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post #76186 of 122416
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

vintage shell monks. arrived yesterday.
can't say for certain if they're whiskey or ravello. (mto style # inside)
what do you think?

I vote whiskey - my whiskey LWB are about 10 years old and they have darkened a lot and now look like ravello.

Plus I know that a few years ago Alden made a run of whiskey monks but I I've never heard of them making any ravello monks.

Regardless, nice find!
post #76187 of 122416
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Originally Posted by a bag of it View Post


I also really don't the stitching on the toe. I have to admit they have grown on me a little, but only from hate to dislike.

 

Do not worry bag, it will slowly grow to like to love... I actually didn't like the Moc Toe pattern at first. But they grow on you. Not sure if it adds structural rigidity to the shoe, but I imagine that it would... I particularly like the design though when on the Plaza Last, but that is my personal preference.

 

Do you like the Leisure Hand Sewn (Classic Penny Loafer) design? Because when you take a step back, the LHS and the Indy boot are not that far apart design wise (well at least at the toe level... Although the Van last is designed to put the stitching on the edge of the shoe by boxing off the sidewall and vamp of the shoe.

 

-Mike

post #76188 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Dr. D View Post


I vote whiskey - my whiskey LWB are about 10 years old and they have darkened a lot and now look like ravello.

Plus I know that a few years ago Alden made a run of whiskey monks but I I've never heard of them making any ravello monks.

Regardless, nice find!

 

Dr. D, yeah I agree with you, the only Ravello Monks that I can find are the NST Monks that LeatherSoul did in 2010. I believe that Mac has them.

 

http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2010/05/28/alden-shoes-two-new-nsts-for-lsbh/

 

-Mike

post #76189 of 122416

There was a Ravello Monk, but with split toe..

 

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post #76190 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Do not worry bag, it will slowly grow to like to love... I actually didn't like the Moc Toe pattern at first. But they grow on you. Not sure if it adds structural rigidity to the shoe, but I imagine that it would... I particularly like the design though when on the Plaza Last, but that is my personal preference.

Do you like the Leisure Hand Sewn (Classic Penny Loafer) design? Because when you take a step back, the LHS and the Indy boot are not that far apart design wise (well at least at the toe level... Although the Van last is designed to put the stitching on the edge of the shoe by boxing off the sidewall and vamp of the shoe.

-Mike

I really like the LHS. we'll see. I am already on preorder for the cxl wingtip boot from Alden SF, hopefully they will arrive in June as they told me. Maybe later in time, I'll pick up the 405/403...who knows...
post #76191 of 122416
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Originally Posted by tv2177 View Post


I really like the LHS. we'll see. I am already on preorder for the cxl wingtip boot from Alden SF, hopefully they will arrive in June as they told me. Maybe later in time, I'll pick up the 405/403...who knows...

 

good deal on the 403 over at O'connells if they have your size.. should go 30% tmrw 

 

http://www.oconnellsclothing.com/product.php?productid=18107&cat=339&page=1

post #76192 of 122416

I know many of you wear same size in Barrie and Van lasts, but does anyone here size up from Barrie for Van?  My LHS (stock, lined) are starting to bug at the instep and wondering if sizing up would help.  I realize sizing up in loafers introduces a host of other issues, such as heel slippage, but wanted to see if anyone has thoughts.

 

Thanks

post #76193 of 122416
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Originally Posted by 90shilling View Post

Hi all, I did not see this discussed in the last thousand or so pages of this thread, so here goes: which Alden chukka (dark brown suede or shell #8) is most versatile in terms of being able to wear with jeans, chinos, and even suits? I imagine colors lighter than those two (e.g., snuff suede) would be limited to wearing with jeans. Can any chukka owners chime in? 

Based on experience, my inclination is to go with dark brown suede, but I wonder how sleek and formal the #8 shell appears, especially when compared to the dressier calf/suede chukkas out there (e.g., C&J Tetbury, C&J for Ralph Lauren MacCallum, Loake Kempton to name a few). 

Thanks!

I don't wear chukkas of any kind with suits. Some on this thread do wear color 8 shell chukkas with suits. To each their own.

With all of that said, I would easily recommend the color 8 chukka over the dark brown suede chukka. biggrin.gif
post #76194 of 122416
Wow, thanks. I didn't realize they had been sold 2 times within the last few weeks. Yes, this is the same pair. I'm glad I saw them the second time around.
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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

Not a monk guy at all but these are great. Love how understated they are.
I would say Ravello. I always find the red tone Ravello and the honey tone Whiskey
Thanks rydenfan. I am also leaning towards ravello. They're more red than honey irl.
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Originally Posted by mtc2000 View Post

Most likely Whiskey. Somewhat depends on how vintage the shoes are. Technically, Alden did not use the name "Ravello" until relatively recently (i.e. six or seven years ago, I believe). There were Mahogany shell in the olden days though.
I've only followed alden for a few years. I didn't know ravello was a newer term. These are from "mto days" they probably didn't call it ravello then, but it looks like one of the many shades I accept as ravello today.
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Originally Posted by Dr. D View Post

I vote whiskey - my whiskey LWB are about 10 years old and they have darkened a lot and now look like ravello.
Plus I know that a few years ago Alden made a run of whiskey monks but I I've never heard of them making any ravello monks.
Regardless, nice find!
Thanks dr.d. The old run of whiskey monks is # 1684. These have a different #. Mine could be darkened whiskey or something else. I just wanted to know.
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Dr. D, yeah I agree with you, the only Ravello Monks that I can find are the NST Monks that LeatherSoul did in 2010. I believe that Mac has them.
http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2010/05/28/alden-shoes-two-new-nsts-for-lsbh/
-Mike
Mike, I looked last night as well. I only found ls' ravello nst monks, uncle Mac has a pair.
post #76195 of 122416
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Originally Posted by thebeebs View Post

I know many of you wear same size in Barrie and Van lasts, but does anyone here size up from Barrie for Van?  My LHS (stock, lined) are starting to bug at the instep and wondering if sizing up would help.  I realize sizing up in loafers introduces a host of other issues, such as heel slippage, but wanted to see if anyone has thoughts.

Thanks
I wear the same Barrie and van size. The length and heel are good, but the instep is (was) too tight. I use bootbarn boot trees in them, they stretched the instep and now feel comfortable. Van tts feels way too long and lose, the bb version fits much better tts.
post #76196 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post


Do you like the Leisure Hand Sewn (Classic Penny Loafer) design? Because when you take a step back, the LHS and the Indy boot are not that far apart design wise (well at least at the toe level... Although the Van last is designed to put the stitching on the edge of the shoe by boxing off the sidewall and vamp of the shoe.

-Mike

I don't like the LHS but that is because I don't like penny loafers. The stitching is not nearly as offensive to me as on the indys though because it looks natural and follows the curve of the toe. With the indys, the stitching is almost square while the toe is very round which creates visual dissonance for me. The NST has similar stitching which I think looks great because it also follows the shape of the toe.
post #76197 of 122416
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Originally Posted by a bag of it View Post

I don't like the LHS but that is because I don't like penny loafers. The stitching is not nearly as offensive to me as on the indys though because it looks natural and follows the curve of the toe. With the indys, the stitching is almost square while the toe is very round which creates visual dissonance for me. The NST has similar stitching which I think looks great because it also follows the shape of the toe.

Thank you! You just explained to me why I don't like the stitching on the indys and I do, also, like NST a lot.
post #76198 of 122416
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

vintage shell monks. arrived yesterday.
can't say for certain if they're whiskey or ravello. (mto style # inside)
what do you think?





Awesome DV. Those take your collection to another level. I'd have more monks in my collection but there are very few floating around from Alden in shell...

I've been on a whiskey monk wait list since early 2012 ...i wont hold my breath
post #76199 of 122416
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Originally Posted by RobinM View Post
 

There was a Ravello Monk, but with split toe..

 

ir037m.jpg

 

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Beautiful shoe!  The first pic looks eerily like our beloved Uncle. In fact I would bet that it was. (I might lose, but I would bet on it)

post #76200 of 122416
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

I don't wear chukkas of any kind with suits. Some on this thread do wear color 8 shell chukkas with suits. To each their own.

With all of that said, I would easily recommend the color 8 chukka over the dark brown suede chukka. biggrin.gif

I have to agree.  To me, suede makes a chukka inherently casual, and therefore not very versatile in the way in which you are referring.  To wear a design that leans heavily toward the casual side of the spectrum (i.e. chukka) with a casual leather makes it very difficult to pull off with a suit, unless your suit is of the casual nature also (i.e. linen, cotton, seersucker, etc...).

 

I think the color 8 chukka can be worn with the right suit, but if you are looking for versatility between denim and suits, why not go with the PTB (990).  If you are a chukka man, snag both chukkas! ;)

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