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Coincidence that your posting of this coincides with what looks to be the very start of the auction? :spam: :uhoh: 

 

EDIT:  Must be coincidence.


Edited by budapest12 - 1/6/14 at 4:32am
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why buy just one dumb alden shirt?
http://www.idakoos.com/gifts/alden
post #70383 of 122416
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Originally Posted by coinopcollector View Post

I would like the forums collective thoughts on the following.  Tomorrow I am going to order a pair of Alden Shell LWB Boots with Commando Soles.  My dilemma is whether to get them in Black or Color 8. 
Currently I own 

Alden Shell NST/Tanker Boot Color 8
Alden Shell Chukka Color 8
Alden Low Vamp Loafer Color 8
Peal/C&J Shell Cap Toe Boots about Color 4ish
Hanover Shell LWB (20 years old)  Color 8ish (love them but they are ready for an upgrade to new LWB)

Hanover Black Shell LWB (20 yrs. old and kind of small on me, ready for an upgrade, I use these as bad weather shoes)
Allen Edmonds Black Shell Randolph loafer

I realize I need a new and quality black shoe or boot and I keep telling myself that common sense should cause me to order this new boot in black shell.  That said, I can't really find a good picture of the boot in black and the pictures I have seen in color 8 are stunning.  I feel as if I will be wasting $700 if I buy the boot in black and that it will be easier for me to find a suitable black LWB on eBay or the SF sales forum for less money.  


Please share your thoughts.

Perhaps instead of a boot you should consider the 9751/AF75 (black shell LWB on double leather or commando) or the 975/AF110 (color 8 LWB on double leather or commando)? Just a thought .....
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

Perhaps instead of a boot you should consider the 9751/AF75 (black shell LWB on double leather or commando) or the 975/AF110 (color 8 LWB on double leather or commando)? Just a thought .....
I am going for boots now and while available. The shoes are always available. Plus, as to shoe LWBs, I am holding out in hopes of finding a NOS pair of Hanovers.
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

uncle mac, i think your ravello lhs must be taking steroids. they look so good. im going to use some hgh on  mine next time i brush them.

My intent is to not rain on Mac's parade- in fact his shoes are exquisite.

But I think good lighting can make for a great picture, and he is not using some untold voodoo that make his shoes shine better. We are all capable of making our shoes pop with the right care!

If you'll excuse me, it's time to go brush all my shoes...
post #70386 of 122416
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Originally Posted by coinopcollector View Post

I am going for boots now and while available. The shoes are always available. Plus, as to shoe LWBs, I am holding out in hopes of finding a NOS pair of Hanovers.

Consider a black captoe boot. Leffot has some odd sizes left in its naval boot, and Alden NY/DC/SF may have some boots available. I recommend them on double leather soles. IMO, the black captoe boot is probably Alden's "sharpest" boot.
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If I only needed a pair of 975's... There is a nice pair on the marketplace right now. 8.5D

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Ravello NST's

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Originally Posted by Don L View Post
 

Ravello NST's

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Looking good.

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Hi guys, I need some help. I just noticed the sole coming loose on my 403's. I've had problems with my 403's before and got a new pair from Alden i May 2012. I've worn them regularly since them. I take good care of them and use shoe trees, brush them at least 3 times a month!

 

Here's some pics:

 

 

Is it just time to swap soles are should I contact Alden?

 

Cheers guys!

post #70391 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Marw View Post
 

Hi guys, I need some help. I just noticed the sole coming loose on my 403's. I've had problems with my 403's before and got a new pair from Alden i May 2012. I've worn them regularly since them. I take good care of them and use shoe trees, brush them at least 3 times a month!

 

Here's some pics:

 

 

Is it just time to swap soles are should I contact Alden?

 

Cheers guys!

 

That should be a definite issue to contact Alden over.  The area that you are seeing separating isn't just the sole, it is the welt pulling away from the upper of the shoe.  This can only result through inseam failure, which is a very bad thing.  Either the welt stitching that attaches the welt to the canvas gemming underneath the insole is failing, or the gemming itself is failing (coming unglued from the bottom of the insole).  Gemming failure is best repaired by the factory, if possible, in order to maintain the proper alignment of the rest of the shoe on it's original last when it is being repaired.  There are some cobblers (like B. Nelson) who claim to be comfortable with handling some types of issues such as this, but I wouldn't trust it to just anyone.

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Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post
 

 

That should be a definite issue to contact Alden over.  The area that you are seeing separating isn't just the sole, it is the welt pulling away from the upper of the shoe.  This can only result through inseam failure, which is a very bad thing.  Either the welt stitching that attaches the welt to the canvas gemming underneath the insole is failing, or the gemming itself is failing (coming unglued from the bottom of the insole).  Gemming failure is best repaired by the factory, if possible, in order to maintain the proper alignment of the rest of the shoe on it's original last when it is being repaired.  There are some cobblers (like B. Nelson) who claim to be comfortable with handling some types of issues such as this, but I wouldn't trust it to just anyone.

 

Thanks for the answer! Not what I wanted to hear though:(. It's the same thing that happened last time(got a new pair). I'll send them an email!

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post #70394 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Marw View Post
 

 

Thanks for the answer! Not what I wanted to hear though:(. It's the same thing that happened last time(got a new pair). I'll send them an email!

 

While it is likely just inseam failure from the stitches (rather than the gemming separating from the insole), it is still something that Alden should be responsible for.  The stitches are sealed inside the shoe between the outsole and insole (and surrounded by cork).  There isn't much you can do to make those come loose, short of wearing the boots out to the point that they get destroyed by contact with the ground after the sole wears out.  Thus, on a newish boot, it should be considered a manufacturing defect.

 

Either way, the stitches have to be coming loose, because if only the gemming were failing, you probably wouldn't realize it until the boots were sent in for resoling.  In other words, it's either the gemming AND the stitches, or it's just the stitches themselves.  Not just the gemming alone.

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Thoughts on the latest pre-order?

 

http://leffot.com/shop/index.php/pre-orders/97862c-pre-order-3902.html

Nice makeup :fonz:

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