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post #34636 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mexicutioner View Post

question for the alden think tank:
i have three pair of alden shells, two low-tops and one boot: BBBF longwing, cigar ptb, and #8 wingtip boot on the barrie last.
because i'm dreadfully lazy in the morning, i almost NEVER wear the #8 wingtip boots, and basically just rotate between the two low-tops. as such, i'm thinking of selling the #8 wingtip boots and buying a low-top #8 shoe, such as barrie LWB, chukka or PTB. work is a business casual environment (slacks and dress shirt; anytime i wear a navy blazer everyone comments about me looking "spiffy" and asks if i have a trial hearing that day). any thoughts?

Any of those will work. Something that would certainly be different would be the NST in 8 or ravello.
post #34637 of 122416
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Originally Posted by FrankCowperwood View Post

^As long as you can get an acceptable price for the #8 WT boot, I don't see why you shouldn't make the switch to a style you'll wear more. Also, the #8 WT boot isn't too rare a style (assuming you aren't an unusual size), so if you regret the decision at some point, you could likely put them back into your rotation.
Have you considered the 974 shortwing as a #8 option? It would give you a third style option. Risk is that it is on a different last, which introduces sizing uncertainty. Can't go too far wrong with #8 LWB or PTB, of course.

Never a bad option .....
post #34638 of 122416
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

NST in 8 or ravello.

+1
post #34639 of 122416
ohhhhhhhh i never knew that NST came in barrie last, i always thought it was on one of the slimmer lasts. i have fred flintstone feet, so i'm kind of afraid to try the slimmer lasts.

anybody know where i can get NST lowtops in #8? TSM seems to only have barrie NST's in cigar and whiskey, and #8 in aberdeen.
post #34640 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mexicutioner View Post

ohhhhhhhh i never knew that NST came in barrie last, i always thought it was on one of the slimmer lasts. i have fred flintstone feet, so i'm kind of afraid to try the slimmer lasts.
anybody know where i can get NST lowtops in #8? TSM seems to only have barrie NST's in cigar and whiskey, and #8 in aberdeen.

So you want a Barrie lasted #8 NST? I don't know if I've seen that recently.

Shoe Mart has a ravello NST, but it is on the Aberdeen last.
post #34641 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Patek View Post

In the words of Ned Stark: "Winter is coming."

haha love it!!!!
post #34642 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mexicutioner View Post

question for the alden think tank:
i have three pair of alden shells, two low-tops and one boot: BBBF longwing, cigar ptb, and #8 wingtip boot on the barrie last.
because i'm dreadfully lazy in the morning, i almost NEVER wear the #8 wingtip boots, and basically just rotate between the two low-tops. as such, i'm thinking of selling the #8 wingtip boots and buying a low-top #8 shoe, such as barrie LWB, chukka or PTB. work is a business casual environment (slacks and dress shirt; anytime i wear a navy blazer everyone comments about me looking "spiffy" and asks if i have a trial hearing that day). any thoughts?

I think the right answer is a #8 chukka. They're extremely good for the lazy - can be slipped on with no shoehorn, only two eyelets so it ties easily, etc.
post #34643 of 122416
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Originally Posted by topisdown View Post

Congratulations on the Fantastic Ravello PTBs!  I emailed them last week and was disappointed that the didn't have my size. They indicated that it would be least 6 months before they receive a restocking. 

Thanks, I hope you have success finding them eventually. Provided the fit works out, these will be my first Aldens and first pair of shell. Ravello is probably an unconventional first color choice, but I decided to jump of these while I had the chance. Not to worry, I have a few #8s in mind (LWB, NST tanker boot), and perhaps cigar (LHS) if I can find my size.
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

The reason is bothers me is because my shoes crease very little.  Its annoying to have them arrive already creased more than my feet will ever crease them, and the creases in differen't places than my feet will crease them.

That makes sense and makes me more sympathetic to this issue.
post #34644 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

+1

Yes, NST. That's a good idea from sevenfoldtieguy. Definitely a different look from what you have and a very nice shoe IMO. #8 NST is available in a range of sizes and widths, so you should be able to find a size that works. Again, totally understand wanting to stick with Barrie as a known known.

And in that vein, the chukka's not a bad idea at all either. Much easier on and off than a boot, with some of the same advantages. I've really admired this in #8 when I've seen it. Pretty likely to be able to get this in an exotic color too. Shoemart might have or call Alden Madison Avenue. I think its a pretty popular item there and therefore well stocked.
post #34645 of 122416
So I'm in the midst of re-vamping my collection, and I keep finding myself wanting things in color 8 and not much else. Anybody own ONLY color 8 Aldens? These will be basically the only shoes I wear.
post #34646 of 122416
#8 is pretty nice honestly. You could live a long and happy life in #8 alone.
post #34647 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mexicutioner View Post

ohhhhhhhh i never knew that NST came in barrie last, i always thought it was on one of the slimmer lasts. i have fred flintstone feet, so i'm kind of afraid to try the slimmer lasts.
anybody know where i can get NST lowtops in #8? TSM seems to only have barrie NST's in cigar and whiskey, and #8 in aberdeen.

http://www.citishoes.com/pg7.htm
post #34648 of 122416
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Originally Posted by ElDave View Post

So I'm in the midst of re-vamping my collection, and I keep finding myself wanting things in color 8 and not much else. Anybody own ONLY color 8 Aldens? These will be basically the only shoes I wear.

Not me. But I do have 15 color 8 models (1 is AE and 1 is vintage Florsheim Imperial).

I have various models in all the shell colors, but ...... Color 8 is still the king. nod[1].gif
post #34649 of 122416
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Originally Posted by ElDave View Post

So I'm in the midst of re-vamping my collection, and I keep finding myself wanting things in color 8 and not much else. Anybody own ONLY color 8 Aldens? These will be basically the only shoes I wear.

 

*raises hand*

 

Forewarning on tanker boots - it took me awhile to find a way to get my hands on some in my size, and I'm still waiting on delivery...

 

Though, this seems to be the norm with most desirable shell Aldens.

post #34650 of 122416
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Originally Posted by ElDave View Post

So I'm in the midst of re-vamping my collection, and I keep finding myself wanting things in color 8 and not much else. Anybody own ONLY color 8 Aldens? These will be basically the only shoes I wear.

What shell models are in your current collection? I think most (myself included) would agree that if they had to pick one shell color and stick to it, they would pick #8. I certainly plan to acquire a healthy amount of #8, but a little variety is nice.
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