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Originally Posted by DpprDr View Post

I doubt you'll get valid data that can state SC shoes lasts longer than calf (or vice versa) because you can't control the variables of general wear. I think if we compare the materials, we should be more specific (and avoid cross-sectional approaches that look at numerous pictures of shoes), then we can at least better define "stronger" and "lasts longer." I think it's been discussed that when it comes to ripping, calf does have an advantage; however, when it comes to puncture and cuts, I think shell has the upper hands. There are a number of other ways to look at it... durability with abrasions, water resistance, etc.

At the end of the day SC is a smaller hide than calf and it will cost more to make shoes out if it. In addition, the current demand is high for this material so suppliers can charge more.

I like both, I wear both, and I buy both.
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Originally Posted by coolarrow View Post

stirpot.gif a little, but kangaroo has greater tensile strength than calf. See this wikipedia entry:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kangaroo_leather

 

No comparisons to shell.  I have never held kangaroo leather, though.  There is a dude on here from Sydney who may be able to vouch.

 

A friend has a vintage pair of kangaroo shoes that still look pretty good.  They still have the original soles, though, so they haven't seen really heavy use.  The only problem I've seen with them is that the leather gets nicked and cut pretty easily.

 

I have a pair of Bont quad roller skates made from kangaroo hide and they are really tough considering how thin and light the uppers are.  They take a beating.  

 

The mad scientist in me wants to make a pair of skates from some shell shoes.  Some day...

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I for one don't buy cordovan for its intrinsic toughness but rather for its beauty. I love a good calf shoe and they shine up very nicely but I think this site is reference enough to the beauty cordovan brings.
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Originally Posted by basilios View Post

Thanks for the welcome. I had a question for you guys. I wanted to buy the alden cedar shoe trees for my boots. Would they fit properly or would they deform the toes at all?

 

I use the Alden trees in my Plaza boots with no ill-effects. You are good-to-go!

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Originally Posted by Mr. Six View Post

Yes, they have walls of seconds and more in the back of the store. Good hunting!

Thinking of going there today to get my first pair of Alden's! Sounds like they have plenty of choices for 2nds to try on? I'm an 8.5D in C&J

How are their prices for firsts? Thanks
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Originally Posted by deburn View Post

Thinking of going there today to get my first pair of Alden's! Sounds like they have plenty of choices for 2nds to try on? I'm an 8.5D in C&J

How are their prices for firsts? Thanks

Look at their website.
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Originally Posted by tampatravel View Post

I have a problem...

The #8 (King) PTBs I just bought from TSM....well, they look so great I don't think I can wear them.

I suppose I'll get over it, but does anyone else ever have this problem?

I know, I know.

But think of it this way: Wear them, enjoy them, let them develop character. Should you ever need another pair, they'll be out there for you.

That's part of the beauty of the stock King makeups.
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Originally Posted by REguy View Post

Look at their website.

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Originally Posted by deburn View Post

Thinking of going there today to get my first pair of Alden's! Sounds like they have plenty of choices for 2nds to try on? I'm an 8.5D in C&J

How are their prices for firsts? Thanks

Their prices for firsts are list. Just like pretty much everywhere else for pretty much every Alden.

Enjoy the visit. I've never had the pleasure of visiting TSM in person.
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PSA just bought a pair of Ravello tassels from Pelle Line. They have at least one other pair in size 11E.


I assume these are on the Aberdeen, correct?

Are tassels ever made on a different last? The Aberdeen (in a loafer) is just too tight for my wide toes and low instep.
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Cigar day

 

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#4 boots (I would call them cap toe, but don't mean to start any trouble)

 

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Originally Posted by Don L View Post

Cigar day

 

great summer look donl

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Originally Posted by Don L View Post

Cigar day


Nice cigars Don L. Linen slacks maybe? Looking good.
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

#4 boots (I would call them cap toe, but don't mean to start any trouble)




The very rare and very sumptuous #4's. I love those boots.
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Originally Posted by Don L View Post

Cigar day

 


Very nice DonL... I like the deep dark brown color of your cigar.  My cigar LWB is very light, not that far off from my darkish ravello LWB.  The sockless look with linen (I think?) pants is a solid summer staple.  Wear in great health my friend!

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