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post #226 of 122416
The Indy's are my favorite shoes. I've put a lot of miles on them walking through the city, and just about every time I wear them, I get compliments.
post #227 of 122416
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Sure. My current favorite is the Alden NST. In addition to the shoes, I have some NST boots on order from Leather Soul. Looking at the snout of the NST reminds me of what some call a "camel toe;" call it my Rorschach test, if you will. I like to look at my feet and remember what prompts me to dress nicely in the first place.

well I also have a pair of the shell NST tanker boot on order so cheers to that. IMO though the styling of the Indy and NST boot is not all that different. Of course I prefer shell cordovan so I'm very much looking forward to getting those in addition to my regular Indy's. But again, take a look at the two styles, both in the same color shell





(pictures courtesy of leather soul)

Can you honestly say that there's a big difference in style here?
post #228 of 122416
^Agreed for someone who thinks the Indy is "blah" it's kind of odd that you like such a similar boot?
post #229 of 122416
Carroll and Co in BH and Pasadena had a 25% off on all sales over $500, so I got some 9901s
post #230 of 122416
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Carroll and Co in BH and Pasadena had a 25% off on all sales over $500, so I got some 9901s

Is this still going on by any chance?
post #231 of 122416
I finally made it to Lennox Square Mall after having a horrible morning; some maniac lady smashed into my car at the bank. Anyway, I had a nice chat with a guy at the brooks brothers store while looking at the cordovan selection there. I also went into H. Stockton and talked with one of the SAs about Alden for a while. They had a custom made boot in the kudu leather that was quite nice. It's fortunate that they didn't have my size because the more I looked at it, the more I wanted it.
post #232 of 122416
batorizer, go to Sid Mashburn in midtown tomorrow. He is 10x more knowledgeable than anyone at Lenox and he has the coolest stuff ever. So much variety in his store, and an awesome guy to boot.
post #233 of 122416
x2 on Sid. Haven't been there personally, but I've heard a few people say it's the place to stop by.
post #234 of 122416
Ludey, next time we are going I'll let you know. We can meet up at my place, down some carbombs, and you can ride down there with us and I'll get some shell cordo Aldens.
post #235 of 122416
I own both Alden leather and also Alden cordovan (2 pair of their loafers in cordovan) and I used the same size in both shoes-11 1/2 D. No difference in sizing for me. Bought them at The Shoe Mart in CT-great people to purchase from.
post #236 of 122416
not sure, but probably. It was one of those unadvertised promotions. They tell you in the store to get you to buy. It worked on me!

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Is this still going on by any chance?
post #237 of 122416
There have been some impressive remarks made regarding the longevity of Alden's cordovan shell shoes. Has anybody actually had a pair for close to a decade? How have they held up? I'm very curious.
post #238 of 122416
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There have been some impressive remarks made regarding the longevity of Alden's cordovan shell shoes. Has anybody actually had a pair for close to a decade? How have they held up? I'm very curious.

Saw these on superfuture a while back. 15 year old #8 cordovan alden chukkas.
post #239 of 122416
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There have been some impressive remarks made regarding the longevity of Alden's cordovan shell shoes. Has anybody actually had a pair for close to a decade? How have they held up? I'm very curious.

I had a pair of black Shell Alden captoe double soled custom made(bal captoe with heel counter) balmorals, purchased at Filene's Basement in Boston in 1993 for $173, for 13 or 14 years. I resoled them 3 or 4 times and then sold them on ebay for $90 I think. They looked good but I found that by the end my feet would push more to the front of the shoe then be comfortably ensconced and supported as they once were. I probably should have had Alden resole and relast as opposed to the cobbler in Albany that last time.

I recently bought a pair of older vintage shell Florsheim plain toe bluchers that are easily from the 60's. brownish/burgundy tones are starting to show thru the black and it's neat to see.
post #240 of 122416
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There have been some impressive remarks made regarding the longevity of Alden's cordovan shell shoes. Has anybody actually had a pair for close to a decade? How have they held up? I'm very curious.

While my oldest pair of Alden shell cords have only seven, plus years of use on them (and they do look great); my oldest pair of shell cords are a pair of AE Leeds, in #8 shell, that have been in my shoe rotation for the past 26 years...numerous resolings, a full re-crafting and the still look great! Shell cordovan foot gear is made to last!
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