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no monster commando sole but a Victory sole (adjusted to half sole); my Roy's will be my stomping boots again for the foreseeable future; Because of the new soles they feel and look a lot more sturdier (and dare I say massive); look is similar to Red Wing Beckman but without the huge toe bump. I really like the 'antique' finish. Thanks again Shoehealer!


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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

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. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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!


In the almost 3 years that I have owned these, I have never once added wax paste or any other type of polish. MacMethod plus a little Saphir renavoteur and the deer bone.
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Cognac Indy (Unionmade)
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I had a shoe manufacturer tell me recently that a solid toe shoe tree to preferable to a split toe for cordovan. I know all Alden trees are split toe. I am curious if anyone else has heard this? Furthermore which shoe trees do you guys use? I need to buy a few pairs.
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Mentioned it at my last post: Leffot
However, the run just finished so it might be another year or so before the next round is set. I'm sure Steven or Che can help with more information.

Was this the run that came out around October 2011? Or has there been a more recent one?

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Originally Posted by Roguls View Post

Fantastic. Which store?

No US 10s in any style?

United Arrows, pretty sure they only ordered up to 9.5
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Originally Posted by BootSpell View Post

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.
Good to hear man, I need to get on something like this
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I had a shoe manufacturer tell me recently that a solid toe shoe tree to preferable to a split toe for cordovan. I know all Alden trees are split toe. I am curious if anyone else has heard this? Furthermore which shoe trees do you guys use? I need to buy a few pairs.

Find solid toes work best for boots, and depending on other shoes for trees

Jos A. Bank sales have solid tress at $7 or so during the sales
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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post

alpine grain wingtips over at LS.. 

http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2013/03/08/alden-shoe-alpine-wingtip-boot-restock-lsw-lsbh/





Tempted, gonna stop by when I get home from Japan
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Originally Posted by 100 yrs View Post

wanted to give a comparison between brown and natural cxl for those that might be on the fence between the two. the brown i received today from the shoe mart, the natrual i've had sine the beginning of the year from pelle line.



I love how natural CXL ages and darkens. Yours may end up looking much closer to the brown over time if you prefer the darker color. I think they are developing a nice rich patina. IMO natural CXL has more depth than brown CXL but it takes a while to get there.

I recently picked up Oak Street's trench boot in natural CXL. It's coming along nicely but it's only been a couple of months. For reference:


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Natural CXL varies quite a bit to begin with IMO. I had those Oak Streets in house and they were much darker to begin with. Also the recent Epaulet batch almost has a lot of cool grey tones to it. Here are my Rancourt loafers after some Mac love
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j crew boots today

Great looking boots! How do you like them? I love the red laces. J Crew just confirmed yesterday that mine are on the way. As always, wear in good health.
Edited by BeSpiffington - 3/9/13 at 6:15am
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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post

glad i'm not the only one with slightly mismatched ravello toe caps cheers.gif



They're not mismatched at all, just boots with character.
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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

I had a shoe manufacturer tell me recently that a solid toe shoe tree to preferable to a split toe for cordovan. I know all Alden trees are split toe. I am curious if anyone else has heard this? Furthermore which shoe trees do you guys use? I need to buy a few pairs.


Did he/she explain the rationale?  Not sure I get why the need would be different for shell when most are lined anyway. Which manufacturer is he/she with?

 

I'm curious... confused.gif

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I think it depends on the last. Full toe good for van/lhs. Probably wouldn't be good for aberdeen tassels.
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My cobbler put a size larger tree in my shell short wings, with a split toe. He maintains that you want cedar to contact as much leather as possible and no worries about shell stretching so you can have the added pressure. The tree is large enough that the split in the toe stays together, so in that sense it does not matter if it is split toe or solid. 

 

I can get the same tree on Amazon as from my cobbler, I only bought a boot tree on Amazon it has a higher arch to fill the toe box height. Footworks cobbler does not have those boot trees, he says he will shave down a larger size tree to fill a shoe - I own sand paper too if thats what works best I will DIY. My Citishoes Aldens came with a split toe tree and it is very small compared with my other trees but it does fill the shoe and maintain pressure all a round , with the exception of the toe split area. When you get into such exacting specs I feel like I must be talking to an Audiofile - they just obsess over trivial matters since the gear cost so much.

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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post

I love how natural CXL ages and darkens. Yours may end up looking much closer to the brown over time if you prefer the darker color. I think they are developing a nice rich patina. IMO natural CXL has more depth than brown CXL but it takes a while to get there.

I recently picked up Oak Street's trench boot in natural CXL. It's coming along nicely but it's only been a couple of months.

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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

Natural CXL varies quite a bit to begin with IMO. I had those Oak Streets in house and they were much darker to begin with. Also the recent Epaulet batch almost has a lot of cool grey tones to it. Here are my Rancourt loafers after some Mac love

Nat CXL is one of my favorite leathers. Not to derail this thread, but curious to know what you guys think of these boots. How are they comfort wise compared to Alden boots?
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