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They just added a second good looking saddle on the site.

Nice look.

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It would be great to hear from others who own black shell cordovan shoes.

I own cap toe bluchers in black shell cordovan (happen to be wearing them today, actually - sorry, no pics at the moment). Personally, I love these shoes. They are fantastically comfortable for "dress" shoes, thanks in part to the double sole, and in part to the fact that I find bluchers far easier on my feet than balmorals. They also have great sentimental value to me, being both my first Aldens and the shoes I wore at my wedding! For me, they are exactly what I want in a black "dress" shoe.

Having said that, I wouldn't rule out calf. First, note that I have been using the word "dress" in quotes. If you want a truly dressy black shoe from Alden, you may need to buy calf; I believe that all of their black shell shoes either have broguing, or are bluchers. Second, even though my shoes are made on the Aberdeen last, no one would accuse them of being "sleek" - if you need sleek shoes and you want Alden, you probably need to look at calf. Finally, calf has its advantages over shell, including weight and breathability (which is easy to forget in the winter!).

I like my shoes. They fit my style I think, even when worn with a suit - they are surely not dressy enough for Europe, but I am an American, and they are dressy enough on this side of the pond. They are extremely comfortable, though heavy, and they are definitely of very high quality. YMMV...
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black shell may be better than black calf, but again to me it's a question of fund allocation. I would fill out the rest of my "shelldrobe" in other colors before hitting black
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NEW Suede LWB from the Epaulet Shop.

I do have a question about a potential problem with these shoes. The top eyelet on the right shoe is missing the metal piece. Is this a big deal? I just got the shoes today and have only tried them on. To me it dosn't seem like a big deal but didn't know if this missing piece would have any negative longterm impact on these shoes. Pics are included.
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NEW Suede LWB from the Epaulet Shop.

I do have a question about a potential problem with these shoes. The top eyelet on the right shoe is missing the metal piece. Is this a big deal? I just got the shoes today and have only tried them on. To me it dosn't seem like a big deal but didn't know if this missing piece would have any negative longterm impact on these shoes. Pics are included.

I would have it fixed, even if locally, as it will put more pressure on the leather, and could allow it to tear / stretch. While that is not likely to happen, if you take that chance and something does happen, it will not be fixable.
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How do you get your cordovan to crease so little? It always seems like your shoes have very few of the characteristic creases. Does it have to do with the MacMethod polish?

it relates to your feet and the fit of the shoe
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I'm in NH so this is actually huge for me. Case closed.

salt or road salt is very hazardous to shell
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Glad to see you posting again Mac

thank you
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#8 Wingtip Boots


good looking wing tip boots
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ravello monks
argyles otc
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Can anyone tell me how Alden's Truebalance last compares to the Grant?
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Can anyone tell me how Alden's Truebalance last compares to the Grant?
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You beat me to it. We really need to get this picture to the from of this thread since sizing questions will inevitably continue and this visual is a big help for that.
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So the Grant is right in the middle of the "true to size" vs "size down". Should I size up from my Truebalance Indy boots? I'm mostly concerned about length. Anyone have recommendations who have both?

I'm considering my first pair of Alden cordovans (which have Grant last) but I'm afraid of sizing. 11D Indy's fit me great.
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So the Grant is right in the middle of the "true to size" vs "size down". Should I size up from my Truebalance Indy boots? I'm mostly concerned about length. Anyone have recommendations who have both? I'm considering my first pair of Alden cordovans (which have Grant last) but I'm afraid of sizing. 11D Indy's fit me great.
The Grant is a bit tricky because the toe box is longer than most Alden shoes while the width is pretty much tts. Some will say its fits TTS but in my experience I had to size down. I wear a regular 12D dress shoe, 11.5D in Indy, 11.5 Barrie, and 11.5 in Grant. All fit great
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