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ravello ct bluchers



These are beauts!
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Hey everyone, I'm looking to get my first pair of Aldens soon and am close to settling on the 9901 (PTB in Black Shell Cordovan), but I have a few questions:

 

1) How durable are they and how well do they wear? Will one scuff ruin them? How careful do I need to be with them?

 

2) Are they versatile enough to be dressed up with a suit or dressed down more casually?

 

3) I'm a 10 in vans authentics and a 9 in chucks. What size do you recommend I try first?

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Before the storm hit today. Frans Boone x Alden Parajumper Color 8

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AF117 today. Thought it was going to rain, but turned out to be a dry day in NYC.
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You are looking good in your Wingtip Boots. Happy Tuesday!

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Unionmade / Alden black suede LWB
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Your Black Suede LWB is looking very good. I swore those were green. Haha!

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ravello ct bluchers
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Meh. Those are okay. ;-)

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Taking my PTB Shell 8's to work today. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


Looking great in your Shell PTBs my friend. Enjoy your shoes!

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TSM Cigar LHS
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Looking very good in your Cigars Don. Looking great in those Cigars.

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Alden for ePaulet Ironside Indy Boot in Earth Chamois

Very nice!

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Before the storm hit today. Frans Boone x Alden Parajumper Color 8 Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


Yeah, not sure what is nicer, those boots or those slacks. Looking great bud!

-Mike
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Hey everyone, I'm looking to get my first pair of Aldens soon and am close to settling on the 9901 (PTB in Black Shell Cordovan), but I have a few questions:

1) How durable are they and how well do they wear? Will one scuff ruin them? How careful do I need to be with them?

2) Are they versatile enough to be dressed up with a suit or dressed down more casually?

3) I'm a 10 in vans authentics and a 9 in chucks. What size do you recommend I try first?

Shell Cordovan is revered for its durability. A scuff on the shoes doesn't ruin them, but rather gives them character. They are shoes, wear them, but don't play soccer with them on. :-)

The Black Shell PTB can go up or down pretty well. You should be happy with them.

Yeah, I am not going to even touch sizing advice when a Van shoe is the reference. I have no clue how those size. All I can tell you is to go Brannock Size - 1/2 for the Barrie PTB. :-)

-Mike
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I plan to get a natural cxl alden coz it changes color over time. Does someone has a photo of natural cxl alden with time as a reference?
Thanks
Lee
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Stunners!!

 

 

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These are beauts!

 

 

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Meh. Those are okay. ;-)
-Mike

 

thanks for the kind words gentlemen.

gilby, these are on the plaza.

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Loafer Week #2.

 

Monday. Alden Cigar LHS via Alden DC. Marcoliani Brown Argyles. Epaulet Cedar Lavender Check Rivet Chinos.

 

 

 

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Tuesday. Alden Black Shell LHS via Alden DC. Marcoliani Black Argyles. Epaulet Dusty Purple Basketweave Walt Trouser.

 

 

 

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Wednesday. Alden Color #8 Tassel Loafer (No Photos)  via Alden SF. Marcoliani Olive Argyles. Epaulet Kiss The Blarney Stone Donegal Walt Trousers.

 

Thursday. Alden Black Shell Full-Strap  via TheShoeMart. Epaulet Charcoal Speckled Donegal Tweed Rivet Chinos.

 

 

 

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Friday. Alden Color #2 LHS via Tassels HK. CHUP Socks via Epaulet. Gustin Charcoal Organic Hemp Selvedge Denim.

 

 

 

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-Mike

 

the cigar lhs - check rivet combo is pure gold dubs.

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This is my first attempt at 'mirror toeing'. I managed to get the right one smooth as glass but the left just didn't fare the same way. Oh well, I tried.
These are my oldest pair of shells. Whiskey LHS from TSM circa 2007.

love how these came out. i shy away from adding product to my aldens, but your loafers are looking stellar.

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Despite all eyelets and the Alden steel shank, my 4060 are still one of my go-to airport choices. I noticed today that they could stand for some TLC this weekend though.

fantastic color on your boots Ben. i miss lighter #8.

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Daaaaamn Daniel. Back at it again with the Whiskey shortwings.
Love these!

 

thank you sir.

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I plan to get a natural cxl alden coz it changes color over time. Does someone has a photo of natural cxl alden with time as a reference?
Thanks
Lee

 

Time is probably less a factor than your care routine.  I've only had my natty cxl Indy boots for 6 months or so, but in addition to a slight darkening of the leather, it has really achieved more depth.  The welt has also darkened (somewhat more than the upper IMHO).  I'm happy with all of that, though a slightly more matte finish wouldn't hurt my feelings.  I'm fine either way.

 

You can seen a Day 1 and current for my pair here:  http://www.styleforum.net/t/480296/the-official-alden-indy-appreciation-thread/135#post_8315296

 

My care routine is brushing before and after every wear, plus a handful of sessions where I wipe them with a slightly damp cloth and brush for several minutes.  They've had two passes with Alden boot cream (which is probably one too many, but I've been wearing these a fair bit and they started life with me worn every day on a 10-day trip to rainy Japan).  I'm not an expert, but my understanding is Nick Horween's recommended care for CXL is an occasional application of Neatsfoot oil or Venetian Shoe Cream, - , my understanding is both will darken the leather, especially the first (though all of that is the "heard on the internet" kind of "information" - I don't have direct experience with either). 

 

I might eventually try the Saphir Greasy Leather Greasy Cream (Cuir Gras) on it, though it also has neatsfoot oil.

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Here's my new and current pic

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Can't spoil these.

Those reverse chamois WT boots from the Yenmeister look incredible.

Forgive me, but I don’t remember who it was who proposed that one to Yenni. (ZennyPoo?) But Thank you again to whoever it was!

The variety of make-ups being shown recently in the thread is most excellent.

Would love to claim credit for these, but I think it was @BenLeaman that came up with the design! I did suggest a navy smooth chamois wingtip boot on Barrie with natural welt, brass eyelets, and commando sole to Yenni. Hopefully that will get through the approval process!
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Before the storm hit today. Frans Boone x Alden Parajumper Color 8

Amazing!
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Looks great M635Guy! Natty CXL is my favorite!

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Here's my new and current pic

Thank you. Your Indy boots look fantastic. I will get a natty one.
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hello all,

 

alden noob here. I chanced upon this supposed cordovan tassel loafers on ebay via an Italian retailer and am wondering if there's a way to ascertain if it's #8 or Cigar? or even cordovan at all:

 

http://www.ebay.ie/itm/SCARPA-ALDEN-37918Y-scarpa-uomo-/172096755986?var=&hash=item6da5fdaa56

 

 

 

a quick google of the model 37918Y didnt yield any info from major alden shops/retailers, but a few links ( in what i gather is Japanese) suggests that it is "Cigar".

 

can cordovan be distinguished apart from calf leather in the same shade in studio lighting?

 

ps. i have already emailed the retailer for more information but I hope to have some insight from the esteemed alden folks here.

 

cheers!

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Sweet

 

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Very nice!

-Mike

 

Thank you!  They're my second pair of Aldens, and hopefully second of many ;-) 

 

 

 

Love them both equally.

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