Those Ralph Lauren Saunders are nice. Perhaps I need to revisit Ralph Lauren. I know that EG makes the Purple Label line and that Crockett & Jones makes the UK-made Blue Label line. Who makes RL's Blue Label line made in the US? How is their quality?
Made by Allen Edmonds I believe. Quality should be pretty good.
Black reversed welt and Antiqued flat welt.
Somebody asked about the white stitches. They are white to begin with. The usual dark color you see is just due to the final finish, which I stripped for that particular pair.
could any of you give me more info on the Alden Tanker boot? Is this boot essentially the Indy boot with split-toe stitching and a commando sole?
"Tanker boots" generally are considered split toe boots (with the classic Alden handstitched split toe pattern) either on a Barrie or Trubalance last and on a commando sole. They can be made in cordovan, CXL, suede, etc. I believe Context originally coined the term, but I am not 100% sure of that.
Retailers have sold split toe boots in sleeker lasts (Plaza, Aberdeen), on double leather soles, etc. These boots generally are not called "Tankers." For example, J Gilbert sells a cordovan split toe boot on the Plaza last and with commando soles; however, this boot is usually not called a tanker given the plaza last.
Black reversed welt and Antiqued flat welt. Somebody asked about the white stitches. They are white to begin with. The usual dark color you see is just due to the final finish, which I stripped for that particular pair.
Great picture. I would love to add #8 nst boots and tsm grain/#8 saddles to my rotation. Edited by MrDV - 1/31/14 at 9:38am
I'm glad you posted this again. With this topic about Alden's glazing, I keep thinking cordovan is akin to brass, which often comes with a lacquer finish. Sure--the lacquer makes it look bright and shiny with no maintenance in its feeble attempt to look like freshly polished bare brass, but the real thing is so much richer (the unvarnished truth). Look around at the hardware on apartment buildings in NYC--doormen are constantly busting out the brasso to keep that amazing look. I want my shells to look like their equivalent.
So, please keep us posted on how those tankers develop. I just pre-ordered the Leffot #8 dovers, and am seriously considering stripping the glazing and going from there. As an everyday shoe, they should have the character of everyday life.
Oh, the worst thing is using Brasso on lacquered brass. It just strips off the lacquer prematurely.
Uh?Well... isn't it what I have just done????