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Here you go. Please remember that these shoes have not been treated to twenty years of babying and the Mac method. They have been polished regularly with everything from regular wax polish to Cordovan cream. They have also been worn hard and regularly. They have not been one of many shoes in a rotation that gets a once a month wearing. They have been real workhorses along with my other Hanover LWBs in a Cordovan color.
My dad had a pair shell Cordovan LWB's that he wore for well over 30 years. He turned me on to shell and was proud when I bought my first pair. Back in the day when I bought these they were not purchased as a style statement or luxury item. They were nice looking shoes that when you bought them you knew would be a long lived workhorse. Pun intended.

Coinopcollector - thanks for both the pictures as well as the history lesson. It was informative and interesting reading.

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Here you go. Please remember that these shoes have not been treated to twenty years of babying and the Mac method. They have been polished regularly with everything from regular wax polish to Cordovan cream. They have also been worn hard and regularly. They have not been one of many shoes in a rotation that gets a once a month wearing. They have been real workhorses along with my other Hanover LWBs in a Cordovan color.
My dad had a pair shell Cordovan LWB's that he wore for well over 30 years. He turned me on to shell and was proud when I bought my first pair. Back in the day when I bought these they were not purchased as a style statement or luxury item. They were nice looking shoes that when you bought them you knew would be a long lived workhorse. Pun intended.

Great looking shoes!  This should justify the high price of shell cordovan to any prospective buyers.  Truly a lifetime shoe.

 

(To which my wife usually replies, "that's great, but if they're lifetime shoes, and you have 15 pairs, how many lives do you plan to live?")

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I am looking to make a boot purchase, primarily for causal wear with jeans and chinos. I know this is an open-ended questions, but what would you recommend. Options include:

 

J. Crew CXL cap-toe boot

Cigar indy

Union Made walnut cap-toe boot

 

Thanks!

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Alden DC has some chukkas in ravello coming in soon. I don't know what the availability is, however.

Otherwise, I would vote for the walnut cap-toe. I am not a fan of Indy boots (or Cigar) really, which I realize is blasphemous for some here.
post #66410 of 91648
ATLVol
Cigar Indy
CXL Captoes
Walnut Captoes

With Alden, a good general rule is to go for cordovan, CXL and suede when you can
post #66411 of 91648
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Alden DC has some chukkas in ravello coming in soon. I don't know what the availability is, however.

Otherwise, I would vote for the walnut cap-toe. I am not a fan of Indy boots (or Cigar) really, which I realize is blasphemous for some here.

Not blasphemy to me, I don't care for the look of Indy Boots either.

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I have 2 twenty year old pairs of Hanovers in black shell and color 6ish shell. They are on their second and third soles repectively and a the pair on 3rd soles are still worn weekly. They are Horween shell. An NOS pair in size 10D is one of my grails. I own shell from Alden, C&J, and Allen Edmonds and can say without question that Hanover made the finest shell cordovan shoes ever. Plus I feel the Hanover shell LWB last and brouging pattern were aesthetically the nicest. Congratulations on your score.

Coinopcollector-Thanks for the info on the Hanovers. A very interesting history, I'm glad I made the choice. If interested the eBay item number is 301011597125
I should have them mid to late next week. IMHO they are in excellent condition with very minimum wear.

See Ya,
Steve
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Originally Posted by smoothie1 View Post

Alden DC has some chukkas in ravello coming in soon. I don't know what the availability is, however.

Otherwise, I would vote for the walnut cap-toe. I am not a fan of Indy boots (or Cigar) really, which I realize is blasphemous for some here.

 

I just called Alden DC and they told me they have 3 shell makeups due to the shop in late January.  

 

1) Ravello medallion cap toe on the plaza last

2) Ravello plain toe blucher on barrie 

3) Cigar cap toe boot on grant 

 

Not sure about sizes available, but I put myself on these lists.  A couple of people will need to decline for me pick them up, but you never know.

 

Other than that, the shell offerings will apparently be less frequent in the future.  I was told that even #8 and black are a longer wait for production now than in the past.  

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could anyone comment on the hampton last sizing versus the plaza last? trying to decide on my hampton sizing. i measure 9D on the brannock, with a low volume foot with narrow heel and normal width forefoot. i find that a 9D in a plaza boot fits me well, but a 9D in a plaza shoe is just a little too roomy. trying to decide between 8.5 or 9 on hampton
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Coinopcollector-Thanks for the info on the Hanovers. A very interesting history, I'm glad I made the choice. If interested the eBay item number is 301011597125
I should have them mid to late next week. IMHO they are in excellent condition with very minimum wear.

See Ya,
Steve

Wow, that is an amazing pair of shoes at any price, and you made a great deal on them. The color and patina on those shoes is really incredible. Congratulations on a great score. Enjoy.
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could anyone comment on the hampton last sizing versus the plaza last? trying to decide on my hampton sizing. i measure 9D on the brannock, with a low volume foot with narrow heel and normal width forefoot. i find that a 9D in a plaza boot fits me well, but a 9D in a plaza shoe is just a little too roomy. trying to decide between 8.5 or 9 on hampton

I'm 9.5D Brannock with a slightly narrow heel.  9C Van fits me very well.  A nice close fit all around.  9D Aberdeen is also pretty close.  I wear a 9D Hampton, and its not a close fit, but it is not exactly sloppy either.  Part of it is that I wear thin dress socks.  If I were to wear a thicker wool sock, they would probably be pretty close to ideal.  If I had to bet money, I might put you at an 8.5, but since Hampton shoes aren't that hard to find, why not buy both and return one?


People often compare hampton fit to aberdeen.  I find that the length is comparable, but the shape is kind of different, with the aberdeen being more narrow in the front, and not otherwise identical beyond that.

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I'm 9.5D Brannock with a slightly narrow heel.  9C Van fits me very well.  A nice close fit all around.  9D Aberdeen is also pretty close.  I wear a 9D Hampton, and its not a close fit, but it is not exactly sloppy either.  Part of it is that I wear thin dress socks.  If I were to wear a thicker wool sock, they would probably be pretty close to ideal.  If I had to bet money, I might put you at an 8.5, but since Hampton shoes aren't that hard to find, why not buy both and return one?


People often compare hampton fit to aberdeen.  I find that the length is comparable, but the shape is kind of different, with the aberdeen being more narrow in the front, and not otherwise identical beyond that.

thanks bakes. i am looking at the hummus suede nst from LS, they only have a 9D left as of yesterday. based on my experience with my plaza shoes (suede shortwing from j. gilbert which i am thinking about putting up on b&s), i originally inquired about the availability of an 8.5D from LS.
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thanks bakes. i am looking at the hummus suede nst from LS, they only have a 9D left as of yesterday. based on my experience with my plaza shoes (suede shortwing from j. gilbert which i am thinking about putting up on b&s), i originally inquired about the availability of an 8.5D from LS.

Looking at those pics, I can see why people compare Hampton to Aberdeen.  The shape of the toe makes them look like Aberdeen NSTs.  Really just the more exaggerated contour of the outside of the ball of the foot that distinguishes it.

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Cigar captoe boots, one of my longest tenured pairs

 

Awesome boots. Are these on the Grant last?
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I'll be the first to say... WOW!!! Those look awesome. At first glace i thought they were cigar.

Lovely shoes!

 

 

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+1, how old are those? That's a very brown-ish shade of #8.

Thanks! They're actually only about a year-and-a-half old, but they get a lot of sun and I don't use colored polish on them.

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