First up, the ShoeMart Seconds "Color #4""Ravello" Cigar Cap Toe Balmorals. So, they were listed in the ShoeMart E-mail as being Color #4, but when I received them the box had Ravello written on it by hand. So, I decided to contact Alden, they confirmed my suspicion based upon the model number, that they are actually, Cigar Shell Cordovan and were made in 2002 for CitiShoes.
Second up, the Alden x LeatherSoul Cigar Jumper Boot. I purchased these from a fellow StyleForum member, who has only worn them once since acquiring them back in 2012. Unfortunately, I have sold them, but I thought that y'all would appreciate the photos!
And an updated photo of my Whiskey Family. I just sold and shipped my Whiskey LHS (second from the right), but wanted to take a group shot before they departed. I have a new Whiskey LWB in production in a narrow size, a Whiskey Indy boot in production, and have two Crockett & Jones Whiskey shoes (Harlech Cap Toe Boot (GMTO) and Lowdnes Double Monk (MTO)) currently in production.
Have a great weekend all!
thank you for your presentation
o/s whiskey family
Forgive me if this is an ignorant question, but what is the difference between the LHS and the Full-Strap Loafers?
Trad, as BeSpoken mentioned, the strap extends all the way down to the welt on the Full-Strap whereas the Strap goes down to just beyond the top part of the upper on the LHS. Also, the full-strap is much sleeker as it is formed around the Aberdeen last, whereas the LHS is made on the Van last which has a much steeper sidewall. Also, the LHS is 360 degree welted and the Full-Strap is 270 degree welted meaning the welt stitching is only stitched around the front 3/4 of the shoe and ends where the heal is attached. The heal toplift is attached by being nailed on. Alden's use of a steel shank is imperative to the 270 degree welt (from what I heard). The 270 degree welt is considered to be a more formal design. Finally, as the name implies the stitching around the toe on the LHS is hand-sewn, just like the Indy boot or NST resulting in a much thicker thread and looser distance between stitches. The full-strap is machine stitched with a finer thread.
The result is the sleeker versus heavier shoes. I believe that the Full-Strap is dressier and can be worn with suits, but can't dress down as much, whereas the LHS can be dressed down quite a bit (several here will sport them with shorts), but really shouldn't be dressed up more than slacks.
Mike, when you say finding the whiskey chukkas was a "hard find" what do you mean exactly? Where on earth did you manage you find them?! They are amazing and I'm totally jelly!
They were offered to me when I was inquiring about a different pair.
They were made for Alden of San Fran. I would suggest giving them a buzz if interested since they clearly have the design. They can add you to their list for the next run. No clue when that will be, but I imagine they will get done again.