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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

#8 Indys
Cheap denim
Cheap shirt
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nephew,
nice shine on the indy
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dark brown suede ptb
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post #64998 of 98785
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Originally Posted by seasquirrel View Post

Those #8 Indys are looking great!

Your "cheap" comments reminded me of a conversation I had recently with a friend about matching the quality level of one's clothing (in a non-business, casual context). He was arguing that you should never wear "cheap" clothes (in this case it was some Dockers D1 chinos) with boots as nice as shell Indys. I thought it could work (and have done it!), but what do you think?

Is this the equivalent of putting the $2000 stereo in a $500 car? :-)
Eh. I don't agree. It all comes down to what you want to spend your money on. If you couldn't care less about what kind of car you drive, but you like nice stereo systems; then by all means buy a cheap car and put your choice of stereo in it. I am not rich by any stretch of the imagination. By wearing $40 jeans instead of $300 raw denim I am able to wear $700 boots which I care more about. I also drive a 10 year old Acura which also adds to me being able to spend money on things I really enjoy. Like fine quality shell cordovan footwear.
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

Eh. I don't agree. It all comes down to what you want to spend your money on. If you couldn't care less about what kind of car you drive, but you like nice stereo systems; then by all means buy a cheap car and put your choice of stereo in it. I am not rich by any stretch of the imagination. By wearing $40 jeans instead of $300 raw denim I am able to wear $700 boots which I care more about. I also drive a 10 year old Acura which also adds to me being able to spend money on things I really enjoy. Like fine quality shell cordovan footwear.

Well said, and I agree with you. Older Acuras rock (mine is 2006), and these Levi's I have on were about $50. But I'm sure enjoying some very comfortable chukkas! :-)
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

A few words of caution on Saphir Cordovan Creme

-Some folks dislike the greasy finish it leaves behind

-It is not good for spot treating, it will change the appearance of the shoe a little, so use it on the whole shoe.  Use wax for spot treating.

-Apply and work it in to small sections at a time.  It dries fast, so if you try to apply it all over a pair of shoes, it will be too dry to go back and work it in where you started.

There is no one right/wrong answer to this question, or magic number of shoes that any individual should have.  Personally, I like to have a lower number of higher quality shoes than an abundance of affordable shoes.  I have 16 pairs of "nice" shoes.  Meaning shoes that I try to keep looking good.


The Saphir cordovan cream in neutral has a somewhat unpleasant smell, IMO. The Saphir colored cordovan creams, and reno, on the other hand, all smell great.

I have all the Saphir cordovan products (neutral, burgundy, black, brown) and reno. Unless my goal is the infusion of some color into the shoe/boot, I do not use the colored creams.
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dark brown suede ptb
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Uncle Mac with the rare non-shell selection!  This happens but once a year!

 

Looking good, Uncle.

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Thanks Mick! Those CXL LHS in Navy have heavily been on my radar for the last few months. If they were blue shell...well...wow...and they wouldn't be Alden's smile.gif

The PTBs in Navy are also awesome but never in my size on TSMs list
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post


The Saphir cordovan cream in neutral has a somewhat unpleasant smell, IMO. The Saphir colored cordovan creams, and reno, on the other hand, all smell great.

I have all the Saphir cordovan products (neutral, burgundy, black, brown) and reno. Unless my goal is the infusion of some color into the shoe/boot, I do not use the colored creams.

Ditto!

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Originally Posted by Dbc0919 View Post


Nice Dalton's. I notice that yours have a row of stitching around the inside of the broguing as shown in the side view, that I have not seen on other Dalton's. Makes the look more similar to the Brixton. We're they some kind of special makeup?

 

That stitching is there only because the walnut shell Daltons are unlined and the stitching holds the inside band of shell taut on the inside of the boot.  You are correct that the stitching is not on other Daltons (at least as far as I know).

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Absolutely. I didn't post because this is an Alden thread, but since you requested.....
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Side pic added to better show the shine

I have the same pair from the same batch from Pelle Line. Mine looked great out of the box. I haven't had to do anything other than brush yet. 

You did a wonderful job. They look fantastic. Enjoy.

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Edit: JCrew site wonky as $@&/ -- showed Aldens on sale, no option to add to cart. Then gone. Sorry to those who saw recent post on sale.
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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post
 

 

Couldn't agree more. I have a barrie lasted snuff suede chukka on crepe that has a desert boot style/feel. Even with these, I still think I could add the LS Safari boot. I'd like to try and switch out the round waxed laces on the snuff chukka in favor of a flat cotton lace, not unlike the laces on the LS Safari boot.

 

I'm working a medical conference tomorrow and will be on my feet all day. I plan to wear the crepe soled chukka. It's my first and only crepe sole Alden and I've really grown to like it.

 

Next to leydon chukka on flexwelt for reference.

 

 

 

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May I ask where did you get the Barrie snuff on crepe?

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Originally Posted by green garden View Post

May I ask where did you get the Barrie snuff on crepe?

I'm guessing J Crewsy.
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Originally Posted by Dbc0919 View Post

Nice Dalton's. I notice that yours have a row of stitching around the inside of the broguing as shown in the side view, that I have not seen on other Dalton's. Makes the look more similar to the Brixton. We're they some kind of special makeup?

Thanks. Not that I'm aware of. We were in Chicago for our wedding anniversary and the AE store was across from our hotel. My wife and I stopped in only because I couldn't find any stores with Alden's. Was about to buy a pair of shell wing tips and just casually mentioned that I have the Dalton's in calf and how much I love them and the manager just happened to remember seeing one shell version in their system. She checked for my size and it was the one. Put the wing tips back and had the Dalton's shipped to my home. Here is a side pic of both walnut Dalton's. I'm no expert but I don't see anything different (other than the obvious):



Looks the same to me......
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

nephew,
good looking boot, wear in good health

Much appreciated uncle. Thanks.
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Originally Posted by bkotsko View Post

I have the same pair from the same batch from Pelle Line. Mine looked great out of the box. I haven't had to do anything other than brush yet. 
You did a wonderful job. They look fantastic. Enjoy.

Appreciate the words bkotsko. I had to work to get them to this point, but I am very happy that I decided to keep them. Glad to hear that yours worked right out of the box. They really are very nice boots and feel fantastic when wearing. Enjoy.
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