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post #56536 of 122416
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I like both, I wear both, and I buy both.

Agreed.

 

Anyway, back to Aldens.

post #56537 of 122416

Request some material samples and conduct your own lab research if you're demanding definitive evaluation. Otherwise, make a decision based upon the best information at hand like a rational person. This is tantamount to the horsehide vs. steerhide vs. calfskin motorcycle jacket debates I've seen; there is no end-all answer because of all the variables.

 

Is shell better than calf? Better in what way?

 

Is a drag radial better than a low-friction eco tyre? On a drag car, sure. On a Prius, no.

 

Break down your q a little more...

 

Longevity:

Which one do you think is more likely to dry-rot?

Which one will retain natural oils longer?

Which one has better weather resistance?

Which one has better pH stability and chemical resistance? 

 

Durability:

Which one has better abrasion resistance?

What is the ideal Young's modulus and which material comes closest?

Which has better shear strength?

Tensile is probably the least important lab relevant metric.

 

With the appropriate care for each material, a lot of factors are irrelevant as they will both last plenty long.

 

You can find an 80's Jaguar on the road today, just like you can an 80's Civic.

 

So the real question to me seems to be, which one required more upkeep? Ceteris paribus, given equal neglect, I believe shell would hold up much better. If you're going to take great care of your shoes, then shell would seem to have negligible benefit to cost for you from a functional perspective (aesthetics aside).

 

I'll just wander away now so as to not ruin the Alden thread, lol... :D

post #56538 of 122416
Howdy all.

Just joined the forum after lurking a bit here. Allow me to add to the thread my new Alden 403s.

Bought them locally here in Toronto and couldn't be happier to have them on my feet!



And a better shot of them up close
post #56539 of 122416

Cigar LWBs today. (Shhh… I think they're jealous that their younger whiskey brothers have been getting more attention.)
post #56540 of 122416
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Mine arrive Wednesday.

nephew,
please post picture
post #56541 of 122416
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Cigar LWBs today. (Shhh… I think they're jealous that their younger whiskey brothers have been getting more attention.)

those are liiiiight cigars. I like icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

post #56542 of 122416
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Uncle, I'm very glad to see your beautiful Ravello tassels today.

nephew,
thank you
post #56543 of 122416
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Wonderful uncle!  Wear in great health your ravello tassel mocs.

nephew,
thank you
post #56544 of 122416
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Cigar LWBs today. (Shhh… I think they're jealous that their younger whiskey brothers have been getting more attention.)

nephew,
good looking gunboats
post #56545 of 122416
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Originally Posted by basilios View Post

Howdy all.

Just joined the forum after lurking a bit here. Allow me to add to the thread my new Alden 403s.

Bought them locally here in Toronto and couldn't be happier to have them on my feet!



And a better shot of them up close Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


welcome to the forum
post #56546 of 122416
Thanks for the kind words everyone.
The lhs treated me well today.
post #56547 of 122416
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Cigar LWBs today. (Shhh… I think they're jealous that their younger whiskey brothers have been getting more attention.)

These beauties have no reason for insecurity. A fine pair indeed.
post #56548 of 122416
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Originally Posted by ATLVol View Post

cigar nst loafers and bill's khakis in Atlanta today....picked these up on ebay for a song and am loving them!


Great looking loafers, I would love a pair.
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Great looking boots donl.
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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

Snuff / #8 saddles today

Rydenfan, you wear those well. Awesome saddles.
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

ravello tassels
argyles otc
I don't have saddles...... Yet
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Cigar LWBs today. (Shhh… I think they're jealous that their younger whiskey brothers have been getting more attention.)
Great looking color. Very nice shoes.
post #56549 of 122416
Grandsons,

Beautiful shoes. And very shapely ankles.

Wear in Good Health.

Grandpa Ari.
post #56550 of 122416
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Originally Posted by basilios View Post

Howdy all.

Just joined the forum after lurking a bit here. Allow me to add to the thread my new Alden 403s.

Bought them locally here in Toronto and couldn't be happier to have them on my feet!



And a better shot of them up close
Congratulations! Great looking Indy's sir. Wear them in good health.
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