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i didnt do it. The stitching isnt perfect. i need to learn to love NST. i really dont understand the design. i like the indy stitching but not the middle stitch.

imo the NST design on a BOOT is perfect with the Barrie last or the Military last (for the japanese market), for the Aberdeen or Plaza it looks off, too much clashing of casual design with a dressy last. On the other hand my Aberdeen NST shoes have gotten tons of wear. I'm sure that others think differently and that's why there's all sorts of make-ups for us to choose from and buy (if we are fast enough)
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What looks better with jeans, cap toe #8 or cigar?
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Originally Posted by Coldsnap View Post

What looks better with jeans, cap toe #8 or cigar?

I'd vote the #8 personally.
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Originally Posted by Dbc0919 View Post

As documented a few pages back, I expressed my disappointment at not pulling the trigger on some Ravello LWBs from Lefot.  Another forum member pointed out that they were available at Alden of San Francisco, so I jumped on them.  The purchase indicated that my credit card wouldn't be charged until they were certain they had my size and were ready to ship.  The next day, my card was charged and I was relieved that my hesitation didn't cost me.  However, the following day, I got an email from Brenda at Alden of SF saying my size was sold out and my order cancelled.  As my card had been charged, I asked for a further explanation and inquired if anything could be done.  I got a return email that in preparing my order for shipping, the shoes were found to be defective.  I was really disappointed.  Well, an hour or so later I got a voicemail from Kathy at Alden of Washington DC indicating that they had what I wanted.  I was completely shocked.  I called and made the purchase.  She told me they were the last available pair in any store but they were the display pair and one shoe was a slightly different color.  She gave me a big discount and is sending the shoes with a return shipping label if I don't like them.  Now that's what I call some seriously excellent customer service.  Bravo Brenda and Kathy.  

More Details? One man's big discount is another's President's day sale.
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Originally Posted by Coldsnap View Post

What looks better with jeans, cap toe #8 or cigar?

You really can't go wrong with either. Both would look great.
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Originally Posted by furo View Post

Is this Kudu boot actually kudu antelope leather? Or did they just give it that name?
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I'm wondering why someone above posted a link to a pair of Kudu boots that were like $648 and these are $468....
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Originally Posted by narm60 View Post

Not antelope, it's a Horween Chromexcel variant


Can anyone else verify this?
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Christ man, it's even mentioned on one of their blog posts (about Chromexcel): http://horween.wordpress.com/2010/03/23/chromexcel®-2/
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I don't quite understand this statement... shell is by its very nature a "beater" material ... I'd pretty much take any pair of my shells in any place and not sweat it one bit.

I can understand that perspective...but to me my Alden shell boots are dress boots- They are not work boots or hiking boots...They do not function very well in either of those capacities. To me they are semi-dressy boots designed for an urban environment...I bought them to look dandy bopping down the street.

Shell is a very durable leather but maintaining it at its fullest aesthetic potential (ie: shiny) requires a great deal of maintenance. They scuff easily. They do not handle exposure to water well. I did not pay $600 for them to look like crap. I would (and do) not wear them any place- I find they are not the best for crossing streams or slogging through mud or scrambling across scree slopes....I have my White's work boots and hiking boots for that...

The Indy's have a more utilitarian origin so- as far as my shell boots go they are my "beaters".
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I can understand that perspective...but to me my Alden shell boots are dress boots- They are not work boots or hiking boots...They do not function very well in either of those capacities. To me they are semi-dressy boots designed for an urban environment...I bought them to look dandy bopping down the street.
Shell is a very durable leather but maintaining it at its fullest aesthetic potential (ie: shiny) requires a great deal of maintenance. They scuff easily. They do not handle exposure to water well. I did not pay $600 for them to look like crap. I would (and do) not wear them any place- I find they are not the best for crossing streams or slogging through mud or scrambling across scree slopes....I have my White's work boots and hiking boots for that...
The Indy's have a more utilitarian origin so- as far as my shell boots go they are my "beaters".

Agreed, shell is at its best when it is treated with care - hard to keep up that head turning glow when they are beat to hell

My brown leather Indy's are the "nice" shoes I wear then I know they will get beat up, they are rugged and look good at the same time.
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Originally Posted by furo View Post

Is this Kudu boot actually kudu antelope leather? Or did they just give it that name?

I'm wondering why someone above posted a link to a pair of Kudu boots that were like $648 and these are $468....

 

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Originally Posted by narm60 View Post

Not antelope, it's a Horween Chromexcel variant

 

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Originally Posted by furo View Post


Can anyone else verify this?

 

for what it's worth, I was the one who purchased the $600+ Kudu boots - I noticed that on The Bureau's website they described Kudu as "a rare Antelope leather" - I ignored this description, knowing that it  isn't true.

 

I paid the premium because I really like this particular boot, it isn't available here (as far as I know), and I understand that Aldens cost more overseas due to taxes/expenses/etc. - I'd rather pay a little more to get what I want and have no regrets (once the bill is paid smile.gif) then let the opportunity pass, with no reasonable guarantee that I'll get the chance to purchase them again down the road, and ultimately end up kicking myself in the ass.

 

Of course, with my luck, I'll wake up tomorrow to find that Tom at LS has announced a preorder of the "Ultimate Kudu Jumpers" -

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Just in case, here is another (better?) picture of The Bureau's Kudu boots - I think you'll agree that the leather looks exactly the same as the 404's
 

The Bureau Kudu boot.jpg

 


Edited by sfactor23 - 2/5/12 at 11:13am
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Originally Posted by g.michael View Post

... Some Reno, the spoon trick, and a bit of colored wax will do wonders for the scuffs and gouges.

Alas, I am unfamiliar with the the "spoon trick"...can you enlighten me??
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Originally Posted by furo go_quote.gif


Is this Kudu boot actually kudu antelope leather? Or did they just give it that name?


I'm wondering why someone above posted a link to a pair of Kudu boots that were like $648 and these are $468....



for what it's worth, I was the one who purchased the $600+ Kudu boots - I noticed that on The Bureau's website they described Kudu as "a rare Antelope leather" - I ignored this description, knowing that it  isn't true.

I paid the premium because I really like this particular boot, it isn't available here (as far as I know), and I understand that Aldens cost more overseas due to taxes/expenses/etc. - I'd rather pay a little more to get what I want and have no regrets (once the bill is paid smile.gif ) then let the opportunity pass, with no reasonable guarantee that I'll get the chance to purchase them again down the road, and ultimately end up kicking myself in the ass.
Just in case, here is another (better?) picture of their Kudu boots - I think you'll agree that the leather looks exactly the same as the 404's

 
350x263px-LL-2a3f58ba_TheBureauKuduboot.jpeg

Kudu is an antelope leather - in the 404, the Bureau boot, the LS Kudu Ultimate Indy, and anywhere else you may find it. The fact that it is a chromeexcel variant is a statement about the way the leather is treated.
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Originally Posted by darnold View Post

Kudu is an antelope leather - in the 404, the Bureau boot, the LS Kudu Ultimate Indy, and anywhere else you may find it. The fact that it is a chromeexcel variant is a statement about the way the leather is treated.

While, technically, Kudu is antelope, any Alden "Kudu" is cow. A bit misleading, yes. But Alden only uses cow and horse hides. LS states the following..."Horween’s kudu leather is essentially heavily oiled and hand treated calfskin, done in the same procedure as shell cordovan. Thicker and more dense than the norm, kudu is definitely a rugged and everlasting leather, perfect for our Ultimate Indy Boots."
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Originally Posted by darnold View Post


Kudu is an antelope leather - in the 404, the Bureau boot, the LS Kudu Ultimate Indy, and anywhere else you may find it. The fact that it is a chromeexcel variant is a statement about the way the leather is treated.


really?! wow, I did not know that - I stand corrected, then -

 

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Originally Posted by REguy View Post

While, technically, Kudu is antelope, any Alden "Kudu" is cow. A bit misleading, yes. But Alden only uses cow and horse hides. LS states the following..."Horween’s kudu leather is essentially heavily oiled and hand treated calfskin, done in the same procedure as shell cordovan. Thicker and more dense than the norm, kudu is definitely a rugged and everlasting leather, perfect for our Ultimate Indy Boots."

I think this description must have been a mistake in transposing from the chromexcel info. Alden definitely uses other animal hides in the occasional makeup (see this recent Bison, for example) and I'm pretty sure kudu is just what it sounds like... I've got the LS Kudu UI and it is not of the same character as my other chromexcel calf pairs.

Perhaps Jason or Tom could chime in here with an authoritative answer...
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