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post #25231 of 122416
My Whiskey Indys from the MTO thread arrived yesterday and they look absolutely fantastic. I know that some folks were upset by the order not coming out as expected (closed heal instead of 360º welt and speedhooks instead of all eyelets) but those things don't really bother me. Both were options that I was originally indifferent about but I think now I actually like the closed heal on these better than I would have a 360º welt for a couple of reasons: First, I already have a pair of color #8 Indys with the 360º and second, I think the closed heal makes these look a tiny bit sleeker.

In the end though, the main reason these differences didn't bother me is because I have a relatively small and wide foot so I looked at the special order mainly as a guarantee that I was going to be able to get a whiskey shell cordovan Indy Boot in something other than a "D" width.

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I've had these on for just a few hours now and it's amazing how quickly the creases are showing up. I imagine this to be an attribute of the whiskey color which is much lighter than any of the cigar or color #8 that I have. Once the fog goes away and the sun comes, I'll have to try to get a picture outside later to really show off the creasing.
post #25232 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Michigan Planner View Post

My Whiskey Indys from the MTO thread arrived yesterday and they look absolutely fantastic. I know that some folks were upset by the order not coming out as expected (closed heal instead of 360º welt and speedhooks instead of all eyelets) but those things don't really bother me. Both were options that I was originally indifferent about but I think now I actually like the closed heal on these better than I would have a 360º welt for a couple of reasons: First, I already have a pair of color #8 Indys with the 360º and second, I think the closed heal makes these look a tiny bit sleeker.
In the end though, the main reason these differences didn't bother me is because I have a relatively small and wide foot so I looked at the special order mainly as a guarantee that I was going to be able to get a whiskey shell cordovan Indy Boot in something other than a "D" width.
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I've had these on for just a few hours now and it's amazing how quickly the creases are showing up. I imagine this to be an attribute of the whiskey color which is much lighter than any of the cigar or color #8 that I have. Once the fog goes away and the sun comes, I'll have to try to get a picture outside later to really show off the creasing.

MP thanks for sharing & they look great! A great looking boot all the way around & I can't wait 'til Kathy sends me mine. Looking forward to the out & about pics. Wear them in health.
post #25233 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Michigan Planner View Post

My Whiskey Indys from the MTO thread arrived yesterday and they look absolutely fantastic. I know that some folks were upset by the order not coming out as expected (closed heal instead of 360º welt and speedhooks instead of all eyelets) but those things don't really bother me. Both were options that I was originally indifferent about but I think now I actually like the closed heal on these better than I would have a 360º welt for a couple of reasons: First, I already have a pair of color #8 Indys with the 360º and second, I think the closed heal makes these look a tiny bit sleeker.
In the end though, the main reason these differences didn't bother me is because I have a relatively small and wide foot so I looked at the special order mainly as a guarantee that I was going to be able to get a whiskey shell cordovan Indy Boot in something other than a "D" width.
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I've had these on for just a few hours now and it's amazing how quickly the creases are showing up. I imagine this to be an attribute of the whiskey color which is much lighter than any of the cigar or color #8 that I have. Once the fog goes away and the sun comes, I'll have to try to get a picture outside later to really show off the creasing.

On the ravello-whiskey scale, these look more like ravello. They look great. Eagerly awaiting delvery of mine today
post #25234 of 122416
FYI, I spoke with Kathy at Alden, even though those Whiskey Aldens were MTO, she ordered extras for the Alden store as well (I think maybe one pair per size) that weren't reserved, get on them if you want a pair.
post #25235 of 122416
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Originally Posted by sfactor23 View Post

 

the 404's are great!! they were the first pair of shoes I ever put on that were comfortable right out of the box -

if you'd like another (better looking, imho) option, check out The Bureau's Alden Kudu boot:

 

http://www.thebureaubelfast.com/shop/product/1898/alden-the-bureau-kudu-boot/



I saw some posts on the Bureau boot when I searched the thread. And I agree, the look/style is more attractive.  Unfortunately, at 379GBP + 30GBP shipping, that's about $200 more than the 404.  And I don't know if there will be an import duty.  You've given me something to think about though.

 

**Edit**

 

Milkshake suede

 

http://www.thebureaubelfast.com/shop/product/1557/alden-milkshake-suede-pull-up-work-boot/

post #25236 of 122416
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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post



I saw some posts on the Bureau boot when I searched the thread. And I agree, the look/style is more attractive.  Unfortunately, at 379GBP + 30GBP shipping, that's about $200 more than the 404.  And I don't know if there will be an import duty.  You've given me something to think about though.

**Edit**

Would not pay that kind of an upcharge if I were you.. save the money for your own sake
post #25237 of 122416
AoC has cigar longwings back in stock if anyone is interested. I have the 9.5Es on the way.
post #25238 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

AoC has cigar longwings back in stock if anyone is interested. I have the 9.5Es on the way.

Looks like you've been on quite the Alden binge.... may take a while to catch up to CTYGGG though.. he has more pairs of Alden than I have socks
post #25239 of 122416
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Looks like you've been on quite the Alden binge.... may take a while to catch up to CTYGGG though.. he has more pairs of Alden than I have socks

I thought these cigars were arriving in April. I try to limit my shoe purchases to one per month, but the past few months stuff has just been falling out of the sky. The problem is that there are so many unique makeups out there, and they all have something to offer.

I still think my Alden collection is way behind a bunch of people here (mac, CTYGGG, zipphy, etc). But like I said in one of my recent posts, it's time to scale back, especially since i am set for the summer with all the suede makeups. My next cordovan shoe will likely be a RL penny loafer on sale in May.
post #25240 of 122416
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Originally Posted by furo View Post

Looks like you've been on quite the Alden binge.... may take a while to catch up to CTYGGG though.. he has more pairs of Alden than I have socks

It's not about quantity, it's about quality. There are SF'ers out there who have far better Alden collections than mine.
post #25241 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

I thought these cigars were arriving in April. I try to limit my shoe purchases to one per month, but the past few months stuff has just been falling out of the sky. The problem is that there are so many unique makeups out there, and they all have something to offer.
I still think my Alden collection is way behind a bunch of people here (mac, CTYGGG, zipphy, etc). But like I said in one of my recent posts, it's time to scale back, especially since i am set for the summer with all the suede makeups. My next cordovan shoe will likely be a RL penny loafer on sale in May.

You have a great Alden collection & a keen eye. I always appreciate it when you post up pics, you're a true asset to this forum & I look forward to seeing your next acquisition. That is all carry on.

P.S. I think Mac & Zipphy have the best collections that we've seen posted, but I suspect that Horsehide does too if he'd ever share pics…
post #25242 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Michigan Planner View Post

My Whiskey Indys from the MTO thread arrived yesterday and they look absolutely fantastic. I know that some folks were upset by the order not coming out as expected (closed heal instead of 360º welt and speedhooks instead of all eyelets) but those things don't really bother me. Both were options that I was originally indifferent about but I think now I actually like the closed heal on these better than I would have a 360º welt for a couple of reasons: First, I already have a pair of color #8 Indys with the 360º and second, I think the closed heal makes these look a tiny bit sleeker.
In the end though, the main reason these differences didn't bother me is because I have a relatively small and wide foot so I looked at the special order mainly as a guarantee that I was going to be able to get a whiskey shell cordovan Indy Boot in something other than a "D" width.
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I've had these on for just a few hours now and it's amazing how quickly the creases are showing up. I imagine this to be an attribute of the whiskey color which is much lighter than any of the cigar or color #8 that I have. Once the fog goes away and the sun comes, I'll have to try to get a picture outside later to really show off the creasing.

good looking boot! enjoy wearing
post #25243 of 122416
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ravello medallion cap toe
argyles otc
post #25244 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

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ravello medallion cap toe
argyles otc

those shoes are beauties in their own right, but the combo with those socks is outstanding!
post #25245 of 122416
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Originally Posted by CTYGGG View Post

You have a great Alden collection & a keen eye. I always appreciate it when you post up pics, you're a true asset to this forum & I look forward to seeing your next acquisition. That is all carry on.
P.S. I think Mac & Zipphy have the best collections that we've seen posted, but I suspect that Horsehide does too if he'd ever share pics…

add sf'er men's gaga to that list. his collection was both as unique and rare as it was large.
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