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Originally Posted by ironclad View Post


I have nothing against black cordovan, but I can't imagine them flying off the shelves...dozingoff.gif

 

Just wait.  Irrational exuberance reigns supreme when it comes to shell cordovan. However, they would be gone already if they were in Ravello, whiskey, or #4. 

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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

#4 ct boots were only offered once about 2 years ago. They only made a few pairs, 10-15? Could be less than that.
It is not likely to be offered again.
I would bid if I saw my size come up again. It would get ugly.
1. Luck is HUGE. #1 factor in my experience.
2. Yes
3. If you're not ready to "pay first ask questions later" you're playing the wrong game.

10-15? Total? Well holy shit. I guess I'll go for a cigar pair. Is there a good place in NYC to get fitted to see what my size is in each last?
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Originally Posted by smoothie1 View Post

Just wait.  Irrational exuberance reigns supreme when it comes to shell cordovan. However, they would be gone already if they were in Ravello, whiskey, or #4. 

Agree re: Ravello, Whiskey, Cigar, etc. but that current offering is a tough combo for many on this forum and elsewhere.

But to each his own.
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

I would do yourself a favor and forget you ever saw/ read about #4 captoe boots. It will make your life so much easier.

Lot of wisdom here it seems. I suppose there's a reason my eyes fell in love with them right away Thanks for the info guys. This game seems fun.
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Originally Posted by intensanity View Post


10-15? Total? Well holy shit. I guess I'll go for a cigar pair. Is there a good place in NYC to get fitted to see what my size is in each last?

Alden NYC would be the obvious choice. You may also try Leffot and Epaulet but I guess most their make-ups will be on the Barrie last.

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Hey all,

 

I have a pair of Cigar NST's that are too tight.  They are 10 B/D, I'm wondering how to figure out what last they are on?  If I am going to size up, I'll need to not make the same mistake.  I'm usually a 10.5 D, but obviously these aren't Barrie.

 

I am guessing they are Aberdeen (they are from TSM and thats what the current models are), but I am looking for better than a guess.

 

Awesome shoe, I've just come to the conclusion that they are a bit too snug for comfort.

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Originally Posted by gmmiddle View Post

Hey all,

I have a pair of Cigar NST's that are too tight.  They are 10 B/D, I'm wondering how to figure out what last they are on?  If I am going to size up, I'll need to not make the same mistake.  I'm usually a 10.5 D, but obviously these aren't Barrie.

I am guessing they are Aberdeen (they are from TSM and thats what the current models are), but I am looking for better than a guess.

Awesome shoe, I've just come to the conclusion that they are a bit too snug for comfort.

Do you have a picture? My understanding was that the Cigars were on Barrie though. Ravello is Aberdeen.
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Post pics of the shape of the sole.
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Do you have a picture? My understanding was that the Cigars were on Barrie though. Ravello is Aberdeen.
Alden sf did carry cigar Aberdeen nsts.
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Here they are next to a new pair of Barrie 10.5 B/D.  Makes them look like my wife's shoes!

 

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Buffing Saturday. I have a big backlog of shoes.
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Duplicate.
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Buffing Saturday. I have a big backlog of shoes.
I plan on working on a pair or two also. Have fun!
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Originally Posted by intensanity View Post

 Is there a good place in NYC to get fitted to see what my size is in each last?

Not sure that there is a place that won't get annoyed at you trying on over a dozen pairs of shoes to figure out your size in order to buy shoes from other retailers.  I wouldn't be surprised if Ralph at Alden Madison has thrown someone out of the store for trying to do such a thing.

 

You probably don't need to know your size in every last anyway.  Chances are, you will only ever own shoes in 3 or 4 of them.  You can go to J. Crew to determine Barrie and Tru Balance.  They are likely to put up with it.  Come back with those sizes as proxies and we can probably zero in on your sizes for other lasts.  We could probably be pretty accurate with just your brannock measurement any notes about peculiarities of your foot (high arch, high instep, wide forefoot, narrow heel, ect).

 

Personally, I'm pretty much over Alden.  I think its been over a year since I bought a pair.  I have most of what interests me, there are very few new models being introduced, the prices are getting to be more than the shoes are worth [to me]. The only thing that is consistent about their QC is that it is consistently deteriorating.  I have a pretty well rounded line-up at around 20 pairs of shoes.  Anything additional is just excessive, however, I am still adding, albeit at a decreased rate.

 

Pick up some stock models in Color 8, Black, and non-cordovan leathers if any of them interest you.  If you get lucky and grab a hard-to-get pair, that is just a bonus.  This is basically my attempt to manage the expectations of someone who is new to Alden.  Chances of you getting a ravello boot are almost non-existent.  #4, basically impossible.  If you are able to grab a LWB in an exotic color, that is something to be excited about.

 

Good Luck!

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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Leffot just dropped boots combining three things a lot of thread goers don't care for - black cordovan, brass eyelets and crepe sole. I like the look but likely won't buy...

i really like the look of this boot - the brass eyelets really look distinctive on this and they do on the Leffot brown cxl plain toe boot.  And I think the crepe sole is very comfortable.  

 

But I will probably not get this boot because it has crepe, not commando, soles.  Where I live, it is too hot for boots in the Summer and the Winters are long, snowy and icy.  Alden's crepe soles are, at best, useless in the snow and ice and, at worst, downright treacherous.  Crepe-soled boots, then, lose at least half of the prime wearing time and I am just not willing to spend the money on boots that I cannot wear in icy conditions.  I have the commando sole to work very well in the Winter conditions to which I am subject.  So when I see a boot like this, that is ideal in every way except the crepe sole, it is a so-close-but-so-far moment.  And I wonder why it was not made in a commando sole that would obviously be more versatile.  

 

I guess it is Leffot's way of not having its way with my pocketbook all of the time.  

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