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post #2461 of 10740
#26.....at least once a day!

26. Angle my phone screen away from people when viewing this forum in public - check.
post #2462 of 10740
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Originally Posted by ATLVol View Post

#26.....at least once a day!

26. Angle my phone screen away from people when viewing this forum in public - check.


Ditto.

 

Epic post.

post #2463 of 10740
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post


Very nice. Did you change the edge?

Thanks, yeah got it done at my local cobbler and happy how they turned out..I think looking at all those Leffot tankers here pushed me over the edge!

 

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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post
 

Running a few days behind... Friday around the office.

Alden Cigar NST Penny Loafer on the Grant Last.

Marcoliani Brown Argyles.

Epaulet Cedar Lavender Check Rivet Chinos.

 

 

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-Mike

 

Really like these loafers...nice combo with the trousers

post #2464 of 10740
@ironclad wins today. Fantastic work.
post #2465 of 10740
Quote:
Originally Posted by ironclad View Post

After spending far too much time in this thread over the past 3 years, I've realized that I've come full circle and checked just about every single stereotypical box:

1. Buy a pair of original Indys in 2006 - check.
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. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
2. Discover this forum and become a lurker - check.
3. Join the forum and make my first post with excitement - check.
4. Get a kind welcome from many members and some of big dogs (Dubs, DV, Mac, et. al.) - check.
5. Not quite understand the glory and nuances of shell cordovan - check.
6. Not quite understand the nuances of "uncle" and "nephew" - check.
7. Believe NAMOR's rare boots are actually made from unicorn shell.
8. Make the honest but clearly newbie mistake of asking where I can buy Ravello, Whiskey, and #4 - check.
9. Wonder why some forum members were less than receptive to my question about where to buy rare shell - check.
10. Wish deep down that Sazon is as happy as the dude in his profile picture appears to be - check.
11. Wonder if RTP actually sells high-end ties - check.
12. Buy my first pair of shell boots - check. 
13. Scoff at the members who say once you buy your first pair of shell, you'll never go back - check.
14. Promptly start buying more shell, vow never to go back - check.
15. Wonder why anybody needs a rotation of more than 4 or 5 nice shoes - check.
16. Get on pre-orders for "rare" shell - check.
17. Get on a pre-order for Leather Soul Pitt Boots - check.
18. Score my first pair of "rare" shell - check.
19. Realize that what I thought was a good fit on various lasts is actually not ideal - check.
20. Become less than receptive when new forum members ask where they can buy "rare" shell today - check.
21. Think that antique edges on shoes only look so-so - check.
22. Rock my shell boots with swagger, hoping people will notice how badass my boots look - check.
23. Unable to comprehend people's lust for loafers - check.
24. Start defending the "uncle" and "nephew" protocol and telling people to go elsewhere if they don't like it - check.
25. Wait patiently for Leather Soul Pitt Boot pre-order to arrive - check.
26. Angle my phone screen away from people when viewing this forum in public - check.
27. Would rather be busted looking at real porn than shoe porn in public - check.
28. Wonder if MDubs owns a horse stable - check.
29. Wonder if DV gets his lawn fertilizer from MDubs horse stable - check.
30. Make my pilgrimages to Alden DC, Shoe Mart, Alden SF; Learn that Alden of Carmel ain't in Carmel - check.
31. Get the hots for antique edges and start buying every model with antique edges - check.
32. Begin to acquire a rotation that I believe can never be large enough - check.
33. Laugh at guys who claim their rotation is too big and need to start selling - check.
34. Wait less patiently for Leather Soul Pitt Boot pre-order to arrive - check.
35. Wear my shell with less swagger, hoping that people don't ask me how much my shoes cost - check.
36. Start ignoring the "uncle" and "nephew" bashers - check.
37. Calling Steve "See Ya Steve" in my head before people start calling him "See Ya Steve" - check. 
38. Actively keep an eye open for whiskey loafers - check.
39. Realize I have way too many pair of boots with antique edges - check.
40. Wait angrily for Leather Soul Pitt Boot pre-order to arrive - check.
41. Realize my rotation is too big and both promise to go on a one-in one-out policy - check.
42. Sell 1 pair of Aldens - check.
43. Immediately buy 3 more pair of Aldens - check.
44. Declare never to make that same mistake again and go on a quest to purge my collection of lesser-worn Aldens - check.
45. Declare that I will not make any new purchases in 2016 - check.
46. Buy 2 new pair of shell boots in the first 2 months of 2016 - check.
47. Wonder if Budapest12 actually lives in Budapest - check.
48. Surprised and elated by the unexpected arrival of Leather Soul Pitt Boot pre-order - check.
49. Depressed and down-in-the-dumps when Leather Soul Pitt Boots don't fit well (see #19) - check.
50. Wouldn't trade this crazy Alden addiction for any other addiction - check.

That is all.

P.S. My wife applauds me for writing a love letter to my Aldens on Valentine's Day eve.
 
Love it!
Also nice to know I still have quite some time before I reach this level. I mean, getting on a pre-order list from LeatherSoul... Me flying to the moon might happen sooner than that.
post #2466 of 10740
Quote:
Originally Posted by ironclad View Post

After spending far too much time in this thread over the past 3 years, I've realized that I've come full circle and checked just about every single stereotypical box: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
1. Buy a pair of original Indys in 2006 - check.
2. Discover this forum and become a lurker - check.
3. Join the forum and make my first post with excitement - check.
4. Get a kind welcome from many members and some of big dogs (Dubs, DV, Mac, et. al.) - check.
5. Not quite understand the glory and nuances of shell cordovan - check.
6. Not quite understand the nuances of "uncle" and "nephew" - check.
7. Believe NAMOR's rare boots are actually made from unicorn shell.
8. Make the honest but clearly newbie mistake of asking where I can buy Ravello, Whiskey, and #4 - check.
9. Wonder why some forum members were less than receptive to my question about where to buy rare shell - check.
10. Wish deep down that Sazon is as happy as the dude in his profile picture appears to be - check.
11. Wonder if RTP actually sells high-end ties - check.
12. Buy my first pair of shell boots - check. 
13. Scoff at the members who say once you buy your first pair of shell, you'll never go back - check.
14. Promptly start buying more shell, vow never to go back - check.
15. Wonder why anybody needs a rotation of more than 4 or 5 nice shoes - check.
16. Get on pre-orders for "rare" shell - check.
17. Get on a pre-order for Leather Soul Pitt Boots - check.
18. Score my first pair of "rare" shell - check.
19. Realize that what I thought was a good fit on various lasts is actually not ideal - check.
20. Become less than receptive when new forum members ask where they can buy "rare" shell today - check.
21. Think that antique edges on shoes only look so-so - check.
22. Rock my shell boots with swagger, hoping people will notice how badass my boots look - check.
23. Unable to comprehend people's lust for loafers - check.
24. Start defending the "uncle" and "nephew" protocol and telling people to go elsewhere if they don't like it - check.
25. Wait patiently for Leather Soul Pitt Boot pre-order to arrive - check.
26. Angle my phone screen away from people when viewing this forum in public - check.
27. Would rather be busted looking at real porn than shoe porn in public - check.
28. Wonder if MDubs owns a horse stable - check.
29. Wonder if DV gets his lawn fertilizer from MDubs horse stable - check.
30. Make my pilgrimages to Alden DC, Shoe Mart, Alden SF; Learn that Alden of Carmel ain't in Carmel - check.
31. Get the hots for antique edges and start buying every model with antique edges - check.
32. Begin to acquire a rotation that I believe can never be large enough - check.
33. Laugh at guys who claim their rotation is too big and need to start selling - check.
34. Wait less patiently for Leather Soul Pitt Boot pre-order to arrive - check.
35. Wear my shell with less swagger, hoping that people don't ask me how much my shoes cost - check.
36. Start ignoring the "uncle" and "nephew" bashers - check.
37. Calling Steve "See Ya Steve" in my head before people start calling him "See Ya Steve" - check. 
38. Actively keep an eye open for whiskey loafers - check.
39. Realize I have way too many pair of boots with antique edges - check.
40. Wait angrily for Leather Soul Pitt Boot pre-order to arrive - check.
41. Realize my rotation is too big and both promise to go on a one-in one-out policy - check.
42. Sell 1 pair of Aldens - check.
43. Immediately buy 3 more pair of Aldens - check.
44. Declare never to make that same mistake again and go on a quest to purge my collection of lesser-worn Aldens - check.
45. Declare that I will not make any new purchases in 2016 - check.
46. Buy 2 new pair of shell boots in the first 2 months of 2016 - check.
47. Wonder if Budapest12 actually lives in Budapest - check.
48. Surprised and elated by the unexpected arrival of Leather Soul Pitt Boot pre-order - check.
49. Depressed and down-in-the-dumps when Leather Soul Pitt Boots don't fit well (see #19) - check.
50. Wouldn't trade this crazy Alden addiction for any other addiction - check.

That is all.

P.S. My wife applauds me for writing a love letter to my Aldens on Valentine's Day eve. 


Well done! I'm somewhere around the upper 30's. "Miles to go before I sleep..."
post #2467 of 10740
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Originally Posted by TheSizzle View Post

This thread is brutal... Every time I think I'm done, you pull me back in.

It looks like I'm close to having a pair of Indy boots for each day of the week though. So, I got that going for me. 
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I share your love for the Indy and applaud your efforts !
Wear often and enjoy !

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Originally Posted by ironclad View Post

After spending far too much time in this thread over the past 3 years, I've realized that I've come full circle and checked just about every single stereotypical box:




P.S. My wife applauds me for writing a love letter to my Aldens on Valentine's Day eve. 

This made my day. Perfect.

And Yes, I am as happy as that guy in my profile pic (that's Louis Prima, by the way)...but only when I'm reading this thread, shining my Aldens, or unboxing a new pair (of course, only after the 1-in, 1-out policy has been adhered to. Cough, cough.
post #2468 of 10740
Good morning. I'm glad that my Alden hombres enjoyed my list. I had a great time putting it together and, as is obvious, you guys played no small part in filling my brain and covering my feet over the last few years.
post #2469 of 10740
Quote:
Originally Posted by ironclad View Post

After spending far too much time in this thread over the past 3 years, I've realized that I've come full circle and checked just about every single stereotypical box: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
1. Buy a pair of original Indys in 2006 - check.
2. Discover this forum and become a lurker - check.
3. Join the forum and make my first post with excitement - check.
4. Get a kind welcome from many members and some of big dogs (Dubs, DV, Mac, et. al.) - check.
5. Not quite understand the glory and nuances of shell cordovan - check.
6. Not quite understand the nuances of "uncle" and "nephew" - check.
7. Believe NAMOR's rare boots are actually made from unicorn shell.
8. Make the honest but clearly newbie mistake of asking where I can buy Ravello, Whiskey, and #4 - check.
9. Wonder why some forum members were less than receptive to my question about where to buy rare shell - check.
10. Wish deep down that Sazon is as happy as the dude in his profile picture appears to be - check.
11. Wonder if RTP actually sells high-end ties - check.
12. Buy my first pair of shell boots - check. 
13. Scoff at the members who say once you buy your first pair of shell, you'll never go back - check.
14. Promptly start buying more shell, vow never to go back - check.
15. Wonder why anybody needs a rotation of more than 4 or 5 nice shoes - check.
16. Get on pre-orders for "rare" shell - check.
17. Get on a pre-order for Leather Soul Pitt Boots - check.
18. Score my first pair of "rare" shell - check.
19. Realize that what I thought was a good fit on various lasts is actually not ideal - check.
20. Become less than receptive when new forum members ask where they can buy "rare" shell today - check.
21. Think that antique edges on shoes only look so-so - check.
22. Rock my shell boots with swagger, hoping people will notice how badass my boots look - check.
23. Unable to comprehend people's lust for loafers - check.
24. Start defending the "uncle" and "nephew" protocol and telling people to go elsewhere if they don't like it - check.
25. Wait patiently for Leather Soul Pitt Boot pre-order to arrive - check.
26. Angle my phone screen away from people when viewing this forum in public - check.
27. Would rather be busted looking at real porn than shoe porn in public - check.
28. Wonder if MDubs owns a horse stable - check.
29. Wonder if DV gets his lawn fertilizer from MDubs horse stable - check.
30. Make my pilgrimages to Alden DC, Shoe Mart, Alden SF; Learn that Alden of Carmel ain't in Carmel - check.
31. Get the hots for antique edges and start buying every model with antique edges - check.
32. Begin to acquire a rotation that I believe can never be large enough - check.
33. Laugh at guys who claim their rotation is too big and need to start selling - check.
34. Wait less patiently for Leather Soul Pitt Boot pre-order to arrive - check.
35. Wear my shell with less swagger, hoping that people don't ask me how much my shoes cost - check.
36. Start ignoring the "uncle" and "nephew" bashers - check.
37. Calling Steve "See Ya Steve" in my head before people start calling him "See Ya Steve" - check. 
38. Actively keep an eye open for whiskey loafers - check.
39. Realize I have way too many pair of boots with antique edges - check.
40. Wait angrily for Leather Soul Pitt Boot pre-order to arrive - check.
41. Realize my rotation is too big and both promise to go on a one-in one-out policy - check.
42. Sell 1 pair of Aldens - check.
43. Immediately buy 3 more pair of Aldens - check.
44. Declare never to make that same mistake again and go on a quest to purge my collection of lesser-worn Aldens - check.
45. Declare that I will not make any new purchases in 2016 - check.
46. Buy 2 new pair of shell boots in the first 2 months of 2016 - check.
47. Wonder if Budapest12 actually lives in Budapest - check.
48. Surprised and elated by the unexpected arrival of Leather Soul Pitt Boot pre-order - check.
49. Depressed and down-in-the-dumps when Leather Soul Pitt Boots don't fit well (see #19) - check.
50. Wouldn't trade this crazy Alden addiction for any other addiction - check.

That is all.

P.S. My wife applauds me for writing a love letter to my Aldens on Valentine's Day eve. 


Perfect post! #26,#27. Too funny.
post #2470 of 10740
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Those new boots are looking mighty fine. Surprised you sat on those so long.

-Mike

This is a great moment. This truly shows the power of the Mike method! This was my 3rd time wearing these boots. 👍
post #2471 of 10740
Quote:
Originally Posted by ironclad View Post

After spending far too much time in this thread over the past 3 years, I've realized that I've come full circle and checked just about every single stereotypical box:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
1. Buy a pair of original Indys in 2006 - check.
2. Discover this forum and become a lurker - check.
3. Join the forum and make my first post with excitement - check.
4. Get a kind welcome from many members and some of big dogs (Dubs, DV, Mac, et. al.) - check.
5. Not quite understand the glory and nuances of shell cordovan - check.
6. Not quite understand the nuances of "uncle" and "nephew" - check.
7. Believe NAMOR's rare boots are actually made from unicorn shell.
8. Make the honest but clearly newbie mistake of asking where I can buy Ravello, Whiskey, and #4 - check.
9. Wonder why some forum members were less than receptive to my question about where to buy rare shell - check.
10. Wish deep down that Sazon is as happy as the dude in his profile picture appears to be - check.
11. Wonder if RTP actually sells high-end ties - check.
12. Buy my first pair of shell boots - check. 
13. Scoff at the members who say once you buy your first pair of shell, you'll never go back - check.
14. Promptly start buying more shell, vow never to go back - check.
15. Wonder why anybody needs a rotation of more than 4 or 5 nice shoes - check.
16. Get on pre-orders for "rare" shell - check.
17. Get on a pre-order for Leather Soul Pitt Boots - check.
18. Score my first pair of "rare" shell - check.
19. Realize that what I thought was a good fit on various lasts is actually not ideal - check.
20. Become less than receptive when new forum members ask where they can buy "rare" shell today - check.
21. Think that antique edges on shoes only look so-so - check.
22. Rock my shell boots with swagger, hoping people will notice how badass my boots look - check.
23. Unable to comprehend people's lust for loafers - check.
24. Start defending the "uncle" and "nephew" protocol and telling people to go elsewhere if they don't like it - check.
25. Wait patiently for Leather Soul Pitt Boot pre-order to arrive - check.
26. Angle my phone screen away from people when viewing this forum in public - check.
27. Would rather be busted looking at real porn than shoe porn in public - check.
28. Wonder if MDubs owns a horse stable - check.
29. Wonder if DV gets his lawn fertilizer from MDubs horse stable - check.
30. Make my pilgrimages to Alden DC, Shoe Mart, Alden SF; Learn that Alden of Carmel ain't in Carmel - check.
31. Get the hots for antique edges and start buying every model with antique edges - check.
32. Begin to acquire a rotation that I believe can never be large enough - check.
33. Laugh at guys who claim their rotation is too big and need to start selling - check.
34. Wait less patiently for Leather Soul Pitt Boot pre-order to arrive - check.
35. Wear my shell with less swagger, hoping that people don't ask me how much my shoes cost - check.
36. Start ignoring the "uncle" and "nephew" bashers - check.
37. Calling Steve "See Ya Steve" in my head before people start calling him "See Ya Steve" - check. 
38. Actively keep an eye open for whiskey loafers - check.
39. Realize I have way too many pair of boots with antique edges - check.
40. Wait angrily for Leather Soul Pitt Boot pre-order to arrive - check.
41. Realize my rotation is too big and both promise to go on a one-in one-out policy - check.
42. Sell 1 pair of Aldens - check.
43. Immediately buy 3 more pair of Aldens - check.
44. Declare never to make that same mistake again and go on a quest to purge my collection of lesser-worn Aldens - check.
45. Declare that I will not make any new purchases in 2016 - check.
46. Buy 2 new pair of shell boots in the first 2 months of 2016 - check.
47. Wonder if Budapest12 actually lives in Budapest - check.
48. Surprised and elated by the unexpected arrival of Leather Soul Pitt Boot pre-order - check.
49. Depressed and down-in-the-dumps when Leather Soul Pitt Boots don't fit well (see #19) - check.
50. Wouldn't trade this crazy Alden addiction for any other addiction - check.

That is all.

P.S. My wife applauds me for writing a love letter to my Aldens on Valentine's Day eve. 

Quote:
Originally Posted by 89826 View Post

My Alden evolution-revolution: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Buy first pair of Alden shell unlined lhs at Brooks Brothers. Except that I didn't know what shell leather was, that Alden was the maufacturerer, or what Alden was
Buy classic shell tassel loafers for work, again from Brooks
Buy shell full-strap loafers from Brooks
Learn that Alden makes the shoes and has a restoration service. Perfect for my sensibilities: expensive shoes, but can be justified by having them last a long time
Have 3 or 4 pairs restored and they come back as good as new
Discover Alden of Carmel and that there are different lasts that fit differently (naif) and lots of shell styles and colors
Realize Plaza last is probably my favorite
First resale of slightly used, too big shoes. Who knew there was such a secondary market?
Find this forum
Start buying big: cigar, whiskey, dressy boots, Indy boots. From several online shops, especially Shoemart
Rediscover the wonders of suede, especially mocha kid suede
First chromexcel
30 pairs later...
Now in the how much is enough phase

Excellent, guys! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #2472 of 10740
Quote:
Originally Posted by ironclad View Post

Good morning. I'm glad that my Alden hombres enjoyed my list. I had a great time putting it together and, as is obvious, you guys played no small part in filling my brain and covering my feet over the last few years.

Was an Epic post and very real. I've never seen anything in #4 Bigfoot size, doubt I ever will.

Steve
post #2473 of 10740
How do LS preorders work? Do they post on their blog/instagram and do a first come first serve or do they reach out to regulars?
post #2474 of 10740
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by shunted22 View Post

How do LS preorders work? Do they post on their blog/instagram and do a first come first serve or do they reach out to regulars?

Just give them a call and ask.

-Mike
post #2475 of 10740
Thread Starter 
Unlined Whiskey. From the horse stable.






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-Mike
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