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Originally Posted by lagsun View Post

I thought I'd crowdsource what I should do with my ranger mocs on crepe. I picked them up from Need Supply at the beginning of the year for less than $300 and use it as a beater shoe. I was never a fan of the crepe sole but the plan going in was to resole via B.Nelson at some point anyway.

Since I feel the crepe sole makes the shoe heavier, I want to replace with a sole that will make the shoe lighter but can still be worn in all conditions for California (e.g. rain, sockless during summer, etc).

So this is what I'm considering:
  1. Keep the crepe sole
  2. Resole with a waterlock sole
  3. Resole with a dainite sole
  4. Resole with a ridgeway sole, if available

Thoughts? Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


I would probably go Danite if I were in your shoes.
post #84092 of 122416
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Originally Posted by thebeebs View Post

9.5d barrie

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Originally Posted by DuckOB View Post

Congrats beebs. One size smaller and I would've been in the hunt smile.gif. Anyone have an 8.5 Barrie or TB they want to sell me. smile.gif. The hunt continues for the pt boot in cigar

Great looking posts today guys

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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

Wow. Sweet score. What size?

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Last night I picked up a brand new pair of LS Cigar Pitt boots (2011 "old Cigar"), thanks to a tipoff from a couple of esteemed SF members. Bin $699. Will post pics when they arrive!

They were sweet, the Beebs did well. Looking forward to seeing them on feet. Apparently, I am not the only one to have BNIB shoes sitting for a while, but 3 years is a long time.
post #84093 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post


king ct
argyles otc

Uncle,

This is probably the best photo of this shoe I have ever seen. Thanks for sharing
post #84094 of 122416
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Originally Posted by gsgleason View Post
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Your 'worn' 403 barely looks worn at all. Did you do something to darken the welt? They look fantastic.

How does the 405 fit comparatively? I've heard they are a lot more stiff and take time to break in, whereas CXL requires virtually no break in at all.

 

Well, thanks! They've had a little less than 200 days of wear. They're about to need new heels. As far as darkening the welt, it just happened. I mean, when I got them, I put Obenauf's LP on them in the winter, but I didn't like the tackiness. Since then, they've received an occasional cleaning with Renovateur and a light brushing.

 

As far as the 405s... they're definitely stiffer and more snug at this point. They don't need to be laced nearly as tightly, and there wouldn't be enough room if I were to try to squeeze in a leather insole (which I have in the 403s).

post #84095 of 122416
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Originally Posted by macjedi View Post

Happy Shoe Shine Shunday! wink.gif

Today, I gave a little TLC to a pair of Alden Cigar Cordovan Long Wing Bluchers.

It looks to be a busy Sunday, so I'll be brief…

Today's kit includes: (Click to show)

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AFTER:
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Cheers!
post #84096 of 122416
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Originally Posted by lagsun View Post

I thought I'd crowdsource what I should do with my ranger mocs on crepe. I picked them up from Need Supply at the beginning of the year for less than $300 and use it as a beater shoe. I was never a fan of the crepe sole but the plan going in was to resole via B.Nelson at some point anyway.

Since I feel the crepe sole makes the shoe heavier, I want to replace with a sole that will make the shoe lighter but can still be worn in all conditions for California (e.g. rain, sockless during summer, etc).

So this is what I'm considering:
  1. Keep the crepe sole
  2. Resole with a waterlock sole
  3. Resole with a dainite sole
  4. Resole with a ridgeway sole, if available

Thoughts?

Wish I could offer some advice but I know what you mean about heavy. I have the snuff Barrie chukka on crepe and tan Leydon chukka on waterloc/flexwelt. I like the idea of crepe but wish there was a lightweight version. The crepe version is a great travel shoe but I wish it were a bit lighter.
post #84097 of 122416
Wore the shorts and CXL combo yesterday - that was the right choice.

Today I decided to wear the white pants and whiskey PTB. Honestly it was OK but it's really too hot to be wearing heavy cordovan bluchers on weekends (when I spend much more of my time outdoors). I should have won tan suede LWB. Hopefully from now until the fall I will be in shorts every weekend day, which will make the decision easy (short shoes include three pair of Quoddy, LS CXL LHS, tan suede LWB, tan J Crew unlined PTB and occasionally the suede unlined chukka.
post #84098 of 122416
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Originally Posted by lagsun View Post

I thought I'd crowdsource what I should do with my ranger mocs on crepe. I picked them up from Need Supply at the beginning of the year for less than $300 and use it as a beater shoe. I was never a fan of the crepe sole but the plan going in was to resole via B.Nelson at some point anyway.

Since I feel the crepe sole makes the shoe heavier, I want to replace with a sole that will make the shoe lighter but can still be worn in all conditions for California (e.g. rain, sockless during summer, etc).

So this is what I'm considering:
  1. Keep the crepe sole
  2. Resole with a waterlock sole
  3. Resole with a dainite sole
  4. Resole with a ridgeway sole, if available

Thoughts? Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


IMO, the Alden crepe sole may be the heaviest of their soles.

As far as a lightweight, all weather sole, in your shoes, I would go with a single waterlock sole (if it is available, I think B Nelson could do this) or a dainite sole).

I have had mixed success with dainite soles. I have owned two pairs of dainite boots - one pair is great for traction, the other pair was actually dangerously bad in wet weather, at least the kind we have here in NYC (these were some Vibergs I owned, where I slipped and fell twice). I think Dainite works best in "country" conditions (grass). On concrete, I would look to the waterlock sole, especially since you won't be dealing with snow in Califonria.
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I have a pair of calf that I didn't want ultra shiny but the shoe shine guy was done before I could say something. Sooo. What is the anti-Mac method to give calf more of a matte finish?
post #84100 of 122416
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king ct
argyles otc
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Superb !!! These are must-haves, IMO.
post #84101 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Uncle,

This is probably the best photo of this shoe I have ever seen. Thanks for sharing

nephew,
thank you
post #84102 of 122416
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Originally Posted by sazon View Post

Superb !!! These are must-haves, IMO.

nephew,
thank you
classic alden model
post #84103 of 122416
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Originally Posted by lagsun View Post

So this is what I'm considering:
  1. Keep the crepe sole
  2. Resole with a waterlock sole
  3. Resole with a dainite sole
  4. Resole with a ridgeway sole, if available

Thoughts?

i'd probably go danite
post #84104 of 122416
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Originally Posted by gentfarmer View Post

I have a pair of calf that I didn't want ultra shiny but the shoe shine guy was done before I could say something. Sooo. What is the anti-Mac method to give calf more of a matte finish?

Time.
post #84105 of 122416
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Originally Posted by brp2 View Post

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Originally Posted by gentfarmer View Post

I have a pair of calf that I didn't want ultra shiny but the shoe shine guy was done before I could say something. Sooo. What is the anti-Mac method to give calf more of a matte finish?

Time.

Maybe direct sun? Say, two weeks?
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