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Fantastic. Which store?

No US 10s in any style?

United Arrows, pretty sure they only ordered up to 9.5
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Originally Posted by BootSpell View Post

I just realized that I haven't bought any footwear for three months!  Although I did put a deposit down on an MTO recently.  This is the longest dry spell for I think a couple of years.  The itch is returning stronger than ever.  But I'm a much pickier and discerning shopper now.
Good to hear man, I need to get on something like this
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I had a shoe manufacturer tell me recently that a solid toe shoe tree to preferable to a split toe for cordovan. I know all Alden trees are split toe. I am curious if anyone else has heard this? Furthermore which shoe trees do you guys use? I need to buy a few pairs.

Find solid toes work best for boots, and depending on other shoes for trees

Jos A. Bank sales have solid tress at $7 or so during the sales
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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post

alpine grain wingtips over at LS.. 

http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2013/03/08/alden-shoe-alpine-wingtip-boot-restock-lsw-lsbh/





Tempted, gonna stop by when I get home from Japan
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Originally Posted by 100 yrs View Post

wanted to give a comparison between brown and natural cxl for those that might be on the fence between the two. the brown i received today from the shoe mart, the natrual i've had sine the beginning of the year from pelle line.



I love how natural CXL ages and darkens. Yours may end up looking much closer to the brown over time if you prefer the darker color. I think they are developing a nice rich patina. IMO natural CXL has more depth than brown CXL but it takes a while to get there.

I recently picked up Oak Street's trench boot in natural CXL. It's coming along nicely but it's only been a couple of months. For reference:


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Natural CXL varies quite a bit to begin with IMO. I had those Oak Streets in house and they were much darker to begin with. Also the recent Epaulet batch almost has a lot of cool grey tones to it. Here are my Rancourt loafers after some Mac love
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j crew boots today

Great looking boots! How do you like them? I love the red laces. J Crew just confirmed yesterday that mine are on the way. As always, wear in good health.
Edited by BeSpiffington - 3/9/13 at 6:15am
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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post

glad i'm not the only one with slightly mismatched ravello toe caps cheers.gif



They're not mismatched at all, just boots with character.
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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

I had a shoe manufacturer tell me recently that a solid toe shoe tree to preferable to a split toe for cordovan. I know all Alden trees are split toe. I am curious if anyone else has heard this? Furthermore which shoe trees do you guys use? I need to buy a few pairs.


Did he/she explain the rationale?  Not sure I get why the need would be different for shell when most are lined anyway. Which manufacturer is he/she with?

 

I'm curious... confused.gif

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I think it depends on the last. Full toe good for van/lhs. Probably wouldn't be good for aberdeen tassels.
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My cobbler put a size larger tree in my shell short wings, with a split toe. He maintains that you want cedar to contact as much leather as possible and no worries about shell stretching so you can have the added pressure. The tree is large enough that the split in the toe stays together, so in that sense it does not matter if it is split toe or solid. 

 

I can get the same tree on Amazon as from my cobbler, I only bought a boot tree on Amazon it has a higher arch to fill the toe box height. Footworks cobbler does not have those boot trees, he says he will shave down a larger size tree to fill a shoe - I own sand paper too if thats what works best I will DIY. My Citishoes Aldens came with a split toe tree and it is very small compared with my other trees but it does fill the shoe and maintain pressure all a round , with the exception of the toe split area. When you get into such exacting specs I feel like I must be talking to an Audiofile - they just obsess over trivial matters since the gear cost so much.

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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post

I love how natural CXL ages and darkens. Yours may end up looking much closer to the brown over time if you prefer the darker color. I think they are developing a nice rich patina. IMO natural CXL has more depth than brown CXL but it takes a while to get there.

I recently picked up Oak Street's trench boot in natural CXL. It's coming along nicely but it's only been a couple of months.

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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

Natural CXL varies quite a bit to begin with IMO. I had those Oak Streets in house and they were much darker to begin with. Also the recent Epaulet batch almost has a lot of cool grey tones to it. Here are my Rancourt loafers after some Mac love

Nat CXL is one of my favorite leathers. Not to derail this thread, but curious to know what you guys think of these boots. How are they comfort wise compared to Alden boots?
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Frans Boone has a Nat CXL boot that is really great. They were a very popular boots when I was a kid. 

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Originally Posted by Alpina View Post

Any difference between Scotch grain and Alpine grain?


alpine grain is more of a crosshatch texture, and kind of gives me the heeby jeebies.

scotch/pebble grain, on the other hand, has a bigger pattern with a pebble
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Hi All, I'm new to Alden and these are my first shells (also my very first post!).  I'm looking forward to breaking them in with the Mac method.  Thank you all for your informative posts!  Left to right - Cigar PTB from Alden NYC, Ravello LWB from Alden DC, and Color 8 LHS from Sherman Brothers.

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Originally Posted by bespoken pa View Post

Sorry dr, missed that earlier part of the post. Beautiful make up none the less. My shoe "habit" is really cutting into my watch fund. At this rate I should pick up my iwc portugese in idk mid June....of 2020 frown.gif

No worries but Steven @ Leffot typically orders standard sizes so if you want the boots I'd recommend reserving a pair. It does take time but the Day Trippers are great especially because they are on the Grand and are on single waterlock.

Speaking of Leffot:
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Cigar Grant Caps today

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