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post #28366 of 99312
This is exactly what they want you to think... devil.gif - it's so scarce I need MOAR!!!

I'm guilty as well though.
post #28367 of 99312
Haha it's so true. I just feel like I should savor them instead of wearing them every single day like a pair of beaters. But now that I've worn shell cordovan, I don't even want regular leather boots, I want another pair of shell boots!
post #28368 of 99312
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Originally Posted by AldenLuver View Post

Quick question, I have a pair of J Crew Tobacco (waxed calf) LWB.  Would a ravello LWB purchase be redundant, and not worth it?

Shell is definitely different from calf in color and durability. Personally I think it is worth it but again Ravello LWB are not cheap...
post #28369 of 99312

I'm still contemplating a shell purchase.  Alden of DC had a very nice cigar shell chukka.  Lately, I've been favoring CXL and suede.  No regrets.

post #28370 of 99312
Looking for some help gents,

I'd like to get J Gilbert shell cap toe boots in Plaza last but not sure how Plaza fits.

I've measured size 9US on the brannock and my width is D+

I went to BB and tried their cordovan captoe boots in both, 9US and 8.5US. So the verdict was that 8.5 fitted more than perfect and 9US was quite swimmable:D

What last was this BB boot? Also how different in fit this pictured last would be from Plaza cap toe sold at J.Gilbert with commnado sole?


8.5US Alden for BB

469

thanks in advance
post #28371 of 99312
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Originally Posted by LeJouvre View Post

I have the same problem. Ever since I bought my first pair of SF Alden boots I have been unable to buy a single pair of Aldens no matter who I speak to, even if I am willing to wait, I find nobody will accept an order.

I used to buy all my Alden products from Jordan Sayler, nothing was too much trouble for Jordan, and i would always have a few pairs of Aldens in my closet. Ever since Jordan's store closed down I have spoken to a few stores now, including both LS stores, and the best they could do was recommend other styles I don't like.

It is great owning Aldens, but when you know you will probably not be able to replace the shoes when you need to, and when you know all that is available is not what you want, well then the pleasure of ownership is lost.

I was even thinking of dumping all my Aldens on eBay and paying the extra for C&J or EG MTO. Sure, it costs a little more, but at least you know they are replaceable and you can even ask for minor changes to personalize your boots to your own specific style. EG also fits better, wears better, ages better, lasts longer, polishes up better and looks much better than Alden, so the small premium is probably not bad.

I can never understand how some people manage to buy exactly the Aldens they want when for months and months there is not a single store in the USA I can find with a pair of boots or an ordering system capable of supplying me a pair I would want to own.

If I wanted a pair of 9 eyelet punched toe cap in one of the brown cordovan colors, forget it, I will only ever see a pair on some website or find some very used second hand pair on eBay.

Where does a person find a decent range of Aldens? Or where does a person find a retailer who can actually order a pair for a client?

A couple of take aways from all this:

First, nothing was too much trouble for Jordan. Nothing, apparently, but sufficient profits to stay in business?

Second, EG also fits better, wears better, ages better, lasts longer, polishes up better and looks much better than Alden. Sounds like you found your brand dude.

Lastly, that Tom actually responded to this ______ is yet another example of what a stand-up guy and all-around great retailer he is.
post #28372 of 99312
Debating between cigar and ravello shell cordovan LHS. Plan to wear casually with jeans and khakis. Which color is more versatile?
post #28373 of 99312
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Originally Posted by iDoc View Post

Debating between cigar and ravello shell cordovan LHS. Plan to wear casually with jeans and khakis. Which color is more versatile?


They are both pretty damn versatile. I prefer Ravello but it's basically preference. Dark shell vs light(er) shell.

post #28374 of 99312
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Originally Posted by AldenLuver View Post

Quick question, I have a pair of J Crew Tobacco (waxed calf) LWB.  Would a ravello LWB purchase be redundant, and not worth it?

if you're willing to shell out (no pun intended) for cordovan, i'd get the ravellos and sell the Jcrew LWB.
post #28375 of 99312
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Originally Posted by HorseHide View Post


A couple of take aways from all this:
First, nothing was too much trouble for Jordan. Nothing, apparently, but sufficient profits to stay in business?
Second, EG also fits better, wears better, ages better, lasts longer, polishes up better and looks much better than Alden. Sounds like you found your brand dude.
Lastly, that Tom actually responded to this ______ is yet another example of what a stand-up guy and all-around great retailer he is.

 

 

Thanks for your views  -  dude  -  but EG have been around a lot longer than Jordan was, they also bend over backwards to help a client and they're still very much in business, so that theory of yours don't work too well now does it?

 

Found my brand? I don't use EGs on factory floors, fishing trips camping, climbing etc etc that spot is filled by Alden.

 

Nobody attacked Tom, and nobody questioned his integrity. We have bought enough shoes and other products from LS to know what is or is not possible from LS. All that Tom did was he put his hand up offer some help instead of charging about, like other folks do, criticizing everyone, as if criticism is some sort of substitute for a solution.

post #28376 of 99312
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Originally Posted by Steel28 View Post

Looking for some help gents,
I'd like to get J Gilbert shell cap toe boots in Plaza last but not sure how Plaza fits.
I've measured size 9US on the brannock and my width is D+
I went to BB and tried their cordovan captoe boots in both, 9US and 8.5US. So the verdict was that 8.5 fitted more than perfect and 9US was quite swimmable:D
What last was this BB boot? Also how different in fit this pictured last would be from Plaza cap toe sold at J.Gilbert with commnado sole?

8.5US Alden for BB
469
thanks in advance

 

I am a 10 on the Brannok, so 1 size bigger than you.

 

If it helps, the BB #8 cordovan I own is the Peal & Co boot in size 9.5 D and all my Barrie last Aldens are either 9E or 9.5D. If I am going to wear thick socks I normally go for the 9.5D in the Barrie.

 

The plaza fits slightly more like the BB Peal and Co boot in your pic. Although I prefer the fit of the plaza last, I buy both BB and the Alden plaza in 1/2 size smaller than my normal US foot size and the Barrie I can go down 1 full size without discomfort.

 

Hope that helps

post #28377 of 99312
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Originally Posted by mr chorizo View Post


if you're willing to shell out (no pun intended) for cordovan, i'd get the ravellos and sell the Jcrew LWB.


+1000  definitely. The waxed calf are great, but the cordovans are just a completely different shoe.

 

Why don't you look at other options, like the cap toe, and you could keep both, just use them for different stuff

post #28378 of 99312
Quote:
Originally Posted by Steel28 View Post

Looking for some help gents,

I'd like to get J Gilbert shell cap toe boots in Plaza last but not sure how Plaza fits.

I've measured size 9US on the brannock and my width is D+

I went to BB and tried their cordovan captoe boots in both, 9US and 8.5US. So the verdict was that 8.5 fitted more than perfect and 9US was quite swimmable:D

What last was this BB boot? Also how different in fit this pictured last would be from Plaza cap toe sold at J.Gilbert with commnado sole?


8.5US Alden for BB

469

thanks in advance

You sure those are Aldens?
The only BB cordovan boots I can recall are Crockett &Jones on the 325 last.
post #28379 of 99312
anyone know if Alden of DC still have the cigar captoe boot in size 8 or 8.5?
post #28380 of 99312
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Originally Posted by SLAB View Post

anyone know if Alden of DC still have the cigar captoe boot in size 8 or 8.5?

Calling would probably bring the most accurate answer.
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