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post #56026 of 87533
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So the question to the Alden folks.... between the Natty CXL and the Brown CXL, what would you vote for a casual daily shoe to be worn dark selvedge denim the majority of the time?  I already have a pair of Alden Dark Brown CXL Indy boot... so I have been thinking more about the Natty CXL.  But tifosi's pix of the Brown CXL has me rethinking that choice....

+ 1 for Natty CXL and dark denim combo.  Nothing wrong with Brown CXL plus dark denim.  But the above Natty CXL has tons of character vs. the plain brown.  IMHO the plain brown looks exactly like the description - plain.

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All the discussion around the Leydon Natty CXL and Barrie last is getting me interested in the Leydon LWB.  Can somebody post a side by side picture of the Leydon PTB or LWB vs. a Barrie in equivalent size (e.g. 8.5 Leydon vs. 8 Barrie)?  Would love to be able to to see the profile comparison of the shoes.

post #56028 of 87533
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All the discussion around the Leydon Natty CXL and Barrie last is getting me interested in the Leydon LWB.  Can somebody post a side by side picture of the Leydon PTB or LWB vs. a Barrie in equivalent size (e.g. 8.5 Leydon vs. 8 Barrie)?  Would love to be able to to see the profile comparison of the shoes.



11.5 Barrie v. 12 Leydon. Not the greatest comparison, but you get the idea.

Also, I do apologize for addressing that vid again, MrDV
post #56029 of 87533
I have both the natty CXL and brown CXL longwings. The natty CXLs are one of my most complimented and are a great casual shoe. The brown CXL can be surprisingly dressy when buffed / polished up. I find it to be a good substitute for the cigar longwing if you can't find that particular shoe. Brown CXL looks significantly better with age. So does natty CXL, but I actually think the regular brown ages a bit better. Tough choices.
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^ very nice comparison pic. I was surprised to see people posting earlier that a LWB would look weird on the Leydon last...clearly it does not, and I don't think it's as sleek as some people make it out to be. It's definitely narrower than Barrie, but it's not like it's some chisel-toe super sleek last or anything like that.
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My friend, excellent acquisition!  I've seen these in several stores this summer, each one claiming that they were made "exclusively" for them.  Wear in great health, your sweet PTBs.

That's pretty funny because I was told that these have now been added as a stocked catalog item by Alden
post #56032 of 87533
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

Epaulet brown CXL PTB
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I wanted a nice, daily shoe....but more importantly I needed something to hold me over while I'm waiting for some Pre-orders to be filled!!

Looks great. Congrats!

What do you call that extra stitch on the welt?
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My friend, excellent acquisition! I've seen these in several stores this summer, each one claiming that they were made "exclusively" for them. Wear in great health, your sweet PTBs.

That's pretty funny because I was told that these have now been added as a stocked catalog item by Alden

I've seen them both at Need Supply and Epaulet. I saw them at Need first, but my size was sold out. A quick google search and they turned up at Epaulet.
post #56034 of 87533
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

Epaulet brown CXL PTB
eby9ygev.jpg
I wanted a nice, daily shoe....but more importantly I needed something to hold me over while I'm waiting for some Pre-orders to be filled!!


My friend, excellent acquisition!  I've seen these in several stores this summer, each one claiming that they were made "exclusively" for them.  Wear in great health, your sweet PTBs.

Thank you very much. I think these will get a lot of use!
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I've seen them both at Need Supply and Epaulet. I saw them at Need first, but my size was sold out. A quick google search and they turned up at Epaulet.

and Alden SF.  In adult widths.

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11.5 Barrie v. 12 Leydon. Not the greatest comparison, but you get the idea.

Also, I do apologize for addressing that vid again, MrDV

Thanks for your help!

post #56037 of 87533
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Personally, I think they look great as is. They have an awesome patina and the small stains/spots wouldn't bother me... though I do understand the appeal of the stains and patina being your own. If they were mine, I would just use a very small amount of water and a horse hair brush and buff until your arm feels like it's about to fall off. I am never one to use too much wax, paste, or cream. Sometimes, less is more.

Quoting this since it sums up my thoughts. I know MrDV keeps his shoes looking fantastic, but I'd just go with these and own the patina.

Love the alpine grain!
post #56038 of 87533
Oh and unlined #8 PTB

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Guys - I know this is an Alden site but please allow me this one transgression as I want to share an experience that was only possible because of 2 pieces of advice I received from this forum. I am an avid ebayer and search daily for deals on Alden. However someone once mentioned that they search on 'shell cordovan'. Since receiving that advice, I have added this to my daily search. A few days ago I found a pair of Florsheim long wings with tassels for $100 shipped. There is a little tear in the leather but I showed the listing to my cobbler before pulling the trigger and he ensured me that he could take care of it. In addition to this defect the shoes just looked really crappy but I figured that about a month or so of regularly applying the 'Mac Method' could possibly clean them up. Either way, at $100 for shells, in my mind it was worth the risk. I spent 15 minutes on these shoes and this is the result



Following the MM, I wiped them down with a damp rag and began rigorous brushing. Quite honestly I could have stopped here and would have been satisfied with the result. Then I applied a little Saphir renovator and brushed rigorously. I followed this up by boning each shoe. Unlike when applying wax, I brush the first shoe before boning the second one. My understanding of the advantage of the deer bone is that it raises the natural oils from the shell and that by immediately brushing, you spread the oils much better.

I am not only stunned by the result but also by how easily it was achieved. I understand that most either love or hate tassels but I really like them. And I especially like the combination of the long wing since the shoe moves easily between dressed and less dressy.

I feel like I picked up a great pair of shoes that instantly move into my main rotation for $100. It would not have been possible without the patience and advice from members of this forum. Thanks to all.
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Beautiful shoe, Uncle.  Which do you prefer (or wear more often), the color 8 or cigar version?  Both look great!

nephew,
thank you
I prefer the king
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