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good looking combo
I think you're right, Seven, but it's difficult after giving my wife the larger closet space in the house. I'm storing the collection in a small home office closet using AE's large-sized cedar racks. It's great that they're stackable, but Alden boots (of which I have more than 10) only fit on the top racks. Maybe I just need to get some long dowels so I can stack on a second boot level. Right now, boots of less frequent wear (such as Indys, which are great but always get trumped by wingtip boots) end up hidden in side shelves within the closet. Clearly we need a bigger house for the growing collection--jk; this again is why I'm a fan of Alcibiades' 20-Alden intention.
For me, the problem is more of a working memory issue. When I'm running late in the morning and trying to configure an outfit with the least amount of mental energy, it's easy to do classics or tried-and-true combinations (or combinations I've cut and pasted from Mr DV or DonL's pics :) Accordingly, I often pull out selvedge jeans, a tweed blazer and a color 8 shoe or boot of some kind. I've kind of defaulted to trying to actively plan days where the lower frequency shoes will get worn. For example, I went with the cigar ptbs today after realizing I hadn't worn them since no-sock season. Now that I think of it, unlined snuff suede chukkas have been nowhere in sight for months. Probably will go with those when it hits 60 degrees here in NJ later in the week.
Speaking of NJ, I'm wondering if any folks are taking time off during the holiday season and planning to be in the Manhattan area at all. I'm planning a day off for myself with no work or family responsibilities and it seemed like a fun idea to maybe do an Alden tour (maybe Leffot to Alden NYC to Citishoes to Epaulet or something of the sort); I was thinking it would be fun to meet up with thread folks and maybe catch a cocktail while comparing patinas and edge colors...
Thanks, Alcibiades, for posting this and sharing your thoughts/goals on this tough subject. I've been thinking about this too and have posted complaints that I like my boots to have a worn-in look and they just weren't getting there because I've been buying too many. You have given me the impetus to put a specific plan together like you have.
Another example of why this thread is awesome. Zippyh, thank you! You always have the answers...