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I considered that but the Canadian dollar is so ridiculously low right it's hard justify the modifications on top of the 25% dollar mark for the boots, and I don't know anyone in Toronto or even Canada that could be trusted to do this.

If I had an extra pair of shell I didn't care about, I would try my hand at modifying with an antique using a dremel and applying some edge dressing. Otherwise, yeah tough predicament other than reaching out to some of the places like Brick + Mortar or Alden DC for waiting lists on future makeups.

post #113702 of 122416
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Originally Posted by marvaments View Post

If I had an extra pair of shell I didn't care about, I would try my hand at modifying with an antique using a dremel and applying some edge dressing. Otherwise, yeah tough predicament other than reaching out to some of the places like Brick + Mortar or Alden DC for waiting lists on future makeups.

Yeah I suspected as much. Kathy has me down for a #8 boot with antique edge but could be some time. Oh well...Thanks!
post #113703 of 122416
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Originally Posted by JSO1 View Post

Gents - I've got a dilemma.

As some of you know, I picked up a pair of the AoM Cigar Captoe Boots on the Barrie last a little while back. I haven't worn them yet, but they're beautiful. That said, I have a fairly sizable boot collection already in addition to them (Alden Wingtip Boots in Color #8 shell, AE Daltons in Walnut shell, AE Dundees in Navy shell, AE First Ave in Oxblood calf, AE Long Branch in Tan Dublin, AE Bleecker St in Dark Chili calf).

My workplace attire is business casual, but is on the more formal side of business casual (occasionally need to wear a suit), with khakis/chinos being a bit too casual for the workplace. To that end, I ordered a pair of Cigar Captoe Bluchers on the Aberdeen last from Alden DC, with the intention of keeping one pair or the other. I can't return the boots, but I can still return the shoes. I'm fairly certain I'll wear the shoes more often, but I don't know if that's necessarily the deciding factor.

The shoes are also beautiful, although the shell on them isn't quite as flawless as the shell on the boots. However, the shell on the shoes is a little bit lighter and more of a rich brown - I'd say the color on the shoes is a touch nicer than the color on the boots. 

Long story short, they're both really nice, but I'm struggling to decide which to keep. Your opinions would be much appreciated.

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Here is my two cents for what it is worth.

First, both models, albeit hard to get, are not impossible to get. From all my talks with Kathy, those are both in her long term production plans (well the Grant CT Boot). So either should be replaceable given a year or so.

From your description, I would keep the Bluchers over the Boots. But that assumes they both fit you equally well. Lighter shells tend to show more flaws, so that doesn't bother or surprise me.

-Mike
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post


Here is my two cents for what it is worth.

First, both models, albeit hard to get, are not impossible to get. From all my talks with Kathy, those are both in her long term production plans (well the Grant CT Boot). So either should be replaceable given a year or so.

From your description, I would keep the Bluchers over the Boots. But that assumes they both fit you equally well. Lighter shells tend to show more flaws, so that doesn't bother or surprise me.

-Mike


Thanks, Mike. It does seem like both of these models are fairly attainable. The only thing is that I really like the way Barrie boots fit me in 8D. I'm not sure about the Grant last, as I don't have anything on it.

 

The bluchers do fit me very well - Aberdeen in 8.5D is quite a nice fit, actually. I don't have the initial heel slip issues that I gwt in Barrie-lasted shoes.

 

I'm still quite torn, as I love both. I could keep both, but that wouldn't be terribly fiscally responsible...

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Keep the shoes.
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Thanks, Mike. It does seem like both of these models are fairly attainable. The only thing is that I really like the way Barrie boots fit me in 8D. I'm not sure about the Grant last, as I don't have anything on it.

 

The bluchers do fit me very well - Aberdeen in 8.5D is quite a nice fit, actually. I don't have the initial heel slip issues that I gwt in Barrie-lasted shoes.

 

I'm still quite torn, as I love both. I could keep both, but that wouldn't be terribly fiscally responsible...

Yeah, shell prices are only increasing year by year. If you like both, just keep both?

post #113707 of 122416
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Originally Posted by tricky View Post

How long do you guys think I'll have to wait for a shell boot or LWB on Barrie with antique edge...without paying a ridiculous premium?

I've tracked down a #8 Barrie boot (from of the standard stores mentioned here) but it's got black edging which I feel would be settling. But there's nothing else out there.

Others may know more, but the Hallecks from Unionmade (#8 WT Boots with Antique edge) and #8 LWBs with antique edging from Leffot come around about once a year. I believe the Leffots were just a month or two ago (so another 9-10 months) and the Hallecks were ~6 months ago? So they may be sooner. Both are pre-orders and sell out quick. Both are Barrie

Exotic shells (Cigar, Ravello, etc) almost all have antique edges but are unpredictable. Probably a year or more wait there. And some boots are on Grant. (Eg captoes)
post #113708 of 122416
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Awesome. I wear my LWBs with denim all the time. I have a few different choices for denim, and I like them all for different reasons: Levi's 513 selvedge (classic design), Uniqlo Slim Fit selvedge (inexpensive, a touch softer, simple but great), Lucky Brand Legend selvedge (also quite soft, a little bit more comfortable cut), and Wallace & Barnes Cone Mills selvedge - the Wallace & Barnes are definitely the highest quality denim, and feel amazing. I got them at a huge discount with several J.Crew sales stacking together, and I absolutely love them. They're a bit lighter than the Uniqlo/Levi's/Lucky selvedges, but I find that they go really nicely with light/mid-brown shoes, like Ravello and Whiskey. I've also worn them with Color #8 wingtip boots, and I like that combo as well.

Really good advice. I appreciate the input. I'm not much of a skinny/slim fit guy. While levis are my favorite, the for of the Selvedge is too slim. I have the non-slim version of the uniglo's, but they also fit a little slender and have yet to be worn. The W/B are a little more than I want to spend but the way you describe the Lucky's has me intrigued. Might have to give them a try.

Back to Aldens, you can't go wrong with either the boots or the shoes. Both look amazing. If however, you decide on the boots, I would likely be interested in the shoes.
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Originally Posted by marvaments View Post

Yeah, shell prices are only increasing year by year. If you like both, just keep both?

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Originally Posted by JSO1 View Post


Thanks, Mike. It does seem like both of these models are fairly attainable. The only thing is that I really like the way Barrie boots fit me in 8D. I'm not sure about the Grant last, as I don't have anything on it.

The bluchers do fit me very well - Aberdeen in 8.5D is quite a nice fit, actually. I don't have the initial heel slip issues that I gwt in Barrie-lasted shoes.

I'm still quite torn, as I love both. I could keep both, but that wouldn't be terribly fiscally responsible...

Yeah, but then you end up like me. I have the Cigar CT Balmoral, Blucher and Boot which is just absolutely stupid. Then you have even tougher decisions!

It's a shame you don't have anything on the Grant yet. One perk of the DC Boots is that they have the Commando Sole, which is the best, that Alden offers, (at least to me) for boots!

-Mike
post #113710 of 122416
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Originally Posted by JSO1 View Post


Thanks, Mike. It does seem like both of these models are fairly attainable. The only thing is that I really like the way Barrie boots fit me in 8D. I'm not sure about the Grant last, as I don't have anything on it.

The bluchers do fit me very well - Aberdeen in 8.5D is quite a nice fit, actually. I don't have the initial heel slip issues that I gwt in Barrie-lasted shoes.

I'm still quite torn, as I love both. I could keep both, but that wouldn't be terribly fiscally responsible...

Keep the shoes. Sell me the boots :-) although I agree with mdubs on being able to get these again, the Barrie lasted captoe might be pretty rare. I'm like you, unclear how the Grant works for me, so very hesitant to pull trigger on those when they come around.
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Originally Posted by epc2 View Post

Keep the shoes.

 

 

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Originally Posted by marvaments View Post
 

Yeah, shell prices are only increasing year by year. If you like both, just keep both?

 
 
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Really good advice. I appreciate the input. I'm not much of a skinny/slim fit guy. While levis are my favorite, the for of the Selvedge is too slim. I have the non-slim version of the uniglo's, but they also fit a little slender and have yet to be worn. The W/B are a little more than I want to spend but the way you describe the Lucky's has me intrigued. Might have to give them a try.

Back to Aldens, you can't go wrong with either the boots or the shoes. Both look amazing. If however, you decide on the boots, I would likely be interested in the shoes.

 

 

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Yeah, but then you end up like me. I have the Cigar CT Balmoral, Blucher and Boot which is just absolutely stupid. Then you have even tougher decisions!

It's a shame you don't have anything on the Grant yet. One perk of the DC Boots is that they have the Commando Sole, which is the best, that Alden offers, (at least to me) for boots!

-Mike

 

 

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Keep the shoes. Sell me the boots :-) although I agree with mdubs on being able to get these again, the Barrie lasted captoe might be pretty rare. I'm like you, unclear how the Grant works for me, so very hesitant to pull trigger on those when they come around.

 

Thanks all, for the advice. Much appreciated. I'm leaning towards selling the boots, but will sleep on it.

 

It's a good thing I don't have a Cigar balmoral to complicate the situation...

post #113712 of 122416
I give you guys credit if you can do the modification on your own. Personally I would just wait & pay for them & then enjoy them.
post #113713 of 122416
Guys, found the formula for the *ultimate* Alden Defender...get ready to be amazed:

http://youtu.be/IPM8OR6W6WE
(Especially at 3:45)
post #113714 of 122416
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Originally Posted by gosheik View Post

Guys, found the formula for the *ultimate* Alden Defender...get ready to be amazed:

http://youtu.be/IPM8OR6W6WE
(Especially at 3:45)

Awsome video bud thank you for sharing.
post #113715 of 122416
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Originally Posted by gosheik View Post

Guys, found the formula for the *ultimate* Alden Defender...get ready to be amazed:

http://youtu.be/IPM8OR6W6WE
(Especially at 3:45)

 

Not quite, does not dry clear. As you can tell by the white look of the treated boot.

 

http://www.spillcontainment.com/ever-dry

 

Pretty cool stuff though.

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