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post #57496 of 122416
I've basically been out of pocket the past two weeks, time to get back involved in the thread... Here are my two latest acquisitions:

Leffot Color 8 & Alpine Grain saddles (I've worn this with a khaki suit a few times recently, the combo really works)
Black NST in Aberdeen (picked this up while visiting Alden SF - I like the uniqueness of the NST pattern and cordovan combined with black, this will get casual and formal wear)



A bit off topic, but these are my first MTO shoes from Edward Green in midnight blue calf, more pics somewhere on Men's Clothing Classic Menswear

AppleMark
post #57497 of 122416
Midnight blue, quite adventurous for initial mto buy. Well done indeed.
post #57498 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

I've basically been out of pocket the past two weeks, time to get back involved in the thread... Here are my two latest acquisitions:

Leffot Color 8 & Alpine Grain saddles (I've worn this with a khaki suit a few times recently, the combo really works)
Black NST in Aberdeen (picked this up while visiting Alden SF - I like the uniqueness of the NST pattern and cordovan combined with black, this will get casual and formal wear)



A bit off topic, but these are my first MTO shoes from Edward Green in midnight blue calf, more pics somewhere on Men's Clothing Classic Menswear

AppleMark
Great looking shoes Alcibiades. Nice to see you back.
post #57499 of 122416
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Originally Posted by bespoken pa View Post

Midnight blue, quite adventurous for initial mto buy. Well done indeed.

Love the NST. I need a pair or two of those.

post #57500 of 122416
The more I see that Leffot saddle the more I like it
post #57501 of 122416
King #8 ptb's this Monday morning.
post #57502 of 122416
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post


Just received  a pair of cordovan AE wt boots (Dalton)...  have never been a huge AE fan, but a very nice price presented itself to me on ebay and I was curious.  The most significant difference from Alden boots was the weight.  The AE Dalton feels as though they are about half the weight of my Alden boots.  Both have JR double leather soles.  While the AE is sleeker and has an unlined shaft, I have no idea what could account for such a significant difference in weight.

 

The reason I bring it up here is that having an unlined shaft and the lighter weight may make this cordovan boot cooler to wear in warmer temps.  Anyone here have similar thoughts or experience with this?

 

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Originally Posted by JermynStreet View Post

I have felt the same thing. My only explanation is that Alden uses a steel shank and AE does not.

 

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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post


That steel shank would have to be cast iron to create that weight differential.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining about Alden boots.  I much prefer my Alden boots over the AE boot.  The weight difference is just befuddling to me.

 

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Originally Posted by BootSpell View Post

 

I don't see that much of a difference in weight between my Daltons and my Aldens, although the Aldens are heavier.  Here are the weights of my boots (yes, this is OCD behavior):

- unlined walnut shell Daltons:  1lb 3oz

- lined shell Daltons:  1lb 5oz

- lined calf Daltons:  1lb 5oz

- lined shell Aldens:  1lb 8oz

- lined calf Aldens:  1lb 8oz

- lined CXL Indy Aldens with neocork soles: 1lb 11oz

 

I don't feel the heaviness of any of the boots except for the Indy's and I attribute that to the neocork sole (I think).

 

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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

thanks for taking the time and sharing your findings. its funny, I also find my ae much lighter than my aldens. I conducted my own independent study. (ocd as well)

alden shell lwb: 1lb 10.4oz

ae shell lwb: 1lb. 6.6oz

not a big difference irl, but the ae do feel much lighter on.

 

I think it is believable that the steel shank, as well as the extra nails that Alden uses account for the weight difference, given that they appear to be a relatively consistent 3 oz (3.8 oz for MrDV's) difference amongst "comparable" models.  Keep in mind that Alden (as well as pretty much every other Goodyear-welted manufacturer except for AE) uses rather large nails to secure the heel of their soles the insole (particularly on 270 degree welted shoes) before the heel stack is attached (which has even more nails).  Also, all Alden shoes have cushioned sock liners, while most AE's don't, which will also contribute to the ~3 oz. weight difference.  

 

AE only nails on the heel base.  They drive short serrated nails through the bottom of the sole and they grip a fiber heel tuck that is present in the space where the cork is placed (sort of like a toggle bolt in dry wall), so they don't go into the insole.  That's why AE doesn't have to put cushioned sock liners inside of their shoes, because they aren't covering up any nails that would cause discomfort with out it.   

post #57503 of 122416
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Deliveries from earlier this week...  (a great week, by the way) Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


Alden LHS color 8 and AE Dalton Walnut Shell Cordovan










I had a very difficult time sizing the LHS.  I think my foot is one that needs a medium width with a narrow heel.  B/D had a slight heel slip but A/C was too narrow.  Went with the B/D and a small tongue pad... fits perfectly now.

I was tempted by a burnished tan LHS.  The B/D sizing fit perfectly for it.  Are shell cordovan LHS slightly roomier than its calf counterparts?

Congrats on your new friends RTP! I'm planning on purchasing the King LHS today. From whom did you acquire those beauties? Alden DC? Agreed with the burnished tan … they are tempting. Wear in the greatest of health my friend!
post #57504 of 122416
Has anybody tried Lexol on Shell with good resuls?, I know venetian is very good but can get Lexol locally and the Venetian will have to be ordered online(no a big deal).

Thanks.
post #57505 of 122416
I have used Lexol on cordovan with no ill effect. This was before I learned on SF that it would make your shell explode though.
Edited by zippyh - 8/19/13 at 9:49am
post #57506 of 122416
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I have used Lexol on cordovan with no ill affect. This was before I learned on SF that it would make your shell explode though.


Ahhhh...The arch nemesis of the Mac Method...the Lex Method. tongue.gif

post #57507 of 122416
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Ahhhh...The arch nemesis of the Mac Method...the Lex Method. tongue.gif

Nice rotflmao.gif

post #57508 of 122416
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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post

Very nice start to a Monday Johnniegold. I like the nice rolls you've got going on there.

Thanks BeSpiff. I see your PTB's are rollin' as well. Looking good.
post #57509 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

I've basically been out of pocket the past two weeks, time to get back involved in the thread... Here are my two latest acquisitions:

Leffot Color 8 & Alpine Grain saddles (I've worn this with a khaki suit a few times recently, the combo really works)
Black NST in Aberdeen (picked this up while visiting Alden SF - I like the uniqueness of the NST pattern and cordovan combined with black, this will get casual and formal wear)
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)




A bit off topic, but these are my first MTO shoes from Edward Green in midnight blue calf, more pics somewhere on Men's Clothing Classic Menswear

AppleMark

 

Congrats my friend!!  worship2.gif

post #57510 of 122416
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Originally Posted by macjedi View Post


Congrats on your new friends RTP! I'm planning on purchasing the King LHS today. From whom did you acquire those beauties? Alden DC? Agreed with the burnished tan … they are tempting. Wear in the greatest of health my friend!

Thanks Jedi.  Kathy at Alden DC is absolutely great to work with and helpful in determining size.

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