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post #20431 of 122416
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Originally Posted by dsmivtr View Post

I recently started on Alden and I think I'm hitting it too hard. In a span of 2 months, I obtained:

Natural CXL LWB
Ravello LWB
#8 plain toe boot (Modified)
Cigar LS wingtip boot (Plaza)
Whiskey PTB

In order:
Ravello Leffot Day Tripper
Cigar LWB
Whiskey LWB

I'm thinking of another #8 but can't decide. I need to go back to school and take out student loans just to pay for this. Whomever quoted Alden holding around 80% of its value I am hoping you are right biggrin.gif

#8 tassels if you like loafers
post #20432 of 122416
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Originally Posted by applky View Post

Re E widths -- Alden of Carmel stocks them as well, as do the coastal Alden stores.


Yea, this is true. However it would be nice of some of the nice LS makeups were available in E widths so I'd have a shot at them.
post #20433 of 122416
As mentioned earlier in this thread, prices have definitely gone up after Christmas. It looks like a flat $30/pair increase but not on all models at all stores. Of the ones I have been tracking:
Suede LHS have gone from $436 to $466 everywhere
Ravello and whiskey LHS went from $654 to $684 at Alden SF (still $654 at Shoemart)
The cigar/ravello/whiskey LWB went from $680 to $710 at Alden SF and Carmel (still $680 at Shoemart)
Color 8 LWB went from $616 to $645 everywhere
Cigar PTB went from $660 to $690 at Alden SF (still $660 at Shoemart)

I love my 3 pairs of Aldens dearly but their prices have already driven me to buy other brands (AE and Florsheim) of burgundy and black shell. I was hoping to get a 3-4 more pairs of cigar/ravello/whiskey Aldens to round out my wardrobe but at this rate I am going to be scouring the seconds emails cry.gif
post #20434 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Dr. D View Post

As mentioned earlier in this thread, prices have definitely gone up after Christmas. It looks like a flat $30/pair increase but not on all models at all stores. Of the ones I have been tracking:
Suede LHS have gone from $436 to $466 everywhere
Ravello and whiskey LHS went from $654 to $684 at Alden SF (still $654 at Shoemart)
The cigar/ravello/whiskey LWB went from $680 to $710 at Alden SF and Carmel (still $680 at Shoemart)
Color 8 LWB went from $616 to $645 everywhere
Cigar PTB went from $660 to $690 at Alden SF (still $660 at Shoemart)
I love my 3 pairs of Aldens dearly but their prices have already driven me to buy other brands (AE and Florsheim) of burgundy and black shell. I was hoping to get a 3-4 more pairs of cigar/ravello/whiskey Aldens to round out my wardrobe but at this rate I am going to be scouring the seconds emails cry.gif

A price increase from $630 to $660 forces you to get shitty $300 florsheims?
post #20435 of 122416
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Originally Posted by pebblegrain View Post

A price increase from $630 to $660 forces you to get shitty $300 florsheims?

Ravello LHS were $626 in January 2011 when I bought them. Then they went to $654 in February 2011. Now they are $684. More than a 9% increase in a 12 month span. I budget to buy 1 pair of good shoes a year to add to my rotation but in a couple of years loafers will be well over $800. That concerns me and may sway me to other brands where similar shoes exist.

And the shitty Florsheims I got were some classic Imperial shells from the 80s with the original V-cleats and 5-nail soles. When you can find them, NOS pairs go for around $200, which is quite a bit less than 975s. Obviously exotic shell colors are a different story altogether since Alden essentially has that market cornered.
post #20436 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

On a related note, I encourage stocking E widths, particularly in the narrower lasts (Aberdeen, Plaza, Grant, Leydon, etc). Steven at Leffot does this - the ravello tassels in 10E I got from him are awesome. For a lot of guys, the E width is just like going up half a size

and some of us just have fat feet, so we need some E width love, too smile.gif
post #20437 of 122416
Tom, real stand-up guy. You sure you're Hawaiian and not from Brooklyn? I look fwd to waiting for your pre-orders, and please don't take my emails asking about them to be anything more than what they are, not an annoyance but a general feeling of wondrous anticipation that pre-ordering only an Alden model can bring about. I have a feeling I speak for many a SFer when I say that.icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #20438 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Trinitrogen Oxide View Post

I''m currently looking for some brown LWBs and go back and forth every day about whether I'm going to go with the Jcrew waxed, or go nuts on a shell whiskey pair. This pic may have helped me make my decision.

i would go with the whiskey lwb
post #20439 of 122416
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Originally Posted by dsmivtr View Post

I recently started on Alden and I think I'm hitting it too hard. In a span of 2 months, I obtained:
Natural CXL LWB
Ravello LWB
#8 plain toe boot (Modified)
Cigar LS wingtip boot (Plaza)
Whiskey PTB
In order:
Ravello Leffot Day Tripper
Cigar LWB
Whiskey LWB
I'm thinking of another #8 but can't decide. I need to go back to school and take out student loans just to pay for this. Whomever quoted Alden holding around 80% of its value I am hoping you are right biggrin.gif

Dude! Hitting it too hard? Really?
post #20440 of 122416
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Originally Posted by booger View Post

When/how will they answer that question then?

Only in Farsi (so I'm toast with those guys because I've let my Farsi go to shit since they ran the Shah out of town).
post #20441 of 122416
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

Tom needs to run for office

I'm on board but we should probably check his birth certificate before we start a petition - remember what happened last time...
post #20442 of 122416

I'm considering a pair of cordovan plain toe bluchers. I'm having trouble deciding whether I want color 8 or black, as I feel they're both awesome. Any opinions are appreciated.

post #20443 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Roggie Rog View Post

I'm considering a pair of cordovan plain toe bluchers. I'm having trouble deciding whether I want color 8 or black, as I feel they're both awesome. Any opinions are appreciated.

If you have to decide between the two, Color 8, hands down. Versatility being the main reason and they age very well.
post #20444 of 122416
8 by a mile...
post #20445 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Roggie Rog View Post

I'm considering a pair of cordovan plain toe bluchers. I'm having trouble deciding whether I want color 8 or black, as I feel they're both awesome. Any opinions are appreciated.

i recommend color 8
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