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post #34816 of 88000
I haven't seen any group shots lately so I took one of my current line up. I included lasts and sizes to show how my sizing has evolved over the years. The larger sizes fit with the use of insoles. Apologies for the iPhone pic. My son took his DSLR to school today...

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Top (L-R)
AoC AF84 Brown Calf Wingtip Boot (Barrie - 8.5D)
J. Gilbert Cigar Indy (Trubalance - 8D)
Alden DC Cigar Captoe Boot (Grant - 9D)
Alden DC #8 Captoe Boot (Grant - 8.5D)

Bottom (L-R)
ShoeMart 2nd Snuff Suede PTB (Barrie - 8D)
Leffot Ravello LWB (Barrie - 8D)
#8 LHS (Van - 8.5D)
#8 PTB (Barrie - 8.5D)

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post #34817 of 88000
^ You have the Grant last captoe in 2 different sizes. Out of curiosity, which fits better? (I'm on the waiting list for that boot in cigar. ) I suppose I should also ask which of your Barrie last sizes fits better.
post #34818 of 88000
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Originally Posted by Simplicio View Post

^ You have the Grant last captoe in 2 different sizes. Out of curiosity, which fits better? (I'm on the waiting list for that boot in cigar. ) I suppose I should also ask which of your Barrie last sizes fits better.

I reallized after trial and error that I'm a 8D in the Barrie. They fit better than the 8.5D. As for the Grant the 9D is a little loose even when I use a leather insole with an arch. However it fit a little better because the toe box is not as narrow than on the 8.5D. Hope this helps.
post #34819 of 88000
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Originally Posted by lagsun View Post

I haven't seen any group shots lately so I took one of my current line up. I included lasts and sizes to show how my sizing has evolved over the years. The larger sizes fit with the use of insoles. Apologies for the iPhone pic. My son took his DSLR to school today...
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Gorgeous.

post #34820 of 88000
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Originally Posted by lagsun View Post

I haven't seen any group shots lately so I took one of my current line up. I included lasts and sizes to show how my sizing has evolved over the years. The larger sizes fit with the use of insoles. Apologies for the iPhone pic. My son took his DSLR to school today...
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Top (L-R)
AoC AF84 Brown Calf Wingtip Boot (Barrie - 8.5D)
J. Gilbert Cigar Indy (Trubalance - 8D)
Alden DC Cigar Captoe Boot (Grant - 9D)
Alden DC #8 Captoe Boot (Grant - 8.5D)
Bottom (L-R)
ShoeMart 2nd Snuff Suede PTB (Barrie - 8D)
Leffot Ravello LWB (Barrie - 8D)
#8 LHS (Van - 8.5D)
#8 PTB (Barrie - 8.5D)

Very nice! Does your Alden DC Color 8 cap toe have commando sole? I've been wanting another color 8 captoe in grant last.
post #34821 of 88000
Great polish Lagsun
post #34822 of 88000

other than straight from an alden source, has anyone found a good match for #8 shell for a belt? 

post #34823 of 88000
I have a couple questions on the Mac Method (perhaps I should just PM uncle). I know this has been covered before, but this thread is VERY long, and I really want to take good care of my shoes.
After wearing:
  1. Insert trees.
    Question: Alden's cordovan care guide suggests delaying putting trees in your shoes for a bit. Is there any consensus on this?
  2. Wipe with a barely damp cloth and let dry for 2 to 3 mins.
    Question: Do you use a basic spray bottle? Will an old, clean t-shirt do, or is a flannel cloth preferable?
  3. Brush vigorously with horse hair brush, keeping the brush in contact with the leather, for 5 to 6 minutes per shoe.
    Question: If you wear shell daily, this means you spend about 15 minutes each day (accounting for the other steps) caring for your shoes? I'm willing to do this, but I find it interesting because people often say shell requires less maintenance. I guess the point is that don't have to go through this trouble and shell will still look pretty good?
  4. Buff with flannel cloth.
  5. Use very small amounts of wax polish after a minimum of 15 wearings.
    Question: With all of the emphasis on using minimal wax, would it be ill advised to just never polish shell?
post #34824 of 88000
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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post

other than straight from an alden source, has anyone found a good match for #8 shell for a belt? 

Check out Equus in the affiliate list, they have a burgundy belt that looks good (not shell though; bridle leather). I especially like their quick release buckle.

post #34825 of 88000
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Originally Posted by ThomSquared View Post

Santa came early for me... My new Ravello Indy's courtesy of the wonderful folks at Frans Boone...





Sorry for the crappy iphone pictures in my lightless man cave of an apartment

 

beautiful ravello plaza indies!

 

was this their first shipment (think only size 12 left) or did they already re-stock?

 

enjoy wearing

post #34826 of 88000
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

I have a couple questions on the Mac Method (perhaps I should just PM uncle). I know this has been covered before, but this thread is VERY long, and I really want to take good care of my shoes.
After wearing:
  1. Insert trees.
    Question: Alden's cordovan care guide suggests delaying putting trees in your shoes for a bit. Is there any consensus on this?
  2. Wipe with a barely damp cloth and let dry for 2 to 3 mins.
    Question: Do you use a basic spray bottle? Will an old, clean t-shirt do, or is a flannel cloth preferable?
  3. Brush vigorously with horse hair brush, keeping the brush in contact with the leather, for 5 to 6 minutes per shoe.
    Question: If you wear shell daily, this means you spend about 15 minutes each day (accounting for the other steps) caring for your shoes? I'm willing to do this, but I find it interesting because people often say shell requires less maintenance. I guess the point is that don't have to go through this trouble and shell will still look pretty good?
  4. Buff with flannel cloth.
  5. Use very small amounts of wax polish after a minimum of 15 wearings.
    Question: With all of the emphasis on using minimal wax, would it be ill advised to just never polish shell?

I lack the expertise and experience of many here but for question two, I dampen an old t-shirt and seems to work fine. For question three, I usually Mac once a week, usually in front of TV on Sunday night. Don't think you have to Mac after every wearing. I believe some here go some time between Mac'ing. Oh, btw, you should give them a brushing when you take the shoes off though. Then trees and bags.
post #34827 of 88000
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Originally Posted by lagsun View Post

I haven't seen any group shots lately so I took one of my current line up. I included lasts and sizes to show how my sizing has evolved over the years. The larger sizes fit with the use of insoles. Apologies for the iPhone pic. My son took his DSLR to school today...
img0670nk.jpg
Top (L-R)
AoC AF84 Brown Calf Wingtip Boot (Barrie - 8.5D)
J. Gilbert Cigar Indy (Trubalance - 8D)
Alden DC Cigar Captoe Boot (Grant - 9D)
Alden DC #8 Captoe Boot (Grant - 8.5D)
Bottom (L-R)
ShoeMart 2nd Snuff Suede PTB (Barrie - 8D)
Leffot Ravello LWB (Barrie - 8D)
#8 LHS (Van - 8.5D)
#8 PTB (Barrie - 8.5D)


i'm drooling

post #34828 of 88000
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Originally Posted by Dbc0919 View Post

Oh, btw, you should give them a brushing when you take the shoes off though. Then trees and bags.

You mean if you aren't going to go through the whole method, then you should at least brush them briefly before putting in trees and putting them in shoe bags?
post #34829 of 88000
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

NRO Update: I decided to order a cigar LHS from NRO earlier today, just in case they actually had it. As expected, I received a message stating that they were "at least 16 weeks from shipment." I assume it will be the same for anything marked limited edition.

Provided NRO has #8 PTBs in stock, I'm now having an internal debate about whether the ravello PTBs I recently acquired are really worth a ($710 - 0.75 * $625 =) $241.25 premium over #8 PTBs. And no, owning both is not the way I'd like to go at this time. smile.gif

As someone once posted here in response to my expressing the same thought as you, with proper care the shoes will last 20 plus years. That's like $35 per year. Certainly made it easier for me to justify the ravello LWB's. Btw- your ravello PTBs are stunning and so versatile. Considering how rare they are and how much more expensive they are likely to be when they become available again, in the long run, I bet you'll be really happy.
post #34830 of 88000
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

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Originally Posted by Dbc0919 View Post

Oh, btw, you should give them a brushing when you take the shoes off though. Then trees and bags.

You mean if you aren't going to go through the whole method, then you should at least brush them briefly before putting in trees and putting them in shoe bags?

Yes. Everytime you take them off, give them a good brushing to get any dust or dirt off them.
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