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post #35416 of 91520
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Originally Posted by ElDave View Post

Has anybody in this thread purchased/worn them? I'm getting a pair as a Christmas present to my dad, but I've yet to hear any real feedback from owners.

I have a pair. What are your concerns?

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post #35417 of 91520
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Originally Posted by wigglr View Post

Thanks for your thoughts. It's jsut very hard for me to wear something like those LL Bean boots. I guess I may have to, but I really find them ugly.

when there are 8 inches of snow on the ground, and ankle high slush puddles...you're basically a fool to be walking around in anything but true winter waterproof/insulated boots. as has been said many times, any smooth sole like the classic Indy sole is useless on snow/ice. might as well be leather.

that said, there are only a handful of those days a year. last winter there was one where I actually needed my Bean boots. but you'll need to be prepared with something you're ok with in snow storms.
post #35418 of 91520

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post #35419 of 91520
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Originally Posted by meso View Post

I have a pair. What are your concerns?

Just curious about how the leather/sole holds up, and any other feedback you may have.
post #35420 of 91520
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Originally Posted by ElDave View Post

I won't argue with you for a second on that - they are very ugly. But, at a certain point, any thought of style dies and you have to go for pure function. That point is usually mid-winter, when it's dark when you leave for work, dark when you get home, and there's 12" or more of snow on the ground.

Haha oh man can't wait for those days!

So you'd recommend the Indys and that they are okay for most weather conditions with proper preventative Maintenence, yet grab ugly and cheap boots for those real bad days?
post #35421 of 91520
IMO the Indys can handle any day you throw at them without issue, particularly if you have the appropriate sole. There is no need for beaters. Indys ARE beaters. And I speak from Calgary; it hits -30 every winter where I live for weeks.
post #35422 of 91520

So I went ahead with the Indy 403 resole. The cobbler ended up stitching the right shoe's welt pretty funky, but I guess that gives it more character, right? Overall, I'm happy to give new life to my favorite boots. The only real issue so far is that the new thicker lug-soles they don't fit in my bike's toe clips anymore.

 

 

 

post #35423 of 91520
Forgive me if this has been covered before, but can products like Montana Pitch Blend be used on Kudu Leather? Or is there a more appropriate product?
post #35424 of 91520
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Originally Posted by ElDave View Post

Forgive me if this has been covered before, but can products like Montana Pitch Blend be used on Kudu Leather? Or is there a more appropriate product?

Horween recommends neatsfoot oil
post #35425 of 91520

I have two pairs of Truflare wingtips, the burgundy and alpine grain.  Awesome shoes.  They fit TTS.  The Atom used to be on the trueflare but recent makeups have been on the Barrie or the Tremont as on the Leffot pre-order list.

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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Anyone have experience with the "TruFlare" last? It appears that it would be a similar fit to Barrie/TruBalance.
I'm liking this nubuck offering from Tassels

 

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Think the Atoms on the Truflare...I love it. Went TTS (.5 size up from Barrie) and its a little loose, but I think had I gone in my Barrie size it'd be too tight.
Today Black Shell LWB:
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post #35426 of 91520

I had occasion to stop in at Anatomica in Tokyo.  I noticed this suede makeup which they call "navy blue" but the color seems to be deeper and have a touch of sea green when viewed in natural light. Modified last.

 

 

 

post #35427 of 91520
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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

I had occasion to stop in at Anatomica in Tokyo.  I noticed this suede makeup which they call "navy blue" but the color seems to be deeper and have a touch of sea green when viewed in natural light. Modified last.






So nice. What was price? $900ish?
post #35428 of 91520
FYI - I would much prefer an Alden color 8 belt (and cigar and ravello as well), but they are pretty much impossible to find in my experience. I therefore just bought one from Allen Edmonds. They are on sale and have free shipping. Mine arrived quickly and is very nice.
post #35429 of 91520
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Originally Posted by sellran View Post

FYI - I would much prefer an Alden color 8 belt (and cigar and ravello as well), but they are pretty much impossible to find in my experience. I therefore just bought one from Allen Edmonds. They are on sale and have free shipping. Mine arrived quickly and is very nice.

I'd agree.

 

I was fortunate however, I was able to get the last Alden Color 8 belt in my size about a month ago from Shoe Mart.

 

 

All the other places I tried did not have one in my size in stock, and they had no idea when Alden was cutting any more.

post #35430 of 91520
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Originally Posted by sellran View Post

FYI - I would much prefer an Alden color 8 belt (and cigar and ravello as well), but they are pretty much impossible to find in my experience. I therefore just bought one from Allen Edmonds. They are on sale and have free shipping. Mine arrived quickly and is very nice.

 

curious how the AE #8 looks in real life, got any pics you can post? I'm trying to match a belt to a couple pr of alden #8 that are definitely more on the eggplant end of the spectrum, but am finding most online vendors pics of #8 belts tend to be more burgundy

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