I only use Venetian Shoe Cream and a brush.
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1) I appear to be in the minority on this, but I have no issue wearing antique edging with cigar when it comes to many models (this Atom, NST, even LWB). When I owned the color 4 Atom, I viewed it as a dress shoe... The single sole and tremont last helped with that as well
2) If you want a brown wingtip, a no brainer is the Marlow wingtip
I'm looking for suggestions that are definitely not SF-approved. I pretty much wear lace-up boots all the time and they are a real pain at the security check points when travelling. So....does anyone know of good quality (preferably Goodyear-welted but Blake-stitched would be okay) lace-up boots that are good-looking, of a casual style and that are comfortable and that have a side zip (Horror of horrors!). There you have it. And I'm not really interested in Chelsea boots. Thanks.
I wear chukka boots for travel... in and out (also carry one of those small shoehorns in your carry-on luggage).
Edited by Alcibiades - 3/4/13 at 11:14am
I was surprised to see the 2145 inside also. But it has the Brooks Brothers labeling inside the shoe and on the sole. Not sure how old they are, Is it possible that early on they used the same style number for both Alden factory shoes and made for BB? I think the BB version is also built on the aberdeen last.
yes and yes
The 2145 is one of Alden's most attractive dress shoes.
That sounds like it's gonna be a tough search. The Frye Company www.thefryecompany.com has quite a few to pick from in various leathers and finishes. As for construction, they are totally model specific. They offer everything from Goodyear-welted to Blake Stitched to glue jobs. The frustrating part sometimes is figuring out which type of construction has been used. The pictures give some clue, but with the use of "fake" stitching in so many fashion first brands out there, it is not advisable to go strictly based on appearance. Most of Frye's offerings are sort of reminiscent of their western boot heritage, so they would be quite different than your AE's and Aldens. Then again, you are from El Paso, so a western boot may fit in quite well...
Thanks, guys. You have all given me good suggestions which I will mull over. Appreciate it.
Also, how casually do you think the Alden for BB #8 cap toe blucher can be worn? Since I mainly wear denim and chinos, I think I'd be better off with a cap toe blucher boot than a shoe, but I'd be curious to get some input.
Edited by Papa Doble - 3/4/13 at 11:55am
This is kind of like the Tremont - in that some go TTS; some go down 1/2 size (like with Barrie). For me (TTS 9.5D), a 9.5D in the M58 was too roomy - but a 9.5C is perfect.
Thanks. I guess the other issue is they don't seem to have many sizes of this model on the website. I guess it can't hurt to call.