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post #35056 of 122416
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

Traditional rules of fashion would make the case for the following, in terms of formality (all balmorals):
1 plaintoe
2 captoe (straight tip)
3 captoe (perf tip)
4 captoe (madallion toe)
For the first 3, the differences are negligible. All 4, IMO, can easily be worn with suits. Number 1 is the least versatile (I used to own the black shell plaintoe bal on the Aberdeen; they felt out of place unless with a Suit) . Number 4 is, obviously, the least plain.

I can understand this, in which case, perhaps a plain toe blucher is more formal than a cap toe blucher.
post #35057 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

I can understand this, in which case, perhaps a plain toe blucher is more formal than a cap toe blucher.

Depends on the PTB. For example, I would say a shoe like the AE Kenilworth is more formal than a cap toe blucher. But I view an Alden PTB as a strictly casual shoe, and basically more casual than anything else in the leather shoe world.
post #35058 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mexicutioner View Post

quick question: for my birthday/Christrmas shoe, i'm thinking a non-brogued natural CXL boot on the barrie last. something casual, jeans and chinos only. i know there's a lot of choices on the trubalance last, but i'm afraid of going non-barrie given all the problems i seem to have with sizing.
for what i'm looking for, is leathersoul (NST tanker boot; plain toe crepe sole boot) the only game in town?

Circle 7 has a Barrie cap toe on crepe, though not in your size. Worth an email if you're interested. The Natural/Crepe combo looks nice.



An old eBay auction has more pics.

post #35059 of 122416
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Originally Posted by ElDave View Post

Depends on the PTB. For example, I would say a shoe like the AE Kenilworth is more formal than a cap toe blucher. But I view an Alden PTB as a strictly casual shoe, and basically more casual than anything else in the leather shoe world.

Agreed. I think my statement holds with all else being equal (leather, color, last, sole, etc.).
post #35060 of 122416

Does anyone know J Crew's policy on the perf cap toe #8 boot that is expected to ship in the future?  Do they charge the card in full upon ordering or shipment?

post #35061 of 122416
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Originally Posted by chimaki View Post

Does anyone know J Crew's policy on the perf cap toe #8 boot that is expected to ship in the future?  Do they charge the card in full upon ordering or shipment?

Always best to ask the source, them. 

 

However, last time I asked them, I was told they authorize the card right away and then charge it when the item ships. They didn't actually authorize and charge it though for me until it shipped out.

post #35062 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

Always best to ask the source, them. 

 

However, last time I asked them, I was told they authorize the card right away and then charge it when the item ships. They didn't actually authorize and charge it though for me until it shipped out.

 



thank you!

post #35063 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

Always best to ask the source, them.

This is brilliant to me
post #35064 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mexicutioner View Post

beautiful. i'm really starting to think that boot is the single best and most versatile alden makeup anywhere.

which exact boot are you referring to, mexicutioner, as the best and most versatile?
post #35065 of 122416
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Originally Posted by thebeebs View Post

which exact boot are you referring to, mexicutioner, as the best and most versatile?

this one:



i'm hard-pressed to think of a situation or outfit where you'd want to wear alden shoes (other than at the 10% at either extreme, aka super conservative/dress environment; super casual beach environment) and this boot wouldn't work. for the 80% in the middle, this is perfection.

edit: the fact that it's somewhat plain means that the #8 shell's color can really stand out, moreso than if they were wingtip'd.

edit 2: i'm hereby nominating the j crew perf captoe #8 boot to be "the navy blazer of aldens."
post #35066 of 122416

So those of you guys who have had experience buying seconds at TSM, how has it been going for you? Has it been worth it for you in general?

post #35067 of 122416
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Originally Posted by neutrino View Post

So those of you guys who have had experience buying seconds at TSM, how has it been going for you? Has it been worth it for you in general?

I bought a pair of ravello chukkas off the seconds list. The flaw was so minimal that I'm not 100% sure I would have complained if it were sold as a first.

That's my only experience with the seconds list though.
post #35068 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mexicutioner View Post

this one:

i'm hard-pressed to think of a situation or outfit where you'd want to wear alden shoes (other than at the 10% at either extreme, aka super conservative/dress environment; super casual beach environment) and this boot wouldn't work. for the 80% in the middle, this is perfection.
edit: the fact that it's somewhat plain means that the #8 shell's color can really stand out, moreso than if they were wingtip'd.
edit 2: i'm hereby nominating the j crew perf captoe #8 boot to be "the navy blazer of aldens."

I have this boot and I agree 100%. The color really shines with the boot's simplicity.
post #35069 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mexicutioner View Post


this one:

i'm hard-pressed to think of a situation or outfit where you'd want to wear alden shoes (other than at the 10% at either extreme, aka super conservative/dress environment; super casual beach environment) and this boot wouldn't work. for the 80% in the middle, this is perfection.
edit: the fact that it's somewhat plain means that the #8 shell's color can really stand out, moreso than if they were wingtip'd.
edit 2: i'm hereby nominating the j crew perf captoe #8 boot to be "the navy blazer of aldens."

 

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Originally Posted by ElDave View Post


I have this boot and I agree 100%. The color really shines with the boot's simplicity.

I'm extremely happy with them. I wavered for over a year on them. Then, I finally received a $30. off gift card in the mail and decided to buy. It has definitely become one of my favorite pairs of Aldens next to the 975s. 

post #35070 of 122416
Who snagged the 9.5d snuff suede chukkas off the bay today?
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