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post #12466 of 87534
Just an update on the medallion captoe in ravello/plaza last....Spoke to Kathy, or is it Cathy, at Alden of DC on Saturday.

She said she has been really busy but she did plan to put the order through.

Seeing its almsot May, maybe we'll see these by Christmas? Would be the perfect self-gift, no?

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post #12467 of 87534
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Still look at all those sites pretty regularly. Style Forum, not so much. For a while there, I think the main source of need-for-shoe feeling was the change of seasons. This would bring on the realization that I did not have what would be just right for the upcoming transition. Now, rolling into spring and looking ahead to summer, over the weekend I pulled out all these great shoes from storage. Many I have not worn in eight months. And they hit the spot. I am looking forward to working them into the rotation (can only fit about seven pairs in main closet, so that is what I usually wear any given month or two). Five years of buying a pair or two every time the weather started to turn ... and ... I'm good.
Would be interested in hearing more about your collection. Care to list? Finding the right cut off point is something I've been thinking a lot about.
post #12468 of 87534
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Then iamatlas' advice would probably help.

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I swear I saw a barrie Monk strap today, in suede, on ebay? Can't find it anymore

I have one for sale on B & S. Had them custom made.
post #12469 of 87534
Sorry to seemingly intrude on this thread but, could someone please PM me a link to the Alden sizing grid? I came across it the other day and foolishly forgot to bookmark it.
post #12470 of 87534
#8 short wingtips today
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post #12471 of 87534
This weather in NYC has been a downer recently... I suspect we have a few months to go of this mess

Looking for an Alden shoe in calf that can be worn with a suit or slacks and is appropriate for the rain...

I'm thinking this

http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/s...8582/18582.jsp

Is a good alternative to Winn Perry's double waterloc walnut longwings (which I assume are sold out).

Thoughts?
post #12472 of 87534
^ Wearing my Crew Tobacco LWs today in the light rain....no issues. Most comfortable Aldens I own. Those WPs looked great too.
post #12473 of 87534
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post
This weather in NYC has been a downer recently... I suspect we have a few months to go of this mess

Looking for an Alden shoe in calf that can be worn with a suit or slacks and is appropriate for the rain...

I'm thinking this

http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/s...8582/18582.jsp

Is a good alternative to Winn Perry's double waterloc walnut longwings (which I assume are sold out).

Thought?


I have those Aldens and do indeed love them, but sometimes I feel like they are a bit light for suit wear. I do wear them, but I always wish they were just a shade darker. The color as shown on line really don't do the shoes justice.

The darker brown Alden LWBs that J Crew offers is too dark for my tastes. Not much depth to the color. Though I did see that pair on sale in the Paramus store, and the shade was lighter. So guess it depends which cow you're wearing...
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I have those Aldens and do indeed love them, but sometimes I feel like they are a bit light for suit wear. I do wear them, but I always wish they were just a shade darker. The color as shown on line really don't do the shoes justice.

The darker brown Alden LWBs that J Crew offers is too dark for my tastes. Not much depth to the color. Though I did see that pair on sale in the Paramus store, and the shade was lighter. So guess it depends which cow you're wearing...


switch between neutral shoe polish and a medium-dark brown. should darken them nicely over time and give them character.
post #12475 of 87534
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Speaking of a cap toe cordovan boot, anyone sell it with the commando sole?

sherman brothers has them on order in the aberdeen. idk if it's too late to get in on those. they are doing cigar now.
post #12476 of 87534
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sherman brothers has them on order in the aberdeen. idk if it's too late to get in on those. they are doing cigar now.

I don't really like the aberdeen for boots, a bit too pointy for me.
post #12477 of 87534
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This weather in NYC has been a downer recently... I suspect we have a few months to go of this mess

Looking for an Alden shoe in calf that can be worn with a suit or slacks and is appropriate for the rain...

I'm thinking this

http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/s...8582/18582.jsp

Is a good alternative to Winn Perry's double waterloc walnut longwings (which I assume are sold out).

Thoughts?

By "appropriate for the rain" I assume you are getting at how the sole will hold up to rain (as opposed to traction, or the upper). I haven't seen any evidence that the "double waterloc" sole necessarily holds up better over time and a range of real-world conditions than a conventional double sole, let alone a double sole with topys (with comparable care, usage, etc.). My personal opinion is if it keeps my feet dry, it's fine in the rain. I have yet to see a sole spontaneously disintegrate because I stepped in a puddle.
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By "appropriate for the rain" I assume you are getting at how the sole will hold up to rain (as opposed to traction, or the upper). I haven't seen any evidence that the "double waterloc" sole necessarily holds up better over time and a range of real-world conditions than a conventional double sole, let alone a double sole with topys (with comparable care, usage, etc.). My personal opinion is if it keeps my feet dry, it's fine in the rain. I have yet to see a sole spontaneously disintegrate because I stepped in a puddle.

Yeah. I meant both the sole and the upper. Alden's double leather soles are pretty hearty; as long as they get some break in, I would imagine they would be OK in rainy conditions even without topys. I also was talking about the upper, though. I prefer not to wear cordovan in the rain because of the "bubble" thing that happens to it (I know it goes away with brushing). Wearing cordovan in bad weather is probably fine on boots like the tanker or alden but I don't know how often I would want to do it with longwings, PTBs, loafers, etc
post #12479 of 87534
Please don't flame me for posting this here, but I thought I could get the best info! I recently bought a pair of timberland boot company counterpane boots, and the are a black leather. I read that they use Horween leathers. I know the leather quality is NOT as good as alden, just hoping someone can tell me best leather cleaner/conditioner or whatever I should be using to keep the leather in good shape.

I am working my way up to aldens!! But again, not trying to compare these to alden, just looking for some info on best stuff to put on the leather! Thanks again
post #12480 of 87534
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I also was talking about the upper, though. I prefer not to wear cordovan in the rain because of the "bubble" thing that happens to it (I know it goes away with brushing). Wearing cordovan in bad weather is probably fine on boots like the tanker or alden but I don't know how often I would want to do it with longwings, PTBs, loafers, etc

Can't help you there - I feel more comfortable wearing cordovan in the rain than I do wearing calfskin because I consider it lower maintenance. I know many others feel differently. Either way, I think either is "ok" in the rain with reasonable care (letting the shoes dry thoroughly, rotation, appropriate conditioning & polishing, etc.).

I may be less fussy with my footware than most, however. As evidence, my AF53's after a recent day out and about.
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