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Weekend = Alden. Day Tripper (Leffot)
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christmas came early for me, I snagged a pair of Alden AF53 boots from theshoemarts seconds list. They arrived yesterday, very pleased. I have had mixed results with alden seconds from theshoemart and most I have returned. This pair has one tiny blemish (scratch) on one boot, very insignifant blem and not even noticable without very close inspection. Not bad for $285 off retail ($685).
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Wore AF53s myself today. Outstanding boot. Enjoy yours.
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I was initially averse to the brogueing on the J. Crew color 8 perforated cap toe boot but am trying to come around on them as I love the flat welt, closed heel, and Barrie last. Has anyone else been able to warm up to them after initially disliking that detail? Or should I just spend the extra $200 on a non-sale pair of the new LS boot or a straight cap toe boot and live with the 360 welt?
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Weekend = Alden. Day Tripper (Leffot)
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i know you're indoors, but those look straight cigar to me.
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I was initially averse to the brogueing on the J. Crew color 8 perforated cap toe boot but am trying to come around on them as I love the flat welt, closed heel, and Barrie last. Has anyone else been able to warm up to them after initially disliking that detail? Or should I just spend the extra $200 on a non-sale pair of the new LS boot or a straight cap toe boot and live with the 360 welt?

 

While I would have slightly preferred a straight tip on the J.Crew #8 boot, the brogueing doesn't bother me and I am very happy with the boots.  As I mentioned in a previous post, I too love the flat welt and close heel.  It just makes the gunboat Barrie last look so much sleeker. I got them on sale as well and the brogueing on them just gives me an excuse to purchase a straight tip #8 boot in the future!  nod[1].gif

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I was initially averse to the brogueing on the J. Crew color 8 perforated cap toe boot but am trying to come around on them as I love the flat welt, closed heel, and Barrie last. Has anyone else been able to warm up to them after initially disliking that detail? Or should I just spend the extra $200 on a non-sale pair of the new LS boot or a straight cap toe boot and live with the 360 welt?

The flat welt and closed heel on the J Crew boot are what make it for me. I wouldn't likely consider it, even on sale, if it had the standard Barrie 360 welt. I have plenty with that look. I do like a straight tip, but there's no real difference between that and a perf cap to me. I really do like those other details. They have much bigger impact on the overall look of the boot. And that's all to say, that I have a pair from the recent sale on their way to me much earlier than expected, just like a series of posters a little earlier in the thread. I really think I'll like them from what I've seen here.
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Shell rainbow! Looks great -- congratulations!
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Damn. Alden San Fran just restocked whiskey chukkas, but someone already grabbed my size. It would have been one of those odd ball, fill-in-a-hole type purchases anyway, but it's still a bummer.
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While I would have slightly preferred a straight tip on the J.Crew #8 boot, the brogueing doesn't bother me and I am very happy with the boots.  As I mentioned in a previous post, I too love the flat welt and close heel.  It just makes the gunboat Barrie last look so much sleeker. I got them on sale as well and the brogueing on them just gives me an excuse to purchase a straight tip #8 boot in the future!  nod%5B1%5D.gif

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The flat welt and closed heel on the J Crew boot are what make it for me. I wouldn't likely consider it, even on sale, if it had the standard Barrie 360 welt. I have plenty with that look. I do like a straight tip, but there's no real difference between that and a perf cap to me. I really do like those other details. They have much bigger impact on the overall look of the boot. And that's all to say, that I have a pair from the recent sale on their way to me much earlier than expected, just like a series of posters a little earlier in the thread. I really think I'll like them from what I've seen here.

All great points. Thanks guys.
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Anyone using venetian shoe cream on calf? Good results?
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Anyone using venetian shoe cream on calf? Good results?

I use it on everything, and if by good results a nice glow with some shine.... and no greasy feeling then yes.
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Anyone using venetian shoe cream on calf? Good results?

I had asked a similar question as I have now have both VSC and Reno, and Sevenfold said his experience is that VSC works well on shell but not so well on calf. He prefers Reno on calf. I have not had enough experience with both yet to give definitive feedback. But others swear by VSC for both shell and calf.
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I had asked a similar question as I have now have both VSC and Reno, and Sevenfold said his experience is that VSC works well on shell but not so well on calf. He prefers Reno on calf. I have not had enough experience with both yet to give definitive feedback. But others swear by VSC for both shell and calf.

I like reno, but recently realized that it is mink-based (it says it right on the jar).  Long term, mink isn't great for leather.  Is VSC also mink-based?  If not, I'll switch it up.  

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I had asked a similar question as I have now have both VSC and Reno, and Sevenfold said his experience is that VSC works well on shell but not so well on calf. He prefers Reno on calf. I have not had enough experience with both yet to give definitive feedback. But others swear by VSC for both shell and calf.

I have found that Reno, or even a neutral shoe cream - such as from Alden - produces better results on calf than VSC. VSC doesn't infuse much moisture, but for some guys that may not be what they want anyhow. For overall conditioning on calf, my experience has been that Reno easily outperforms VSC.

I still use VSC from time to time, but only on shell.

Find a product that works for you, and then go with it ...............
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