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My #8 Cordovan Captoes from J. Gilbert arrived yesterday, although they made an unexplained trip to China after crossing the border to Canada. Fresh out of the box:
I'm so relieved they fit as well as they do - feels like they'll break in great! Quality of materials and workmanship seems first class all the way through... The Plaza last works well on a boot and the 'chisel' leaves room for the little toes on my wider than average foot (These are 10.5 D).
Big thumbs up to Yenni at J. Gilbert for good communication during the sale, especially since I live about 1300km from their store in Seattle! Now to save for next year's Alden purchase
That looks like an especially nice shade of #8. Rich.
A true statement, IMO. It also does the same for cigar, but cigar looks wonderful with antique edging. So, in coordinating things with Nick V., I had him darken the welt, but leave the edging as is. The finished product was a very nice compromise. Now, looking at the shoe from the top down, it definitely has a dressier look, IMO.
Hi Nick! I have some new Whiskey LWB's and Chukka's coming. I tend to wear the toes on the double soled loafers and have had recessed metal toe taps placed in those. Do you think I should do the same with these lace ups? Haven't worn a lace up in quite some time. I wear these lace ups a little larger to allow for toe room whereby the loafers I wear 1/2 size down and the toes are at the front of the toe box, more of a moccasin fit. Maybe this explains the excessive toe wear durning break-in. Your thoughts? I would be happy to send them to you for recessed taps... you charge ? for that service. Thanks so much, you are so kind to answer all these questions on this site! Good man!
Thanks all... it really is a rich, plum-like shade. Will be interesting to see how it develops over the years. It's silly but I love the flat laces & high number of eyelets on Alden boots.
Now to find a cordovan-esque belt!
I think that is why I like it, although I believe the ravello LWB from AoC has a crepe sole, which I'm not sold on. Where did you get ravello PTBs, by the way?
I got my Ravello PTBs at Alden SF about a month ago, was their last pair I believe. Keep your eye out for these, it's seriously my favorite pair of my 10-12 pairs of Aldens!
Mind revealing cost of flush metal toe taps? Looks great BTW.