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"Navy blazer" screams loafers to me
The original idea may have been to name the most versatile boot/shoe, and I agree, color 8 captoe is a strong contender
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haha yeah by "navy blazer" i meant "most versatile" not necessarily "what would go best with a navy blazer." carry on with the debate, gentlemen!

Right, the "most versatile," goes-with-as-much-as-possible is what I took it to mean. I was going to dismiss loafers since they're not appropriate with suits, but they can be worn with shorts. Ultimately, a color 8 shoe or boot is probably more versatile though, ideally something that can go with denim all the way up to a suit. The J Crew boot is a solid contender.

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^ I love boots as much as the next guy, and I have my fair share of Alden boots (captoe, Indy, wingtip) but I'm going to have to vote PTB in any color but whiskey as the "navy blazer" of Alden line.  IMO boot lack a bit more versatility at the upper end of the dressiness spectrum (as compared to shoes), and are all but worthless in warmer weather (especially in shell cordovan)

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# 8 captoe boot on plaza with double leather would be most versatile. Bam!
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But I'm partial to boots and shell. Maybe shell isn't even the most versatile leather?
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

But I'm partial to boots and shell. Maybe shell isn't even the most versatile leather?

I think suede is the most versatile. One only needs to brush it from time to time. And suede has spunk to go with a suit and casual as well.
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I don't necessarily disagree, but in what ways do you think they are better than, say, these #8 boots:

This boot, on the Grant (as opposed to Barrie), and with no speed hooks (as opposed to with speed hooks), easily wins the comparison. It's not even close IMO.
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

Would LHS be too casual?

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Hey Ryan, welcome. I know it's like recommending Sgt. Pepper's to a music lover but I would go with the color 8 longwing. It's not black or brown, it's just this universal color that takes more effort to find a situation in which it won't work than one in which it will. You really can't make a poor decision though; you'll be happy with any Alden you get. Best of luck.

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Originally Posted by CTYGGG View Post

#8 LWB.

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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

cigar ptb or lwb
color 8 ptb or lwb
black shell lwb

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I'd go with color 8 for sure, and then choose between ptb and lwb. Both are iconic and match everything.

Thanks for the recommendations. Consensus seems to be around color 8 and either LWB or PTB. Was a little concerned LWB are too close to the shortwings I have - I'm guessing most would say I shouldn't be concerned about this? Also, nobody likes the ravelo PTBs I mentioned? Is the thought that ravelo is too casual, or not versatile enough?
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Originally Posted by thebeebs View Post

^ I love boots as much as the next guy, and I have my fair share of Alden boots (captoe, Indy, wingtip) but I'm going to have to vote PTB in any color but whiskey as the "navy blazer" of Alden line.  IMO boot lack a bit more versatility at the upper end of the dressiness spectrum (as compared to shoes), and are all but worthless in warmer weather (especially in shell cordovan)

No objection as to the PTB comment.
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Originally Posted by RyanAnderson View Post

Thanks for the recommendations. Consensus seems to be around color 8 and either LWB or PTB. Was a little concerned LWB are too close to the shortwings I have - I'm guessing most would say I shouldn't be concerned about this? Also, nobody likes the ravelo PTBs I mentioned? Is the thought that ravelo is too casual, or not versatile enough?

I love my ravello ptb's. But color 8 ptb's are more versatile.
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This is an amazing boot. More pictures please, and information on where they were purchased.

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Originally Posted by kolecho View Post

I think suede is the most versatile. One only needs to brush it from time to time. And suede has spunk to go with a suit and casual as well.

Good points. I believe SF'er aka giantbeard only wears suede? His combos looks great each time
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This is an amazing boot. More pictures please, and information on where they were purchased.

Call Alden DC if you want cigar and mind the commando sole. Last time I was in town (1 month ago) they were still taking names for the preorder.

I think these are Ravello, flex welt from Leffot about 1 year ago
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Helped my brother out with some moving today.

 

 

Yenni also informed me my Color 8 Indy's have come in, will post pics when I get them.

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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

Call Alden DC if you want cigar and mind the commando sole. Last time I was in town (1 month ago) they were still taking names for the preorder.
I think these are Ravello, flex welt from Leffot about 1 year ago


Yes, a bit of digging leads me to believe that they are the Leffot "day tripper" in Ravello.
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Originally Posted by RyanAnderson View Post


Thanks for the recommendations. Consensus seems to be around color 8 and either LWB or PTB. Was a little concerned LWB are too close to the shortwings I have - I'm guessing most would say I shouldn't be concerned about this? Also, nobody likes the ravelo PTBs I mentioned? Is the thought that ravelo is too casual, or not versatile enough?

 

Here is why I didn't mention ravello: 

 

1. Very scarce supply.  Ravello LWBs/PTBs do surface every now and then, but I'm not aware of anyone carrying it at the moment in popular sizes.

2. Color 8 (IMO) is the quintessential Alden color, and thus a better first choice.  Ravello, while my personal favorite color, is brown, and quite a few companies make lovely shades of brown.  I don't think anyone can really replicate what Horween accomplishes with color 8 shell.

 

Sorry for the long answer.

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