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post #22726 of 122416
my gilt account has a 25% off code, but those shoes are final sale....

what to do. hate taking a chance on sizing without trying them on. 11E trubalance, tight 11e barrie. 11EE or 11.5E grant...
post #22727 of 122416
Anyone ever seen some strange white substance all over new Color 8's?

Ordered from The Shoe Mart to see how they look (Color 8 and Cigar LWB, will keep only one! smile.gif), and the Color 8's have some strange white stuff all over them.

Any thoughts?

(Apologies for iPhone pics.)

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Thanks for any thoughts!
post #22728 of 122416
They all do that.
post #22729 of 122416
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Originally Posted by cloudshift View Post

Anyone ever seen some strange white substance all over new Color 8's?
Ordered from The Shoe Mart to see how they look (Color 8 and Cigar LWB, will keep only one! smile.gif), and the Color 8's have some strange white stuff all over them.
Any thoughts?
(Apologies for iPhone pics.)
469
469
Thanks for any thoughts!

To me that looks like "blooming". Cordovan is packed with oils and waxes and those can work their way to the surface of the leather. All you need to do wipe with a damp cloth and brush until your arm falls off with a horse hair brush.

Edit: This is right from Horween, who makes this leather (mind you it's an extreme example, but it's common place). The one on the right is the berfore shoe with the "bloom" and the left is after the shoe was brushed and conditioned...pretty awesome leather
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Edited by blue collar - 2/2/12 at 9:52am
post #22730 of 122416
Just playing around, doing some product photography today:

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post #22731 of 122416
Attn: Small Foot Peeps....

Just lowered the price on my BNIB Reverse Tobacco Chamois Indy Boots - 7.5D
Never even tried own.

Check my sig for details. Don't sleep!!!
post #22732 of 122416
a poll for the crowd:

If you could get 30% off any Alden model at Jcrew, which would you get?

on a related note, has anyone heard any more news about the supposed Alden x JCrew Revello shell offering?
post #22733 of 122416
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Originally Posted by zazaza View Post

a poll for the crowd:
If you could get 30% off any Alden model at Jcrew, which would you get?
on a related note, has anyone heard any more news about the supposed Alden x JCrew Revello shell offering?

#8 cap toe for sure. You get the most shell (and boot) for your money)

a close 2nd would be the Indy 403 icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #22734 of 122416
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Originally Posted by blue collar View Post

#8 cap toe for sure. You get the most shell (and boot) for your money)
a close 2nd would be the Indy 403 icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

+1 on #8. Shell aslo seems to have a better resale value if you need to sell it down the road....
post #22735 of 122416
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Originally Posted by blue collar View Post

#8 cap toe for sure. You get the most shell (and boot) for your money) icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

He should also buy the largest size possible in order to get more shell. :satisfied.gif
post #22736 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

Just playing around, doing some product photography today:
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All you'll ever need for blindingly brilliant shell!
post #22737 of 122416
Just got my pair of unlined flex welt PTBs in #8 from Leather Soul. The unlined shell on the vamp is certainly a different feel.

Now we'll see if I end up explaining to my wife how they are different... really... from the standard 990s I have.

Went with 10.5D in these, rather than my normal Barrie 11D, and they feel pretty good to start.

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post #22738 of 122416
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Originally Posted by blue collar View Post

All you'll ever need for blindingly brilliant shell!

On shell...really? I had always thought not to use venetian on my shell....just brush. I have some venetion and a pair of cigars that look a bit cloudy and dull in spots. Any tips on how to shine it up using venetian. Thanks...JT
post #22739 of 122416
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Originally Posted by blue collar View Post

#8 cap toe for sure. You get the most shell (and boot) for your money)
a close 2nd would be the Indy 403 icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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Originally Posted by lagsun View Post

+1 on #8. Shell aslo seems to have a better resale value if you need to sell it down the road....
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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

He should also buy the largest size possible in order to get more shell. :satisfied.gif

you dudes are hilarious. If its any consolation I'm a size 12D so I think i'll be getting my moneys worth.

This deal is coming about due to my initial pair of #8 captoes (that i got with the discount in Dec) falling apart after a few wears.
Not sure if I want to revisit that purchase (since I'm hopeful to get the cigar captoe boot when Alden DC gets them in a few months)
post #22740 of 122416
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Originally Posted by FrankCowperwood View Post

Just got my pair of unlined flex welt PTBs in #8 from Leather Soul. The unlined shell on the vamp is certainly a different feel.
Now we'll see if I end up explaining to my wife how they are different... really... from the standard 990s I have.
Went with 10.5D in these, rather than my normal Barrie 11D, and they feel pretty good to start.
398

Nice pick up. I hear you on figuring out how to explain more shoe purchases to the wife. I'm in the middle of an over budget bathroom remodel and purchased a pair of #8 LHS last week. I then got an email from J.Crew that my backordered snuff suede LWBs have been shipped and should arrive Friday. Might just hide them in the closet and break em out in the Spring....
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