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Thanks Be. Buying a scotch grain calfskin boot was a bit of a divergence for me. However, I absolutely love them. It is my first UK made shoe/boot and C&J does a fantastic job. I'm very tempted to get the Harlech boot in shell one of these days.
RE: the shine on the PCT boots, I'm still a bit surprised at how well they shined up. I didn't keep them that shiny for long but they sure looked pretty in the sun.
In my class, we go beyond mere rote memorization/recall and seek the analysis and synthesis in Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning. Be prepared to write responses to prompts such as...
-To what extent are the price differences between Alden, AE, Carmina, and C&J Shell Cordovan shoes and boots warranted?
-Assess the validity of the following statement... Bluchers are inherently casual shoes that should not be worn with suits.
-Evaluate the relative importance of factors contributing to the decline in the American shoe industry over the last 60 years.
Be sure to develop strong thesis statements that directly respond to the prompt. Lastly, be prepared to orally defend your papers to the class!
(I'm ready to propose my curriculum to the Board of Regents!)
I too like both. Although admittedly nearly all of my calf is non-Alden (but I have some Alden calf and have nothing against it).
An argument can be made that a well rounded shoe/boot wardrobe contains shell, calf, scotch grain/country calf, and suede.
Here's a side by side of a Barrie (left) and the Wolvernine Model 744 (right):
Judge for yourself which one you think looks better.
The 744 is 11D and the Barrie is a 10D.
The 744 feels narrower in the heel area than the Barrie, and has a roomier toebox. I personally find the 744's relatively narrower heel/wider toe box combo very comfortable. In order for me to get a proper fit in Barrie, primarily in the heel and arch areas, I've had to move to 10.5C, which appears visually longer than a size 11 744 boot (C width addresses most issues that I had with the Barrie last fit).
before your ninja edit , I was going to just say that from the posts here about this, I took it as Unionmade threw their hands up at the condition of the shoe.. I'd be irritated if I received that pair posted personally, but luckily I've yet to experience such a poor item (from any retailer, other than my C&J McCallums )