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Originally Posted by Winston S. View Post

I don't think you can get just the dovetail replaced, as least not here in NYC. Prices range from $20 - $40 to replace heel lifts (rubber to JR) in NYC from my experience.
patrick_b uses an Equus dark brown belt with his #8. Not a match, but close enough for him. Personally I bought a Polo Ralph Lauren in a burgundy calf to go with mine. Think it was less than $30 on sale.
(not to seem argumentative) I think what they do is replace the rubber dove tail and the bottom layer of leather that it matches up to. Since it is sucha simple repair, I'm not too particular about which cobbler does it, or what brand materials that they use. I'm not an expert on shoe repair, I just know what they look like when I bring them in, what looks like has been done to them when I get them back, and about what it cost me. To be honest, I don't get it done very often because it takes a while to wear them down to the point of replacement. If you prefer to use plastic heel protectors and have your heels replaced completely and with more expensive materials, then I can certainly respect that. To me, the whole idea behind rubber dove tail heels is that they are cheaply and easily replaced, so you can wear them out, replace them, and not have to worry about it.

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post #55592 of 87374
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

(not to seem argumentative) I think what they do is replace the rubber dove tail and the bottom layer of leather that it matches up to. Since it is sucha simple repair, I'm not too particular about which cobbler does it, or what brand materials that they use. I'm not an expert on shoe repair, I just know what they look like when I bring them in, what looks like has been done to them when I get them back, and about what it cost me. To be honest, I don't get it done very often because it takes a while to wear them down to the point of replacement. If you prefer to use plastic heel protectors and have your heels replaced completely and with more expensive materials, then I can certainly respect that. To me, the whole idea behind rubber dove tail heels is that they are cheaply and easily replaced, so you can wear them out, replace them, and not have to worry about it.
That's right, that is the process I am referring to and in NYC it can go from $20 - $40 depending on what material you ask for. I think a rubber/leather combo, not JR, is $30, so not exactly cheap, when I can get rubber taps put on 10 times for that cost.
post #55593 of 87374
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Originally Posted by clee1982 View Post

well if he is going to do that, might as well just get onto the "Seconds" list for shoemart
I was actually pretty close to the Shoe Mart (20 minute drive) last weekend at a family gathering, but couldn't pull myself away. I think there is something to be said about seeing seconds in person.
post #55594 of 87374
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Originally Posted by stmaier View Post


I definitely would...here is an example from an older Alden-of-Carmel model






Yes! Love that makeup in a boot!
post #55595 of 87374
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Since joining this forum about a month ago I have been like a teenage girl (or boy) looking for an outfit to wear to the prom. My level of indecisiveness has been stunning. It's not just that I've returned (exchanged) two pair of shoes, its how many times I've seen shoes that I had to have on this site only to check back later and see another pair that were better than the first. The problem was that the idea of spending over $600 for a pair of shoes was not something I could easily wrap my head around. So, rather than spend $600+ on one pair, I spent $1,300 hundred on two, and I am completely at peace with my decision. In addition to a pair of color 8 shell Chucka's with commando soles from Alden of Carmel, I just got these cuties from epaulet of New York



I will continue to scour ebay for a rare deal on shell's but I am done with new shoe purchases for now (unless I can steal some LWB's in either whiskey or ravello). All of this does come with a question. My first instinct is to put plastic heel protectors on my shoes but I thought I read in this forum a few days ago that this can somehow compromise the integrity if the heel. I would appreciate the community's thoughts and advice on this issue.

Again, thanks to all. This really is a great community.


Shawn: Welcome.

But don't fool yourself...you are just getting started.biggrin.gif
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king cap toe boot
argyles otc

 

"king" cap toe...love it.

 

I continue to be amazed how you get that shine on your shoes/boots with no wax/polish, uncle.  You must have Popeye arms!

post #55597 of 87374
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Originally Posted by onehotchili View Post

All,

 

I was wondering if anyone had some good recommendations for dress belt to match my Cordovan Color #8 SWBs.  I have seen some folks going with Allen Edmonds belts and was wondering if there any other recommendations.  The belt does NOT have to be shell.... in fact, I don't mind saving a few $$$ and going with calf.  I am just trying to find a nice one that matches.  I will most likely be ordering on-line if that matters.

 

Thx!

 

I don't like to spend a lot of money on belts as I dress pretty casually so my belts are usually covered by my shirt.  But I wanted a belt to match my #8 footwear so I got the AE merlot Manistee belt.  I'm happy with how it matches up and with the quality so far.

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^  And it's on sale now at Nordstrom's.

 

Edit:  Sorry, looks like the merlot is the only color that's not on sale.

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thanks everyone for the belt suggestions.  looks like Brooks Brothers has a nice belt that should work.... Btw, I do own and LOVE a Rancourt CXL belt (in black), but it definitely seems more casual then other dress belts I have owned in the past.

 

Btw, BB doesn't have specific sizing descriptions.  Does anyone know off-hand if I should order the next size up over my dress pant size?  i.e. Order a 34" belt for a 32" pant size?  I am assuming so.... but just thought I would check...

post #55600 of 87374
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Originally Posted by Winston S. View Post


I've never had an issue with heel protectors on any of my shoes and put them on all of them. I think it's a good investment. To me it's better to replace $3 heel protectors a few times than to spend $20 - $40 to replace the heel lifts down the road when they're completely run down.
+1 on the $3 heel protectors. In my experience they save your shoes from significant wear, but then again I walk a lot.
post #55601 of 87374
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Originally Posted by Winston S. View Post

patrick_b uses an Equus dark brown belt with his #8. Not a match, but close enough for him...

 

It's actually Equus' burgundy but it's not a traditional burgundy with a lot of red. As you mentioned, it's closer to dark brown with a subtle burgundy tone and it is close enough for me.

 

 

Shown with a variety of shoes that I wear it with.

L-R:

AE Tresana in cabernet brown

Alden color 8 shell

AE burgundy shell

Alden cigar shell

 

Equus is a joy to work with and I couldn't recommend their products enough. I now have three Equus belts.

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Black Calf NST

Marcoliani Argyle OTC

EP Navy Duck Walt

 

post #55603 of 87374
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Originally Posted by stmaier View Post


I definitely would...here is an example from an older Alden-of-Carmel model





Do you know what model number that is? I'd be done to start and MTO group

Sazon you make three?
post #55604 of 87374
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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post

It's actually Equus' burgundy but it's not a traditional burgundy with a lot of red. As you mentioned, it's closer to dark brown with a subtle burgundy tone and it is close enough for me.




Shown with a variety of shoes that I wear it with.
L-R:
AE Tresana in cabernet brown
Alden color 8 shell
AE burgundy shell
Alden cigar shell

Equus is a joy to work with and I couldn't recommend their products enough. I now have three Equus belts.
patrick_b, I strongly approve of the colours your showing today. Thanks for reminding me how much improvement I need in the shine department.
post #55605 of 87374
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Originally Posted by Don L View Post

Black Calf NST
Marcoliani Argyle OTC
EP Navy Duck Walt


Great looking combo Don L.
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