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The color 8 Dover is easily casual enough for wear with denim and the like.

if you had to choose one, would you go with the #8 for long-term durability and ability to dress it up more than the CXL?

I'd go with color 8 for numerous reasons, although they are both nice.
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Doc, I am with you. I am really not a fan of PTBs, but my logic is based upon the fact that I don't like how they look once worn. BNIB, they look spectacular. However, once they develop creases, I am not as big of a fan and I think that cap toes and perforations help the shoe. I don't have a Buffing Wheel at my house like Mac does. :-)

-Mike

I agreed with you up until today that ornamentation was what made the shoe. However, as I'm wearing my cigar ptbs today for the first time in 2 months, I can now feel that they have finally broken in properly, are no longer clinging to my right pinky toe and have begun to develop creases that do truly look like character and patina rather than damage. I finally see what others on this thread have been talking about. When properly Mac'd, ptb shoes are the simplest way to showcase the elegance of shell cordovan by giving the largest uninterrupted square footage to show nuance of color. And I'm saying this while spending a 13 hour day indoors at the office; the shoes probably look much better while dining al fresco on a spring afternoon.

 

Now that you mention it, where can I get a buffing wheel, Uncle? :)

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and cigar lwbs, atleast at the time they called me yesterday or the day before. begrudgingly, I passed

I've been thinking lately that one doesn't need the cigar if one has the new ravello (and vice versa). That said, I'm too lazy to go selling my lwbs.

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How are you getting a 10.5B?

Via a good amount of patience. They are going to put a 10.5B in their next run and I will get them in 2030 when Alden has Whiskey. ;-)

-Mike
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Via a good amount of patience. They are going to put a 10.5B in their next run and I will get them in 2030 when Alden has Whiskey. ;-)

-Mike
2030??? That soon??? WOW.
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2030??? That soon??? WOW.

LoL. Well, they haven't confirmed the order yet, so it might take a few extra days.
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LoL. Well, they haven't confirmed the order yet, so it might take a few extra days.

Hahaha. I was thinking of calling and seeing if they would ever be able to add a 12B to a future run of any exotic color LWB
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Hahaha. I was thinking of calling and seeing if they would ever be able to add a 12B to a future run of any exotic color LWB

If you have ordered from DC before and show a high level of certainty in wanting an "unique" size, they will typically do it for you. Give her a call, not sure what their LWB plans are looking like since I have finished the rare rainbow and have something special in the works.

-Mike
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Doc, I am with you. I am really not a fan of PTBs, but my logic is based upon the fact that I don't like how they look once worn. BNIB, they look spectacular. However, once they develop creases, I am not as big of a fan and I think that cap toes and perforations help the shoe. I don't have a Buffing Wheel at my house like Mac does. :-)

-Mike

One exception to this - chromexcel... I have owned natural and brown CXL longwings and sold both as I didn't like how the creasing developed on the vamp. On CXL ptbs, the creasing adds character IMO.

I like creases on my cordovan plain toes. Same with chukkas... As long as you keep them well shined via the Mac Method, the creasing enhances the look of the shoe IMO.
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One exception to this - chromexcel... I have owned natural and brown CXL longwings and sold both as I didn't like how the creasing developed on the vamp. On CXL ptbs, the creasing adds character IMO.

I like creases on my cordovan plain toes. Same with chukkas... As long as you keep them well shined via the Mac Method, the creasing enhances the look of the shoe IMO.

Hmmm... I don't own any CXL. I can see how the creasing may hurt the appearance of the CXL LWB. But I have always like El Argentino's CXL LWBs. They used to be his profile pic and he wears them decently often.

I could see the creasing on CXL PTBs adding character to those shoes, as they are a truly a cool and unique type of leather.

-Mike
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Hmmm... I don't own any CXL. I can see how the creasing may hurt the appearance of the CXL LWB. But I have always like El Argentino's CXL LWBs. They used to be his profile pic and he wears them decently often.

I could see the creasing on CXL PTBs adding character to those shoes, as they are a truly a cool and unique type of leather.

-Mike

I agree on the downside of cxl wrinkling and about El Argentino's lwb's (his pics inspired me to get natty cxl lwb's on the leydon from Ep; btw, happy birthday, El Arg!!); however, the wrinkling of cxl issue is, i believe, overshadowed by the extreme comfort they offer. I don't like the horizontal wrinkling on the vamp of my blue cxl greenwich wt boots, but the cxl is so supple and moldable that it feels like butter. The only reason I don't wear them more is I'm still unsure of whether blue cxl can be worn confidently with selvedge denim.

 

One more point about cxl: I've gotten tired of waiting for a wt boot in cigar shell, so I recently got on Adam's preorder for cxl wt boots thru AofC. He's promising them in April, in case anyone is interested.

 

Btw, I think I'm ready to pull the trigger on the unlined shell 8 ptbs from Leff. If anyone sees any reason why I should not, please speak now or forever hold your peace (I'm heading home to grab some credit cards now, but will check this thread one last time before I officially kop).

 

I knew I wouldn't make it through December without an Alden purchase. That means it's been a straight year of falling further and further down the rabbit hole of addiction. And I thought blowing up my secret about the vanilla visa gift cards would slow me down; dear wife's overly kind and accepting stance has only fueled the Aldenitis...

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I agree on the downside of cxl wrinkling and about El Argentino's lwb's (his pics inspired me to get natty cxl lwb's on the leydon from Ep; btw, happy birthday, El Arg!!); however, the wrinkling of cxl issue is, i believe, overshadowed by the extreme comfort they offer. I don't like the horizontal wrinkling on the vamp of my blue cxl greenwich wt boots, but the cxl is so supple and moldable that it feels like butter. The only reason I don't wear them more is I'm still unsure of whether blue cxl can be worn confidently with selvedge denim.

 

One more point about cxl: I've gotten tired of waiting for a wt boot in cigar shell, so I recently got on Adam's preorder for cxl wt boots thru AofC. He's promising them in April, in case anyone is interested.

 

Btw, I think I'm ready to pull the trigger on the unlined shell 8 ptbs from Leff. If anyone sees any reason why I should not, please speak now or forever hold your peace (I'm heading home to grab some credit cards now, but will check this thread one last time before I officially kop).

 

I knew I wouldn't make it through December without an Alden purchase. That means it's been a straight year of falling further and further down the rabbit hole of addiction. And I thought blowing up my secret about the vanilla visa gift cards would slow me down; dear wife's overly kind and accepting stance has only fueled the Aldenitis...

What last are the WT boots on?

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What last are the WT boots on?
Barrie
post #67904 of 122416
Old Alden Logo

I got a pair of shoes recently and the package was sealed with Alden packing tape bearing their older logo (pictured below). When did they use this logo? I have seen it around periodically.


(Picture snagged from eBay)

Thanks!

-Mike
post #67905 of 122416
Gentlemen...

I'm going to get an early start on a new year's resolution...Which is reducing my Alden collection to a manageable number... I've discussed this with some forum members on PM, and it is probably the right thing to do, especially as I add some non-Aldens (Viberg, Edward Green, Marlows, etc) to the rotation.

I am reducing my Alden pairs to 20 by the end of this year with a goal of getting to a maximum of 16 Aldens by the end of 2014. I will continue to buy them, but only on on a one shoe in, one shoe out basis. Excess shoes will be sold, donated, handed down, etc.

My thought is I will have twenty "slots" in my Alden rotation:
Four cordovan work laceups
Four cordovan high boots
Four cordovan casual laceups
Eight seasonal shoes (random mix of styles and leathers, focusing on chukkas/boots, loafers, suede, cxl, etc)

Initially, there will actually be twenty shoes fitting these slots. However, by the end of 2014, four shoes will fill double duty, which should get me to 16 pairs. Which shoes stay and go will be determined by actual wear patterns across the seasons.

As part of this effort I will be putting some shoes up on eBay/marketplace this weekend...
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