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The main reason why I still check this thread is for PSAs about places offering pre-orders on new makeups. There's literally no way I would have ever known about Alden NYC offering a pre-order for Cigar LWBs a few months ago without checking this thread periodically. Unless I just randomly called all the major Alden shops from time to time, that is.
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^You mean its not because you love us?! :)

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Not Alden, but were custom shoes done in Black Shell. Not sure how much more formal I can get. I think the shine of the shell makes these look much more formal than the standard calf model of the shoes.

-Mike
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In my humble opinion, a similar makeup in calf would be a more formal shoe.

post #72170 of 122416
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"Black shell is so underrated" plus Mac sycophancy = deadhorse-a.gif
 

 

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Not Alden, but were custom shoes done in Black Shell. Not sure how much more formal I can get. I think the shine of the shell makes these look much more formal than the standard calf model of the shoes.

-Mike

 

Black shell is so underrated.

 

:nest:

post #72171 of 122416

Called Alden DC today and spoke with Kathy in regards to how many cigar cap toes 

were ordered in 10d.  4 pairs ordered, I'm 5th or 6th in line. Drat!  I'll be sure not to bring

this up again during the next 3 or 4 months.  Would hate to remind any potential

no-shows.

post #72172 of 122416

Black shell is indeed underrated.  This goes for Color #8 as well. 

 

However, for my own wardrobe and personal taste, I do not wear black shell.  This is a personal choice; I find black shell looks too much like patent leather. 

post #72173 of 122416
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Full and Fair Disclosure:

I just got an email from Leffot announcing that the Cooney Boot is back.

The Cooney boot is great.
post #72174 of 122416
I have the black calf EG Chelsea and the Alden black shell captoe bal. I wear them with the same suits for the same occasions without distinction.
post #72175 of 122416
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The reason is that shell cordovan is historically a workwear leather, so it is less dressy than calf.

That does not mean that it cannot be used in dress shoes. Formality is a spectrum; I was merely saying that shell falls lower on that spectrum than calf

"Cordovan is less dressy than calf"

If you put an Alden black cordovan balmoral captoe and something like an Allen Edmond Park Avenue in black calfskin in front of people, 90% will say the cordovan is "dressier" because it will look shinier. To most people, the 9016 will look "nicer" than the Park Avenue and therefore be considered "dressier."

"Formality" is a bit of a different concept as some will say that the cordovan may be too "glowy," but very few people will really care. I will admit that black calfskin in chiseled, sleek lasts (Edward Green chelsea, whatever) will usually look more "formal" than almost any cordovan, but that doesn't make cordovan any less credible as a "dress leather."

I would argue in some models of boots, cordovan (such as the beloved captoe on grant or plaza) can look undeniably "dressier" than calfskin.Very long ago, cordovan may have been a "workwear" shoe (I don't really know what workwear is even after spending three years on the forum), but since the 1940s, cordovan has been used in dress shoes.

I'm not going after you specifically on this, I just think some of the styleforum conventional wisdom on this is incorrect

It is worth noting that many who espouse such SF conventional wisdom wear skin tight skinny jeans, wear 2.75 inch ties, and hate all black shoes and black suits, without exception.
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The main reason why I still check this thread is for PSAs about places offering pre-orders on new makeups. There's literally no way I would have ever known about Alden NYC offering a pre-order for Cigar LWBs a few months ago without checking this thread periodically. Unless I just randomly called all the major Alden shops from time to time, that is.

+1.  

post #72177 of 122416
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^^Agreed. The 'rule' that shell is less dressy is illogical.  Those same sites will say a key factor in telling level of dress is smoothness and shininess of the shoe but then say oh except for shell, because... it's shell.

cite: http://oldleathershoe.com/wordpress/?p=304

Shell is the pinnacle. Any shoe or boot can be improved by making it from shell, except for gator loafers, of course.
post #72178 of 122416
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^You mean its not because you love us?! smile.gif

Haha, that too. But as far as information in the thread is concerned, I think I already know everything else that I care to know about Alden, but the pre-order info is always a huge help.
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Any guys from Chi-town here? My wife and I are coming in tomorrow until the weekend; how's the streets and snow? Can I get away with rubber/Dainite/Topys or I need some Columbia/Merrell instead?

nephew,

Congratulations!
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Not Alden, but were custom shoes done in Black Shell. Not sure how much more formal I can get. I think the shine of the shell makes these look much more formal than the standard calf model of the shoes.

-Mike

nephew,
consider model 9016 and 2146
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