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Slightly different but here are my AE cappuccino cordovan Bayfield boots with mini-lug sole. 

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nephew,
wear only in good health
post #68357 of 122416
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

Aldens shine better that C&J, Carmina, and AE. Aldens look more lush in any color compared to a similar color of another brand.

In my experience, owning various shell models of the 4 brands, the dryness scale would be as follows (shell most dry listed first):

Carmina
C&J
AE
Alden

I would buy Alden cigar shell SW boots if I could get them on the Plaza. But I would still keep my Lindricks.

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On the whole shell comparison thing, I snapped a few quick iPhone shots (best I could do) of my modest shell collection thus far (well, most of it and obviously omitting a few orders I have not yet received).  I was a little bit stubborn earlier in my refusal to believe that Alden's shell has a superior finish, but my #8 JCrew captoe boots have -- hallelujah! -- shown me the light.  The first few pics are of the Aldens next to the C&J for RL Lindricks and the Epaulet Carmina Steinbecks.  As others have said, the Carmina shell is the driest of the group.  The Lindricks are a jump ahead but still not up to the finish on the Aldens.  It's a tough call, but if I had to choose one boot, it would probably still be the Aldens over the much pricier (if you can't get a deal) Lindricks.  I love all of these though -- it is good to have choices and be able to rotate.  The Carminas get a lot of wear lately as a foul weather boot, given the rubber soles.  Final shot is a comparison between the Alden for Jcrew and some 20+ year old #8 Florsheim Imperials I found BNIB on eBay.  The finish on these - and the construction - is surprisingly good in my opinion.  The lighting does make them look a little browner (less burgundy) than in real life.

I would rate C&J close to Carmina. Both are really dry but C&J shell looks so dead when dry while Carmina looks ok, no shine but not bad neither. This is going off older Lindricks and Marlows. Recent Giannis seems a little better but I've only worn them once. Nobody seems to come close in terms of Alden shell finishing. C&J build quality is on par with Alden, maybe a little neater in some areas. Carmina is usually nice but my recent pairs are quite disappointing. Lasting seems too rushed as leather is wrinkled in a few spots, dye issues uneven (my Loden pair being remade now), toecaps never lined up etc. I keep buying Carminas since people keep putting them on sale / Epaulet dropped MTO prices by $200 but it's not a good long term investment.

Going to wait for rare shell boots in shell now, not going anywhere else other than Alden for shell in future
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#8 Monks 
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nephew,
good looking monks
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Any thoughts on Tricker's shell shoes and how they compare?

Tricker's doesn't use horween so material finish itself is different, I haven't worn my shell Tricker's yet but they feel nice

Meermin shell pretty dry too, though I'm pretty sure suplliers / finish are different since I got my pair
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I figure someone here would know: can I use the Tarrago suede protector from Leffot on some shearling mittens I just bought for my wife? If not, any other weatherproofing that will not radically alter their appearance?

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Color 4 captoes on double leather, antique edging, Barrie last.
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nephew,
good shine on your cap toe
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Another data point:

Duckie Brown Ravello. Would rank it up at the top in terms of supplenessness and moistey
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Vass too is up their. I guess C&J and Carmina are the two pra'lem chillen'
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Vass and AS do well with shell and the overall construction and attention to detail is much better...
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^^ supplenessness and moistey....LOL.

My autocorrect had a heart attack when I typed that!
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^^ supplenessness and moistey....LOL.

My autocorrect had a heart attack when I typed that!

And I thought you were deliberately going for "moisteyness" for fun and inadvertently hit "send" too soon. 

 

A state agency that controls toll roads in my area recently ran a series of radio commercials that promoted one of its toll roads for its "quickiness."  These commercials dripped with irony (that for some may have, at times, turned to annoyance) because one (at least this one) only heard these commercials while creeping along in 15-mile-per-hour traffic jams on that, and other toll and non-toll "expressways."   Nothing like living the lie as you listen -- repeatedly given the circumstances --  to how the road gives you quickiness.  But your typo -- or your device's typo -- immediately brought the those ads to mind.  

 

Back to shoes.

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+1 - variety is nice.
The finish and construction of shell Florsheim Imperials (before the company took a turn for the worse) is at least as good as all of the above named brands. I have Florsheim LWBs in burgundy shell (1973) and they are definitely browner than Alden's color 8 model 975 (which I also have).

Ι agree! older  shell Florsheim Imperials are still nice , probably better than Aldens,the leather is still wet...

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Vass and AS do well with shell and the overall construction and attention to detail is much better...

wrong! Alden is the best and its so cool and like when I wear it, my starbucks barista is like "are those aldens?" am im like yeah, and then she takes my order

(sip) "aahhhhhhh"
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I would rate C&J close to Carmina. Both are really dry but C&J shell looks so dead when dry while Carmina looks ok, no shine but not bad neither. This is going off older Lindricks and Marlows. Recent Giannis seems a little better but I've only worn them once. Nobody seems to come close in terms of Alden shell finishing. C&J build quality is on par with Alden, maybe a little neater in some areas. Carmina is usually nice but my recent pairs are quite disappointing. Lasting seems too rushed as leather is wrinkled in a few spots, dye issues uneven (my Loden pair being remade now), toecaps never lined up etc. I keep buying Carminas since people keep putting them on sale / Epaulet dropped MTO prices by $200 but it's not a good long term investment.

Going to wait for rare shell boots in shell now, not going anywhere else other than Alden for shell in future

Alden has many faults as a company, but there appears to be a reason they have been successful at making cordovan shoes for so long...
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