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#8 NST
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Nice combo, Don!
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Looking to finally make the jump into #8 shell and wanted the advice of the Alden experts here.

 

I have a pair of Alden plain-toe (for jcrew) in the trubalance that fit like gloves so hoping to stick to that last but not necessary.

 

Looking for your advice on:

 

Plain-toe or cap-toe - which looks better down the road with shell?  

 

and where the heck can I get them?   And also what size if its a 10D in trubalance.

 

 

Found a plain-toe but with commando soles which are a no-no for me on this type of boot.  (I have White's for the heavy duty stuff)

 

http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/Shoes-Shell_Cordovan_High_Lace_Boot_160.htm

 

Doesn't have to be a leather sole but looking for something acceptable in a business casual setting and with denim.  

post #65043 of 98928
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Originally Posted by tigerpac View Post
 

Looking to finally make the jump into #8 shell and wanted the advice of the Alden experts here.

 

I have a pair of Alden plain-toe (for jcrew) in the trubalance that fit like gloves so hoping to stick to that last but not necessary.

 

Looking for your advice on:

 

Plain-toe or cap-toe - which looks better down the road with shell?  

 

and where the heck can I get them?   And also what size if its a 10D in trubalance.

 

 

Found a plain-toe but with commando soles which are a no-no for me on this type of boot.  (I have White's for the heavy duty stuff)

 

http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/Shoes-Shell_Cordovan_High_Lace_Boot_160.htm

 

Doesn't have to be a leather sole but looking for something acceptable in a business casual setting and with denim.  

 

The Alden commando sole would be perfect for what you are looking for. It is very low profile and and at all like a traditional commando sole from White. For me that is the perfect sole for business casual and denim.

post #65044 of 98928
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The Alden commando sole would be perfect for what you are looking for. It is very low profile and and at all like a traditional commando sole from White. For me that is the perfect sole for business casual and denim.
I agree with Ryden 100%. Commando is perfect. When you are wearing them and even from the side it is really hard to tell they are a lugged sole.

I'm wearing my #8 Captoes on Grant today. Double leather sole. Go 1/2 up from Trubalance on these. These fit just as good as my Trubalance lasted boots. These are from The Shoe Mart, but a couple retailers have them.

post #65045 of 98928
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Originally Posted by tigerpac View Post

Looking to finally make the jump into #8 shell and wanted the advice of the Alden experts here.

I have a pair of Alden plain-toe (for jcrew) in the trubalance that fit like gloves so hoping to stick to that last but not necessary.

Looking for your advice on:

Plain-toe or cap-toe - which looks better down the road with shell?  

and where the heck can I get them?   And also what size if its a 10D in trubalance.


Found a plain-toe but with commando soles which are a no-no for me on this type of boot.  (I have White's for the heavy duty stuff)

http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/Shoes-Shell_Cordovan_High_Lace_Boot_160.htm

Doesn't have to be a leather sole but looking for something acceptable in a business casual setting and with denim.  

I'll third what others have said - the Alden commando sole works very well in a business casual setting. It is very low profile. The look isn't really "heavy duty" at all.

That said, if you want to check out a color 8 boot on double leather soles, check out Alden SF or Alden NYC for grant or barrie lasted captoe boots in color 8.
post #65046 of 98928
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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? :-)

FWIW, I often wear my whiskey Indy boots with a pair of Dockers Alpha chinos. I have chinos from Epaulet and Hertling and RRL but honestly, the Dockers ones that I have are the most comfortable and durable of the bunch.

Somedays I'm wearing a custom Samuelsohn suit, a shirt from J. Press, a pair of shell cordovan shoes, and I top it all off with a tie I picked up for $20 from Land's End. It's all about what looks good to me, not whether or not everything is comparable in price.
post #65047 of 98928
^ I do like expensive denim but often wear my shells to work (bus casual) with gap chinos. They are comfortable, cheap, and seem to fit me well. Sometimes the shoes are the paint and the rest of the outfit is the canvas. No need to go ultra luxe on everything. Many things, nobody can tell anyway.
post #65048 of 98928
In the face of way too many recent buys, starting to question my Leffot #8 Tanker pre order so far as fitting into my wardrobe. For those who have it, do they successfully get any real use as a business casual boot or it mostly a casual wear item? I really like it but wondering if I should let it go. Thanks.
post #65049 of 98928
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Originally Posted by budapest12 View Post

In the face of way too many recent buys, starting to question my Leffot #8 Tanker pre order so far as fitting into my wardrobe. For those who have it, do they successfully get any real use as a business casual boot or it mostly a casual wear item? I really like it but wondering if I should let it go. Thanks.

1) My Leffot tanker is one of my favorite Aldens... For example I sold cigar NST shoes because I liked the Leffot tankers more. You may like the tankers over something else in your collection currently.

2) I wear it sometimes on Fridays with chinos, a dress/sport shirt and a blazer/sweater. It works for relaxed business casual, IMO.

3) That said, it is mostly a casual wear item. In fact, I've come to the view that almost all high contrast antique sole shoes/boots (basically cigar or color 8 on antique) are better suited for casual. Back, color 8 with dark sole, cigar with dark sole, ravello with dark sole are all better for business wear, IMO.
post #65050 of 98928
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Originally Posted by budapest12 View Post

In the face of way too many recent buys, starting to question my Leffot #8 Tanker pre order so far as fitting into my wardrobe. For those who have it, do they successfully get any real use as a business casual boot or it mostly a casual wear item? I really like it but wondering if I should let it go. Thanks.

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post #65051 of 98928
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Originally Posted by budapest12 View Post

^ I do like expensive denim but often wear my shells to work (bus casual) with gap chinos. They are comfortable, cheap, and seem to fit me well. Sometimes the shoes are the paint and the rest of the outfit is the canvas. No need to go ultra luxe on everything. Many things, nobody can tell anyway.

Similar for me with J Crew denim. I own too many pairs of raw denim but often times the J Crew 484 is actually a better cut on me

post #65052 of 98928

Thanks for the feedback guys!

 

Ok.... soooo plain-toe or cap-toe with #8 shell?

 

Fight!

post #65053 of 98928
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Originally Posted by tigerpac View Post

Thanks for the feedback guys!

Ok.... soooo plain-toe or cap-toe with #8 shell?

Fight!
I say captoe! (see above pic from me)
post #65054 of 98928
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

#4 today

I covet all of Mr. DV's boots and these beauties are no exception.
post #65055 of 98928
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Originally Posted by tigerpac View Post
 

Thanks for the feedback guys!

 

Ok.... soooo plain-toe or cap-toe with #8 shell?

 

Fight!

the obviously answer is both...

 

It depends a bit on what else you own and what your style is. With captoe you can go straight cap or perforated cap (look at J Crew for an example). I think there is a really beauty to a plain toe shell but there really is no wrong answer here

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