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post #31531 of 122416
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Originally Posted by thebeebs View Post

you must own the LWB in BOTH #8 (quintessential Alden) and cigar (the "best" Alden shoe).
ergo you must double up. 
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

If you start buying Alden shell, you will double up. I guarantee it. nod[1].gif
As for the LWB, just get the shell rainbow and call it good. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Haha, I'm sure you guys are right. At $600+ per shoe, though, it would be nice to keep my collection at a reasonable, and not grossly unnecessary, size (hence trying to be strategic about acquisitions). Then again, even one pair of Aldens would be considered grossly unnecessary by some.

Anyway, I'll end the debate and make a purchase soon, and take it from there. And by take it from there, I mean realize immediately that I need the entire LWB rainbow. smile.gif
post #31532 of 122416
day/look 2 of black swb

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post #31533 of 122416
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Originally Posted by jaihoo View Post

Could you gentlemen please post widths at ball of the shoe in inches for the following pairs? I thank you all in advance.

Aberdeen 9E, 9.5E
Hampton/Snap 9.5D, 9.5E
Barrie 9.5D, 9.5E, 10C

eh.gif ...you're not askin' for much eh?

edit: for those south of the border

Adding "eh" to a sentence can indicate the speaker's willingness to accept dissent or to invite further discussion. Has been referred to as an "articulated question mark."
post #31534 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mr chorizo View Post

day/look 2 of black swb
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oof!...those are so bad ass man! Good call on pulling the trigger on those. perfect balance

Black needs more love.

APC denim?
post #31535 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mr chorizo View Post

day/look 2 of black swb
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

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this is excellent

post #31536 of 122416
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Originally Posted by blue collar View Post

oof!...those are so bad ass man! Good call on pulling the trigger on those. perfect balance
Black needs more love.
APC denim?

Agreed. Tried on a pair of black shell LWBs recently to see what 10.5E felt like and they were really nice. It was one of those "Oh wait do I need to buy these?" moments. I can see some black shell in my future at some point.
post #31537 of 122416
chorizo, do you experience any heel slip in those?
post #31538 of 122416
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post


You enjoy listening to yourself speak

Is that right, asshole?  Let's see, you have 9,004 posts compared to my 62.

Why don't you find something productive to do other than bash well-meaning forum members. 


Edited by thebeebs - 7/3/12 at 8:08am
post #31539 of 122416
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Originally Posted by thebeebs View Post

Is that right, asshole?  Let's see, you have 9,004 posts compared to my 62.
Why don't you find something productive to do other than bash well-meaning forum members. 

As the original question-asker, I enjoyed thebeebs' response. Verbose, sure, but the elaboration was fine with me.
post #31540 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Olifter View Post

I can relate to that. So........I have, all shell:
Black wingtip balmoral
Black cap toe
#8 cap toe
Black on black saddle, which is my casual, with sport coat, or evening casual shoe.
What should I look for next?
I wear a suit almost every day, sport coat once every week or two. I also have:
AE black wingtip, non perforated balmoral
AE black perforated cap toe blucher
AE burgundy perforated cap toe blucher
J&M black cap toe balmoral
J&M brown cap toe balmoral
J&M burgundy wingtip balmoral
As you may see, I have moved from Johnston & Murphy, to Allen Edmands, to Alden. My next Alden should be what? I'd like it to be shell cordovan, would like a tan or walnut, probably a balmoral as I have learned that bluchers are not OK with a suit. Any ideas?

This description puts you in whiskey category and your choices will be limited. Indeed, as far as I know, you are limited to one model: the captoe balmoral in whiskey offered by Alden NYC.
post #31541 of 122416

1. Color 8 - LWB

2. Cigar - PTB

3. Ravello - Cap Toe Boot

4. Whisky - 2 eyelet Chukka

5. Black - 6 eyelet Chukka

6. Color 4 - Wingtip Boot

 

Partial because this is my upgrade path.  Already have 1 and 2 down, 4 to go!

post #31542 of 122416

#8 - LWB

Cigar - Indys (LWB a close second)

Ravello - Day Tripper cap toe boot

Whiskey - Chukka

Black - PTB

post #31543 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Whiskey - Chukka
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Originally Posted by thebeebs View Post

Whiskey - Chukka (this color is often too casual for dressy attire, so I opt to place it here)
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Originally Posted by Dbear View Post

4. Whisky - 2 eyelet Chukka
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Originally Posted by violethour1951 View Post

Whiskey - Chukka

There have been quite a few #8 LWBs as expected, but I think everyone thus far has voted for the chukka for whiskey.
post #31544 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

There have been quite a few #8 LWBs as expected, but I think everyone thus far has voted for the chukka for whiskey.

3 of the 5 are quite easy for me to pick:

whiskey - chukka
cigar - LWB (with chukka as a close second)
black - perf captoe balmoral (Alden for BB)

The other 2, not so easy, and I can't say I have a clear-cut frontrunner.
post #31545 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

I take a long time to make decisions in general. Also, since I would like to have a relatively small collection, I would prefer not to double up on a particular style. So, I sit around and think about questions such as these -- or equivalents, such as "I want 2 #8, 1 cigar, and 1 ravello, and 1 each of LWB, NST, PTB, and LHS: pick which color for each" -- rather than just, for each new acquisition, picking my favorite style at the moment and pulling the trigger.

I do agree that there would be no harm to double up on shell colour and/or shoe pattern.

I try to limit myself to one shell per year (unless the EXACT special make-up becomes available).

My plan has always been to have a different pattern/upper in a different colour shell before I double up. I've had to be patient, but that does not mean i've been close to puling the trigger many times.

my ideal (and actual) shell wish list.

Black - PTB
#8 - LHS
Cigar - LWB
Ravello - SWB
Whiskey - Cap toe bal (on the waiting list for my size)
#4 - Nassau Blucher/4 eyelet (one day...)
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