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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post

 

My color 8 boots after a shine session last fall. Poured on the contrast in post just for the El Argentino school of image editing biggrin.gif.

 

I am a fan of nicely saturated, heavy contrast images. It certainly has its place. Note, my attempt at mirror polishing the cap toe didn't last that long. I wanted to be able to dress them down. So after all that work, I applied a bit of renovateur and brushed them out. It removed just enough wax to reduce the mirror effect but still look sharp (IMO).

 

 

From your other posts I feel like we have similarly "widish" feet, mine are just a size or two smaller.

 

Did you size up a half size from 1000 mile to the J crew cap toe boot?  Do you wear an E width in anything?  Just trying to decide if I should give these boots a shot even though they don't sell them in an E.

post #45692 of 98842
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Originally Posted by Al in Philly View Post

Then you must be as pissed at your landlords as I am :)

 

I'm sort used to it now. 

post #45693 of 98842
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Originally Posted by digga View Post

From your other posts I feel like we have similarly "widish" feet, mine are just a size or two smaller.

Did you size up a half size from 1000 mile to the J crew cap toe boot?  Do you wear an E width in anything?  Just trying to decide if I should give these boots a shot even though they don't sell them in an E.

I measure 11D but am slightly wide and slightly high volume/instep. I take a 10.5d in the 1K and most Barrie last shoes, but I had to go 11D in these cap toe boots. I've never gone up to an E but don't buy real narrow shoes either. For instance, AE's #5 last is long and narrow but I can get away with a D if they are bluchers.
post #45694 of 98842

 

This is all the shell I have for now. Still looking. 

I never polished the Cigar caps which have a mild differentiation in color. Lets say I do and try to even the vamp color. Will I be able to apply reno to remove the wax and have it looks as before, or does polish permanently darken shell? 

Thank you 

post #45695 of 98842
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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

I wear my #8 Barrie wing tip boots all the time with jeans and don't think it looks out of place at all

Ditto.  Same with black.  I think it just depends on one's comfort and preference as I wouldn't feel comfortable wearing a white saddle shoe, but have seen lots of gents (especially in Atlanta) pulling it off superbly.  

post #45696 of 98842
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Originally Posted by ThArtOfWardrobe View Post

I was in Alden DC last week and was looking at the unlined suede plaintoe bluchers on flex. I tried on the snuff and Kathy told me that color would lighten over time. She showed me a pair of insane snuff loafers she's had for several years that have faded to almost a tan. They were scuffed and banged up and were super rad. She wasn't sure if the dark brown would lighten too. Anyone have a pair and can comment?

Ideally there would be a medium brown color, which I'm guessing is the purpose of snuff, but I'm unsure if it's too orange for me. Wondering if anyone's had similar thoughts before getting the snuff and if you've warmed up to them after a while?

I was there last Saturday and fell in love with that shoe, which Joe is having made in my size.  They also had this beautiful unlined black and #8 cordo ptb that is perfect for summer. 

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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

Nothing like a new pair of Aldens.

 

Just got in some 405s:

 

 

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Nice Socks!
post #45698 of 98842
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Originally Posted by Al in Philly View Post

Grant last color 8 cap toe boots.  Fresh after the Mac Method.  Most definitely used SnapSeed for the edits.

 

 

 

+2 for coming up through the first eyelets

post #45699 of 98842
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Originally Posted by Dr. D View Post

I think I have a new favorite - unlined PTBs from Alden DC




They are comfortable right out of the box and look so sleek - here is how they look next to a double leather soled LWB:

 

 

Wow I want those LWB with natural sole. Very nice.

post #45700 of 98842
I ordered some indy boots from The Shoe Mart. Sadly it seems Cigar Shell is no more, which is what I really want. I decided to try the #8 Shell and the dark brown Chromexel, with the intention of returning one.

The Chromexel is extremely supple and soft and extremely comfortable right out of the box. The shell is extremely stiff by comparison.

Will the shell ever be as soft as the chromexel? For those of you who have had your shell boots for a long time, did they start very stiff? Did they soften up?

I'm still in the air over a color 8 boot. Seems...odd. I'm not sure how well it will dress down with my weekend/afternoon attire. I really would have preferred Cigar.

Also, the shell boots have lace holes all the way up while the chromexel has hooks. The hooks make it way easier to lace up and to take on or off. What are your opinions on the hooks vs holes?

I appreciate your feedback.
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I have #8 indys, they definitely softened up after a handful of wears. left foot even more so than the right, I assume from the clutch ..

 

mine have speedhooks, but regardless of hooks/eyelets, you could just wrap around your ankle instead (I normally do this with my 403s)

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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post

 

My color 8 boots after a shine session last fall. Poured on the contrast in post just for the El Argentino school of image editing biggrin.gif.

 

I am a fan of nicely saturated, heavy contrast images. It certainly has its place. Note, my attempt at mirror polishing the cap toe didn't last that long. I wanted to be able to dress them down. So after all that work, I applied a bit of renovateur and brushed them out. It removed just enough wax to reduce the mirror effect but still look sharp (IMO).

 

 

 

 

 

 

That is quite a job. Do you have the original photo without the contrast adjustment? I don't believe I have seen too many shines like this. 

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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post

My color 8 boots after a shine session last fall. Poured on the contrast in post just for the El Argentino school of image editing biggrin.gif .

I am a fan of nicely saturated, heavy contrast images. It certainly has its place. Note, my attempt at mirror polishing the cap toe didn't last that long. I wanted to be able to dress them down. So after all that work, I applied a bit of renovateur and brushed them out. It removed just enough wax to reduce the mirror effect but still look sharp (IMO).
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)







High contrast is teh business right there. Props on your mirror shine - I've not yet seen that "risked" on shell before. Most cordo fans would abhor putting that much wax on, but the shine and slight bullying is a great touch. Mind sharing your application method with us?
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Seems like kathy of Alden DC is whom most of the forumer approach for a realistic chance of placing a pre order on whiskey or cigar shell. Appreciate if someone could share with me email of kathy as I am staying in a very different time zone so uts hard for me to give her a call. Tks
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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post

High contrast is teh business right there. Props on your mirror shine - I've not yet seen that "risked" on shell before. Most cordo fans would abhor putting that much wax on, but the shine and slight bullying is a great touch. Mind sharing your application method with us?

+1

Doubt it would work so well on any thing but a brouged cap toe. The style of boot and the shine go together here beautifully. Each is kind of a "showcase" for the other. Well done sir
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