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@Bbombers85 I love the the leffot version every time I see it. I'm always on the fence between that and the 975 for my first LWB..
And yes, the humidity in the city yesterday was definitely present haha

 

I'm more into casual wear so the antique edges work well for me. In fact, more than 50% of the year, I wear jeans (I'm in the engineering consulting business). However, I imagine if one wears dress pants more often than not, the 975 might be better. You can't go wrong either either. The 975 is obviously a stock model vs the Leffot version, which comes by once or twice a year in limited quantities.

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Every time I look at your website and admire the sleekness of your various Aldens, I force myself to remember that so much of that is attributable to your very-narrow feet and that my Aldens, made for my humdrum, average width feet, will not be nearly as sleek. How sad.

+1 With my massively wide feet, even my one pair of Aberdeens, at EEE width, look like TB :confused:

post #109743 of 122416
Rarely wear black shoes these days, but J.Crew cadets got the call today
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Is it me, or is JCrew's Ludlow line of shoes suspiciously Alden-esque?

 

JCrew Ludlow

 

They are obviously not quite the same with a different leather supplier and no cordovan, but very similar looks.

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Is it me, or is JCrew's Ludlow line of shoes suspiciously Alden-esque?

 

JCrew Ludlow

 

They are obviously not quite the same with a different leather supplier and no cordovan, but very similar looks.

I think they're doing this for a variety of reasons.

 

1. Backlash over higher end items for a non-luxury brand.

2. Accessibility for more folks (I guess related to point 1).

3. Cheaper manufacturing costs and higher profit margin than Alden.

4. Sales have been on the decline since 2012/2013 so they need to get creative. Imitation is the greatest form of flattery.

 

I noticed they also stopped selling Alden shoe trees and instead sell the same ones with their own label. The guy who was a sneakerhead/ shoehead there (owns over 500 pairs of shoes) recently left. I wonder what's in store for them moving forward.

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Originally Posted by HenryIII View Post
 

Is it me, or is JCrew's Ludlow line of shoes suspiciously Alden-esque?

 

JCrew Ludlow

 

They are obviously not quite the same with a different leather supplier and no cordovan, but very similar looks.

I briefly owned the Ludlow wingtips in cigar brown (didn't even realize Alden had a 'cigar' at the time), and style-wise they are pretty much knockoffs of Alden LWBs (differences I noticed were the wing tip doesn't go as high/pointed, and different medallion design), but they just felt lower quality overall so I sold them after a few wears. 

 

J.Crew obviously had their design team rip off Alden designs like their Pacer boot (Indiana Pacers...?)  but there must be a market for them as a more affordable option to their Alden line.

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I'm more into casual wear so the antique edges work well for me. In fact, more than 50% of the year, I wear jeans (I'm in the engineering consulting business). However, I imagine if one wears dress pants more often than not, the 975 might be better. You can't go wrong either either. The 975 is obviously a stock model vs the Leffot version, which comes by once or twice a year in limited quantities.


You're lucky!  I wish I could wear jeans to work more often, but overall my engineering job is pretty casual where chinos are the standard.  I have been trying to add more dress pants to my wardrobe, and for that reason I decided to sell my leffot kings and bought 975's to replace them.  I still really like the look of color 8 + antique edging, so might jump on the next leffot tanker pre-order when it comes around next.

post #109748 of 122416

ravello lwb

 

post #109749 of 122416
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Alden x Leffot Kind LWB day here in sunny (and finally HOT) NYC!

Nice! Although I can do without the hot day in NYC. 

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I can do without hot, too. Alden for BB shortwings today:

 

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I am headed to Washington DC soon and am wondering if any of you gentlemen have been to Alden of DC lately.  Any rare shell or any other interesting make-ups there? 

Thanks in advance for your replies. 

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I am headed to Washington DC soon and am wondering if any of you gentlemen have been to Alden of DC lately.  Any rare shell or any other interesting make-ups there? 

Thanks in advance for your replies. 

 

Exotic shell is tougher to find than water in California at the moment. Never know when you get lucky though. They have interesting make-ups there and if anything, its a good chance to meet Kathy, get on a few lists and browse the shop. They're good people there.

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I am headed to Washington DC soon and am wondering if any of you gentlemen have been to Alden of DC lately.  Any rare shell or any other interesting make-ups there? 
Thanks in advance for your replies. 

I was there 2 weeks ago and didn't see any shell other than black and color 8.
post #109754 of 122416
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Originally Posted by DuckOB View Post

Nice shoes zenny. I think at the bottom of this page is the shoes you reference.

http://www.styleforum.net/t/85589/the-official-alden-thread/94950

Post 94980. I know I have almost bought these several times based on that pic as well

Enjoy the boots !

Thanks for finding that and thanks for your kind comment!

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Bear in mind though that Zenny's boots are short and wide. Wonder what that would look like in 10.5B...

@mdubs has an excellent point here, those AF53 are size 6E. The silhouette will probably look much sleeker in a narrow width or a larger size with D width.
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Originally Posted by gr789 View Post

I am headed to Washington DC soon and am wondering if any of you gentlemen have been to Alden of DC lately.  Any rare shell or any other interesting make-ups there? 
Thanks in advance for your replies. 

Nothing exotic at Alden DC currently, Kathy did get in some black Indy boot on the grant last a few months back. She also got in some whiskey LWB 1-2 months ago, but those are probably all sold. It doesn't hurt to inquire about your size though, who knows what else is hiding in that giant storage room. I don't think she is doing any new exotic shell makeup besides the already known ravello and cigar captoe boots on grant, those lists run fairly long. She might be making a color 8 wingtip boot on Barrie with commando sole and antique edging if anyone is interested.

-D
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Originally Posted by gr789 View Post

I am headed to Washington DC soon and am wondering if any of you gentlemen have been to Alden of DC lately.  Any rare shell or any other interesting make-ups there? 

Thanks in advance for your replies. 


I was there 2 weeks ago and didn't see any shell other than black and color 8.

 



There usually won't be any display models as they're almost all spoken for (the rare shell). But if you ask about them Kathy will usually show you an example if they happen to have one. Maybe a return or something or still in the process of contacting folks. Hoping to drop by again sometime this summer.
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