416
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Originally Posted by AnOxymoron View Post

I'm not on the same level as most people that post in this thread. I'll only have two pairs of Aldens to rotate---some 975s and hopefully a more rugged boot that I can romp through the weather with.

I really don't think two leather-soled shoes in a city that gets ~43 inches of rain and 235 inches of snow per year is a wise idea.

That said, I'd like a boot that I can dress up a bit but also wear out for more casual outings. I'm very close to pulling the trigger on the Brown CXL Wing Tip boots from Alden Carmel since they have them in my size. Don't really want to wait for a pre-order because I'm moving there next thursday...

Also, I'm a young gun, only 25.

That may be the practical thing to do. If you are not obsessed with maintenance, shell doesn't do well with abundance of rain and snow, and working the shine back may turn you off. The shine that you have on new shell changes. Of course this depends on extent and length of use. And you may like the appearance as it ages. That said I wore my Ravello LWB in 3-4 inch snow and puddle this past winter and mere wiping off the wetness still preserved its appearance. On my color 8 chukka, under same conditions but after extended exposure, the shine has faded a lot more. Of course all I do for maintenance is wipe them off with my socks after and before any wear. I wore the reverse chamois for 10 workdays everyday equally harsh weather and they still look good as when I got them. I deliberately took them through puddles, kicked through snow and walked with them for 2-3 miles at a time but they never leaked or showed any hint of abuse. Point being, for rough weather non-shell is a better option overall. And you'll be just fine if you take your 975s out in nasty weather on a Friday outing as long as you don't let water/snow inside or wipe it off if it does. Good luck with your move.
post #109452 of 122416
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Originally Posted by AnOxymoron View Post


I'm not on the same level as most people that post in this thread. I'll only have two pairs of Aldens to rotate---some 975s and hopefully a more rugged boot that I can romp through the weather with.

I really don't think two leather-soled shoes in a city that gets ~43 inches of rain and 235 inches of snow per year is a wise idea.

That said, I'd like a boot that I can dress up a bit but also wear out for more casual outings. I'm very close to pulling the trigger on the Brown CXL Wing Tip boots from Alden Carmel since they have them in my size. Don't really want to wait for a pre-order because I'm moving there next thursday...

Also, I'm a young gun, only 25.

 

 

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Originally Posted by stevefok View Post
 

 

Base on your requirement, I agree the Brown CXL WT boot will be a great choice! Go Ahead!

Not to be difficult, but I have the cxl wt from AofC. It's a soft and comfy boot to wear for hours and hours, but I've found that I'm not a fan of a chromexcel boot with wingtip design because the cxl wrinkles that one can expect over time, imho, conflict with the elegance of the wingtip's undulating lines.

 

Accordingly, let's remember there are other rugged boot options. LS's Ultimate Indy comes to mind. Let's also remember Epaulet recently offered a preorder for the Ironside Indy, whose earth chamois feels indestructible. I'll try to post pics if I have time and appropriate sunlight in the morning. 

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Originally Posted by totalair1 View Post


I understand your thoughts and to some the Uncle/Nephew stuff might be an issue. My issues were You bundled the socks, poses and old stuff in your post too. You knew going in you might get shot but it did not stop you from posting it.

My primary point is to a great extent Uncle Mac is this forum. Nobody can question his contributions to this forum from a value perspective. I'm glad you are a part of it, but if anything Mac has posted could drive you away I'd take that all day long over your post driving him away! I value Mac more than you, but that's me.

Mac matters the the rest of us not so much.

Steve

I get what you are saying. I can see how my original post came off as inconsiderate, and to be fair, I have offered very little if anything of value to this forum, which I fully understand, so I get where you are coming from.

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Again, running a few days behind... I was on the road yesterday, which didn't help...

 

Saturday. Alden x Leffot Navy Suede LWB. Barrie Last. Leffot.

 

 

Leisure Sunday. Alden Cigar LHS. Van Last. Alden DC.

 

 

 

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Monday. Alden Black Shell LWB. Barrie Last. Alden DC.

 

 

 

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Tuesday. Alden Color 8 LWB. Barrie Last. Alden DC.

 

 

 

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Wednesday. Alden Whiskey LWB. Barrie Last. TheShoeMart. With my favorite Epaulet Rivet Chinos.

 

 

 

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-Mike

post #109455 of 122416
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Originally Posted by circleslife View Post

That may be the practical thing to do. If you are not obsessed with maintenance, shell doesn't do well with abundance of rain and snow, and working the shine back may turn you off. The shine that you have on new shell changes. Of course this depends on extent and length of use. And you may like the appearance as it ages. That said I wore my Ravello LWB in 3-4 inch snow and puddle this past winter and mere wiping off the wetness still preserved its appearance. On my color 8 chukka, under same conditions but after extended exposure, the shine has faded a lot more. Of course all I do for maintenance is wipe them off with my socks after and before any wear. I wore the reverse chamois for 10 workdays everyday equally harsh weather and they still look good as when I got them. I deliberately took them through puddles, kicked through snow and walked with them for 2-3 miles at a time but they never leaked or showed any hint of abuse. Point being, for rough weather non-shell is a better option overall. And you'll be just fine if you take your 975s out in nasty weather on a Friday outing as long as you don't let water/snow inside or wipe it off if it does. Good luck with your move.

I would say I'm not really obsessed with maintenance; I'm rather pragmatic in that I prefer to let my shoes do their thing and just evolve naturally. I'm not really a shiny shoes type of person to be honest, more of a workboot and raw denim kinda guy. But unfortunately that won't fly for my vocation. The only reason I worry about leather soles in rain and snow is that they will wear out more quickly, and possibly get my feet wet (?) and cold. And obviously the issue of poor traction.

That said, I hate big clunky soles so the commando option is kind of a turn-off. I almost considered just getting leather soled boots and wearing galoshes when I need them.
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Originally Posted by docalden2013 View Post


Not to be difficult, but I have the cxl wt from AofC. It's a soft and comfy boot to wear for hours and hours, but I've found that I'm not a fan of a chromexcel boot with wingtip design because the cxl wrinkles that one can expect over time, imho, conflict with the elegance of the wingtip's undulating lines.

Accordingly, let's remember there are other rugged boot options. LS's Ultimate Indy comes to mind. Let's also remember Epaulet recently offered a preorder for the Ironside Indy, whose earth chamois feels indestructible. I'll try to post pics if I have time and appropriate sunlight in the morning. 

Not difficult, I like to consider every opinion! I can see how the soft CXL wrinkling could conflict with the wingtip design, but I tend to appreciate worn, broken-in shoes more than brand new shiny ones. I've never been one to baby my shoes, even if I paid an obscene amount of cash for them; I like to see how they age naturally. Obviously I'll take care of them, but those wrinkles and bends and nicks and bruises are, to me, what gives them character.
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