Originally Posted by LeicaLad
Follow the link provided by AlanC. Both of those shoes are from LeatherSoul in Hawaii. The top model LOOKS like a Fan model, but it is on the Plaza last, rather than the Barrie, and has a double leather sole, instead of the Alden split commando. It also has 9 proper eyelets, instead of 4 top hooks.
It sure would be nice if you could share a few photos of your Dinklacker's.
No need to ask what kind of camera you shoot with right?!
Maybe we're crossing our wires on the "Fan shoe" thing from Alden. I called Middleborough, MA. last week on an unrelated matter and spoke to one of Alden's national account sales representatives.
He told me an Alden "Fan shoe" is any Alden shoe that is not in their regular catalog. As an example, the Alden 990 is a plain blucher oxford with a double leather sole. You will find however that The Alden Shop in San Fransisco has a "Fan Shoe" that is nothing more than a 990 with a semi commando sole. All The Alden Shop had to do was call Alden, tell them what they wanted that is not in the regular Alden catalog and agree to order at least a dozen pair. The fellow from Alden told me the retailer can name the shoe anything they choose.
Another Alden retailer who is big on these shoes is an outfit that calls themselves "Alden of Carmel." This guy offers many "Fan Shoe" model Aldens that are nothing more than a standard Alden model with a different sole or an existing model that he will have Alden make in Shell Cordovan. (The "Indy boot" made in Shell Cordovan as an example)
I was ready to order a pair or two but after several e-mails I found that "Alden of Carmel" is not even in Carmel, but Port Angeles, WA. The beautiful pictures of his Alden shoes displayed in a tasteful store with each pair of shoes having it's own cubby hole tailored in wood,.....all a shame, because not only does he only sell his shoes via the internet, but he will ONLY communicate via e-mail. I wanted to spend five minutes on the phone with him to discuss the purchase of a five hundred plus dollar pair of shoes,....NO WAY, and NO EXCEPTIONS!
Anyway, I digress,...
As I understand an Alden "Fan Shoe," it's not as though they will design a new shoe under this program. They will construct a new "Fan Shoe" using combinations of features of their existing models.
Pictures of some of my shoes,...I've been saying to some of my pals that I will learn one day to use my new digital camera so I can send pictures to my friends, but as of now I've owned my camera for almost six months and I have yet to even download one picture on my computer. (I know, I should have never admitted it)
How much do I love my favorite pair of shoes? Although I could easliy wear my favorite Heinrich Dinkelacker shoe with a suit, I wear them all the time not not only with Khakis, but with jeans and a belt that almost exactly matches their color. Yes, wing tip Dinkelackers with jeans! (I know it's shameless and possibly classless as well but I just don't care!) Is it any wonder my Mother still tells the story of me refusing to go shopping with her in the middle of Summer in San Diego unless I could wear my cowboy boots,... even though it was so hot I was wearing shorts! (I was only four years old, now I'm forty five and it's a variation of the same theme!)
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