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Black cordovan - I was wondering why I don't see much of it. Most of the cordovan pics I see on here are of the color 8 stuff. I know the color 8 has the deep purple hue that people prefer so I'm assuming that's why there's a lot more of it but I cant remember the last time I saw black shell posted here (been lurking for a week or two). If I was thinking of getting black PTBs, is it better to save the $150 and go with calf skin over cordovan?

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Black cordovan - I was wondering why I don't see much of it. Most of the cordovan pics I see on here are of the color 8 stuff. I know the color 8 has the deep purple hue that people prefer so I'm assuming that's why there's a lot more of it but I cant remember the last time I saw black shell posted here (been lurking for a week or two). If I was thinking of getting black PTBs, is it better to save the $150 and go with calf skin over cordovan?

Black shell doesnt seem to be so popular on here.

 

here is a picture of my black shell plain toe boots I just threw on. Heading to B. nelson now in Manhattan.

 

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Originally Posted by Vicious49 View Post

Black cordovan - I was wondering why I don't see much of it. Most of the cordovan pics I see on here are of the color 8 stuff. I know the color 8 has the deep purple hue that people prefer so I'm assuming that's why there's a lot more of it but I cant remember the last time I saw black shell posted here (been lurking for a week or two). If I was thinking of getting black PTBs, is it better to save the $150 and go with calf skin over cordovan?

No. Black cordovan is awesome, and black cordovan PTBs are among Alden's best models. I think the majority of my pictures the past few weeks have been black cordovan. I have posted black cordovan captoe boots, black captoe balmoral shoes and black PTBs. I wore my black tanker boots yesterday.

Most people on the thread don't appear to wear black shoes very much at all (calf or cordovan). I wear black shoes about 30-40% of the time (more in the winter). That's why you don't see much of it in the thread.
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Originally Posted by Vicious49 View Post

Black cordovan - I was wondering why I don't see much of it. Most of the cordovan pics I see on here are of the color 8 stuff. I know the color 8 has the deep purple hue that people prefer so I'm assuming that's why there's a lot more of it but I cant remember the last time I saw black shell posted here (been lurking for a week or two). If I was thinking of getting black PTBs, is it better to save the $150 and go with calf skin over cordovan?

These have been a great go to for me, and I would say photos in general rarely capture the depth of any Cordovan color (although a few esteemed members are pretty solid with the pics such as tifosi and mdubs) however black Cordovan seems particularly difficult to photograph.


I wouldn't hesitate to say go for it. I would probably own more in black except it's not my preferred style rather than an issue of one being better than another. And of course #8 is more versatile with many different colors plus it looks great too.
post #71885 of 122416
Alden Stock Model #9015. The Hampton last has really grown on. Very much loving it these days.

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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

Philly isn't all that good for shoe shopping, unfortunately. You'll probably get the most joy out of the AE store on Chestnut St. Sherman Bros is OK, but I'm not impressed with the Alden experience there.

Off topic: I can't stand Pat's or Geno's. I only eat cheesesteaks at Steve's Prince of Steaks.

I've had great experiences with Sherman Bros. in Philly.  I happened to be there in December two years ago and purchased my first shell cordovan pair, color 8 LWB @ 20% off.  They didn't have my size, but they had Alden ship me a pair to my home directly.  $500 for that pair was the best bargain I've found BNIB.  A year later I called them and had a pair of 9901 sent from the factory directly to my home at 15% off.  At that point they stopped taking orders over the phone when they ran their holiday sale.  If you live in Philly or you're in town the first week of December, you should stop in for their annual sale.  They treated me quite well.

 

BTW, I agree Geno's and Pat's are extremely disappointing (I actually mentioned that in the original post).  I just thought I'd stir the pot a little with one of Philly's so-called, big culinary debates.  I'll have to try Steve's the next time I'm in Philly.

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Thanks for the quick responses guys. I was looking at these on AoC. I figure if I'm only going to have 1 pair of black shoes, I wanted something that I would not have to worry about babying or replacing the soles, etc anytime soon. I figure the shell with the commando soles should last a while. My only concern is that shell might make them look a bit more formal than the semi-casual purpose I want to use them for.

 

http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/Shoes-Plain_Toe_Blucher_Oxford_Commando_Sole_175.htm

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Originally Posted by Shouldaville View Post
 

One person on the DC plaza medallion cap toe shoe in my size hasn't called in yet, so there's hope for me yet. Kathy also said the cigar grant cap toe boot has gone into production and she's getting more pairs than expected...again, hope for me there too. 


Roughly how long is the wait from the start of production to completion of the order?

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Wondering if anyone has some photos of the Alden DC cigar cap toe boot (or something comparable ) with a good amount of wear on them? Having trouble deciding between the Cigar cap toe, or the 4060 (#8 cap toe from shoemart). Seems easier to find photos of the 4060. Currently leaning towards the cigar, if I can get a pair when this order is filled.

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Originally Posted by Vicious49 View Post

Thanks for the quick responses guys. I was looking at these on AoC. I figure if I'm only going to have 1 pair of black shoes, I wanted something that I would not have to worry about babying or replacing the soles, etc anytime soon. I figure the shell with the commando soles should last a while. My only concern is that shell might make them look a bit more formal than the semi-casual purpose I want to use them for.

http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/Shoes-Plain_Toe_Blucher_Oxford_Commando_Sole_175.htm


Shell won't make the style any more or less formal.

There has been a lot of discussion about this shoe recently. It is a great, all condition, versatile model.
post #71891 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Nakedsnake View Post
 

Wondering if anyone has some photos of the Alden DC cigar cap toe boot (or something comparable ) with a good amount of wear on them? Having trouble deciding between the Cigar cap toe, or the 4060 (#8 cap toe from shoemart). Seems easier to find photos of the 4060. Currently leaning towards the cigar, if I can get a pair when this order is filled.

Look at Don L's photos. I didn't ask how long once production starts. With the size of this order, maybe a month or two.??

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Originally Posted by Nakedsnake View Post

Wondering if anyone has some photos of the Alden DC cigar cap toe boot (or something comparable ) with a good amount of wear on them? Having trouble deciding between the Cigar cap toe, or the 4060 (#8 cap toe from shoemart). Seems easier to find photos of the 4060. Currently leaning towards the cigar, if I can get a pair when this order is filled.

Don L posts pictures of the boot regularly.

The 4060 is dressier than the cigar given the color and sole (the cigar can be worn with dressy outfits if desired). I have the cigar boots and the 4065 (black captoe cordovan boots in grant); both get a ton of wear. If you could stretch it, I would recommend you get both as these to me are among Alden's best models available.
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Originally Posted by Vicious49 View Post
 

Thanks for the quick responses guys. I was looking at these on AoC. I figure if I'm only going to have 1 pair of black shoes, I wanted something that I would not have to worry about babying or replacing the soles, etc anytime soon. I figure the shell with the commando soles should last a while. My only concern is that shell might make them look a bit more formal than the semi-casual purpose I want to use them for.

 

http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/Shoes-Plain_Toe_Blucher_Oxford_Commando_Sole_175.htm

Get 'em. With that commando sole. They're pretty much a swiss army knife in black for you. They'll work with jeans, flannel pants, a suit...etc...

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Originally Posted by smdbitchh View Post

Black shell doesnt seem to be so popular on here.

here is a picture of my black shell plain toe boots I just threw on. Heading to B. nelson now in Manhattan.



Any chance you could ask them if they stock the Alden Foot Balance heel caps?
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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

Email Alden and they will send you a few pairs

Is there a specific Alden to email for laces? Trying to figure out some laces myself now but unsure who to email.
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