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post #2476 of 10517
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Originally Posted by ironclad View Post

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27. Would rather be busted looking at real porn than shoe porn in public - check.

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28. Wonder if MDubs owns a horse stable - check.

29. Wonder if DV gets his lawn fertilizer from MDubs horse stable - check.

So many of these I love.  These three made me smile the most.  Thanks for the thoughtful post @ironclad.  I think my future pics/posts need to include some high end repp ties.  :rotflmao: 

post #2477 of 10517
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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:

 

 

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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. 

 

The most entertaining post I've read on this thread. Or the old thread for that matter. Well done @ironclad 

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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Unlined Whiskey. From the horse stable.

-Mike

You got me, Mike! You got me.

 

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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post
 

So many of these I love.  These three made me smile the most.  Thanks for the thoughtful post @ironclad.  I think my future pics/posts need to include some high end repp ties.  :rotflmao: 

Thanks RTP!

 

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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post
 

The most entertaining post I've read on this thread. Or the old thread for that matter. Well done @ironclad 

Tif, I'm blushing. I've read some great stuff on this thread over the years. Most of the best witty stuff comes from you. 

 

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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.

I'm not alone then.

 

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Originally Posted by budapest12 View Post
 


Ditto.

 

Epic post.

Thank Buda. So is it safe to say you don't live in in Hungary?

 

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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

@ironclad wins today. Fantastic work.

Thanks DV. 

 

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Originally Posted by TommyB View Post

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.

LS was a stretch for me. I got my foot in that door before the number of hardcore Alden buyers increased tenfold in recent years.

 

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Well done! I'm somewhere around the upper 30's. "Miles to go before I sleep..."

Hope it was restful and the list didn't induce nightmares.

 

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Originally Posted by sazon View Post
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.

Excellent. You must be the living embodiment of that guy.

 

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Originally Posted by Rstldr View Post

Perfect post! #26,#27. Too funny.

Thanks Rstldr!

 

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Excellent, guys! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Right back at you. :slayer:

 

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Originally Posted by totalair1 View Post

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

Steve

I was there was a bigfoot/sasquatch emoji.

 

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Originally Posted by KPDarb View Post
 

@ironclad 

 

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.

 

This made my night LOL

Truth!

 

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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Fantastic love letter. I think far too many of us can easily relate to this!

-Mike

Thanks Dubsy! Hope your fingers are on the mend.

 

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Originally Posted by 89826 View Post

My Alden evolution-revolution:

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

Great story too. 30 pairs later...that is truly amazing.

post #2479 of 10517
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Originally Posted by M635Guy View Post
 

"Wonder if MDubs owns a horse stable - check"

 

Belly-laugh achieved!  

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It's probably more of a "retirement home" for older horses than a traditional stable, if you catch my drift...

post #2480 of 10517
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Originally Posted by ironclad View Post

It's probably more of a "retirement home" for older horses than a traditional stable, if you catch my drift...

 



I caught your drift. Mike and friends give those horses a unique afterlife... smile.gif
post #2481 of 10517

Need some advice here - I want to replace the soles on my 990 to a plantation crepe sole. Who can do that well for a good price? I am in the New York area but am open to the option of shipping them elsewhere to get this done well and economically.

post #2482 of 10517
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Need some advice here - I want to replace the soles on my 990 to a plantation crepe sole. Who can do that well for a good price? I am in the New York area but am open to the option of shipping them elsewhere to get this done well and economically.

B. Nelson in NYC will do this
post #2483 of 10517

@ironclad...

Whiskey short wingtip oxfords (bal) with BB repptie

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Thread Starter 
Ha. Love the picture Reppy! Those Whiskey Shortwings are super nice. I always forget and remember how much I love my pair! :-)

-Mike
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Thanks dubsy!

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Hi guys, 

 

Hope you're all having a nice long weekend. 

 

I had my boots and LWBs topy'd the other week so I've been wearing them now without fear of wearing down the toe. I am happy with the results.

 

post #2487 of 10517

DC Cigar Cap's

 

post #2488 of 10517

A little weekend lake adventure with some smooth chamois leather PT boots.

 

post #2489 of 10517
my version of @ironclad's list would include: "pay way, way to much to get a makeup from the foreign market."

I have modified last cap toe boot currently en route from Anatomica. the ordering process has been fun in a weird way. trying to triangulate the details of the makeup between emails from Anatomica and forum posts. two calls to the store, having to wait a few days to actually place my order until the "guy with the paypal password" gets back in town. now tracking shipment when I have no idea of the expected delivery date. good times.
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Color 8 perf cap toe bals on Hampton last.
Getting ready for Valentine's dinner last night.
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