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Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by jet, Nov 3, 2008.

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  1. WhatAboutBob

    WhatAboutBob Senior member

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    Nice suprise in the mailbox today - got the venetian creme from Namor - excellent bottle and the red wing laces to use next time the alden ones break on the Indys... Now if I can just get that inheritance check from some long lost uncle I never heard of, my alden collection would be styling :nodding:
     
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    Forgot to add, I also got my Maker's Mark Christmas Sweater for the bottle as a Maker's Mark Ambassador. :slayer:
     
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    Coldsnap Senior member

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    Leaning towards it.
     
  4. Alcibiades

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    Black shoes are great with casual outfits (chinos, jeans) when you are wearing a black sweater, black peacoat, a flannel with red and black, etc. Those black captoes would work well with those outfits. I have black captoe balmoral boots which are likely a bit too formal with jeans - I would get a pair of black longwings or barrie lasted boots for casual outfits
     
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    Another data point in the “Should I size down a half size for the Van last” debate.

    New Brooks Brothers cordovan unlined LHS (Van last) on the left. Alden full strap cordovan (Aberdeen last) on the right. Both size 11B. I lined them up evenly and as you can see, the Van is a hair shorter and has a narrower heel than the Aberdeen full strap. The LHS width feels and looks narrower as well. I could size down in the full strap to 10.5C and be okay. No way could I do it with the LHS (tried it).

    Interesting thing on the color--I have worn the full strap about a dozen times (lightly—you can still see the outline of the “Shell Cordovan” stamp on the bottom of the sole) but you can see how the Color 8 has lightened up—the vamp shows the color shade in the pic but the entire shoe has lightened up to that shade. You can see it better in person. It looks awesome!:nodding:
     
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    good question-i know it is not wrong sizing and my assumption in my case is that my feet have changed.
     
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    always a good day for ravello, enjoy wearing
     
  8. ghdvfddzgzdzg

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    I was glad to read a few pages back about the barrie shell chukka fit issue--I was beginning to think my feet were just weird. Turns out, it's the shoe. Good to know, though it does make it hard to know what my Barrie size should be.
     
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    mcarthur Senior member

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    cigar indy are looking very good, enjoy wearing
     
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    they would work very well with suit oir khakis
     
  11. mcarthur

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    they work well with navy khakis
     
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    mcarthur Senior member

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    ravello full strap
    argyle otc
     
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    makewayhomer Senior member

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    more color comparisons:

    Staring at 9:00 with the

    Alden Whiskey Shell PTB
    Alden Ravello Shell Chukka
    AE Black Cherry Shell PTB
    C&J Brown Shell Wingtip Boot
    AE Brown Shell Loafer
    C&J Burgundy Shell PTBoot

    will be definitely getting rid of those ravello chukka boots due to fit issues mentioned above, too bad.


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  14. Spencer

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    Quick question, that I am sure has been answered before, but I am not about to search 1420 pages of Alden posts.

    Just got my first Cordovan boots. How often should I polish/shine them (Got Reno for polish)? On needed basis or after "X" amount of wears. Thanks.
     
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    I believe the mac method suggestion is paste wax after a minimum of 15 wears, preferably only when the shoe definitely needs it. So far all I've used is a little Reno myself, but I've been loving my Indys too much and haven't worn my shells more than 15 times to see how it treats them.
     
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