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Originally Posted by Allen Dreadmon View Post
 

 

Brilliant.  I never knew about double leather midsoles.  Thanks for sharing the pics.

 

 

 

Yeah, I figured why not go crazy on this pair?

 

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Originally Posted by bkotsko View Post
 

So, here is my 2 cents.

You are in the Alden thread, and will likely get a biased response here.

However, having owned both pairs you mention, the LWBs will be easily much more versatile.

That being said, the ruby shell is beautiful. Beware of the Simpson last, as it is quite narrow.

In a casual but conservative environment, the LWB wins hands down.

 

The only hesitation I have with the LWB is that I already have four LWBs in various forms (two Alden Ravello LWBs, one AE MacNeil in natural shell, and one AE McGregor in dark chili calf). I love LWBs, but I just am hesitating a bit to pick up another pair.

 

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I would add:

 

(1) While some do have trouble with Simpson, I just go with my Barrie size (i.e., 9.5D Barrie = 9.5 UK Simpson) and it works great for me.

 

(2) I have those same Carminas and acquired them in part because I didn't know if I would ever see ruby shell again, whereas the 975 will presumably be in plentiful supply until the end of time (or the end of shell at least), and may even be relatively easy to come by gently used.

 

(3) I don't own 975s.  But, I do have the AE MacNeil LWB in burgundy shell, and I have the Alden LWB in cigar shell.  For me, the Alden has a slight advantage in comfort, but the AE beats it in styling.  So, if you haven't checked out the MacNeil, you might do that too.

 

How come you unloaded the Florsheims?

 

I am planning on going with my Barrie size for the Simpson, as well. Haven't tried it, though.

 

Your point on the 975 availability is well-taken and is a big factor in my decisionmaking process.

 

For starters, it's hard to imagine that the Euro will get much weaker than it is now, and Carmina could well raise prices on shell again. Alden's shell prices are unlikely to fluctuate so dramatically. And, who knows how much more Color #2 shell Carmina has?

 

I think I'm leaning towards the Carminas, with the idea that I can always get the 975s down the road...

 

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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Lovely LWBs, my favorite color on them.

Keep the 975 and sell the AE.

 

Thanks, Mike. I don't actually have a 975 to keep at the moment. And, considering the deal I got on the Cambridges ($350 brand new), I don't think I want to sell those.

 

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They look great.

My understanding was that double Dainite means a Dainite sole with a single leather midsole between the welt and the Dainite sole.

Dainite, or single Dainite, would be attaching the Dainite sole directly to the welt (with no midsole).

So yours is double (is "triple" more accurate?) Dainite but with a double leather midsole?

 

It's slightly complicated by the different thickness options of the Dainite. I'm not 100% sure which weight/thickness of Dainite this is, but I think it's the standard "single" Dainite thickness.

 

Some people use the phrase "double Dainite" to refer to the thickest Dainite option, whereas others use it to refer to using a midsole in addition to Dainite. I wanted the thickest Dainite option AND the midsole, but Beehive only has the normal single-thickness Dainite, so it seems they used two midsoles. It probably ended up a touch thicker than it would have with a thicker Dainite + single midsole, but I really do like the chunkiness.

 

So it sort of is "triple". :)

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I love the shine on Alden cigars. C&J dark brown is nice too, but can't touch Alden!

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Originally Posted by JSO1 View Post
 
So it sort of is "triple". :)

 

Very ballsy move on your part, BTW.

 

If and when the Epaulet king shell Alt Wiens ever come through, I'll be considering having B. Nelson or somebody give mine triple leather soles to make them "true" Budapesters.  I already have a pair of triple-soled Heinrich Dinkelackers and they're pretty insane.

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Originally Posted by Alpina View Post

Yes, exactly--this is what prompted my question.  I have really been pining for a Plaza wingtip for a while, as it is on another end of the shape spectrum.  I have the daytripper and am on the list for the DC cigar captoe.  Also, with the Naval boot in hand and the Halleck on the way, the WT on Grant, nice as it sounds, might not be different enough to earn its own space in my rotation....I think.  I still have to consider it some more.

You are covered already bro with the Halleck. Don't even sweat it.

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Originally Posted by Allen Dreadmon View Post

I love the shine on Alden cigars. C&J dark brown is nice too, but can't touch Alden!


Looking great. I love my pair as well!

-Mike
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Originally Posted by halfnhalfnhalf View Post
 

 

Very ballsy move on your part, BTW.

 

If and when the Epaulet king shell Alt Wiens ever come through, I'll be considering having B. Nelson or somebody give mine triple leather soles to make them "true" Budapesters.  I already have a pair of triple-soled Heinrich Dinkelackers and they're pretty insane.


Plus, these particular ravello LWBs are a touch more creased, rolled, and scuffed up than my other pair, so I figured to make them my rainy day ravellos. That's right, rainy day ravellos.

 

Oh, and thanks for your advice re: Simpson sizing. I looked at my PayPal balance (always nice when it's higher than you expected), the EUR/USD exchange rate, and ordered the color #2 Carminas.

 

My fifth pair of Aldens will have to wait a little while, but I am already plotting...

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Was able to place get on the preorder for the Grant wingtips!

 

Only problem...I just bought a pair of cordovan AE Daltons and started wearing them.  I don't know if I should be keeping both, too similar.

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Originally Posted by neelp3 View Post
 

Was able to place get on the preorder for the Grant wingtips!

 

Only problem...I just bought a pair of cordovan AE Daltons and started wearing them.  I don't know if I should be keeping both, too similar.

Alden's wingtip pattern is leaps and bounds better than AE's. IMO

 

I would sell the AE's. 

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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post
 

Alden's wingtip pattern is leaps and bounds better than AE's. IMO

 

I would sell the AE's. 


+1

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A little cigar medallion cap toe boot for an early Friday afternoon happy hour...

 


Thanks @mdubs.  Not sure how often I will be back, but I won't go six weeks without dropping in.

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Happy Friday gents

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Happy Friday gents
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Just saw a guy on Instagram with the same boots! :)

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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post

 

 

This is such a rare and unique model.  You were wise in picking these up.

 

I was wondering why we had not seen you in some time @ReppTiePrepster

 

Some of you gents are blessed to have a job that requires lots of field work. 

 

I am in front of a computer all day and have the benefit of being able to be on the Forum...which, has its ebb and flow as well...

 

@mdubs says he will be unavailable for awhile as well...you dear men have a great time!

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A little cigar medallion cap toe boot for an early Friday afternoon happy hour...







Thanks @mdubs
.  Not sure how often I will be back, but I won't go six weeks without dropping in.

Hot Damn these are insane. Well done! I love those boots Sir!
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post
 

A little cigar medallion cap toe boot for an early Friday afternoon happy hour...


Thanks @mdubs.  Not sure how often I will be back, but I won't go six weeks without dropping in.

Wow!  Those are incredible! 

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Originally Posted by Watchman1 View Post

This is such a rare and unique model.  You were wise in picking these up.

I was wondering why we had not seen you in some time @ReppTiePrepster


Some of you gents are blessed to have a job that requires lots of field work. 

I am in front of a computer all day and have the benefit of being able to be on the Forum...which, has its ebb and flow as well...

@mdubs
 says he will be unavailable for awhile as well...you dear men have a great time!

I am in front of a computer all day as well. It's a bit of a curse. Constantly tempted to buy something new.
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