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Anyone interested in trade? I have Whiskey NST on the Barrie in a 9D (about 10-15 wears) and I'd like to swap em for a whiskey/ravello/cigar PTB in the same size. I also have the LS Ultimate Jumper in Brown Chromex in a 9D (trubalance) with about 5 wears (pretty much new) that I'd like to swap for another Alden boot. All eyelets preferable, but Id be open to see what you got. Drop me a pm if you're interested.

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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

Alden for Thanksgiving. 

 

 

 

Kudu Indy at the airport.

 

Have a good holiday, gents.  (and good tidings to all the non US members)

 



Is that the mosaic floor at Washington National?

post #37818 of 87792
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

Came home late last night after being gone for 3 days on vacation with the family. My first pair of alden boots were waiting for me on the front porch. Thank you CHRK33.

These are ravello indys on the plaza for frans boone. I love them and YES i'm wearing them to thanksgiving dinner tonight!

700

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That's the good news, the bad ..... I can't believe I missed the color 4 shoemart boots AGAIN.

Bless you if you bought the barrie 10 ds, and please let me know if you have buyers remorse.

I have lots to be thankful for, Happy Thanksgiving.

 

those FB plaza indies look great!

 

did FB already re-stock or did you manage to pick up one of the pairs from the first run?  i am still waiting for them to re-stock a 9D but havent heard from frans...

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Chromexcel is indeed durable in terms of taking scuffs and resisting tears (under the conditions most people in this thread put it through) and one of the things I love about the leather is the way you can buff it up with little other than a horsehide brush. However, it is a soft, pliable leather and Alden uses thin cuts. Having worn and subsequently sold two pairs of Alden boots in Chromexcel after they stretched too much and lost their shape when put through several months of my daily activities (for example installing art shows, doing wiring and mechanical repair, touring as a musician, hiking) I do not think that Chromexcel leather is the best choice for hard wear. To reference to the Roy boots specifically, I will point to these photos from Superfuture user El Topo showcasing the Roys after only 7 months of wear in similar conditions to how I treat my boots with an emphasis on outdoor activity:

  

I think they look cool, but I do not think you're going to get the kind of mileage out of the Chromexcel leather that the above poster was inquiring about as he does intend for these to be his only pair of boots. Provided that the ten year suggestion is hyperbole, I would reconsider.

Though the initial depth of color is less impressive, the classic wax hide Indy has been a far better every day work horse for my needs and does darken and develop more interesting character with use.

I will provide the disclaimer that I am the type of person who likes to toss on his boots and see what happens rather than plan out specifics. I purchase most of my footwear to be accordingly flexible, both aesthetically pleasing and durable. If you are using your boots less intensely doing city walking, occasional work, and especially if you're regularly rotating them with other pairs, then I think Chromexcel is an excellent leather. It is especially perfect for moccasins, though I prefer it in thick cuts as found on Yuketens and some Quoddys.

Seven months? Those chromexcels have been through some serious neglect. Looks like a combination of water damage, improper drying, absolutely no oiling/conditioning and no shoe tree.

I have had a pair of cxl Indys for three years and put them through some hard work. Mine look nothing like those.
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Seven months? Those chromexcels have been through some serious neglect. Looks like a combination of water damage, improper drying, absolutely no oiling/conditioning and no shoe tree.
I have had a pair of cxl Indys for three years and put them through some hard work. Mine look nothing like those.

I totally agree with this post. I hate when people misinterprets the meaning of "boots looks better after beat up". I had my chromexcel boots for several years and I dont really baby them but I do clean and condition them time to time. Roy/indy boots should be handsome casual boots in my opinion, not hiking/work boots.
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Eh, to each his own. I conditioned my CXL boots when I got them but not much else since then. They have picked up several scuffs and marks which I don't feelthe need to buff out. But I'm sure with some work, ^^^^ those boots will be fine. That's the mark of a well made boot IMO opinion. Even after use and abuse they can be rehabilitated.
post #37822 of 87792
Some of these wearers would be better off with lug soled Red Wings in stiff leather if they plan on beating them up like that with apparently no maintenance. However, for most users, CXL lasts a long time when treated regularly and maintained with shoe trees
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

Came home late last night after being gone for 3 days on vacation with the family. My first pair of alden boots were waiting for me on the front porch. Thank you CHRK33.
These are ravello indys on the plaza for frans boone. I love them and YES i'm wearing them to thanksgiving dinner tonight!



That's the good news, the bad ..... I can't believe I missed the color 4 shoemart boots AGAIN.
Bless you if you bought the barrie 10 ds, and please let me know if you have buyers remorse.
I have lots to be thankful for, Happy Thanksgiving.

To me, this is when ravello looks best - a darker shade of ravello with dark edging/soles... It's a very sharp look. I sold a ravello longwing and am about to return a ravello chukka because the leather was too light and the antique soles didn't have enough of a contrast... Whiskey works better with antique edge soles, IMo
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Though I might Xpost these from the waywrn shoe n boot edition.
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I will clarify and acknowledge two things:

 

1) Cosmetic/surface issues with Chromexcel are easily remedied and even the above boots could be made to look good again. My main problem with Chromexcel is the softness and stretchiness that can lead to a lack of structural integrity and sizing problems. More people than I have reported these issues (especially concerning sizing) in the various moc threads.

 

2) I recognize that Indy boots are not specifically made for work or hiking, but it is my preference to have an every day boot that can meet the need if necessary as my activities can be unpredictable. I wouldn't wear the boots for a planned camping trip for example.

 

At least there's one thing most of us can agree on in this thread: Alden's crepe sole leaves something to be desired :)

 

Shell cordovan is a good recommendation for somebody wanting a single pair of boots as many posters have shown that it is not only a beautiful leather, but an incredibly durable one. Though I don't care for his tone, nor would I recommend going hunting in a pair of single leather soled ankle boots, Crane's extensive testing of the shell Wolverine boots is worth a look for prospective buyers.

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Would a cordovan boot with Alden leather defender hold up pretty well to normal Chicago winter use, or would it still suffer?  I was planning on going Chromexcel, but I'm not entirely sure anymore.

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I'm beginning to regret my post considering this wasn't originally a discussion on the merits of work boot leathers. For typical use calfskin, Chromexcel, or shell cordovan will be fine as long as you take care of the salt and wet due to the snow.

post #37828 of 87792
Scored a pair of Ravello PTB's!
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Originally Posted by jimney View Post

Would a cordovan boot with Alden leather defender hold up pretty well to normal Chicago winter use, or would it still suffer?  I was planning on going Chromexcel, but I'm not entirely sure anymore.

Neither will "suffer" in "normal Chicago winter use." My go to winter boot has been an Indy 405 on commando soles treated with Montana pitch blend. It works well and you won't worry as much about getting salt stains on your cordovan boots
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

Came home late last night after being gone for 3 days on vacation with the family. My first pair of alden boots were waiting for me on the front porch. Thank you CHRK33.
These are ravello indys on the plaza for frans boone. I love them and YES i'm wearing them to thanksgiving dinner tonight!



That's the good news, the bad ..... I can't believe I missed the color 4 shoemart boots AGAIN.
Bless you if you bought the barrie 10 ds, and please let me know if you have buyers remorse.
I have lots to be thankful for, Happy Thanksgiving.

These are boss.
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