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Summer will be over by the time he gets them, though.... haha

My last MTO took 4 weeks order to door.

http://www.styleforum.net/t/381983/the-allen-edmonds-mto-thread

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To continue off the Alden discussion path, I just found some Nordstrom 1901 white bucks and wingtips for a cool $100.  Must be awesome quality, but who really cares for that price. 

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^Mr Clemson

While the 1901s are pretty good at its price point (on sale price point ths is, $60-$70), I highly doubt you're going to enjoy wearing the 1901s. Haha, if the quality of the Kentons are not acceptable, the 1901 would be a bigger hurdle.

On the contrary - I've had a pair of the 1901 White Bucks for almost 5 years and they've held up great. Would not hesitate to purchase another pair if they ever gave out.
post #80388 of 122416
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Check out the AE MTO program.
the MTO fee is waived as a SF member.
You can get any variation of shoe made.
Awhite buck with red danite would bee pretty slick.... just saying.

Summer will be over by the time he gets them, though.... haha

Unless he travels south of the equator, sir.
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It's OK. I bought a pair of Sperry bucks last year from DSW for like $50 and they have served me well. I beat the crap out of them in the summer. Not too worried about the build quality.

 

Haha, I hear you.  I have plenty of cheap Sperrys for boat shoes over the years, and they serve their purpose for getting beat around and dirty as heck.  When they get too dirty and start to smell, so what, I'm only out about $80.  :fistbump:

 

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^Mr Clemson

While the 1901s are pretty good at its price point (on sale price point ths is, $60-$70), I highly doubt you're going to enjoy wearing the 1901s. Haha, if the quality of the Kentons are not acceptable, the 1901 would be a bigger hurdle.

 

Ha, I was thinking that, but then I saw @El Argentino's post below.  For $100 or less, I might give them a shot.

 

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Check out the AE MTO program.

the MTO fee is waived as a SF member.

You can get any variation of shoe made.

Awhite buck with red danite would bee pretty slick.... just saying.

 

I thought about this, but I have held off because (1) I figure it would take at least a month and (2) I'll still be up around $350 I believe so for that price point I'm almost to the Aldens.  Just not sure I want to spend that much on a strictly spring/summer buck.  Now, if I make it a point to wear these babies a ton over the summer, then I might jump up to that level...

 

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On the contrary - I've had a pair of the 1901 White Bucks for almost 5 years and they've held up great. Would not hesitate to purchase another pair if they ever gave out.

 

Thanks for chiming in - that's great to know!  I certainly like that price for this sort of shoe.

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Re the search for white suede/Nubuck bucks: I have the spiaggia from AE and the leffot white lwb, purchased just months ago. Mine didn't have the brass eyelets, which is unfortunate. I bought the spiaggias at around $200 during some sale and the sa threw in trees. Might be good to call a few local AE stores, maybe there is deadstock kicking around. Just remember that the spiaggia is a bal, not a blucher. To me, I'm not sure a casual or playful summer shoe should be a bal, even if worn with a seersucker or linen suit. Some may disagree. Also, the spiaggia is on the 5 last, which doesn't translate well to blobbier, Barrie-esque feet.

I have heard stories about jcrew shoes being constructed very poorly, but they do stand by their products, so perhaps the leeway with regard to return policies is a motivator.

Before discovering SF, I bought a pair of Bass pt bucks in white Nubuck from zappos for $90. They're sturdy enough, Arguably comparable to the AE spiaggia.

One more thought for those on the fence about white shoes for spring/summer: I'm less worried about them getting dirty than when I initially started wearing white bucks. I recently wore my spiaggias to a froend's garden party. An impromptu soccer game broke out with kids and adults and I didn't want to be the only dad on the sideline. They got trashed with dirt and kids stepping on my feet. I got out just about every scuff, grass stain and blemish by rinsing them with water and taking the Nubuck brush and white eraser to them for 10 minutes. Easy maintenance and they look new again.

I'd think about selling my 9d spiaggias for not much if anyone is interested. If not, I'll continue to play soccer in them smile.gif


Nice posts this week. Grails from MrDV, cigars o plenty. I'm excited for my cigar grant boots to arrive on Mon. I'm wondering if my 4060s will end up in the marketplace. Are you guys keeping both the king and cigar grant boots?
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Well, d*mn.  I sent my wife a text with pics of about 6 different white bucks from about four different brands.  She has no clue about who makes which shoe or how much each costs, but her choice was the Alden x Leffot LWB.  Her decision would change if she knew the cost, but I'll just keep that part quiet.  :rotflmao:  Although she typically doesn't know the true cost of my shoes (sneaky and not good of me, I know), my approach is always to get her input and approval before I pull the trigger on a pair that costs a significant amount of cash (to me at least) like anything Alden.

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I received my Ravello 9900's back from the Alden "Refinishing" program and I'm happy to announce I'm pleased with the results! I sent them to the factory with a detailed letter explaining that I didn't want to end up with anything close to #8, and I've been dealing directly with Arthur Tarlow who seemed very happy to help. I'm really very happy, and although there is some slight color difference, it's nowhere nearly as noticeable as before.

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I received my Ravello 9900's back from the Alden "Refinishing" program and I'm happy to announce I'm pleased with the results! I sent them to the factory with a detailed letter explaining that I didn't want to end up with anything close to #8, and I've been dealing directly with Arthur Tarlow who seemed very happy to help. I'm really very happy, and although there is some slight color difference, it's nowhere nearly as noticeable as before.
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Quick, I need sunglasses!

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They look great!!
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I received my Ravello 9900's back from the Alden "Refinishing" program and I'm happy to announce I'm pleased with the results! I sent them to the factory with a detailed letter explaining that I didn't want to end up with anything close to #8, and I've been dealing directly with Arthur Tarlow who seemed very happy to help. I'm really very happy, and although there is some slight color difference, it's nowhere nearly as noticeable as before.

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Those turned out awesome man, the color is so unique now. Congrats. Great refinishing job one of the better pairs of Ravello I have ever seen.

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+1 :nodding:

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I received my Ravello 9900's back from the Alden "Refinishing" program and I'm happy to announce I'm pleased with the results! I sent them to the factory with a detailed letter explaining that I didn't want to end up with anything close to #8, and I've been dealing directly with Arthur Tarlow who seemed very happy to help. I'm really very happy, and although there is some slight color difference, it's nowhere nearly as noticeable as before.

Hot damn. They look great. I was skeptical, but they look great. Who would have thought alden restoration could successfully match ravello shades.
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Good to know about those ones, I picked up the snuff suede PTB on crepe that J Crew sells for under $100 and I think they were worth every penny. Basically is my poverty version of the Alden Snuff pair that I have been drooling over for a while.

I bought six pairs of J Crew bucks and saddles about ten years ago.  I absolutely loved them.  At $30-50 brand new for each pair from an ebay seller, they were easily the greatest bargain for shoes I have ever found.  Sadly, after about a decade of wear they are all starting to fall apart and can not be resoled or repaired (I've tried with no success).  I have been on a mission to find replacements over the past couple of summers.  I have decided that there are no cheap replacements.  The newest versions of J Crew suede saddles, bucks, wingtips, etc... are all crap.  Walkover is ok, but I would rather spend on Alden and have leather soles and know that they will last forever (with the possibility of resoles and other repair when necessary).

 

Last year I bought four pairs of the Kenton bucks for less than I would pay for a single pair of shell.  They're Goodyear-welted and J. Crew claims they're fully recraftable, although I haven't had them long enough to have to find out.  I don't wear them as often as I wear my Aldens, AEs, etc. so they don't have to be indestructible.  They look fine, I'm perfectly happy with them, and I'm glad I have them.  Just my $.02.

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Originally Posted by hoit1981 View Post

I received my Ravello 9900's back from the Alden "Refinishing" program and I'm happy to announce I'm pleased with the results! I sent them to the factory with a detailed letter explaining that I didn't want to end up with anything close to #8, and I've been dealing directly with Arthur Tarlow who seemed very happy to help. I'm really very happy, and although there is some slight color difference, it's nowhere nearly as noticeable as before.
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Man, those look amazing. Definitely worth the time, effort, and cost. Congrats.
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Originally Posted by hoit1981 View Post

I received my Ravello 9900's back from the Alden "Refinishing" program and I'm happy to announce I'm pleased with the results! I sent them to the factory with a detailed letter explaining that I didn't want to end up with anything close to #8, and I've been dealing directly with Arthur Tarlow who seemed very happy to help. I'm really very happy, and although there is some slight color difference, it's nowhere nearly as noticeable as before.


Those look fantastic!
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