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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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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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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).
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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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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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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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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

washdc@aldenshoe.com

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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?

It's actually very little wax, just many, many very thin layers and buffed with a bit of water. 

Also, no wax on the upper other than the toe cap. A bit of Reno and a ton of brushing. 

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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. 

Sure, here are the images I posted last year.

 

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+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

 

Couldnt agree more. The cap toe begs for a mirror toe. A sacrilege to post AE's here but the mirror toe can work on a plain toe as well. You just have to be careful to keep excess wax off the vamp.

 

I keep finding these images of mine used in eBay auctions for this AE model. I'm sure the buyers must be surprised when they open the box and the shoes looking nothing like this.

 

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Thanks digga
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Someone needs to do the jcrew boot with a 360 welt in ravello or cigar. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

I know some have come close (daytripper, DC's cigar on grant) but not close enough for my taste.
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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post

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)

 

Not sure how to give due props for this.  But it does bring one thing to mind...look where it got Benjamin:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUBsaCxbAaQ#t=65s

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Originally Posted by Countingsheep View Post

Someone needs to do the jcrew boot with a 360 welt in ravello or cigar. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

I know some have come close (daytripper, DC's cigar on grant) but not close enough for my taste.

This is basically what the Thor boot with Alden DC will look like if Alden confirms it. Cigar shell PCT boot with all eyelets, Barrie last, double leather sole, and I believe it will have a 360 welt.
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This is basically what the Thor boot with Alden DC will look like if Alden confirms it. Cigar shell PCT boot with all eyelets, Barrie last, double leather sole, and I believe it will have a 360 welt.

That does sound about perfect. Hope it comes to fruition. I know some folks don't care for the perforated cap but I like it. It's a nice balance between formal and casual.

Fingers crossed!
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Nothing like a new pair of Aldens.

Just got in some 405s: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)




Anyone bought from Need Supply?: http://needsupply.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=alden

They seemed to have had the best price on these, free shipping, and shipped out same day I ordered. I had them in 3 days. No sales tax either wink.gif


I've bought from Need Supply a few times and have always been happy with the results. I will agree that their prices are pretty good, especially for items that never seem to get marked down at retailers like UnionMade or Context Clothing.
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I've owned the 1494, suede chukka in tan for a few years now. I really love them. The standard 149X chukka is unlined, leydon last and has the flexwelt sole. It makes for a sleek, lightweight shoe that I find perfect for air travel. They are easy to don/doff for TSA and are super light and comfortable.

 

I was considering adding the snuff version when I came across the J. Crew makeup. It differed in that it was a Barrie last and had a crepe sole. I took a chance and ordered them. Obviously the barrie last is much less sleek but I wanted to try the crepe sole. I thought it would be more versatile for wet weather at my destination and more like a desert boot. The big surprise upon receipt is that are lined. That was a big disappointment. The unlined chukka makes it slipper-like in its comfort. The fact that it was lined wasn't a deal breaker but certainly disappointing.

 

I was on the fence and considered a return but after a week wearing them indoors I decided that I'd keep them. In the end, for a rubber soled suede chukka, there may be better options than this makeup. However, given that I was ordering online the fact that I know my sizes in Alden was a factor compared to unknown in a different make.

 

For reference, here a couple of pics to compared the two. Note the difference in length between the tan leydon (11D) and the snuff barrie (10.5). I was also surprised at the wear on that leather piece on the toe portion of the sole. I've read others here that were shocked at how quickly it wears (i.e., Roy boot). I'm not sure if it will have an impact, but it's worth mentioning.

 

 

 

 

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