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Thanks! That looks amazing. Is that the lined or unlined version?

Thanks!
It is the lined rust with matching stitching.
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Thanks!
It is the lined rust with matching stitching.

Nicely done. Thanks!
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Is there a consensus on sizing for the Brooks Brothers M58 last? I've seen an even split more or less for going TTS and for going Barrie size.

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M58 is what the Brooks Alden shell ptb is on. Fits basically like the barrie last. Down a half size.

I think it looks better myself.

I would agree it's an even split between TTS and sizing down. I wear them TTS. One of my favorite lasts.
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Here's a question about Alden pricing compared to AE:

Alden and AE cordovan shoes are somewhat similar in price.  Let's take the PTB and the Leeds as our examples. The AE Leeds comes in at $650 and the Alden PTB comes in at $682 (a somewhat negligible 5% increase over AE).  

My question  relates to the calf version of these shoes.  The Leeds comes in at $385 and the PTB comes in at $551.  That's a major 43% increase!  

As far as I can tell there are a few options to explain this discrepancy:

A - Allen Edmonds is giving us a real sweet deal on their calf shoes or...
B - Allen Edmonds is ripping us off on their cordovan shoes or...
C - Alden is ripping us off on their calf shoes or....
D - Alden is giving us a real sweet deal on their cordovan shoes.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

Thanks in advance!

CARMINA!!! or VASS is superior in calf leather quaility and finishing. or at that price just save for the alden shell
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Is there a consensus on sizing for the Brooks Brothers M58 last? I've seen an even split more or less for going TTS and for going Barrie size.

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Originally Posted by 89826 View Post

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M58 is what the Brooks Alden shell ptb is on. Fits basically like the barrie last. Down a half size.

I think it looks better myself.

I would agree it's an even split between TTS and sizing down. I wear them TTS. One of my favorite lasts.

Thanks guys, lol
post #114171 of 122416
Suggestions for some nice laces to replace the flat waxed ones in my Alden boots? Just not feeling these laces. Don't want a colored lace, just some nice replacements. Will probably alternate, and pick up some Benjo's colored laces at some point too.
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for shell cordovan watch strap, let me recommend nomos strap:  http://www.nomos-store.com/en/Watchstraps/Horween-Genuine-Shell-Cordovan/

 

They source the strap from horween and straps have various width and also length which you could choose.

Most straps offered do not have length options.  Nothing sucks more than having to punch new holes because the wrist size don't match.

 

The price is pretty reasonable too.

 

note: I do not own one lol

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I think I know the answer to this one, but it's better to check with expertise beforehand:

Stylistically, are the color 8 wingtip boots generally more formal than the color 8 cap toe boots? How does the creasing of the cordovan vary between the two for anyone who can speak to that?

I've been set for a while on the color 8 wingtip boots, but now I realize my general style is a little less formal than what I thought it'd be. I'm in jeans and trousers generally, and only wear a suit no more than 3 times a season on average (around a dozen times a year). Most of the time when I wear my trousers or jeans it's with a button down without a tie, sometimes with a blazer or odd jacket on top (rarely), and every now and then I'll have to or feel compelled to don a tie. With that in mind, would you recommend the wingtip or the cap toe boots?

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Where can I find a pair of Alden captoe boots in dark brown calf with commando sole?

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Just received these natty cxl lwb's from the Bureau Belfast. I'm pretty damn happy with what I'm seeing here. 26c9e38de1db09b9a324d44ed53a73a0.jpg8b62e110472a735e1d78717234ee384e.jpg39b6e57c26d8e913f036293cdbf2a79b.jpg

Now I just have to take them in for Topies and tie taps. I'll enjoy them on the carpet for a bit first.
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Dam those are nice
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I think I know the answer to this one, but it's better to check with expertise beforehand:

Stylistically, are the color 8 wingtip boots generally more formal than the color 8 cap toe boots? How does the creasing of the cordovan vary between the two for anyone who can speak to that?

I've been set for a while on the color 8 wingtip boots, but now I realize my general style is a little less formal than what I thought it'd be. I'm in jeans and trousers generally, and only wear a suit no more than 3 times a season on average (around a dozen times a year). Most of the time when I wear my trousers or jeans it's with a button down without a tie, sometimes with a blazer or odd jacket on top (rarely), and every now and then I'll have to or feel compelled to don a tie. With that in mind, would you recommend the wingtip or the cap toe boots?

 

Folks with more knowledge can correct me if I'm mistaken, but I think historically wingtip boots with brogue have been considered more casual in England.  They were more or less for outdoor sporting and working.  I suppose the same could be said for a tweed sportcoat (thus the name).  However, in the US I've always gotten the feeling and impression that wingtip shoes are "fancy," so others who aren't well versed in the history of shoes might consider them more formal than cap toe boots.  And I say that even while seems to me that the cap in cap toes were meant for toe protection when working.  I'm not sure most people think that deeply about it, and see brogue wingtips and think "what a lot of intricate stuff going on--how fancy!"

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Originally Posted by TheloniusDrunk View Post

I think I know the answer to this one, but it's better to check with expertise beforehand:


Stylistically, are the color 8 wingtip boots generally more formal than the color 8 cap toe boots? How does the creasing of the cordovan vary between the two for anyone who can speak to that?


I've been set for a while on the color 8 wingtip boots, but now I realize my general style is a little less formal than what I thought it'd be. I'm in jeans and trousers generally, and only wear a suit no more than 3 times a season on average (around a dozen times a year). Most of the time when I wear my trousers or jeans it's with a button down without a tie, sometimes with a blazer or odd jacket on top (rarely), and every now and then I'll have to or feel compelled to don a tie. With that in mind, would you recommend the wingtip or the cap toe boots?

I don't know that there is a right or wrong answer but to me both are about the same. For me, the determinate factor would be the welt. Many wingtip boots have a raised welt which for me, makes them less formal than a Captoe with a flat welt. The storm welt makes any shoe/boot more casual than the same shoe/boot with a flat on, IMO.

Having said that, there is no wingtip boot that I have seen that I would consider too formal for the dress style you describe. I have a couple of Captoes on Grant and a wingtip on grant on preorder. All have a flat welt and I don't look at one as being more or less formal than the other.
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Folks with more knowledge can correct me if I'm mistaken, but I think historically wingtip boots with brogue have been considered more casual in England.  They were more or less for outdoor sporting and working.  I suppose the same could be said for a tweed sportcoat (thus the name).  However, in the US I've always gotten the feeling and impression that wingtip shoes are "fancy," so others who aren't well versed in the history of shoes might consider them more formal than cap toe boots.  And I say that even while seems to me that the cap in cap toes were meant for toe protection when working.  I'm not sure most people think that deeply about it, and see brogue wingtips and think "what a lot of intricate stuff going on--how fancy!"

that has been my understanding and experience as well
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