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Update for people with NRO orders -- I put in my #8 LWB order on Tuesday and received them today, superbly fast shipment!

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Originally Posted by david3558 View Post

Alright time to consider purchasing yet another pair...
Right now my primary rotation looks like this: (I am hardly only in a suit, but I like the flexibility of being able to do so; mainly I'm more "streetwear" with a tad of 'dressed up' thrown in for good measure if that makes any sense)
  • Ravello Shell Shortwing Bluchers
  • Burgundy Perf. Captoe Balmorals
  • Black Calf Monkstrap
  • Color #8 Shell Captoe Boot
  • Wolverine 1000 Mile Wingtip Blucher (light/orange brown; no perforation)
  • Cole Haan's Suede Buck (khaki)
  • J.Crew Desert Boots (khaki)
Of the following; which one would you buy/add to my collection? Thanks in advance for the pick and opinion smile.gif
Black Shell Longwing Bluchers
350
Color #8 Shell Plain Toe Bluchers
350
Color #8 Shell Chukka
350
Black Shell Chukka
350

Just wondering if others could take a look and share their wisdom with me too smile.gif
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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

#8 PTB
#8 Chukka

The PTB or chukka gives you a great opportunity to showcase the finer qualities of shell.  Brouguing is nice and adds some visual texture to the shoe, but it can distract the eye from the leather itself.

Yeah see that's what I was thinking too - does anyone know how differently the two shoes would feel even though they are on the same last? I am under the impression that anything with a captoe would fit snugger? I've never tried the Chukkas on either.
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Originally Posted by stevent View Post

Black shell lwb but I am partial to black shell

I'm trying to dig up pictures of black shell LWBs but I can't seem to find anything but PTBs and Chukkas haha.
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Tom Austin had PTB's in shell in selected sizes as well as LHS, etc.  No fancy colors in shell, just black and #8.  Do you feel lucky?

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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

J Crew sells #8 cordovan longwings in select stores such as the Liquor Store in NYC and the Men's Shop on the Upper East Side (they also sell a #8 cordovan captoe blucher at those stores), but I have not seen J Crew sell any cordovan longwings online. J Crew's online longwings are made of calfskin, "chromexcel" (I still haven't been able to figure out if J Crew's brown and tobacco longwings are CXL or not) or suede.

 

The brown are calf, the tobacco are CXL.  I know 'cause I've owned both pairs.

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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Speaking of J Crew, I may have to investigate this shoe... I have a bunch of J Crew gift cards, and black calfskin longwings aren't made that often...
http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/shoes/AldenForJCrew/PRDOVR~60505/60505.jsp
I may go with one of the boots instead though (these boots seem to be well regarded here) while getting cordovan black longwings (especially since they are readily available in E sizes):
http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/shoes/AldenForJCrew/PRDOVR~47357/47357.jsp
http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/shoes/AldenForJCrew/PRDOVR~20853/20853.jsp

 

Maybe I read your post wrong, but J.Crew only carries D width.  That being said, the cap-toe boots are the way to go.  I have them and they're great.

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Originally Posted by Gunner72 View Post

Went in there yesterday. Most stuff is 40%, but they had discounts up to 70%. They had some All Weather Walkers for 60% off. The #8 chukka and unlined suede chukkas were 40%. I think the #8 LWB was 50%.

did you see any black shells that would fit wedding attire?
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Originally Posted by zazaza View Post

are you sure it's 50%?
I called, spoke to Clarence, and he'd told me it was 40%
I'm not complaining, just curious as to what's what.

just called 40%
Edited by chantheman - 5/24/12 at 11:51am
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did you see any black shells that would fit wedding attire?
i just called and got static before being disconnected...

I think you could probably find something, they had a lot of styles. Things I remember seeing were: kudu indy, monks (black & #8), shell medallion captoes (black and/or #8), #8 ptb, black and #8 chukka (I tried on a #8 8C, I think he said he an 8E as well), quite a few loafers, leydon snuff suede chukka, #8 lwb, #8 balmoral wingtip (974). I'm not sure that even captures half of what they had.
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Thanks for the Tom Austin tip, got some #8 LWB and a pair of LHS for my Dad
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Originally Posted by stevent View Post

Thanks for the Tom Austin tip, got some #8 LWB and a pair of LHS for my Dad

Do they take phone orders?

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Do they take phone orders?

Yeah I did a phone order, pretty easy and shipping charge isn't bad
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what'd you guys do? just call them up and say "what do you have in my size?"
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Originally Posted by mexicutioner View Post

what'd you guys do? just call them up and say "what do you have in my size?"

I just wanted the LWB as I prefer dressier shoes in calf / balmorals. Just called and gave the codes for the shoes (like 975 for LWB)
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Originally Posted by david3558 View Post

Just wondering if others could take a look and share their wisdom with me too smile.gif
Yeah see that's what I was thinking too - does anyone know how differently the two shoes would feel even though they are on the same last? I am under the impression that anything with a captoe would fit snugger? I've never tried the Chukkas on either.
I'm trying to dig up pictures of black shell LWBs but I can't seem to find anything but PTBs and Chukkas haha.

I recommend the #8 chukkas as long as you have a good fit with the barrie last--the barrie chukkas can be pretty loose compared to other barrie shoes since they only have 2 sets of eyelets.
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Given you have two longwings and you think CXL may not work well at work, I would recommend
1) Cordovan or calfskin high boot (cigar captoe, #8 captoe, calfskin captoe or plain toe, etc)
2) Cordovan chukka in whatever brown color is available in your size
3) Cordovan PTB in whatever brown color is available
4) Suede chukkas or PTBs would work great with jeans and work, and could be worn all year round in CA. You shouldn't hesitate to get these

thanks man, i hadn't even considered most of the models you mentioned. the brown cordovan chukkas especially sound like they'd be useful. thanks! cheers.gif
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Originally Posted by mexicutioner View Post

what'd you guys do? just call them up and say "what do you have in my size?"

i just asked what they had left in a 9-9.5D in black shell. he asked for a style # and i just told him something wedding appropriate and he got back to me with what was left in stock.

they have these captoes in a 9E or 9.5E in the aberdeen
http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-mens-straight-tip-blucher-shell-cordovan-black-shell/pvc-ald-mxsdlc-2161_ald_m_straight_tip_blucher_shell_cordovan.html

i know 9.5E is too wide since i had a pair and sold them
im a 9.5D in aberdeen and leydon. think a 9E would work the same? i wear a 9D in the barrie
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