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***The official Alden thread *** Share enthusiasm, reviews, sizing, advice, and photos. - Page 7950post #119236 of 12241611/6/15 at 3:56pmpost #119237 of 12241611/6/15 at 4:29pmpost #119238 of 12241611/6/15 at 4:33pmpost #119239 of 12241611/6/15 at 4:48pmQuote:Originally Posted by what whale
Semi off topic but hey: I'm considering a pair of Indy boots (natural CXL) but also see a nice selection of Viberg service boots (2030 last)—brown CXL with a straight cap toe, color 8 CXL with a perforated cap toe and an interesting "iced mocha" CXL, which looks like a darker natural CXL, PTB. All have brass hardware.
I work in a business casual environment most days & either boot would be fine with chinos, cords, Oxford shirts, etc.
Can anyone weigh the pros and cons of these two boots? I realize it's an Alden thread but how's the construction comparison? The 2030 looks a bit sleeker than the TruBalance last though I've reading sizing is the same. Really any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Go with whichever you like best...Viberg is a a notch above Alden in construction however I own both and since the hardest thing you will probably be doing in them is bellying up to the coffee counter get whichever style you like best. You will be happy with either one.post #119240 of 12241611/6/15 at 6:22pmpost #119241 of 12241611/6/15 at 6:25pmQuote:Originally Posted by MrDV
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)thank you for the kind words gentlemen.
very nice boots sazon, love the modifications.
great long wings Uncle Mac. Really like the marcoliani combo.
thank youpost #119242 of 12241611/6/15 at 6:26pmpost #119243 of 12241611/6/15 at 6:27pmpost #119244 of 12241611/6/15 at 6:32pmQuote:Originally Posted by CMT1
First time out with the J. Crew PCTs. Before I left, I took a few pre-roll/pre-wear shots.
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A few pics of them after being out and about. I forgot how much of a rich purple/eggplant these shine in bright sunlight.
I couldn't be happier with their fit and ultimate comfort. They felt broken in out of the box and I'm looking forward to them getting even better with age.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!
wear only in good healthpost #119245 of 12241611/6/15 at 6:48pmQuote:
You really get some great patina going on your pairs of footwear! Lots of great mellowing of the color on this pair and yet zero darkening in the creases, what do you use on your shoes and boots for a cleaning/polishing routine, if anything?post #119246 of 12241611/6/15 at 6:51pmpost #119247 of 12241611/6/15 at 7:06pmpost #119248 of 12241611/6/15 at 7:07pmQuote:
I really only wipe them with a damp cloth after (mostly) each wear. I brush every few wearings and only use product every few months or if they've gotten soaked (and allowed to dry). I usually just use neutral colored Reno. My collection is fairly modest at 3 pairs of boots and shoes each, so they're all pretty heavily used throughout the year. I think the frequency of wear has a lot to do with the mellowing. They get a lot of outdoor time, so that probably contributes to their fading a bit. Interestingly, my #8 LWB still retain their dark eggplant color despite heavier wear than some of my other pairs. I always find it interesting how separate pairs age despite beginning as the same color.post #119249 of 12241611/6/15 at 8:09pmpost #119250 of 12241611/6/15 at 10:14pmQuote:Originally Posted by Shawnc
I'm a little late to this but my goodness these are so cool. Could be the angle and/or lighting but these almost look two-tone. Color 6 on the vamp and color 8 on the rest, kind of like saddles. I posted a few days ago that I really don't know what patina is. Well, I think I just witnessed it on a pair, and they are..........Spectacular!Quote:Originally Posted by thams
Much thanks! In a darker room, they don't look as two tone. But in moderate to strong light, they definitely have a somewhat significant contrast. I think all the hide variations made shoes/boots interesting. I prefer my dress shoes to be more uniform, but I'm all about the natural contrasts on more informal models. For me, the patina potential of shell is what draws me to them. This is why color 8 is king!
I'm not usually so easily influenced but I just picked up a pair of AF53's and your post was a significant part of my decision-making process. They ship on Tuesday and I am really looking forward to them. If they patina anything like yours I will be one happy camper.
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