Its interesting to see that Kudu is getting a little love here. Many of the comments I've seen about it in the past have been negative. The kudu chukkas were one of my first Alden purchases. I liked them at first, although after I acquired some other models I found that I didn't want to wear them as often. Then after a while I just let them sit in the back of my closet.
But when packing for a recent trip to Morocco I realized that they might be the ideal "one shoe" for two weeks of travel through different terrains and situations. Here I am riding a camel with them:
I don't think that the leather is great looking (although these have been complimented), but it is tough and you can abuse it if you need to. With the recent snow here in England I've made them my snow/slush boots.
Thanks, I was thinking that, too - that Cigar would go better. Maybe I'll get a 403 and a Cigar Chukka.. if I can find one in my size.
Originally Posted by Bateman87
What's a good casual boot that I can wear with chinos or jeans? The Indy 403 or 405 seem to be the best choices (leaning towards 403), but the cordovan boots in #8 and cigar have me drooling. I would think that, without a bit of aging, cordovan would be too much for khakis, however.
Shell is great with jeans and khakis. Cigar or #8 go with pretty much anything- they're probably the most versatile colors. If I had to choose only one, I'd go with #8, because it can be worn with jeans, or almost any color trousers.
Hoping you guys can help me out.... Have a pair of Cordovan with weird wrinkles..... is there any way to get rid of them......i am talking about the small wrinkles or striations..
Oh no...no...that's not good at all. That's what Horween calls "lateral canthal wrinkles". That's the breaking down of elastin in the shell cordovan. Those shoes are now garbage. Ship them to me and I'll dispose of them for you.
I normally wear size 10E or 10.5D for most dress shoes. If I am to get a Barrie-lasted LWB, what size should I order?
The conventional advice on the forum is to size down 1/2 from your normal size since Barrie is a very generously-proportioned last. Having said that, I myself discovered I needed to size down an entire full size (from 10E to 9E) to get the perfect fit.
Good luck! Incidentally, I have a bunch of 9.5e shoes for sale on B&S.
Alas, I am unfamiliar with the the "spoon trick"...can you enlighten me??
the spoon trick is where you slowly drag the backside of a spoon across scratches or textural irregularities (i get them in some of my creases) in your shell to make the scratch go away or at least be less noticeable. I actually use the flat of my fingernail instead of a spoon, but a spoon is probably a better call because you can scratch them with the edge of your nail if you aren't careful doing it my way. With the fingernail and, logically, with the spoon as well, you have to press down pretty hard. This is what we who don't want to spend $36+shipping on a deer bone do.