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Originally Posted by burningbright View Post

Samurai
The Flat Head
Warehouse
Iron Heart
RRL
You'll spend some money on the first four (2.5 to 3 bills) but you won't want another pair of jeans after those. My personal preference is Samurai. Go for a 0500 or a 710 cut.

Thank you for the tips, I will certainly check them out. Are the 0500 and 710 short rise cuts?
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Originally Posted by kippy View Post

LOL....one thing at a time...heh heh. Just finished my shoes. You have no idea what it is like finding jeans with a short rise and my dimensions. Those are Levi's 514s. If you can recommend another company happy to hear of it.

Check out RRL low straights.
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What do you all use for a shoe horn? Do I really need one of those long ones or is a short one sufficient?

It looks like Alden has some nice ones

http://www.aldenshop.com/Store/DrawProducts.aspx?CategoryID=148&ParentID=2&PageID=&Action=


But I don't know what size to get. I took a look at them in the Alden shop today and they all looked nice.
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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

What do you all use for a shoe horn? Do I really need one of those long ones or is a short one sufficient?
It looks like Alden has some nice ones
http://www.aldenshop.com/Store/DrawProducts.aspx?CategoryID=148&ParentID=2&PageID=&Action=
But I don't know what size to get. I took a look at them in the Alden shop today and they all looked nice.

I just use the free ones I've received from various stores over the years... I'd rather spend the money on other stuff
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rrl slim boot would be better for him than the low sraight (which isn't really low rise).

also hem/roll your jeans to no break.
post #20511 of 122416
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Thank you kindly. With each shoe I purchase I think "that's the best one" and then the next day another Alden is on my feet and I think "no, that's the best one". It's like groundhog day over here.
What do you wear your WT boots with? Please post some pics.
I went to the Walt Disney museum here in SF yesterday with the kids and they had old pics on the walls of the artists. I could have sworn I saw a few Alden's on their feet in the black and white pictures. While my kids marveled at the animation history, I was busy squinting and studying the shoes in the prints. I think there must be a ring of hell for vain people such as myself

I've been known to look at shoes and such myself, at the expense of the purported main topic.

I'll definitely post some WT boot photos. I wear them with pretty much anything. Jeans, khaki, various hues of wool, etc. I'm pretty easy going when it comes to pairing things up, frequently to my wife's chagrin.

My two cents on the off topic denim question: There seem to be plenty of options out there, but I did stop into a maker in Nashville this fall called Imogen+Willie. Nice people selling their very own Cone Mills selvedge denim jeans. Got a pair of the shorter rise, slim straight model, the Barton. Sizing was interesting. They shoe-horned me into a 31 (wear a 34 in the real world) on the premise that these things stretch as the break in. Completely the case, though the first week or so is, ahem, a bit uncomfortable. Probably would go 32 next time... End of off topic comments.
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...and the sales guy said "It's all about who you know and who you can a fifth of liquor to."...


That's quite an imagination the sales guy has smile.gif.
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What do you all use for a shoe horn? Do I really need one of those long ones or is a short one sufficient?
It looks like Alden has some nice ones
http://www.aldenshop.com/Store/DrawProducts.aspx?CategoryID=148&ParentID=2&PageID=&Action=
But I don't know what size to get. I took a look at them in the Alden shop today and they all looked nice.

I just use the free ones I've received from various stores over the years... I'd rather spend the money on other stuff

So I just went back to the San Fran Alden store and bought one of the short ones like this:

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It's very nice versus plastic free ones. I figure its something I can use every day the rest of my life so may as well be nice.

Also picked up some leather defender.
Edited by phototristan - 12/30/11 at 8:49pm
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Originally Posted by seer View Post

Ok, I'm thinking about breaking my vow and ordering my first pair of cordovan shoes - I like the color ravello, cigar, whiskey and #8 - and I can get which ever one I like in the plain toe blucher(which is my choice). Now I mostly wear jeans and Bill's khakis and these shoes will get a lot of wear - any suggestions on the color this cordovan virgin should buy?

 

Thanks, seer


If I may say so, you seem fastidious enough that you would find any QC-related shade variations in rare shell to be annoying. I would recommend #8. It's versatile, widely available, and beautiful.

 

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Man. Love the reddish hues on your PTBs. There is a tiny voice in my head saying that whiskey, cigar and ravello are gorgeous but the unsung hero may be #8. Perhaps it would be more desired it if was not as easily obtainable.


I think it's quite sung. People seem to be quite enthusiastic about color 8 on these boards, and out there in the Real World.

 

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Originally Posted by burningbright View Post

Samurai
The Flat Head
Warehouse
Iron Heart
RRL
You'll spend some money on the first four (2.5 to 3 bills) but you won't want another pair of jeans after those. My personal preference is Samurai. Go for a 0500 or a 710 cut.

 

While I wouldn't spend $300 on denim, spending at least $150 for a quality pair is something I would also endorse. If you're only going to own one or two pairs of denim -- and that's all you realistically need -- make them a quality pair in a fit and fabric you like that will last.

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Originally Posted by kippy View Post

...While my kids marveled at the animation history, I was busy squinting and studying the shoes in the prints. I think there must be a ring of hell for vain people such as myself


I can certainly relate to that. I love turn of the century imagery. My eyes are always drawn to the shoes, trouser break, lapels, etc...but mostly the shoes.

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Originally Posted by FrankCowperwood View Post

Some artistic manque photos of my #8 PTBs, since the color seems to be current in this discussion. I'm trying to highlight what I see as the very pleasing, to me, variations in color that these are developing.
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I keep wavering between #8 or Cigar Chukka boots. You've just made the decision much easier. Fantastic images of your Color #8 PTB's.
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If I may say so, you seem fastidious enough that you would find any QC-related shade variations in rare shell to be annoying. I would recommend #8. It's versatile, widely available, and beautiful.



I think it's quite sung. People seem to be quite enthusiastic about color 8 on these boards, and out there in the Real World.


While I wouldn't spend $300 on denim, spending at least $150 for a quality pair is something I would also endorse. If you're only going to own one or two pairs of denim -- and that's all you realistically need -- make them a quality pair in a fit and fabric you like that will last.

Every year, I buy one new pair of denim (selvege, typically raw) at $220 to $300... Compared to all other clothing expenditures (suits, shoes, etc), it really is inexpensive on a per wear basis, and given guys will be wearing the same pair a lot in a variety of different settings, it is a pretty important investment piece
post #20517 of 122416
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Originally Posted by kippy View Post

Thank you for the tips, I will certainly check them out. Are the 0500 and 710 short rise cuts?

If you want a low rise, go with the 610 cut then. 15 ounces of slubby Texas cotton woven on shuttle looms in Osaka.

Talk to Gordon at Blue in Green if you have any questions:

http://blueingreensoho.com/site/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=4819&category_id=&manufacturer_id=10&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=62&vmcchk=1
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Originally Posted by CTYGGG View Post

Alden x LS CXL NST
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Alden x LS #8 NST Saddle Blucher
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Thanks Tom.

nephew,
very good looking nst, enjoy wearing, no shoes on the cocktail table
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Originally Posted by kippy View Post

Cigar Plain Toe bluchers from Alden San Francisco. There is a guy there named Robert that is extremely helpful:
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very nice, enjoy wearing, good day for cigar
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A Post on Restoration:

 

I wore this pair of tobacco reverse chamois indy shoes from J gilbert nearly every day for a year. After a while they got old, some of stitching started breaking apart. I added some brooks saddle dressing to make it water proof. then the first hole appeared in the left sole, then the right. they got bigger. I dressed and redressed the edge to keep it looking decent. I even stopped abusing them after 8 months and used shoe trees and a shoe horn. then one day i walked into moulded. the guys looked at them and suggested it was time to send  them in...and it was.

 

145 usd and 4 months later they have shown up, with an alden greenbox, cloth protectors, and shoe trees.  They replaced the heals, soles (with more water resistant ones i think), added a new pad my foot, replaced the cork, and tried to repair any loose stitching.  good effort all around... my "ugly brown" shoes are back.


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