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post #115141 of 122416

just bought that pair in 11 e from them a couple minutes ago.   was going to wait until a month from now on a trip to seattle but you know how that is.

post #115142 of 122416
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Originally Posted by gr789 View Post

My fellow Alden fans might appreciate the following addictive behavior.  I recently had a chance to pick up a Leffot version of cigar Indy boots with commando, never used condition.  I already have a pair, but decided that they were different enough to purchase because; 1) they had more olive in the tone, 2) they had speed hooks rather than all eyelets and 3) they had a flat welt rather than a storm welt.  Probably only you all might appreciate the vast differences in these boots...lol. 

I will not be showing these to the wife.
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Leffot cigar Indys on left, TSM cigar Indys on right.

Both are nice. I wish the Leffot version had exposed eyelets. The newer Alden Boot laces are a bit of a pain with the hidden eyelets. But yeah, definitely wouldn't show the wife. Keep them in opposite sides of your storage solution.

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Originally Posted by daveinsweethome View Post

just bought that pair in 11 e from them a couple minutes ago.   was going to wait until a month from now on a trip to seattle but you know how that is.

Resistance is futile. I am sure they will be perfect for you.

-Mike
post #115143 of 122416
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Originally Posted by usfpaul82 View Post

I got my irregulars in today. They look good, the only issue I see is on the left shoe, there is a slight imperfection in the leather, almost like a small crinkle. It's not very noticeable and it sits so low that it isn't visible under normal viewing angles. Some Venetian shoe cream may even work it out a little. You can see it in the last pic. I think I'll keep me!
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They look great. The CXL is going to crease something fierce, so those issues will not be noticeable after a bit of wear.

How do they fit? CXL will stretch more than other leathers.
post #115144 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

My posting seems to occur in bunches and lately my activity has been pretty high. Even with that, I just heard back from Aram at ahonshoes and given that I heard about him through this site I figured I would post my thoughts on my experience as well as some pic's of his work. For comparision purposes I have two really good cobblers here in Pittsburgh as well as experience with BNelson. The guys in Pgh. are great and do good work, but their scope is limited and I would never have them do what I asked of Aram.

Aram's price was good but it was his level of service that in my experience put him at a level that far exceeds anything I've experienced. His willingness to patiently answer questions and explain his process in detail, over and over again, was very comforting and reassuring since he was working on my $700 shoes that I will likely never be able to replace. I was going to post this last week but to be honest, it didn't matter how good his bedside manner was if his work was substandard. Well, I just got some pictures and wow, the quality of work simply blew me away. Shoes are on the way and I'm very excited about getting them. Here's the pic's so you can decide for yourself.

Here's a before shot..... Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Here's a few shots during the construction phase..... Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)




Here's a couple of final product....... Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)




Judge for yourself, but I am estatic with how these turned out. You can also check them out on Arum's blog.......

https://ahoneshoes.com/Alden-Refurbishing_b_6.html?draft=1

Edited to add lik to Arum's blog. He posted a much better timeline of the process and outcome.

 

I spoke with Aram earlier today.  He received my my JCrew boots and will be converting the soles to Dainite next week. It was very easy and quick to place the order and receive the shipping label--everything was very efficient.  My experience talking with Aram on the phone was similar to that of @Shawnc:  Aram was extremely detail-oriented, patient, happily answered all my questions, seemed pleased to discuss his work.  He gave the boots a look over to make sure the speed hooks were securely installed and not in danger of popping out, and that all the stitching was secure and holding well.  Overall a very thorough, detailed conversation.  It was like a night and day experience compared to my local cobbler.  After the conversion, the edge color will be dark brown and the black of the Dainite (similar to what's described below), and he said the welt might be able to lighten just a bit to help the color transition from upper to edge.  I had mentioned really enjoying the pics of his recent work and the blog, and he said he'd be happy to do the same for my boots.  So: pics coming of the process of conversion to Dainite!

 

Here's a reference pic of the dark brown and Dainite edge look from user @BIG WONG, who had similar work done on his JCrew boots by B. Nelson in March of 2013:

link to his post

 

post #115145 of 122416
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Originally Posted by McQ7 View Post

I spoke with Aram earlier today.  He received my my JCrew boots and will be converting the soles to Dainite next week. It was very easy and quick to place the order and receive the shipping label--everything was very efficient.  My experience talking with Aram on the phone was similar to that of @Shawnc
:  Aram was extremely detail-oriented, patient, happily answered all my questions, seemed pleased to discuss his work.  He gave the boots a look over to make sure the speed hooks were securely installed and not in danger of popping out, and that all the stitching was secure and holding well.  Overall a very thorough, detailed conversation.  It was like a night and day experience compared to my local cobbler.  After the conversion, the edge color will be dark brown and the black of the Dainite (similar to what's described below), and he said the welt might be able to lighten just a bit to help the color transition from upper to edge.  I had mentioned really enjoying the pics of his recent work and the blog, and he said he'd be happy to do the same for my boots.  So: pics coming of the process of conversion to Dainite!


cool. price for this?
post #115146 of 122416

Sure.  As Aram mentioned to me, he's celebrating one year of having his own shop after 20 years as a repairman (he previously did work for Sky Valet in DC) and is running a special through the end of this month for $100 instead of the usual $125.  With shipping for me the total was $117.  That's final price, including all shipping.  Seriously, with that price and the recs here, how could I not? :)

 

I paid at noon, he emailed me a prepaid shipping label for UPS within a half hour, I went home and packed them up, and had them at the UPS store at 1:30.  Shipped to him on Tues, he received them today (Friday).  Total time without my boots is estimated to be about 2 weeks.

 

edit: forgot the link to the special (it's reflected in the cart): http://www.ahoneshoes.com/First-year-this-August_b_5.html

post #115147 of 122416
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Originally Posted by gr789 View Post

My fellow Alden fans might appreciate the following addictive behavior.  I recently had a chance to pick up a Leffot version of cigar Indy boots with commando, never used condition.  I already have a pair, but decided that they were different enough to purchase because; 1) they had more olive in the tone, 2) they had speed hooks rather than all eyelets and 3) they had a flat welt rather than a storm welt.  Probably only you all might appreciate the vast differences in these boots...lol. 
I will not be showing these to the wife.
Leffot cigar Indys on left, TSM cigar Indys on right.
Absolutely necessary. Well done, carry on.
post #115148 of 122416
Quote:
Originally Posted by gr789 View Post
 

My fellow Alden fans might appreciate the following addictive behavior.  I recently had a chance to pick up a Leffot version of cigar Indy boots with commando, never used condition.  I already have a pair, but decided that they were different enough to purchase because; 1) they had more olive in the tone, 2) they had speed hooks rather than all eyelets and 3) they had a flat welt rather than a storm welt.  Probably only you all might appreciate the vast differences in these boots...lol. 

 

I will not be showing these to the wife.

 


Leffot cigar Indys on left, TSM cigar Indys on right.

 

Fantastic looking...wow!  Variety may be the spice of life, but I like to use/wear what I like as often as I can.  This is the perfect shoe rotation solution for guys like me--they're the same but just different enough. :)

post #115149 of 122416
I would kop as many cigar indys as I could....beautiful boot.
post #115150 of 122416
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Originally Posted by McQ7 View Post

I spoke with Aram earlier today.  He received my my JCrew boots and will be converting the soles to Dainite next week. It was very easy and quick to place the order and receive the shipping label--everything was very efficient.  My experience talking with Aram on the phone was similar to that of @Shawnc
:  Aram was extremely detail-oriented, patient, happily answered all my questions, seemed pleased to discuss his work.  He gave the boots a look over to make sure the speed hooks were securely installed and not in danger of popping out, and that all the stitching was secure and holding well.  Overall a very thorough, detailed conversation.  It was like a night and day experience compared to my local cobbler.  After the conversion, the edge color will be dark brown and the black of the Dainite (similar to what's described below), and he said the welt might be able to lighten just a bit to help the color transition from upper to edge.  I had mentioned really enjoying the pics of his recent work and the blog, and he said he'd be happy to do the same for my boots.  So: pics coming of the process of conversion to Dainite!

Here's a reference pic of the dark brown and Dainite edge look from user @BIG WONG
, who had similar work done on his JCrew boots by B. Nelson in March of 2013:
link to his post



I am glad things are working out. I doubt that you will be disappointed with Aram's work. The funny (or sad) thing is I have yet to wear my jcrew captoe's and more after seeing the pic you posted, I am already looking forward to converting to Dainite. The slight change in the edge color really makes the boot pop. Can't wait to see pic's of your boots when they're done.
post #115151 of 122416

My preference on edge color is also heavily influenced by my love for the Crockett & Jones approach to Dainite:

 

 

post #115152 of 122416
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Originally Posted by McQ7 View Post

My preference on edge color is also heavily influenced by my love for the Crockett & Jones approach to Dainite:



Very well said.
post #115153 of 122416
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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post
 

Couldn't agree more about B&M's makeups. I'm so tempted by the snuff wingtip boot on commando. Suede is so damn bulletproof, they'd even likely make it through a New England winter.

 

 

 

https://www.alden-of-carmel.com/shoes-snuff-suede-wing-tip-boot-367.htm


I purchased those last year from Yenni, and love them.  They look great, go with just about everything, and are super comfortable.  Plus, I always get asked where I purchased them from.

post #115154 of 122416
Just picked up my first pair of shell boots. Had to go with the wingtip tongue.gif
I think these will look great with casual wear and also dressed up in a suit. What do you think?




Edited by EngineerE - 8/21/15 at 5:31pm
post #115155 of 122416

Guys,

 

What would be a good non-shell, non-boots beaters for rainy day?

 

I was thinking scotch grain on commando sole.  Would that be viable?

 

Thanks

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