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

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  1. Don L

    Don L Senior member

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    I think the Aberdeen is the perfect last for the NST shoe.
    I do, however, like the Plaza on the NST Boot

    Not sure I would like an NST shoe on Barrie?
    Then I got a pair of Ravello on Barrie and really don't notice much difference. Prefer the Aberdeen fit though.
     
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    Double post.
     
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    dcinitial Senior member

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    Could you kindly provide a link to this?
     


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    Doesnt bother me, was just wondering if it was a defect.
    If its a "natural" thing then i shall leave it.
     


  5. ATLVol

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    Pleasant surprise waiting for me this morning at the office.....CXL LHS from Leather Soul.....these are honestly the most comfortable shoes I have ever put on straight out of the box.....no tightness across the vamp at all which has not been my experience with either the shell or suede versions that I have tried on in the past in the same size.

    A question for the members though.....if there are not initially any pressure points will the leather still stretch? I am asking because they fit perfectly right now but if they were to stretch much they may end up being loose.

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    Looks as though you're moving straight to a masters. I can't add much to help you, I do not own chukkas and look at them as more of a casual shoe. I wear a suit every day. Love my LWBs and wear them casually and with sport coats, sometimes with a suit. Have not tried suede yet, again maybe a little too casual for me.
     


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    If suede, Snuff (or if not, tan). If shell, Whiskey or Ravello if you can find it. No shorts, IMHO.

    Your shells Ideally won't need wax for 6 months. At the minimum 15 wearings. Don't use cream polish on shell. If you take care of them properly you will never need renomat. It is said that saddle soap should not be used on shell.

    If you need to buy more than one jar of reno, you are probably overusing it. Not sure about reno, but I know that the Saphir Cordovan Cream has a 5 year shelf life, so no use stocking up.

    I would be reluctant to use regular store water-proofer on my shell, but maybe it will be fine. Not a risk I'm willing to take.

    You should get a suede protectant for your suede shoes and treat before you wear em outside.

    You just need one or the other Wax/Cordovan cream, not both, but I have acquired both. Bought the saphir in every color and then received complimentary aldex wax with subsequent purchases. (yes, get the appropriate color for each)

    Your instinct is correct. Stick to the method. Get some good horse hair brushes. One for each color, however, you can use the same one for all, up until you apply wax. I say one for each to avoid cross contamination of different colored wax. YOu can get some daubers (applicators) while you are at it, although not as essential as the brushes.

    There was some discussion in the past 4 weeks about good places to buy brushes. Check my post history if you have trouble finding it because I know I threw in $.02.


    PTB LWB
     


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    Awesome loafer! However the CXL is a little prone to stretching. All of my CXL shoes do. So mybe be conststant with you socks. If you sport them with wooly socks this time of year, they may be a little sloppy if you decide to go sockless come summer. $0.02
     


  9. sevenfoldtieguy

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    The NST on the Barrie is decent, IMO.

    Alden should put the NST shoe (and many others) on the Plaza and call it good. :)

    The Plaza for the NST boot (frankly, for any boot) is my first choice hands down. I have Plaza lasted boots in NST, plaintoe, captoe, and WT.
     


  10. Papa Doble

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    I disagree, but it's a matter of opinion/personal style choice of course. If I saw a pair of NSTs on the aberdeen in the wild, I'd surely think they looked great.

    It's been said before, but the issue some have with the NST shoe is that it's a casual style (split toe blucher) with a formal (flat 270 degree) welt, and on a formal last if it's on the aberdeen. I happen to agree, and think the NST is better as a boot.
     


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    I tried them on with the thin socks I typically wear at work but I do plan to wear them without socks or with loafer socks most of the time as I wanted them primarily for wear with chinos and shorts in the spring, summer and fall.
     


  12. Papa Doble

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    I think I have a little more love for the NST boot on the barrie, but I definitely agree that more Aldens should be made on the plaza.
     


  13. Steel28

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    Pre-ordered LS Safari snuff suede boots on Plaza last :)
     
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    The reason I posed the NST/LWB/PTB question is that I have been wearing my cigar NSTs a lot less than I expected (basically not at all). For some reason the NST pattern seems a bit more casual than a normal brogue pattern, yet the last and welt are sleek. Cigar PTBs look great, and the PTB in 9.5E fits me like a glove, while Aberdeen in 10E fits well but not as well as the barrie PTBs. Also, the cigar PTB can be worn with both business casual and denim while the NSTs don't go as well with denim (at least for me). There are a lot of eBay buyers from Japan in my size that like rare cordovan, so I may just throw the NSTs on eBay to see what happens (only have been worn twice)

    That said, the barrie NST pattern on a boot (tanker) works extremely well IMO

    EDIT - I've also always admired the Ralph Lauren cordovan PTB, and I feel like Alden's will just be a better fitting version of it
     
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  15. El Argentino

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    Personal opinion is that the NST is far too casual to wear as anything but a heavy boot. NST shoes looks awkward and overly informal, no matter which the last.

    Are not lasts moreso designed to accomodate certain foot types rather than manipulate the look of the shoe? At least to a degree? Or are lasts purely aesthetic?
     


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