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Originally Posted by kolecho View Post

Do commando soles offer good grip in wet conditions, and are they flexible?

of coz providing good grip,
they're my go to shoes in rainy day
post #22772 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

Has Alden ever made a Scotch grain boot? I would love that.

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post #22773 of 122416
How should i size down on these...

The Alden lwb(barrie last) i tried on has space for one index finger at the back of the heel when my foot is pushed all the way in comfortably. These are 10D. Should i size down to 9.5 or 9?
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Originally Posted by onijo84 View Post

How should i size down on these...
The Alden lwb(barrie last) i tried on has space for one index finger at the back of the heel when my foot is pushed all the way in comfortably. These are 10D. Should i size down to 9.5 or 9?

one entire finger? wow. what other shoes do you wear? and what sizes?
post #22775 of 122416
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Originally Posted by hkpm View Post

To me, I would go for #8 or cigar.
Black is a bit too dressy, IMO.
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Originally Posted by warrenjl1 View Post

I agree with the above. A brown shoe is going to be a bit more appropriate for casual wear with jeans, chinos, etc. I NEVER wear black shoes unless to an interview or with a tux. Also kind of depends on your age I guess. There's some older gents around these parts that don't mind black footwear for casual.

thanks for the replies. i completely agree that brown is more versatile in a casual setting, and i'm comfortable with my brown shoe rotation for right now. i'd like to introduce more black into the wardrobe though (black boots, slim black jeans, button down). i want the boots to walk the fine line between not too dressy, not too doc marten-y, and not too goth ninja-y. maybe a plain toe calf boot would be a better. it's just hard to judge by looking at pics on the internet. so maybe my original question was as much about the style of the boot (cordovan, all eyelet, cap toe, grant last) as the color.
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I just got a lightly loved (nice way of saying used :*( i'm not in the 1%, what can i say) pair of 403's in standard brown chromexcel. the back of the boot from the heel up to the mid seem are they only things that seem worn. they've darkened quite a bit in a blemishy way. is there any way to lighten the boots at all? 

 

any recommendations to lighten would be much appreciated :)

 

p.s. for those that told me Leather Soul Hawaii would sell the laces individually, I ordered 2 pair from Will. He was so kind and accommodating. Shipped them for free from me in a standard envelope from Hawaii to Toronto. So I just paid the $12 for the 2 pairs combined and that was that. When he told me that suprisingly the postage was more than he thought, I offered to pay more cause I felt bad. Will responded "I only ask that you continue to be our customer in the future  :) " 

 

how kind is that??? what great service from Leather Soul!

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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

one entire finger? wow. what other shoes do you wear? and what sizes?

I can stick the index finger through. Thats about it.
Here is a list of common brands - CP43, Vans 10.5, Quoddy/Sperry 10.5

NAMOR: I sent you a PM. Help me out with the info in there man. Thanks.
post #22778 of 122416
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Originally Posted by 100 yrs View Post

thanks for the replies. i completely agree that brown is more versatile in a casual setting, and i'm comfortable with my brown shoe rotation for right now. i'd like to introduce more black into the wardrobe though (black boots, slim black jeans, button down). i want the boots to walk the fine line between not too dressy, not too doc marten-y, and not too goth ninja-y. maybe a plain toe calf boot would be a better. it's just hard to judge by looking at pics on the internet. so maybe my original question was as much about the style of the boot (cordovan, all eyelet, cap toe, grant last) as the color.

My 2 cents would be blk cordovan, all eyelet, cap toe, grant last might be too dressy due to the cap toe + sleeker toe shape.

But I have the blackbird blk cordovan plain toe boot, barrie last with commando sole and find it very casual due to the 'clunkier' last and commando sole which gives it a bit of a different profile.
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Originally Posted by 100 yrs View Post

thanks for the replies. i completely agree that brown is more versatile in a casual setting, and i'm comfortable with my brown shoe rotation for right now. i'd like to introduce more black into the wardrobe though (black boots, slim black jeans, button down). i want the boots to walk the fine line between not too dressy, not too doc marten-y, and not too goth ninja-y. maybe a plain toe calf boot would be a better. it's just hard to judge by looking at pics on the internet. so maybe my original question was as much about the style of the boot (cordovan, all eyelet, cap toe, grant last) as the color.

Alden 4065. my "one shoe"
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Oh man I feel really bad for those in Japan.. didn't they run for $520-ish last year?
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Originally Posted by ceoceo View Post

Oh man I feel really bad for those in Japan.. didn't they run for $520-ish last year?
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$520ish in Japan before? I don't think Aldens were ever that cheap in Japan as they have a hefty import tax for clothing, shoes, you name it. I'm working in Taiwan right now and they too have a high import tax although no one sells Aldens...

I went to Beams in Japan and saw aldens and was shocked by the sticker price. Pretty much everything was almost $900 or more. And you hear those (including me) in USA complain about 9% sales tax.

http://shop.beams.co.jp/shop/plus/goods.html?gid=863540&did=&cid=6123
post #22782 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

Has Alden ever made a Scotch grain boot? I would love that.

Pretty sure The Shoe Mart has a barrie wing tip boot in Scotch grain available
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Picture Request of worn Alden suede Long wings or PTBs. Tan, Snuff and Reverse Chamois.

I'm looking to pick up a pair and am interested in how they hold up over time.

thanks in advance
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Originally Posted by hkpm View Post

From what I have seen in this thread, indeed plain toe, and especially chukka, have the most creasing than others.

My PTB does not crease as bad as my chukka, which I've had a lot less. I do keep them in trees. Here's a picture:
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Originally Posted by herrmj View Post

I did a little searching on this earlier, and it seems lots of people take the same size in plaza as AE #5, which is +.5 in length from barrie.

 



Thanks man...I'm definitely going for the 12.5 now. I'll find out how they fit in 12-18 months satisfied.gif
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