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post #77506 of 89866
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Originally Posted by fitchottie View Post


Two things the mark was not put there by me. It was received that way. Second I have snuff plain toe boots there are 5 years old rotated heavy thru summer and fall with no marks on the at all.

 

Then you've answered your own question - send them back.

 

Regards,

BN

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post #77507 of 89866
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Originally Posted by ironclad View Post

Haha, love the description. Looks like you swapped out the original laces for something different?

Yep, I did. $3 jobbers from my local cobbler.
post #77508 of 89866
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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post

Those boots look very project oriented. I don't know if it's just me but the trubalance Indy's are a super comfortable boot.

Agreed! And they do wonders for these flat dogs of mine!
post #77509 of 89866
Sell two of seven:
Black cordovan tanker boot (Barrie)
Black cordovan NST blucher (Aberdeen)
Color 8 wingtip boot (Barrie)
Color 8 captoe boot (Plaza)
Black cordovan unlined PTB (Barrie)
990 (Barrie)
Snuff plaza wingtip bluchers

Rule - you can only pick one black model
post #77510 of 89866
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Sell two of six:
Black cordovan tanker boot (Barrie)
Black cordovan NST blucher (Aberdeen)
Color 8 wingtip boot (Barrie)
Color 8 captoe boot (Plaza)
Black cordovan unlined PTB (Barrie)
990 (Barrie)

Rule - you can only pick one black model

Might help if you list your whole collection. Also do you prefer boots or shoes? Cause we are picking between a NST boot and shoe!
post #77511 of 89866
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Might help if you list your whole collection. Also do you prefer boots or shoes? Cause we are picking between a NST boot and shoe!

I added the snuff plaza wingtip shoes to the list... I don't prefer boots or shoes, but I find boots very useful here in NYC. That said I have enough boots not listed to fit every need. I also have color 8 tankers, which you would think make the black tankers unnecessary, but I actually wear the black tankers more...
post #77512 of 89866
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Sell two of seven:
Black cordovan tanker boot (Barrie)
Black cordovan NST blucher (Aberdeen)
Color 8 wingtip boot (Barrie)
Color 8 captoe boot (Plaza)
Black cordovan unlined PTB (Barrie)
990 (Barrie)
Snuff plaza wingtip bluchers

Rule - you can only pick one black model

This is a tough one, but I would vote the following off the island:
(1) Black cordovan tanker boot (Barrie)
(2) Color 8 wingtip boot (Barrie)
post #77513 of 89866
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

I added the snuff plaza wingtip shoes to the list... I don't prefer boots or shoes, but I find boots very useful here in NYC. That said I have enough boots not listed to fit every need. I also have color 8 tankers, which you would think make the black tankers unnecessary, but I actually wear the black tankers more...
Are both tankers on same soles - commando, regular? I would take out black nst and black shell unlined ptb. You must have several options for black ptb. Won't miss it. Or the color 8 wing tips if you enforce one black pick only.
post #77514 of 89866
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Sell two of seven:
Black cordovan tanker boot (Barrie)
Black cordovan NST blucher (Aberdeen)
Color 8 wingtip boot (Barrie)
Color 8 captoe boot (Plaza)
Black cordovan unlined PTB (Barrie)
990 (Barrie)
Snuff plaza wingtip bluchers

Rule - you can only pick one black model

I would cut:

(1) NST Blutcher in Black Shell
(2) 990 (#8 PTB) - But I love the Captoe and WT Boot (although prefer on plaza)
post #77515 of 89866
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post


I added the snuff plaza wingtip shoes to the list... I don't prefer boots or shoes, but I find boots very useful here in NYC. That said I have enough boots not listed to fit every need. I also have color 8 tankers, which you would think make the black tankers unnecessary, but I actually wear the black tankers more...

Al, just curious - what makes you wear the black tankers more than the color 8s? This seems like one of the few times I've heard of color 8 being trumped by black when comparing within models.

 

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Originally Posted by blackboard_knowledge View Post


This is a tough one, but I would vote the following off the island:
(1) Black cordovan tanker boot (Barrie)
(2) Color 8 wingtip boot (Barrie)

I respectfully disagree about booting the color 8 wt boot. It seems to me it is a  super versatile boot. I'm curious about your rationale for selling the color 8. Not trying to be testy, just interested in a different take than mine...

 

I'd be more inclined to lose the black nst shoe (which would have beaten the black shell ptb were it not for the unlined comfort issue) and the snuff on plaza.

post #77516 of 89866
Anyone have pics of black Indy boots with some real wear? Would love to see how they age. Thanks.
post #77517 of 89866
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Sell two of seven:
Black cordovan tanker boot (Barrie)

Black cordovan NST blucher (Aberdeen)
Color 8 wingtip boot (Barrie)
Color 8 captoe boot (Plaza)
Black cordovan unlined PTB (Barrie)
990 (Barrie)
Snuff plaza wingtip bluchers

Rule - you can only pick one black model

What size are you? It would help to know in the event the two I vote for should become available. :-)
post #77518 of 89866
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Sell two of seven:
Black cordovan tanker boot (Barrie)
Black cordovan NST blucher (Aberdeen)
Color 8 wingtip boot (Barrie)
Color 8 captoe boot (Plaza)
Black cordovan unlined PTB (Barrie)
990 (Barrie)
Snuff plaza wingtip bluchers

Rule - you can only pick one black model

I'll bite -

Black unlined PTB
Snuff plaza WTB

The only way I move the #8 WT Boot is if you are planning to buy the j.gilbert model on plaza....
post #77519 of 89866
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Originally Posted by Buckeye Nation View Post

I'll bite -

Black unlined PTB
Snuff plaza WTB

The only way I move the #8 WT Boot is if you are planning to buy the j.gilbert model on plaza....

I'm on that list. ;-)
post #77520 of 89866
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Originally Posted by johnnyrich7 View Post

In all honesty, why do you really care what everyone on this thread thinks? If you are happy with them, keep them, if you don't think they are up to your standards, then return them. But you seem to come on here somewhat regularly with a post asking what everyone thinks, and basically asking them to make the choice for you.

It's your call, they are your shoes.

Just make a choice and stick with it.


 

This is what I have been thinking but didn't want to say anything.  I remember a few more episodes, one in particular that involved a pair of Natty CXL Rancourt shoes that were slightly different shades.

 

@fitchottie I will add that these unfortunate imperfections are becoming more and more common on brand-new Aldens.  Either expect them and accept them, or spend your money elsewhere.

 

That is not to say that I am happy about getting less-than-perfect shoes, or that I think that Alden's QC standards are reasonable.  It has been said by others before that each individual has their own level of tolerance for what they are willing to accept.  Personally, I would have a tough time deciding what to do with this particular pair.  Some of the other flaws that you have objected to have seemed a bit ridiculous to me.

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