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Cigar chukkas on this gray Monday morning... Nabbed these on eBay recently thumbs-up.gif
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I'm in awe. 18 bids.... $1025.00 I guess that's somebody's Grail... Or they just don't give a fk.

 

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I think those are worth it to somebody who does not want to wait. A free market fair deal.

Steve


I was watching this pair too and definitely a grail for me (ravello or whiskey WTB)... glad they weren't my size though :)

 

I saw a pair of whiskey indy's go for about the same price as well... certain make ups + exotic shell = bananas

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leffot tankers

 

 

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The Leffot tankers remind me - anyone end up putting down that 12th deposit at Context for tankers? Really hoping to get those by this winter.

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leffot tankers

 

 


I might need to get on the leffot pre-order when it comes around next... :drool:

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Picked up these new old stock LHS in color 8 last fall, and today is the first day out.  They had slight signs of try-on but not on the soles.  The production stamp inside starts with a 7, so they are at least eight years old.

 

Color 8 LHS from Carroll & Co, Beverly Hills

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

 

 

Great pick-up!  I too hunt eBay for older Alden shells, but haven't pulled the trigger yet.  Wearing my 986s today.  One of my oldest and now most comfortable pairs.

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BB Suede LHS

 

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Yeah we've been meeting over your way enough times now, it's your turn to come to @tifosi and I.

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would be willing to drive up from nova if we could stomp through ben sherman in exotic cordo

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Would you Philly boys ever let a Jersey guy from Princeton tag along? No one around here speaks Alden and my friends just make fun of my shoes all the time shog%5B1%5D.gif
Let's get this one going guys! We usually get a ton of interest, but it always ends up being Ben, Chis and I. Haha.

I'm a Jersey guy, too, Doc. No worries.
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leffot tankers

 

 

Great combo, there!

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Does anyone have patent leather aldens? How do they look compared to plain toe shell or leather ones? I am trying to decide on a pair of shoes to wear with a tuxedo.

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With all due respect, I don't understand this Shell obsession. I have only one pair of aldens, and I like them very much and intend on buying more.

 

I had the opportunity to buy some shell LWBs from Alden DC, and passed and instead chose to buy some in Kudu. It was my first time seeing shell, and honestly, it looked like the cheap plasticy leather one finds on sub 100 dollar shoes. 

 

I read on these forums that you shouldn't get it wet either. 

 

This is one fashion trend that I will allow to pass me by. My wallet probably will thank me... 

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Does anyone have patent leather aldens? How do they look compared to plain toe shell or leather ones? I am trying to decide on a pair of shoes to wear with a tuxedo.

Shell Alden's with a tux? No thanks. Not just for the leather, but the lasts and styles are totally orthogonal to a good black tie shoe.
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With all due respect, I don't understand this Shell obsession. I have only one pair of aldens, and I like them very much and intend on buying more.

 

I had the opportunity to buy some shell LWBs from Alden DC, and passed and instead chose to buy some in Kudu. It was my first time seeing shell, and honestly, it looked like the cheap plasticy leather one finds on sub 100 dollar shoes. 

 

I read on these forums that you shouldn't get it wet either. 

 

This is one fashion trend that I will allow to pass me by. My wallet probably will thank me... 

 

Suggest you read this article and watch the video. 

 

http://www.gentlemansgazette.com/cordovan-leather-from-horween/ 

 

It's actually low maintenance, very durable and long-lasting if cared for properly. 

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With all due respect, I don't understand this Shell obsession. I have only one pair of aldens, and I like them very much and intend on buying more.

I had the opportunity to buy some shell LWBs from Alden DC, and passed and instead chose to buy some in Kudu. It was my first time seeing shell, and honestly, it looked like the cheap plasticy leather one finds on sub 100 dollar shoes. 

I read on these forums that you shouldn't get it wet either. 

This is one fashion trend that I will allow to pass me by. My wallet probably will thank me... 

More shell for us then. No, seriously, what's nice about the Alden universe is that there is something for just about everyone. If shell is not your thing, there are well made shoes available in traditional materials (e.g., burnished tan calfskin) in traditional designs. There are rugged materials for folks who want a workhorse shoe.

The rationale for acquiring shell, IMHO, lies in the subtleties of patina that develop after 1-2 years. This requires a leap of faith at first and a shift in perspective away from buying shoes just so they're nice and shiny. I like Alden because the traditional styles they employ can be dressed up or down easily and because they are well built. I don't need shoes that look "on trend" or tell the world I'm made of money. My recommendation would be to buy the 975 in classic color 8. Don't baby it and see how the shades of burgundy and eggplant morph over a couple years. The shoes might come to feel both like a solid traditional item that a man shouldn't be without and like something that bears your own distinctive signature (like a favorite pair of worn and faded jeans). Just my .02
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With all due respect, I don't understand this Shell obsession. [...] It was my first time seeing shell, and honestly, it looked like the cheap plasticy leather one finds on sub 100 dollar shoes. 

I have heard this criticism many times. And I understand this perspective, as there is a something to it, especially to the uniniated. The look of shell is not for everyone, and it could be jarring if you are accustomed to fine vegetable tanned European leathers only.

Some enjoy shell cordovan, and it is a distinct look. I think it has its place. But to me, it is not the pinnacle of shoemaking. Although I like the casual look and appreciate the durability and comfort of shell.
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