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  1. Profligate47

    Profligate47 Senior member

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    I got a pair of #8 shortwings yesterday in the mail. I got these at 15% off, but was told that they would be delayed until next April. Now wondering if I should keep or return them, considering I just got a pair of cigar longwings. What are people's opinions on the shortwings?

    Also wondering if I should Topy my longwings? I searched this thread and did not find much about this.

    I too am into shortwings, finding the longwings too clunky. I have the 974 on the Tremont last in color 8 and love them with grey flannels...[​IMG]
     
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    Just curious, but what are everyones thoughts on speed hooks vs. all eyelets on Alden boots? Anyone with experience care to share?
     
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    IMHO the Alden brown wax is an exact match for ravello, as is the Alden tan for the whiskey.

    Interestingly, my local Alden rep uses cream on his cordovan. (I do use Venetian occasionally)
     
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    Just curious, but what are everyones thoughts on speed hooks vs. all eyelets on Alden boots? Anyone with experience care to share?

    I have a pair of Indy's with the hooks, and cap toes with all eyelets,I much prefer the eyelets. The eyelets just are cleaner for me.
     
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    IMHO the Alden brown wax is an exact match for ravello, as is the Alden tan for the whiskey.

    Interestingly, my local Alden rep uses cream on his cordovan. (I do use Venetian occasionally)


    I try not to wax my cordovan AT ALL. Vigorous brushing and occasional cream to keep the leather moist.
     
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    I try not to wax my cordovan AT ALL. Vigorous brushing and occasional cream to keep the leather moist.

    That is what is great about cordovan, everyone has their own technique and no one manages to ruin them.
     
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    Just curious, but what are everyones thoughts on speed hooks vs. all eyelets on Alden boots? Anyone with experience care to share?

    trade offs

    eyelets look nicer but are harder to deal with
     
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    Man with Apple Senior member

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    trade offs

    eyelets look nicer but are harder to deal with


    Ya, that's what I thought. But in reality, no one even sees the speed hooks when they are being worn because they are covered by your pants.

    What draw backs, apart from aesthetic looks, does anyone think all eyelets have?
     
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    Just got on the next j gilbert order for the plaza last #8 cordovan NST boot that they have on order. Can't wait
     
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    Ya, that's what I thought. But in reality, no one even sees the speed hooks when they are being worn because they are covered by your pants.

    What draw backs, apart from aesthetic looks, does anyone think all eyelets have?


    They catch on pant hems. But I love them.
     
  11. Horty

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    Alden noob here. Are the Indy Boots (or any Alden boots in general) warm enough and built for a Colorado winter? I wouldn't be wearing them in deep/heavy snow but just as a daily boot if there is light snow and 20-30 degrees temps. Any recommendations?

    I just copped the #8 indys from TSM for wear around Denver. I originally was going to get the chromexcel, but I decided that i wanted the commando sole so I won't slam on an inch of snow..... which also helped me "justify" to myself that buying shell was worth the extra money. Of course I just really wanted the shells. Now I have to do some research on how to care for the boots; I did buy the #8 wax

    I will probably get some chromexcels in the spring.... maybe they will be released with the commando sole.
     
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    By "nice," I mean "resoleable" and "not a sneaker."

    I have a pair of black calfskin AE perforated captoes I picked up in the BST here for dressy occasions, so I'm looking for a shoe that leans more casual. Something in black Chromexcel with a plain or moccasin toe would be grand, blucher or even chukka...

    I really like the idea of cordovan - its durability and weather resistance. The thing I have against it is that it is so shiny in every picture I've seen. Is it really that shiny in person?


    Depending on your definition of "nice", I would question your preferred choice of leather. Chromexcel leather is not a typical dress leather; rather it's supposed to be worn with minimal maintenance and treatment for a more rugged look. Chromexcel is also pretty thick so it's not very pliable. I'm not sure how well it would take a polish either.

    Both are standard models produced by Alden:

    http://www.aldenshop.com/DrawOneShoe.asp?CategoryID=132 *edit* I just realized that this is on the Plaza last, not the Barrie *edit*
    http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/index...Oxford_259.htm These are on the Barrie last, but are not a standard model.
    http://www.aldenshop.com/DrawOneShoe.asp?CategoryID=47

    My opinion is that the cordovan is worth the extra $160.
     
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    I apologize. I meant to respond to this earlier.

    Is this a pain when wearing the boots? Is it a pain that is more severe in the morning and lessens as the day goes on? Does it feel like bruising on the bottom of the foot?


    not in my case, it's a pain that shows up later in the day and it's on the upper portion of the heel bone (quick google search tells me this is the calcaneous?) right were the boot's rigid heel cup meet the more flexible upper leather. i work in downtown seattle which is relatively hilly in spots, so i attribute it to walking up hills and just having the boot put a lot of pressure one the heel.

    100yrs sounds just like my issue. It typically shows up after walking for a while. I should also mention I only really noticed it with the standard 405 indys. I'm attributing it to my right foot being too tight because my little toe has started to rub on that side as well. I did notice the toe rubbing on my cordovan indys of the same size so I decided to put them for sale and try a larger size. Maybe the trubalance last isnt right for me. 100yrs let me know if you find a sizing solution.
     
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    Just curious, but what are everyones thoughts on speed hooks vs. all eyelets on Alden boots? Anyone with experience care to share?

    I like the look and feel of the all eyelets better. I only have the standard indy speed hooks to compare to vs. the cordovan all eyelets but they seem much more comfortable. I think its just as fast to get in and out of the all eyelets all well. It seems like Alden would disagree since the majority of their boots appear to come with speed hooks.
     
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    Day 1 with Alden Wingtip Ravello Cordovan

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    really awesome boots. can't wait for my pair of cigar shells to arrive from a long journey across the globe [​IMG]

    thanks for sharing.
     
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