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Originally Posted by Mr. Moo View Post

You can be amazed at the difference a single leather sole and flat welt makes in a shoe vs. double leather and storm welt.

+1 This
post #19982 of 122416
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

Moo, tell me im crazy because I am convinced something went horribly wrong with the J.Gilbert makeup. I dont wish this "plaza" last even on my worst enemies. Looks awful

How do they compare to your 4060 boots? They almost look like they are on the Grant last since the Plaza last is more squared out at the ball of the foot and the front of the shoe.
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I think in addition to the storm welting and double sole, a 360 (compared to 270) degree stitching also makes a difference. I recently ordered the LS Cigar Wingtip which is on a plaza, 270 degree welt stitching, and (I think) single leather. The combination is akin to a dress shoe construction exept that it is a boot. Good combination for suits.

Funny I have been having buyer's remorse from these boots (even if I have yet to receive them) because I am afraid the color/look will be too similar to my C&J Islay...

I have a #8 boot that is a plaintoe x single welt x 270 and they pretty much look like dress shoes so they work well when I wear suits. They are also pretty sleek (even on a Modified last).
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Moo, tell me im crazy because I am convinced something went horribly wrong with the J.Gilbert makeup. I dont wish this "plaza" last even on my worst enemies. Looks awful

WTF, looks like Grant to me
post #19985 of 122416
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

one more time from the top. J. Gilbert "Plaza"
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and Leathersoul Plaza
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Both are size 12D

1) It's definitely not barrie or truebalance. It may be either a grant last or a Plaza in E

2) The boot looks good IMO (though I think I have a bit different taste than yours in Aldens). My grant lasted cigar boots in 10E are probably my second favorite Aldens (after the ravello tassels). That said, just get in touch with J Gilbert and send them back if you don't want them
post #19986 of 122416
Those J. Gilbert boots are definitely Plaza - in my experience, the soft square toe often appears more dramatic in photos (especially from the side) than it does in person, looking straight down at them.
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Long time lurker checking in.

Yesterday I was in the Alden DC store and picked up a new shoe care product to try, called Alden Leather Defender. It's made for shell cordovan and calfskin. One of the supposed benefits is that it can help reduce or prevent the dreaded water spotting on shell.

I tried it out last night on a pair of whiskey shell chukkas that were in need of some attention anyway. I was pretty happy with the results. The creases in the chukkas were dry and rough and somewhat dirty, and the treatment did clean them up a lot and make them smoother. Overall, the treatment added a nice shine to the shoes that was very slippery and glossy, but by this morning they were a bit less so but still noticeable. And the leather did feel a bit more supple. With little effort they looked like I'd spent an hour giving them the Mac Treatment. I can't say for sure that there was any darkening since these were rather darkened already a bit from age, but I don't think so.

Since I really don't know much at all about this product and could not find anything from web and forum searching, I sent an e-mail to Horween to see if they have any thoughts on it. I haven't used any of the other common shell products, like Venetian, so I have no comparison to offer.

The 4 oz bottle is a misting sprayer. Here's what it says on the bottle:

"Use Alden Leather Defender to clean and protect calfskin and genuine shell cordovan Alden shoes. Not for use on Suede or Nubuck.

"Directions: Apply Alden Leather Defender to a soft cloth and wipe shoes thoroughly. Let dry. Turn cloth and buff gently. For best results allow leather to dry completely before wearing shoes.

"Safety: Alden Leather Defender is water-based and environmentally benign. Do not take internally. If accidentally ingested, please call physician immediately.

"Made in USA."

Sorry if this sounds like a shill, but I just wanted to pass this along to anyone who might be interested. Besides, this whole thread is like a shill anyway biggrin.gif

Oh, and there's a new staff member at Alden DC. She seems to know shoes pretty well and was fun to talk with.

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469

I brush them...a lot
post #19989 of 122416
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469
I brush them...a lot

Those look terrific. Thanks for sharing.
post #19990 of 122416
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I brush them...a lot

 

Are you hungry?

It looks Hotdog to me.

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>advan031

brush them...a lot

 

Are you hungry?

It looks like Hotdog.

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AAF-8AF...you may have just set a record for longest membership before first post.
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AAF-8AF...you may have just set a record for longest membership before first post.

Yeah. I just don't have enough boots biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by AAF-8AF View Post

Yeah. I just don't have enough boots biggrin.gif

yeah me neither, I really need to step it up satisfied.gif
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picked up a recraft canditiate: http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280793921094&ssPageName=ADME:X:RTQ:US:1123

appears to be black shell (I hope) but its the design that caught my eye. Havent seen another Alden like it before.
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