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Originally Posted by TO Tie Guy View Post

Thanks for the info about the cigar cap toe boot.

Called but I'm third on the list and they only ordered one 12D. Odds don't look good. frown.gif

 

I am pretty certain that they will order again... Good things come to those who wait!

 

-Mike

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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

8.5 plaza???? Wait! That's my size...

Thams to the rescue! I hope...nod[1].gif
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I REALLY appreciate you posting this.  Put the ravello beauties on hold and am going to try them on this afternoon.  This will likely be my last shell shoe purchase for a while.  Now just need the cigar and ravello cap toe boot then I'll be all set...maybe...

Not a problem. That's what this forum is for. Well, for that and for sharing those darn gorgeous shell pics in the wild.
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There is no such thing as "all set"... :-)

Can't agree with you more! biggrin.gif
Still keeping an eye out for something ravello...perhaps a LWB.
post #71928 of 122416

^ DC is a dangerous call to make. I ended up on two more lists just asking about previous ones.

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^ DC is a dangerous call to make. I ended up on two more lists just asking about previous ones.

I think I may have experienced the same symptoms...
Pretty sure it's the Alden bug.
My name may have been put on another list or two as well....
post #71930 of 122416
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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?
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.

+100
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I picked these up from a fellow SFer last week, I have been brushing them vigorously to work on the scratches and the creases. I am very happy with where they have turned out. I brushed them about 30 minutes each the first time, then 15 minutes each, and then 5-10 min. Yesterday I put Reno and Saphir Clear Cordovan Cream on them and AE Natural Edge Dressing on them. I will continue to work on these guys over time... But a good enough start to get them rolling... :-)

 

 

 

 

 

-Mike

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Originally Posted by GooseG View Post


Any chance you could ask them if they stock the Alden Foot Balance heel caps?

Sorry. I didn't see this until after I left to head into the city.

 

I actually didn't stop in B. Nelson because I went to the Alden store on madison and ended up in there for a bit too long and needed to be at work after that.

 

I was looking for the 990 on commando sole and had called earlier in the week looking for a 9.5D but they said they were sold out in that size and would probably be recieving more by early summer. Someone on this forum told me that J. Gilbert was getting a shipment in around March so I called them to confirm and was going to do a pre order. But when I popped into the Alden store today to see if a size 9 would fit they  said they found a  size 9.5 in the back also (they seemed a bit disorganized).

 

Long story short...The guy who helped me out brought out both the 9D and 9.5D. After trying both on the size 9 seemed to fit better especially when tried with a thinner sock which they had on hand. Was happy I ended up buying them in person because I was ready to order the 9.5 from J. Gilbert. ( I have 2 other Aldens on the barrie last size 9.5). The guy who helped me said even though they are the same last depending on the shoe some fit a bit different.

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by smdbitchh View Post
 

Sorry. I didn't see this until after I left to head into the city.

 

I actually didn't stop in B. Nelson because I went to the Alden store on madison and ended up in there for a bit too long and needed to be at work after that.

 

I was looking for the 990 on commando sole and had called earlier in the week looking for a 9.5D but they said they were sold out in that size and would probably be recieving more by early summer. Someone on this forum told me that J. Gilbert was getting a shipment in around March so I called them to confirm and was going to do a pre order. But when I popped into the Alden store today to see if a size 9 would fit they  said they found a  size 9.5 in the back also (they seemed a bit disorganized).

 

Long story short...The guy who helped me out brought out both the 9D and 9.5D. After trying both on the size 9 seemed to fit better especially when tried with a thinner sock which they had on hand. Was happy I ended up buying them in person because I was ready to order the 9.5 from J. Gilbert. ( I have 2 other Aldens on the barrie last size 9.5). The guy who helped me said even though they are the same last depending on the shoe some fit a bit different.

 


 

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Those are some very nice PTBs. I like the Commando sole on those guys. I just got my first pair of Alden's on the Commando. They make for a nice and smooth ride.

 

-Mike

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Does anyone know if the Crenshaw chukka from Need Supply is lined or unlined? Looks unlined from the pics but want to be sure.
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Put up a pair of 11E Cigar Shell LWB's in The Marketplace if anyone is interested.

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Does anyone know what color these are?

 

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On the topic of resoling, does anyone know if B. Nelson (or if not, anyone else) carries Alden's double waterlock sole? Thanks.
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Originally Posted by soundersfc2 View Post
 

Does anyone know what color these are?

 

pretty positive those are the J Crew tobacco ones under particular lighting conditions

https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/shoes/oxfords/PRDOVR~18582/18582.jsp?color_name=Tobacco&TCode=GGBS00006_99101829886&sisearchengine=197&siproduct=18582&noPopUp=true&gclid=CKet77O0n7wCFW1nOgodeXEAnA

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Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post
 

 

There are very few cobblers I would trustfully send my shoes to, but B. Nelson makes the list of those I'm fully comfortable with.

 

That said, having the original last for recrafting is important under certain circumstances.  If the gemming is having issues (which it probably isn't, statistically speaking), and if it needs to be repaired, the original last may be important.  The reason for this is because the size of the shoe could be changed when regluing the gemming to the bottom of the insole.  However, that depends upon the degree of repair needed.  If only a small section needs to be reattached, it's a pretty straightforward procedure.  However, if large segments have come loose, then it becomes more risky.  B. Nelson fully understands this, and they won't do a shoddy repair job on something that needs the original last.

 

Having the original last also allows for the factory to "re-last" the shoe when they put on a new welt.  When they remove the old welt, they will tighten the leather down, which will help straighten out some of the creases and stretched areas that the shoe has developed over years of wear.  This isn't really safe without the original last. 

 

Having the original last may help prevent any lumps from occurring in the insole when replacing the cork bottom filler, since the original last will fit the most tightly and help prevent over packing the bottom of the shoe.  This is probably an overrated concern, but it is possible.  If it does happen, generally it will flatten out to a desirable level after a few wears. 

 

If the insole needs to be replaced, which Alden will do in extreme circumstances, the original last is mandatory.

 

On the flip side, one thing I like about using someone like B. Nelson, is that they will leave your original welt in place (assuming it isn't damaged or worn) and only replace the cork and outsole.  This actually prolongs the life of your Goodyear-welted shoes by a large margin.  A Goodyear-welted shoe can only take a handful of re-weltings before it can no longer be done and must be disposed of.  That's because every re-welting punches new holes around the base of the upper when they stitch on a new welt, and eventually it will lose it's integrity just like a piece of perforated paper will tear on a dotted line.  Leaving the original welt in place will mitigate this, and thus, the shoe can take more resoles because of it.  Further, when B. Nelson does replace the welt, they do it by hand, and they make every effort to use the original holes in the uppers and inseam.  Again, this will extend the overall life of the shoe for the same reasons.  Factories don't do this.  Factories automatically replace the welt using the welt stitching machine, which just "machine-guns" new holes in the upper when stitching on a new welt.  Like I said, eventually you end up with too many holes and the leather will be prone to tearing.  Because of all this, a shoe that is resoled at a place like B. Nelson could actually last far longer than a shoe that is consistently sent to the factory for recrafting, assuming you don't have major gemming problems (which is rare enough to not lose sleep over).  But of you send them to B. Nelson, then Alden won't ever touch them again.  So it's a bit of a game of Russian Roulette, or "pick your poison" if you will. 

Once again MWS provides very helpful and expert information.  Thanks.

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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post
 

I picked these up from a fellow SFer last week, I have been brushing them vigorously to work on the scratches and the creases. I am very happy with where they have turned out. I brushed them about 30 minutes each the first time, then 15 minutes each, and then 5-10 min. Yesterday I put Reno and Saphir Clear Cordovan Cream on them and AE Natural Edge Dressing on them. I will continue to work on these guys over time... But a good enough start to get them rolling... :-)

 

-Mike

Fine acquisition!  Are they Alden ravello?

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