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Mine got lost in the mail... one of them was an xmas gift... merry xmas!post #68298 of 12241612/10/13 at 7:43am^ I don't own either and I don't have anything on the waterlock sole, but given the weather in our area, I'd be looking at commando soles for the type of shoe you are talking about. I just don't see the leather - oiled or not - being the shoe I'd consistenlty want to wear in snow or moderate-heavy rain. I know others disagree. Both are nice models.post #68299 of 12241612/10/13 at 7:45amQuote:Originally Posted by alexandchau
My Alden Brothers,
I'm looking to acquire a natty cxl shoe for casual everyday use in any weather and I'm trying to decide between these two models -
Unionmade longwings on commando
The Shoe Mart NST on double waterlock
Which one would you pick? I already own these styles in shell cordovan and like them equally. I'm also open to other suggestions as long as they have my size (8D) in stock! Thanks, guys!
I'd get the longwings.
BTW, I had a pair of those same NSTs that I ended up returning for other reasons but they fit noticeably larger than any other Barrie lasted shoe I have.post #68300 of 12241612/10/13 at 7:48amQuote:Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent
It would be interesting to reach out to Alden specifically and ask this question. I know that some contend that they do use JR soles, but as Dbc0919 said, it's nearly impossible to find sources confirming this.
I have long believed that they don't use JR soles. Not only because of the lacking evidence from research and hands-on, and personal experience, but also due to a fact about JR that many may not be aware of. JR doesn't sell soles without the JR emblem emblazoned on them. DW Frommer (world class bespoke shoe and boot maker and SF member for those who don't know him) doesn't use JR because he doesn't want his shoes to have another company's logo on them. I don't see what the big deal is on that, since it's only the sole and it wears off anyway, but that's how he feels regardless. That said, Alden shoes don't have JR emblems on their soles, shell or calf. Every other manufacturer that uses them clearly have the emblem on the sole. Also, their soles are decidedly different in color and texture than any JR soles I've seen. Finally, in the Epaulet tour video of the Alden Factory, they show soles being soaked in a tanning solution that is shown by Mr. Tarlow at time 07:03: http://vimeo.com/6997219. Obviously those may not be the soles they use on shell shoes, but I haven't seen any visual difference between shell and calf soles on Alden shoes personally.
Just food for thought.
You present a very strong case, MWS.
To add another layer of mystery, the sole on my Mocha Kid Suede Tassels was/is not discernibly different from the soles on any of my shell Alden shoes.post #68301 of 12241612/10/13 at 7:49ampost #68302 of 12241612/10/13 at 7:50ampost #68303 of 12241612/10/13 at 7:54ampost #68304 of 12241612/10/13 at 8:05ampost #68305 of 12241612/10/13 at 8:05ampost #68306 of 12241612/10/13 at 8:30ampost #68307 of 12241612/10/13 at 8:35ampost #68308 of 12241612/10/13 at 8:58amQuote:
I hate how this happens. I've gotten some pairs of CXL Aldens where the sizing is all over the map. I remember a pair of CXL PTBs I got from Winn Perry fit 1.5 sizes larger than it was sized, and I know others had the same issue so it wasn't a fluke. Speaking of Winn Perry, it appears Jordan is back at it. Wonder if he's going to be carrying Alden?post #68309 of 12241612/10/13 at 9:09ampost #68310 of 12241612/10/13 at 9:35am
I did the same thing yesterday.
The 990 looks and feels like a luxury tank for your feet during winter wet weather. I know we all love rare colors, boots, etc, but at $400 lightly used off of eBay these are closing in as my best Alden buy.
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