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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.
I have a 10.5D LS Ultimate Jumper, brown CXL, new in box which I'm open for a trade. Otherwise, its going on B&S.
after having the pair sitting in the box for the last couple of weeks (been a bit busy at work, just wore them a couple of minutes to check the correct size), I finally found the time to show them som love and give them an 'initial treatment' to prepare them for their maiden voyage tomorrow - can't wait .
And in case someone wonders... that's a pair of Indy Boots in the background waiting for their treatment .
Have a great weekend!
Lets see some pics in natural light! Those look amazing.
In other news, was at Sid Mashburn today and they have either light ravello or dark whiskey shell ptbs on the Barrie in the DOVER pattern, which I prefer. Double leather sole
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.
Thanks for everyone's feedback on this...
And to be honest, I am not being hyperbolic in exepecting my boots to last 10 years -- especially at $500 a pop! The Chippewas that I am replacing cost me $65 on sale, and I have worn them 3 or 4 days a week for 10 years. Reheeled them once, and only now is the leather beginning to split. So, yes, I expect Aldens to last many years. After all, they are advertised as "lifetime boots."
Anyway, lots for me to think about.. I am also looking at Whites Semi-Dress and Viberg's 1940s boot. I don't mind paying for a quality boot -- but I really WANT a quality boot if I pay.
Here are a fine pair of smokejumpers (photo and boots belong to Nicholas @ Hollows Leathers).
Japanese maker Moto also uses a thicker cut of CXL, and I think these before / after pics show that it holds up better.
Same story for Japanese maker White Kloud.
Perhaps the same applies to Viberg.