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post #661 of 1009
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Originally Posted by commodorewheeler View Post

They were tied at 10 each after the last update with 24 votes in. The last 5 votes (CHRK33 said there are 29 votes now) must have swung things in the Grant's favor.

That's too bad. I think it loses some uniqueness. It's basically a perf version of this:
http://www.theshoemart.com/cgi-bin/category.cgi?item=ALD_m_CAP_TOE_BOOT_SHELL_CORDOVAN
post #662 of 1009
i'm down for either cigar or ravello, but I voted ravello as i think the detailing will read better on a lighter color shell. either way it's a great boot.
post #663 of 1009
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Originally Posted by mr chorizo View Post

i'm down for either cigar or ravello, but I voted ravello as i think the detailing will read better on a lighter color shell. either way it's a great boot.

Very true, I noticed that the Cigar shoes I have seen have been really nice and they go with just about any outfit but hide a lot of the great details in a shoe.
post #664 of 1009
man.....alden preorder times are friggen crazy. 12-18 months. holy shit. we are all going to die in december.
post #665 of 1009
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Originally Posted by mr chorizo View Post

i'm down for either cigar or ravello, but I voted ravello as i think the detailing will read better on a lighter color shell. either way it's a great boot.

I had a hard time picking between Cigar and Ravello. I'm 100% indifferent I think.
post #666 of 1009
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Originally Posted by CHRK33 View Post


That's a real shame. Nonetheless, we had 29 people express interest in the #4 "Obscura"-inspired boot generally with the following details voted on:
"Obscura"-inspired Semi-Brogue Boot
With a Medallion
Grant Last
Double Waterloc Oiled Flex Sole
Flat 360 Degree Welt
Antique Edge Trim
Matching All Eyelets
Pull Tab
Any interest in transitioning the shell color to Ravello or Cigar?
Vote here...


Just seems ORDINARY!!! Nice but why not something truly UNIQUE?

 

post #667 of 1009
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Originally Posted by JPFNY5 View Post



Just seems ORDINARY!!! Nice but why not something truly UNIQUE?

I voted for purple lining!
post #668 of 1009
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Originally Posted by JPFNY5 View Post



Just seems ORDINARY!!! Nice but why not something truly UNIQUE?

JPFNY5, I think we are all open to good ideas. I am trying to get the mixed media scotch grain/reverse chamois boot off the ground, but not much traction.

I have never seen a boot like this made before by Alden so I think this is pretty unique, in my humble estimation.
post #669 of 1009
we are missing the obvious...

For the guys who are on the fence about different lasts, we have more than enough traction to do two makeups...(one with commando sole, one without etc). i hate to open this can of worms all over again but this is an obvious fact that could satisfy everyone!

for example, we could do leydon for one, grant on another. I feel really strongly about the commando sole and that vote was almost tied, so we could definitely split that option.
post #670 of 1009
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Originally Posted by mr chorizo View Post

we are missing the obvious...
For the guys who are on the fence about different lasts, we have more than enough traction to do two makeups...(one with commando sole, one without etc). i hate to open this can of worms all over again but this is an obvious fact that could satisfy everyone!
for example, we could do leydon for one, grant on another. I feel really strongly about the commando sole and that vote was almost tied, so we could definitely split that option.

Mr. Chorizo, I think this is a very diplomatic solution; the only hesitation would be burdening Mike at Epaulet with a split makeup like that. I am not sure how the back end allocation of ravello works or if he has limited slots for special makeups, etc. that he wouldn't want to burn, etc...Clearly that is conjecture and will let Mike speak for himself.
post #671 of 1009
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Originally Posted by mr chorizo View Post

we are missing the obvious...
For the guys who are on the fence about different lasts, we have more than enough traction to do two makeups...(one with commando sole, one without etc). i hate to open this can of worms all over again but this is an obvious fact that could satisfy everyone!
for example, we could do leydon for one, grant on another. I feel really strongly about the commando sole and that vote was almost tied, so we could definitely split that option.

This seems like a good solution given the feasibility constraints on Epaulet.
post #672 of 1009
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Originally Posted by CHRK33 View Post

JPFNY5, I think we are all open to good ideas. I am trying to get the mixed media scotch grain/reverse chamois boot off the ground, but not much traction.
I have never seen a boot like this made before by Alden so I think this is pretty unique, in my humble estimation.

I really love this idea. We can only do one point of contrast on it, and both the left and right boots have to match (I know that Trickers and McNairy have had the contrasting panels alternate).

This one's a bit of a dark horse, but how about I build out a preorder for it tomorrow and then we keep that up for a week? If at least 11 people buy into it (I'm definitely getting one), then we'll put it into work. If not, then we can refund everyone's deposit. That sound fair?
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Originally Posted by Joenobody0 View Post

I voted for purple lining!

Haha, well I seriously love a purple liner. I use that for every Carmina makeup that we do, and I line my Southwick jackets with purple. Unfortunately, this isn't possible with Alden. It's even problematic to get their red liner, which is typically used in formal shoes. Unfortunately, we'll have to stick with the usual complimentary-colored linings.
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Originally Posted by CHRK33 View Post

Mr. Chorizo, I think this is a very diplomatic solution; the only hesitation would be burdening Mike at Epaulet with a split makeup like that. I am not sure how the back end allocation of ravello works or if he has limited slots for special makeups, etc. that he wouldn't want to burn, etc...Clearly that is conjecture and will let Mike speak for himself.

Thanks for the consideration, but it's no burden for us at all. I'm more than happy to set up a few different makeups. We'll need at least 12 guys per makeup, but that hasn't been a problem yet.
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Originally Posted by mr chorizo View Post

we are missing the obvious...
For the guys who are on the fence about different lasts, we have more than enough traction to do two makeups...(one with commando sole, one without etc). i hate to open this can of worms all over again but this is an obvious fact that could satisfy everyone!
for example, we could do leydon for one, grant on another. I feel really strongly about the commando sole and that vote was almost tied, so we could definitely split that option.

This is totally fine. Let's see where the consensus is in a few days and I'll set up two new preorder items with one-week order periods.
post #673 of 1009
FWIW, captoe boots in cigar and ravello are regularly restocked at various Alden retailers (Leffot, Tassels, Alden DC, etc) on various lasts (Grant, Barrie). Don't be surprised if makers like Unionmade also have some new ones in the pipeline. A truly unique boot would be something like a plaza last with something like a single leather sole (basically a sleek Alden boot) or something similar to the "mixed media" boot JPFNY5 is suggesting. The mixed media boot would likely be finished faster as well.

EDIT - I just saw that Mike may be doing a preorder on the mixed media, I may get in on that
post #674 of 1009
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Originally Posted by Joenobody0 View Post

That's too bad. I think it loses some uniqueness. It's basically a perf version of this:
http://www.theshoemart.com/cgi-bin/category.cgi?item=ALD_m_CAP_TOE_BOOT_SHELL_CORDOVAN

To be fair, it does also have a medallion, other brogueing, and it will come in a different color from the makeup you linked to.
post #675 of 1009
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

FWIW, captoe boots in cigar and ravello are regularly restocked at various Alden retailers (Leffot, Tassels, Alden DC, etc) on various lasts (Grant, Barrie).

While this may be true, they are usually stocked in "standard" sizes and people with wider (or narrower) feet never have the opportunity to get them. I would absolutely love a Ravello cap toe boot, but I have no idea where i'll find one in an 11EE or 11.5E on the grant. Leffot's preorders for next year didn't include that size. My only option is to get in on a preorder (which seems impossible) or get in on a custom MTO group buy for one
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