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post #30541 of 99254
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Originally Posted by hkpm View Post

 

I don't think they are seconds.

But it is weird that the left tongue slip to the right side, normally it should slip to the left.

(yeah I know it is weird to say the words above, but it is Alden Indy boots.....)

 

I heard that a cobbler can stitch one side of the tongue to the vamp, so it can stay in place.

 

To be honest, I recommend you not to do close inspection on the Indy boots, it has the worst finishes among my Alden collection. (I don't know the shell version is any better, but at least the CXL of mine is like that)

Thanks, hkpm.  Your input and observation about your Indy boots is good info for me.

post #30542 of 99254

Regarding LS's new black SWB:

 

Do you prefer this shoe over the black LWB?  I know many of you have built a collection of LWBs, so does this "throw off" your collection at all, adding an SWB?

 

I guess what I'm really getting at is this: why buy this shoe instead of the black LWB?  Those of you who have the Ravello SWB might chime in, since I know that's also a popular SWB.

post #30543 of 99254
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Originally Posted by Thor View Post

Blackbird in Seattle has/had one...I have a pair and I love them- very versatile and probably my most worn boot except my #8 Indys:
http://www.blackbirdballard.com/Alden_Blackbird_45149HC_Christopherson_s_Creamery_Milkman_Boot_14606.html

dude those are sweet. i don't know why it never occurred to me that such a boot would be so cool looking and versatile:

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do you know if blackbird regularly has those in stock, or is it a once in a blue moon type deal?
post #30544 of 99254
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Originally Posted by Ahab View Post

It looks like these boots are made of Tiger Blood and contain Adonis DNA. Great boots! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
VERY informative post. This may not be the only thing I learned today but it is the most important. Thank you. satisfied.gif
Uncle, I am going to say this, and I do not say this lightly.
Of all the shoes you have posted those Ravello PTB's are my favorites.

thank you
post #30545 of 99254
^^ I've always thought those were some of the more attractive black plain toes I've come across. Unfortunately it seems like they are not restocking them regularly........
post #30546 of 99254
Quote:
Originally Posted by hkpm View Post

 

I don't think they are seconds.

But it is weird that the left tongue slip to the right side, normally it should slip to the left.

(yeah I know it is weird to say the words above, but it is Alden Indy boots.....)

 

I heard that a cobbler can stitch one side of the tongue to the vamp, so it can stay in place.

 

To be honest, I recommend you not to do close inspection on the Indy boots, it has the worst finishes among my Alden collection. (I don't know the shell version is any better, but at least the CXL of mine is like that)

Shifting of the tongue to the left or right side depends entirely on the way you walk--if you over or under pronate, it depends on the person more than the shoe.

post #30547 of 99254
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Originally Posted by thebeebs View Post

Regarding LS's new black SWB:

Do you prefer this shoe over the black LWB?  I know many of you have built a collection of LWBs, so does this "throw off" your collection at all, adding an SWB?

I guess what I'm really getting at is this: why buy this shoe instead of the black LWB?  Those of you who have the Ravello SWB might chime in, since I know that's also a popular SWB.

1) More unique / rarer (Alden shortwing bluchers are not readily available)
2) the flat welt makes it a bit "dressier," so it goes a bit better with suits and such

I was planning on buying black LWB around this fall, but I jumped on these instead and will pass on black longwings

I have another non-Alden shortwing (the RL Marlow), so this is a welcome addition
post #30548 of 99254
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Originally Posted by thebeebs View Post

Regarding LS's new black SWB:

Do you prefer this shoe over the black LWB?  I know many of you have built a collection of LWBs, so does this "throw off" your collection at all, adding an SWB?

I guess what I'm really getting at is this: why buy this shoe instead of the black LWB?  Those of you who have the Ravello SWB might chime in, since I know that's also a popular SWB.
I like it a lot. To me this would not throw off my LWB collection because I have enough LWB's and the black is more formal and the wingtip is a slighly more formal shoe than the LWB.

That being said I think a black cordovan cap toe would also fill my need for a black cordovan shoe.

As an aside I also have black pepple grain calf LWB so YMMV. happy.gif
post #30549 of 99254
Quote:
Originally Posted by hkpm View Post

I don't think they are seconds.
But it is weird that the left tongue slip to the right side, normally it should slip to the left.
(yeah I know it is weird to say the words above, but it is Alden Indy boots.....)

I heard that a cobbler can stitch one side of the tongue to the vamp, so it can stay in place.

To be honest, I recommend you not to do close inspection on the Indy boots, it has the worst finishes among my Alden collection. (I don't know the shell version is any better, but at least the CXL of mine is like that)
This is a common "problem" and many members have had the tongue sewn in place. If you search the thread you will find a couple of other solutions but none work as well.
post #30550 of 99254
So, I've read that various shell cordovan colors begin to fade with use. For example, color 8 becomes less intense with time and the original purple-ish color fades to a much lighter hue.

Is that true? And is it true for all shell cordovan colors regardless of shoe brand?
post #30551 of 99254
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

nephew,
thank you
the creases are do to genetics

It is also possible the Barrie last was molded from Mac's own feet smile.gif
post #30552 of 99254
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Originally Posted by kippy View Post

It is also possible the Barrie last was molded from Mac's own feet smile.gif

it would be nice if that was the case, then i would be entitled to the barrie last royalties
post #30553 of 99254
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Originally Posted by misterjuiceman View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by hkpm View Post

I don't think they are seconds.
But it is weird that the left tongue slip to the right side, normally it should slip to the left.
(yeah I know it is weird to say the words above, but it is Alden Indy boots.....)

I heard that a cobbler can stitch one side of the tongue to the vamp, so it can stay in place.

To be honest, I recommend you not to do close inspection on the Indy boots, it has the worst finishes among my Alden collection. (I don't know the shell version is any better, but at least the CXL of mine is like that)
Shifting of the tongue to the left or right side depends entirely on the way you walk--if you over or under pronate, it depends on the person more than the shoe.

If that were true, then the tongues of all his boots would slip over.

Some boots are just made with the tongue crooked and it slips over. I've got a pair of suede Indy boots where the left tongue slips to the right.
Crockett & Jones boots typically have the left side of the right shoe's tongue stitched down to prevent the slippage. (And of course the right side of the left boot's tongue).
post #30554 of 99254
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

it would be nice if that was the case, then i would be entitled to the barrie last royalties

Allowing for the small possibility that Mac's feet weren't actually used to craft the Barrie last, does anybody know where the name (and the spelling) comes from?
post #30555 of 99254
J. Crew LWBs.

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