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post #78616 of 122416
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Originally Posted by bkotsko View Post

Well, gents... I may be out of the shoe buying business for a little while. 
Pulled the trigger today.. AP RO 15300


Ya know. I used to like you. The only way I could be more jealous is if it was a 15202. Congrats, BK. You got yourself a heck of a timepiece, there. Enjoy it.

Not spoilered on purpose.
post #78617 of 122416
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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

I'm a sucker for saddles...not sure I can resist the tan suede and navy CXL Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Although now that I posted them here someone will probably buy them before I make up my mind...
How long have you been on this forum...?
post #78618 of 122416
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Originally Posted by bkotsko View Post

Well, gents... I may be out of the shoe buying business for a little while. 
Pulled the trigger today.. AP RO 15300


Awesome, man. Congrats. Beautiful.
post #78619 of 122416
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post


Ya know. I used to like you. The only way I could be more jealous is if it was a 15202. Congrats, BK. You got yourself a heck of a timepiece, there. Enjoy it.

Not spoilered on purpose.

 

 

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Awesome, man. Congrats. Beautiful.

Thanks, Guys. 

I've been on the hunt for a little while.

Lucky break. 

post #78620 of 122416
The tan/navy saddles at Leffot look great in person

Speaking of saddles, I posted a fit in the Epaulet thread that included the color 8 / alpine grain saddles
post #78621 of 122416
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Originally Posted by ScuffedBluchers View Post

You're comparing potentially thousands of lengths of wood to just a few cuts of leather; It's not even close to being the same. But for similarly sized projects carpenters do sort their material.

It's the same in that you are dealing with naturally occurring materials that are hand dyed a light color, and show all flaws / differences and imperfections.

I would turn your point around, and point out that hardwood should be easier to match due to the volume, while the cuts of a shoe can come from two unique equine hind quarters. As such, one can expect more subtle variation in light colored shell, and this is what is typically seen from these shoes.
post #78622 of 122416
The post about the five-year old shoes got me thinking about my experience with my Aldens. Shortly after college in North Carolina, I moved to Atlanta in the mid 80s. One of my first purchases was a pair of Alden tassel loafers from Jos Bank. Back then, JAB sold pretty good suits and Alden shoes. The latter, BTW, for about $20 less than Brooks. This was long before Styleforum and even before the internet, so I didn't know anything about Alden shoes at the time; but I knew a good shoe when I saw one.

As time went on, I added additional Aldens to my rotation (although I didn't refer to it as that back then) and as I recall they cost about $150 for calf and $225 for cordovan (I don't think the term "shell" was in use.) Eventually, JAB switched to Allen Edmonds (their decline was underway (suits too)) and the only other store that carried Alden (other than Brooks) was one that catered mainly to people with foot and leg-length problems. Wow, how times have changed. I guess it's safe to say that I was Alden when Alden wasn't cool. Anyway, I still have most of the Alden shoes I bought back then and the styles are no different than they are today. They no longer fit though (after many years of the same size, my feet became a little longer and wider) and I need to get rid of them at some point.

As I said, I didn't know much about shoes back then; nor did I know much about shoe care. Consequently, they were pretty much abused with half-soles and a modicum of polish. It's a miracle that they survived all of that. I used regular polish, and probably too much, on the cordovan pair and they always looked dull and hazy; so I never cared much for them and never bought another pair. By the way, there were no different shades of cordovan back then, it was either black or #8.

As the 90s came around, I started dressing more casually and stopped buying Alden shoes although I continued to wear the ones I had, albeit not as much. My preference switched to Cole Haan loafers that were dark tan and matte finished (the Country line is what I think they called it and they were Brazilian made.) This was the height of my sockless days and the shoes worked vey well for that, in that they were unlined. I ruined a pair of Alden calf LHS by going sockless and destroying the lining.

After ten-plus years of Cole Haan and similar lines, my shoes started getting too tight and I needed to replace all of them. By this time, the internet and SF were in full swing and as I learned more about shoes, I'm once again in the Alden game. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they had surrived Corporate America becoming more casual and that they had maintained their quality. The internet has also made vintage shoes far more accessible; so my current footwear includes both new Aldens and some excellent examples of fine vintage shoes. It's been an interesting journey. Here are some of my humble original Alden shoes. I'll post some of the new additions in a later post.

All 22 - 28 years old!


post #78623 of 122416
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Originally Posted by bkotsko View Post
 

Well, gents... I may be out of the shoe buying business for a little while. 

Pulled the trigger today.. AP RO 15300

 

 

I was going to get the Royal Oak.  Then I got a job, so I bought the Nautilus instead.

 

J/K, well done.  True masterpieces from the late Gerald Genta.

post #78624 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Dicky Dicardo View Post
  Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
The post about the five-year old shoes got me thinking about my experience with my Aldens. Shortly after college in North Carolina, I moved to Atlanta in the mid 80s. One of my first purchases was a pair of Alden tassel loafers from Jos Bank. Back then, JAB sold pretty good suits and Alden shoes. The latter, BTW, for about $20 less than Brooks. This was long before Styleforum and even before the internet, so I didn't know anything about Alden shoes at the time; but I knew a good shoe when I saw one.

As time went on, I added additional Aldens to my rotation (although I didn't refer to it as that back then) and as I recall they cost about $150 for calf and $225 for cordovan (I don't think the term "shell" was in use.) Eventually, JAB switched to Allen Edmonds (their decline was underway (suits too)) and the only other store that carried Alden (other than Brooks) was one that catered mainly to people with foot and leg-length problems. Wow, how times have changed. I guess it's safe to say that I was Alden when Alden wasn't cool. Anyway, I still have most of the Alden shoes I bought back then and the styles are no different than they are today. They no longer fit though (after many years of the same size, my feet became a little longer and wider) and I need to get rid of them at some point.

As I said, I didn't know much about shoes back then; nor did I know much about shoe care. Consequently, they were pretty much abused with half-soles and a modicum of polish. It's a miracle that they survived all of that. I used regular polish, and probably too much, on the cordovan pair and they always looked dull and hazy; so I never cared much for them and never bought another pair. By the way, there were no different shades of cordovan back then, it was either black or #8.

As the 90s came around, I started dressing more casually and stopped buying Alden shoes although I continued to wear the ones I had, albeit not as much. My preference switched to Cole Haan loafers that were dark tan and matte finished (the Country line is what I think they called it and they were Brazilian made.) This was the height of my sockless days and the shoes worked vey well for that, in that they were unlined. I ruined a pair of Alden calf LHS by going sockless and destroying the lining.

After ten-plus years of Cole Haan and similar lines, my shoes started getting too tight and I needed to replace all of them. By this time, the internet and SF were in full swing and as I learned more about shoes, I'm once again in the Alden game. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they had surrived Corporate America becoming more casual and that they had maintained their quality. The internet has also made vintage shoes far more accessible; so my current footwear includes both new Aldens and some excellent examples of fine vintage shoes. It's been an interesting journey. Here are some of my humble original Alden shoes. I'll post some of the new additions in a later post.


22 - 28 years old!
  Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

GREAT story.

Thank you for sharing this. 

post #78625 of 122416
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Originally Posted by thebeebs View Post
 

 

I was going to get the Royal Oak.  Then I got a job, so I bought the Nautilus instead.

 

J/K, well done.  True masterpieces from the late Gerald Genta.

Thanks, I think. 

Lets see. 3700 or 3800?

I looked at the both as well, but the 3700 was too big for my small wrists.

post #78626 of 122416
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Originally Posted by blue collar View Post

OOF!!! AMAZING colour on those TO!

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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Yeah, those guys have a lot of cool character to them!

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Originally Posted by Buckeye Nation View Post

Have to agree - those are some of the best looking cigar shoes I've seen... Lots of character there, great shoes.

Gentlemen, thank you for the kind words.

It was a good day to be outside!
post #78627 of 122416
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Originally Posted by bkotsko View Post
 

Thanks, I think. 

Lets see. 3700 or 3800?

I looked at the both as well, but the 3700 was too big for my small wrists.

5712/1A

post #78628 of 122416
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Originally Posted by bkotsko View Post

Thanks, I think. 
Right?
post #78629 of 122416
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Originally Posted by thebeebs View Post
 

5712/1A

I'm interested in seeing.

The body of the 5700/3700 was way too big for me. 

I have a small <7" wrist.

post #78630 of 122416

I'll PM you a picture soon. Don't wanna clog up the thread.

 

I was indeed complimenting your watch - the humor was just a bit of friendly AP/PP rivalry, that's all.

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