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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!
This helps a lot mdubs as it addresses what was my biggest concern. I like the look and I love how comfortable they seem to be, but I certainly am not willing to compromise functionality and longevity. I'm a big fan of commando and crepe seems like a natural progression for me but I was definitely worried about how they would look after 9-12 months of wear. Definitely something to consider. Thanks.
I had crepe soled alden boots before, and they were just fine. Very comfortable, and while the crepe did look a little grungy, the boots were not made for the office, so it was not a big deal to me. The leather toe area never fell off or detached, but it did wear a little bit funny. Easily fixed if there were ever an issue. Here's what they looked like when I sold them, after many wears. You can see the crepe is a little lighter in color on the sides, but the leather tip is perfectly attached without issues.
This is a very helpful picture Mr Moo. Thanks for posting.
I think a lot of people in this thread get frustrated when they see a color 8 or cigar or CXL model that they want, only to see it in crepe when they really wanted it on a leather or commando sole. That's why some of the reaction to crepe is so negative. You don't see people reacting negatively to crepe soles in other threads (Quoddy, Yuketen, whatever).
Various plain toe boots (Context Roy, Context Rough Roy, J Crew Snuff Suede, etc)
Classic all weather walkers and and similar grain shoes (like the Leffot grain Longwings)
Lined suede chukkas (J Crew sells them in tan and snuff)
Certian chromexcel boots (Leffot Greenwich)
Dark cordovan plain toe shoes (various cigar and color 8 PTBs have been done on crepe)
Shoes where crepe seems off
Cordovan wingtip boots, captoe boots, etc
Cordovan longwings (like the odd ravello longwings Alden of Carmel stocked a few years ago)
Be, I though about using my incoming #8 Indys from JGilbert for the same purpose. I have 2 shell boots, now and another on order which I did not think I would have when I placed the pre-order for the Indys. I can use the other 3 pairs the same as I was intending to use the Indys. Two captoe are a little dressier and the #8 tanker from Leffot is a bit more casual and I can use it in place of the Indys. 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.
I appreciate this thought and that from others on using shell for more knockabout purposes. If an elegant Alden sage such as BeSpiff is contemplating doing so, it can't be a bad idea.
Now, whenever I brush up my boots, I'll remember that night my wife and I went out for dinner and went for a little walk after. You can't beat getting memories like that from a scrape on a boot.
That is simply remarkable. You did superb, superb work. Your finished product looks outstanding. And inspiring: now I will be lobbying for black/burgundy saddles since I cannot even think of making them as you did.
Congratulations and I hope you really enjoy them. Thanks for posting.
Aldenwear / MrDV - thanks to both of you for the kind words and encouragement. I've never done shell or ever attempted two-tone so this project presented some unique challenges. But I am happy with the results and with tomorrow being a denim day at work, I will be taking my latest experiment out for a spin.
I don't own any crepe so curious about this as well. My Indys are on the neo-cork soles, and I can vouch that they are my heaviest boot by far. I'd be interested to know if crepe is heavier than the neo-cork because I do want a boot on crepe at some point.
Crepe is lighter than the neo-cork sole. I think it is similar in weight to the double leather sole (maybe a tad lighter) on boots.