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post #19396 of 122416
^ love the design on these shoes however I find that Plaza creases a lot in the toe area. It seems that the Plaza last is a high volume last (generous toe box height) and thus creates more pronounced creasing than say the Grant last
post #19397 of 122416
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Originally Posted by CTYGGG View Post

Ravello Medallion Cap Toe on the Plaza
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Simply perfect.
post #19398 of 122416
I really, really like that as well.
post #19399 of 122416
I have been looking for this. Where did you buy it?
post #19400 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post


good looking shoe, enjoy wearing

Thanks Mac. They are spectacular ! Received quite a few compliments on their maidan voyage.
 

 

post #19401 of 122416
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Originally Posted by monologuist View Post


Love these...how are the waterloc soles with these? Do they feel much different than regular double leathers on a shell Longwing? I like the idea of a Color 8 LWB that can be worn on wet ground but still avoid looking too casual with a commando or crepe sole.
Also is the edge trim a pretty noticeable contrast with the Color 8? In pics of similar makeups, the antique stain jumps out a bit, but for some reason these appear a bit darker, contrast less stark. I have Cigar LWs with similar shaded edges so trying to decide if these cross over a bit too much with them.


 



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Originally Posted by JPFNY5 View Post

Leffot's new #8 with antique trim. As always, Steven did a fantastic job and I think the antique edge really makes them pop. First wearing for Christmas party. Great time for them!!IMG_1390.jpgIMG_1395.jpg


These soles are very comfortable. The antique edge is fairly light. The picture may not show it great but the contrast gives them such an elegant and sleek look. 

 

post #19402 of 122416
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Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger View Post

I'm sure a $50-$60 price increase isn't going to make Alden execs richer, in fact, based on what I see in this thread alone, its probably because more and more people are buying, and then returning their Aldens for "fixing". I think the price increase is directly related to QC, but not in the ways that you may think. I think that they are getting hit hard by having their workers fix their shoes, and in order to make some of that money back, they're charging a bit more. And I'm sure very few here are going to "stop buying Aldens" because of it. These increases are planned meticulously, just enough so that they'll keep the majority of their customers without putting them off. 


Not trying to argue with you, but wouldn't it make more sense to fix your QC issues so that shoes stop going out the door with issues rather than increasing prices to account for the labor costs incurred by fixing defects? Or are you meaning to say that people are sending their shoes back for gratuitous issues that don't actually need fixing?

 

Personally I take most of the defects as part of the charm of a handmade product, although the silver marker on the toe of my 403s would probably have been unacceptable if it was visible from more than a couple inches away.

post #19403 of 122416
hey guys.. isit me or thebureaubelfast alden #8 lws edge is a lighter colour compared to leffot #8 lws?
post #19404 of 122416
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Originally Posted by JPFNY5 View Post

Leffot's new #8 with antique trim. As always, Steven did a fantastic job and I think the antique edge really makes them pop. First wearing for Christmas party. Great time for them!!IMG_1390.jpgIMG_1395.jpg



 



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What a great makeup! Looking sharp & enjoy wearing them.


Thanks. I will. As we all here at SF are well aware.... "If you’ve ever noticed women checking out your shoes before their eyes rise to scan the rest of your look, then you already know this.


  The truth is that shoes make the man." 

post #19405 of 122416
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Originally Posted by superfuzz View Post

I had these Officer Indys from Epaulet resoled to commando soles at Moulded Shoe in NYC, since Alden can't be bothered to put on a different sole now--but they will raise their prices $100!

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Moulded Shoe is the best. Love those guys.
post #19406 of 122416
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Originally Posted by CTYGGG View Post

The eyelets & the welts are different, both great looking makeups. Nice pickup zippyh.

Zippy: any chance you have some photos in use...perhaps with some denim or trousers ? smile.gif
post #19407 of 122416
IC: I am thinking of selling my BNWB Natural Chromexcel Indy Boots w/commando sole from Leffot in 10.5 D. My first forray into the trubalance last, and I'm not sure how i feel about the fit. Come with box, shoe bags, etc.199

For retail price, I'll cover shipping in CONUS and throw in a can of the Montana pitch blend dressing I also purchased at Leffot.
post #19408 of 122416
My thoughts on the price increase: We can all decide for ourselves whether their shoes are "worth it" to us at higher cost, factoring in all considerations including workmanship and customer service. For me, it will certainly stretch their shoes beyond what I am comfortable spending on a regular basis. However, on balance I prefer to see them respond to this high demand by raising prices than by expanding production. I have said in the past that I am afraid they will mistakenly overextend themselves in response to what may be a very temporary resurgence in popularity. If they meet the new supply/demand equilibrium by raising prices, they can easily drop prices in the future should demand decline. If instead they kept prices constant and built a new factory on borrowed money, well that is not so easy to undo in the future. I'd rather they stay in business out of my price range than see them lever up, get in financial trouble, and end up stamping the Alden name onto crappy shoes at DSW in 10 years (a la Florsheim).

Just my $0.02.
post #19409 of 122416
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

^ love the design on these shoes however I find that Plaza creases a lot in the toe area. It seems that the Plaza last is a high volume last (generous toe box height) and thus creates more pronounced creasing than say the Grant last

Never tried the plaza or grant myself, but I thought the narrower shape of the plaza (relative to the barrie or trubalance) would fit more snug and cause less creasing.

If they made those ravello captoes in boot form, I'd shart in my pants to get a pair.
post #19410 of 122416
Alden retailers need to use lady calf more often. My Indy's in Loden Green from Unionmade are very, very comfy. A mid-brown captoe boot in lady calf would be fantastic.
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