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

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  1. stevent

    stevent Senior member

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    They fade differently but sometimes they look similar. If you like the shoe get both colors.

    As for $710 well that depends how much you like LWBs and how much wear you are going to get out of them. At around $710 you could get C&J handgrade, Edward Green on sale etc that are arguably a much better shoe



    Yeah the tobacco color is weird, not a fan at all


    Sun lightens the C&J finishing a ton, both were C&J cognac


    Natty CXL Indys are just fine for summer. I wear shell boots in 105 weather just fine
     
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  2. Marshall W

    Marshall W Active Member

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    I'll second that. I'm pretty happy with mine. I have received more complements from ladies when wearing my calf LWBs than my shell chukkas. I know its an apples and oranges comparison, but IMO shell looks great in a plain toe. The rare shell fetish doesn't really intrigue me (yet), so the only shell LWBs that are of any interest to me are in black, and that's more for the luster aspect.

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    I will say though that the shell chukkas are by far the most comfortable shoes I own. I had a third hole added.

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  3. ReppTiePrepster

    ReppTiePrepster Senior member

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    Stevent quote: Yeah the tobacco color is weird, not a fan at all.

    I agree; too orange. I wouldn't recommend to others. But it was my first Alden purchase and I have a sentimental attachment to it. Very happy those orange shoes introduced me to Alden! I still find outfits I can pair well with the tobacco waxed LWB.

    Stevent quote: Sun lightens the C&J finishing a ton, both were C&J cognac

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    I don't believe the darker Marlows you referenced were cognac, but I could be wrong.
     
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    Umm, no. Those have faded a lot. They were a lot darker when new. The flash did make them look lighter than they are in normal light but the same is true for the new pair
     


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    Anyone have opinions on what color I should get on Alden Indy Boots? I'm in love with Color 8 but I don't like how it looks on the boot. I'm also having trouble trying to spend that extra however many hundred dollars for shell...

    I know the classics are the 403 and 405. Does anyone have an opinion on which one I should get?
     


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    sevenfoldtieguy Senior member

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    Black shell from TSM. :nodding:.
     


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    The C&J dark brown shell shortwing blucher is sublime.
     


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    I wear denim with black shell all the time - including LWB, PTB, Chukka, Indy. I also do the same with cigar as RTP notes he does.
     


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    I would favor Chromexcel leather to plain calf, but that's just me.
     


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    1493. Glad to hear they'll stretch. I'm sure shoe trees will help a bit too.
     


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    Can I get some help with the tremont last? I'm an 8.5c brannock, 8d Barrie is fine on me, the 8.5d leydons I picked up are a bit tight but seem like they'll be fine with wear (thanks).

    Looking at the chart that was posted a while back, it seems like I'd be an 8d in tremont, but Kathy in DC suggested 8.5d. What's everyone's experience with tremont?
     


  12. Dr. D

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    Since you have a local Alden store, I would highly recommend going in and trying on a couple of tremonts to find out what size works best. I know Kathy has more sizing experience then all of us put together, but no advice can ever compare to having them on your own feet.
     


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    +1 on trying different styles on different lasts.
     


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    This is exactly what I did before purchasing the whiskey wingtips from Alden DC. Head to Alden Madison and try on a few color 8 or black balmoral wingtips. Make sure to try different widths as well.
     
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    Any experience with stretching out calf Aldens ?


    I've got Unionmade officer shoe (PTB) in Leydon 6D and they are feeling small and painful after day-long wear (even after 30 or so days)

    However, I also have the unlined suede chukka Leydon 6D and it feels good - maybe unlined suede is much more forgiving or it is lining that makes big difference?

    Do you know if it would be possible to stretch them somehow ? Or better find the right pair of legs on b&s ?
     


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