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post #80506 of 122416
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Originally Posted by budapest12 View Post

^ CXL Barrie boot pictured a few up.
That thing is friggin awesome. If I din't have the brown CXL tanker on order from LS I'd be all over that Indy on Barrie.
post #80507 of 122416
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Those both are gorgeous but the ones are the left are not what I have in mind. They would go back. I'm hoping they are closer to the ones on the right. Two of the more amazing things of note are that you have a 'family' of longwings (I have a family of shoes) and that you have two pairs of ravello LHS's. Quite an impressive shoe collection.

 

Shawn,

 

My second favorite design is probably the LHS. I have a few LHSes as well... :-)

 

-Mike

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Originally Posted by blackboard_knowledge View Post

Which UnionMade reverse chamois boot are you making reference to, the McCoppin which is a Norwegian, or the Mason which is an Indy?

If you are referring to the McCoppin, then go with the Gamble Hill. However, I would choose the Mason over the Gamble Hill.

I have both Natty CXL and reverse chamois boots, and I tend to like the reverse chamois more, as they look really rugged. With that said, as much as I do not like crepe soles, I dislike NSTs more. Plus, the Barrie last on the Gamble Hill looks pretty amazing.

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That thing is friggin awesome. If I din't have the brown CXL tanker on order from LS I'd be all over that Indy on Barrie.

Was referring to McCoppin. Input appreciated. Tough call...
post #80509 of 122416

Really dark shade of Cigar CTs (photo not in natural light), but really like the antique edge and commando sole.  Really digging the shape of the Grant last.

 

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My plan is to wear down the commando sole on cigar cts so I cam place a leather sole on them.
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My plan is to wear down the commando sole on cigar cts so I cam place a leather sole on them.

A lot of folks think that the commando sole looks too casual at first. I know that I had the same thought when I got my cigar cap toes three years ago. I have to say that no one notices the commando soles and they are exponentially more comfortable and easy to deal with than a leather sole.

I also own the cap toe in #8 with a leather sole, and it rarely comes out as I choose the cigar cap toe due to the versatility of the commando sole about 80% of the time.
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Was referring to McCoppin. Input appreciated. Tough call...

I have the Reverse Chamois NST from Unionmade as well as a Natural CXL NST from them on the Barrie. I personally think the Reverse Chamois is less dressy.

 

Thou the wear on the natural leather looks great.

 

Tough choice. Dont think I would go with Crepe soles on anything but a chukka thou. Pics could change my mind.

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Ravello Tassel Loafers... Picked them up recently, they were pretty rough, I spent about an hour per shoe getting them back to the state that they deserve to be in...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is one of them before...

 

 

Amazing what a little arm strength and Saphir Reno / Neutral Cordovan Cream can do...

 

Unfortunately, they are 10.5E, not 10.5D, which is what I thought that they were... :-(

 

-Mike

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Worth the effort Mike

post #80515 of 122416
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Ravello Tassel Loafers... Picked them up recently, they were pretty rough, I spent about an hour per shoe getting them back to the state that they deserve to be in...

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

 

 

Here is one of them before...

 

Amazing what a little arm strength and Saphir Reno / Neutral Cordovan Cream can do...

 

Unfortunately, they are 10.5E, not 10.5D, which is what I thought that they were... :-(

 

-Mike

They look good, and you can probably get your money back plus.

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Ravello Tassel Loafers... Picked them up recently, they were pretty rough, I spent about an hour per shoe getting them back to the state that they deserve to be in...
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Here is one of them before... Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)




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Amazing what a little arm strength and Saphir Reno / Neutral Cordovan Cream can do...

Unfortunately, they are 10.5E, not 10.5D, which is what I thought that they were... :-(

-Mike

Sizing aside, you really should buy a lottery ticket. Amazing score. Hope they work out.
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Ravello Tassel Loafers... Picked them up recently, they were pretty rough, I spent about an hour per shoe getting them back to the state that they deserve to be in...


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Amazing what a little arm strength and Saphir Reno / Neutral Cordovan Cream can do...

Unfortunately, they are 10.5E, not 10.5D, which is what I thought that they were... :-(

-Mike

Ravello tassels are quite rare. Nice find.
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

This is so true. My ravello longwings looked almost brown, which I was not interested in. I just ordered a pair of LHS from TSM and if they look like the image, I'll be ecstatic. But given the wide variation in what Alden calls ravello, my fingers will be crossed until I open the box.

They will probably look like the left shoe here:










-Mike

In my experience, and in my collection, ravello is a medium brown with variation from batch to batch - the variation being primarily one of redness, and secondarily one of darkness. Both of these are a nice shade of ravello. All other things being equal, the darker pair is probably more versatile.
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Color 8 comparison:

 

JCrew PCT 2+ years next to LWB which is less than a year old.

 

 

(two granny knots...I'm so embarrassed)

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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post
 

Color 8 comparison:

 

JCrew PCT 2+ years next to LWB which is less than a year old.

 

 

** not spoilered for the sheer beauty of the shot **

 

Your pics are always so amazing (as are your shoes)!

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