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post #80926 of 122416
The Bureau has had the same shoe Leffot was preselling in stock in big sizes for MONTHS and can't move them. This might also be a "Leffot" thing. Sure the shoe is about $100 more from TBB but that's not a significant amount at the prices we are looking at.
post #80927 of 122416
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Shameless plug. My first listing in the marketplace and spent the last 20 minutes trying to link to it in my signature. Don't think it worked but need to post to see.

Carry on.

The link works but you need to go to your profile settings and enter it into the signature area to get it with the photo preview.
post #80928 of 122416
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I was right there with you . . . until I got married. Before then, I would buy what I wanted, when I wanted, and deal with the consequences later. I've been married for over 18 months now and I've slowly been trying to tone it down since my actions now affect someone else as well. It wasn't until the new home that it really opened my eyes and got me to actually follow through on it though.

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+1. This is my camp. 30+, No plans for kids but we are saving for a home. We have home savings and "play" money. We did the whole 'save every extra penny we earn' deal once for our wedding. We told ourselves we would never do that again.

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Agreed; however, I'm married as well for over 3 years and my wife is fine with my purchases because we plan our finances well.  It's all about the decisions you make as both a single fellow and one that's married as well.  There's room for responsible Alden purchases in both cases.

Interesting discussion as all these things have come to play in the last couple of weeks for me. I am in my early 30's and my wife and I welcomed our first, a daughter, a week and half ago and spent the first week in NICU with her and we're currently in the process of upgrading from our current starter home to building one. I had always wanted the Leffot LWB's and when I saw they were up for preorder email I started to think about things and realized I can't justify the purchase anymore. If it was 2 weeks ago, I wouldn't have hesitated to buy them.

On another note, it took me since last Thursday to get caught up on the thread, those cigar boots from DC look great congrats to all who scored a pair.
post #80929 of 122416
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The link works but you need to go to your profile settings and enter it into the signature area to get it with the photo preview.

Ok, that was ridiculously easy. Simply needs to scroll down a little further to see the option. Thanks TO. Wouldn't have found it without your post.
post #80930 of 122416

Just ordered the Unionmade CT Boots in Color 8.  This will be my first shell Boot.  I know this is a newbie question, but what should I do to care for them before first wear, and during regular use?  I'm assuming they don't come with Cedar trees, so I'll grab them.  But what about polish, etc?

post #80931 of 122416
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Just ordered the Unionmade CT Boots in Color 8.  This will be my first shell Boot.  I know this is a newbie question, but what should I do to care for them before first wear, and during regular use?  I'm assuming they don't come with Cedar trees, so I'll grab them.  But what about polish, etc?

Nothing before using, after using, a horsehair brush and some cloth for cleaning and buffing.

You can look at Venetian Shoe Cream and Saphir Renovateur down the line as well.
post #80932 of 122416
^^^Paste wax and conditioning once or twice per year. Also, wipe down with warm, slightly damp soft towel before or after each wear. Brush with horse hair regularly. VSC or saphyr Reno both work well for conditioning
post #80933 of 122416
Anyone have any ideas oh how to remove excess edge dressing. I got a little exuberant on the heel where there is a little brown in the midsole.
post #80934 of 122416
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Originally Posted by chrisefi View Post

Just ordered the Unionmade CT Boots in Color 8.  This will be my first shell Boot.  I know this is a newbie question, but what should I do to care for them before first wear, and during regular use?  I'm assuming they don't come with Cedar trees, so I'll grab them.  But what about polish, etc?

Nice pick. Those are nice and present me with a dilemma. I actually like these a little better than my recently acquired jcrew PCT's but I got the PCT's at a great price. Tough call for me but congrats for you.
post #80935 of 122416
With all the discussion surrounding the Leffot pre-sale and antique edge, I figured I'd share some of my work from this past weekend. I picked these up off the bay to wear as beaters or with denim. The problem was that the sleeker last made them a little more dressy than I preferred. I decided to change the welt, one because I love antique welt on color 8 and two, antique seems a little more casual. No before pics but basically a black edge......


post #80936 of 122416
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With all the discussion surrounding the Leffot pre-sale and antique edge, I figured I'd share some of my work from this past weekend. I picked these up off the bay to wear as beaters or with denim. The problem was that the sleeker last made them a little more dressy than I preferred. I decided to change the welt, one because I love antique welt on color 8 and two, antique seems a little more casual. No before pics but basically a black edge......

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I give you props, those look alot better than I thought they would with a personal refinish. You may have inspired me. Just a quick sanding to remove the black and than an edge dressing?

post #80937 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

With all the discussion surrounding the Leffot pre-sale and antique edge, I figured I'd share some of my work from this past weekend. I picked these up off the bay to wear as beaters or with denim. The problem was that the sleeker last made them a little more dressy than I preferred. I decided to change the welt, one because I love antique welt on color 8 and two, antique seems a little more casual. No before pics but basically a black edge......



I think those turned really well! How much time invested?

See Ya,
Steve
post #80938 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

With all the discussion surrounding the Leffot pre-sale and antique edge, I figured I'd share some of my work from this past weekend. I picked these up off the bay to wear as beaters or with denim. The problem was that the sleeker last made them a little more dressy than I preferred. I decided to change the welt, one because I love antique welt on color 8 and two, antique seems a little more casual. No before pics but basically a black edge......


 

 

single monk night!

 

post #80939 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Bobbo316 View Post

I give you props, those look alot better than I thought they would with a personal refinish. You may have inspired me. Just a quick sanding to remove the black and than an edge dressing?

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I think those turned really well! How much time invested?

See Ya,
Steve

Thanks guys. Total time was a little less than an hour but I did add a couple of steps. I removed the black with a medium grade sandpaper then smoothed out the wood with a extra fine grade sandpaper. Once I got the wood smooth, I applied a coat of Meltonian neutral creme (have no idea why, just seemed like a good idea). Waited 10 minutes and added a layer of Saphir brown renovating cream. Waited another 10 minutes and added another layer. Waited 30 minutes and finished it off with some AE chili edge dressing. For good measure, waited 10 minutes and added another layer of AE chili edge dressing.

Wasn't difficult but certainly not as simple as a couple of posters implied that it needed to be. These are $600-$700 shoes were talking about. Seems silly to reduce the effort to a couple basic steps unless you want the outcome to look like you really didn't care. All in all, I'm happy with the results.
post #80940 of 122416
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 I got my Whiskey, Ravello x 3, and Cigar in 4 months. ;-) 

 

Ok - so it is a Dubshella with a Ravello trifecta.  Plainridge has slots and the outlets down the hill MA folk

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