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post #38296 of 94508
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Originally Posted by ThArtOfWardrobe View Post

Anyone have the J. Crew Tobacco Plain Toe Boot? Thoughts on it?


If it helps, I have the tobacco LWB.  It looks more orange-like than anything else.  It was a great first Alden purchase, but I wish in retrospect I had gone immediately with the Ravello or even whiskey shell LWB.

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^Yes, looking online my J Crew purchase from earlier today is pending on my credit card. Means it should go through now.

On another note, I wonder that J Crew doesn't have some analytics that show them where there's an unusual spike in activity in their inventory. One might think they'd want to know if Alden sales have increased dramatically all of a sudden. Maybe they are doing something right, or maybe there's something funny going on such as this sale code that maybe shouldn't work. Of course, they may figure this out this evening, I suppose. In the meantime it seems like a lot of people here got that rare thing, Aldens on sale.
post #38298 of 94508
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post


If it helps, I have the tobacco LWB.  It looks more orange-like than anything else.  It was a great first Alden purchase, but I wish in retrospect I had gone immediately with the Ravello or even whiskey shell LWB.

Yea, but if it rains on shell or you get caught in a down pour, yur going to look like an ass because you spent 700 on a pair of shoes that can get wet. Granted I have shell boot and I woun't dare wear them when its wet out... I have the J gilbert and have been caught in the rain and no little bumps or issues.
post #38299 of 94508
That is the one of the only reasons all my aldens aren't shell.
post #38300 of 94508
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Originally Posted by fitchottie View Post

Yea, but if it rains on shell or you get caught in a down pour, yur going to look like an ass because you spent 700 on a pair of shoes that can get wet. Granted I have shell boot and I woun't dare wear them when its wet out... I have the J gilbert and have been caught in the rain and no little bumps or issues.

Every Alden fan should have at least one calf model on commando or waterloc. nod[1].gif
post #38301 of 94508
I wear all my shell in all conditions with no reservations. the only thing I pay attention to is the sole (prefer commando/dainite/crepe in wet/winter)
post #38302 of 94508
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Originally Posted by FrankCowperwood View Post

^Yes, looking online my J Crew purchase from earlier today is pending on my credit card. Means it should go through now.
On another note, I wonder that J Crew doesn't have some analytics that show them where there's an unusual spike in activity in their inventory. One might think they'd want to know if Alden sales have increased dramatically all of a sudden. Maybe they are doing something right, or maybe there's something funny going on such as this sale code that maybe shouldn't work. Of course, they may figure this out this evening, I suppose. In the meantime it seems like a lot of people here got that rare thing, Aldens on sale.

There had to be a spike earlier today, and perhaps even still. biggrin.gif
post #38303 of 94508
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Originally Posted by makewayhomer View Post

I wear all my shell in all conditions with no reservations. the only thing I pay attention to is the sole (prefer commando/dainite/crepe in wet/winter)

This is one of the first times I am hearing this... I heard most complain of bumps forming and swelling coming from issues of wet and rainy conditions....

Can more confirm this. Are there certain process that need to take place, spray etc.
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Cordovan boots are designed for all weather...

"Shell cordovan is also my material of choice for rainy day footwear. Some men worry that harsh elements will ruin their “precious” shell cordovans, but it’s important to remember that one of the material’s main advantages is its toughness. You can walk through hail, rain, sleet, or snow in these things and your feet will stay bone dry. Yes, this may cause the leather to rise a bit in some places, but you can smoothen it out by rubbing it with a deer bone (or simply the curved side of a metal spoon), and giving it a vigorous brushing. If you wish, you can also help protect the leather by applying a bit of wax polish once or twice a year (any more and shell cordovan won’t shine up well). "
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^ Leather Defender prevents most issues arising with getting shell wet.  I use it liberally and often.  In fact, I use it when cleaning my shoes as a dampening agent for my cloth in step one of the Mac Method.

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Originally Posted by thebeebs View Post

^ Leather Defender prevents most issues arising with getting shell wet.  I use it liberally and often.  In fact, I use it when cleaning my shoes as a dampening agent for my cloth in step one of the Mac Method.

This is the first time I've heard of this. Interesting...
post #38307 of 94508
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Originally Posted by fitchottie View Post

This is one of the first times I am hearing this... I heard most complain of bumps forming and swelling coming from issues of wet and rainy conditions....
Can more confirm this. Are there certain process that need to take place, spray etc.

Some of my cordovan shoes have gotten the "welts" after rain, but I've worn plenty of Alden shoes in rain without much of an issue. I don't think you can really predict it. What you can do is use Leather Defender. Kathy at Alden DC sent me a bottle with my Whiskey Indy boots. I wear them in a lot of weather conditions, no welts yet.
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Even in snow my #8 Captoes came out unscathed. Granted, I didn't go sloshing around but they definitely got wet..
post #38309 of 94508
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post


This is the first time I've heard of this. Interesting...

Having said that, I should disclose 2 things:

 

1. I live in LA, so it's not like we are exposed to the elements frequently - thought it is raining as we speak.

2. I don't wear shell when the weather calls for rain, but instead opt for calfskin.  But I do get caught in the occasional downpour, or men's room faucet backsplash, and my shoes escape without incident.

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Shell is supposed to last a generation, would be a pity if you had to baby them--good thing you don't.

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