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post #35026 of 87464
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Originally Posted by MarioImpemba View Post

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

Hmm, there are exceptions, but I'd break it up this way in general:

balmoral shoe > balmoral boot > double monk strap > blucher shoe > blucher boot > single monk strap > loafer

The shoes to boots formality is for the same style. For example, though shoes are more formal than boots in general, a no brogue cap toe blucher boot is more formal than a long wing. There might also be some single monks that are more formal than bluchers, and some bluchers that are more formal than some double monks, but I think the trend is as above.

Anyway, specially for bluchers (shoes and boots), I'd say (bicycle toe not considered):

no brogue cap toe > perf cap toe & plain toe > half brogue cap toe > split toe / NST > long wing & full brogue / short wing

I'd like to hear other comments though.

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post #35027 of 87464
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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:
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Originally Posted by warrenjl1 View Post

These are great. What are these?

Thanks....LWBs in Tobacco Chamois w/commando sole. Here is a link:

http://leffot.com/shop/alden-tobacco-chamois-longwing-pre-order-copy/

Really loving these. Take a beating and show very little wear.

JT
post #35028 of 87464
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Originally Posted by jt2gt View Post

Thanks....LWBs in Tobacco Chamois w/commando sole. Here is a link:
http://leffot.com/shop/alden-tobacco-chamois-longwing-pre-order-copy/
Really loving these. Take a beating and show very little wear.
JT

Bummer. Looks like they don't order E widths.
post #35029 of 87464
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

Hmm, there are exceptions, but I'd break it up this way in general:
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balmoral shoe > balmoral boot > double monk strap > blucher shoe > blucher boot > single monk strap > loafer
The shoes to boots formality is for the same style. For example, though shoes are more formal than boots in general, a no brogue cap toe blucher boot is more formal than a long wing. There might also be some single monks that are more formal than bluchers, and some bluchers that are more formal than some double monks, but I think the trend is as above.
Anyway, specially for bluchers (shoes and boots), I'd say (bicycle toe not considered):
no brogue cap toe > perf cap toe & plain toe > half brogue cap toe > split toe / NST > long wing & full brogue / short wing
I'd like to hear other comments though.

 

Appreciate the input. Damn, NST's are more casual than I thought, but it makes sense.

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

(bicycle toe not considered)

 

I thought those died out in the 90's :)

post #35030 of 87464
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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?

Immediately after. Get ventilated shoe trees if you are really concerned about moisture.
post #35031 of 87464
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Originally Posted by MarioImpemba View Post

Appreciate the input. Damn, NST's are more casual than I thought, but it makes sense.

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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

(bicycle toe not considered)

I thought those died out in the 90's smile.gif

Keep in mind that I'm a noob -- I don't own NSTs, for example, but hope to soon -- so I'd love to hear other opinions.

Also, I didn't consider bicycle toes because they are uncommon and also disgusting IMO.
post #35032 of 87464
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Originally Posted by i10casual View Post

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.

 

This is the right approach to thinking about shoe trees. The wood in the shoe trees do not absorb that much moisture -- some higher-end shoe trees are even lacquered. Their main purpose is to keep the shoe's shape. And you want to do this while the leather is still warm from wearing.

 

In practice, you should be rotating your shoes in such a way that the moisture would have had plenty of time to evaporate anyway. So the effect of leaving the shoe to dry for some time before putting in the shoe trees is negligible.

post #35033 of 87464
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Originally Posted by hkpm View Post

Lovely tassels icon_gu_b_slayer%5B1%5D.gif

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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Your posts are very valuable as they show off the dressier uses of Alden shoes

Thank you both. I have been wearing Aldens for many years. To me, they are more for dress than for casual wear, esp in the darker colors. I would admit that the tassels have always been my favorite model...
post #35034 of 87464
Today Color 8 LHS, Alden for BB:

post #35035 of 87464
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

Quoted for posterity. Thank you for the information
Alden for Brooks Brothers wingtip last is m75
Alden for Brooks Brothers plain toe blucher ptb last is m58

Nice wingtips--bought them in black a few months ago. The seamless back was the selling point for me.
Bought them in same size as my Aberdeen lasted shoes (no Plaza shoes, yet)--fit slightly bigger all over, but not enough to warrant sizing differently I don't believe.
post #35036 of 87464
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Originally Posted by Profligate47 View Post

Today Color 8 LHS, Alden for BB:

Nice. Wearing those (the shoes) today as well.
post #35037 of 87464
Sorry for a boring sizing question, but do most tend to wear the same size in LHS (van) as they do in Barrie? I know for LHS, some go down a size in width from Barrie.
post #35038 of 87464
Sad, when the city needs to put this on busy cross walks so people texting (or taking pictures of their #4 Atoms) don't get hit by cars...
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Safer shot:
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post #35039 of 87464
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

Sorry for a boring sizing question, but do most tend to wear the same size in LHS (van) as they do in Barrie? I know for LHS, some go down a size in width from Barrie.

Barrie 9D
Van 9C
post #35040 of 87464
Been reading this thread a while and am on the verge of making a purchase, but can't decide what shoe to get. I was hoping for some recommendations based on what I own already.

Currently have black AE Park Avenues, brown Tricker's shortwings with Dainite soles and black C&J for BB monks.

Want to get a pair that will go well in a stricter business casual office (generally dark wool pants, standard shirts and occasional sport coats) as well as casual attire (jeans). Was initially leaning toward a brown pair of bluchers (specifically ravello PTBs) but now reconsidering. Open to black or brown, shoes or boots - just not looking for any split toe/NST or anything that will be too redundant with what I have given the small collection.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
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