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I had to sell my old ravello longwings because the natural or light edge trim blended into the shoe too much for my taste. I like that effect with whiskey, less so with ravello.

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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post


I was surprised to see the dark edge trim (brown, not black) when my Alden DC ravello LWB showed up at my home.  I felt the same way at first and quickly changed my mind.  Couldn't be happier with the darker edge.  It's dressier and much more versatile, imho.  I thanked God as well... nod%5B1%5D.gif

Good points are made.

I like both and have both on different ravellos models. If my arm was twisted, and had to pick just one, I think I'd go dark.
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

I had to sell my old ravello longwings because the natural or light edge trim blended into the shoe too much for my taste. I like that effect with whiskey, less so with ravello.

Antique/lighter edging is easily converted to dark edging - either on your own, or by a competent cobbler. Going from darker to ligher is more tricky, but still possible as well.
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Apologies if i misinformed anyone. My ravello lwb is from alden sf (as is my ravello ptb from alden sf) and both have dark edging. Apparently they have changed their makeups
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Question:  Do you feel that having a Black Shell shoe or boot is necessary if one has #8 in the stable?

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^ aaaand you're asking that in a room full of enablers...?
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Originally Posted by Don L View Post

Question:  Do you feel that having a Black Shell shoe or boot is necessary if one has #8 in the stable?

Honestly, I really covet the black shell cap toes from BB. I have no idea why-I am not sure anyone needs black shell. For some reason, for me, they are like the average looking girl you can't stop staring at. (Yes. I am thinking of getting help.)
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Question:  Do you feel that having a Black Shell shoe or boot is necessary if one has #8 in the stable?

Necessary, no. But, sometimes I like the look of a black shell PTB with denim. The biggest problem is that once you have a black, calfskin shoe that is as boring as can be and only mildly comfortable, you'll wish it were shell. satisfied.gif
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Originally Posted by Todd V View Post

Necessary, no. But, sometimes I like the look of a black shell PTB with denim. The biggest problem is that once you have a black, calfskin shoe that is as boring as can be and only mildly comfortable, you'll wish it were shell. satisfied.gif

i feel like black is the one color where i might slightly prefer the calf version, even though i own a pair of black captoe shell boots
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Originally Posted by Burton View Post

Honestly, I really covet the black shell cap toes from BB. I have no idea why-I am not sure anyone needs black shell. For some reason, for me, they are like the average looking girl you can't stop staring at. (Yes. I am thinking of getting help.)

I have them. They are great.
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whiskey indy
argyles otc

These may be the best you've posted. Awesome.
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I'm considering these... The only issue is that I have little experience with the leydon... I wear 10E in the narrower lasts, I think I may have to size up to 10.5D in Leydon (no E sizes are available)... Any guys with wider feet have experience with this last in non-suede shoes?

http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2012/11/12/alden-shoe-the-ls8-pack-lsw/#comments
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Originally Posted by Don L View Post

Question:  Do you feel that having a Black Shell shoe or boot is necessary if one has #8 in the stable?

Yes. And any of these will suit you fine:

LWB
shortwing balmoral
PTB
captoe balmoral
captoe blucher
monochromatic saddle balmoral
Chukka Boot
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whiskey indy

With the whiskey indy being posted I wanted to chime in and add that I agree that these whiskey indys are fantastic, but also add that they show why the machine stitched toe on the shell indy is superior to the hand stitched toe.

The machine stitching allows the shell the rolling effect that shell has when it is stepped in, which is something I think we all appreciate.

The hand stitched toes on the shell indy boot don't look nearly as good when creased as I think the photo below shows:

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Originally Posted by johnnyrich7 View Post

With the whiskey indy being posted I wanted to chime in and add that I agree that these whiskey indys are fantastic, but also add that they show why the machine stitched toe on the shell indy is superior to the hand stitched toe.
The machine stitching allows the shell the rolling effect that shell has when it is stepped in, which is something I think we all appreciate.
The hand stitched toes on the shell indy boot don't look nearly as good when creased as I think the photo below shows:

Different strokes. I would personally only want a hand stitched toe.

I'd also note that those Indys you posted are more creased than most shell Indys I've seen.
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