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I am looking to purchase a quality pair of men's boots for both the office and dress situations. Prior to this year I had only purchased low quality, relatively cheap men's shoes, but then discovered my love for proper leather soled shoes. I now own two pairs of Allen Edmonds Park Avenues and Dawsons.3Lwa3
I would like to add a quality pair of men's boots to the collection. I visited the Alden store in San Francisco today, and asked to be shown some boots. He showed me the Chukka Cordovan leather boots in Burgundy. These were a special model with a RUBBER sole that seemed to be attached to a leather sole. You couldn't tell from the top that they were rubber.

They were on sale for over $100 off, making them the same price as the standard Cordovan Chukka boot.

In any event, do you think this is a good style for my first pair of proper boots? Any suggestions?

It's called a commando sole.

I'd be all over them if I was looking for a Chukka.

There's also the plantation sole. I don't like it myself.

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I'd like to ask for some opinions on the creasing on my color 8 PTB's. I tend to be a perfectionist, a stickler for detail, and my own greatest critic. I do, however, believe that things should break-in naturally, and love a well-developed natural patina. What bothers me is their significant asymmetry. Here are two pictures from nearly the same angle, yet capturing the light a little differently.

 

 

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You'd need to walk perfectly symmetrically for the creasing to be very similar. Forget about it & enjoy your PTBs.
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A Happy Thursday to All

Ravello, courtesy of J. Crew


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You'd need to walk perfectly symmetrically for the creasing to be very similar. Forget about it & enjoy your PTBs.

+1. My shoes always crease differently but in the same way -- the right creases more and looks quite broken in; while the left has fewer creases and almost a less worn appearance. It's just the way it goes.
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You'd need to walk perfectly symmetrically for the creasing to be very similar. Forget about it & enjoy your PTBs.

In addition to walking perfectly...you need to have your feet modified to be exactly the same size and shape.  It's a painful process but it will give you perfectly matched creases in your shoes!

 

See Ya,

Steve

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A Happy Thursday to All

Ravello, courtesy of J. Crew
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I kick myself for passing on these. I like the light edge trim and brass eyelets better than my dark edge trim pair

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In addition to walking perfectly...you need to have your feet modified to be exactly the same size and shape.  It's a painful process but it will give you perfectly matched creases in your shoes!

See Ya,
Steve

If you get a letter from Arthur Tarlow, most insurance companies will cover this procedure.
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A Happy Thursday to All

Ravello, courtesy of J. Crew

Awesome ravellos sazon. I too regret not calling when I had the chance. I like the brass and light trim.
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Are those Etsy ones supposed to be cordovan? Not sure about that.

The creases suggest calfskin. Perhaps the 662:
http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-mens-tassel-moccasin-aberdeen-last-tan/pvc-ald-mxsdst-662_ald_m_tassel_moccasin_aberdeen_last.html
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I'd like to ask for some opinions on the creasing on my color 8 PTB's. I tend to be a perfectionist, a stickler for detail, and my own greatest critic. I do, however, believe that things should break-in naturally, and love a well-developed natural patina. What bothers me is their significant asymmetry. Here are two pictures from nearly the same angle, yet capturing the light a little differently.


 
Roggie Rog, very nice looking PTB's. I believe that shell PTB's, more than any other Alden shoe, tend to show every roll and crease because of their austere styling. Here are mine. . Don't forget the secret argyles otc. People aren't symmetrical, and neither is the way they walk, unless your a robot. It's been said about the famous golfer Ben Hogan that he could walk into an any empty pro golfers locker room and that he would be able to match every pair of golf spikes to its owner just from their creases and from the way the heels were worn down. If you read this thread too often you'll become familiar with the equation: rolls + patina = character.
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Thank you all for your feedback and for putting a fellow Alden-lover at ease. :fonz: 

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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post

Uncle, you simply amaze me. Yet another Alden shell make-up that I've never seen. A whiskey balmoral wingtip in shell cordovan with an antique edge. Outstanding!

You've seen them before, just not looking as spectacular!

 

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You'd need to walk perfectly symmetrically for the creasing to be very similar. Forget about it & enjoy your PTBs.

I have trained myself to walk with perfect symmetry... it takes a lot of hard work but it's worth it in the end!  Lol...  :rotflmao::rotflmao: :rotflmao::rotflmao:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have heard of people using the pencil trick to try and set the creases before break-in.  Has anyone tried this regularly with new shells?

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