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^ Thanks.  When Ravello is done right, and contains glossy shell and shades of orange, it's tough to beat.  Better than color 8 in certain instances, IMO.
Truth and fixed.

Truth.
post #83882 of 122416
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^ You better hope SFTG doesn't see that blasphemy.  To him, Ravello isn't even king of the browns.  I take issue with the latter comment, and Ravello is absolutely king of the browns.

Ravello - done right - is great. IMO, ravello that is too red is not great. Cigar - done right - is great. For me, and my wardrobe, cigar is easily more versatile than ravello, and that tips the scales in favor of Cigar. Reasonable minds can disagree. But that's my story and I'm sticking to it. nod[1].gif

Color 8 is the king.
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Alex from Harrison's was kind enough to send me these two pics of the Cigar PTB on Aberdeen.  It's an interesting make-up; looks to be on the formal side with its sleek last, 270  flat welt with closed heel, and what appears to be a single leather sole, but the light or mid-tan welt screams casual.  The shade looks pretty cool, like older Cigar; not very dark unless the lighting of the pic is deceiving.  I would have preferred a double oak sole, but it appears to be single. Not sure yet if I want to pull the trigger??  Any thoughts??  @REguy




Thanks for posting. I agree with your comments as it does appear sleeker but not surprising considering the last and flat welt. So from that standpoint its an interesting mix of a sleeker last and casual light welt. I like it but on the fence about getting a pair.
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Aberdeen runs narrow and mostly TTS? That would mean I'd need an 8E. Don't think that's possible.
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Sir, I agree. The Unlined LHS is essentially a fancy dress slipper. Super light and amazingly comfortable. I would say my tan and snuff suede are equally comfortable though. ;-)

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love the shoe and sock combo!

Thank you. I live in the unlined LHS #8 for BB now and the lined #8 in the winter. But these are so soft that it's almost a different shoe altogether. A great casual alternative...
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Originally Posted by REguy View Post

Let's get deep. How long have you guys been in the Alden game and why? It seems like there have been a number of members who have joined SF within the last couple years, discovered Alden, and have gone hog wild with purchases. Is the recent irrational exuberance for Alden due to the Interwebs saying they're cool, a return to traditional aesthetics, the thrill of the hunt for rare shell colors, hoarding mentality, etc.? Do you see yourself sticking with the brand long term, or is Alden just a passing fad in your sartorial evolution?

 

I like Alden's not sure I consider myself fully in the Alden game because I will buy other brands. I have a weird mix of shoes/boots. At least 100 pairs (including many cheap shoes like Vans and Converse which I still love), I have been trying to liquidate some stock though because I buy things on an impulse and wear only one time with a specific outfit. My whole wardrobe is like this in fact.

 

My first pair of Aldens was the basic 403 boot from a retailer in town that now no longer sells Alden roughly 10 years ago. I think I have 8 pairs of Alden if I count correct in my head. I vastly prefer calf or cxl colors. I dont own any shell Alden's despite numerous opportunities to kop. My wife calls them shiny shoes and says they dont fit my style. I admit though, I do have a chukka in cigar in production. I also will likely grab the #8 Tankers form Leffot if the opportunity presents. I could of bought any color I wanted 10 years ago; cigar, ravello, whiskey was a regular product on the shelf.

 

Alden has slowly been winning me over and half of the pairs I own were acquired in the past few months.

I do believe it has something to do with this forum because it makes me more aware of the styles that have been released.

I honestly had no clue Alden did so many MTO styles for different retailers.

Jcrew and GQ are also big factors for me. I steal their styles which have included more and more Aldens as of late.

 

Alden definately has a traditional look, which has come back around as far as style is concerned. Heck everything you buy these days is "Vintage".

 

The pairs I own will remain a staple in my wardrobe. I cannot say that I will continue to buy a new pair of Aldens every month because other brands win my heart.

What I can say though is Im happy with what I have purchased from them. Ive always sort of followed trends and assume I will continue to do so. Everything comes back around.

 

Addtionally Unionmade was added to my beloved list of stores. I would have never heard of them without Styleforum. They are my goto right now.

 

I appreciate the admittantly weird *shoe selfies* and everything anyone has taken the time to teach me.

 

Robert

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@bl@ster

Can you post pics of those JCrew PCT bluchers on your feet? Was eyeing that pair but couldn't tell the true color from the pics.

And I'm not sure what I'd wear them with, but they look nice.

My first Alden's were the brown CXL Roy boots for context. They were my beaters (soon to be replaced with natty CXL Indys from NeedSupply). My second pair was a color 8 Indy on Trublance. This is when I learned about lasts and the particulars of my foot. I don't trust 100% trust SAs or anyone on sizing, unless I know exactly what their feet are like.

I also learned (from Steven at Leffot) that sometimes the two shoes on the same last will fit differently, depending on how the leather is stitched or whether the shoe is unlined. Being a handmade good, I can only assume there are subtle variations between two sets of the same exact shoes. I noticed at Unionmade that the tan Dover seemed shaped differently (sleeker) than the snuff Dover, despite both being on the Barrie last, unlined, and on flex soles.

Love Alden, but I will branch out to Carmina and Vass soon. And then, I want to learn to make shoes.
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 And then, I want to learn to make shoes.

I just started reading this. I highly recommend it so far

 

http://www.amazon.com/HANDMADE-SHOES-FOR-LÁZLÓ-VASS/dp/3848003686/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1402003017&sr=8-1&keywords=lazlo+vass

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Originally Posted by sacafotos View Post


I also learned (from Steven at Leffot) that sometimes the two shoes on the same last will fit differently, depending on how the leather is stitched or whether the shoe is unlined. Being a handmade good, I can only assume there are subtle variations between two sets of the same exact shoes. I noticed at Unionmade that the tan Dover seemed shaped differently (sleeker) than the snuff Dover, despite both being on the Barrie last, unlined, and on flex soles.
 

 

This is definitely true.

Wingtip boots in Barrie I have to go up 1/2 size or they are tight on my right big toe.

It took me a few returns to learn this. Not saying its the same for everyone but it is for me.

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Originally Posted by sacafotos View Post

@bl@ster

Can you post pics of those JCrew PCT bluchers on your feet? Was eyeing that pair but couldn't tell the true color from the pics.

And I'm not sure what I'd wear them with, but they look nice.
 

 

BTW, I have a video of those here:

 

 

I got a comment recently which said "those are not color 8". I was like, okay, whatever. (They are). 

 

EDIT- I realized you may be talking about another J Crews model. Sorry. 

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Likewise. The 8.5D Barrie fits perfectly on the snuff Dover, but is far too tight when trying on Boot or LWB. 8.5E is the solution there. Makes decisions complicated.
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This is my next purchase. As soon as I complete the sale of my house I'm going to celebrate by clicking the "Buy" button on these. I love my BB unlined shell LHS, so just gotta have these.

Thanks! Good luck with your house sale and then...Go for the Snuff suede LHSs You will love them!!
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I googled fine mens dress shoes when considering a pair of ferragamos a friend said I should buy. Previously kenneth cole ny were my go to shoes if you will. A few threads from AAAC and Sf popped up with Edward Greens. I purchase my first pair of Doak Chelseas om the 202 last. I then learned of alden amd purchased a stock than ptb on the plaza from MGoldberg.
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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post
 

I just started reading this. I highly recommend it so far

 

http://www.amazon.com/HANDMADE-SHOES-FOR-LÁZLÓ-VASS/dp/3848003686/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1402003017&sr=8-1&keywords=lazlo+vass

 I have it on my night stand. Haven't cracked it open yet. Thanks for the rec.

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Originally Posted by REguy View Post

Let's get deep. How long have you guys been in the Alden game and why? It seems like there have been a number of members who have joined SF within the last couple years, discovered Alden, and have gone hog wild with purchases. Is the recent irrational exuberance for Alden due to the Interwebs saying they're cool, a return to traditional aesthetics, the thrill of the hunt for rare shell colors, hoarding mentality, etc.? Do you see yourself sticking with the brand long term, or is Alden just a passing fad in your sartorial evolution?

Started after wearing ONLY Bass Weejuns, penny and tassel, through high school and maybe some Florsheim longwings for dress. Then, in college, moved to Alden for Brooks Brothers LHS, at the outrageous cost of $49. or thereabouts. Then moved up to BB tassels...maybe $79...

YOU guess the year...
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