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AOM Hampton Cigar SWB

 


I love these!

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Anyone have an idea where to get a good color8 belt?
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I purchased mine from Rancourt, but I think they are also available from Ben Silver and Brooks Brothers. I know some on this forum have procured them from Alden, but I'm not sure if those are still available. Good luck and let us know the results of your search!
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AOM Hampton Cigar SWB

 

 

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I love these!

 

Wow those are spectacular and the Hampton last right now is without a doubt my favorite for the Alden wing

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@M635Guy great collection of Aldens and congrats - Not much advice I can give if you are looking for a shine but for me LESS is more - outside of using Nano spray on the suede and Bick 4/Lexol I do virtually nothing but wipe down and brush. My waxy Long branch boots from AE get a little HDLP twice a year only because I use them in the snow and slush and mud, my McTavish I wipe down and brush and may have used some AE leather lotion/Bick 4/Lexol once in 2 years.

 

Please don't go crazy on these with colored creams and wax's - you have a great casual collection there and maintaining it will be a breeze. 

 

If I had to pick 3 products to use for casual boots and shoes

Bick 4 (handles 90% of what I need)

Renovateur (when I need something really cleaned off)

Nano Spray

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I purchased mine from Rancourt, but I think they are also available from Ben Silver and Brooks Brothers. I know some on this forum have procured them from Alden, but I'm not sure if those are still available. Good luck and let us know the results of your search!


Ironically, I got a color 8 belt from Rancourt, and they don't do any finishing beyond what comes from horween. My belt happens to be a 100% perfect match for my (Brass) Ravello LWBs from JCrew.

I thought about returning it, but I decided not to.

I cant wear it with anything color 8 because it is so far off.

Alden makes a decent Color 8 belt, and I know AE did too.

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Hello,

Today is Whiskey LHS.

They are little tight but I endure and wear them.

Thank you.

 

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Ironically, I got a color 8 belt from Rancourt, and they don't do any finishing beyond what comes from horween. My belt happens to be a 100% perfect match for my (Brass) Ravello LWBs from JCrew.
I thought about returning it, but I decided not to.
I cant wear it with anything color 8 because it is so far off.
Alden makes a decent Color 8 belt, and I know AE did too.
Agreed on the color from Rancourt. I settled for "good enough". The one I received is pretty close compared to the recent Alden #8's I've received so maybe again there are color differences even in belts when it comes to cordovan 😄
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Anyone have an idea where to get a good color8 belt?

 

 

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Originally Posted by Rstldr View Post

I purchased mine from Rancourt, but I think they are also available from Ben Silver and Brooks Brothers. I know some on this forum have procured them from Alden, but I'm not sure if those are still available. Good luck and let us know the results of your search!

 

 

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Agreed on the color from Rancourt. I settled for "good enough". The one I received is pretty close compared to the recent Alden #8's I've received so maybe again there are color differences even in belts when it comes to cordovan 😄


Yeah, I got lucky with purchasing an Alden Color #8 Belt. I also have an Allen Edmonds Burgundy Belt, thats another option, although my Burgundy Belt is a closer match to my Color #4's than my Color #8's to be honest. Alden Madison did a run of Color #8 Belts with a belt manufacturer, Curtis told me their name, but it is just completely slipping my mind now. Other than that there is Rancourt and Brooks Brothers. I know the Brooks were made in Canada and Rancourt is made in US.

 

-Mike

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Hello,

Today is Whiskey LHS.

They are little tight but I endure and wear them.

Thank you.

 

 

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Looking good Jet in your Whiskey LHSes.

 

-Mike

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@M635Guy great collection of Aldens and congrats - Not much advice I can give if you are looking for a shine but for me LESS is more - outside of using Nano spray on the suede and Bick 4/Lexol I do virtually nothing but wipe down and brush. My waxy Long branch boots from AE get a little HDLP twice a year only because I use them in the snow and slush and mud, my McTavish I wipe down and brush and may have used some AE leather lotion/Bick 4/Lexol once in 2 years.

 

Please don't go crazy on these with colored creams and wax's - you have a great casual collection there and maintaining it will be a breeze. 

 

If I had to pick 3 products to use for casual boots and shoes

Bick 4 (handles 90% of what I need)

Renovateur (when I need something really cleaned off)

Nano Spray

 

Kahuna - thanks for the comments.  I'm definitely a "less is more"/"first of all do no harm" kind of guy, but a planner.  Especially for the Natty CXL and waxed leathers, I value them for their character, and I'm trying hard to avoid unnecessary pigments, treating too often, etc. I was surprised at the AoC recommendation not to use uncolored polish (though I can't seem to find that link now), and I'm not used to visible welts that are a contrasting color.  I definitely don't want to overwork the shoes and have them look like tarts.

 

It sounds like saddle soap is probably fine for the McTavishes, and Bick 4 (I already own some) for the waxed longwings?  Both of these products are OK for the welt just using a welt brush?  

 

To be honest, the burnished calf is my big question in terms of what to use.  I could certainly just Bick/Saphir Reno, but it seems like the Saphir Pommadier cream polish in neutral would be an occasional option - the "don't use neutral polish" thing threw me a bit.  I just searched and found it, and it looks like they are talking specifically about shell in that post (https://www.alden-of-carmel.com/care-of-shell-cordovan.htm).  If neutral is OK for the burnished tan calf, then I think I'm set overall.  I'd still like to hear some thoughts on how people here work with visible welts and any nuances to the Natty CXL - I think it is pretty low-maintenance (probably the lowest of what I have), but interested in the differences vs. standard leathers.

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Alden Madison did a run of Color #8 Belts with a belt manufacturer, Curtis told me their name, but it is just completely slipping my mind now.

 

-Mike

Maybe Epaulet?

http://epauletnewyork.com/collections/accessories/Belts

 

(I just bought their snuff belt - arrives Friday, though I probably won't see it until Monday)

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AoC Short Wing on Commando

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Leffot Naval boots today...


 

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Very nice. Love that design.

 

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AOM Hampton Cigar SWB

 

 

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Cigar buddies yesterday! Love this model, especially with the antique edge.

 

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Wearing my Cigar Ravello PTBs today.

I know, I know... BK you are complaining about a shell color that is pretty dang hard to get.

This particular batch gets the Brownvello name.

I have to be in the DIRECT sunlight to catch any red in them. :brick:

Not that I don't like brown...


 

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That's still a very lovely shade of Ravello. Brownvello wasn't everyone's favorite, but I think it looks quite nice.

 

 

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It sounds like you have a problem similar to me. But they are looking very good. Interesting pair with your Oxbloods. I haven't taken my Oxbloods out for a spin yet.
 

 

I'm working on breaking them in - they're not the lightest denim, and I figure that they go decently well with the darker cigar shell. Besides my navy CXL wingtip boots, I haven't worn the Oxblood2s with anything else.

 

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Lots of Dover talk and actually wearing mine today. They are growing on me, though I am still not sure I like them as much as the regular 990 or a 990 with antique edge as JR is looking for. 

 

If nothing I kind of want to keep wearing them to see how these rolls come along. Being unlined they are already starting to roll quite a bit. I feel like once they really get some heavy wear they will bring out a more casual look and then maybe I can justify grabbing the 990 and having both in rotation haha. 

 


 

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Can't wait for B&M's Dover order to come in. I think the only difference is that Yenni requested a flat welt.

 

 

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That is one sweet shoe & one sweet jeans currently working on getting them or trying at least. How do you like gustin jeans?

 

Thanks - I like them a lot. They're my first (and only, so far) pair of Gustin, and I think they're pretty solid. Seem to be well-made, and the denim is really sweet.

 

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Apologies in advance for a long post...

 

OK - so with my exploding Alden collection (not to mention a couple pairs of AE's), I've got some care and feeding questions with the various leathers.  I used to own a small company that made a polish and wax system for cars, and this feels a lot like that: a strong combination of process and product.  I'm pretty new to the shoe-game though - my approach to polishing shoes has been very simple in terms of products/process.  What I own has me asking some questions.

 

I looked around here for a shoe care thread, but I sorta suck at searching and I've got some fairly specific questions.  I don't see the shoe care post on AoC (though it generated some questions, one noted below), and the Alden site itself just has "coming soon..."

 

For equipment, I've got a couple of good horsehair large shoe brushes, and a bunch of smaller detail brushes/duabers, etc..  I'm using old t-shirts for cloths.

 

Natty CXL Indys:

 

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I've got some Alden Fine Boot Cream, and a jar of Saphir Reno.  Since I stomped around rainy Tokyo for over a week in these (8 wears or so) and wore them a few times before and since, I went ahead and hit them with the AFBC.  Maybe I need to spend more time with the brush on these shoes - the leather looks fine but feels slightly rough in places.  Does CXL benefit from extra time brushing?  I assume it is OK for the welt to get treated with a welt brush and some of the boot creme?

 

The sole is neocork with a lightly stained edge (antique?  looks more coffee to me) - I have some AE Neutral edge dressing.  Thoughts?

 

Burnished Tan Calf Boots: (on the way)  

 

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I'd like to keep these somewhat matte in finish, so I was thinking the Saphir Pommadier Cream polish, but I'm concered about color.  I haven't seen the boots yet and I think they are more tan than the photo above, but in any case I'd like to avoid enhancing any red tone.  The folks at Hanger recommended the Cognac of Pommadier, but that leans red.  I could use the neutral, but I noticed on the AoC site somewhere that they specifically noted neutral cream shouldn't be used.  Any thoughts on that?  I could just get the Alden tan polish, but guessing that is going to be waxy/shiny.  I'm prepared to live with that if I need to. Same question here on the edge - some  Walnut AE?  Neutral dressing?

 

Waxed Longwings:  

 

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The is the second recent acquisition of a leather described as "waxed" (the other being AE McTavishes).  Saddle soap?  Thinking the AE walnut polish will work well on the edges here.  Saddle soap is what AE recommends for the McTavshes, which also have a minimally-finished sole: (apologies for the non-Alden pic)

 

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Saddle soap and neutral edge for both?

 

Snuff Wingtip Boots:  

 

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I think I'm ok here with just some of the Saphir suede spray (and maybe Invulner) and a good suede brush I already own.  Any other suede tips appreciated.  I just wish they'd be here before early Spring...

 

As Kahuna said - don't go nuts with products. I would not use saddle soap at all, on any of them.

 

I wouldn't do a whole lot to the CXL. Maybe some Bick 4 to nourish it from time to time. 

 

For the tan boots and LWBs, just use some Bick 4 to nourish/clean, AE walnut polish, and the usual brushing/buffing methods.

 

For the suede boots, just hit them with Scotchgard and suede brush as needed. 

 

Simple is better with footwear, in my opinion.

 

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Hello,

Today is Whiskey LHS.

They are little tight but I endure and wear them.

Thank you.

 

 

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Lovely. I don't have any loafers (and likely will not get any), but the whiskey LHS is one of the best.

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AoC Short Wing on Commando
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Fantastic! Also, details on those pants?

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