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Originally Posted by jkiu View Post
 

Finally received my Whiskey PTBs from Kathy at Alden DC, what a wonderful shoe! The color is just perfect. I took some pictures to compare them with my new Ravello chukkas (new batch from Alden NY) and 2 year old Whiskey Tankers. It's interesting to see that my patina'd tankers look more Ravello than Whiskey now.

 

 

 

ptbs look great!

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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post
 

 

my definition of old ravello is in the middle. new ravello flanking each side

Thanks for chiming in and providing this picture, which confuses me a little. 

 

My issue with Ravello, and why I would not consider myself fully on the bandwagon as an admirer or this shell color, is it seems to be the least consistent shade of shell. Ravello should be a medium brown, but I have seen new shoes where it is indistinguishable from the old mahogany color, yet others where it is oddly close to whiskey, and now this picture above where it looks strangely reddish like a mix of color #4 and Ravello. What gives?  I realize the boots in the photo above are old and seem to have patina, but are they really Ravello? And, yes, I realize lighting conditions can affect the way shoes may look in a photo.

 

Furthermore, I recognize the shell itself may react to and take dye differently , which is part of the charm, and the colors are not totally static over time. But I am almost more inclined to get shoes in natural shell instead of Ravello, and just let them darken over time. 

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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

A little more Cigar... Decided to start the break-in process on my new Cigar LWBs. The Shell Cordovan is just absolutely exquisite on these shoes.


Warning: More Cigar LWBs! (Click to show)





















Have a good night all!

-Mike

Fantastic Mike! And great shine on those too
post #66679 of 87835
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Originally Posted by smoothie1 View Post

^ jkiu - awesome Whiskey color on the PTBs. Congratulations. Enjoy wearing them.

Quick question/ poll for all you Alden fanatics:  For a first Ravello shoe, which is better, Chukka or LHS?  
PS- I already have a Whiskey LHS, so I am torn whether to complement that shoe or branch out.  

Thanks. Cheers. 

A ravello chukka or PTB would complement your whiskey LHS nicely IMO.
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Cigar Captoes Bright and Early

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Originally Posted by thebeebs View Post

^ Which black LWB are you going to purchase?  Standard 9751?  Just pulled the trigger on a pair myself.  I figured that I already own it in every color except #4, so why not.

My first black shell outside of the black PTB by BB.  

Probably the Alden of Carmel version on a commando sole.
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Cigar Captoes Bright and Early


What an incredible shade. I hope my cigars get there someday.
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Cigar Captoes Bright and Early


Very nice cigar captoes, sir. Are they Aberdeen...or Hampton?
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Originally Posted by Todd V View Post

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Very nice cigar captoes, sir. Are they Aberdeen...or Hampton?

I think the captoe bals are Hampton? That looks like a Hampton toe. I wish cigar was a common option for the perf captoes.
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Anyone ever have an issue with the top wall of the shoes rubbing against their ankle bones? It's only happening to my outside left ankle, but it's driving me crazy. I think once the shoe breaks in, the leather wil mold to that part of my foot. Just curious if it's happened to anyone else. I'm using a small pad to cushion my ankle until the leather molds to my foot a little better.
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Anyone ever have an issue with the top wall of the shoes rubbing against their ankle bones? It's only happening to my outside left ankle, but it's driving me crazy. I think once the shoe breaks in, the leather wil mold to that part of my foot. Just curious if it's happened to anyone else. I'm using a small pad to cushion my ankle until the leather molds to my foot a little better.

 

I've had that issue with new boots (just above the ankle though). After a couple days, it went away. I've never felt it in shoes, but it doesn't sound like an issue. Now, I would recommend not putting too much padding there, for fear of making the shoe mold to a foot larger than your own.

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Shoe maintenance question:

How often do you all require heel toplift replacements?

10 months in and it looks like my Indy boots are due for new heel caps.
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Originally Posted by TheSizzle View Post

 

I've had that issue with new boots (just above the ankle though). After a couple days, it went away. I've never felt it in shoes, but it doesn't sound like an issue. Now, I would recommend not putting too much padding there, for fear of making the shoe mold to a foot larger than your own.

 



Thanks for the reply -- just wanted to make sure I'm not alone in initial discomfort. Boots have never been a problem for me and this is a first with this kind of shoe issue. Not too worried about it though. I'll use minimal padding for the first few days and then gut it out until they shape to my foot. No way I'm giving up on these LWB!!
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Originally Posted by GooseG View Post

Shoe maintenance question:

How often do you all require heel toplift replacements?

10 months in and it looks like my Indy boots are due for new heel caps.

As needed...

 

Depends how often you wear the shoes, the way you walk, the surfaces you walk on.  No one answer in terms of length of time.

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Black Shell Plaza Semi-Brogues today.



-Mike
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