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I'm curious how many pair of shoes everyone travels with for different length trips. My trips are usually only 2-3 days and I try to only have the dress shoes on my feet and a pair of Vibrams for working out.

i travel ~75,000 miles per year. i live in NYC but am in L.A. at least one week a month. I usually bring Nike Running Shoes, the shoes on my feet (usually a LHS when travelling) and either a boot or a wingtip brogue shoe depending on what my schedule is going to be like/meetings i'm having. usually suffices. i've never packed more than 2 pair. i almost always bring some beater C&J pembroke's... they're seriously invincible. i've gone hiking in them. not joking.

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Originally Posted by Burton View Post

Guys,
I purchased these tassels about a week ago. I got a very good deal on them and now I understand why. One of the shoes must have been in a store window and it has faded from the sunlight--see picture below. I was thinking that I could deal with this in one of two ways. First, send the shoes back to Alden and pay for them to recraft the color on the lightened shoe - no biggy. Second idea I had was to put the unfaded shoe in the sun for a while and bleach it out like the other one. My understanding from Nick Horween's blog posts and others is that this could be done in a short period of time. On the one hand, the lightened tassels would be cool and unique - I already have a pair of color 8 tassels. On the other, I haven't done anything like this before and it may be more difficult to match than it sounds. Curious as to your thoughts? Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

I don't want to hijack your question, but I have a similar situation with some RL Marlow wingtips I'm undecided on. Basically, there are pieces that are noticeably lighter than others, and I was wondering, if I use something like the dark brown Saphir Cordovan Shoe Cream, will this discrepancy improve over time? Or, is this a bad idea/assumption (should I assume the discrepancy will be that way forever when evaluating them)? I'd prefer them to be a dark brown over a medium brown, in case it influences anyone's answer.
Edited by Papa Doble - 12/16/12 at 6:48pm
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Originally Posted by ElDave View Post


I'm curious how many pair of shoes everyone travels with for different length trips. My trips are usually only 2-3 days and I try to only have the dress shoes on my feet and a pair of Vibrams for working out.

 

Depends on the length of the trip.  Usually, I wear a pair of loafers while traveling.  I pack my Vibrams for working out, one or two pair of dress shoes, and a dress/casual boot. 

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Depends on the length of the trip.  Usually, I wear a pair of loafers while traveling.  I pack my Vibrams for working out, one or two pair of dress shoes, and a dress/casual boot. 

I usually avoid packing many shoes because I'm an 11E (and let's face it, Aldens are heavy).

I agree 100% on loafers in airports though. Funny that something as insiginficant as slip-on shoes can make the traveling experience so much less stressful.
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My j.crew #8 captoe boots are scheduled to come tomorrow, and i'm seeking advise on how to "set the crease" in a vamp area. I really, really dislike excessive rippling and remember reading somewhere about using a pencil to help "guide" the formation of the initial creases so they are somewhat symmetrical. Here's a description of the method i nabbed from another forum:

 

 

 

 

 

So, has anyone used this with success? Any tips or other suggestions? TIA

 

Edit: Here's a link with more details from Tom at LS: http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/forum/showthread.php?95476-Alden-Chukka-ideal-crease-Japanese-Pen-Method

You might luck out and get them already creased. Mine arrived from J Crew that way...

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^The result of their generous return policy, I'd think.
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Artificial light can definitely fade shell, albeit at a slower pace.

Go to any Ralph Lauren store that has C&J shell on display and it'll be crazy faded in color.
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My ranger moc collection. Sometimes they're called moc toe.

Ranger Moc in loden green, van last, water lock sole
Ranger Moc in reverse chamois, van last, water lock sole
Ranger Moc in snuff suede, barrie last, plantation crepe sole
That's a nice collection. I have only one ranger moc, from the Cape Cod collection. Nothing special for this group, but I've gotten a lot of great wear out of them and they are still going.

What are the details on where you picked up each? I'll assume Loden = Union Made. The one on the Barrie seems unusual. I think Van is standard for this style, isn't it?
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Originally Posted by FrankCowperwood View Post

That's a nice collection. I have only one ranger moc, from the Cape Cod collection. Nothing special for this group, but I've gotten a lot of great wear out of them and they are still going.
What are the details on where you picked up each? I'll assume Loden = Union Made. The one on the Barrie seems unusual. I think Van is standard for this style, isn't it?

Thank you. Yes, the Loden came from Union Made, the second from Roden Gray, and the last from the Bureau Belfast. Most of the moc-toes I've seen have the van, but all the moc-toes at The Bureau have the barrie.
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Black shell Indy boots today. I'm a huge proponent of the machine stitching on the Indys, and I love these, my #8s and whiskey ones, all with that stiching. I even sent my cigar pair with hand stiching to a good home (a fellow SFer, of course) last summer, and haven't regretted it for a second.
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New #8 Tassels, inagural wearing today.

 

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New #8 Tassels, inagural wearing today.

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Nice shoes. Nice all-around combo.
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

^ were they shell?

Yes.

 

As you can see, the right shoe is still slightly lighter, but I used dark brown polish to balance them out. Sorry, I do not have any before pics.


Edited by Eleganza - 12/17/12 at 6:47am
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New #8 Tassels, inagural wearing today.

 

 

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Yes, I especially like the socks.  Where did u get them?

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