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For wearing them that little I think I would just keep the Park Ave and keep them polished up. I think the upgrade to shell would be pointless IMHO. If you want to upgrade your formal shoe maybe get something in calf with a more shapely last from a European maker. Carmina, AS and Enzo Bonfe come to mind. All cheaper than Alden shell.


yup

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For wearing them that little I think I would just keep the Park Ave and keep them polished up. I think the upgrade to shell would be pointless IMHO. If you want to upgrade your formal shoe maybe get something in calf with a more shapely last from a European maker. Carmina, AS and Enzo Bonfe come to mind. All cheaper than Alden shell.

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yup

Cmon. You guys are speaking logically. You know we don't roll that way around here.
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Cmon. You guys are speaking logically. You know we don't roll that way around here.
Edited for stupidity.
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Cmon. You guys are speaking logically. You know we don't roll that way around here.


I would do this over a shell version on a wider last

 

http://www.skoaktiebolaget.se/collections/frontpage/products/enzo-bonafe-dress-shoes

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I would do this over a shell version on a wider last

http://www.skoaktiebolaget.se/collections/frontpage/products/enzo-bonafe-dress-shoes
Yup
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I would do this over a shell version on a wider last

http://www.skoaktiebolaget.se/collections/frontpage/products/enzo-bonafe-dress-shoes

Thanks man. I know nothing of Carmina or Enzo. Not against trying something new thou. These are pretty nice.

Like the bal's posted earlier too.

It would seem they get worn sparingly but it I feel I am always attending a wedding,communion, confirmation, graduation or other venue. So it's a sound investment on my part, they would probably get worn more than some of the pairs of boots I have still in the box brand new.
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First, long time no post for me - been traveling way too much the past few weeks

Second, I think Alden's black shell captoe bals (both the punch toe version and the straight tip version) are underrated. I wear my black cordovan punch toe weekly (9016).

That said, if you don't wear them often, the Park Avenues are a fine show for occasional wear. I do like the look of a freshly polished shell balmoral, though.
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Originally Posted by Bobbo316 View Post

It's strictly an events type shoe. Dressing up for weddings and such. I'm a tshirt and jeans guy, wear uniforms to work. I currently have park av's looking to upgrade just can't decide on what.

I'm between 8-8.5D depending on last.

9016 or 9071. The plain chelsea/ captoe oxford style is probably cleaner.
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Finally some nice weather in my neck of the woods:

 

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Originally Posted by chrisefi View Post


Nice looking boot! Congrats. Love the brass hardware on light suede. Looks like you got a killer deal on them too.

 

 

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Originally Posted by JR Magat View Post
 

Really nice!  I briefly had a pair from TSM (irregulars) in tan suede and it definitely was Barrie last.  Unfortunately the pair I had fit a bit tighter around the toes so I had to unload them.  I really like the clean look of these though


Thank you for the kind words guys!

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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

First, long time no post for me - been traveling way too much the past few weeks

Second, I think Alden's black shell captoe bals (both the punch toe version and the straight tip version) are underrated. I wear my black cordovan punch toe weekly (9016).

That said, if you don't wear them often, the Park Avenues are a fine show for occasional wear. I do like the look of a freshly polished shell balmoral, though.

Yup if you are set on Alden and want a shoe you can wear to special occasions, I'd go 9016 since you already own the PA's. Wear the PA's for very formal events, and the 9016's for slighly less formal events.
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Hampton last = TTS?
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Thats the spirit! LOL

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@Bobbo316, it is for me. 9 in Barrie/Trubalance, 9.5 in Hampton.
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Hampton last = TTS?
Yes
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