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post #79936 of 122416
I'm curious if anyone ever considers doing MTOs through other manufacturers rather than be put on an Alden waiting list that could take years (or in some cases never...remember the elusive Epaulet ravello Brixton)? Is it the Alden aesthetic? The drawn out anticipation? Let's face it, if you can afford to spend $700 on a pair of shoes, you can afford $1k through Vass, Carmina, etc. and get something of nicer quality.

And before someone says I'm wrong on the price of MTO Vass or Carmina, I was just ballparking.
post #79937 of 122416
^^
I have w Carmina. I have perf cap toes and lwb form them because alden doesn't offer ruby or green shell. Very nice shoes, but the lasts are much dressier than I need. (Pointy)
I am very happy w the Carmina (whiskey) double monks I have.
post #79938 of 122416
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^^
I have w Carmina. I have perf cap toes and lwb form them because alden doesn't offer ruby or green shell. Very nice shoes, but the lasts are much dressier than I need. (Pointy)
I am very happy w the Carmina (whiskey) double monks I have.

 I like the forest last better for a more casual look.

post #79939 of 122416
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I'm curious if anyone ever considers doing MTOs through other manufacturers rather than be put on an Alden waiting list that could take years (or in some cases never...remember the elusive Epaulet ravello Brixton)? Is it the Alden aesthetic? The drawn out anticipation? Let's face it, if you can afford to spend $700 on a pair of shoes, you can afford $1k through Vass, Carmina, etc. and get something of nicer quality.

I think it's mostly aesthetic and partly the anticipation.  I'm ok with a good amount of anticipation as long as it doesn't end in disappointment.  So far I've been lucky in receiving good quality shoes so far.  BUT, if I wait 3 years for a shoe that turns out defective, I will be more than a little frustrated with Alden.  Fingers crossed that doesn't happen to me (or anyone) though.

post #79940 of 122416
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The quick sale of the Leffot Walter boots is surprising to me, mainly because it took them longer to sell out the black cordovan naval boot, which to my mind is a better boot... I would have considered the Walter if I didn't already own black tankers

I am telling you, the brass eyelets contrasting with the black shell is a winner.  That is the difference between these boots and the naval boots.

 

Actually, I think a more important reason for the run on this plain toe boot is the (perceived?  real?  real/manufactured?) scarcity of shell.  I think buyers are believing they have to nap up shell special order offerings, particularly when they look sharp.

post #79941 of 122416

ravello vs. #8

 

post #79942 of 122416

^ Yes sir.  Duly noted.  I think I may have just had an issue with my phone back earlier.  Fantastic boots and lawn, as always.

post #79943 of 122416
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Originally Posted by REguy View Post

I'm curious if anyone ever considers doing MTOs through other manufacturers rather than be put on an Alden waiting list that could take years (or in some cases never...remember the elusive Epaulet ravello Brixton)? Is it the Alden aesthetic? The drawn out anticipation? Let's face it, if you can afford to spend $700 on a pair of shoes, you can afford $1k through Vass, Carmina, etc. and get something of nicer quality.

And before someone says I'm wrong on the price of MTO Vass or Carmina, I was just ballparking.

Instead of trying to track down this Cigar captoe boot I just went ahead and ordered an Edward Green Galway. So yes!
post #79944 of 122416
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Originally Posted by REguy View Post

I'm curious if anyone ever considers doing MTOs through other manufacturers rather than be put on an Alden waiting list that could take years (or in some cases never...remember the elusive Epaulet ravello Brixton)? Is it the Alden aesthetic? The drawn out anticipation? Let's face it, if you can afford to spend $700 on a pair of shoes, you can afford $1k through Vass, Carmina, etc. and get something of nicer quality.

And before someone says I'm wrong on the price of MTO Vass or Carmina, I was just ballparking.

 

I think a lot of it is because Alden is "cool".

 

I think that for a lot of folks, it is not so much that they like Alden, just that they like whatever is "cool" at the time.

post #79945 of 122416
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I think a lot of it is because Alden is "cool".

I think that for a lot of folks, it is not so much that they like Alden, just that they like whatever is "cool" at the time.
I don't think so. Alden isn't "cool" outside of this forum. So unless you are buying for the guys on here, no one cares.
post #79946 of 122416
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I don't think so. Alden isn't "cool" outside of this forum. So unless you are buying for the guys on here, no one cares.

Agreed.  None of my friends know what Aldens are and they generally don't care.  They acknowledge that they're nice looking, but that's about it.  

post #79947 of 122416
The psychology of supply and demand like I mentioned earlier. When I look at DV's ravello vs. #8, i sincerely believe #8 is more attractive .However I would purchase the Ravello first.
post #79948 of 122416
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I don't think so. Alden isn't "cool" outside of this forum. So unless you are buying for the guys on here, no one cares.

 

 

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Agreed.  None of my friends know what Aldens are and they generally don't care.  They acknowledge that they're nice looking, but that's about it.  

I respectfully disagree.  Perhaps it is because we are in different population segments?  I am in my 20's (barely) and until recently worked in gentrified Brooklyn. Alden is very "cool" among those I encountered there.

 

They are generally "cool" among those who wear a lot of clothes from J. Crew.

post #79949 of 122416
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I respectfully disagree.  Perhaps it is because we are in different population segments?  I am in my 20's (barely) and until recently worked in gentrified Brooklyn. Alden is very "cool" among those I encountered there.

They are generally "cool" among those who wear a lot of clothes from J. Crew.
I guess I could see that. You guys are the only people I "know" that give a rats ass about fashion. So I guess we do run in different circles.
post #79950 of 122416
Ok so fit questions. Just went to one JCrew and tried on their shell captoes (which I'm told is the Barrie last). I wear a 9EEE on the #5 last at Allen Edmonds.


Tried on the 8.5 and the 9. The 8.5s were very snug but felt like they fit the best. The 9s were ever so slightly loose. Both of them were a little tight on the top of my heel when walking. If I had to pick one of those two it'd be the 8.5s, which tells me I'm likely an 8.5E on the Barrie (I think all of their shoes are Ds and it was a little tight above my arch). The Grants I'm told are a bit thinner and you should size up a half. So thoughts are an 8.5E with the Barrie and a 9E on the Grant. Does that make sense? Do shells stretch a bit/what should the out of box fit be like? Thanks a ton!
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