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post #28411 of 122416
Thanks!
Van Dyke and Bacon are next door to "Swallow at the Hollow" on the corner of York and Norther Pkwy, just down from the Senator theater - cool to know they have Aldens. Will check 'em all out.
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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

I lived in Roland Park for about 12 years and have since moved on. I spent plenty of time in the White Marsh/Cowenton area and worked downtown and at JHMI.

Oh, and Alden of DC is probably your best best.  I think there is a shop on Falls Rd at the City/County line but I'm not sure.

**Edit**

Via Alden website; last time I checked it was just Samuel Parker.  The other two must be new.

Samuel Parker Clothier
6080 Falls Road

Lake Falls Village
Baltimore, Maryland 21209

Van Dyke & Bacon Shoes
5919-B York Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21212

Loafers and Laces
1515 LaBelle Ave
Ruxton, Maryland 21204
post #28412 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mr chorizo View Post

Natural CXL question:
how do you guys clean this leather? I have montana pitch blend on my Indy boots, but they got scuffed up recently and have a few darker marks than I'd like and am looking for a method to clean em up a bit.
thoughts?

Mac method. Beyond that, all I've ever done is brush,brush, brush. Very clean, has taken spots off. Brush long and hard.
post #28413 of 122416
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Anybody know if Leffot, or anyone else plans to release the cigar shell indy w/ commando sole again? I really really really want a pair of those.

I did a pre-order with J. Gilbert last winter for a cigar indy with commando soles. Last time I talked to an sa in February, they were slotted for a June or so ship date. Give J. Gilbert in Seattle a call and see if they'll have your size.
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Originally Posted by roboterkampf View Post

Thanks!
Van Dyke and Bacon are next door to "Swallow at the Hollow" on the corner of York and Norther Pkwy, just down from the Senator theater - cool to know they have Aldens. Will check 'em all out.

 

Amazing that that bar is still there.  Used to be a hangout for Loyola girls.  If you go by Van Dyke's post an update on what you find.  I may drop in myself.

post #28415 of 122416
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I did a pre-order with J. Gilbert last winter for a cigar indy with commando soles. Last time I talked to an sa in February, they were slotted for a June or so ship date. Give J. Gilbert in Seattle a call and see if they'll have your size.

Do you recall if these were on Trubalance or another last? Fingers crossed on non-Trubalance.shog[1].gif
post #28416 of 122416
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Yup, that looks like the only answer really. Are there any slots open at the moment?

The strange thing is, during January I walked into Shoemart for a pair of Alden boot laces and I walked out with a great pair of Ravello SWB wingtip 9 eyelet boots.

Dammit, and I wondered whether I had gone crazy with impulse buying at $680 a pop. Now I wish I had taken every other style they had on offer.

When you ain't looking it seems to rain exotic cordovans, but when you desperately need a pair? not a shoe to be had!

No, those pre-orders have long since closed.
post #28417 of 122416
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Do you recall if these were on Trubalance or another last? Fingers crossed on non-Trubalance.shog[1].gif

I'm almost positive it was trubalance, one of few J. Gilbert makeups that didn't use the plaza last.
post #28418 of 122416
Haven't Indys always been on the trubalance last?
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I've seen a couple of Indy make ups in Barrie and Plaza

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I've seen a couple of Indy make ups in Barrie and Plaza

Yep, and Moulded Shoes does it on the Modified last. 

post #28421 of 122416
the indy in my icon to the left is on the barrie. it was cool, but i passed it on and got something else. don't need more than one pair of black shells. they were from blackbird.
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post #28422 of 122416

Hey guys, I'm looking to get my first Alden pair. This is going to be a short/long wingtip, calfskin (I take shell out of consideration because the budget is already too stretched). I'm looking for maximum versatility, being able to dress up/down with trousers/denim. I was thinking of something along the lines of this J.Crew LWB:

18582_SP1014?$pdp_fs418$

Or maybe a darker brown will go better. Please give kind advice to a rookie.

post #28423 of 122416
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Originally Posted by neutrino View Post

Hey guys, I'm looking to get my first Alden pair. This is going to be a short/long wingtip, calfskin (I take shell out of consideration because the budget is already too stretched). I'm looking for maximum versatility, being able to dress up/down with trousers/denim. I was thinking of something along the lines of this J.Crew LWB:

18582_SP1014?$pdp_fs418$

Or maybe a darker brown will go better. Please give kind advice to a rookie.

Absolutely primo choice sir! Wonderful shoe, especially as a first Alden product.

 

The LWB is absolutely a solid choice, in my view the most versatile, and brown is far more versatile than black, especially a mid brown.

 

If I were starting my collection from go, I would go with the LWB in a mid to reddish chestnut brown.

 

Goes with blue, brown, grey, denim, khaki, semi-formal, casual, rough, basically everything except your tuxedo, and even then I would be tempted to wear them.

post #28424 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mr chorizo View Post

if you're willing to shell out (no pun intended) for cordovan, i'd get the ravellos and sell the Jcrew LWB.

I woulnd up selling my JCrew Tobacco for a pair of whiskey shell LWB, the Ravello is different enough to justify both in my mind. Too close to the Whiskey though.

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thank you
receive as a gift and came in a tiffany box

Does your circle of friends have room for one more?? LOL, Congrats and enjoy wearing Uncle.

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Tom, you really are a throw back man. Glad you guys are around, and this speaks volumes about your dedication to us here at SF.
post #28425 of 122416
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Originally Posted by neutrino View Post

Hey guys, I'm looking to get my first Alden pair. This is going to be a short/long wingtip, calfskin (I take shell out of consideration because the budget is already too stretched). I'm looking for maximum versatility, being able to dress up/down with trousers/denim. I was thinking of something along the lines of this J.Crew LWB:

18582_SP1014?$pdp_fs418$

Or maybe a darker brown will go better. Please give kind advice to a rookie.


The Tobacco LWB was my first Alden purchase. It would be a great start for you if you can not go for shell.  You might try e-bay, as occasionally you can find new ones for $350-400.  A lightly used and wonderfully cared-for pair can be another nice option!

 

@NYRanger-Thanks for highlighting this post.

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