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Ravello PTB.

Looking very good today!

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Inspired by @BenLeaman and @ALTVol today...... The J.Crew Saddle and Cigar Saddle both looked amazing!

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Very nice looking Saddles!

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I received my boots back from Aaram of AH One Shoes & Repair yesterday, and wore them today.  I'm extremely impressed with the work done to convert these to Dainite, and especially love the edge and welt color change.  The welt is lighter now and I do think it works well with the brown edges.  Perhaps most importantly, the boots are now much more comfortable than when they had the stock leather soles.  I am loving the Dainite! 

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Very nice and congrats on the Danite conversion.

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Whiskey Wednesday on Thursday
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Looking great Don! The whiskey LHS is yet another phenomenal model.

-Mike
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These came out great!  I like the Dainite product.  I have them on a pair of casual/beater AE's.  Do you find that they wear hard?  By that I mean, they don't seem to have as much give as other soles as I "feel" it in my ankles when I walk (and I'm not old!), but for, low profile, durability and inclement weather, they seem a great option!  Shame Alden doesn't use them from time to time.

agree on all those points. they aren't the most comfortable but all the bolded are 100% true. Dainite soles last for years even with daily wear. I *think* I prefer commando though. just a bit softer imo so you get

- a bit more comfort
- similar durability
- a bit less dressier

but it depends what you want to optimize on...

I'm keep to convert my next boot to crepe, similar scale as above but tilting to even more comfort and less durability (and not dressy either)
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agree on all those points. they aren't the most comfortable but all the bolded are 100% true. Dainite soles last for years even with daily wear. I *think* I prefer commando though. just a bit softer imo so you get

- a bit more comfort
- similar durability
- a bit less dressier

but it depends what you want to optimize on...

I'm keep to convert my next boot to crepe, similar scale as above but tilting to even more comfort and less durability (and not dressy either)

 

The heels on the commando sole feel slightly higher vis a vis the forefoot, when compared to the leather sole (or crepe). Does anyone else have that experience?

(my only alden commando half-soles in rotation are the DC grant cap toe boots)

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The heels on the commando sole feel slightly higher vis a vis the forefoot, when compared to the leather sole (or crepe). Does anyone else have that experience?
(my only alden commando half-soles in rotation are the DC grant cap toe boots)

I have this feeling as well. It's similar to the Indy boot with thomas heel. A slight elevation in the heel with a downward slope to the ball of the feet.
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Did you wear through the original soles or convert them closer to new? Fine work and I like Dainite. When I wear through the leather on my pair in 5+ years I will do this.
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These came out great!  I like the Dainite product.  I have them on a pair of casual/beater AE's.  Do you find that they wear hard?  By that I mean, they don't seem to have as much give as other soles as I "feel" it in my ankles when I walk (and I'm not old!), but for, low profile, durability and inclement weather, they seem a great option!  Shame Alden doesn't use them from time to time.

 

 

The boots were pretty new, but I walk a mile on pavement every day and one of the ways is on an incline...the toes were not looking good even after just two weeks.  And I couldn't wear them when it was wet.  And Aram had this special going on, and converting to Dainite was what I knew eventually I would want to do.  So I just went for it.  Whereas before they felt sturdy on top and delicate on the bottom, now they feel bulletproof.  A tough, good-looking shoe that will look good for years = my ideal.

 

To my feet, the Dainite is many times more comfortable than the leather soles.  I don't know how many: 10x?  Way more comfortable, more shock-absorbent.  I don't find they don't have enough give compared to the leather soles.  They give--they certainly give more than the leather had.  Compared to crepe, yes they're surely harder.  Commando?  I don't know.  To be honest, that was the one thing I was a little nervous about, was how hard under the foot would the Dainite feel.  To me, hard enough to feel firm and yet they have some give, some shock-absorbency, for lack of a better term.  They feel ideal.  I've read many accounts of Dainite-soled Viberg boots as being extremely comfortable, so I don't know...maybe it's not the Dainite, but the shoe.

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I did. How long ago was the last run on the wing tips or (especially) NSTs?
 

The last Ravello NST batch was delivered from TSM in Feb. of this year.

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Ravello PTB.

beauties!

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Did you wear through the original soles or convert them closer to new? Fine work and I like Dainite. When I wear through the leather on my pair in 5+ years I will do this.
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These came out great!  I like the Dainite product.  I have them on a pair of casual/beater AE's.  Do you find that they wear hard?  By that I mean, they don't seem to have as much give as other soles as I "feel" it in my ankles when I walk (and I'm not old!), but for, low profile, durability and inclement weather, they seem a great option!  Shame Alden doesn't use them from time to time.

 

 

The boots were pretty new, but I walk a mile on pavement every day and one of the ways is on an incline...the toes were not looking good even after just two weeks.  And I couldn't wear them when it was wet.  And Aram had this special going on, and converting to Dainite was what I knew eventually I would want to do.  So I just went for it.  Whereas before they felt sturdy on top and delicate on the bottom, now they feel bulletproof.  A tough, good-looking shoe that will look good for years = my ideal.

 

To my feet, the Dainite is many times more comfortable than the leather soles.  I don't know how many: 10x?  Way more comfortable, more shock-absorbent.  I don't find they don't have enough give compared to the leather soles.  They give--they certainly give more than the leather had.  Compared to crepe, yes they're surely harder.  Commando?  I don't know.  To be honest, that was the one thing I was a little nervous about, was how hard under the foot would the Dainite feel.  To me, hard enough to feel firm and yet they have some give, some shock-absorbency, for lack of a better term.  They feel ideal.  I've read many accounts of Dainite-soled Viberg boots as being extremely comfortable, so I don't know...maybe it's not the Dainite, but the shoe.

 

I am a dainite fan as well though all things considered I still prefer a leather sole for looks and for allowing that earth's energy to soak into my feet :). Leather though is not always an ideal option - I am lucky in that with my stride I rarely slip or wear out leather to fast. I do have some pairs that will be getting a dainite conversion and some that are leather will get a commando addition to them.

 

The JCrew cap toe is one of the few #8 models I like with the darker welt. Nearly all others I prefer the lighter. Not sure if you own a lot of dainite but they will be slippery initially on tile, metal grates etc when water is involved. After 30 to 40 wears they start to get nice and tacky and break in really well. 

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I am a dainite fan as well though all things considered I still prefer a leather sole for looks and for allowing that earth's energy to soak into my feet :). Leather though is not always an ideal option - I am lucky in that with my stride I rarely slip or wear out leather to fast. I do have some pairs that will be getting a dainite conversion and some that are leather will get a commando addition to them.

 

The JCrew cap toe is one of the few #8 models I like with the darker welt. Nearly all others I prefer the lighter. Not sure if you own a lot of dainite but they will be slippery initially on tile, metal grates etc when water is involved. After 30 to 40 wears they start to get nice and tacky and break in really well. 

 

Yes, to be honest when Alden cordovan is still dark as my boots are, I prefer the darker welt and edges, too.  But knowing they'll lighten up over time made me think I should just go for something dark brown right now since I was already having the work done.  

 

Thanks for the confirmation on the slipperiness and wear--I'd read that someone heard that someone heard they get more grippy so it's nice to have an actual first hand account.

 

Oh, and I forgot to mention that Aram also tacked the tongues with matching thread to prevent them from falling over, as was happening dramatically to my right boot.  Can't even tell from the outside unless I look really closely at the stitching.

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On the topic of soles, what do you guys think about a topy on the 975 double leather sole? Will that look too thick? 

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Heads up 30% off works on alden at jcrew
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Heads up 30% off works on alden at jcrew

Worked for me- thanks!
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Ravello PTB.

Those look awesome
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Heads up 30% off works on alden at jcrew

Worked for me too,
I was just going to place the order at full price this weekend and then saw this
Thnks !!
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Heads up 30% off works on alden at jcrew


thanks!

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