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That's a granny knot, and it looks JV. It looks like both your overhands are left over right. I bet if you make the first overhand right over left you'll end up with a better looking knot (loops left and right not front and back) that doesn't come untied all day.
Beautiful shoes! They deserve the best.
those navy cxl lwb on Jcrew's website looks pretty good to me!
FYI, these are not covered by the promo code . . . but the navy CXL PTBs are!
If I had a J Crew card I would buy that remaining size 9 in a heartbeat.
I find the above statement regarding calf (and suede as well) odd and misguided. Well cared for is the key. I contend that well cared for calf leather of a decent quality can last as long as decent shell cordovan.
I wear and own some shoes made of shell cordovan and others made of calf, both of which have been subjected to regular wear for more than ten years, have been resoled when necessary, and look quite good (perhaps even relatively new). The longevity of a high quality leather Goodyear welted pair of shoes has more to do with care than anything else. If you take a calf (or shell) pair of shoes and use appropriately fitted shoe trees religiously, polish occasionally, resole when necessary, and dry appropriately after they have become wet, while taking a few other basic care/preventative steps, your shoes can easily last over ten years and look nice regardless of material.
High quality leather (and other non-shell materials) will develop smaller creases than shell. But conditioning and polishing said leather will prevent it from cracking and deteriorating; this is not really difficult. However, if you don't want to spend the time and effort to look after your shoes, then choose shell. It is true that shell handles neglectful wear better than calf. But the idea that shell far surpasses calf in terms of longevity when well cared for, as stated, is humorously exaggerated and wrongheaded.
Well THAT escalated quickly.
COC, just curious - what is your care regimen?
My Hampton and Barrie sizes are 8.5D and 8D, respectively.
You would think that your Hampton in the Aberdeen size would work ... particularly since the Hampton appears to have a less pointed toe than the Aberdeen.
The odd thing for me is that I think my Hampton size is the same as my Barrie. My Hampton balmorals feel huge for a 9D, lots of toe room and a little on the long side.
I'm not sure if that's a last issue or just the fact that balmorals are tough to get right.
Beat up and look great. Maybe I will give them a brush and a bone after a few more wears.
So far they have seen snow, rain and one puddle. Still holding up great.
I will say I find them a wee but stuff in the ankle.
Definitely a great colour.
Now I need more 😉
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