Picked up the Natty CXL Longwings from LSBH this afternoon. Indeed, it comes off as a bit more brown than the teaser pic. Not as much brown as in the Epaulet pics, but definitely not tan or "band-aid" like LOL (also, the welt is stained in the LS version) Really unique and a bit more casual than I had anticipated (would be perfect Denim/Chino shoe).... The combo of the CXL uppers and crepe souls complement each other perfectly, much better than a shiny shell upper with crepe soul IMO....also incredibly comfortable.
The other designs all looked really nice as well, although I was surprised how different the NST boot looked than a trubalance Indie. The combo of the NST toe with the Barrie last made it look quite a bit sleeker than I would have thought, at least compared to my CXL Indies. Anyway for those who feel resistant to adding such an NST boot to their stable due to owning already owning an Indie, I think they are pretty distinct from one another. FYI, for the Longwings, medium sizes will probably be few and far between by the time the trunk show is over (for instance they only ordered one 9D), and Bryan said NST boots were quickly depleted too.
I'm so happy I'm able to get my hands on this boot. I have missed the boat on so many beautiful shoes because I had to 'think it over" first. This one I lucked out on.
I thought this combo would be beautiful ever since I saw the Brown Chromexcel in person for the first time. last week, after searching the net with no luck, I decided to pitch my idea to Tom in hopes that one day he would design a boot like this...
Turns out the great minds at Leather Soul had already designed this boot and had them ON ORDER?!?!? and they were expected to be in 3 days later!!!
"Disclaimer and apology: Sorry this thread contains no pictures, "
Anyways, I was able to sneak out and make it to the LSBH trunk show before my flight today and although I was there for only ten minutes it was a great experience! Saw an original Indy boot, along with a pair of 1921 Alden shoes, which were in such good condition that I could have sworn they were only a quarter of their true age. Hope my Alden's look that good after 89 years.
They also had the #4 saddle shoe which was not quite my style (did not like the #4 w/the black combination), but I still had to pick it up an examine the beautiful #4 leather. I would love to see more use of this wonderful color in the future. It might not be as versatile as #8, or other shells but it has that striking "oxblood" color that will most likely make people take a second glance and ask you where you got them. The same thing with the Madison Brown leather that was used for the Semi Brogue they had on display. . .while not shell, the color was bold enough to make this a very special pair!
Also picked up the Natural NST Boot while I was there and I can already tell that it will become one of my favorite pairs. The color of the leather shifts and darkens with every step and every crease, and I can't wait to see it age after a year or two. And as someone mentioned above, the stitching on the toe makes this boot look a lot sleeker than the Indy boot, and somewhat more refined. Yet the color and the crepe sole make it comfortable enough for daily use with casual wear.
Overall, it was the best ten minutes I have spent "shopping" in Beverly Hills!
Thanks to Tom for bringing us Southern California folks such a fine shoe store. Thanks to Bryan for putting up with my many e-mails. And finally thanks to Nate Humble from Alden for the informative chat.
Whoever has not made it to the show yet, it is a must go (and don't make the mistake I did. . .BRING YOUR CAMERA!).