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post #34051 of 87406
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Originally Posted by grendel View Post

Does anyone know where I can get a boot like this one (especially the Ravello) with a commando / lug / dainite sole? 

http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-mens-9-eyelet-wing-tip-boot-shell-cordovan-ravello-shell-cordovan/pvc-ald-mxsbd-44621h_ald_m_9_eyelet_wing_tip_boot_shell_cordovan.html

I'm planning these as my big splurge for the fall, but I want them to be somewhat weather resistant. 

If I were in the prediction business, I would say you would be lucky to get them by late 2013. The next round of ravello wt boots at TSM, as I understand things, are already spoken for.

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post #34052 of 87406
underrated shoe imo: #8 shortwing on Plaza last from Brooks Brothers
post #34053 of 87406
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

underrated shoe imo: #8 shortwing on Plaza last from Brooks Brothers

I assume you mean the shortwing bal from BB. I agree it is underrated (I have it in black shell). The factory shortwing bal on the Tremont (I have it in color 8, wore it yesterday) is also underrated. Frankly, Alden shell bals get little discussion on this thread vs. bluchers.

The BB version is actually on the M-75 last (similar to Plaza). I am 100% certain of it, and it has been confirmed from an Alden rep at the Alden factory. Although it is very possible you were told Plaza by a BB worker (workers who, in my experience, know precious little about Alden shoes).
post #34054 of 87406
About a year or so Winn Perry did a brown/burgundy pebble grain captoe boots that a lot of people wanted, but were not able to get. They look a lot like these new J. Crews...except the J. Crew's version has commando sole.

http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/JCrewingoodcompany/Alden/PRDOVR~90863/90863.jsp
post #34055 of 87406
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

I assume you mean the shortwing bal from BB. I agree it is underrated (I have it in black shell). The factory shortwing bal on the Tremont (I have it in color 8, wore it yesterday) is also underrated. Frankly, Alden shell bals get little discussion on this thread vs. bluchers.
The BB version is actually on the M-75 last (similar to Plaza). I am 100% certain of it, and it has been confirmed from an Alden rep at the Alden factory. Although it is very possible you were told Plaza by a BB worker (workers who, in my experience, know precious little about Alden shoes).

interesting. this is news to me
post #34056 of 87406
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

interesting. this is news to me

Some other "last" errors:

The Alden for BB shell PTB is on the M-58 last (not Barrie). I have it in color 8.
The Alden for BB shell perf captoe bal is on the Snap last (not Hampton). I have it in black shell.

Again, as to both, I am 100% certain.

A good night to you sir. I am signing off .....
post #34057 of 87406
adios amigo. this info should be posted in the OP
post #34058 of 87406
Top 3:
#4 Atom Wingtip
#8 Captoe Boot
Cigar Wingtip Boot

3 different lasts as well.

Scratching at the door on this list are my #8 Ultimate Jumpers, Ravello LWB, and Blue Suede LWB
post #34059 of 87406
Since we are kind of on the topic of rare shell...I've veen waiting for ( a few years now) for a shop to issue a make-up in pebble grain shell. Saw this pair back on 2007. But have not seen anything as of late...

Anyone know if something in this shell is in stock at a specific retailer?

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post #34060 of 87406
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

I assume you mean the shortwing bal from BB. I agree it is underrated (I have it in black shell). The factory shortwing bal on the Tremont (I have it in color 8, wore it yesterday) is also underrated. Frankly, Alden shell bals get little discussion on this thread vs. bluchers.
The BB version is actually on the M-75 last (similar to Plaza). I am 100% certain of it, and it has been confirmed from an Alden rep at the Alden factory. Although it is very possible you were told Plaza by a BB worker (workers who, in my experience, know precious little about Alden shoes).

I really like the shape of my whiskey bals. Alden should make more balmoral shoes in general.
post #34061 of 87406
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Originally Posted by blue collar View Post

Since we are kind of on the topic of rare shell...I've veen waiting for ( a few years now) for a shop to issue a make-up in pebble grain shell. Saw this pair back on 2007. But have not seen anything as of late...
Anyone know if something in this shell is in stock at a specific retailer?
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Mike from Epaulet floated the idea. I think these rare shell make-ups are solely in the hands of Alden and who they deem to be their best retailers. Just like #4 make-ups keep getting shot down, so do these. Leffot got a #4 this year, LS a few years ago with the 4x4, and shoemart has the boots, but I've not seen one of these done since that boot. I also think the shell is very rare...any idea how that pebble grain shell is made?
post #34062 of 87406
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

Some other "last" errors:
The Alden for BB shell PTB is on the M-58 last (not Barrie). I have it in color 8.
The Alden for BB shell perf captoe bal is on the Snap last (not Hampton). I have it in black shell.
Again, as to both, I am 100% certain.
A good night to you sir. I am signing off .....

This is true. Also, for BB on the M58 (similar shape to the Barrie), it runs TTS.
post #34063 of 87406
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Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger View Post

Mike from Epaulet floated the idea. I think these rare shell make-ups are solely in the hands of Alden and who they deem to be their best retailers. Just like #4 make-ups keep getting shot down, so do these. Leffot got a #4 this year, LS a few years ago with the 4x4, and shoemart has the boots, but I've not seen one of these done since that boot. I also think the shell is very rare...any idea how that pebble grain shell is made?

I would think the pebble grain is embossed in the shell via press or putting it through a roller. And i would think that would have to be done between Horween and Alden by a 3rd party(unless Horween does it in-house, I really dont know). Alden being as behind as they are, I can imagine they'd shy away from adding one more step to the process...
Edited by blue collar - 8/29/12 at 7:03am
post #34064 of 87406
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Originally Posted by grendel View Post

Does anyone know where I can get a boot like this one (especially the Ravello) with a commando / lug / dainite sole? 

http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-mens-9-eyelet-wing-tip-boot-shell-cordovan-ravello-shell-cordovan/pvc-ald-mxsbd-44621h_ald_m_9_eyelet_wing_tip_boot_shell_cordovan.html

I'm planning these as my big splurge for the fall, but I want them to be somewhat weather resistant. 

Alden of Carmel stocks plenty of cordovan boots on commando soles, including a wingtip boot.

http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/index.cfm/Shoes-Color_8_Wing_Tip_Boot_222.htm

Some of the Alden branded stores may have similar boots in color 8 and black on commando. Alden DC does a cigar captoe on commando. As far as ravello, I don't believe i have seen a ravello boot stocked on a commando or a lug sole - your best bet would to be to see if anyone has a boot in your size and getting it resoled.
post #34065 of 87406
Tassels did a longwing with #8 pebble grain shell a couple years ago. So awesome.

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I dig balmoral wingtips too - these 974s were my first-ever pair of Aldens.

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