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post #21271 of 122416
Nice suprise in the mailbox today - got the venetian creme from Namor - excellent bottle and the red wing laces to use next time the alden ones break on the Indys... Now if I can just get that inheritance check from some long lost uncle I never heard of, my alden collection would be styling nod[1].gif
post #21272 of 122416
Forgot to add, I also got my Maker's Mark Christmas Sweater for the bottle as a Maker's Mark Ambassador. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #21273 of 122416
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Originally Posted by cloudshift View Post

Go Color 8. wink.gif

Leaning towards it.
post #21274 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Joenobody0 View Post

I can't stand the look of black shoes with chinos. I don't like the look of black shoes with casual outfits at all.

Black shoes are great with casual outfits (chinos, jeans) when you are wearing a black sweater, black peacoat, a flannel with red and black, etc. Those black captoes would work well with those outfits. I have black captoe balmoral boots which are likely a bit too formal with jeans - I would get a pair of black longwings or barrie lasted boots for casual outfits
post #21275 of 122416
LHS3-1.jpg

Another data point in the “Should I size down a half size for the Van last” debate.

New Brooks Brothers cordovan unlined LHS (Van last) on the left. Alden full strap cordovan (Aberdeen last) on the right. Both size 11B. I lined them up evenly and as you can see, the Van is a hair shorter and has a narrower heel than the Aberdeen full strap. The LHS width feels and looks narrower as well. I could size down in the full strap to 10.5C and be okay. No way could I do it with the LHS (tried it).

Interesting thing on the color--I have worn the full strap about a dozen times (lightly—you can still see the outline of the “Shell Cordovan” stamp on the bottom of the sole) but you can see how the Color 8 has lightened up—the vamp shows the color shade in the pic but the entire shoe has lightened up to that shade. You can see it better in person. It looks awesome!nod[1].gif
post #21276 of 122416
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Originally Posted by kippy View Post

Mac, perhaps this is too personal a question, but are you moving sizes because you realized you were in the wrong shoe size previously or because your foot proportions changed? Do one's feet change with age and/or weight gain/loss that dramatically?

good question-i know it is not wrong sizing and my assumption in my case is that my feet have changed.
post #21277 of 122416
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Ravello Brixtons
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always a good day for ravello, enjoy wearing
post #21278 of 122416
I was glad to read a few pages back about the barrie shell chukka fit issue--I was beginning to think my feet were just weird. Turns out, it's the shoe. Good to know, though it does make it hard to know what my Barrie size should be.
post #21279 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Spencer View Post

My new Leffot JC Indy boots. Man Cigar is such a nice color, these are my first cordovan shoe/boots, and I am buying the hype.
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cigar indy are looking very good, enjoy wearing
post #21280 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Coldsnap View Post

How does these cap toe boots look with cuffed jeans or chinos? I feel like they could like military'ish with jeans or chinos and dressy with a suite. Which is why I'm considering them.
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they would work very well with suit oir khakis
post #21281 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Joenobody0 View Post

I can't stand the look of black shoes with chinos. I don't like the look of black shoes with casual outfits at all.

they work well with navy khakis
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ravello full strap
argyle otc
post #21283 of 122416
more color comparisons:

Staring at 9:00 with the

Alden Whiskey Shell PTB
Alden Ravello Shell Chukka
AE Black Cherry Shell PTB
C&J Brown Shell Wingtip Boot
AE Brown Shell Loafer
C&J Burgundy Shell PTBoot

will be definitely getting rid of those ravello chukka boots due to fit issues mentioned above, too bad.


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Edited by makewayhomer - 1/12/12 at 2:18pm
post #21284 of 122416
Quick question, that I am sure has been answered before, but I am not about to search 1420 pages of Alden posts.

Just got my first Cordovan boots. How often should I polish/shine them (Got Reno for polish)? On needed basis or after "X" amount of wears. Thanks.
post #21285 of 122416

I believe the mac method suggestion is paste wax after a minimum of 15 wears, preferably only when the shoe definitely needs it. So far all I've used is a little Reno myself, but I've been loving my Indys too much and haven't worn my shells more than 15 times to see how it treats them.

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