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post #35071 of 122416
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I have this boot and I agree 100%. The color really shines with the boot's simplicity.

The only thing stopping me from getting these are the speed hooks. My pant hems hate em.
post #35072 of 122416
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i'm hereby nominating the j crew perf captoe #8 boot to be "the navy blazer of aldens."

I don't necessarily disagree, but in what ways do you think they are better than, say, these #8 boots:

post #35073 of 122416
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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 color #8 PTBs off of there about a year and a half ago. The only flaw I could determine on them were some grayish specks on the leather but they came very easily with a damp cloth and some vigorous brushing. I have a feeling that whomever inspected them at TSM thought the leather was discolored when it they just happened to have some dust sort of pasted to them (I think the specks might have come from the inside of some of the packing materials).

I would not hesitate to buy from the seconds list again.
post #35074 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mexicutioner View Post

i'm hereby nominating the j crew perf captoe #8 boot to be "the navy blazer of aldens."

I don't necessarily disagree, but in what ways do you think they are better than, say, these #8 boots:


When it comes to color 8 boots, I'm partial to these when it comes to that title:

8y3ysunu.jpg

But if we were truly nominating a "navy blazer" of Alden, it would probably be either the color 8 tassel or color 8 LHS
post #35075 of 122416
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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 Whiskey LHS about a year ago... only flaw was a small ball point pen mark on the right instep.  Not sure how that would have even happened in the factory or the store, but not even close to noticeable enough for me to return them and no one has ever commented on it. 

 

I did make the mistake of using the saphir neutral color corovan creme instead of the reno on them and it darkened the color a bit more than i would have liked.  So heads up on that for everyone with Whiskey cordovan.

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Regarding the cigar indy, does anyone know how many shops offer them, and how frequently?  Based on what I can gather from this forum and google, both ShoeMart and Leather Soul have had them in the past but I didnt know if there were other sources.  I'm an 11.5D on truebalance and I imagine my size gets sold out pretty quickly so I want to be on the lookout. 

post #35077 of 122416
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Originally Posted by DCRoyal View Post

Regarding the cigar indy, does anyone know how many shops offer them, and how frequently?  Based on what I can gather from this forum and google, both ShoeMart and Leather Soul have had them in the past but I didnt know if there were other sources.  I'm an 11.5D on truebalance and I imagine my size gets sold out pretty quickly so I want to be on the lookout. 

Call Alden Madison Avenue in NYC, they stock it
post #35078 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

When it comes to color 8 boots, I'm partial to these when it comes to that title: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
8y3ysunu.jpg
But if we were truly nominating a "navy blazer" of Alden, it would probably be either the color 8 tassel or color 8 LHS

Interesting that you would include tassel loafers over LWB, and that the LWB in general hasn't been nominated.
post #35079 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

When it comes to color 8 boots, I'm partial to these when it comes to that title: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
8y3ysunu.jpg
But if we were truly nominating a "navy blazer" of Alden, it would probably be either the color 8 tassel or color 8 LHS

Interesting that you would include tassel loafers over LWB, and that the LWB in general hasn't been nominated.

"Navy blazer" screams loafers to me

The original idea may have been to name the most versatile boot/shoe, and I agree, color 8 captoe is a strong contender
post #35080 of 122416
haha yeah by "navy blazer" i meant "most versatile" not necessarily "what would go best with a navy blazer." carry on with the debate, gentlemen!
post #35081 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

"Navy blazer" screams loafers to me
The original idea may have been to name the most versatile boot/shoe, and I agree, color 8 captoe is a strong contender
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Originally Posted by mexicutioner View Post

haha yeah by "navy blazer" i meant "most versatile" not necessarily "what would go best with a navy blazer." carry on with the debate, gentlemen!

Right, the "most versatile," goes-with-as-much-as-possible is what I took it to mean. I was going to dismiss loafers since they're not appropriate with suits, but they can be worn with shorts. Ultimately, a color 8 shoe or boot is probably more versatile though, ideally something that can go with denim all the way up to a suit. The J Crew boot is a solid contender.
post #35082 of 122416

^ I love boots as much as the next guy, and I have my fair share of Alden boots (captoe, Indy, wingtip) but I'm going to have to vote PTB in any color but whiskey as the "navy blazer" of Alden line.  IMO boot lack a bit more versatility at the upper end of the dressiness spectrum (as compared to shoes), and are all but worthless in warmer weather (especially in shell cordovan)

post #35083 of 122416
# 8 captoe boot on plaza with double leather would be most versatile. Bam!
post #35084 of 122416
But I'm partial to boots and shell. Maybe shell isn't even the most versatile leather?
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But I'm partial to boots and shell. Maybe shell isn't even the most versatile leather?

I think suede is the most versatile. One only needs to brush it from time to time. And suede has spunk to go with a suit and casual as well.
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