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post #22246 of 122416
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Originally Posted by oboy_oboy View Post

Well said. I share your POV, too.
The recent Leffot #8 LWB w/ antique edge were pictured w/ reverse welts, but somehow Alden made the larger sizes w/ the flat welt. I ended up returning mine due to the difference. On the one hand, a minor element in an all around gorgeous make up. On the other, for a nearly $650 shoe, I want the details to be right (for me) and I just don't love the flat welt on the LWBs.
For some reason, it looks different to my eye on boots, though. Maybe that's just me...

re: on boots, you've got something there. I notice that on my shoes, I prefer the storm welt but on boots, I think the regular welt looks better, especially if paired with cordovan and a leather soul. Perhaps since a boot already looks rugged, the flat welt smooths out the appearance when paired with shiny cordovan? Having said this, I really like the way the storm welt looks on the Ravello Wing Tip boots from Shoemart.

Always amazing to me how small details make such a large impression in the way we perceive the look of our shoes.
post #22247 of 122416
Anyone gotten a shoemart 2nds email recently? Last one I received was in November.
post #22248 of 122416
so i called alden of sf looking for some black boots and they have a straight tip boot in black cordovan on double leather soles and barrie last that isn't shown on the website, but they don't email pics. anyone have these and want to share a picture? i want some black boots so bad.
post #22249 of 122416

I have some aldens listed here for ridiculously cheap if anyone wants them

http://www.styleforum.net/t/285016/shoes-thread-alden-bally-heschung-9-5-12-8-9-5

 

Also, it'd be helpful if someone could ID the casual ones.  They are so close to my size... it's really frustrating.  If I can't sell them I'll just find some big insoles and wear them!

post #22250 of 122416
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Originally Posted by 100 yrs View Post

so i called alden of sf looking for some black boots and they have a straight tip boot in black cordovan on double leather soles and barrie last that isn't shown on the website, but they don't email pics. anyone have these and want to share a picture? i want some black boots so bad.

Unionmade has these Barrie lasted boots: http://www.unionmadegoods.com/Alden_Kirkwood_Cordovan_Cap_Toe_Boot_in_Black_3536.html If you want to try a different last, The Shoe Mart has these Grant lasted boots: http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-mens-cap-toe-boot-shell-cordovan-black-shell/pvc-ald-mxsbd-4065_ald_m_cap_toe_boot_shell_cordovan.html I happen to own the Grant lasted boots and I love them. My pair is a 9D (I wear an 8.5D on the Barrie) and fits perfectly. As far as Alden SF and their no pic policy, they can eff off. I live in San Francisco and the guys that work at this store sometimes behave with such indifference that I would rather order my shoes from anywhere else.
post #22251 of 122416
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Originally Posted by LynahFaithful View Post

I am between 11.5 and 12 in length, leaning towards 12, and solid A on the Brannock. I have a 12B Plaza shell chukka. According to Tom Park, "B" is the narrowest Plaza width. The B width fits me quite well. I think either width would work for you. It depends upon how you snug you like to wear your shoes. The length is a bit more of of an issue for me. I think the 12 is slightly long for me but it still works. I'd like to test an 11.5 sometime but shoes as narrow as my foot aren't available for testing. So, I live with what I can get. I would not size down on length even though the Plaza is very slightly elongated. As always, YMMV.

Great insight... I see that you mentioned not sizing down on the plaza due to how elongated it is and that is precisely what scares me about ordering an 11D plaza. I am a 10.5D in the barrie last which is all I own at the moment but have been wanting to make the plaza switch for a while and this Epaulet makeup may finally be the one to do it, but before dropping a deposit I'd like to know what size I should stick with. I am definitely a 10.5D in the barrie but I must admit that there is a bit of room up front and would hate for the plaza last to cause even more room which makes me think I should stick with a 10.5D plaza. I've got a week to figure this out, hopefully I pick the right size.
post #22252 of 122416

I'm also interested in these plain toe natural CXL boots. Why are you unsure about keeping them?


 

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Originally Posted by advan031 View Post

232
PTB in modified last from Shoe Mart...debating whether to keep or not.


 

post #22253 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

good shine on your chukkas
always a good day for argyles

Thank you Uncle
It's such a pleasure to wear beautiful shoes - and socks
post #22254 of 122416

What does a retailer like Jcrew do with products like these boots when they come back?  I am sure they repackage and reship the boots that have a "crease," etc. What do they do with a boot that has ripped out speed hooks? Is there a Jcrew outlet store or some equivalent to REI's

Attic Sale where they sell everything that is scratched, worn, returned, etc. for reduced prices.

 

Originally Posted by localman View Post


As a follow up to my post before regarding the speed hooks tearing out of my #8 J Crew Cap Toe's.  I was able to get the order information from the guy I bought them from and J Crew is currently sending me a new pair.  Customer service was pretty excellent.  Boots were originally purchased end of November.

 

And with all that said I just bought a pair of the J Crew Indy's.  

 

I went from 0 to 2 pair in two weeks.

 

Fucking Alden.



 

post #22255 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Renalan View Post

Anyone gotten a shoemart 2nds email recently? Last one I received was in November.

call them. I did not automatically receive the list but called them a couple of weeks back and there were additional ones than my list from November, but nothing that interested me...
post #22256 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

enjoy wearing
you did very well
good shine

Thanks Uncle. Never liked argyles in the past until I saw all yours. A lot easier on the wallet too than buying more Aldens smile.gif
post #22257 of 122416
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Originally Posted by kippy View Post

From a technical perspective, one has a flat welt and another has the reverse welt - that strip of leather standing up around the edge of the upper all around the shoe.
In terms of impact on appearance, I think the reverse welt makes a shoe or boot look more substantial, perhaps a bit more casual. Depending on what you are wearing it with, you can go either way. As I normally wear my Aldens with jeans, I prefer a reverse or storm welt.

. . . whereas I feel that the reverse welt makes a slightly bulbous last like the Barrie seem a little sleeker. Horses for courses.
post #22258 of 122416
I see J. Crew added some new styles for SS. However, I noticed they raised the prices too. A normal LWBs is now over $500, with taxes it's going to come close to cordovan pricing territory now. foo.gif
post #22259 of 122416
Feeling the need for another Alden Collection Picture Day. Everyone round up their pictures & post them on Monday. Sound good?
post #22260 of 122416
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Originally Posted by LynahFaithful View Post

I am between 11.5 and 12 in length, leaning towards 12, and solid A on the Brannock. I have a 12B Plaza shell chukka. According to Tom Park, "B" is the narrowest Plaza width. The B width fits me quite well. I think either width would work for you. It depends upon how you snug you like to wear your shoes. The length is a bit more of of an issue for me. I think the 12 is slightly long for me but it still works. I'd like to test an 11.5 sometime but shoes as narrow as my foot aren't available for testing. So, I live with what I can get. I would not size down on length even though the Plaza is very slightly elongated. As always, YMMV.

Great insight... I see that you mentioned not sizing down on the plaza due to how elongated it is and that is precisely what scares me about ordering an 11D plaza. I am a 10.5D in the barrie last which is all I own at the moment but have been wanting to make the plaza switch for a while and this Epaulet makeup may finally be the one to do it, but before dropping a deposit I'd like to know what size I should stick with. I am definitely a 10.5D in the barrie but I must admit that there is a bit of room up front and would hate for the plaza last to cause even more room which makes me think I should stick with a 10.5D plaza. I've got a week to figure this out, hopefully I pick the right size.

I wear a 10.5D Barrie and 11D Plaza.
At LS last summer trying on some boot on Plaza but they didn't have an 11, only a 10.5.
I could barely get that thing on my foot. It may have been okay lengthwise, but everywhere else it was too tight.
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