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

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  1. BootSpell

    BootSpell Senior member

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    Thanks, hkpm. Your input and observation about your Indy boots is good info for me.
     


  2. thebeebs

    thebeebs Senior member

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    Regarding LS's new black SWB:

    Do you prefer this shoe over the black LWB? I know many of you have built a collection of LWBs, so does this "throw off" your collection at all, adding an SWB?

    I guess what I'm really getting at is this: why buy this shoe instead of the black LWB? Those of you who have the Ravello SWB might chime in, since I know that's also a popular SWB.
     


  3. mexicutioner

    mexicutioner Senior member

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    dude those are sweet. i don't know why it never occurred to me that such a boot would be so cool looking and versatile:

    [​IMG]

    do you know if blackbird regularly has those in stock, or is it a once in a blue moon type deal?
     


  4. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    It looks like these boots are made of Tiger Blood and contain Adonis DNA. Great boots! :slayer:
    VERY informative post. This may not be the only thing I learned today but it is the most important. Thank you. :satisfied:
    Uncle, I am going to say this, and I do not say this lightly.
    [COLOR=0000AA]Of[/COLOR] [COLOR=0055AA]all[/COLOR] [COLOR=0088AA]the[/COLOR] [COLOR=333333]shoes[/COLOR] [COLOR=0166cc]you[/COLOR] [COLOR=3333cc]have[/COLOR] [COLOR=6699ff]posted[/COLOR] [COLOR=6633ff]those[/COLOR] [COLOR=660099]Ravello[/COLOR] [COLOR=990066]PTB's[/COLOR] [COLOR=0350AA]are [COLOR=0400AA]my[/COLOR] [COLOR=990033]favorites[/COLOR].

    thank you
     


  5. Kashiwa

    Kashiwa Senior member

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    ^^ I've always thought those were some of the more attractive black plain toes I've come across. Unfortunately it seems like they are not restocking them regularly........
     


  6. misterjuiceman

    misterjuiceman Senior member

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    Shifting of the tongue to the left or right side depends entirely on the way you walk--if you over or under pronate, it depends on the person more than the shoe.
     


  7. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Senior member

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    1) More unique / rarer (Alden shortwing bluchers are not readily available)
    2) the flat welt makes it a bit "dressier," so it goes a bit better with suits and such

    I was planning on buying black LWB around this fall, but I jumped on these instead and will pass on black longwings

    I have another non-Alden shortwing (the RL Marlow), so this is a welcome addition
     


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    Ahab Senior member

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    I like it a lot. To me this would not throw off my LWB collection because I have enough LWB's and the black is more formal and the wingtip is a slighly more formal shoe than the LWB.

    That being said I think a black cordovan cap toe would also fill my need for a black cordovan shoe.

    As an aside I also have black pepple grain calf LWB so YMMV. :happy:
     


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    Ahab Senior member

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    This is a common "problem" and many members have had the tongue sewn in place. If you search the thread you will find a couple of other solutions but none work as well.
     


  10. PipersSon

    PipersSon Senior member

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    So, I've read that various shell cordovan colors begin to fade with use. For example, color 8 becomes less intense with time and the original purple-ish color fades to a much lighter hue.

    Is that true? And is it true for all shell cordovan colors regardless of shoe brand?
     


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    It is also possible the Barrie last was molded from Mac's own feet :)
     


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    it would be nice if that was the case, then i would be entitled to the barrie last royalties
     


  13. zippyh

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    If that were true, then the tongues of all his boots would slip over.

    Some boots are just made with the tongue crooked and it slips over. I've got a pair of suede Indy boots where the left tongue slips to the right.
    Crockett & Jones boots typically have the left side of the right shoe's tongue stitched down to prevent the slippage. (And of course the right side of the left boot's tongue).
     


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    Allowing for the small possibility that Mac's feet weren't actually used to craft the Barrie last, does anybody know where the name (and the spelling) comes from?
     


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