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^ One of the most beautiful places I've ever been. They chose a worthy name for that shade. Which seems to match many-a-rooftop.
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I'm not normally one to whine, but I don't know how anyone can harp and complain about a rare shell shortage w/ this guy sporting Ravello 5/5 days a week, esp when 4 look brand new.
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Originally Posted by PeterL View Post

Where can i possibly preorder a pair of cigar LWB? Thanks in advance

You just missed a pre-order that Alden NYC was offering. I think I got the last spot about a month ago when I reserved my size, but give them a call just to double check.
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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post

I'm not normally one to whine, but I don't know how anyone can harp and complain about a rare shell shortage w/ this guy sporting Ravello 5/5 days a week, esp when 4 look brand new.

^ +1.  Rare shell scarcity is a myth. 

 

Mike, Wear all the shoes in good health.  You are clearly mad for Alden shoes, shell, and Ravello.  Kudos to you I say. 

Cheers.

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^ One of the most beautiful places I've ever been. They chose a worthy name for that shade. Which seems to match many-a-rooftop.
Did you see the Villa Cimbrone and the Villa Rufolo?
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Sadly no. I spent only a few hours there (on a few separate visits). I have seen the pictures. Amazing.
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Sadly no. I spent only a few hours there (on a few separate visits). I have seen the pictures. Amazing.
i had to ask because my sister and mother cruised the Med a few years back and they said the color of the sky and sea when viewed from the hills above the town of Ravello, especially at sunset, was amazing.
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Having a cigar here in my lovely cubicle in the Cigar City 

 

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The view from Villa Cimbrone is probably one of the most beautiful things on earth.
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Having a cigar here in my lovely cubicle in the Cigar City  Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


Looking good to me!!!

-Mike
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Yet another pair of Aldens. My 7th maybe? I've lost count of them. 3rd Alden shell pair in any case.

A rare cap-toe blucher model (with double leather sole) which fit me very nicely and look exquisite. They are the most versatile shoes I can imagine right now. However, I'm a bit concerned about having too many pairs of shoes already and of course I invested a considerable amount of money in them, so it would be a pity if I wouldn't use them much. I'm kind of afraid that longwings and other shoes that fit my style best marginalize them.

Your thoughts?


Only one man's opinion, but here goes...

My casual workplace precludes me from having much use for many pairs of dress shoes. But, even if I did have the opportunity to wear dress shoes more often, I don't think I'd buy/wear a captoe blucher. Its very existence seems rather odd duck to me; to me, straight captoe says "dress shoe" and blucher says "casual shoe". Obviously, the double sole and the cordovan take it down a level or two on the the formality scale; but, even with that combo, I still find the straight cap blucher "off". I realize I'm probably in the minority, but I'm even put off by most punch cap bluchers, though not as much as straight cap bluchers.
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The view from Villa Cimbrone is probably one of the most beautiful things on earth.
...from the Terrace of the Infinite of course. Sazon you are man of the world. Dapper, well shod, and cultured.
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I think cordovan often kicks up the formality with the brighter shine but I know others who feel the opposite.

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Calf inherently more formal.
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Alden's captoes in boots and in balmorals are among my favorite styles... I don't have any captoe bluchers but a lot of people love them. Among bluchers, I prefer the plain toe, NST and LWB. For dressier occasions, it's hard to beat Alden's balmoral captoes in straight tip or in punch toe. The captoe blucher seems more of a "If I owned one shoe, I would get these because it works great with suits and jeans" kind of option, but it probably would start to get left behind in a bigger collection.

All this probably sounds strange coming from someone with two (and soon to be three) straight tip captoe boots, which straddle the dress/casual line even more, but I think those are among Alden's best styles.
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