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post #77176 of 122416
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Originally Posted by ATLVol View Post

I have had good luck in the past.....I am wearing a pair of unlined CXL dovers today that were not marked as irregular and had no apparent flaws.....purchased in December for $300.
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Also, I purchased a pair of chamois boots earlier this year and a pair of revello NSTs last year.....neither was marked as irregular or had any apparent flaws.

However, I did send back a pair of suede LHS last year that was marked as irregular and had a visible streak in the grain of the suede......this may have been resolved with some brushing but I sent them back anyway.
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Those Brown CXL Dovers are sweet. I have bought a full-strap loafer in #8 and a Cigar Captoe Balmoral. Both have had no discernible flaws to me. The #8's just had a lot of bloom, just took a few minutes to buff out.


Cigars after a few wears.



Full-Straps with massive bloom.

-Mike
post #77177 of 122416
Anyone got 8D list??
post #77178 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Vicious49 View Post

My list came through. The Navy PTB's and those color 8 PTB's are the 2 that are tempting me. Normally I would have already called in and purchased 1 of them but the whole house buying them has me not pulling the trigger. How can you tell that those #8 PTBs are unlined?

The model number - 2938F is the unlined dover with dark edge trim that was sold by Alden DC. I already have these exact shoes in my closet or I would have jumped on them immediately.
post #77179 of 122416
Seriously Shoemart... I've been on hold now for an hour. Is there anyone there, or am I just ringing though to an empty store?! Website says they close at 6pm... puzzled.gif
post #77180 of 122416
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Anyone got 8D list??

Yup 8.5 nsts #8
post #77181 of 122416
In case you aren't aware, some (perhaps many) of these pairs have some serious issues. A couple of years ago I was passing through CT and dropped by Shoemart. That day I was looking for cigar LHS and they were sold out, but Ed was very patient (probably helped that is was a weekday afternoon and I was the only one there) and told me I should try on some shoes in other lasts so I knew what would fit when the time came (smart cookie, that Ed).

Anyhow, he showed me a few pairs of seconds that day, and all but 1 had serious problems that would have stopped me from buying at any price, discounted or not. In particular I recall some whiskey LHS that had a black blob right on the toe. If you have seen whiskey shell before you likely know the black spots I am talking about, they are pretty common. But this one was the size of a quarter. He smiled and told me he had those for a long time but that was why they were on sale.

So if you feel bad that you missed out on some seconds just remember that these are pairs that even Alden QC thought were so bad they couldn't be sold. facepalm.gif
post #77182 of 122416
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Anyone got 8D list??

PM with an email address.
post #77183 of 122416
Wow! Was calling the 0800 number from my office. Was on hold from 5:45pm to 6:45pm. I decided this was crazy so called the local CT number (from my cell phone) and requested to be put through to Ed Zapatka's office phone (on the off-chance he was still there). He was, and had the Ravello PTB's with antique trim I was calling for with him in the office!!! I will have them on Monday, and because of the 0800 number screw-up, he threw in some trees! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #77184 of 122416
That's awesome!! Congrats!
post #77185 of 122416
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That's awesome!! Congrats!

I know! Thanks! Perfect condition 2nds I believe. Seriously, this never happens in my size (12.5D). To say I'm chuffed would be an understatement.
post #77186 of 122416

Wow, just scored a pair of NST boots is color 8 (9.5d) from TSM for a steal. I wonder if these were a blem from the leffot order?

 

TSM is a great company. I tried for an hour and luckily got through in the end...

 

Brian

post #77187 of 122416

I was just figuring out lasts and what not, and now I'm seeing a burst of posts about seconds that means nothing to me. I've been poking around the TSM site and can't find a thing. I'm a 10D and I've been coveting cordovan boots but haven't taken the plunge because of $$$

 

Am I missing a deal?

 

Any help?

 

any love?

 

My single pair of wingtips are lonely.

post #77188 of 122416

I scored a pair of 40568H color 8 indy boot. Not sure what last are these made for. 

post #77189 of 122416

See that's all it took. I found out how to sign up for the list the second I posted this. Now if I could just get a crack at the 10D list before it's dead.

post #77190 of 122416
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Originally Posted by PeterL View Post

I scored a pair of 40568H color 8 indy boot. Not sure what last are these made for. 

Do you have their pic of them? Can you post or PM me a link?

I am in DC and don't have my #8 Indys... But they are most likely Trubalance. Only others I am aware of are the Plazas and they would have commando soles, and thus would have the code HC instead of H. H means hooks, C means commando.
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