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Originally Posted by BootSpell View Post

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.

 

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...

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Originally Posted by docalden2013 View Post

Alden of Carmel. Adam Knott was a good sport about dealing with my many e-mails.

Best of luck!

Thanks, will give them a holler!
post #44763 of 87421
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Originally Posted by BootSpell View Post

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 got a pair of John Varvatos lace up/zip boots a while ago that are of decent quality.
I wouldn't pay full price for them ($700) but they go on sale a lot.
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Here it is...

http://cdn.styleforum.net/8/83/83c40e5d_60526_SP3564.jpeg

 

 

Yup, those are the exact ones I was talking about. I am not a big saddle shoe guy but I would LOVE a pair of these. I really wish someone would do these agin, I think they are killer looking.

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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post

BIG WONG, I would say your good on cigar Alden's for the moment.

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I agree -- too close to your others. I like the Cigar Atom but the antique welt is not as good for me as a dark welt when wearing to work. Still hunting a brown wingtip in a non-Barrie last....

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I agree with BeSpiff...  you have the casual cigar in the LWB and Brixtons, and the more dressy medallion cap toe bal in Cigar.  The atom would be very similar in use to the LWB which I think is a better shoe (but that's just me).  The tremont last is sleeker, but not by much at all.  It still has a fairly rounded toe.  That coupled with the antique edge trim makes it much more of a casual shoe than not.  Still, that cigar atom looks really cool.  If you have the dinero to burn, go for it! icon_gu_b_slayer%5B1%5D.gif

Thanks for being the voices of reason.
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Thanks -

I've never used wax on my Indys. Just brushing. TBH, I don't buff a ton either.

I only use Venetian Shoe Cream and a brush.

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Don L: awesome shade of whiskey. How old are they and where did you buy them, if I may ask...
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Don L: awesome shade of whiskey. How old are they and where did you buy them, if I may ask...

Only about 5 months old and they are from TSM

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Only about 5 months old and they are from TSM

I picked up a whiskey LWB from their website about 2 weeks ago and it's a very similar darker shade. Probably from the same batch...very happy with them.
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Cigar Tassels - Maiden Voyage

 

Sorry for bad aperture

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Originally Posted by Todd V View Post

I agree -- too close to your others. I like the Cigar Atom but the antique welt is not as good for me as a dark welt when wearing to work. Still hunting a brown wingtip in a non-Barrie last....

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
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Originally Posted by BootSpell View Post

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
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Thanks.

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.

Nice pick-up.
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Why not get some shoes for your travel days?

 

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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...

 

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Originally Posted by zippyh View Post


I got a pair of John Varvatos lace up/zip boots a while ago that are of decent quality.
I wouldn't pay full price for them ($700) but they go on sale a lot.

 

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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post


I wear chukka boots for travel... in and out (also carry one of those small shoehorns in your carry-on luggage).

 

Thanks, guys.  You have all given me good suggestions which I will mull over.   Appreciate it.

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what about these for travel? LS had a good bit of stock of them on clearance last month

 

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