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has anyone owned or handled both brooks brothers and alden shell belts? i just got my bb belt from their holiday sale and it's a bit thinner/flimsier than i had hoped it would be for the price. i haven't handled an alden shell belt though, so this may be par for the course. thanks in advance!

I own a lot of Alden shell cordovan belts, and they are well built, and hefty.  They made 2 versions, one was the standard 1.25" and the other was 1.5" and considered more casual.  I also own the BB belt which is made in Canada. I have several of the Horween 1 piece shell cordovan belts. I like all of them, and prefer the Alden from an overall durability standpoint.  They are a very solid belt.  I would give the Horween and BB a tie on durability.  I own a lot of expensive belts and the durability aspect IMHO comes from the strap used behind the shell cordovan.  The quality of the leather strap varies a lot by belt makers, but long term it determine how the belt holds up.  Another factor are the buckles.  I've not owned any of these belts but a few years and have enough to rotate often so I can't say long term how well the buckle finish will last.  Most shell belts are 3 piece and I think BB does a better job from a looks perspective where the pieces meet.  However I don't have an issue with the Alden version, but agree it makes it a little more casual.   The point at which the pieces meet are a lot less viable on black and #8 than whiskey and cigar.  The thing I like most about my whiskey and cigar Alden belts is character they show, and color variance in the pieces of shell.

 

In regards to buying an Alden belt...good luck!  I got super lucky and found some last year on my quest to buy shell shoes and always asked about belts too.  I've not found anymore since then and was told by every place I called that they had not got any Alden belts in 2-3 years.

 

If you can catch the Brooks Brothers belts on sale (I got mine for $148.80) I think that will be hard to beat.

 

Another option which just arrived today is Coronado leather.  This belt is marked  CXL horsehide on the invoice and it's available in 1.5" and 1.75".  Its built like a tank, and a great casual belt.  Cost was $145 for 1.75"  I plan to wear this belt with jeans on my casual days.  FYI-the belt uses Chicago screws so the buckle is easily changed.

 

See Ya,

Ste

 

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Leffot Tanker King for today biggrin.gif
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Amazing boots. Are these the king of king color boots?
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Ravello PTB. Maiden voyage! The whole reason for my Ravello week.


Happy Whiskey Wednesday!

-Mike
Just excellent. You're killing it this week.
post #70593 of 122416
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I would go with the 7.5 C based on your brannock sizing and my experience with the same issue. Don't kid yourself and get shoes that are too short........

Yeah, I think I may. It's tricky though, I can't tell if it's not just the stiffness of the leather (ie. once it settles down it will be a great).

I'm also thinking I may need to try a 7.5D as well. It's hard to tell if it's a length issue as much as a width issue. The widest part of the shoe does appear to align well with my foot. I have maybe 3/16" space in front of my toe though. It sucks having an oddly shaped foot. With calf shoes I'm used to the shoes breaking in and feeling great, but definitely pretty snug out of the box.

I'd really prefer to work with the 7d if I could though... as beautiful as it is, it is a rather large shoe. On my small 5'5" frame I worry about a 7.5 aesthetically pushing into ungainly territory.
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picked these up from the recent Shoemart 2nds......cannot find any flaws even though they are marked with an (R) on the sole....they are super comfortable and are great with jeans and chinos.

 

question for the members (probably asking the wrong crowd though)....with these as a solid casual option do I need to keep the unlined #8 PTBs from the recent Leffot release?

 

my other #8 options currently include the 2-eye chukka, LWB and monks......I also have a lined cigar PTB on the dover last

 

I am wondering how much wear I will realistically get out of the #8 PTBs if I decide to keep them which is why they have remained in the box since being delivered.

 

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picked these up from the recent Shoemart 2nds......cannot find any flaws even though they are marked with an (R) on the sole....they are super comfortable and are great with jeans and chinos.

question for the members (probably asking the wrong crowd though)....with these as a solid casual option do I need to keep the unlined #8 PTBs from the recent Leffot release?

my other #8 options currently include the 2-eye chukka, LWB and monks......I also have a lined cigar PTB on the dover last

I am wondering how much wear I will realistically get out of the #8 PTBs if I decide to keep them which is why they have remained in the box since being delivered.



You've seemed like you prefer the CXL version from the start... It's a great shoe. The antique edge and the unlined aspect of the Leffot dover make it very casual. You probably don't need both of them, and you have the color 8 chukka and the cigar PTB. It may make sense to sell the Leffot dovers.
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I am 30 and my Tassels is one of my favorite shoes and was my first Alden. Also, when I was 18, I bought a pair of Bostonian (before I knew anything about shoes) Tassels and Shortwings. Moral is that you don't have to be 60 to wear tassels. There is a whole other thread somewhere here on Tassel wearing. :-)

I don't think you were trying to say that Repp, but I had to jump in! BTW, I am jealous that you know a fellow Alden wearer in the flesh.

-Mike


That wasn't my intention at all.  I am 40 and have a color 8 pair of tassels.  They are an Alden original and classic!

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I routinely see Alden full straps and tassel mocs in shell and calf.  Apparently, the tassels are a staple for 50 or 60-something-year-old partners at law firms.  My boss (not a lawyer) wears Aldens regularly.  He saw one of my "green boxes" on my desk and got really excited. 

I am 30 and my Tassels is one of my favorite shoes and was my first Alden. Also, when I was 18, I bought a pair of Bostonian (before I knew anything about shoes) Tassels and Shortwings. Moral is that you don't have to be 60 to wear tassels. There is a whole other thread somewhere here on Tassel wearing. :-)

I don't think you were trying to say that Repp, but I had to jump in! BTW, I am jealous that you know a fellow Alden wearer in the flesh.

-Mike

Tassels are great. nod[1].gif
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King LWB.
post #70599 of 122416
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Ravello PTB. Maiden voyage! The whole reason for my Ravello week.


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Happy Whiskey Wednesday!

-Mike

Beautiful Mike!  I was going to wear mine today, but a good chance of rain was in the forecast.  Still waiting on my new Swims Mobster Boot (overshoes)!

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King LWB.

Classic.

post #70601 of 122416

I wonder how many folks have a shoe brush (or any shoe care product) in their desk drawer at the office for "emergencies".

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here's my color 8 modified boots
post #70603 of 122416
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Beautiful Mike!  I was going to wear mine today, but a good chance of rain was in the forecast.  Still waiting on my new Swims Mobster Boot (overshoes)!

Do the mobster boot version still exist? I look at them from time to time on the AE site and am super intrigued by them; however they are never listed on Swims actual site/webstore.

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Do the mobster boot version still exist? I look at them from time to time on the AE site and am super intrigued by them; however they are never listed on Swims actual site/webstore.

Be careful with the sizing on those- XL is far too small for 10/10.5
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I wonder how many folks have a shoe brush (or any shoe care product) in their desk drawer at the office for "emergencies".

I do. It's especially useful this time of year when I want to brush the salt, slush, and snow off once I arrive each day.
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