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My contribution to Ravello week

 

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Originally Posted by coinopcollector View Post

Favorite for now are my new wingtip color 8 boots on commando. Dream makeup would be a medallion Captoe boot on commando , color 8 with an antique edge. BTW I would wear both with a suit.
As for the formality issue, that black balmoral standard is dead IMHO. I'm a lawyer and and wear a suit often and at least a jacket and tie most days. I was in court yesterday with about 15 other lawyers in suits. I wore a grey BB 1818 suit with my wingtip commando color 8 boots. I easily had on the nicest shoes. Most of the others, even if they were wearing nice suits had on crappy rubber soled shoes or the standard Bostonian or J&M black calf balmorals all beat up and in need of a shine and new heals.
I personally don't care for balmorals and have never owned a single pair. I am a blucher man all the way.

Exactly right (though I like my balmorals)
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My favourite shoe (that I own) is the Tanker Boot in colour 8.

My dream shoe would be a cigar tanker or a whiskey long wing.
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Originally Posted by coinopcollector View Post

Favorite for now are my new wingtip color 8 boots on commando. Dream makeup would be a medallion Captoe boot on commando , color 8 with an antique edge. BTW I would wear both with a suit.
As for the formality issue, that black balmoral standard is dead IMHO. I'm a lawyer and and wear a suit often and at least a jacket and tie most days. I was in court yesterday with about 15 other lawyers in suits. I wore a grey BB 1818 suit with my wingtip commando color 8 boots. I easily had on the nicest shoes. Most of the others, even if they were wearing nice suits had on crappy rubber soled shoes or the standard Bostonian or J&M black calf balmorals all beat up and in need of a shine and new heals.
I personally don't care for balmorals and have never owned a single pair. I am a blucher man all the way.

Agreed. The notion of Bluchers not being adequately dressy always struck me as strange.
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Depends where you work.
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^ Where could one possibly work and be frowned upon for wearing dressy bluchers?  Please name the situation, I'm genuinely curious.

 

FWIW, and others are entitled to their own opinions, I work with attorneys and financiers from the world's top firms (Skadden, Latham, Quinn Emanuel, Goldman Sachs, Oaktree, Colony, Blackstone, etc) and cannot think of one person at any of these firms who even knows the difference between the two, let alone look at someone funny for not adhering to this nonsensical standard.

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Originally Posted by thebeebs View Post

^ Where could one possibly work and be frowned upon for wearing dressy bluchers?  Please name the situation, I'm genuinely curious.

FWIW, and others are entitled to their own opinions, I work with attorneys and financiers from the world's top firms (Skadden, Latham, Quinn Emanuel, Goldman Sachs, Oaktree, Colony, Blackstone, etc) and cannot think of one person at any of these firms who even knows the difference between the two, let alone look at someone funny for not adhering to this nonsensical standard.

Exactly. I've worn suits most of my career and I never knew the difference before stumbling across this site about a year ago.
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Originally Posted by ErikW View Post

My contribution to Ravello week



Erik,

Those are some beautiful LWBs.

-Mike
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post
 

 

It's funny that you are the one that took that picture, because it always comes up in google image searches for "Ravello". (And why wouldn't it)

 

While image theft is common on the internet, I can promise you that that was my photo, though I doubt you'll take me on my word alone. I guess I can't blame you, considering that I'm new to this forum and have little credibility. So, just for kicks, here's me on that same hill near the aptly-named town of Scala overlooking Ravello. (Apologies for the beater clothes and shoes. They were my hiking clothes for the day.)

 

 

And with that said, I think I'll just stick to posting photos of shoes from now on.

 

 

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Darn you guys!!! I have always really wanted to go to Italy!!! Now you guys are making it even more tempting. That looks absolutely beautiful and just searching the Internet and Wiki about Ravello, Italy, it just looks magnificent. Maybe I should have another Ravello week, but this time Ravello, Italy! :-)

 

Have a good one.

 

-Mike

 

I'm sure you'll love it, Mike. An entire week in just Ravello would be a bit much considering everything else that is nearby, but I'm sure you were just using the term loosely :) 

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Love to get some expertise with sizing.

 

I have a pair of Alden 405s that I love.  It definitely took some time to break them in where I really thought I bought a size too small in the beginning.  I usually wear 10 in athletic shoes and went with size 9 in 405s.


I recently got the cordovan captoe blucher as a gift in the same size 9.  They fit pretty tight on my feet and can't figure out if I need to break them in or size up?

 

I'm SURE there is a member on the board who owns both Indy 405s and a captoe blucher.  do you recommend staying with same size?

 

Thanks!

 

picture I took from this thread for reference.

 

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My second whiskey after LWB

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Would be really helpful. Thanks :)

 

 

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Originally Posted by Francks View Post
 

Hey folks, 

 

I wear a 9D captoe boots on the barrie last. They fit me great.

However when the laces are not tied using the hooks (so just using the bottom holes), I feel like my heels could slip.

 

Of course nobody wears his boots like this but I tried this to imagine how a ptb would fit since I plan to purchase the 990. 

 

So, Do you think I should take another width size for the ptb like 9C or the shoes in 9D will likely fit me (still barrie last) ?

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Originally Posted by hwiya320 View Post

Love to get some expertise with sizing.

I have a pair of Alden 405s that I love.  It definitely took some time to break them in where I really thought I bought a size too small in the beginning.  I usually wear 10 in athletic shoes and went with size 9 in 405s.


I recently got the cordovan captoe blucher as a gift in the same size 9.  They fit pretty tight on my feet and can't figure out if I need to break them in or size up?

I'm SURE there is a member on the board who owns both Indy 405s and a captoe blucher.  do you recommend staying with same size?


Size up for sure.
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Dranguschu - those whiskey PTBs are fantastic. I've been checking with every big Alden retailer trying to get on a pre-order list for those but nobody is planning on running those again anytime soon. I'll keep checking back to see if that changes.

My favorite Alden - I'm still a relative small-timer with "only" 6 pairs (only on SF can 6 pairs of $500-$700 shoes be described as "only"), but my favorite pair are my Epaulet Color 8 Brixton wingtip boots with all eyelets and antique edge. I have some other Color 8 and burgundy shell shoes, but the shade in my Brixtons came out just the way I like them. Not too dark, with beautiful eggplant undertones.
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Originally Posted by hwiya320 View Post
 

Love to get some expertise with sizing.

 

I have a pair of Alden 405s that I love.  It definitely took some time to break them in where I really thought I bought a size too small in the beginning.  I usually wear 10 in athletic shoes and went with size 9 in 405s.

 

 

 

 

 

For best results, try to determine your brannock size/measured shoe size. That makes it much easier to provide recommendations based on the standard TTS or size down by half. For instance, it's standard for most folks to size down 1/2 from your brannock for Barrie or Trubalance. If your measured size is a 10, like your athletic shoe size, most would recommend a 9.5 in the Indy boot.

 

The Alden straight tip blucher is on the Aberdeen last, IIRC. Most recommend going TTS or true to your brannock measurement. Good luck!

 

Just noticed this is your first post. Welcome aboard.

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