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Fist of all, quality photos!

Unfortunate about the imperfection, but I wouldn't say it is a deal breaker.

Wear in good health!

Thanks Bakes11771, I tried to take some reasonably good pictures.

Yeah, it is unfortunate, especially since the fit seems to be excellent, and I am otherwise smitten with them. I know it's been said before that if you are going to get into shell, you need to let go of some imperfections. I'd be curious to hear others' thoughts (thank you for yours) on whether this crosses that line in their experience.

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agreed on the commando for NE. just ordered the dark brown CXL (not CXE smile.gif) ultimate indy for LS myself.

if you really wanted, you could get the eyelets replaced for brass by B. Nelson. it's expensive and not worth it but people have done stranger things for aesthetic reasons.

resoling a commando sole isn't really a viable option. Alden will now only resole shoes with the original sole they had. further, alden's commando sole is proprietary and stitched on where most others similar are glued on. unless you want a lugged Vibram sole similar to the 404 Kudu indy, that can be done by any cobbler.

 

Thanks much for the info.  Hoping I'll get confirmation from Leather Soul they'll have them in my size!  I like the brass, but yeah, it's not a deal-breaker, and wouldn't be something I'd go way spend-happy to acquire (esp. given the initial cost of the shoe); the commando though is a must.  Here's to hoping, and thanks again smile.gif

post #43938 of 86502
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

Thanks Bakes11771, I tried to take some reasonably good pictures.

Yeah, it is unfortunate, especially since the fit seems to be excellent, and I am otherwise smitten with them. I know it's been said before that if you are going to get into shell, you need to let go of some imperfections. I'd be curious to hear others' thoughts (thank you for yours) on whether this crosses that line in their experience.

Unfortunate imperfection in the dyeing, but otherwise looks like a great pair. I don't think the mark will have a real impact on the overall look of the boots. Keep em
post #43939 of 86502
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Originally Posted by Pastor View Post

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Cigar Indy - These are my favorite casual boots


I agree...any shell indy looks great to me. I have color 8s and love them. Easily my fav boot and top Alden. Cigar looks great too.
post #43940 of 86502
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

Received some Leffot #8 Tankers this week:

I almost wish I didn't look, but while an inspection under normal indoor lighting reveals essentially no flaws, under direct sunlight the front of the left boot has a section that appears lighter (took the dye differently, I guess), and that has a dark line in the middle of this section.


A few more pics of this imperfection: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

it may be worthwhile to see if you can even this out with some reno/venetian. the cream will allow you to pick up some dye onto an applicator of your choice and you may be able to move the dye around or just wipe it off.

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Papa D: I am pretty OCD about my shell as well. As much as this may irk you today, a year from now the enjoyment you will have received from wearing this awesome boot will outweigh this little quirk by 100X.

As Uncle Mac says, they're shoes after all, not Rembrandts. smile.gif
post #43942 of 86502

+1.  They wouldn't be a deal breaker for me.  I would keep them.

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Edited by bnigut - 2/25/13 at 7:00am
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Also, others probably won't notice unless they are lying on the floor looking at your shoes, as they are typically looking at your shoes from above.

 

I realized this because I was really drawn to the antique edge trim on the Cigar LHS when I was buying them.  While wearing them, it is much less noticeable than in the TSM pics.

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Just received my new shells (PTB 4 eyelet) from LS.. More pics later.

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Originally Posted by zippyh View Post

Big hole captoes from Epaulet.

can the ravello pre order of these just go into production PLEASE
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Just received my new shells (PTB 4 eyelet) from LS.. More pics later.
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Yes please.
post #43948 of 86502
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

Received some Leffot #8 Tankers this week:


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I would keep those, that's a nice pair of boots. I have returned Aldens in the past for different reasons, your tankers are keepers.
post #43949 of 86502
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

Received some Leffot #8 Tankers this week:


A few more pics: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


I almost wish I didn't look, but while an inspection under normal indoor lighting reveals essentially no flaws, under direct sunlight the front of the left boot has a section that appears lighter (took the dye differently, I guess), and that has a dark line in the middle of this section.


A few more pics of this imperfection: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


Do they have another pair in your size to look over? If so, you have nothing to lose, provided you can assess each pair and keep the one that is best. NOTE: A straight exchange may result in the new pair being worse, while the old pair gets sold to a third party.

I assume they don't have another pair. Moving on.

If the fit is good, and you otherwise like them, I can say with some degree of certainty that you will regret sending these back (if you do) for that "imperfection."

In all seriousness, if one looks long enough at any new pair of shells, one can find at least a perceived imperfection. For starters, the hide does not take to the dye uniformly, meaning, there will never be total consistency of color thru-out the entire shoe/boot (black excluded).

As I have acquired more shell over time, I have become less and less concerned about "imperfections" like this one. My concerns have lessened partially because it happens all the time - whether Alden., AE, C&J, etc., partially because many perceived imperfections are simply due to the nature of shell, and particularly because sending them back means you may never get that model again in your size (or at least not for many months/years). I can think of numerous models I have that were literally "the last one" in my size they had.

So ............ all of this is to say, keep the boots - they look great. And, if you wish, throw some Saphir cordo cream in burgundy on that spot.

Enjoy!!
post #43950 of 86502
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

Also, others probably won't notice unless they are lying on the floor looking at your shoes, as they are typically looking at your shoes from above.

I realized this because I was really drawn to the antique edge trim on the Cigar LHS when I was buying them.  While wearing them, it is much less noticeable than in the TSM pics.

I hate when people do this. lol8[1].gif
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