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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

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...
I'm hoping we are not the same size...
post #67907 of 122416
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

I'm hoping we are not the same size...

Odd--I had the exact opposite hope!
post #67908 of 122416
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Originally Posted by brp2 View Post

Odd--I had the exact opposite hope!
Haha!
post #67909 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

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...

I think Alcibiades is a smart man. I'm around 20 prs of Aldens currently and am finding that there are shoes that rarely get worn due to the out of sight, out of mind issue (IIRC from Psych 101, there is a "magic number" of 7 +/- 2 that humans can easily hold in their working memories while attending to other things). I am a fan of using the framework of 20 parking spaces to make sure one is thinking in a conscious, reflective manner about which shoes are most important, versatile or rugged. When you get to > 12 pairs, I believe that you get a clear sense of what types of shoes you need for which particular purposes and which shoes end up being the ones that get worn once or twice per season (see, e.g., my impulse purchase of the AE Spiaggias in white nubuck that got worn exactly twice this summer, because my Alden snuff suede always felt more rugged and comfy). I think it would be interesting to think aloud about which shoes should fall within the categories mentioned:

 

I'm thinking one should have an Indy boot in cxl or a kudu or tobacco chamois for shit-kicker purposes and rainy days. The list would also have lots of color 8 and cigar (lwb, lhs, ptb and dressy bals having priority over nsts or monks). What do you guys think?

post #67910 of 122416
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Originally Posted by docalden2013 View Post
 

I think Alcibiades is a smart man. I'm around 20 prs of Aldens currently and am finding that there are shoes that rarely get worn due to the out of sight, out of mind issue (IIRC from Psych 101, there is a "magic number" of 7 +/- 2 that humans can easily hold in their working memories while attending to other things). I am a fan of using the framework of 20 parking spaces to make sure one is thinking in a conscious, reflective manner about which shoes are most important, versatile or rugged. When you get to > 12 pairs, I believe that you get a clear sense of what types of shoes you need for which particular purposes and which shoes end up being the ones that get worn once or twice per season (see, e.g., my impulse purchase of the AE Spiaggias in white nubuck that got worn exactly twice this summer, because my Alden snuff suede always felt more rugged and comfy). I think it would be interesting to think aloud about which shoes should fall within the categories mentioned:

 

I'm thinking one should have an Indy boot in cxl or a kudu or tobacco chamois for shit-kicker purposes and rainy days. The list would also have lots of color 8 and cigar (lwb, lhs, ptb and dressy bals having priority over nsts or monks). What do you guys think?

Good thing about having a relatively small budget -- I gotta really think about my purchases.  That being said, I think #8 in all the classic styles is highly recommended.  In terms of exotics, I think it's up to the person to determine how often these would be worn according to their wardrobe.  As cool as I think whiskey LWB look, they just don't fit as well with my style as #8 or cigar.  HOWEVER, everyone needs a little exotic in their life.  Need some ravello cap toe boots and LWB in my life.

post #67911 of 122416

Maintenance day for me.  Treated both pairs of my Alden boots with Leather Defender.  The Leather Soul Ultimate Indys are ready for battle, the #8 JCrews are still in Mac Method training.

weather forecast for Dallas starting tomorrow is a chance of freezing rain through Sunday and temperatures as low as 13 degrees.  I realize that ain't crap for many of you, but it's a big deal for Dallas where we rarely go below freezing, and below 20 is even more rare.  I know the Leather Soul Ultimate Indys are a good choice for those days, and my backups are Kudu Indys.  As soon as the #8 PCT boots are broke in, I will be wearing those too in the bad weather.

 

I've seen a lot of nice Whiskey Wednesday photos today, with a few other models mixed in.  Great Stuff!

 

See Ya,

Steve

 

post #67912 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

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...


I have taken a somewhat similar approach. My formula is 4 shoes and 4 boots and done, all shell cordovan. Seems minimalist but it works. I have other very casual shoes like vans, nike, sperrys, and DC shoes that i wear on the weekend to walk the dog, exercise, do yardwork etc.
post #67913 of 122416
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Originally Posted by docalden2013 View Post
 

I think Alcibiades is a smart man. I'm around 20 prs of Aldens currently and am finding that there are shoes that rarely get worn due to the out of sight, out of mind issue (IIRC from Psych 101, there is a "magic number" of 7 +/- 2 that humans can easily hold in their working memories while attending to other things). I am a fan of using the framework of 20 parking spaces to make sure one is thinking in a conscious, reflective manner about which shoes are most important, versatile or rugged. When you get to > 12 pairs, I believe that you get a clear sense of what types of shoes you need for which particular purposes and which shoes end up being the ones that get worn once or twice per season (see, e.g., my impulse purchase of the AE Spiaggias in white nubuck that got worn exactly twice this summer, because my Alden snuff suede always felt more rugged and comfy). I think it would be interesting to think aloud about which shoes should fall within the categories mentioned:

 

I'm thinking one should have an Indy boot in cxl or a kudu or tobacco chamois for shit-kicker purposes and rainy days. The list would also have lots of color 8 and cigar (lwb, lhs, ptb and dressy bals having priority over nsts or monks). What do you guys think?

If your rotation includes a lot of other brands it makes a lot of sense.  I guess I'm fortunate and rarely have a need for suit and tie.  I agree you need a few shit kicking boots, regardless of brand.  I've got that covered with Aldens and real shit kicking boots too.  Jealous?

 

All of my Alden collection, and everything else I own works with jeans or business casual.  I really don't have anything that is suit and tie only.

 

I've a few AE cordovans, 1 Hanover cordovan and the rest is Alden.  I do need to take a hard look at a few pairs that get very little wear.  I like the concept of rotating out a pair when you get a pair to replace something you don't wear much.

 

I culled a lot of my cowboy collection last winter to the point most of it gets worn 1 time per month and for sure 2-3 times per year.  In the case of my cowboy boots, some I will simply won't part with because they are not replaceable...they are reserved for special occasions.

 

No doubt I'm at a point where theres only a few Alden make ups I will be interested in, and when those become available I will clear out some of the herd.

 

See Ya,

Steve

post #67914 of 122416
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Originally Posted by docalden2013 View Post

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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

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...
I think Alcibiades is a smart man. I'm around 20 prs of Aldens currently and am finding that there are shoes that rarely get worn due to the out of sight, out of mind issue (IIRC from Psych 101, there is a "magic number" of 7 +/- 2 that humans can easily hold in their working memories while attending to other things). I am a fan of using the framework of 20 parking spaces to make sure one is thinking in a conscious, reflective manner about which shoes are most important, versatile or rugged. When you get to > 12 pairs, I believe that you get a clear sense of what types of shoes you need for which particular purposes and which shoes end up being the ones that get worn once or twice per season (see, e.g., my impulse purchase of the AE Spiaggias in white nubuck that got worn exactly twice this summer, because my Alden snuff suede always felt more rugged and comfy). I think it would be interesting to think aloud about which shoes should fall within the categories mentioned:

I'm thinking one should have an Indy boot in cxl or a kudu or tobacco chamois for shit-kicker purposes and rainy days. The list would also have lots of color 8 and cigar (lwb, lhs, ptb and dressy bals having priority over nsts or monks). What do you guys think?

Store them in a manner that no pairs are out of sight. That will help. And I am not being sarcastic. I have numerous pairs of shoes and boots - Aldens, EG, JL, C&J, AC, AE, etc. - and mine are stored in such a way (multiple cedar racks) that no pair is out of sight.
post #67915 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Bbombers85 View Post

I know a couple of weeks ago someone was hoping the last size 12 pair cordovan longwings from J. Crew would be purchased in hopes of a restock. I heard today J. Crew will be releasing #8 longwings next week some time and luckily they won't be crepe sole!

That was me. Thanks for the info. My insider contact left J. Crew a couple of months ago, so no more scoops for me. No more huge discounts, either. :sadpanda:
post #67916 of 122416
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Originally Posted by masaccio View Post


That was me. Thanks for the info. My insider contact left J. Crew a couple of months ago, so no more scoops for me. No more huge discounts, either. :sadpanda:

 

Hello all, new member, longtime reader; regardless, you all have beautiful footwear. I too am curious about this pair, anyone have any information?

post #67917 of 122416
#8 grant captoe boot

post #67918 of 122416
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

excellent combo sir.

nephew,
thank you
post #67919 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Beatlegeuse View Post

Maiden voyage of the LS tan suede LWBs today. These will definitely be getting a ton of wear, they're already starting to break in nicely after just walking around the house in them.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


nephew,
wear only in good health
post #67920 of 122416
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Originally Posted by sazon View Post

No whiskey for me today, though I do feel like I have a hangover with the lack of sleep I've had

Leffot #8 LWB today Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


nephew,
good looking combo
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