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What do you get when a dirty buck gets down and…well, dirty with a pair of Indy boots? This stupid-good-looking make up that recently hit the shelves at Leffot.

Price hits at $475. And yes: It’s worth it.

Holy hell, I want these.

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Leffot)

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James had me in stitches for pretty much the entire shoot. This is, far and away, my favorite picture from the evening…

I recently had the chance to work James Rand on a photo shoot at his place in Brooklyn. Aside from being a great friend of mine, the man also happens to be a great photographer. Lucky for that.

It was a Sunday evening. I brought the clothing (and some beer), he brought the photo gear (and the talent), and we got to shooting some looks for spring with gear from my own collection.

The shots here are all from that evening.

(A note: the background was the only one available, and the photographer specifically requested I express his apologies for the…shall we say…boldness of the color.)

Look No. 1:

Jacket – Gant Rugger, Sweater – J. Crew, Shirt – Uniqlo, Jeans – APC, Belt – Brackney, Shoes – Bass



Look No. 2:

Jacket – Baron Wells, Shirt – Taylor Stitch, Tie – Jack Spade, Belt – Brackney, Chinos – Epaulet, Socks – Pantherella, Shoes – Alden




Look No. 3:

Jacket – Lewis Leathers for The Garbstore, Shirt – Taylor Stitch, Belt – Brackney, Jeans – Epaulet, Socks – Panterella, Shoes – Alden



Look No. 4:

Jacket – Baron Wells, Shirt – Taylor Stitch, Tie – Graham Withers, Jeans – Epaulet, Socks – Pantherella, Shoes – Alden

And that’s that.

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of James S. Rand)

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These are a fantastic take on the saddle shoe. Gotta love that Color 8 cordovan upper and the way the brown alpine grain leather provides the perfect counterpoint. Complete with a flex welt sole, and done up on the Barrie last (one of the most comfortable lasts I’ve ever worn).

They hit at Leffot very recently, but nevertheless have sold out in everything but 7.5 and 11.5. If you’re relatively small- or large-footed, rejoice! If not, I guess you’ll have to be content to just stare at them (like me).

They’ll run you $550, if you’re one of the lucky ones that can fit into the remaining sizes.

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Leffot)

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These guys are so damn killer I can’t even get my shit together to write a series of coherent sentences about them.

Whiskey cordovan…Contrasting tan midsole…18 pairs…Double leather sole…Stupid good looking…

Want.

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Available exclusively at Epaulet ($650).

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Epaulet)

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Want some shell cordovan from Alden in your life but can’t drop the nearly 600 bones it’d take to get a pair of shoes or boots? Then you may want to take a look at the couple of card cases the New England bootmakers have on offer in this famous grandaddy of leathers.

Some brief background: Shell cordovan is horsehide (cut from the rump, actually) that’s gone through a full six months of vegetable tannage and hand finishing. It’s relatively supple from the get go, but it’s also tough as nails, and it develops an especially rich patina over the years. At the moment, Horween is the sole tannery producing it.

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So yeah. It’s horse’s ass. But it’s really nice horse’s ass.

Though it’s mainly used for shoes, Alden had the good sense to bring it into a couple of handsome card cases. Consider it a gateway drug into the cordovan footwear world, or just a great supplemental piece if you’re already chasing that dragon.

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There are two styles currently available at Blackbird: one folds, one doesn’t, and both are emblazoned with the Alden crest for good measure. And with an $83 or $84 price tag (respectively), they’re not going to put you in the poorhouse if you want to grab an extra as a stocking stuffer for the Alden fiend in your life.

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Blackbird)

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Portland’s Winn Perry has teamed with Alden to make a classic, versatile captoe boot with a nod to the menswear store’s Pacific Northwest locale.

Done in Vegano Tan Calf leather, they feature a heavily oiled double waterlock sole to better handle the soggy conditions so commonplace in the region. The soles are designed to prevent water from getting into the pores of the leather, which serves double duty by extending the life of the leather (moisture causes the material to degrade more rapidly) while keeping your feet dry. There’s also a full rubber heel–a deadstock component from the middle of the 20th century with a a distinguishing starburst shape on the bottom–for increased traction and durability.

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But it’s clearly not just about utility with these guys. The simple captoe design coupled with the medium-brown uppers is a sharp, refined combination. Add to that the shape of the Barrie last, which features a nicely rounded toebox that skirts the line between dress and casual pretty perfectly, and you’ve got some damn good looking boots on your hands.

Round out the whole package with some of the features and production methods that bring these boots up to Alden’s exacting standards: natural cork insoles, steel shanks in the arch for comfort and support, full leather linings, a full 360 degree reverse welt, and of course handmade construction.

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There’s only a few left at this point, in sizes 7, 9, 11.5, and 12. If you’re one of those sizes (keeping in mind that the Barrie runs one half size large), don’t sleep. Demand is clearly high.

If you’re not, don’t panic. A restock should hit in late April 2011, with the only possible shift being a different heel due to the limited availability of the starburst version. Mark your calendars.

They’ll run you $450, and as we’re all well aware, they’re available at Winn Perry.

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Winn Perry)

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These Alden for Epaulet black suede chukkas are the latest in a solid line of special makeups that the New England shoemakers have done for one of my favorite Brooklyn shops.

The black suede upper is something you don’t see every day on Alden models, and it’s complimented quite nicely by the tobacco laces and midsole. To keep you nice and comfortable as the weather turns and the mercury starts dropping, they’re fully lined in glove leather.

The “flex-welt” outsole is a double-leather sole that’s been heavily oiled for–you got it–flexibility right out of the box. Prevents that irksome break-in period and scores the shoes one more point for comfort.

They’re done on Alden’s Barrie last, which has a nicely rounded toe box that’s just right for this particular model. Anything less substantial might start to skew a little too delicate. But luckily, the shape does a nice job of balancing the minimal shape with some necessary heft.

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They’ll run you $450 and as the name suggests, you can only get ’em at Epaulet.

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Epaulet)

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