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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

I may use the Indys as my daily boots instead of spending another $488 on a pair of CXL Indys. The #8 are on commando and with a little waterproofing should be some awesome daily boots IMHO.
tifosi, this is kind of exactly how I was trying to rationalize the price, read investment, of the TSM #8 Indy's. I've already got the Crew pct's and the Leffot #8 Naval boots, both really nice, but I wouldn't use either one for just running out the door. You know, shovel a little snow, go grocery shopping, pick up the kids, walk the dog, and other vicariously idiotic treadmill activities one is called upon to do throughout the day.

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post #60497 of 87923
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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post

tifosi, this is kind of exactly how I was trying to rationalize the price, read investment, of the TSM #8 Indy's. I've already got the Crew pct's and the Leffot #8 Naval boots, both really nice, but I wouldn't use either one for just running out the door. You know, shovel a little snow, go grocery shopping, pick up the kids, walk the dog, and other vicariously idiotic treadmill activities one is called upon to do throughout the day.
I agree, Be. Writing that response to your post basically made up my mind, actually. I don't see any reason to spend the extra $$ on a CXL Indy when I have a shell Indy. Some Alden defender (or similar) and something to protect the welt/sole edge and I think I'll be good to go.
post #60498 of 87923
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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post

tifosi, this is kind of exactly how I was trying to rationalize the price, read investment, of the TSM #8 Indy's. I've already got the Crew pct's and the Leffot #8 Naval boots, both really nice, but I wouldn't use either one for just running out the door. You know, shovel a little snow, go grocery shopping, pick up the kids, walk the dog, and other vicariously idiotic treadmill activities one is called upon to do throughout the day.

All your color 8 Indy boots would need over time would be brushing and maybe some Venetian Shoe Cream and Leather Defender occasionally. I've thought about a "beater" cordovan boot like that for a while. I may actually move my Color 8 tankers to this type of duty....
post #60499 of 87923
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

All your color 8 Indy boots would need over time would be brushing and maybe some Venetian Shoe Cream and Leather Defender occasionally. I've thought about a "beater" cordovan boot like that for a while. I may actually move my Color 8 tankers to this type of duty....
Alcibiades, what would you suggest for the welt area?
post #60500 of 87923
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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post

MWS, I don't baby my shoes at all, I just wear them. I ask the question because I'm looking for a go to winter/work wherever, and whatever, I end up doing regardless of conditions boot that's totally comfortable and requires minimal care. I'm trying to decide between the Epaulet Innsbruck Indy and the TSM #8 Indy, both of which are on commando soles. Today I'm using this thread to help me decide how many paychecks ahead I need to plan before winter inundates us here in Minnesnowta. Thanks everyone for all the input.

 

I don't baby my shoes either, and didn't mean to insinuate that you do.  I was simply using that possibility as a reason to tip the scale in one direction or the other.  Babying shell is rather popular, so I wasn't going to be surprised if you leaned in that direction, and I don't try to remember who does and who doesn't.   

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I'll keep company with Tifosi and Sazon today. LS cap toe color 8:







I'll have to get some natural light photos of these too.
post #60502 of 87923
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Originally Posted by brp2 View Post

I'll keep company with Tifosi and Sazon today. LS cap toe color 8:

I'll have to get some natural light photos of these too.

Gorgeous, brp! It's a good club to be in, today!
post #60503 of 87923
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Originally Posted by Don L View Post
 

#8 WT Boot from AOC

 

 

Lovely boot and awesome trousers DonL wear in great health

post #60504 of 87923
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Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post

I don't baby my shoes either, and didn't mean to insinuate that you do.  I was simply using that possibility as a reason to tip the scale in one direction or the other.  Babying shell is rather popular, so I wasn't going to be surprised if you leaned in that direction, and I don't try to remember who does and who doesn't.   
MWS, I didn't think for a minute that you were implying anything other than trying to gather information about my intended use for the boots in question. Truth be told, I am a tad OCD when it comes to the care of my shell footwear. I try to always use the Mac Method before and after I wear my shoes so I can get the maximum life out of them, and to self-servingly gain the approval of our dear "Uncle" who's posts I have sorely missed.
Edited by BeSpiffington - 9/17/13 at 9:06am
post #60505 of 87923
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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post
 

 

pm your sizes across various lasts. I'd be happy to message you should I come across something that might work for, and go so far as to purchase the pair and arrange delivery and payment with you.

 

That's a very kind offer kwhitelaw :nodding:. I wish some forum member could be of help to me. I live in Mumbai, India and have built up a four shoe collection of Alden shells (including 2 exotic shells) on the kindness of friends and strangers who agreed to carry the shoes for me on there travel to India. I've purchased at Alden SF, Alden DC and Madison NY to have it delivered to their addresses. But I hit a dead end at times (its kinda embarrassing to ask for a pair each time someone is coming here, LOL). If only Alden fans made trips to India :) 

post #60506 of 87923
DonL, great combo how you have the eggplant color in your trousers that your color 8 wingtip boots pick up.
post #60507 of 87923
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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post


MWS, I didn't think for a minute that you were implying anything other than trying to gather information about my intended use for the boots in question. Truth be told, I am a tad OCD when it comes the care of my shell footwear. I try to always use the Mac Method before and after I wear my shoes so I can get the maximum life out of them, and to self-servingly seek the approval of our dear "Uncle" who's posts I have sorely missed.

 

Maximum life is my primary goal with my footwear as well.  I love old things, but I like being the only owner of most of my belongings.  I try to strike a balance between using a product for what it is intended while giving it proper care.  

 

Friends have ribbed me in the past for being OCD, but I'm the one getting the last laugh by still having and enjoying my stuff, while theirs wasted away long ago.  All too often, what some call "OCD" is actually just smart.  :cheers:

post #60508 of 87923
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Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post

Maximum life is my primary goal with my footwear as well.  I love old things, but I like being the only owner of most of my belongings.  I try to strike a balance between using a product for what it is intended while giving it proper care.  

Friends have ribbed me in the past for being OCD, but I'm the one getting the last laugh by still having and enjoying my stuff, while theirs wasted away long ago.  All too often, what some call "OCD" is actually just smart.  cheers.gif
Well said, MWS. I don't purposely destroy my belongings, either. I like to use them and take proper care of them.
post #60509 of 87923
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

Any chance you can expand on why you're not a fan of crepe? I like the look and I've heard they are extremely comfortable, but the opinion of this forum seems universally consistent. No one seems to like them and it would be great to get some input before I take the plunge.

Shawn,

I am honestly not the target demographic for the Crepe Sole as I live in an area with good weather year around and my job typically does not involve tons of walking.

With that said, my main gripe against the crepe sole is how it wears over time. Although I think they look good new, I believe they relatively quickly degrade in appearance. They crepe rubbery part gets disheveled and the front toe part tends to wear away or fall off completely. I don't believe that the front leather tip is affixed to the shoe as firmly as the typical leather sole is when it is attached to a shoe.

Provided my lack of a need for the all-weather-walker sole, I avoid it. Hope this helps to provide clarification!

-Mike
post #60510 of 87923
^^The crepe is also very heavy compared to the other soles.
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