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Originally Posted by sazon View Post

The #8 PT Blucher is one of my fave Alden shoes. The beauty lies in its simplicity, IMO. My love affair with the plain toe style continues, this time in a Plaza boot, courtesy of Yenni at J. Gilbert.
Maiden Voyage
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It looks like these boots are made of Tiger Blood and contain Adonis DNA. Great boots! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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Originally Posted by mothball View Post

Alden #8 shell next to Rancourt #8 Chromexcel
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And then different versions of #8--AE, Florsheim, Alden, and Rancourt
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VERY informative post. This may not be the only thing I learned today but it is the most important. Thank you. satisfied.gif
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

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ravello ptb
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Uncle, I am going to say this, and I do not say this lightly.

Of all the shoes you have posted those Ravello PTB's are my favorites.
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Originally Posted by shaunw View Post

super excited to have gotten in on a pre-order of cigar shell plain toe boot on barrie last with commando sole as offered by Frans Boone
hoping to see these sooner rather than later smile.gif

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Those are going to be soooo great. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

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Originally Posted by Chien View Post

hey where did u get ur PTB black in barrie?
i got a #8 captoe from J.Crew last year, and i think i need my 2012 dosage of cordovan in black , PTB this time round smile.gif
Leather Soul Hawaii

http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2009/04/08/alden-shoes-black-shell-cordovan-ptboot/

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post #30572 of 86502
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Originally Posted by BootSpell View Post

 

Thanks guys for your input, much appreciated.  Interesting ubiquiti, your comment about the Foot Balance heel.  I hadn't thought of that but now that you mention its objective, these boots do make my feet feel well grounded.

 

Another question --- these were not supposed to be seconds, at least I wasn't told so even though I paid only $380 for them.  I do think they are older stock as they have the older cotton duck lining.  Anyway, my issue is with the tongue on the left boot.  It does not stay centered behind the laces as you can see from the pictures below.  Actually, if you look at the eyelets, the left and right side don't appear to be aligned.  So it's almost as if the whole vamp is kind of skewed to one side.  The right boot is off only slightly.

 

1.  Am I being picky and is this kind of thing to be expected from "hand-made" type boots such as Alden?  Or should these have truly been seconds?  (and I know I should have noticed this before I left Chicago with them.)

 

2.  What can I do about the left boot?  Do you think a good cobbler can detach the tongue from the vamp and sew it back on to make it straighter?  I know the eyelets being askew will have to stay that way.

 

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I don't think they are seconds.

But it is weird that the left tongue slip to the right side, normally it should slip to the left.

(yeah I know it is weird to say the words above, but it is Alden Indy boots.....)

 

I heard that a cobbler can stitch one side of the tongue to the vamp, so it can stay in place.

 

To be honest, I recommend you not to do close inspection on the Indy boots, it has the worst finishes among my Alden collection. (I don't know the shell version is any better, but at least the CXL of mine is like that)

post #30573 of 86502
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Originally Posted by hkpm View Post

 

I don't think they are seconds.

But it is weird that the left tongue slip to the right side, normally it should slip to the left.

(yeah I know it is weird to say the words above, but it is Alden Indy boots.....)

 

I heard that a cobbler can stitch one side of the tongue to the vamp, so it can stay in place.

 

To be honest, I recommend you not to do close inspection on the Indy boots, it has the worst finishes among my Alden collection. (I don't know the shell version is any better, but at least the CXL of mine is like that)

Thanks, hkpm.  Your input and observation about your Indy boots is good info for me.

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Regarding LS's new black SWB:

 

Do you prefer this shoe over the black LWB?  I know many of you have built a collection of LWBs, so does this "throw off" your collection at all, adding an SWB?

 

I guess what I'm really getting at is this: why buy this shoe instead of the black LWB?  Those of you who have the Ravello SWB might chime in, since I know that's also a popular SWB.

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Originally Posted by Thor View Post

Blackbird in Seattle has/had one...I have a pair and I love them- very versatile and probably my most worn boot except my #8 Indys:
http://www.blackbirdballard.com/Alden_Blackbird_45149HC_Christopherson_s_Creamery_Milkman_Boot_14606.html

dude those are sweet. i don't know why it never occurred to me that such a boot would be so cool looking and versatile:

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do you know if blackbird regularly has those in stock, or is it a once in a blue moon type deal?
post #30576 of 86502
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Originally Posted by Ahab View Post

It looks like these boots are made of Tiger Blood and contain Adonis DNA. Great boots! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
VERY informative post. This may not be the only thing I learned today but it is the most important. Thank you. satisfied.gif
Uncle, I am going to say this, and I do not say this lightly.
Of all the shoes you have posted those Ravello PTB's are my favorites.

thank you
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^^ I've always thought those were some of the more attractive black plain toes I've come across. Unfortunately it seems like they are not restocking them regularly........
post #30578 of 86502
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Originally Posted by hkpm View Post

 

I don't think they are seconds.

But it is weird that the left tongue slip to the right side, normally it should slip to the left.

(yeah I know it is weird to say the words above, but it is Alden Indy boots.....)

 

I heard that a cobbler can stitch one side of the tongue to the vamp, so it can stay in place.

 

To be honest, I recommend you not to do close inspection on the Indy boots, it has the worst finishes among my Alden collection. (I don't know the shell version is any better, but at least the CXL of mine is like that)

Shifting of the tongue to the left or right side depends entirely on the way you walk--if you over or under pronate, it depends on the person more than the shoe.

post #30579 of 86502
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Originally Posted by thebeebs View Post

Regarding LS's new black SWB:

Do you prefer this shoe over the black LWB?  I know many of you have built a collection of LWBs, so does this "throw off" your collection at all, adding an SWB?

I guess what I'm really getting at is this: why buy this shoe instead of the black LWB?  Those of you who have the Ravello SWB might chime in, since I know that's also a popular SWB.

1) More unique / rarer (Alden shortwing bluchers are not readily available)
2) the flat welt makes it a bit "dressier," so it goes a bit better with suits and such

I was planning on buying black LWB around this fall, but I jumped on these instead and will pass on black longwings

I have another non-Alden shortwing (the RL Marlow), so this is a welcome addition
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Originally Posted by thebeebs View Post

Regarding LS's new black SWB:

Do you prefer this shoe over the black LWB?  I know many of you have built a collection of LWBs, so does this "throw off" your collection at all, adding an SWB?

I guess what I'm really getting at is this: why buy this shoe instead of the black LWB?  Those of you who have the Ravello SWB might chime in, since I know that's also a popular SWB.
I like it a lot. To me this would not throw off my LWB collection because I have enough LWB's and the black is more formal and the wingtip is a slighly more formal shoe than the LWB.

That being said I think a black cordovan cap toe would also fill my need for a black cordovan shoe.

As an aside I also have black pepple grain calf LWB so YMMV. happy.gif
post #30581 of 86502
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Originally Posted by hkpm View Post

I don't think they are seconds.
But it is weird that the left tongue slip to the right side, normally it should slip to the left.
(yeah I know it is weird to say the words above, but it is Alden Indy boots.....)

I heard that a cobbler can stitch one side of the tongue to the vamp, so it can stay in place.

To be honest, I recommend you not to do close inspection on the Indy boots, it has the worst finishes among my Alden collection. (I don't know the shell version is any better, but at least the CXL of mine is like that)
This is a common "problem" and many members have had the tongue sewn in place. If you search the thread you will find a couple of other solutions but none work as well.
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So, I've read that various shell cordovan colors begin to fade with use. For example, color 8 becomes less intense with time and the original purple-ish color fades to a much lighter hue.

Is that true? And is it true for all shell cordovan colors regardless of shoe brand?
post #30583 of 86502
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

nephew,
thank you
the creases are do to genetics

It is also possible the Barrie last was molded from Mac's own feet smile.gif
post #30584 of 86502
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Originally Posted by kippy View Post

It is also possible the Barrie last was molded from Mac's own feet smile.gif

it would be nice if that was the case, then i would be entitled to the barrie last royalties
post #30585 of 86502
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Originally Posted by misterjuiceman View Post

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Originally Posted by hkpm View Post

I don't think they are seconds.
But it is weird that the left tongue slip to the right side, normally it should slip to the left.
(yeah I know it is weird to say the words above, but it is Alden Indy boots.....)

I heard that a cobbler can stitch one side of the tongue to the vamp, so it can stay in place.

To be honest, I recommend you not to do close inspection on the Indy boots, it has the worst finishes among my Alden collection. (I don't know the shell version is any better, but at least the CXL of mine is like that)
Shifting of the tongue to the left or right side depends entirely on the way you walk--if you over or under pronate, it depends on the person more than the shoe.

If that were true, then the tongues of all his boots would slip over.

Some boots are just made with the tongue crooked and it slips over. I've got a pair of suede Indy boots where the left tongue slips to the right.
Crockett & Jones boots typically have the left side of the right shoe's tongue stitched down to prevent the slippage. (And of course the right side of the left boot's tongue).
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