17 posts tagged shoes
These tassel loafers from Septieme Largeur continue to be my favorites this summer, beautifully shaped, endlessly adaptable, breathable and growing ever more comfortable. Im surprised how well they fit, everything else I’ve worn sock-less has given me a blister at one point or another. Yet I found myself breaking into a run trying to catch a shot today without a second thought..
A year ago I bought these Russel Moccasins at the Stronghold, 220$ was allot for a casual non goodyear welted sole, but they had the most pleasing design of any casual summer shoe I had seen, and I needed an egress route from the world of flip flops. A year later I’m still happy with my choice, the styling of the shoe is less jarring than either a traditional boat shoe or moccasin. Thought It is still a clunky casual shoe, and nothing I could wear with a formal outfit, it is much more tolerable than the contrast sole and stitching of a boat shoe, or the feminine fopishness of moccasin, I’ve even gotten on board with the beef roll upper. But in the end, what sold me then and pleases me now is that they moose-hide sole can be re-soled by Russel Moccasin and the unparalleled comfort of a broken in soft constructed leather shoe in the summer. And big points as always for on old all American brand.
Thrifted these a week ago, no idea who makes them but they are from Italy with a goodyear welted sole, fine stitching and a beautiful green color. They need some work though, so before I have them re-soled I gave them a good coat of Pecards leather dressing. I find that older less cared for shoes take an oil treatment much better than a shine at first..
the left one is un-treated and the right has been cleaned up and oiled.
WIWT, urban canyon, chilly mornings, any excuse. USN peacoat 17$ thrifted Lanvin jacket 40$ thrifted Left Field greaser jeans and Septieme Largeur suede tassle loafers
Ever wondered why many leather shoes have that stitched flap on the heel? its to re-enforce the area against tears as it sees more stress than other parts of the shoe (also why you should use a shoe horn). My fairly new single monks for Septieme Largeur tore just to the left of this re-enforced flap. feeling a little jaded I went down to my cobbler. I was surprised to find that they could be easily repaired (30$) by adding another flap, and Septieme Larguer did what they could to compensate for the somewhat damaged aesthetic
Recently I came across a great deal and managed to pick up 3 pairs of Alden desert boots (two light tan, one dark brown) and a pair of beige Church’s Custom Grade desert boots. I thought a short comparison and pictorial would help those of you looking for a good summer boot.
The differences between the two is very, very, slim and I start this review knowing that its really going to be a matter of personal preference that determines which you favor. That said, here are the facts. Both boots have unlined leather uppers and lowers. The profile is almost exactly the same as well, with the churches having a slightly higher and more shaped midsection. Obviously the shoes have different soles (though Church’s can be had goodyear welted as well), the Aldens goodyear welted and the Church’s a traditional crepe sole. The backstraps differ slightly, the Aldens have a separate piece of leather on the rear and the Churches have a cleanly sewed seam with re-enforcing stitching. The stitch counts balance out, the Aldens have a lower stitch count on the upper (6.5 stitches per inch) but have double stitching, while the churches have a much finer single stitch (13 per inch). These ratios flip flop on the sole, with Aldens at 9 per inch and the church’s at 5. Laces are so easily replaced i’m not sure they are worth mentioning, personally I found the Aldens slightly smaller laces to be more pleasing when tied, but they are also lacking the metal eyelets the church’s have, again thats more up to your personal taste.
Both of these shoes were comfortable. The softer crepe soul attributed to this on the Church’s, and the cushioned heel on the Aldens.
As far as sizing go I normally wear a 9.5, and both of these were marked 8.5, granted I stretched them a tiny bit in the toe but had I bought them in store It wold have been a safe bet to size a half size down to a 9.
By the price tag
Church’s 381$ (current, non custom model)