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post #35251 of 122416
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BBBF B;ack Shell LWB

Looks awesone. Love black shell, sporting some today BB PTB!

Edge dressing is your friend wink.gif
post #35252 of 122416
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Originally Posted by meso View Post

Kudu is a tough leather, very waxy and durable. It will always have a matte finish so I would imagine obenauf's would be best rather than polish. I have a pair but haven't had them for long enough to warrant any treatment.

How do you like them so far?

 

I'm also looking at a pair of the 40513HC Tobacco Chamois version.

 

It appears as these maybe even more water resistant.


Edited by dddrees - 9/25/12 at 5:49am
post #35253 of 122416
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Originally Posted by dddrees View Post

How do you like them so far?

I'm also looking at a pair of the 40513HC Tobacco Chamois version.

It appears as these maybe even more water resistant.

I'd stick with the kudu if I were looking for a tough, weather resistant boot.
post #35254 of 122416
My "weatherproof" Alden boot is Leffot's Indy 405 on commando soles. I treat it with Montanta pitch blend. I find that when combined with thick socks, the shoe is great in all the conditions I have exposed it to (rain, snow, mud, etc).
post #35255 of 122416
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I'd stick with the kudu if I were looking for a tough, weather resistant boot.

 

So you believe the Kudo is better?

 

Can you expand on this a bit as to maybe why you think this might be?

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Also, the commando sole does have a leather part - how does that stand up to snow/mud etc.?

post #35257 of 122416
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Also, the commando sole does have a leather part - how does that stand up to snow/mud etc.?

The exposed leather portion of the commando sole hasn't been an issue on my commando-soled boots (AF43's and Ultimate Indy's). Judging by the wear so far, the rubber lugs are going to need replacement long before the leather or stitching become issues. And I don't baby my Alden boots in winter - these two pairs are my go-to shoes for bad weather in New York City (though I have proper waterproof Danner boots for more serious snow/mud conditions).

Edit: Not the greatest photo, but here are my AF43's after a day in the country last year, as evidence of non-babying. smile.gif
post #35258 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mcbrown View Post
Edit: Not the greatest photo, but here are my AF43's after a day in the country last year, as evidence of non-babying. smile.gif

 

Love it.

post #35259 of 122416

Sometimes, not living in the US sucks. If anyone is willing to help me with getting on (= paying for) a Leffot navy suede LWB pre-order or knows a good proxy who is able to accomplish this task, please PM me confused.gif

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Just ordered the Alden/BB unlined loafer in black icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

I'm sure it will play nicely with its color 8 older brother.

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I'd stick with the kudu if I were looking for a tough, weather resistant boot.

I'm getting the Kudu Indy for my dad for Christmas. I'll pass on his feedback. He manages a transportation company and sometimes has to go out in nasty conditions (investigating an accident, for example) so after I gave him a 403 Indy, he's been asking if they have a model with a more aggressive sold.

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Originally Posted by neutrino View Post

Sometimes, not living in the US sucks. If anyone is willing to help me with getting on (= paying for) a Leffot navy suede LWB pre-order or knows a good proxy who is able to accomplish this task, please PM me confused.gif

PM sent.
post #35261 of 122416
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Originally Posted by imolazhp_ci View Post

same. all of them are boring. they need to re-release the captoe "navy boot" in black cordovan.

+2. Leffot seems very hit and miss (more miss, really) with their Alden makeups.
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Shoe tree question:

 

I picked up a pair of 9.5 c/e  alden shoes a few days that I found in a consignment store (someone on this forum mentioned they looked like they are on the plaza last). I have only one other pair of alden boots which are a 9.5 B/D which is what I normally wear but the C/E width felt fine in the store.

 

When I got the shoes home I took the Alden shoe trees from my boots and placed them in the shoes I just purchased to clean them up a bit and I noticed that the shoe trees seemed to be pushing the sides of the shoes pretty hard..to the point where it looked like they would stretch them out a bit if I left them in. 

 

Has anyone experienced this before? The shoe trees are standard width im pretty sure and dont push the sides of my B/D width shoes. The shoes dont appear to be narrow by any means.

Is the plaza last just much more narrow than the barrie?

 

thanks for any info

post #35263 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mcbrown View Post

The exposed leather portion of the commando sole hasn't been an issue on my commando-soled boots (AF43's and Ultimate Indy's). Judging by the wear so far, the rubber lugs are going to need replacement long before the leather or stitching become issues. And I don't baby my Alden boots in winter - these two pairs are my go-to shoes for bad weather in New York City (though I have proper waterproof Danner boots for more serious snow/mud conditions).
Edit: Not the greatest photo, but here are my AF43's after a day in the country last year, as evidence of non-babying. smile.gif

You are the man. That's the way i plan to wear my cigar indy's--that is, once i work up the nerve to actually wear them outside!satisfied.gif
post #35264 of 122416
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Originally Posted by g.michael View Post

You are the man. That's the way i plan to wear my cigar indy's--that is, once i work up the nerve to actually wear them outside!satisfied.gif

Ha, thanks. The beauty of shell is that with a little brushing and a little Renovateur those boots go right back to looking babied. smile.gif
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Leffot is redoing the naval boot in color 8, last time I heard

Leffot does more suede, more crepe / commando, more loafers, more natural chromexcel, etc than I think is the threads taste, but I will put several of their makeups up as some of the best we've seen recently (ravello day tripper, ravello tassels, color 8 / alpine saddle, the Greenwich boots in suede and chamois, the snuff copely boot, etc)
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