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Originally Posted by turkey_sandwich View Post

Commando sole is over-rated. Just topy if you're that worried. I like to simply add toe taps. Leather soles, when broken in, give great traction.

I am hoping to be able to use the shoes in Chicago winter without ruining them with salt/wiping out. Will a commando not enable me to do so?

I completely disagree. The low-profile stitched in commando sole that Alden does is great looking and super functional for climate that need it. I find it to look way more polished/finished than a topy.

post #45152 of 99036
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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

I completely disagree. The low-profile stitched in commando sole that Alden does is great looking and super functional for climate that need it. I find it to look way more polished/finished than a topy.

Yeah, I have to say I'm a really big fan of Alden's commando sole given it's relatively low profile
post #45153 of 99036
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Yeah, I have to say I'm a really big fan of Alden's commando sole given it's relatively low profile

Add me to Commando sole team as well smile.gif I like it on my Indys it but pre-ordered Color 8 captoe Plaza boots from LS and don't they they will have Commando sole.
post #45154 of 99036
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I am hoping to be able to use the shoes in Chicago winter without ruining them with salt/wiping out. Will a commando not enable me to do so?

I think for your purposes what you really need is SF Member Burton's "Monster Truck Sole"

 

He swears by them for getting around in the winter conditions in Chicago.

 

I'd hate for you to get stuck in a snow drift because of your insufficient commando soles.

 

 

I think he's crushed a few cars with them too!

post #45155 of 99036

Agree on the value of the Commando.  Today is a perfect example of why I love it here in New England

 

 

and back at the office

 

post #45156 of 99036
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Yeah, I have to say I'm a really big fan of Alden's commando sole given it's relatively low profile

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The commando is great for boots.
post #45157 of 99036
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Originally Posted by Gcbrown3 View Post

PSA:

 

Hate to bring up non-Alden items, but

The Wolverine 744 Ltd. 

Horween Cordovan (Beautiful Color) almost a #4

Currently listed in many sizes 30% of regular $750 price

These are not seconds

I think they are $530-$550

 

I got the 721 last year and the shell was beautiful and since Allen Edmonds makes Wolverine's Shell Offerings, they are made beautifully. With the way that shell is being bought up by the Chinese ( as explained to me by Alden, you probably won't get a first quality boot at this price again)

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wolverine-1000-Mile-Shell-Cordovan-744-Ltd-Boots-Free-Shipping-/160938905410?pt=US_Men_s_Shoes&var=&hash=item2578b4cf42

 

 

Great boot, great color, pics included to show changes to sole I made....

 

 

 

post #45158 of 99036
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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post



Yes sir, Momotaro 702s today. FWIW, for all my edits texture wise, I try to keep colors generally true to life. I'll brighten/darken, play with contrast, but don't shift the color spectrum.

I just like playing with snapseed, and find it incredibly fun when compared to other apps like instagram, etc.

BootSpell - re: distressing. I find that on this pair (both when I received them from another user on the B/S and subsequently), the edgetrim gets a bit hammered. I kind of like it though given I wear the boot more casually. A bit more character...

 

I'm with you on this.  For my casual/work-type boots, it definitely adds character and a "lived-in" look.  I bought a bunch of edge dressing from AE when they had it on sale recently and I haven't ever used any of it yet.  But I probably will for my dressier boots.

post #45159 of 99036
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Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post

 

I think this is spot on.  The hardness of the rubber toplift on AE's general shoe offerings is much harder and makes a much more distinctive "clacking" sound when it hits the floor.  The dovetail heels have a softer rubber insert. 

 

This all makes sense.  My AE walnut (calf) Strands are the loudest.  Next comes the AE shell Daltons.  Then quieter are the Alden boots with dovetail heels.  

post #45160 of 99036

I just realized that I haven't bought any footwear for three months!  Although I did put a deposit down on an MTO recently.  This is the longest dry spell for I think a couple of years.  The itch is returning stronger than ever.  But I'm a much pickier and discerning shopper now.

post #45161 of 99036
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Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post

I think this is spot on.  The hardness of the rubber toplift on AE's general shoe offerings is much harder and makes a much more distinctive "clacking" sound when it hits the floor.  The dovetail heels have a softer rubber insert. 
I noticed that AE is actually using a different rubber toplift now, at least this is the case with my Patriots. Not sure if you have noticed the same.
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Originally Posted by DpprDr View Post

The top is rubber but I think the heel stack should be leather. It is interesting because it could be material or construction that's the reason.

That's correct. that the heel stack is leather and the toplift is rubber.
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Originally Posted by BootSpell View Post

This all makes sense. My AE walnut (calf) Strands are the loudest. Next comes the AE shell Daltons. Then quieter are the Alden boots with dovetail heels.

It may be the heel stack that is the issue then. AE can't be faulted for the toplift on your Daltons since they are JRs.
post #45162 of 99036
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Originally Posted by turkey_sandwich View Post

Commando sole is over-rated. Just topy if you're that worried. I like to simply add toe taps. Leather soles, when broken in, give great traction.

I am hoping to be able to use the shoes in Chicago winter without ruining them with salt/wiping out. Will a commando not enable me to do so?

This is just silly. There is absolutely no comparison in the amount of traction given by well broken-in leather soles (with or without taps) and a shoe or boot with a lugged rubber sole.
post #45163 of 99036
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Originally Posted by Michigan Planner View Post


This is just silly. There is absolutely no comparison in the amount of traction given by well broken-in leather soles (with or without taps) and a shoe or boot with a lugged rubber sole.


...by which you mean rubber has much better traction?

post #45164 of 99036

Black shell LWB today
post #45165 of 99036
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Originally Posted by Michigan Planner View Post


This is just silly. There is absolutely no comparison in the amount of traction given by well broken-in leather soles (with or without taps) and a shoe or boot with a lugged rubber sole.

I agree with traction comment. The thing I don't like about leather soles is the rain/moisture factor. When I put my shoes on in the morning I don't really want to consider the days weather forecast, I just want to wear what works with the clothes that I intend to wear.

 

With commando, dainite, neocork, or other rubber rain is not a consideration.

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