Whiskey looks great with a pair of cords or some denim...
My vote goes to the 9901 in black shell. Its a really fine shoe. You wont regret it.
Just got confirmation and a tracking number from TSM that a pair of Ravello NST Boots, model 4030 are on their way to me. Since I am in Pa, I hope they might arrive so I can wear them out to dinner tomorrow night.
Here's how it happened. On Friday, on a whim, I called TSM and asked to speak to Ed. About a month ago I read here that TSM is expecting Ravello Brixton Boots in the next few months. I figured they were all spoken for (and they are) but I thought I would ask Ed to put me on the list as a back up (he agreed but said it was unlikely). Before we hung up I asked him if there was any Ravello NST or LWB in the house in a 10D or 10.5D. To my surprise he told me he had just sent a pair of 4030 NST boots back to the warehouse for return to Alden and he thought they were 10.5D but wasn't sure . He said there is a small, almost unnoticeable dimple in the leather "mid way up on the inside" (I'm not sure what that means exactly and I guess I'll find out). I offered my credit card, he took it and said he would confirm on Monday and only charge me if they were in fact my size. He also offered me a discount but not the usual irregular price. I'm pretty psyched and do hope the "dimple" is "almost unnoticeable".
I tried to find out why he had this boot and he suggested they had "a small run, like 18 pairs" of the model 4030 come in. Sounded like they came in and went out the same day. KInd of surprising though because I would think at least one person on this forum would have been in on such an order. Anyway, I'm not going to look my good luck horse in the mouth.
I will update when the boots arrive.
I just got some Alden 401s and found I didn't need to size down at all. I am an 12-12.5 and the 12 D fit me fine as I fit the arch length of the my foot like you're supposed to. They seemed a bit dry after wearing them for a day so I just applied Obenauf's Leather Oil inside and out.
What are signs of oversaturated leather? Parts of the leather lined insole where it dripped down have severe dark spots. How often should I oil them if I wear them heavily? Once very couple of months? Also, How long should I wait for them to dry before wearing them and how long until I put on the Obenauf's LP? Just overnight before wearing and then put the LP on them in a few days?