I also am a fan of the handstitch. It's a piece of craftsmanship not typically found on 7-800 American made footwear.
I understand the machine stich appeal and also like it in certain makeups too.
Your Color 8 Alt Wiens are looking superb. Looking great with the brown trousers and CHUP socks.
Congratulations on your new Cigar Chukka Boots. Those are beautiful. Enjoy them!
Two color 8 SW boots produced in July 2015. The pair on the right is seeing sun for the first time.
A strange thing I just noticed: I pre-ordered the Hallecks on the right (March '15), and they were delivered Feb '16, yet the production stamp says they were made seven months earlier (July '15). How does that make sense? Was someone (Alden) just sitting on them?
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Terrific to see your Color 8 WT Boots. Its interesting to see how a little wear and light exposure has impacted them. I assume that they were both approximately the same at start.
We will forgive you this time Steve, but don't make this a habit. ;-) They are looking beautiful!
Ha, I think that the Machine Stitching is an interesting variant and is now very unique because Alden will not currently do Machine Stitching on Cordovan makeups. I do personally appreciate the hand stitching and the vibe that it exudes, but it would be cool to have a pair with the cleaner looking Machine Stitching like Zip's.
By Odin's long wispy beard!
thanks for the kind words gentlemen.
coolarrow that was very @HenryIII of you, i mean that as a compliment.
brassvello is looking amazing as usual mayor. nice black boots today as well.
team hand stitched right here
I got my Snuff Suede LHS Loafers from a forum member PROFLIGATE47. They look great and they are super comfortable!
I think the fit is correct. I got a 10.5D in these (note these are Van last). I am a 10D in a Barrie Last shoe. There's so much variance in shoes for me and the different lasts. I think loafers can be less forgiving. I snapped some photos.
I think they fit good and offer a lot of comfort the upper foot. My left foot is smaller than the right. The right fits great. There is minimum slippage if say I'm going up stairs but for the most part they are on my foot. They don't slip off like my Rancourt Beefrolls which are unwearable for me without thick socks.
Thing is I have thin feet :) Especially close to the heel. I tried on some of these in a Tan color when I was in Austin a few weeks ago with thin socks. The 10D was tight on me and the salesman even put me on the Brannock (which I am a 12 on that *shrug*). The guy helped me out a lot.
Profilgate47 said he wore these a few times so I'd imagine they have stretched. I'm just so damn particular and I guess I'm wrong in comparing the fit to a lace up. I like them and they are beautiful. I just can get picky about the fit, which I should. I'm assuming that loafers are for, well 'loafing' and some minor slipping is OK?