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post #32596 of 90123
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Eh, I think I'll do some Alden defending here
1) Carmina is doing some great work with Epaulet, but on a smaller scale. Plus, the styling is frankly different, which gets me to #2
2) The clunkiness of Alden shoes are a feature, not a bug... The styling doesn't work for everyone, but for the customers it does work for, it is pretty unique and desired
3) Stock cordovan shoes seem to be going for $750-$800 for full retail these days. Marlows are hard to come by now on sale anymore, and are priced at $850. I think Marlows are worth every penny at $850, and if that is so, Alden rare cordovan at $710 and color 8/black at $650 seems fairly priced
4) No one is really doing chromexcel/suede makeups as well as Alden right now, as far as I can tell

I totally agree with this. The heavier build/ look of Alden's double sole Cordovan bluchers suit my build. I have a suit drop of 8 and need somthing solid on my feet to anchor my look.

I also wear my shell shoes with denim or chinos 95% of the time. A blake constructed, calf bal would look out of place. And just wrong IMO.

I've also found that most companies like Carmina have very few "roomy" lasts available at any given time. Not to mention a poor selection of width options. confused.gif

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post #32597 of 90123

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Originally Posted by 0waterbouys View Post

Just curious, why would you only be interested in shoes that are made in America? Doesn't that basically limit you to only Allen Edmonds and Alden? Yes I love my Aldens but the comparison in quality and styling to Carmina, Edward Green, Gaziano & Girling, etc is a no brainer in my opinion.

 

I really like the looks of G&G's, but as mentioned by Alcibiades, they aren't in the same price league as Alden's.

 

I shouldn't have said I wasn't interested in a non-USA-made shoe; that was a blanketed statement and a xenophobic lie I regret.

 

If I'm paying full retail, I'd rather give my money to a company from my home country, unless of course there is something very enticing value-wise from other makers. Thus, my request for examples.

 

Carmina is still slightly more $ from what I've seen, and I'm not inclined to purchase a pair of double-monks anytime soon, unless there are tumblr fashion bloggers running around Portland I'm unaware of. I kid.

post #32598 of 90123
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Originally Posted by MarioImpemba View Post

 

I really like the looks of G&G's, but as mentioned by Alcibiades, they aren't in the same price league as Alden's.

 

I shouldn't have said I wasn't interested in a non-USA-made shoe; that was a blanketed statement and a xenophobic lie I regret.

 

If I'm paying full retail, I'd rather give my money to a company from my home country, unless of course there is something very enticing value-wise from other makers. Thus, my request for examples.

 

Carmina is still slightly more $ from what I've seen, and I'm not inclined to purchase a pair of double-monks anytime soon, unless there are tumblr fashion bloggers running around Portland I'm unaware of. I kid.


I agree on buying American goods to support our own countrymen and such, especially with the way the market is now. Carmina does some really awesome stuff. You can rock dub monks in PDX. I just stroll down Hawthorne or Belmont in a tailored full canvas suit with some burgundy dubs. Hell, who needs to fit in completely? rotflmao.gif

Especially in Portland, ha

post #32599 of 90123
I have JL, EG, and C&J (Benchgrade and Handgrade). And I do think that Alden, sometimes, has some QC issues. But none of that changes what I said earlier: Alden makes numerous models in shell that no one else in the world makes. So, if you want shell in various models, Alden's the only game in town. nod[1].gif
post #32600 of 90123
#8 captoes form the recent Steve Austin sale.
this is a particularly purple pair:
alden1.jpg
post #32601 of 90123
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

Alden is the pre-2009 GM. Heaven forbid people lose interest in clunky, overpriced, and poorly constructed shoes in favor of competitively priced, forward looking shoe companies that offer twice as much for your money.
"In shell cordovan we trust"

nephew,
is the post 2009 gm any better
we do have trust in the shell and we will follow it where ever it goes
Edited by mcarthur - 7/30/12 at 11:07am
post #32602 of 90123
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Originally Posted by CrackedCrab View Post

#8 captoes form the recent Steve Austin sale.
this is a particularly purple pair:
alden1.jpg

enjoy wearing in good health
post #32603 of 90123
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cigar indy
argyles otc
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Edited by mcarthur - 7/30/12 at 11:19am
post #32604 of 90123
^^ thanks you too, enjoy your Indy's
post #32605 of 90123
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Originally Posted by CrackedCrab View Post

^^ thanks you too, enjoy your Indy's

nephew,
thank you
post #32606 of 90123
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cigar indy
argyles otc
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1hdz42.jpg

 

gorgeous cigar indy's uncle. can't wait till it cools down in Chicago so I can wear mine again

post #32607 of 90123
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Eh, I think I'll do some Alden defending here
1) Carmina is doing some great work with Epaulet, but on a smaller scale. Plus, the styling is frankly different, which gets me to #2
2) The clunkiness of Alden shoes are a feature, not a bug... The styling doesn't work for everyone, but for the customers it does work for, it is pretty unique and desired
3) Stock cordovan shoes seem to be going for $750-$800 for full retail these days. Marlows are hard to come by now on sale anymore, and are priced at $850. I think Marlows are worth every penny at $850, and if that is so, Alden rare cordovan at $710 and color 8/black at $650 seems fairly priced
4) No one is really doing chromexcel/suede makeups as well as Alden right now, as far as I can tell

++++1 Preach it brother, preach it. Especially with you on the styling of the Alden shoes. No one, no ONE does it better. I have looked everywhere, seen every high-end brand, experimented with others and Alden is quite unique. If this is "GM" then happy to drive it.
post #32608 of 90123
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Originally Posted by violethour1951 View Post

gorgeous cigar indy's uncle. can't wait till it cools down in Chicago so I can wear mine again

thank you
post #32609 of 90123

My girlfriend bought me a Alden #8 cordovan belt, it was very nice and an excellant gift.  Unfortunately she bought me a size too small.  Upon trying to exchange it we learned that they are in short supply as Alden is seeking a new manufacture.  So I have been on the hunt and happened to walk into the local Brooks Brothers today and found two that I liked and purchased.

 

 

 

700

 

With the #8 Cap Toe = http://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Merchant_Id=1&Section_Id=233&Product_Id=852168&Parent_Id=228&default_color=Brown#null

in Burgundy 

 

With the Ravello Wing Tip = http://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Merchant_Id=1&Section_Id=233&Product_Id=1671408&Parent_Id=228&default_color=Walnut&sort_by=&sectioncolor=&sectionsize=

in Walnut

 

I am really fond of the Ravello matching one, it is stamped Allen Edmonds - Made in the USA.  

post #32610 of 90123


Can any1 help me to ID last on this boots? I picked up from Roden Gray (Size 7) this spring and now I want one in Barrie last. What size should I take for Barrie last?

Thank you!
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