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Thanks to everyone who responded.  I'm disappointed to hear that Sherman Brothers is not that great, but hopefully my experience there will exceed my now modest expectations.  And, if I have any money left over to eat with, I now know where to get a good cheesesteak!

I should clarify my endorsement of Sherman Bros.  If you are looking for any of Alden's stock models, they will help you acquire what you want even if they do not have your shoe or size in stock.  They carry a decent collection of shoes, but I wouldn't count on finding anything other than standard stock models especially in shell cordovan.  I suppose any decent retailer will do this, but two shell purchases there a year apart went fabulously well with 20 and 15% discounts.  They did go above and beyond to ensure I got what I wanted.  Other retailers have not offered direct shipping from the factory in my experience.  In both instances, I had the shoes in hand, at home within three days.

 

Unfortunately, I have given up red meat for the first half of this year.  I will move my next trip to Philly to the end of the summer... :)

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Originally Posted by Shouldaville View Post
 

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.??

 

Thanks for the rough idea. I just always hear orders can take months, years, or an infinite amount of start to start production, but not much about the length after production commencing.

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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.

Thank you, i'll look at some of his photos. And yes, you've told me what I have been thinking for a while, that in the long run, ill end up with both haha. I have thought though, that if I got the cigar on Grant, I would want the #8 cap toe on plaza, perhaps.

 

Can't stretch the budget now for both. One this year, maybe another in a year or two. Given that the Cigar version seems to be a little bit harder to come by, it seems it would make sense to get that one first.

 

Thanks again guys

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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?

Absolutely not!  Black shell is very much underrated.  Some of my favorites...

Blacks Shell LWBs and PTBs

 


I have not purchased any Alden black calf, so I can make a strong comparison.  However, Black shell is a must for any ardent devotee of shell cordovan.

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Originally Posted by Shouldaville View Post
 

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.??

I just called and Kathy said the order should be filled in about 4 months or so.  She also said the order could be filled in waves so give or take some time.  Luckily there are four pairs of 8.5D's scheduled for production and I'm #4 on the list.  I'm hoping they don't come up short in production which Kathy said is entirely possible.  If everything goes well then my wallet will be a little lighter come May.

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going to pull the trigger on either the AOC AF80 color 8 shortwing blucher or the all time fav #975 color 8...icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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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. 

Good luck! I picked up mine on Saturday. I was worried that the plaza medallion may look too square --as it looks quite square on most internet pictures-- but it is actually a great shape.

Like a lot of cordovan lately, the ravello is a bit darker than in the past; it almost looks like a cigar with a little red hue to it.
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Good luck! I picked up mine on Saturday. I was worried that the plaza medallion may look too square --as it looks quite square on most internet pictures-- but it is actually a great shape.

Like a lot of cordovan lately, the ravello is a bit darker than in the past; it almost looks like a cigar with a little red hue to it.

Post some pics please,will love to see this shoe in the new Ravello shade.

Thanks.
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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?

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.

 

Those appear to have photographed very well.  Gorgeous.

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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?

 

I plan on wearing black shell tomorrow and thurs.  Will try to post pics.

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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.

I posted this back in March http://www.styleforum.net/t/85589/the-official-alden-thread/45640_40#post_6208524

Below is another pic. They are a few years old I believe.

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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post

Absolutely not!  Black shell is very much underrated.  Some of my favorites...
Blacks Shell LWBs and PTBs

I have not purchased any Alden black calf, so I can make a strong comparison.  However, Black shell is a must for any ardent devotee of shell cordovan.

Look great Repp. The only Alden Black Shell that I have right now is my Semi-Brogue.

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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.
You should get the cigars now if you can. It would be nice if you can get the plaza lasted #8 cap toe boots later on.
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Alden Stock Model #9015. The Hampton last has really grown on. Very much loving it these days.

Very nice shoe sazon.
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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

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

I wouldn't worry about that at all.  The barrie last and commando will certainly give it a more casual look.  Enjoy often and in great health!

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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?

I have Alden Calf on the horse bit loafer, which I will caveat as not being from the Mass factory and being a grainy leather. But the calf is extremely soft and supple. It really is beautiful.

But with longevity considered, I would go for the black shell. In my opinion they are easier to care for, and will last you a very long time with proper care and at least a small shoe rotation.

-Mike
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Originally Posted by irishcafe View Post

going to pull the trigger on either the AOC AF80 color 8 shortwing blucher or the all time fav #975 color 8...icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif


I have both.  I would go with the shortwing blucher as they are not readily available.  When the time comes you can always find the 975.  If you had to choose one or the other, I would go with the 975.

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