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post #44416 of 122416

Recently acquired these for a very good deal and figured I would poke in this fountain of knowledge for a few scraps of information on this shoe. I am not familiar with shoe terminology but I am learning. After handling such fine craftsmanship I am eager to buy a pair that will actually fit me correctly. After plugging in the numbers online I understand that they are shell cordovan but I do not know the "last" or what the difference between the lasts mean. Thanks in advance! I am not sure what I am going to do with these, maybe throw them up on ebay to help fund my new pair.

 

I apologize in advance for the crappy phone pictures.

 

 

 

 

post #44417 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

wear in good health your cap toe boot

Thank you!
post #44418 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Randomore View Post

Recently acquired these for a very good deal and figured I would poke in this fountain of knowledge for a few scraps of information on this shoe. I am not familiar with shoe terminology but I am learning. After handling such fine craftsmanship I am eager to buy a pair that will actually fit me correctly. After plugging in the numbers online I understand that they are shell cordovan but I do not know the "last" or what the difference between the lasts mean. Thanks in advance! I am not sure what I am going to do with these, maybe throw them up on ebay to help fund my new pair.

I apologize in advance for the crappy phone pictures.










I believe those are made on the Tremont last. I had a pair but ended up selling them as they were a 1/2 size too big.
post #44419 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Steel28 View Post

My new Whiskey LWB arrived and joined their fast growing family




I'm trying to hold off ordering whiskey longwings from Alden SF as I already have the whiskey balmoral wingtips and natural CXL longwings... But these photos are making me reconsider
post #44420 of 122416
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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post

Nicely done my friend. Good looking stuff.


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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

Nice whiskey. Great collection.


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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

I'm trying to hold off ordering whiskey longwings from Alden SF as I already have the whiskey balmoral wingtips and natural CXL longwings... But these photos are making me reconsider


thank you gentlemen, my wallet is a bit thinner after 2 pair of shell purchases in one month but I'm extremely happy that went for it: satisfied.gif One more pair in suede and I should slow down. My work environment is very casual so my fresh collection will reflect this.
post #44421 of 122416
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Originally Posted by DpprDr View Post

Was about to make the call to pick up some #8 NST boots from Leffot but my girlfriend just got accepted to a 2 year position in Flint; would have been irresponsible of me to walk home with new boots when we might have to move from NYC to the Ann Arbor/East Lansing/Detroit area (from what I hear Flint might not be the best place).

MP: Assuming you're in Michigan, good to know my Aldens will get some good use there!

Pick Flint as your new home and then tell the GF that since you have to live in Flint, you need something nice to make up for it... like some more Aldens! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Flint does have one good thing going for it - the airport. It's tiny but has a surprising number of convenient direct flights from it and if you live north of Detroit (Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, or St. Clair Counties), it's a much easier airport to use than Metro. The parking is so much easier too. Whenever we fly anywhere, we always check flights from Flint first. There are a couple nice areas to live just south of Flint in Grand Blanc, but it's still a pretty quiet, sleepy area. Especially if you are coming from NYC.

I have to get a plug in for Oakland County and say that that's the best place to live. Anywhere south of the city of Pontiac and North of Detroit along the Woodward Corridor to be more precise. wink.gif Plus, the commute to Flint isn't too bad (40 minutes up I-75 to downtown).

If when my wife and I got married a few years ago we hadn't been thinking about having kids so soon, we would have actually moved into the city of Detroit. If you don't mind paying high property taxes and car insurance rates, and can handle dealing with inept government, there are some awesome places to live, especially around Midtown and Corktown. Or if you are industrious and want a home with some real character there are great, affordable options in places like Boston-Edison, Sherwood Forest, Indian Village, Palmer Woods, and the University District).

And as a former Wolverine, I would be remiss to not mention Ann Arbor. It's got a great little downtown and there is always stuff going on. Personally though, because of the demand from students and faculty , the best housing in the walkable areas is grossly over priced IMO - I'd rather stick to somewhere like Rochester, Birmingham, Ferndale, or Royal Oak.

Ok, that's enough log-rolling from me on the Detroit area. Feel free to message me if you have any questions on the area. I am a geographic idiot savant.



Now back to our regularly scheduled Alden discussion:

I wanted to give a shout out to Alden of NYC. I had contacted them a while back about the availability of a specific shoe. It was out of stock in my size at the time (back in November or December) but they promised to notify me when it was available. Yesterday I got an email letting me know it had come in and today the shoes are on route to me. I've had numerous other retailers in the past promise to notify me about something coming in and then they never follow through (and I end up seeing the item, in my requested size, listed as available on their site). It may be a small courtesy, but it is really appreciated.

Thanks again Alden NYC. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #44422 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Michigan Planner View Post

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Pick Flint as your new home and then tell the GF that since you have to live in Flint, you need something nice to make up for it... like some more Aldens! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Flint does have one good thing going for it - the airport. It's tiny but has a surprising number of convenient direct flights from it and if you live north of Detroit (Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, or St. Clair Counties), it's a much easier airport to use than Metro. The parking is so much easier too. Whenever we fly anywhere, we always check flights from Flint first. There are a couple nice areas to live just south of Flint in Grand Blanc, but it's still a pretty quiet, sleepy area. Especially if you are coming from NYC.

I have to get a plug in for Oakland County and say that that's the best place to live. Anywhere south of the city of Pontiac and North of Detroit along the Woodward Corridor to be more precise. wink.gif Plus, the commute to Flint isn't too bad (40 minutes up I-75 to downtown).

If when my wife and I got married a few years ago we hadn't been thinking about having kids so soon, we would have actually moved into the city of Detroit. If you don't mind paying high property taxes and car insurance rates, and can handle dealing with inept government, there are some awesome places to live, especially around Midtown and Corktown. Or if you are industrious and want a home with some real character there are great, affordable options in places like Boston-Edison, Sherwood Forest, Indian Village, Palmer Woods, and the University District).

And as a former Wolverine, I would be remiss to not mention Ann Arbor. It's got a great little downtown and there is always stuff going on. Personally though, because of the demand from students and faculty , the best housing in the walkable areas is grossly over priced IMO - I'd rather stick to somewhere like Rochester, Birmingham, Ferndale, or Royal Oak.

Ok, that's enough log-rolling from me on the Detroit area. Feel free to message me if you have any questions on the area. I am a geographic idiot savant.



Now back to our regularly scheduled Alden discussion:

I wanted to give a shout out to Alden of NYC. I had contacted them a while back about the availability of a specific shoe. It was out of stock in my size at the time (back in November or December) but they promised to notify me when it was available. Yesterday I got an email letting me know it had come in and today the shoes are on route to me. I've had numerous other retailers in the past promise to notify me about something coming in and then they never follow through (and I end up seeing the item, in my requested size, listed as available on their site). It may be a small courtesy, but it is really appreciated.

Thanks again Alden NYC. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

I know Alden NYC has its detractors, but I've always had great service from them... They always call me right away when they get a shipment, they will put shoes aside for me for a week, etc.
post #44423 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Randomore View Post

Recently acquired these for a very good deal and figured I would poke in this fountain of knowledge for a few scraps of information on this shoe. I am not familiar with shoe terminology but I am learning. After handling such fine craftsmanship I am eager to buy a pair that will actually fit me correctly. After plugging in the numbers online I understand that they are shell cordovan but I do not know the "last" or what the difference between the lasts mean. Thanks in advance! I am not sure what I am going to do with these, maybe throw them up on ebay to help fund my new pair.

I apologize in advance for the crappy phone pictures.










This is the shoe. It is on the Tremont last. Many believe it runs 1/2 size larger than one's regular size.

http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-mens-wing-tip-bal-shell-cordovan-black/pvc-ald-mxsdlw-9741_ald_m_wing_tip_bal_shell_cordovan.html
post #44424 of 122416

ravello indy plaza (grant last) :)

 

 

post #44425 of 122416
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

ravello indy plaza (grant last) smile.gif

Wow, now THAT is a rare combination!
post #44426 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

I know Alden NYC has its detractors, but I've always had great service from them... They always call me right away when they get a shipment, they will put shoes aside for me for a week, etc.


+1 I have dealt with them on a couple of occasions, both of which were very positive.
post #44427 of 122416
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

ravello indy plaza (grant last) :)

 

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Fabulous looking boots!!!

post #44428 of 122416

Don L, these are so serious. So much character, they almost look burnished. You mind sharing the way you maintain these?

 

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Ravello LWB

 

 

 

post #44429 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Burton View Post

Well I just wanted to add my new captoes to those posting new shoes. Also, I was helped by Kathy in at the Alden store in D.C. on these. Thanks, Kathy. These may become my favorites.






wow this looks fantastic!

http://www.aldenshop.com/Store/DrawProducts.aspx?CategoryID=107&ParentID=94&PageID=&Action=

Must resist! Someone grab size 7 before my tax refund arrives.
post #44430 of 122416
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

^ i disagree. i thought it freshened up a classic without altering the character. just looks like another really nice shoe, now

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Originally Posted by sazon View Post

Agree. The brass eyelets are what attracted me to the shoe. To each his own eyelets, as the saying goes.

+2

I really like the contrast the brass eyelets provide.... nonetheless a great looking shoe!
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