I have a pair. What are your concerns?
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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.
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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?
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.
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.
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.
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