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Estimately how long you guys were your calf & shell shoes at home before start using them out door regularly?
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I think I know the answer to this one, but it's better to check with expertise beforehand:


Stylistically, are the color 8 wingtip boots generally more formal than the color 8 cap toe boots? How does the creasing of the cordovan vary between the two for anyone who can speak to that?


I've been set for a while on the color 8 wingtip boots, but now I realize my general style is a little less formal than what I thought it'd be. I'm in jeans and trousers generally, and only wear a suit no more than 3 times a season on average (around a dozen times a year). Most of the time when I wear my trousers or jeans it's with a button down without a tie, sometimes with a blazer or odd jacket on top (rarely), and every now and then I'll have to or feel compelled to don a tie. With that in mind, would you recommend the wingtip or the cap toe boots?

For your purposes, either really works. The captoe boot potentially is more formal (depending on the welt, last, etc), but both captoe boots and wingtip boots go well with what you are describing
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Estimately how long you guys were your calf & shell shoes at home before start using them out door regularly?

I wear mine once at work in the office all day which is usually a good mix of sitting and walking. That's all I do to break in and I'm lucky if I do that. 

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Thanks, guys! These are my #1 Alden and probably the reason I have yet to wear them. haha



Now I need to find a pair of Cigar SW derbies on Aberdeen. Maybe I'll wear them.....





lol, it's funny but I somewhat understand because the ravello NST's are so f-ing nice new/uncreased.  I have worn mine probably 3 times in total and they do crease a lot, but I will just learn to embrace it smile.gif



 



Also, those cigar shortwings are gorgeous, nice pick up gentlemen!  Is it on Aberdeen or Hampton last?


 



The AoM SWB were on the Hampton. Went TTS on them and they feel pretty good.

The Ravello NST is a stunner for sure. Just need a 2nd pair to put in the glass case. Kinda why I haven't hit the road yet with the DC cigar cap toes. The beauty is in the simplicity.
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New arrival from AOM

Cigar SWB on Hampton last








I know I'm a bit late on this, but this is one of the best Alden bluchers I have seen made.
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I wear mine once at work in the office all day which is usually a good mix of sitting and walking. That's all I do to break in and I'm lucky if I do that. 
Well I took my carmina chukka right out of box & took it for all day work were. I was told not to do that so figured to ask what all you gents do to break in shoes. Or it dose not matter put them on & be out the door.
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Well I took my carmina chukka right out of box & took it for all day work were. I was told not to do that so figured to ask what all you gents do to break in shoes. Or it dose not matter put them on & be out the door.


Some good info here: http://aldenofsandiego.com/alden-faq/break-in-care-and-maintainence/ ;)

 

I try to wear in house a little before taking them out, I heard it's also better to break in so the soles don't get worn out as quickly during first wears

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Well I took my carmina chukka right out of box & took it for all day work were. I was told not to do that so figured to ask what all you gents do to break in shoes. Or it dose not matter put them on & be out the door.

The only reason I do it is to soften up the sole a little bit so my toes don't drag too much when I eventually hit concrete. Breaking them in at home is pointless as I don't tend to walk around my house in circles. The office is perfect as it's all carpet and I tend to do quite a bit of running around. 

 

I've read people say "15 min. intervals with like an hour rest" or something. Sounds ridiculous to me. I could be doing it "wrong", but I really don't care.  

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Some good info here: http://aldenofsandiego.com/alden-faq/break-in-care-and-maintainence/ wink.gif

I try to wear in house a little before taking them out, I heard it's also better to break in so the soles don't get worn out as quickly during first wears
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Thank you for all the help Tifosi & JR Magat all this breaking in shoes at home for hour lol seems too much so your office thing makes sense. Just got little worried when some one said it will mess up shoes don't want to do that if I can avoide it.
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Thank you for all the help Tifosi & JR Magat all this breaking in shoes at home for hour lol seems too much so your office thing makes sense. Just got little worried when some one said it will mess up shoes don't want to do that if I can avoide it.

I'm sure breaking in shoes only came about with the age of shoe forums. You'll be fine, haha. 

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Do you not recommend whisky color shell? Or is it hard to take care of?

I would definitely recommend Whiskey Shell. It's a beautiful color and ages terrifically. Just saying you need to be more judicious when applying product to it as it shows darkening effects more readily than any other color.

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whiskey shell can be tricky to care care for because it will show marks on the light shell, and using products with pigments or certain solvents can cause stains or unintended darkening.

Exactly.

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Well if I would of know this I would of not done Mto any recommendation how to take care of new whiskey shell. Other than basic brush & rub down, & using Alden leather defender.

That's pretty much what I do with mine.

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Looking great today!

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For being your number one Alden, I am amazed you haven't worn them yet. You have had them for longer than 6 months now.

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Absolutely superb DV!

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Looks good, but they need to be on feet! :-)

-Mike
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think the issue here is going to be fitting a thick crepe sole onto a loafer like that. just today I brought AE Kenwood loafers into B. Nelson for resoling and they convinced me the crepe sole would look off on a trad loafer like that. ended up going with an oiled flex sole. I'll do crepe on another shoe or boot which is meant to go with a double sole

Agreed, this makes a lot of sense. The lug rubber sole looks chunky on the LHS loafer. The oiled flex sole is meant for the LHS loafer, especially the unlined version.

Perhaps the Alden style crepe is a bit much but Rancourt does the Reltex Lactae Hevea sole and I guess it is a thinner sole but it looks really good loafers...actually ordered a shell boat shoe with that sole

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So, I went ahead and jumped in the J.Crew natty cxl dover pre-order (adding variety as non-shell alternatives) and last night all sizes were shown available, but now today it's out of stock.  I guess all pre-order slots are filled?  Hopefully my order doesn't get canceled

 

link: https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/JCrewingoodcompany/Alden/PRDOVR~E1778/E1778.jsp

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Whiskey Wednesday

 

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