Just don't wear with your wingtip pants and wingtip sweater. Too matchy-matchy.
EDIT: plaza PT or captoe, I see the argument a bit more, though would still wear with jeans on some occasions
I would love to see photos of such models if you or anyone here has them. Never seen anything but black and color 8 come out of BB.
The only one I've ever seen (not in person) was a whiskey unlined LHS. It will pop-up on google although there is not much of a discernible difference via photo relative to the lined whiskey LHS
Having some sliding issues with my oil waterlock sole. I've worn these in the aftermath of some of the snow/salt that has been left on our sidewalks. I haven't really worn them in wet slushy conditions so they have not soaked through with water etc. Just maybe stepping on some wet puddles. I noticed that I was sliding on hardwood floors, which hadn't happened before. I looked at the soles and there was some salt/silica pieces wedged in there. I scrapped those off with a plastic knife, but I'm still sliding around. This is also happening with that tile that is in office buildings (linoleum?). I'm like Tom Cruise in that film where he's in his underwear singing that Bob Seger song.
Thanks for the detailed response.
JCrew sales might be another option in getting a discount on alden shell. Their sales will sometimes work for a bit until they realize it and start excluding brands. I was able to get my Indys this way as well as my Barbour Bedale for 25% off.
I've done a some research into most of the BB models and I own a few - there are varying accounts across the internet of last and sizing advice including within this thread although there seems to be a solid consensus at this point in terms of last names, I would suggest doing some digging particularly related to sizing unless of course you can get to a shop that stocks these models and try them on. For the cordovan models I believe they all have different styling relative to Alden specific models except for the tassel which is more or less the same aside from foxing at the heel. For example, the PTB has a 270 degree heel & metal eyelets, the short wing has metal eyelets and other variations, etc.
My understanding of the lasts is the following:
LHS - Van(BB version is unlined) - within the Q&A on BB site a corporate rep say it is on the Van last
Straight Tip Blucher - Snap Last(I took TTS)
Short Wing- M-75 Last(I took TTS)
Plain Toe Blucher - M58 (Definitely narrower than Barrie In my experience)
Cap Toe Balmoral - Snap Last
If memory serves correctly, that gentlemen who questioned the genuine Alden-origins of the BB shoe eventually kept the shoe.