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PSA

To all wide footed bretheren of SF: there is a single pair of 9EE whiskey shell LHS available at Alden SF (the Sutter St. shop) at a great price. This is not a readily available size in LHS, let alone in whiskey shell. If you've been long waiting for a pair in this size, here is your chance!

Alden SF website: www.aldenshop.com
Phone #: (800) 273-7463 or or (415) 421-6691
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Originally Posted by jasonfoote303 View Post
it's a decent boot in my opinion. not too pretty but it will hold up fairly well for winter. the leather is heavily oiled and thick. it's comparable to chromexcel... I think it is also by Horween but I could be wrong. the lug sole is probably the weakest aspect of the shoe... they seem kind of "foamy" and might not last very long. however, as with most aldens, they can be resoled.
I would pick the kudu Indy over these myself but all in all, you should be pretty happy with the chukka.

Would the Indy work as well with Chinos? I would try to wear these in a business casual environment and it seems the chukka would be easier to pull off.

Or is there another boot altogether that would work better?
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Originally Posted by skrooler View Post
Would the Indy work as well with Chinos? I would try to wear these in a business casual environment and it seems the chukka would be easier to pull off.

Or is there another boot altogether that would work better?


Lug soles are hard to pull off in a business casual environment.
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My two cents on the kudu chukka: don't like it. I thought it sounded great in theory and won a pair on ebay a couple years ago. Flipped it quite quickly--it's just not an attractive boot. the sole looks weird with the alden chukka shape.

The kudu indy, on the other hand, is very handsome. I'd spend more and go with that one.
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can anyone speak to storm welting?

I love shell for its water/snow resistance. I'm a fan of getting shoes topy'd or vibram'd so wet sidewalks/puddles dont kill the soles

I think the final piece of the puzzle is storm welting. how do I know if any given set of shoes/boots have it? is it a special feature? or is 1 type of welting = storm welting?

standard longwings aren't storm welted, right?
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The storm welt doesn't provide any water resistance. It's just there for looks.
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Originally Posted by skrooler View Post
Would the Indy work as well with Chinos? I would try to wear these in a business casual environment and it seems the chukka would be easier to pull off.

Or is there another boot altogether that would work better?

The lug soled Indy (404) is handsome but the sole is prominent and looks a little "off-roady"

Are you talking about being in snow and icy conditions? If so, you'll need some tread on the bottom of your feet. The standard Indy neoprene sole as well as leather soles and even the plantation crepe all will slide on snow and ice. I think the Alden commando sole would suit your needs well... it provides traction and is good looking enough for business casual situations. I also think it's worth the extra money to pop for some shell boots for winter. I just got some for just that reason.
If money is not too much of an issue, I would suggest something like this from Alden of Carmel (He makes a number of other options using this sole as well):
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what about just getting leather soles Vibram'd? I think that is a good compromise. I'm not sure how good they are in the snow, but they are fine on wet pavement
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THANK YOU, LEATHER SOUL BEVERLY HILLS!
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^we need side pics

what last?
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THANK YOU, LEATHER SOUL BEVERLY HILLS!
These are sweet. I have a pair of black cordovan boots from Tom and they get more wear than all of my other black footwear combined. Do not like black that much but these clearly look different.
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great boots jhcam8. details?

looks like its a good day for new stuff. always nice to come home to a delivery. cigar 9-hole indys, trubalance last, commando sole. i like the welt color a lot

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^ That is a solid boot - all eyelets too. Congrats! They will give you years and years of wear. Please do post pictures showing how they age.

I do find that I vastly prefer the machine stitching in the vamp compared to the handsewn design. I say this as a owner of handsewn cigar NST shoes.
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I like the handsewn stitching, fwiw. Great boots gh
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what about just getting leather soles Vibram'd? I think that is a good compromise. I'm not sure how good they are in the snow, but they are fine on wet pavement
my cordo #8 chukkas I put a vibram sole on top of the leather. Works good in wet weather (dont know about snow but is good in rain), I opted for the thicker 1/8" vibram so the soles are pretty chunky (it's double sole to begin with), which was what I wanted, but there is a thinner vibram topy as well if you want to keep the sole as close to original thickness.
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