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post #12586 of 86571
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Originally Posted by enigma77 View Post
I would argue that handling and wearing an AE/RW/Florsheim shoe is a much different, and frankly lower quality, experience than handling and wearing pretty much any Alden. .

I disagree. I own 7 pairs of AE, 8 pairs of Alden, and one pair of C&J. I can say from experience that AE holds up quite well next to Alden in terms of quality, comfort and design. In fact, I actually prefer my AEs for business wear (I'm a trial lawyer). The AE Clifton is one hell of a nice shoe for Tuesday mornings in a courtroom, but they are totally out of place with jeans in the evening at a bar. That's where Alden really shines. The Aldens are heavier because of the steel shank (metal detector nightmare) and are shaped somewhat clunkier (the Barrie last won't win any awards for sleekness) --- which makes them great for Saturday evenings on the town. Even my Ravello NSTs on the Aberdeen last are a bit too clunky for suit wear. However, across the board, my Aldens are much more stylish shoes. Tweed sportcoat, well-worn cords and Alden Color 8 wingtip boots -- perfect for a night of swilling beer.

I also have to say AE also won me over when with their customer service. I bought a pair of the brown cordo Strands in my normal size from an online discounter. They're made from the same Horween brown shell cordovan used in the C&J Ralph Lauren Darlton wingtips I have, and with excellent brogueing. When I got them, they fit very large. I wore them for about a week and as they began to break in, I realized that they were simply too big for my feet. Took them to my local AE store in Chicago, and they re-sized me and exchanged my worn cordovan shoes for new ones, no questions asked and without a receipt! That's one hell of a good way to make a loyal customer for life. Alden certainly has great customer service as well, but currently not at the same level.

Alden makes a fantastic shoe. That's why I own so many of them and read this thread. But they are not clearly superior to other American made shoes.

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post #12587 of 86571
Anyone have opinions on this cigar shell model on the van last? I am intrigued, as it might go as a casual shoe, maybe even sockless...

post #12588 of 86571
^ My first thought is "Some retailer gets an allocation of cigar shell and that's what they make?"
post #12589 of 86571
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Originally Posted by HorseHide View Post
^ My first thought is "Some retailer gets an allocation of cigar shell and that's what they make?"

Haha... I am torn, I feel like that, but am somewhat intrigued as it is something I've never seen before. Though, seems I'd better fill whatever need this shoes would fill with some Quoddy's or something... You never know what will appear on the Alden's seconds emails! I had a similar thought to HorseHide when I saw these Ravello/#8 combos on the modified last:

post #12590 of 86571
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^ My first thought is "Some retailer gets an allocation of cigar shell and that's what they make?"

+1 million. Awful to see cigar abused like that.
post #12591 of 86571
That is the reasoning I heard. the toe of crepe soles tend to catch on the surface you are walking on especially if it is carpet. the leather slides better when you are bring your foot forward and slightly touching the surface. Also, my understanding, Alden fully expects the leather toe will need to be replaced before the crepe needs to be. But they should both last a long time.

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I am plagairizing someone else's post from some point earlier on this thread, but I believe I read the reason Alden uses a leather tip on the crepe soles is to prevent "tripping."
post #12592 of 86571
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Anyone have opinions on this cigar shell model on the van last? I am intrigued, as it might go as a casual shoe, maybe even sockless...

The ranger moc great casual shoe. Not usually made up in shell although I own a pair in shell #8.
post #12593 of 86571
Lots of shell in 9d on the Alden seconds email this month from TSM...some Indy's too. Nothing suited me though, but others may like whats there.
post #12594 of 86571
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Originally Posted by HarryFlashman View Post
Haha... I am torn, I feel like that, but am somewhat intrigued as it is something I've never seen before. Though, seems I'd better fill whatever need this shoes would fill with some Quoddy's or something... You never know what will appear on the Alden's seconds emails! I had a similar thought to HorseHide when I saw these Ravello/#8 combos on the modified last:


An innovative style - probably not the best if you have a limited shoe supply, but if you're loaded (with shoes, i.e.) these would fit in nicely, I'd think.
post #12595 of 86571
emailed them for info on this chukka but no response. anyone know what last it is on?

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Originally Posted by triumphman View Post
Seriously... they have a cigar chukka in sz 8. wish these were in a 7.5...
post #12596 of 86571
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Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger View Post
Lots of shell in 9d on the Alden seconds email this month from TSM...some Indy's too. Nothing suited me though, but others may like whats there.

8.5d too. Unfortunately I just pulled the trigger on some cigar boots.
post #12597 of 86571
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Originally Posted by lagsun View Post
8.5d too. Unfortunately I just pulled the trigger on some cigar boots.

That is certainly not unfortunate.
post #12598 of 86571
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Originally Posted by kit99bar View Post
emailed them for info on this chukka but no response. anyone know what last it is on?
More than likely they are going to be on the Barrie. I wouldn't worry about it for they are prolly long gone by now. Always call TSM…never email. The old adage the early bird gets the worm applies to the seconds list.
post #12599 of 86571
can people copy and paste the emailed seconds list? obviously after thye get first pick but that would help those of us who are unfortunate enough not to be included
post #12600 of 86571
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can people copy and paste the emailed seconds list? obviously after thye get first pick but that would help those of us who are unfortunate enough not to be included

There is a list for each size - why not just call or email them and ask to be put on the list for the size(s) in which you are interested.
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