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After a failed attempt to fit/break in a pair of 986 LHS I'm in the process of a potentially failed attempt to break in/fit the unlined BB LHS--any advice on a comparable pair of cordovan LHS that don't have the issues of a low vamp/tight instep inherent to the Van last (doesn't necessarily have to be Alden)?

Thanks!
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Cigar (on Modified) to go with the Whiskeys

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Lots of really good advice. Thanks for taking the time to help me. I will read and re-read before I purchase. You guys are awesome.

Keep in mind this is the last of the Frans Boone Parajumpers.  If you don't see your size available, you're out of luck since they will not be restocked.

 

I recommend the PCT in grant last - http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-mens_cap_toe_boot_shell_cordovan_color_8/pv-ald-4060_ald_m_cap_toe_boot_shell_cordovan.html

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If you want versatile I think the only answer is the model 4060 captoe boot in Color8 shell. The color 8 NST is nice, but stay away from models with antique (light tan) edges as I feel these severely take away from it's versatility. Just my .02.


 @shoelover ^^This is exactly what I thought when I thought of "versatile color 8 boot". If you can swing the FB jumper with brass then that would be great, too. Good luck!

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The franboone store bras eyelet version is just the best answer.

 

I have been eyeing these up for a long time, and while I've come around to the speedhooks over customizing a standard 4060, I am still a little apprehensive about the double leather sole when I plan to use these a lot walking around NYC. I have found some talk about this issue, but not too much. Does it make sense to pull the trigger on these and have a toppy/recessed toe tap installed? Would that impact Alden's restoration service down the road?

If one does go with the toppy route, is that best to do right away or wear in the shoes a while?


I don't have a lot of experience with leather soled shoes outside of the ones I wear exclusively for the office, which don't see much street wear (change into other shoes for commuting).

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not sure if they are new or not, but this brown calf plaza boot from shoemart is looking nice. 

 

 

 

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^ Not that new but seriously overlooked. If Leffot offered those they'd be gone in 5 minutes.
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^ not new but I've always liked that one.
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Originally Posted by LittleViti View Post

After a failed attempt to fit/break in a pair of 986 LHS I'm in the process of a potentially failed attempt to break in/fit the unlined BB LHS--any advice on a comparable pair of cordovan LHS that don't have the issues of a low vamp/tight instep inherent to the Van last (doesn't necessarily have to be Alden)?

Thanks!

Try a wider width in the Brooks loafer.
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not sure if they are new or not, but this brown calf plaza boot from shoemart is looking nice. 

 

 

 

 

A few retailers are carrying this now. I saw it at DC, NY, and obviously TSM. When I was in DC a guy came in a bought them. I think its a boot Alden is offering as a "stock non-stock" style. They're very nice in person. Personally, I prefer a 360 degree welt but still nice nonetheless.  

Edit: maybe I just noticed them recently 

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Originally Posted by LittleViti View Post

After a failed attempt to fit/break in a pair of 986 LHS I'm in the process of a potentially failed attempt to break in/fit the unlined BB LHS--any advice on a comparable pair of cordovan LHS that don't have the issues of a low vamp/tight instep inherent to the Van last (doesn't necessarily have to be Alden)?

Thanks!

I tried the Van LHS, Aberdeen full-strap and Grant penny and found the grant lasted loafer to be the most comfortable.
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Cigar (on Modified) to go with the Whiskeys


Great boots. Where'd you score this makeup?
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whiskey ptb
argyles otc
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Great boots. Where'd you score this makeup?


I got them 2nd hand / I believe they are from Anatomica 

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not sure if they are new or not, but this brown calf plaza boot from shoemart is looking nice. 





Saw these on SM too but no 9.5. I was searching for a Plaza lasted boot and these fit the bill. They also have a Plaza last Indy that look good too. If they did a Plaza last cap toe in dark brown grain I'd be all over that.
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