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Speaking of longwings, thinking of getting a pair in #8.  (Ordering your own xmas gifts can be fun!) 

So the question becomes - leather sole or commando sole?  I really like the commando sole on the AF53s, but is this shoe too formal for commandos?  I have several leather soles and am fine with them.

But, I live in the northeast so the extra traction has been helpful so far this fall/winter.

Thoughts?

In person, the LWB looks pretty casual. I think they'd look more appropriate with jeans than with a suit.

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In person, the LWB looks pretty casual. I think they'd look more appropriate with jeans than with a suit.
I plan on wearing my LWB with a suit tonight. I'm going the more casual route with no tie. I think it works and I'm confident in it. I asked my wife and she looked at me a little hesitantly until I said "I'm going just like this with no tie". Then she got it and agreed. Plus my LWB are Whiskey!!
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The longwings I have observed with commando soles are pretty casual (mainly because longwings in general are bulky shoes, and the commando adds to the bulk). The 975, 9751, and dark soled ravello and cigar longwings can be worn with suits. I guess whiskey can go with certain colors. I've been surprised as how well NSTs and even the 990/9901 go with suits.
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

I guess whiskey can go with certain colors.

How about Grey? Medium Grey. *fingers crossed*
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Originally Posted by CrackedCrab View Post

Captoes on Aberdeen #8

 

 

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King NST Aberdeen

 

 

Color 8 is in fact regal.  Well done gents!
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

I sold my Leffot Color 8 LWB and plan on picking up another color 8 blucher (I was thinking the 975 but I am also considering the captoe or NST blucher). My antique color 8s looked great sitting in store or on my shoe rack, but I didn't really reach for them that much. For example during the time I had both, I probably wore my Alden 990 10 times and the Leffot LWB one or two times. When it came to more casual outfits, I reached for my Leffot tankers or cigar chukkas or some other shoe more. This may be a function of the season, but during the summer and fall I wore my Leffot saddles more than the color 8 LWB.

To me the 975 moves much more easily between business casual and casual than the Leffot LWB, which look very casual. If Aldens are primarily a casual endeavor for you, then the Leffot longwings may be the ultimate shoe. But for my purposes, other shoes fit a bit better. YMMV.

I agree with this based on the black edging (975) v. antique edging (Leffot). I feel the same way, but perhaps to a lesser extent, if the comparison is between the 975 (leather sole) and the color 8 LWB on Commando sole.

I feel the same way about the cigar LWB (dark edging/dark welt v antique edging/light welt) - so much so that I had the light welt on my cigar LWB darkened by BNelson and I intentionally darkened the edging.
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

The longwings I have observed with commando soles are pretty casual (mainly because longwings in general are bulky shoes, and the commando adds to the bulk). The 975, 9751, and dark soled ravello and cigar longwings can be worn with suits. I guess whiskey can go with certain colors. I've been surprised as how well NSTs and even the 990/9901 go with suits.

I agree that these can be worn with suits, but they certainly aren't optimal.  Most of us on this thread own balmorals, or else sleeker bluchers/derbies, which are unequivocally more appropriate with suits.  Having said that, you'll rarely find someone noticing the difference unless you run into another SF member at said event...and here in California, anything goes...

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6 eye CXL crepe chukka up on Need Supply.

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NST Color 8 on Barrie?

Does anyone know where to find (if it's possible) the NST, in color 8, on the Barrie last? After a lot of searching it seems very rare (custom makeups in the past or used). There are lots of color 8 on Aberdeen, and black on Barrie, but not the combo I'm seeking.

Try Citishoes, NYC.
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Does the Grant last run large? I am a size 10D on a brannock and the 9.5D fits me on the Barrie last. Do I get a 10D or a 9.5D on the Grant last?

 

Thanks.. 

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^ Grant is fairly TTS from my experience, but I usually order both and return the one that doesn't fit as well.

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^^Grant last subject relevant to me as I've been trying to get my sizing right on a pair of 4065s. I wear a 10.5D in the Barrie and am torn between a 11D and a 10.5E in the Grant cap toe boots. I could make the 11Ds work but they have a bit too much "height" in the toe box for my liking. Highly recommend on ordering both and returning the one that doesn't fit, if possible.
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I take grant TTS

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To add to that, my Barrie size was way too tight in the Grant. If your only choice is 9.5D and 10D, I would recommend 10D.
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^ Grant is fairly TTS from my experience, but I usually order both and return the one that doesn't fit as well.

 

 

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^^Grant last subject relevant to me as I've been trying to get my sizing right on a pair of 4065s. I wear a 10.5D in the Barrie and am torn between a 11D and a 10.5E in the Grant cap toe boots. I could make the 11Ds work but they have a bit too much "height" in the toe box for my liking. Highly recommend on ordering both and returning the one that doesn't fit, if possible.

 

 

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I take grant TTS

 

 

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To add to that, my Barrie size was way too tight in the Grant. If your only choice is 9.5D and 10D, I would recommend 10D.

Thank you all.. 

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