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#8 Tassel loafers. No question. Goes with everything! no matter what these other folks say, the #8 Tassel is the quintessential Alden shoe. Will last a lifetime and never go out of style.

That is another great point! That was my first Alden...

-Mike
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That is another great point! That was my first Alden...

-Mike

 

Gateway drug.

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Gateway drug.

 

I feel the same away about 975's.  

 

But apparently also true about Indy boots...  :fu:

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I feel the same away about 975's.  

 

But apparently also true about Indy boots...  :fu:

Yeah I have to say I think the Indy boot is my least favorite Alden boot style, but I understand that they are iconic. Now the "Dr. Jones" boot...that's a different story all together. 

 

Ready for some real blasphemy? I also prefer the Allen Edmond's MacNeil to the 975s...please refrain from burning the heretic.

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Yeah I have to say I think the Indy boot is my least favorite Alden boot style, but I understand that they are iconic. Now the "Dr. Jones" boot...that's a different story all together. 

 

Funny - my first in-person with Alden was visiting the San Fran store wanting to see some 975's in person.  The SA there suggested I try on an Indy boot, and I was totally not interested, but did it for politeness as much as anything else.  


My credit card has never been the same...

 

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Ready for some real blasphemy? I also prefer the Allen Edmond's MacNeil to the 975s...please refrain from burning the heretic.

 

 

I love the MacNeil - I think it is a sleeker and slightly more contemporary and formal take on the longwing style.  I have it in black.  The now-discontinued J&M Hutchins was another shoe like that.  

 

It is interesting the contrast in approaches to that iconic design and how much difference small things make.  They are two very different shoes to my eye, which makes my wife think I'm crazy.    

 

 

 

(and, as usual, she's not wrong) ;)

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Funny - my first in-person with Alden was visiting the San Fran store wanting to see some 975's in person.  The SA there suggested I try on an Indy boot, and I was totally not interested, but did it for politeness as much as anything else.  


My credit card has never been the same...

 

 

 Haha pretty much the same story for me, though went to see the 990 at a local shop and they didn't have my size. Ended up trying on the 403 and couldn't resist the $450 CAD price tag. Up to 10 pairs of Aldens now over the past 2.5 years since then, not counting the 2-3 pairs I've sold.

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That is another great point! That was my first Alden...

-Mike

Color 8 tassels were going to be my suggestion as well bc of the history, tradition and versatility. However, tassels don't float everyone's boat - a lot of tassel haters out there.

Unless the OP already has Marlow shell tassels or is opposed to tassels in general, my vote is for color 8 tassels.
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I agree with many of the above posts regarding a good choice for a first pair of Aldens.

 

I had a somewhat less traditional first pair - a black shell plain toe boot on the 379X last from TheShoeMart's irregulars collection. I was extremely impressed with the comfort, quality, and finishing (even though they are seconds), and almost immediately bought a pair of Color #8 wingtip boots (4461H) from Alden DC.

 

And then the floodgates opened. I have over 25 pairs of Aldens now, and there are probably 10-15 more pairs that I have had and then sold either for fit or for redundancy reasons.

 

For a first-time buyer, I would recommend going to a retail store and getting properly sized in several of the more popular Alden lasts (Barrie, Plaza, Aberdeen, Trubalance, Van, etc.). Alden excels at shell cordovan and that is probably where they outshine the competition most brightly, but a classic Indy boot (405 or 403) is a great choice for someone with a more casual wardrobe. The #8 shell longwing (975) or plain-toe blucher (990) are great first forays as well. If you are into boots, you could go for the #8 cap toe boot (4060) or wingtip boot (4461). A much more casual but still fantastic choice is the longwing in snuff suede (9794).

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Ready for some real blasphemy? I also prefer the Allen Edmond's MacNeil to the 975s...please refrain from burning the heretic.

I'm coming out of hibernation for this one...

That is crazy!  For me at least, I have not been able to find a size in that last that feels remotely comfortable.  :brick::censored:

 

I will give AE credit though, they have tried several different lasts and versions of the LWB, and still haven't produced a viable option (for me at least).


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King wtb.
Have a great week gents.

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King wtb.
Have a great week gents.
Great patina, Sazon! Hope your work week is just as stellar.

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Snuff LHS
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Anyone have any idea how long it typically takes for J. Crew to restock the longwing bluchers? I'm looking for the dark brown in a size 7 but they only have 7.5 right now, or plenty of sizes in tobacco. The rep couldn't tell me if/when they'd be restocked, though.

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Anyone have any idea how long it typically takes for J. Crew to restock the longwing bluchers? I'm looking for the dark brown in a size 7 but they only have 7.5 right now, or plenty of sizes in tobacco. The rep couldn't tell me if/when they'd be restocked, though.

 

It seems pretty much as erratic as any other stockist.  Only ShoeMart seems to keep a high level of stock that is refreshed fairly regularly. 

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Mahogany shell AF2 today.

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