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post #81991 of 122416
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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post

#8 LWB with black edge trim is more useful in my opinion.

I agree, but that wasn't the subject of matter.

I was merely comparing the speed of how fast the shoes will be sold out.

You can argue that #8 LWB in black with black edge trim is more useful than #4 in whatever makeup, but that's not going to stop people from paying 3K on used shoes, haha.
post #81992 of 122416

I love my Naval boots -- highly recommend them to any who doesn't already own the J.Crew PCT boots.  And maybe even if you do already own them...they're different enough, right?

 

post #81993 of 122416

And a couple for comparison.

 

Some of you may remember my shell bulled toe polishing experiment:

 

 

 

Frankly, I like the natural look better: But it is hard to believe they are the same boots after a couple of years.

 

post #81994 of 122416
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Originally Posted by chrisefi View Post

Is it stupid to preorder the Leffot boots today if I just got the Unionmade Cap Toe's in #8.  They're not PCT and they're on the Commando sole... http://unionmadegoods.com/product/alden-kirkwood-cordovan-cap-toe-boot-in-color-8-3962hc/

Should I diversify first?

It is all preference and lifestyle. Are the boots unique enough so that you would wear them for different situations? I am as guilty as the next guy on this thread of participating in this Alden shell nuclear arms race, but even I finally got rid of all of my other #8 boots except for my favorite pair (the cap toe with no speed hooks on the Grant last sold at Haberdash), as my collection is pretty diverse, and those are the ones that I wanted to wear when I wanted to wear a #8 boot.
post #81995 of 122416
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Originally Posted by blackboard_knowledge View Post

It is all preference and lifestyle. Are the boots unique enough so that you would wear them for different situations? I am as guilty as the next guy on this thread of participating in this Alden shell nuclear arms race, but even I finally got rid of all of my other #8 boots except for my favorite pair (the cap toe with no speed hooks on the Grant last sold at Haberdash), as my collection is pretty diverse, and those are the ones that I wanted to wear when I wanted to wear a #8 boot.
+1. I have reduced my #8 boot collection as well. Captoe on grant and double leather and the Leffot Tanker on Commando. I do not plan to buy any more #8 boots. Those 2 cover my needs.
post #81996 of 122416
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Originally Posted by blackboard_knowledge View Post


It is all preference and lifestyle. Are the boots unique enough so that you would wear them for different situations? I am as guilty as the next guy on this thread of participating in this Alden shell nuclear arms race, but even I finally got rid of all of my other #8 boots except for my favorite pair (the cap toe with no speed hooks on the Grant last sold at Haberdash), as my collection is pretty diverse, and those are the ones that I wanted to wear when I wanted to wear a #8 boot.

 

Boom.  I'm going to pass, then.  I have a color 8 already in a form of cap toe.  Unless I'm getting a completely different shade of shell, these are too similar and I'd just go back and forth about which pair to wear in any given scenario.  The only real difference is the sole, but I'll never justify wearing either boot in legit inclement weather.

 

The only boot I'd love to buy in color 8 (if anyone has any idea where I can get them) would be indy on commando, which is a totally different look.

post #81997 of 122416
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Originally Posted by REguy View Post

eBay auctions can be so random. I've snagged several new pairs of Aldens for under $300 over the past year because no one else bid.

Anything goes if 2 or 3 people get in a bidding war. I collect golf books and had a USGA Yearbook from the 1920s I had picked up at auction for like $20. I threw it on eBay, 2 guys needed that particular year to complete their collection, and it wound up selling for $1,500. You just never know.

As a sometimes ebay seller, I agree. Sometimes I'll sell something with a low price and it will hardly get a sniff (no bids). Relist it and a week later it goes for booku bux.


I've listed stuff for $70 opening bid and $100 Buy it Now. Someone comes in and bids 70 and the BIN goes away. Most often than not it will go higher than $150 maybe more. Dudes, you could have had it for $100!
post #81998 of 122416
I just noticed that the used #4 wingtip boots sold for $3,050 on eBay! AHAHAHAHA! I am sorry if the winner was someone on here, but that is a total joke! They are USED, and that is panda skin prices!
post #81999 of 122416
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Originally Posted by blackboard_knowledge View Post


...Are the boots unique enough so that you would wear them for different situations? I am as guilty as the next guy on this thread of participating in this Alden shell nuclear arms race, but even I finally got rid of all of my other #8 boots except for my favorite pair (the cap toe with no speed hooks on the Grant last sold at Haberdash), as my collection is pretty diverse, and those are the ones that I wanted to wear when I wanted to wear a #8 boot.

 

 

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...Unless I'm getting a completely different shade of shell, these are too similar and I'd just go back and forth about which pair to wear in any given scenario. 

 

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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post


+1. I have reduced my #8 boot collection as well. Captoe on grant and double leather and the Leffot Tanker on Commando. I do not plan to buy any more #8 boots. Those 2 cover my needs.

 

 

Well said guys. I went through the same purging of my small watch collection several years ago. My thought process now is to own just one watch of each style that I'd like. One diver for instance (instead of the three I owned), a GMT, a chronograph, etc..

 

These days I'm looking at my shoes & boots much the same way. My oldest Aldens are 7 yrs old. Like blackboard_knowledge stated so well, it's still very easy for me to get caught up in acquiring fine footwear, especially if one has the means. I tend to run out of storage space before anything else, as we live in a small 200+ yr old home. In addition, I found myself choosing the same half dozen pair much of the time. I'd often wear a pair simply because I hadn't worn them in a few months.

 

What's worked for me is the same system I applied to my watches. My brown calf Islay boot fills the wingtip boot category, a #8 LWB fills the brogued shoe category, AE cappuccino shell Leeds fill the brown PTB slot and so on. Color 8 makes up the largest color for me as I find it so versatile. I often get caught up in the pre-order announcements (cigar especially) but I've sold more than I've bought in the last couple of years. It seems to be working for me.

 

Note, I'm still envious of many of the fine larger collections here (Mr. DV, for instance) and if I had more room and no kids, I very well may ditch my system all together. Cigar cap toe boot and vintage IWC 3713/Doppel Chrono would likely be my first choices :).

post #82000 of 122416
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post


+1. I have reduced my #8 boot collection as well. Captoe on grant and double leather and the Leffot Tanker on Commando. I do not plan to buy any more #8 boots. Those 2 cover my needs.

 

Boot collection will look like this soon.

 

AE cappuccino cordovan Bayfield (PCT)

RL Lindrick (Wingtip)

Alden #8 Tanker (NST) preorder

AE brown cordovan Dundee (though not a boot, kind of covers the plain toe)

Alden brown CXL Indy (would consider an upgrade to #8/cigar indy on Barrie)

AE Eagle County Tan

 

 

If a Whiskey cap toe came out I would probably have to jump on that to phase out the Eagle County. I also love the cigar cap toe but decided it is too similar to the Bayfield to have both in my collection.

post #82001 of 122416
Is it the preorder page itself that becomes live with size options or is there another page on the Alden section?
post #82002 of 122416
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Is it the preorder page itself that becomes live with size options or is there another page on the Alden section?
It should be the pre-order page. Hurry!!!
post #82003 of 122416
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Originally Posted by sacafotos View Post

Is it the preorder page itself that becomes live with size options or is there another page on the Alden section?

Use the link in the email. It will be same page.

post #82004 of 122416

Live.... and passing!  :bigstar:

post #82005 of 122416
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