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post #67741 of 122416
Good Evening Fellas...

Dumb question here. My Cigar Shell LHS that are new to me and maybe worn three times are killing my feat. The bend of the leather digs right into my pinky toe. Any suggestions on how to fix this? Cutting my toe off and selling these to someone are not an option smile.gif
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Spent some time this weekend in the shoe department at Bergdorf Goodman. Well, John Lobb is John Lobb but otherwise was absolutely shocked at what they're getting. Prada, Ferragamo, Thom Browne, Christian Laboutin . . . . . Seriously???? $1400 for Tom Ford??? $600 for Lanvin sneakers?? . . . . Ridiculous. Frankly, this Alden sickness is a freakin' bargain. (My apologies to any fans of those brands . . . . not that there are likely to be many here.)

Not to take away from a good rant, but...
Tom Ford shoes aren't bad.
Some Prada models are made in what I assume is the same English factory that spits out Church's and are decent quality.
Thom Browne shoes are made by Tricker's.
The Ferragamo Tremazza line isn't bad either.
Yeah, the prices are pretty crazy but you were at the store where people go when they think Neiman Marcus just isn't expensive enough.

You know of course that on some POS shoe forum there are probably people ranting about the insane prices of Aldens.

Of course, you're right but my point was more given the prices, $700 for an Alden ravello lwb that will not only last 30 years but remain stylish, is a bargain.

Also, they used to carry Alden as I purchased my first pair there and now they don't in favor of these others.

Btw the prices were crazy and If I remember correctly, the ferragamo's weren't Tremazza and the prada's all look like cg to my eye. Also, I think the consensus is that Church's quality has declined since the prada purchase. They did have the RL Marlow's and loafers.
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Spent some time this weekend in the shoe department at Bergdorf Goodman. Well, John Lobb is John Lobb but otherwise was absolutely shocked at what they're getting. Prada, Ferragamo, Thom Browne, Christian Laboutin . . . . . Seriously???? $1400 for Tom Ford??? $600 for Lanvin sneakers?? . . . . Ridiculous. Frankly, this Alden sickness is a freakin' bargain. (My apologies to any fans of those brands . . . . not that there are likely to be many here.)
Hear, hear. I am not saying Pradas were ever great shoes, but there was a time when they at least produced a marginally well assembled attractive shoe (that is to say they outsourced to a manufacturer who did this under their design specs). Now they are some of the most g-d awful hideous abominations I have ever laid eyes on. buying those is like paying good money to be beaten senseless.

Tom Ford, last I saw, has some quality stuff but you can buy the same maker (Verre, I think) for much less. Some of it is just too darned pointy though. I digress - your point is well made.

Agree with you completely. If you think the prada's are awful, check out the preposterously expensive spike covered Laboutin's.
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Ok, it's not like nobody has ever seen these before, but I just got these and I love them.  I lucked out, as they are basically flawless, except for a very slightly bent speed hook that I easily bent back.  The fit is excellent.  I had my eye on these for years but somehow kept passing them over because they were "popular" and not as hard to get.  Stupid.  These will see a lot of wear.

There is a reason they are so coveted. This is a great design.

Enjoy them!

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perfection.
Gracias.
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My old war horses. Purchased from Alden SF 9 years ago. They've travelled to 8 countries, logged countless miles, and outlasted every boot I owned previously. Sure, they have their scuffs and flaws. A wobbly speed hook; worn cotton duck interiors. But they are beautiful and still fit like a dream.

Some say shell cordovan gets all the love, but I don't go a week without wearing my trusty 405s.



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My old war horses. Purchased from Alden SF 9 years ago. They've travelled to 8 countries, logged countless miles, and outlasted every boot I owned previously. Sure, they have their scuffs and flaws. A wobbly speed hook; worn cotton duck interiors. But they are beautiful and still fit like a dream.

Some say shell cordovan gets all the love, but I don't go a week without wearing my trusty 405s.
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Awesome.

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Nice to see the 405 getting some love (the 403 seems more of the rage these days)
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Awesome looking 405s.  Especially after all those years.

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Maiden voyage: snuff suede w/ commando, on the Barrie.

Probably the most comfortable straight-out-of-the-green-box shoes I've purchased!



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Maiden voyage: snuff suede w/ commando, on the Barrie.

Probably the most comfortable straight-out-of-the-green-box shoes I've purchased!
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Squirrel,

That is some beautiful snuff! Enjoy them. Glad that they are comfy.

-Mike
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Nice Combo!

post #67753 of 122416

Looking for Black Cordovan Tanker boots.  Anybody with leads? :)

post #67754 of 122416
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Maiden voyage: snuff suede w/ commando, on the Barrie.

Probably the most comfortable straight-out-of-the-green-box shoes I've purchased!

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Wow -- those look fantastic.

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Wow -- those look fantastic.

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Nice Combo!

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Squirrel,

That is some beautiful snuff! Enjoy them. Glad that they are comfy.

-Mike

Thanks gents! The Seattle rainy winter may not be kind to suede but I'm hoping to get a lot of use out of them anyway. smile.gif

Joel
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