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post #35011 of 86523
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post

I'm looking for a black shell shoe that can be both somewhat dressy (suits) and casual enough for khakis and a blazer.  I have narrowed it down to a PTB (9901) and a straight tip blucher (2161).  I also considered the perforated Cap Toe Bal, but I'm not sure it would be as versatile.  Any thoughts, suggestions, or other options?  Thanks in advance!

 

I have the perforated cap toe bal and in my opinion it is too dressy for khakis. 

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post #35012 of 86523
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Alden for BB wingtip on the ?!?!?!? Last
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post #35013 of 86523
So now I've heard both opinions and I don't know which to follow. I'm using #1 below, probably because it seemed easier and more logical.

#1. Remove shoes and insert shoe trees immediately.

#2. Remove shoes and wait overnight (or 24 hours) b4 inserting shoe trees.

Thoughts? And reasons why?
post #35014 of 86523
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post #35015 of 86523
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Originally Posted by BootSpell View Post

So now I've heard both opinions and I don't know which to follow. I'm using #1 below, probably because it seemed easier and more logical.
#1. Remove shoes and insert shoe trees immediately.
#2. Remove shoes and wait overnight (or 24 hours) b4 inserting shoe trees.
Thoughts? And reasons why?


Give them about an hour to let them cool off a bit, then stick the trees in.
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Whiskey LWB & EP with Argyles OTC
post #35017 of 86523
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post

I haven't purchased boots yet.  I guess i'm open to the idea.  I like J Crew's color 8 Perf cap Toe boot.  I think the NST might be too casual, but not sure.

Agreed, an NST might not have the range you want. For some reason I prefer a boot to a shoe for a black cap toe blucher, but either would suit your needs. If you're open to colors besides black, I agree that J Crew's #8 perf cap toe blucher boot could be worn formally and casually.
post #35018 of 86523
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Originally Posted by Olifter View Post

I have the perforated cap toe bal and in my opinion it is too dressy for khakis. 

I concur.
post #35019 of 86523
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Originally Posted by BootSpell View Post

So now I've heard both opinions and I don't know which to follow. I'm using #1 below, probably because it seemed easier and more logical.
#1. Remove shoes and insert shoe trees immediately.
#2. Remove shoes and wait overnight (or 24 hours) b4 inserting shoe trees.
Thoughts? And reasons why?

#1 is correct for calf.

Neither is correct for shell. As per Alden: remove shoes, wait a few minutes to allow them to cool down, then insert trees.
If I have worn my shells all day, or in particularly hot weather, I allow them a bit longer to cool down before inserting trees. The cool down period is meant to guard against unwanted stretching.
post #35020 of 86523
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Excellent collection. Anyone else want to contribute their collection?

I was browsing old posts in this thread, and it looks like a group of collection pics starts around this post if anyone's interested.
post #35021 of 86523
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Originally Posted by hkpm View Post

Too many dark-tone shell around these days, let's show some love for Whiskey.


wow and those are tightened all the way? You must have a high arch!
post #35022 of 86523
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

Agreed, an NST might not have the range you want. For some reason I prefer a boot to a shoe for a black cap toe blucher, but either would suit your needs. If you're open to colors besides black, I agree that J Crew's #8 perf cap toe blucher boot could be worn formally and casually.

 

General inquiry to all:

 

Where does NST fall in the formal to casual spectrum?

 

Formal ----> Casual

 

Balmoral's > Derby's

Cap > Adelaide > Plain > Whole-cut > Short-Wing > Long-Wing > Straps > Loafers

No brouging > brouging

post #35023 of 86523
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Originally Posted by BootSpell View Post

#1. Remove shoes and insert shoe trees immediately.
#2. Remove shoes and wait overnight (or 24 hours) b4 inserting shoe trees.
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The idea is to keep the shoe from loosing shape. Your foot has the effect of moistening and warming up the leather, it may even stretch a bit. You don't want the leather to dry and cool back in on itself in a funky way. So you cram the shoe tree in there.
You don't want to leave the tree in there all the time as it may stretch the shoe too much. But this may only be for people like myself who have a generic one size shoe tree. If you get a well made one I doubt it will stretch the shoe in a bad way that you will notice if you leave it in.
I'd guess if you sweat heavily in your boot then letting it dry is more important that shoe treeing it right away. What kind of wear are you having? Try both ways.
post #35024 of 86523
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Originally Posted by CTYGGG View Post

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Whiskey LWB & EP with Argyles OTC
I want to do sexy things to these in ways that are illegal in my state of Texas. Very nice!
post #35025 of 86523
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Originally Posted by jt2gt View Post

Getting ready for winter...so, thought I would start breaking in my foul weather LWBs on this rainy/cool fall day:

These are great. What are these?
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