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post #103126 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

For some reason I thought the auction indicated Alden of Madison. I love whiskey and I really like monk straps, but together they don't work for me as much as I would have expected. My guess is that if I had a shot at these at normal retail (just paid $750 for whiskey PTB's), I would seriously consider them. I don't thing the E width will stop these from fetching close to a $1k. 9.5E on Aberdeen is probably close to 9.5D on barrie, which is a pretty common size.

But I am curious as well on how many were made as well. I'm not normally a conspiracy theorist, but I've often suspected some less than ethical activity going on with these rare make ups that no one hears about that end up on EBAY listing for hundreds over retail.

They were probably made for an Asian retailer and never saw the light of day in the U.S. Retailers like Beams, Tassels, Unipair get a ton of love from Alden. As usual, retailers do not advertise when they get rare shell orders, often times you need to get a bit lucky with someone not wanting their original pair, or retailers might get stock from other shops that are discards (has happened to AoM a few times from what they have told me).

I do not think anything unscrupulous is going on with the rare shell market other than the fact that some people stumble on a pair and decide to resell.
post #103127 of 122416
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Originally Posted by TO Tie Guy View Post

They were probably made for an Asian retailer and never saw the light of day in the U.S. Retailers like Beams, Tassels, Unipair get a ton of love from Alden. As usual, retailers do not advertise when they get rare shell orders, often times you need to get a bit lucky with someone not wanting their original pair, or retailers might get stock from other shops that are discards (has happened to AoM a few times from what they have told me).

I do not think anything unscrupulous is going on with the rare shell market other than the fact that some people stumble on a pair and decide to resell.

That actually makes sense TO. Thanks for taking the time and providing such a detailed explanation.
post #103128 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

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For some reason I thought the auction indicated Alden of Madison. I love whiskey and I really like monk straps, but together they don't work for me as much as I would have expected. My guess is that if I had a shot at these at normal retail (just paid $750 for whiskey PTB's), I would seriously consider them. I don't thing the E width will stop these from fetching close to a $1k. 9.5E on Aberdeen is probably close to 9.5D on barrie, which is a pretty common size.

But I am curious as well on how many were made as well. I'm not normally a conspiracy theorist, but I've often suspected some less than ethical activity going on with these rare make ups that no one hears about that end up on EBAY listing for hundreds over retail.

 

 

 

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They were probably made for an Asian retailer and never saw the light of day in the U.S. Retailers like Beams, Tassels, Unipair get a ton of love from Alden. As usual, retailers do not advertise when they get rare shell orders, often times you need to get a bit lucky with someone not wanting their original pair, or retailers might get stock from other shops that are discards (has happened to AoM a few times from what they have told me).

I do not think anything unscrupulous is going on with the rare shell market other than the fact that some people stumble on a pair and decide to resell.

That would probably make sense regarding the asian market.  I believe it is common for those retailers to order e width due to most of their customers' foot width being wider than most Americans'.  At the price these will likely fetch I would want a perfect fit.  Sub $500 i would take a chance.  I think $800 - $900 is what they will go for.

Edit - typing at the same time.

post #103129 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

9.5E on Aberdeen is probably close to 9.5D on barrie, which is a pretty common size.

Doesn't Aberdeen run TTS? If so, it'd be more like a Barrie 9D and a 10D Aberdeen, etc. ???
post #103130 of 122416

getting ready to nano the suede indy so thought I would have a group hug...

 

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I had been planning on taking a revised "family photo" for a long time. Finally got around to it this afternoon. Group shot first, then a bunch of additional shots spoilered.

 

Back row, L-R:

Cigar medallion cap toe boot (Alden DC), #8 Brixton (Epaulet), Black wingtip boot (TSM), Natty CXL wingtip boot (Epaulet), Cigar Indy (TSM), #8 Tanker (AoM), Cigar cap toe boot (Alden DC), Black cap toe boot (AoM), #8 cap toe boot (Alden DC), AF53 (AoC), Cigar chukka (Alden SF), Ravello chukka (Alden DC)

 

Front row, L-R:

Natty CXL ptb (NRO), Whiskey ptb (Alden SF), #2 longwing (AoC), 405 (Alden SF)
 

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My first Alden purchase. Yes, I also bought the right boot too.

post #103132 of 122416
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getting ready to nano the suede indy so thought I would have a group hug...

Great minds think alike. I was organizing my shoes outside for a group pic when I saw you posted this. Great collection of Indys!

post #103133 of 122416

^ Great collection!!  I love how your first Alden boots look.  They have that cotton duck lining.  I sold a pair of Indys with that lining.  Quite unique.

post #103134 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

Current bid on these is $170. I'm guessing they go for a little more than that......

http://www.ebay.com/itm/151589083264?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

If you like monk straps, this is an amazing shoe. Flawless shade of whiskey.

 

Wowzers.

post #103135 of 122416
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Originally Posted by CEE88 View Post

Spring training has begun, and so far this will be my everyday lineup:
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Top L-R: snuff suede/color 8 saddle; ravello cap toe boot; color 8 unlined dovers; whiskey bluchers
Bottom L-R: color 4/black saddle; snuff suede LHS with red brick sole; natty CXL LWB; natty CXL PTB


Love the snuff-#8 saddles! If I may ask, where did you source those?
post #103136 of 122416
Dinner out with the wifey last night. #8 PCTs x J Crew
post #103137 of 122416
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Originally Posted by ironclad View Post

I had been planning on taking a revised "family photo" for a long time. Finally got around to it this afternoon. Group shot first, then a bunch of additional shots spoilered.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


Back row, L-R:
Cigar medallion cap toe boot (Alden DC), #8 Brixton (Epaulet), Black wingtip boot (TSM), Natty CXL wingtip boot (Epaulet), Cigar Indy (TSM), #8 Tanker (AoM), Cigar cap toe boot (Alden DC), Black cap toe boot (AoM), #8 cap toe boot (Alden DC), AF53 (AoC), Cigar chukka (Alden SF), Ravello chukka (Alden DC)

Front row, L-R:
Natty CXL ptb (NRO), Whiskey ptb (Alden SF), #2 longwing (AoC), 405 (Alden SF)

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My first Alden purchase. Yes, I also bought the right boot too.


Amazing collection! Thank you for sharing. Great color comparisons
post #103138 of 122416
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Originally Posted by ironclad View Post
 

I had been planning on taking a revised "family photo" for a long time. Finally got around to it this afternoon. Group shot first, then a bunch of additional shots spoilered.

 

Back row, L-R:

Cigar medallion cap toe boot (Alden DC), #8 Brixton (Epaulet), Black wingtip boot (TSM), Natty CXL wingtip boot (Epaulet), Cigar Indy (TSM), #8 Tanker (AoM), Cigar cap toe boot (Alden DC), Black cap toe boot (AoM), #8 cap toe boot (Alden DC), AF53 (AoC), Cigar chukka (Alden SF), Ravello chukka (Alden DC)

 

Front row, L-R:

Natty CXL ptb (NRO), Whiskey ptb (Alden SF), #2 longwing (AoC), 405 (Alden SF)
 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

My first Alden purchase. Yes, I also bought the right boot too.

 

Great collection Iron, I see that we have been a bad good influence on you here! Enjoy them all in good health my friend. I see that you tend to favor the boots... :-)

 

-Mike

post #103139 of 122416
Unbelievable makeup on Modified last for one of the Japanese stores. I freaking love it.

post #103140 of 122416
^^ those look fantastic. I want to try this modified last out - some great make ups on this last.
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