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Those (Alden cigar boots in brogue above) are the best looking Alden boots I have ever seen.  Where did you get them?

 

I just received two pair of Alden boots, an 11.5E Cigar Captoe with commando soul and a 12E Color#8 Captoe.  I am trying to decide which to keep, more due to fit.  The colors of the two are almost identical and I am told that the Cigars are coming in very dark.  These boots are much darker than my four other Cigar Aldens.

 

A shout out to the folks at Alden of DC.  This is the second time they sent me two pair to try for size while only charging for one pair.  I got a rare pair of Ravello Longwings and stuck with the 11.5E and they have turned out to be the most comfortable Aldens I have ever worn.  I was told the Barrie last would fit long, but I wear an 11.5e in all my other Aldens and these fit great.

 

I will try and post a few pictures tomorrow when the light is better.

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Bucho: Hope you're speaking of my Cigar WT boots above...If not, I guess I'm going to look like the buffoon.

Thank you for your compliment.

Those boots are from Epaulet (Spring/Summer 2012). They are on the Barrie last but for some reason they seem to me to look a bit more narrow and less bulky than my other Barrie last shoes.
I have only wore them 5-7 times but the variations in the cigar shell are already quite nice. I did some mac-methoding on them last night, with a touch of Venetian shoe cream and they shined so nicely.
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AoC #8 plain toe boot, Trubalance last.

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Black cap toes on a particularly dreary Seattle day



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shell on a rainy day with no Alden defender - oh the humanity!
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What's the best CXL selection in everyone's opinion?  Don't care if it's shoe or boot.  In other words, which Alden model best shows off the attributes/beauty of CXL?  And CXL or Natural CXL?

 

I know there's no single answer, just looking for opinions.  

 

In the market for a pair and not sure what to get...

 

Thanks!

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if not alden, is there another retailer that offers more of a "medium brown" shell shoe/boot? not quite as dark as cigar, not quite as reddish as ravello?

The Meermin thread that may be of interest.

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Hypothetical question of the day: In your Alden collection, between the shell colors whiskey and ravello, you are allowed 1 chukka and 1 LHS, and they cannot be the same color. That is, you are allowed either (1) a ravello chukka and a whiskey LHS OR (2) a whiskey chukka and a ravello LHS. You are allowed chukkas and LHS's in other shell colors, and you allowed other styles in ravello and whiskey. Would you choose 1 or 2?
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AoC #8 plain toe boot, Trubalance last.

Way sharp. Great combo.
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What's the best CXL selection in everyone's opinion?  Don't care if it's shoe or boot.  In other words, which Alden model best shows off the attributes/beauty of CXL?  And CXL or Natural CXL?

I know there's no single answer, just looking for opinions.  

In the market for a pair and not sure what to get...

Thanks!

Personally, I'm a huge fan of how Natural CXL develops with wear. The Indy or Plaintoe Boot in natxcl will develop beautiful color variation if well cared for. They're also generally easy to care for (bigger sections of leather w/ less broguing) than a longwing.

Haven't seen a natural cxl chukka - that could be great too.
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Personally, between the two I would favor the Shoe Mart version.  That is a leather sole, not wood, and it can be replaced.  Also, the edges can be dressed if they need to be.  Not sure where you live but suede might not be suitable for the winter.  PTB in tobacco would be more appropriate for snow and slush.  Unlined is not as warm as lined in the winter, typically thought of as a spring/summer characteristic.

 

If you can only choose one, the PTB might be a better year round selection, but I like the chukka better for a 3 season shoe.

 

If you can get 2 pairs, consider the unlined chukka from TSM and maybe an Indy, perhaps the Kudu that Phi Psi has mentioned.  (though it might not get produced right away, if at all.)

 

Good luck.

 

I'll be curious to see what advice others will offer.

 

Thanks for your reply!  I'm just concerned about wearing unlined shoes in the winter.  Do people wear these boots in the cold climate?  I also think the Goodyear soles might be a better option than the leather. 

 

What are people's thoughts on the unlined versus lined suede chukka or the tobacco PTB?  I'm so indecisive and need people's thoughts!  Thanks!

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Originally Posted by OfficeLinebacke View Post

The Meermin thread that may be of interest.

appreciate the info, I'll look into it.

 

right now, I'm digging the carmina cognac offerings that epaulet has brought in recently. will be keeping an eye out for some future offerings

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Whiskey Chukka, Ravello LHS.  Its a clear decision for me.

 

It is so very generous of you to offer, and I look forward to receiving them.  9C Please.

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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

Hypothetical question of the day: In your Alden collection, between the shell colors whiskey and ravello, you are allowed 1 chukka and 1 LHS, and they cannot be the same color. That is, you are allowed either (1) a ravello chukka and a whiskey LHS OR (2) a whiskey chukka and a ravello LHS. You are allowed chukkas and LHS's in other shell colors, and you allowed other styles in ravello and whiskey. Would you choose 1 or 2?

 

I will choose (2) a whiskey chukka and a ravello LHS

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The only reason they are in the movie is because Harrison Ford himself swore by them while he was working as a carpenter, prior to becoming a big time actor. He insisted that he wear them for the film as well. He apparently has really wide, flat feet or something, so they fit his feet well. 

 

 

 

 

The fit and look of the Indy boots is definitely not for everyone though the look has become a bit fashionable nowadays. Keep in mind, they were originally orthopedic boots. 

Thanks for the info, but I am pretty much aware of that, about Mr. Ford and his preferences. However, since the origins of that shoe were that of the orthopedic sort, that also confirms my Fred G Sanford comment as well.

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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

Hypothetical question of the day: In your Alden collection, between the shell colors whiskey and ravello, you are allowed 1 chukka and 1 LHS, and they cannot be the same color. That is, you are allowed either (1) a ravello chukka and a whiskey LHS OR (2) a whiskey chukka and a ravello LHS. You are allowed chukkas and LHS's in other shell colors, and you allowed other styles in ravello and whiskey. Would you choose 1 or 2?

nephew,
i would select (1)
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

Hypothetical question of the day: In your Alden collection, between the shell colors whiskey and ravello, you are allowed 1 chukka and 1 LHS, and they cannot be the same color. That is, you are allowed either (1) a ravello chukka and a whiskey LHS OR (2) a whiskey chukka and a ravello LHS. You are allowed chukkas and LHS's in other shell colors, and you allowed other styles in ravello and whiskey. Would you choose 1 or 2?

#2 for me.  Whiskey Chukka and Ravello LHS

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