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i need ravello in my life.

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Originally Posted by sellran View Post

It happened so slowly I didn't notice the whiskey getting darker (if it did). When the ravello came I started to wonder if my long wings were ravello and I had been remembering them wrong (or if a salesman had sold me ravello after I went into the store asking for whiskey..... I could have easily been fooled). The two were exactly the same color. But I checked the number inside the shoes and they are definitely whiskey.

Interesting. I've seen new Ravello right next to new Whiskey and the Whiskey was definitely ligther and more yellow than the Ravello.
post #24678 of 89604
Gentlemen, I could use some advice: I am considering a pair of Alden's on the Van last, but admit I have no idea how they fit, except for them fitting one half size larger than normal. My question is: are they generally comfortable? I realize that with shoe fits YMMV; I am just looking for general impressions. FWIW, I wear a size 9D on the Trubalance last.
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I've been wanting to do this for awhile, but was inspired by the emphasis on ravello today. One of these shoes is whiskey and one is ravello. Guess which is which? In person there is virtually no difference.
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You are right, the LWB is whiskey and the boot is ravello. But you are wrong about the aging. The whiskey is older and the ravello is fresh from Alden via Shoemart (a special size I had to wait for).

Unless your camera flash is seriously distorting the color of the ravello, I would consider sending that boot back. I understand whiskey and ravello can often look similar, but that ravello looks nothing like the three pair I have owned.

EDIT - If you like the color of the boot, great, but if was ordering a ravello boot, I would want the red/orange undertones present in the shoe, which your pair of boots seems to have none of
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Originally Posted by Nerkg View Post

i've owned 1 pair Aldens and they were super comfortable and very well made, but is that the main draw? There are plenty of well made shoes produced, i dont get why so many are Alden nerds on here.. most of the shoes are not the easiest to look at? why the intense love and obsession for the brand.? enlighten my ignorance pleaseee..

1) Versatility. Many Alden shoes (particularly longwings, PTBs, tassel loafers) can be worn both with a suit and with jeans credibily. Certain other high end shoe models (Edward Green double monks, for example) can also do this credibly, but for the most part, other high end shoes look stranger with jeans than Alden shoes look with suits.

2) Unique leathers. I only own Alden shoes in cordovan (which is hard to get from other makers), suede (which Alden does an awesome job with) and special cow leathers (chromexel, Indy cowhide, etc). These leathers offer unique qualities not readily found in other shoes/boots. For "normal calfskin," I go with other brands.

3) Unique makeups from retailers. I can mosey on down to Leffot and find a unique, head turning makeup every couple of weeks. Other brands are just offering stock shoes or MTOs.
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I'm currently looking to thin my whiskey herd to add some ravello and looking at these pics I'm seriously reconsidering it.
I don't know if my whiskey has darkened in the short time I've had it, or if the pics people are showing are overexposed or if aldens current batch of ravello is really light, but the whiskey I have looks like some of the ravello I'm seeing.

here's a pic from a pair I'm considering selling. I bought this LWB in oct from shoemart:
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this was taken with no flash, no sun, just ambient iridescent light.

edit: left shoe is darker because my body was blocking the light above.
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2) Unique leathers. I only own Alden shoes in cordovan (which is hard to get from other makers), suede (which Alden does an awesome job with) and special cow leathers (chromexel, Indy cowhide, etc). These leathers offer unique qualities not readily found in other shoes/boots. For "normal calfskin," I go with other brands.


Out of curiosity, what brands do you go with for "normal calfskin" dress shoes?

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Originally Posted by sfactor23 View Post

FWIW, I wear a size 9D on the Trubalance last.
Thanks -

The only shoe I've seen/tried on that is built on the Van last is the LHS and the low vamp on that model kills my high instep (doesn't matter whether I size down or stay TTS - going wide helps a little but not enough).
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Out of curiosity, what brands do you go with for "normal calfskin" dress shoes?

I have two pair of Church's captoe balmorals (black and brown). I have been eyeing Edward Green for a while, but I need to get my size MTO in most of the models I want.
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I have an 11D Indy with Trubalance last and a pair of LHS 11D with the van last. Both are comfortable. I would say the Indy has a ittle extra room in it t nothing that bothers me much. I would get the same size in both. PS: the LHS fit me like a glove.
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For Ravello Tuesday:
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nephew,
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post #24687 of 89604
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Originally Posted by zazaza View Post

I'm currently looking to thin my whiskey herd to add some ravello and looking at these pics I'm seriously reconsidering it.
I don't know if my whiskey has darkened in the short time I've had it, or if the pics people are showing are overexposed or if aldens current batch of ravello is really light, but the whiskey I have looks like some of the ravello I'm seeing.

Not sure I would rely on the varied pics here - aged Ravello takes on a nice, almost amber, richness. Whiskey doesn't. Whiskey is the least versatile color in the Alden/Horween shell spectrum (IMO).
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Unless your camera flash is seriously distorting the color of the ravello, I would consider sending that boot back. I understand whiskey and ravello can often look similar, but that ravello looks nothing like the three pair I have owned.
EDIT - If you like the color of the boot, great, but if was ordering a ravello boot, I would want the red/orange undertones present in the shoe, which your pair of boots seems to have none of

I'm not sure of the color, but they are my favorite pair of boots ever. When I die they may very well be on my feet.
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Originally Posted by zazaza View Post

I'm currently looking to thin my whiskey herd to add some ravello and looking at these pics I'm seriously reconsidering it.
I don't know if my whiskey has darkened in the short time I've had it, or if the pics people are showing are overexposed or if aldens current batch of ravello is really light, but the whiskey I have looks like some of the ravello I'm seeing.
here's a pic from a pair I'm considering selling. I bought this LWB in oct from shoemart:
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this was taken with no flash, no sun, just ambient iridescent light.
edit: left shoe is darker because my body was blocking the light above.

I think ravello ideally looks like this:

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While whiskey ideally looks like the upper right (see the ravello at the lower right for a comparison)

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Whiskey should look like butterscotch while ravello should look carroty red
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

I think ravello ideally looks like this:
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While whiskey ideally looks like the upper right (see the ravello at the lower right for a comparison)
6786882993_89f30bc118.jpg
Whiskey should look like butterscotch while ravello should look carroty red

wow. those ravello tassels are incredible.
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