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I agree with this.

 

Its a bit of both. "Cool" due to promotion.

As well as aware, due to Styleforum, Twitter... etc.

And companies like J.Crew introducing people like me to the brand who would never have found it otherwise.  It's not just shoes, though.  Look what people are paying for jam at the farmers markets, or at restaurants for sausages that are made in house, with scratch made mustard. I think there's a big push for hand-craftmaship everywhere. More and more people are tired of buying junk. 

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I love when folks say you cant wear black shoes casually....
It is then that I pull out the red pants.
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Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do.
post #80973 of 90182
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Those look great.  Would you mind detailing the process (including the products involved)?

I'd like to do this for my Jcrew PCTs.  The only reason I haven't already is because of the dark welt; do you like how the dark welt sits with the antiqued edge?

If you check one of my previous responses you will see the steps I used. The welt didn't present me with a dilemma because it is not really visible on these shoes. However, I have a pair of color 8 Florshiem's that I'm about to convert and the welt will remain dark. Check the Leffot images of their recent LWB preorder to get a sense of how this will look. I'm vine with it but it's really a matter of preference.
post #80974 of 90182
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Originally Posted by Don L View Post

JGilbert #8 Plaza NST Boots


Great shoes donl. That color is so rich.
post #80975 of 90182
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post


Nice pick. Those are nice and present me with a dilemma. I actually like these a little better than my recently acquired jcrew PCT's but I got the PCT's at a great price. Tough call for me but congrats for you.

Thanks!  The JCrew PCTs were my first choice, but they were out of stock in 9.5D.  I do like the commando sole of the Unionmade, but it's not important for me to have commando as I'm an office guy.

 

I bought these but now I'm wondering how many boot uses I'll get out of the next week or two.  It's going to warm up big time and I feel like I'll want to be wearing something more like the 975.

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Originally Posted by DpprDr View Post

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Wonderful LWB-family pic!!

 

What are they in order??

Color 8, Cigar, Ravello, ???, Natural Chromexcel

post #80977 of 90182

^Whiskey?

post #80978 of 90182
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post

Wonderful LWB-family pic!!

What are they in order??
Color 8, Cigar, Ravello, ???, Natural Chromexcel

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Originally Posted by wklq76a View Post

^Whiskey?
I assumed whiskey as well.
post #80979 of 90182
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Originally Posted by Handcuffed View Post



i'm thrilled with how they look although I am a bit concerned that the cap toe is so much darker than the rest of the boot in brighter light.

 

 

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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post
 

first thing that my eyes were drawn to, and in a good way.. I wouldn't fret.

 

 

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Agreed. I love the slight contrast.

I too, like the color variation in cap toe models...

 


However, if you do not prefer the variation, there is a simple way to even-out the light colored (almost pink) shade where color 8 shoes crease.

1) Wipe down with warm, damp cloth.

2) Apply very thin layer of color 8 paste wax to area and let sit for a couple of minutes.

3) Buff with soft cloth.

4) Apply another very thin layer of black paste wax to the area and let sit for a couple of minutes.

5)Buff with soft cloth and brush.

 

I have NOT done this to any of my color 8 shoes, but a local Alden dealer does this for customers who complain about the creasing and discoloration that comes with the creasing.  They get good results and their customers come back for more shell!

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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post
 

blue suede


Very nice DV.  I was just looking at this same pair on the Alden-Madison website... very tempting!

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Originally Posted by Don L View Post

JGilbert #8 Plaza NST Boots


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One of the best, IMO.

Don, Are your speed hooks popping out? My top-most speed hooks are starting to pop out of the leather. This is the 3rd pair of boots that this has happened on.

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post #80982 of 90182

This may be a dumb question, but is there an alternate to Alden's Leather Defender?

It seems like it would be something they are getting private labeled, made by 3M or someone similar.

post #80983 of 90182
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post

I too, like the color variation in cap toe models...



However, if you do not prefer the variation, there is a simple way to even-out the light colored (almost pink) shade where color 8 shoes crease.
1) Wipe down with warm, damp cloth.
2) Apply very thin layer of color 8 paste wax to area and let sit for a couple of minutes.
3) Buff with soft cloth.
4) Apply another very thin layer of black paste wax to the area and let sit for a couple of minutes.
5)Buff with soft cloth and brush.

I have NOT done this to any of my color 8 shoes, but a local Alden dealer does this for customers who complain about the creasing and discoloration that comes with the creasing.  They get good results and their customers come back for more shell!

FWIW, I have also attempted something similar with good results on a pair of Vintage Florsheim Imperial v-cleats that I got of Ebay; However - they arrived with a lot of wax buildup in the creases from years of doing this^^ over and over. I brushed and watered them out to get all of the old, cracked, black out of the creases and was left with creases that were significantly lighter than the rest of the vamp.

I used saphir cordovan creme in the burgundy color they offer, rubbed it into the creases and let it sit for about 5-7 minutes, and then brushed until shine. Had to repeat maybe 2 or 3 times, but it has completely taken care of the color discrepancies, and I suspect it may be better for the shoe than layers and layers of wax paste.
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post
 
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post

Wonderful LWB-family pic!!

What are they in order??
Color 8, Cigar, Ravello, ???, Natural Chromexcel
 
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Originally Posted by wklq76a View Post

^Whiskey?
I assumed whiskey as well.


That's really dark for whiskey.  I thought it might be an older batch of ravello, but who knows??

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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post
 

blue suede


Very nice DV.  I was just looking at this same pair on the Alden-Madison website... very tempting!


I will warn you that the Alden Madison version doesn't have the brass eyelets - they are hidden. I returned them because, personally, I like MrDV's version better. MrDV, where did you get these from?
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