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Do you guys know we're can one get Alden shell color 4 I have called Alden dc, Cali no luck frown.gif and if any of gentelman be able to post pic so I know what it looks like clearly would be greatly appricated.

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You need to get a time machine and go back to 2011 and 2012 and get pretty lucky. Or wait until one pops up on eBay and he prepared to spend some money.

-Mike
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Color #4 won't be produced by Alden anytime soon. It's discontinued allegedly.
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Do you guys know we're can one get Alden shell color 4 I have called Alden dc, Cali no luck frown.gif and if any of gentelman be able to post pic so I know what it looks like clearly would be greatly appricated.

LMAO

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Do you guys know we're can one get Alden shell color 4 I have called Alden dc, Cali no luck frown.gif and if any of gentelman be able to post pic so I know what it looks like clearly would be greatly appricated.

a rare beast. an old pic of mine

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From all the pics I've seen I prefer dark trim in color #8 until it fades a bit--the lighter it gets and the browner it gets, the more I prefer antique trim.  I think antique trim on my new Alden JCrew boots would look too light at this point.

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Originally Posted by TtownMD View Post

Do you guys know we're can one get Alden shell color 4 I have called Alden dc, Cali no luck frown.gif and if any of gentelman be able to post pic so I know what it looks like clearly would be greatly appricated.

a rare beast. an old pic of mine

 

looks like sun faded AE #8

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Thank you guys for the info no wonder the gentlemen who picked up the phone was also laughing lol I am glad I can amuse you guys. I will admit my knowledge of Alden is very basic. So is color 4 consider rare by Alden or any company or brand other than Alden that produces color 4 shell is also consider rare?
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From all the pics I've seen I prefer dark trim in color #8 until it fades a bit--the lighter it gets and the browner it gets, the more I prefer antique trim.  I think antique trim on my new Alden JCrew boots would look too light at this point.

 

Agree...and I am a light welt/edge lover. The darker antique would probably look really nice though.

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looks like sun faded AE #8

not to oversimplify, but I would describe them as...red. like a red Crayola crayon red, not like deep burgundy like #8.

I have an old pair of "Black Cherry" shell from AE that are are a shade darker. I think Horween calls them #6.
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Mike, I don't see natural shell on your graph, yet I know you own a few pairs. Please correct this oversight ASAP, m'kay???

PS, ever thought of dipping your toe into some Horween green shell, a la Carmina or AE?
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Do you guys know we're can one get Alden shell color 4 I have called Alden dc, Cali no luck frown.gif and if any of gentelman be able to post pic so I know what it looks like clearly would be greatly appricated.

The only one I know of making shoes in color 4 is Enzo Bonafe. Skoak has an LWB incoming from them in color 4 for the fall.
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a rare beast. an old pic of mine


Thank you for posting pic it's was very helpful
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You need to get a time machine and go back to 2011 and 2012 and get pretty lucky. Or wait until one pops up on eBay and he prepared to spend some money.

-Mike

color 4 (or maybe color 2) is just ruby from Carmina right? 

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Do you guys know we're can one get Alden shell color 4 I have called Alden dc, Cali no luck frown.gif and if any of gentelman be able to post pic so I know what it looks like clearly would be greatly appricated.

 

 

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Thank you guys for the info no wonder the gentlemen who picked up the phone was also laughing lol I am glad I can amuse you guys. I will admit my knowledge of Alden is very basic. So is color 4 consider rare by Alden or any company or brand other than Alden that produces color 4 shell is also consider rare?

 

Alden is fairly production-constrained, and is committed to maintaining a reasonable stock of its standard, stock collection, which only includes models in black and color #8 shell. Thus, they devote less production time to other shell colors. Additionally, the lighter shells, such as Whiskey, Ravello, and color #4, tend to require higher quality, "clear" shells, which are less common. While Horween makes lighter shells regularly, they just are more constrained in production, and there is significantly less demand for them.

 

So basically, it's a triple whammy:

 

(1) Alden orders fewer non-black/color # 8 shells because they want to make sure they have a reasonable stock of their standard lineup (black/color #8 only)

(2) Horween produces fewer lighter shells because they require a higher quality shell that has fewer imperfections

(3) There is less demand for lighter shells in general, as most shoemakers find that darker shells like black, color #8, and dark cognac (which AE calls Brown and C&J and other use) are much easier to sell. And they're easier to mask imperfections from scuffs and other issues during production.

 

Your best bet for the lighter, "rarer" shells is from smaller shoemakers that have less of a standard catalog. For example, Enzo Bonafe has no issue sourcing color #4 shell, while Carmina has a steady supply of color #2 shell (which they call Rubi), although right now Carmina has none available for new shoes. Carmina also seems to have a decent supply for cognac and saddle. Remember, though, that these shoemakers produce many fewer pairs than Alden does.

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