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Whiskey shell chukkas today

Outstanding - I didn't submit a top 3, but these would likely be in mine

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Only you can determine how important it is - other posters have bought fewer Alden shoes because of these issues. I obviously like Alden a lot, but quality control / consistency from pair to pair is not the company's strong suit


Well the comments from both you and Burton seem to indicate that it comes with the territory. I was not aware of the quality control issues but I am otherwise really excited about starting a shell collection.

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I know this has been gone over a bunch of times, but I can't seem to find them on the thread. What are the rubbers that have the felt or fleece lining in them. I got my first pair(s) of shells this past year and need a new pair of outers. Thanks in advance.
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Outstanding - I didn't submit a top 3, but these would likely be in mine

Thanks, I didn't submit a top 3 either. But if I could keep just 3, the list would be as follows:

1. #8 Indy boots
2. Ravello LWB
3. #8 NST loafer on the Grant (super comfortable for me)

I'd really miss the rest of the truckload of Aldens I own if I had to boil it down to only those few. But my lady wouldn't miss them taking up all the space in the house. Ha.
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I think it is more of matter of how the bend at the end of the vamp interacts with the rest of the front of shoe - the structure lends itself to more pronounced creasing when the shoes are made of cordovan. It also has to do with the characteristics of whatever piece of cordovan leather they use for the shoe. This is of course less of an issue with calf, suede or chromexcel. I don't think sizing is that much of an issue - my whiskey chukkas are 10D and my cigar are 9.5E, both have creasing.
The creasing (when the shoes are maintained with Mac method) tend to create more attention grabbing variations of shine, which makes them look attractive to a lot of wearers and onlookers. Others can't stand them. It's personal preference

Well said.
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I know this has been gone over a bunch of times, but I can't seem to find them on the thread. What are the rubbers that have the felt or fleece lining in them. I got my first pair(s) of shells this past year and need a new pair of outers. Thanks in advance.

http://swims.com/

http://www.tingleyrubber.com/product/dress-rubber-overshoes.html
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Originally Posted by jkater1 View Post

I know this has been gone over a bunch of times, but I can't seem to find them on the thread. What are the rubbers that have the felt or fleece lining in them. I got my first pair(s) of shells this past year and need a new pair of outers. Thanks in advance.

SWIMS
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Originally Posted by Winston S. View Post


SWIMS

When I wear mine, the felt from the inside sheds and sticks to the thread of the stitching.  Does that happen to anyone else?

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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

 I didn't submit a top 3, but these would likely be in mine:

 

1. Color 8 PTB

2. Ravello LWB

3. Natural Indy Chromexcel (low)

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I have an identical pair (well the colors of my right and left are a few shades different) and they have become my favorites! Great picture.
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got my size 9 color 8 PCT boots from Jcrew to replace the 8.5s
as for width they feel good but length feels/looks a little long but it's probably just in my head cause when I first opened the box I was like these look huge! I will wear around the house a couple times to see how I feel in a couple days.

 

I'm doing the same thing and expecting the larger size today. All of my shells have been shoes up until this point and fit fairly snug, so I figured I'd try a larger size in the boot to have the option of wearing thicker socks. I think someone posted a comment about shell warming up throughout the day which accommodates the initial tight feel. I agree with that and prefer the secure feel of a snug fit. I don't care for my feet sloshing around in the toe box...fingers crossed on the new size.

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Cigar Ptb
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Cigar Ptb

nice.......from Frans? I'm wearing mine today. Are yours on the darker end of the cigar spectrum?

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if this is inappropriate for this thread let me know and I'll delete it but I just put up a pair of lightly used 9.5 Cigar NST's on the B&S.
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nice.......from Frans? I'm wearing mine today. Are yours on the darker end of the cigar spectrum?

Yes and it is on the lighter side:)
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1. Shell creases differently than calf creases. With shell the hairline creasing is absent. A shell shoe with literally no creasing = an unworn shell shoe.

2. Beef rolls can be indicative of poor sizing (length or width, or both), but obviously not always.

3. I personally have never met (or spoken to, or corresponded with) a shell shoe wearer who is anti-creasing.

4. One with a trained eye can differentiate between shell and calf quite easily. But admittedly those with a trained eye in this regard are few and far between.

5. A Merry Christmas to one and all.
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