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I like these, much better than the standard indy color. It's funny, anytime something new comes out people are apprehensive about it but as soon as some early adopters come along and post things in context they are quick to approve and jump on the bandwagon instead of judging it on its own merit.

I promise I will still hate them, unless they develop some type of magical patina.
post #5297 of 122416
Thor, I've never seen someone crank down on their speedhooks so tight it does that. That's terrible.
post #5298 of 122416
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Thoughts on the new natural chromexcel? The Band-Aid color of it doesn't seem that versatile.

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These actually look interesting. I'd need to see real pictures to draw up any worthwhile opinions, but I think the color is nice, a lighter shade that probably displays scuffs more easily. I'd like to see how these things take dye/polish, too.
post #5299 of 122416
what would be the best size (Alden) shoe trees, medium or small for 8D Cigar Shell longwings?
post #5300 of 122416
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Thoughts on the new natural chromexcel? The Band-Aid color of it doesn't seem that versatile.

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I've seen a swatch in real life and it looks great. It is heavily oiled so it darkens and lightens as it flexes. I think it will look fantastic as it ages. the samples of the leather looked so good in fact, that just about every retailer that I can think of ordered shoes or boots made with it. Be on the lookout for at least 10 or 15 new models in this leather showing up on the next few months.
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Cordovan color comparison.
L to R: #8, cigar, Polo/C&J brown, whiskey, ravello.
post #5302 of 122416
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Not sure. Shoemart just posted them, but there's no description. It almost looks the the modified last based on the picture of the sole.

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looks like Trubalance to me
post #5303 of 122416
Went into Context this week to buy a jacket and some shirts, and ended up on a whim trying on some of the 'Roy' boots. Ended up buying them on the spot. I'm already thinking of getting another pair!

Quick question: is polish OK on chromexcel leather or do I just use leather creme?
post #5304 of 122416
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Thoughts on the new natural chromexcel? The Band-Aid color of it doesn't seem that versatile.

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I suspect those will catch on like wildfire. When I look at them I see a blank slate. Some neatsfoot oil and everyone burnishing their own colors in using various methods, concoctions and formulas for treating them will make them about as popular, yet mythical and mysterious, as Ravello and Whiskey shells.
post #5305 of 122416
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Originally Posted by RPMcMurphy View Post
what would be the best size (Alden) shoe trees, medium or small for 8D Cigar Shell longwings?

I'm a 7C on the Barrie last and use a small. I think medium would work best for an 8D Barrie.
post #5306 of 122416
Those SM boots are on the Modified, don't know how they were able to order that. Jason is right, you'll be seeing a lot of Natural in about 2-8 months time. It's a very interesting leather, really changes depending on the style and makeup of the shoe/boot. I can't wait to see how it takes on color from polish. I'd love to burnish one up with various shades of color. We have the longwing and tanker boot on order in natural.
post #5307 of 122416
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Those SM boots are on the Modified, don't know how they were able to order that. Jason is right, you'll be seeing a lot of Natural in about 2-8 months time. It's a very interesting leather, really changes depending on the style and makeup of the shoe/boot. I can't wait to see how it takes on color from polish. I'd love to burnish one up with various shades of color. We have the longwing and tanker boot on order in natural.

Longwing in natural?
Sign me up!
post #5308 of 122416
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Originally Posted by LeatherSOUL View Post
Those SM boots are on the Modified, don't know how they were able to order that. Jason is right, you'll be seeing a lot of Natural in about 2-8 months time. It's a very interesting leather, really changes depending on the style and makeup of the shoe/boot. I can't wait to see how it takes on color from polish. I'd love to burnish one up with various shades of color. We have the longwing and tanker boot on order in natural.

Tom, I think those are seconds from shoemart (yes, they sell modified seconds too). Are you going to be doing an order on the PTBs? If so, I'd like to get a pair!

Great to know that you have natural longwings on order. They'll go well with khakis and jeans. I made a post over at MC about this after Nick blogged about it, but no one cared.

Below is a pic from Nick's (Horween) blog showing natural chromexel (a PTB) in real life. I really like the contrast welt stitching (like the indy) and the brown piping (in the facing and the throat) on these PTBs.

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Damn that's nice
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In regards to some quality issues i mentioned earlier in this thread, here are some pictures. This happened after around 3-4 wears and slowly has increased to what it is now after perhaps 25 wears. I was a little disappointed because I did expect issues like this to not occur when shelling $450 for shoes. I don't know if this will cause significant problems or not down the track. They are alden x winnperry officer boots, in calf, barrie last, double waterloc sole.
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