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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

Another question for the community. Got my jcrew LWB's with the 25% coupon. Unfortunately they did come with the darker welt as others suggested they would. At 75% of retail, I can live with that but there is another issue and I wanted your opinion on whether this is common and something I have to learn to live with or if I should return them as defective.

While it is not apparent in all lighting conditions, in some light it is clear that not enough dye was applied to the tongue on the left shoe. The first pic shows the difference while the second one does not. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)





So what do you think? Have you kept new shoes with much worse?

 

It is not hard to find uneven dye on #8 shell.

As the uneven dye shown on your shoe is on the tongue and with 25% off,

I will say keep them, because who can see the uneven dye when the shoes are laced except you?

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post #62717 of 87663
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Originally Posted by hkpm View Post

It is not hard to find uneven dye on #8 shell.
As the uneven dye shown on your shoe is on the tongue and with 25% off,
I will say keep them, because who can see the uneven dye when the shoes are laced except you?

Because I often cross my legs when sitting it may be visible more often than it would be for those who sit with both feet on the ground. Additionally it's not like the laces will be drawn so tightly that it will cover it up. Having said that, I tend to agree with you and am leaning toward keeping. I love the shoes (minus the dark welt which I just strongly like) and at 25% off, my price was less than the cost of a comparable pair of calfskins. And your response hit on a key point that I was looking for. That being that uneven dye is not that uncommon on color 8's. My guess is that I may notice it for the first two or three wears and then forget about. Gonna think on it tonight since I would like to wear them tomorrow.

Thanks for the input.
post #62718 of 87663

I have kept much worse, that is all character on your boots and Saphir Cordovan cream will boost the color if you decide to go that way.

post #62719 of 87663
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Originally Posted by Resistant View Post

I have kept much worse, that is all character on your boots and Saphir Cordovan cream will boost the color if you decide to go that way.

2nd this. saphir cordovan is much more forgiving and just as effective as alden cordovan paste. alden paste tends to dry up much faster and leaves its residue behind
post #62720 of 87663
Gentlemen, it's not that I'm lazy, but does anyone know who offers a Trubalance lasted, even though plaza lasted boots do look really cool, shell Indy boot on either a commando or crepe sole that comes with speed hooks for easy on and off. Thanks.
Edited by BeSpiffington - 10/10/13 at 6:52pm
post #62721 of 87663
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Originally Posted by Resistant View Post

I have kept much worse, that is all character on your boots and Saphir Cordovan cream will boost the color if you decide to go that way.

Hmmm, hadn't thought of that. I've got some saphir cordovan cream. I agree that over time that will help to minimize the difference. Also, kphm was right, now that I'm wearing them around the house (Mac break-in method), when laced, it is hardly noticeable. Lastly, I've read the criticisms of the crepe sole but these things are like walking on air. I still think I prefer the feel of commando, but these are really close.

It's a wrap, I'm keeping them. Thanks for the input.
post #62722 of 87663
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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post

Gentlemen, it's not that I'm lazy, but does anyone know who offers a barrie lasted, even though plaza lasted boots do look really cool, shell Indy boot on either a commando or crepe sole that comes with speed hooks for easy on and off. Thanks.

does anyone have any examples of a shell cordovan indy boot being produced on the barrie last?

I ordered a pair that was advertised as Barrie Last from Alden SF but once I received them it was obvious that they were Trubalance.

I Had my suspicions as they felt larger than a comparable barrie boot and the toe shape was off as well.
Confirmed because they had the trubalance heel pad.
Alden SF agreed and I returned them. Now on Alden SF's website they have corrected it to show that they are in fact trubalance.
post #62723 of 87663
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Originally Posted by kennkim View Post


does anyone have any examples of a shell cordovan indy boot being produced on the barrie last?

I ordered a pair that was advertised as Barrie Last from Alden SF but once I received them it was obvious that they were Trubalance.

I Had my suspicions as they felt larger than a comparable barrie boot and the toe shape was off as well.
Confirmed because they had the trubalance heel pad.
Alden SF agreed and I returned them. Now on Alden SF's website they have corrected it to show that they are in fact trubalance.

 

http://www.fransboonestore.com/store/Brands-Men/alden/alden-x-fransboone-cigar-cordovan-workboot

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kennkim, thanks for bringing to my attention the obvious fact that Indy boots are traditionally made on the Trubalance last. I shall correct my prior post for inaccuracies.
post #62725 of 87663
Looks like Unionmade got a restock of their Kirkham Indy Boot:

http://www.unionmadegoods.com/Alden_Kirkham_Indy_Boot_in_Cognac_Soft_Calf_40526H_8161.html



post #62726 of 87663
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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post

kennkim, thanks for bringing to my attention the obvious fact that Indy boots are traditionally made on the Trubalance last. I shall correct my prior post for inaccuracies.

no worries.

call CitiShoes when they are open in the morning and ask for Voltaire.

he is an absolute gentleman and always provides excellent service.

they have #8 boots with the specs you wanted, hopefully they still have your size.

http://citishoes.com/indie_boots.htm

good find!

i am undecided as to whether i prefer the rounded-ness of the moc toe stitching on the barrie vs. the more squared off stitching on trubalance though
post #62727 of 87663
KWL, those Frans Boone cigar Indy's are pretty sweet, for next year after next, maybe. Do you have a preference between commando or crepe?
post #62728 of 87663
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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post

Gentlemen, it's not that I'm lazy, but does anyone know who offers a Trubalance lasted, even though plaza lasted boots do look really cool, shell Indy boot on either a commando or crepe sole that comes with speed hooks for easy on and off. Thanks.


J gilbert just got some of these a couple of weeks ago.
post #62729 of 87663
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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post

Gentlemen, it's not that I'm lazy, but does anyone know who offers a Trubalance lasted, even though plaza lasted boots do look really cool, shell Indy boot on either a commando or crepe sole that comes with speed hooks for easy on and off. Thanks.
Yep. I just got mine from JGilbert last week.
post #62730 of 87663
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Originally Posted by meowmix1891 View Post

Anyone? I did some searching on the forums about the barrie last compared to allen edmonds, but most of the comparisons were with the #1 last. Can anyone give me some sizing help with the barries when compared to AE's #5? There doesn't seem to be a real consensus. I wish I could try them on but the stores don't carry them.

I wear 9.5D in the Barrie and 10E in the 5 last.
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