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Whiskey - Chukka
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Originally Posted by thebeebs View Post

Whiskey - Chukka (this color is often too casual for dressy attire, so I opt to place it here)
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4. Whisky - 2 eyelet Chukka
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Originally Posted by violethour1951 View Post

Whiskey - Chukka

There have been quite a few #8 LWBs as expected, but I think everyone thus far has voted for the chukka for whiskey.

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post #31577 of 87516
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

There have been quite a few #8 LWBs as expected, but I think everyone thus far has voted for the chukka for whiskey.

3 of the 5 are quite easy for me to pick:

whiskey - chukka
cigar - LWB (with chukka as a close second)
black - perf captoe balmoral (Alden for BB)

The other 2, not so easy, and I can't say I have a clear-cut frontrunner.
post #31578 of 87516
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I take a long time to make decisions in general. Also, since I would like to have a relatively small collection, I would prefer not to double up on a particular style. So, I sit around and think about questions such as these -- or equivalents, such as "I want 2 #8, 1 cigar, and 1 ravello, and 1 each of LWB, NST, PTB, and LHS: pick which color for each" -- rather than just, for each new acquisition, picking my favorite style at the moment and pulling the trigger.

I do agree that there would be no harm to double up on shell colour and/or shoe pattern.

I try to limit myself to one shell per year (unless the EXACT special make-up becomes available).

My plan has always been to have a different pattern/upper in a different colour shell before I double up. I've had to be patient, but that does not mean i've been close to puling the trigger many times.

my ideal (and actual) shell wish list.

Black - PTB
#8 - LHS
Cigar - LWB
Ravello - SWB
Whiskey - Cap toe bal (on the waiting list for my size)
#4 - Nassau Blucher/4 eyelet (one day...)
post #31579 of 87516
I think I've got a candidate for the worst Alden idea of all time. Beautiful shoes on what appears to be some sort of handicap soles. Weirdly, it's a make-up for a retailer I like very much.

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http://www.thebureaubelfast.com/shop/product/2268/alden-the-bureau-brown-chromexcel-long-wing-blucher/
post #31580 of 87516
Maiden voyage of some snuff suede unlined chukkas. This is my first time wearing the Leydon last and I must say I really enjoy it so far - I actually had to go up a half size AND one width from my Barrie size to get a proper fit, but it feels perfect on my feet now. Paired with some Epaulet French Blue chinos:

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post #31581 of 87516
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Originally Posted by keithp3521 View Post

I think I've got a candidate for the worst Alden idea of all time. Beautiful shoes on what appears to be some sort of handicap soles. Weirdly, it's a make-up for a retailer I like very much.
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http://www.thebureaubelfast.com/shop/product/2268/alden-the-bureau-brown-chromexcel-long-wing-blucher/

these are gonna sell like hotcakes
post #31582 of 87516
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Originally Posted by keithp3521 View Post

I think I've got a candidate for the worst Alden idea of all time. Beautiful shoes on what appears to be some sort of handicap soles. Weirdly, it's a make-up for a retailer I like very much.
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http://www.thebureaubelfast.com/shop/product/2268/alden-the-bureau-brown-chromexcel-long-wing-blucher/

Oh Christ, this looks like the unholy spawn of a Trickers/McNairy/Alden three-way. But yeah, it will probably sell out.
post #31583 of 87516
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I understand that blutchers are less formal than balmorals, but where is this idea coming from? I feel like I'm in the middle, age wise of those on this forum and for as long as I've been in the work force, LWB's and PTB's have been a staple of business attire. More importantly, fifty years ago, do you think the dozens of American shoe makers making shell and calf LWB's and PTB's were selling them to 20 and 30 somethings wearing selvage denim?

I think much of it is tradition. The same way a suit is more formal than a sports jacket/trousers. The majority of people won't know the difference between a blucher or bal. It also depends on the "work force" that you are in. Some are more formal than others.

It's perfectly permissible to pair bluchers with a suit, but the suit should reflect the fact that bluchers are less "city", so the suit in turn should be less formal. A tweed or donegal suit, for example, would pair well with a big ol' gunboat. A casual cotton suit in khaki would go very well with a ravello captoe blucher. I often wear a dark brown captoe blucher with my navy and charcoal suits, because I only have one pair of balmorals - that's not a style that tends to work with my orthotics.

On the other hand, it's currently somewhat in style to wear LWBs with slim-fitting city suits (the Thom Browne look), but this is really an exception rather than the rule.

I'm not sure what suit would pair well with the monstrosities shown above.
post #31584 of 87516
that sole...my eyes!!!
post #31585 of 87516
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Originally Posted by thecentennial View Post

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Cigar PTBs from Italy.

i like your cigars and argyles
post #31586 of 87516
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Originally Posted by imatlas View Post

It's perfectly permissible to pair bluchers with a suit, but the suit should reflect the fact that bluchers are less "city", so the suit in turn should be less formal. A tweed or donegal suit, for example, would pair well with a big ol' gunboat. A casual cotton suit in khaki would go very well with a ravello captoe blucher. I often wear a dark brown captoe blucher with my navy and charcoal suits, because I only have one pair of balmorals - that's not a style that tends to work with my orthotics.
On the other hand, it's currently somewhat in style to wear LWBs with slim-fitting city suits (the Thom Browne look), but this is really an exception rather than the rule.
I'm not sure what suit would pair well with the monstrosities shown above.

Meh. Bluchers are fine with regular "city" suits as well. Longwings, shortwings, etc. I will never hesitate to wear my cigar longwings with a navy or light grey suit. The LS Shortwings and the RL Darltons are awesome suit shoes.
post #31587 of 87516
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

If you start buying Alden shell, you will double up. I guarantee it. nod[1].gif
As for the LWB, just get the shell rainbow and call it good. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

the problem is that shells are addictive
post #31588 of 87516
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Originally Posted by keithp3521 View Post

I think I've got a candidate for the worst Alden idea of all time. Beautiful shoes on what appears to be some sort of handicap soles. Weirdly, it's a make-up for a retailer I like very much.
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http://www.thebureaubelfast.com/shop/product/2268/alden-the-bureau-brown-chromexcel-long-wing-blucher/

Ya, no thanks.
post #31589 of 87516
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Originally Posted by Beatlegeuse View Post

Maiden voyage of some snuff suede unlined chukkas. This is my first time wearing the Leydon last and I must say I really enjoy it so far - I actually had to go up a half size AND one width from my Barrie size to get a proper fit, but it feels perfect on my feet now. Paired with some Epaulet French Blue chinos:
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enjoy wearing in good health
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Beautiful shoes on what appears to be some sort of handicap soles.

 

I laughed heartily at my desk.

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