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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:



thanks for the input. i completely agree that the appeal of natural cxl is how it ages. i almost got those oak st trench boots when they first came out, they look great. i also have a pair of quoddy chukkas in natural cxl that is closer in color to those trench boots. the alden pair are much lighter.
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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?

I love 'em. They are as comfortable as my Alden shell Captoe boots. Fit wise they compare well to the Barrie in terms of toe & heel room, which works well for me. I think they look sleeker than the barrie and they run TTS as opposed to a half size down like the Barrie. They are fantastically comfortable and I like the shape and overall balance of the last.
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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.

In my experience I would not recommend using full toe trees on LHS. I did so once and after only a few days I could definitely feel they had been widened across the vamp, which I did not like at all because it made the fit sloppy. This was using size M full toe trees on a 8.5B/D unlined LHS so perhaps I should have used a size S but I never had any trouble using size M split toe trees on other pairs of LHS. I have used full toe trees for barrie lasted LWB and PTB wth no problem.
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Cigar Grant Caps today

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Your feet look happy. Gotta be the argyles.
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My humble Alden/shell family. Marlows included for fun. The natty longwings are crepe sole which I find I don't like very much. They are comfortable but the look just isn't my favorite. They might end up on B&S soon, unless Leathersoul comes out with something I really like and let's me exchange them

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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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They are absolutely gorgeous.

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Does anyone have the JGilbert list of shoes for 2013 that you can PM me?

 

Tnx.

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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

hahaha...interesting

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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.

beautiful! that is a large number of uncreased shell shoes in a single post.

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BB unlined LHS
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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.

 

Welcome.  Hope you know what you're getting in for. Say goodbye to saving money...

 

Great collection to start off with.  Really starting with a bang, aren't you?  Congrats.

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I love 'em. They are as comfortable as my Alden shell Captoe boots. Fit wise they compare well to the Barrie in terms of toe & heel room, which works well for me. I think they look sleeker than the barrie and they run TTS as opposed to a half size down like the Barrie. They are fantastically comfortable and I like the shape and overall balance of the last.

 

Thanks for the feedback, Patrick. Your good review might just cause me to go for a pair, as I've been on the fence although I've really only heard good things about them.

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out of interest (not bidding on them), would buying something second hand like this that has been resoled with a half sole prevent the buyer from an Alden Factory recraft.

 

what kind of things prevent a factory recraft?

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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.

I use full toe AE or JAB trees on my Aberdeen tassels and Van LHS. Never had any issues .....
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Does anyone have the JGilbert list of shoes for 2013 that you can PM me?

Tnx.

Email Yenni. She will get it to you.
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