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Originally Posted by icepick74 View Post

Re: Straight Tip Blucher with unusual sole 

Hi everyone,

I am an Italian fan of Alden shoes and I wonder if someone can answer this.

The most common and "official" Straight Tip Blucher model looks like this. ( http://www.aldenshop.com/Store/DrawProducts.aspx?CategoryID=107&ParentID=94&PageID=&Action )




As you can see, the sole which "exceeds" the upper (where the stitches are visible) starting from the tip at a certain point starts becoming "aligned" with the upper, until it is completely under the upper where the heel is. As a consequence, for instance, it becomes not visible if you look at the shoe from above. The feel is of a somehow formal shoe. 

But there are a few shops that sells the following model (http://www.endclothing.co.uk/alden-straight-tip-blucher.html )




Here the "exceeding-the-upper" part of the sole is all around the shoe, including the heel part. Consequently such part is visible from above. The feel here is less formal. Those shops do not advise on this difference.

Does anyone know what happened here?

Truth is that a tried and loved at first sight the second model at a shop where I live (Italy), but then ordered them online from a shop in NY and when they arrived I realized they were the first "official" model, which I like very much anyway, but still I think I would have preferred the second "unusual" one.    

Thanks. 

FWIW, I like the first one much better, and I think you were sent the better one. biggrin.gif
post #72227 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Dirty Gurty View Post
 

Is there an email address for them or should I just call the store? Thanks guys!

Just call - it's easier to have sizing conversations and whatnot over the phone.  Plus, I don't like to email payment information, but that's just me.

post #72228 of 122416

It's been overcast in DC the past few days, but today I'm finally able to photograph the ravello medallions in natural light.  Interesting that there are some green undertones to the shoe (second pic).  We'll see how that develops over time.

 

 

 

post #72229 of 122416
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FWIW, I like the first one much better, and I think you were sent the better one. biggrin.gif

You know what? The more I investigate this "case", looking at pics on the Internet, the more I like the ones sent to me better. Maybe it is my brain which wants to preserve my serenity... Plus my wife declared her preference for the first one, and I am influenced by her opinion. Of course she said that only not to be bothered with my complaints!

post #72230 of 122416
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Originally Posted by icepick74 View Post
 

Re: Straight Tip Blucher with unusual sole 

 

Hi everyone,

 

I am an Italian fan of Alden shoes and I wonder if someone can answer this.

 

The most common and "official" Straight Tip Blucher model looks like this. ( http://www.aldenshop.com/Store/DrawProducts.aspx?CategoryID=107&ParentID=94&PageID=&Action )

 

 

As you can see, the sole which "exceeds" the upper (where the stitches are visible) starting from the tip at a certain point starts becoming "aligned" with the upper, until it is completely under the upper where the heel is. As a consequence, for instance, it becomes not visible if you look at the shoe from above. The feel is of a somehow formal shoe. 

 

But there are a few shops that sells the following model (http://www.endclothing.co.uk/alden-straight-tip-blucher.html )

 

 

Here the "exceeding-the-upper" part of the sole is all around the shoe, including the heel part. Consequently such part is visible from above. The feel here is less formal. Those shops do not advise on this difference.

 

Does anyone know what happened here?

 

Truth is that a tried and loved at first sight the second model at a shop where I live (Italy), but then ordered them online from a shop in NY and when they arrived I realized they were the first "official" model, which I like very much anyway, but still I think I would have preferred the second "unusual" one.    

 

Thanks. 

 

You were sent a 270 welt shoe, whereas the bottom image is a full 360 welt.  Many would characterize yours as more formal, which, FWIW, I tend to like better for a cap toe blucher.

post #72231 of 122416
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Thank you! 

post #72232 of 122416
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Originally Posted by thams View Post
 

It's been overcast in DC the past few days, but today I'm finally able to photograph the ravello medallions in natural light.  Interesting that there are some green undertones to the shoe (second pic).  We'll see how that develops over time.

 

 

 

I would have thought that was Whiskey had you not written Ravello.  In fact, it looks lighter than some of the more recent runs of Whiskey I've seen.

post #72233 of 122416

I know I said that you could expect black shell today, but I pulled a fast one and went with Color 8 instead, since it matched my tie better.

 

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post #72234 of 122416
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

FWIW, I like the first one much better, and I think you were sent the better one. biggrin.gif

Couldn't agree more!  Enjoy them my friend...

post #72235 of 122416
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Originally Posted by thams View Post
 

It's been overcast in DC the past few days, but today I'm finally able to photograph the ravello medallions in natural light.  Interesting that there are some green undertones to the shoe (second pic).  We'll see how that develops over time.

 

What sort of sole do they have?  Are they double or single leather?  Thanks...

post #72236 of 122416
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post
 

What sort of sole do they have?  Are they double or single leather?  Thanks...

They look (compared to my LWB) and feel like a double leather sole to me.  I didn't specifically ask Kathy though when I bought them. 

post #72237 of 122416
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Originally Posted by thams View Post
 

It's been overcast in DC the past few days, but today I'm finally able to photograph the ravello medallions in natural light.  Interesting that there are some green undertones to the shoe (second pic).  We'll see how that develops over time.

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Very nice in that light. I'm hoping for a call tomorrow that someone backed out on my size.

post #72238 of 122416
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Originally Posted by thebeebs View Post

I would have thought that was Whiskey had you not written Ravello.  In fact, it looks lighter than some of the more recent runs of Whiskey I've seen.

I think this pair officially debunks the whole debate of "all new exotic shells are darker than previous batches." This pair looks great, I love the shade. And they are definitely lighter than the other recent Ravello LWBs and PTBs that were available a few months ago. I think we can all agree that the shade of the shell can vary from batch to batch, sometimes it's lighter, sometimes it's darker.
post #72239 of 122416
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Originally Posted by icepick74 View Post
 

Thank you Prez, I googled 2170 Y and I found more images http://www.manifestcreations.net/goods/20140810083752-2309.html 

 

Not that at this point it is of capital importance, but for the sake of completeness - although you are probably right - I confess I am not 100% (only 90% :)) convinced that it's the Barrie last. I mean, yes the welt is surely larger but the upper looks just the same of the 2160 Aberdeen, just put on a differently shaped welt. Shouldn't the last be something concerning the shape of the upper (so basically the inner part) and not of the sole/welt?

 

 

Yes, the last is strictly concerning the shape of the upper, and has nothing to do with the welt they use.  You can bulk up a sleeker last with a 360 degree welt just as you can slim down a bulky last with a 270 degree welt.  Historically, the type of welt selected is based on casual/formal nature of the shoe, intended use, and tradition.  Just like selecting a double vs. a single leather sole, leather vs. rubber sole, etc.

 

Sometimes changing the welt just allows the company that ordered it to claim a "special make-up" and sell a lot of shoes, without regard for the other reasons.  

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Ravello LWB



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