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Hi all. Been awhile since I've posted. I'm going to pick up a pair of Alden Cap Toe Balmoras in black. Was thinking about getting shell. Is the shell in black worth the price over black calf? Thanks!
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Hi all. Been awhile since I've posted. I'm going to pick up a pair of Alden Cap Toe Balmoras in black. Was thinking about getting shell. Is the shell in black worth the price over black calf? Thanks!


Definitely!

post #8253 of 10561
This probably depends more on your perception of value and preference. Personally, I think a pair of black leather oxfords is a must in a wardrobe. However, black shell is an adequate substitute nearly all of the time for many people, especially diehard shell heads in this thread.

Alden's leather holds up admirably over the years, so if you don't plan on wearing the black shoes excessively and/or don't care enough to fork over the shell premium, go with leather.

However, after hard wear and more than two resolings, I bet the leather upper will begin to look tired. They will certainly be serviceable, and attractive in that lived-in way, but they could not be mistaken for new. In contrast, a shell pair will look far better after the same amount of wear and time and resolings. If you take care of them, the shell pair could even look (close to) new after a considerable amount of time/ use.

If going for Aldens, I suggest that you try to acquire a pair of black shell cap toes from the Shoemart's second list or on seasonal sale somewhere. This will reduce the shell premium considerably, and you will likely be happier in the long-run. If you still want leather, there are a lot of makers besides Alden who deliver high quality and value you could consider.
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Hey fellas, haven't been on since July 11th. wife and i have a baby girl now so time is limited. i missed 1080 posts. not much has changed i see.... the same dozen or so ogilarchs have all the rare shoes! haha. hope you're all well. i hate that summer is coming to a close here in the northeast but at least boot season is around the corner.


LOL - oligarchs.
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This probably depends more on your perception of value and preference. Personally, I think a pair of black leather oxfords is a must in a wardrobe. However, black shell is an adequate substitute nearly all of the time for many people, especially diehard shell heads in this thread.

Alden's leather holds up admirably over the years, so if you don't plan on wearing the black shoes excessively and/or don't care enough to fork over the shell premium, go with leather.

However, after hard wear and more than two resolings, I bet the leather upper will begin to look tired. They will certainly be serviceable, and attractive in that lived-in way, but they could not be mistaken for new. In contrast, a shell pair will look far better after the same amount of wear and time and resolings. If you take care of them, the shell pair could even look (close to) new after a considerable amount of time/ use.

If going for Aldens, I suggest that you try to acquire a pair of black shell cap toes from the Shoemart's second list or on seasonal sale somewhere. This will reduce the shell premium considerably, and you will likely be happier in the long-run. If you still want leather, there are a lot of makers besides Alden who deliver high quality and value you could consider.

 

+ 1 @smoothie1 on the shell comments. I am sure others can show some shell with age, but I used this image earlier today and it illustrates your point perfectly. These shell shoes were made in 1990, so they have passed the quarter century mark and will likely outlive me. Hard to always do with calf.

 

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Some alpine grain NST from Brick + Mortar.

 

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Whiskey LWB.

 

Looking great today @epc2 on this lovely Wednesday. Those are looking nice and clean.

 

 

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Alden X BB
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Your Shell Tassels from Brooks are looking stellar @RevisIsland.

 

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Epic Brassvello's Mikey..

 

Thanks Chippy, appreciate it!

 

 

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Maiden voyage. Whiskey NST saddle x AoC.
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Congratulations on your new shoes and getting them out, hope that you enjoyed their first wear.

 

 

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Don, your Whiskey Shell LHSes are looking absolutely spectacular.

 

 

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Hi all. Been awhile since I've posted. I'm going to pick up a pair of Alden Cap Toe Balmoras in black. Was thinking about getting shell. Is the shell in black worth the price over black calf? Thanks!

 

 

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Originally Posted by smoothie1 View Post

This probably depends more on your perception of value and preference. Personally, I think a pair of black leather oxfords is a must in a wardrobe. However, black shell is an adequate substitute nearly all of the time for many people, especially diehard shell heads in this thread.

Alden's leather holds up admirably over the years, so if you don't plan on wearing the black shoes excessively and/or don't care enough to fork over the shell premium, go with leather.

However, after hard wear and more than two resolings, I bet the leather upper will begin to look tired. They will certainly be serviceable, and attractive in that lived-in way, but they could not be mistaken for new. In contrast, a shell pair will look far better after the same amount of wear and time and resolings. If you take care of them, the shell pair could even look (close to) new after a considerable amount of time/ use.

If going for Aldens, I suggest that you try to acquire a pair of black shell cap toes from the Shoemart's second list or on seasonal sale somewhere. This will reduce the shell premium considerably, and you will likely be happier in the long-run. If you still want leather, there are a lot of makers besides Alden who deliver high quality and value you could consider.

 

@swils8610, the feedback from @smoothie1 is absolutely spot on. I am a "shell head" obviously and would say definitely to this, but all of his points are reasonable and valid. I will say though that if you are looking for a straight up straight tip balmoral (not a perforated tip), then you will struggle to find that on the second list, as its not a super common makeup, but a few retailers, such as Madison and TheShoeMart carry it on the Hampton in Black and Color 8 Shell Cordovan. If amicable to the Perforated Cap Toe Balmoral, then your retailer options (and correspondingly probability of success with the seconds list) will be far more vast.

 

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Some alpine grain NST from Brick + Mortar.

 

 

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@marvaments Those are absolutely fantastic as is expected from you. Happy Hump Day!

 

-Mike

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Whiskey Wednesday. Alden Whiskey Shell Cordovan Wingtip Balmorals. Marcoliani Glaces Brown Argyles OTC. Epaulet Kiss The Blarney Stone Donegal Walt Trousers.

 

 

 

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-Mike

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I think I am giving up the booze. Especially fitting on whiskey Wednesday. I have new whiskey ptb, unlined loafers, and C&J Warlows (arrived on Monday). And chukkas worn fewer than 5 times. I want to sell them in one bunch. What is a good price? The loafers are from Brooks and the rarest of the rare.

The whole thing is darn near an irreplaceable collection.

Please don't PM me about these yet.
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Late Whiskey Wednesday submission. e6a2165e455da4fa062753fc88342bb1.jpg


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post #8261 of 10561
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Help! I'm looking for a very specific Alden makeup. 

 

- Shell Color 8 boot

- Perforated cap toe

- Commando sole

- Speed hooks or not

- Antique/black edging

- Prefer Grant last, but Barrie will do.

 

I've been scouring the web, but haven't found this yet. The closest thing I've seen is the Unionmade Kirkwood boot, which is sold out. 

 

Any ideas on where to find this?

 

Cheers

 

TSM and Supply & Advise have something similar to what you are looking for, but both with leather sole.

 

http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-mens-9-eyelet-perforated-cap-toe-boot-shell-cordovan-color-8-d5812

 

http://www.supplyandadvise.com/products/perforated-cap-toe-boot-color-8-shell-cordovan-d5833h?variant=16506045572

 

 

If you are OK with straight tip, Alden DC has Straight tip boots with commando sole on grant last.

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Some alpine grain NST from Brick + Mortar. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Looking good! Not sure how much longer I can resist getting a pair of those.

Wore my Dr Jones boots from Frans Boone today with a pair of Unis Gio Skinny chinos.

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post #8263 of 10561
Black shell Bristol boot x Leffot today.

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Thanks! Having commando sole is more important that perforated cap toe. Let me look at Alden DC! Thanks!

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Black shell Bristol boot x Leffot today.


Killing it this week Sir !
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