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Originally Posted by MrVenneri View Post
I love the aesthetics of eyelets but hate them in airports. i remember seeing a post about being able to quickly take them on and off...I'd love to know his trick because it takes me 10 minutes to put them on. However I would take the mock-up you described as well. Hell, I'd pay a grand for a used pair of those LS cigar boots.

 

I think the post you're referring to were the posts when people were talking about how easy speedhooks are and a guy demonstrated using 1 hand to "weave" them on in like 2 seconds.

 

All eyelets are a pain in the d*ck, but look so much better.  My jeans/chinos tend to break right at the first eyelet when I cuff and wear a booth with hooks anyway, so it doesn't bother me. Some people say they get snagged on their pants.  I haven't had that issue.

 

I tried loosening the laces on my all eyelets indy boot enough to get my foot out and there's no quick way to do it.  I always have to unlace at least the first two eyelets.

 

Just my $.02.  74,998 cents more and you could get yourself a boot with speedhooks. :)

post #121607 of 122416
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I actually find navy CXL a bit boring compared to brown. color 8, olive and natural CXL. It doesn't have the same pull up effect and always seems to be a bit more matte looking. So in this case I vote for the suede! I love Alden suede loafers. I'm actually quite taken by the black suede LHS from Unionmade atm.

 

 

Oh wow. That is actually definitely eye catching. I love the ruggedness of chromexcel, but I am starting to lean towards building a suede collection. 

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Originally Posted by Burzan View Post
 

 

I am about an 8.15-8.25D Brannock (left foot slightly bigger). Sizing down in the Barrie to a 7.5D works well with light-mid weight socks. I had a pair of 7.5D Tankers and they were not comfortable if I went to a thicker sock so I sold them and got an 8D and they fit very well in Chups and other thicker socks. Still need to try a 7.5E Barrie boot, my heels are narrow so not sure I like the wider heel idea but those would probably work too. 

 

I think an 8E or 8.5D might be best for Plaza and Grant.

 

If anyone can compare how a half size up Grant or Plaza compares to Barrie that would be helpful. If the Grant or Plaza in the half size up fits slightly smaller or narrower than the Barrie that would be ideal for me. 

 

Short version: I think 8.5D would be too big for you in Plaza or Grant.

 

Long version:

 

I am a solid 8.5D on the Brannock. I wear 8.5D in pretty much every AE last I've tried, and I wear 8.5D in the Alden Aberdeen, Hampton, Plaza, and Grant lasts. I wear 8D in the Alden Trubalance and Barrie lasts.

 

Here's how I compare Plaza and Grant to Barrie, with 8D Barrie as the baseline.

 

Barrie 8D: good throughout the entire foot, although I have a touch of extra width in the heel

Grant 8.5D: very similar fit in the toebox, vamp, and heel, but noticeably roomier in the "waist" of the shoe, similar length

Plaza 8.5D: roomier toebox, similar vamp, narrower heel, similar throughout the waist, slightly longer

 

I suspect Grant 8.5D would be too roomy through the midfoot for you, and Plaza 8.5D would be too long and give you too much room in the toebox.

 

I think you probably want 8D in Grant and Plaza. They are fairly generous lasts, only a bit less generous than Barrie.

 

Now, for the narrower/longer lasts like Aberdeen or Hampton, I would probably suggest you go to 8.5D.

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Originally Posted by parkman24 View Post
 

 

Oh wow. That is actually definitely eye catching. I love the ruggedness of chromexcel, but I am starting to lean towards building a suede collection. 

 

I love Alden loafers and would add color 8, cigar, natty CXL, snuff suede, loden suede, and black suede if I had the means (and climate to justify it lol). I already own the Tan suede and whiskey shell versions.

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Originally Posted by MrVenneri View Post
 

 

I wasn't quick enough on the draw for that pre-order. A 360 storm welt would have made that boot perfect.

 

 

 

I love the aesthetics of eyelets but hate them in airports. i remember seeing a post about being able to quickly take them on and off...I'd love to know his trick because it takes me 10 minutes to put them on. However I would take the mock-up you described as well. Hell, I'd pay a grand for a used pair of those LS cigar boots.

 



I liked eyelets before, but I **love** them now because I learned how to lace them quickly. Can't find the gif, but here's a series of pix:
http://imgur.com/a/WVkRl

 

But those are speed hooks. That's a cool technique and all don't get me wrong. I was referring to an all eyelet construction. Like the Leffot Greenwhich or Naval.

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Originally Posted by chrisefi View Post
 

 

I think the post you're referring to were the posts when people were talking about how easy speedhooks are and a guy demonstrated using 1 hand to "weave" them on in like 2 seconds.

 

All eyelets are a pain in the d*ck, but look so much better.  My jeans/chinos tend to break right at the first eyelet when I cuff and wear a booth with hooks anyway, so it doesn't bother me. Some people say they get snagged on their pants.  I haven't had that issue.

 

I tried loosening the laces on my all eyelets indy boot enough to get my foot out and there's no quick way to do it.  I always have to unlace at least the first two eyelets.

 

Just my $.02.  74,998 cents more and you could get yourself a boot with speedhooks. :)

 

Okay I'm glad I'm not alone when it comes to the all eyelet 'prep time'. It literally takes me 10 minutes to get them on and laced properly with neat strait laces. I agree, aesthetically they look wonderful.

 

I have no qualm with speed hooks whatsoever. They work great for me...just a hair less formal.

post #121611 of 122416
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Originally Posted by prez View Post

Just received the wingtip boots on Grant from Yenni.



So here we have Grant, Plaza, Barrie to compare

Nice group, prez.
post #121612 of 122416
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Originally Posted by JSO1 View Post
 

 

Short version: I think 8.5D would be too big for you in Plaza or Grant.

 

Long version:

 

I am a solid 8.5D on the Brannock. I wear 8.5D in pretty much every AE last I've tried, and I wear 8.5D in the Alden Aberdeen, Hampton, Plaza, and Grant lasts. I wear 8D in the Alden Trubalance and Barrie lasts.

 

Here's how I compare Plaza and Grant to Barrie, with 8D Barrie as the baseline.

 

Barrie 8D: good throughout the entire foot, although I have a touch of extra width in the heel

Grant 8.5D: very similar fit in the toebox, vamp, and heel, but noticeably roomier in the "waist" of the shoe, similar length

Plaza 8.5D: roomier toebox, similar vamp, narrower heel, similar throughout the waist, slightly longer

 

I suspect Grant 8.5D would be too roomy through the midfoot for you, and Plaza 8.5D would be too long and give you too much room in the toebox.

 

I think you probably want 8D in Grant and Plaza. They are fairly generous lasts, only a bit less generous than Barrie.

 

Now, for the narrower/longer lasts like Aberdeen or Hampton, I would probably suggest you go to 8.5D.

 

 

Interesting indeed and very helpful. If you find the Grant and Plaza to be on the generous side of TTS then you might just be right. I will keep that in mind and probably try and 8D out on my first go around with either last.

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Originally Posted by JR Magat View Post

Congrats!  I think the wingtip pattern looks great on the Grant last.  I also love me some Barrie last, but the other two look better in these photos; maybe it's the angle.  All are great though and seem different enough from one another if you plan to keep all 3.

Actually I was planning on selling the plaza and Barrie ones
post #121614 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Cacatfish View Post

I was wondering if you could comment on fit differences between them? Ie volume, toe room etc. half size down on Barrie last?

Hi, the sizes are barrie 10 C, plaza 10 D, Grant 10.5C tts fits best of all.
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In case anyone was thinking of being responsible and showing restraint by not ordering the leffot plaza boot. Maybe this will help:

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Originally Posted by MrVenneri View Post
 

 

But those are speed hooks. That's a cool technique and all don't get me wrong. I was referring to an all eyelet construction. 

 

Apologies - I mis-read.  I'm a little under the weather and groggy...

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i pulled the trigger also and 5 mins later got an email saying my plaza nst is en route.  i told my wife not to get me any christmas gifts.  she's about to find out why she should have obliged.

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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

In case anyone was thinking of being responsible and showing restraint by not ordering the leffot plaza boot. Maybe this will help:


Well namor. Those are hideous. I need to find the Kramer scene from Seinfeld:). Who could live with that perfect color and shine

Well done
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All these new make ups and pics, needed to get a pic of my 2013 Leffot Tankers up. I sold my 7.5D from the 2014 run and got these in the 8D a while back. The main thing I noticed was this pair had more of a white toe stitching compared to the 2014 and now 2015 models that are more tone on tone. I liked the tone on tone so put a little bit of Saphir burgundy cream on the stitching but that quickly faded off after regular brushing and cleaning.

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

In case anyone was thinking of being responsible and showing restraint by not ordering the leffot plaza boot. Maybe this will help:
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Cold, man.

 

I actually prefer the blind eyelets and string laces, maybe even the black edging better.  Those are the ultimate 8 WTBs

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