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post #35761 of 99249
if you wear khaki / tan / lighter colored pants a lot, cigar or ravello will be more versatile than #8. those brown shell shades look much better w/ khaki than #8 does imo, where the contrast can just be too jarring.

the shoes I wear the most with khakis are my cognac shell loafers from AE, the nearest Alden equivalent is something like a ravello or cigar LHS

of course, I prefer #8 with denim smile.gif



post #35762 of 99249
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Originally Posted by makewayhomer View Post

if you wear khaki / tan / lighter colored pants a lot, cigar or ravello will be more versatile than #8. those brown shell shades look much better w/ khaki than #8 does imo, where the contrast can just be too jarring.
the shoes I wear the most with khakis are my cognac shell loafers from AE, the nearest Alden equivalent is something like a ravello or cigar LHS
of course, I prefer #8 with denim smile.gif


I assume these were a custom order? Also, I've never heard of AE cognac cordovan. I have heard of cappuccino/truffle and dark brown.

I like the AE Patriot, and it's probably nice in dark brown cordovan.
post #35763 of 99249
I think they were one off's of some kind, I purchased them on B/S here

The color is the same as is used on the brown shell Strands (and the C&J for RL line)

I haven't seen the capuccino/truffle color in person, but here is a pic I found on AAAC. his pictures look a shade dark for some reason, but it's ok for color comparison

anyways, the point is - I think anything in this color family works better with khaki/tan pants than burgundy/# 8 shell

From left to right
Alden Tassel Loafer - Cigar Shell
AE Dundee (Chukka Boot) - Cappuccino Shell
AE Strand - Brown Shell
AE Strand - Walnut Shell
AE Strand - Walnut Calf

post #35764 of 99249
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Originally Posted by makewayhomer View Post

I think they were one off's of some kind, I purchased them on B/S here
The color is the same as is used on the brown shell Strands (and the C&J for RL line)
I haven't seen the capuccino/truffle color in person, but here is a pic I found on AAAC. his pictures look a shade dark for some reason, but it's ok for color comparison
anyways, the point is - I think anything in this color family works better with khaki/tan pants than burgundy/# 8 shell
From left to right
Alden Tassel Loafer - Cigar Shell
AE Dundee (Chukka Boot) - Cappuccino Shell
AE Strand - Brown Shell
AE Strand - Walnut Shell
AE Strand - Walnut Calf

I understand your point that medium to dark brown can be better with tan/khaki pants than #8. This is one of the reasons I (1) got ravello and (2) put cigar first in my list above. I also wear denim, darker chinos, and occasionally medium grey wool pants, and I think #8 would look great with those. It would also look good with a navy or charcoal suit, should I decide to commit the blucher with a suit "sin."
post #35765 of 99249

#8 LHS

 

post #35766 of 99249
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

I understand your point that medium to dark brown can be better with tan/khaki pants than #8. This is one of the reasons I (1) got ravello and (2) put cigar first in my list above. I also wear denim, darker chinos, and occasionally medium grey wool pants, and I think #8 would look great with those. It would also look good with a navy or charcoal suit, should I decide to commit the blucher with a suit "sin."[/quote]

Nothing sinful about it. biggrin.gif

Today I am donning my Alden for BB captoe bluchers in color 8 with my BB Golden Fleece navy chalk stripe double-breasted suit.
post #35767 of 99249
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

I recently picked up my first Aldens, ravello PTBs, and am contemplating my next acquisition(s). My work environment is very casual, so they'd mostly be worn with denim and chinos, perhaps sometimes with a jacket, but not a suit. I'm thinking (current collection sans PTBs here):
  1. cigar LHS
  2. #8 LWB
  3. #8 NST boot: barrie last, commando sole

Of these 3, and for your second Alden purchase, and for your stated uses, the winner is easily the LWB in color 8.
post #35768 of 99249
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

I understand your point that medium to dark brown can be better with tan/khaki pants than #8. This is one of the reasons I (1) got ravello and (2) put cigar first in my list above. I also wear denim, darker chinos, and occasionally medium grey wool pants, and I think #8 would look great with those. It would also look good with a navy or charcoal suit, should I decide to commit the blucher with a suit "sin."

right, I agree with your thinking

I mean, my answer has basically been the same for years now:

if you are trying to decide between a rare color shell or #8, get the rare color. burgundy shell is always going to be much easier to find down the road, and also can be bought a ton cheaper if you are ok with vintage Florsheim/Hanover, which were probably better made than Alden today.

for anyone on a budget or picking and choosing between models, buying a #8 LWB or PTB from Alden for $650 or w/e...I think that's pretty crazy. lurk on B/S or Ebay and get some barely worn vintage model for $150.

if you have unlimited funds, then disregard my advice!
post #35769 of 99249
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Originally Posted by mothball View Post

I think the #8 LWB can go with anything, and it's a beautiful shoe. It would be my pick.
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

Of these 3, and for your second Alden purchase, and for your stated uses, the winner is easily the LWB in color 8.

I guess this advice isn't too surprising, and I certainly love the shoe. Interesting that it's easily the winner to you SFTG. I was thinking I'd hold off on getting another brogue, but I'm sure a #8 LWB is in my future either way.
post #35770 of 99249
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Originally Posted by makewayhomer View Post

right, I agree with your thinking
I mean, my answer has basically been the same for years now:
if you are trying to decide between a rare color shell or #8, get the rare color. burgundy shell is always going to be much easier to find down the road, and also can be bought a ton cheaper if you are ok with vintage Florsheim/Hanover, which were probably better made than Alden today.
for anyone on a budget or picking and choosing between models, buying a #8 LWB or PTB from Alden for $650 or w/e...I think that's pretty crazy. lurk on B/S or Ebay and get some barely worn vintage model for $150.
if you have unlimited funds, then disregard my advice!
This is tempting, but I have no idea how the sizing on vintage shoes compares with the commoner Alden lasts...and on top of this, there are individual sellers' varying return policies to contend with. Does anyone know how Florsheim/Hanover sizing compares to the Alden lasts?
post #35771 of 99249
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Originally Posted by makewayhomer View Post

right, I agree with your thinking
I mean, my answer has basically been the same for years now:
if you are trying to decide between a rare color shell or #8, get the rare color. burgundy shell is always going to be much easier to find down the road, and also can be bought a ton cheaper if you are ok with vintage Florsheim/Hanover, which were probably better made than Alden today.
for anyone on a budget or picking and choosing between models, buying a #8 LWB or PTB from Alden for $600 or w/e...I think that's pretty crazy. lurk on B/S or Ebay and get some barely worn vintage model for $150.

1. Agreed - on going with a rare shell color over color 8 if both are available and the color 8 model is one that is regularly available.
2. My color 8 LWBs (vintage Florsheim Imperial; - 1972) have a much slimmer silhouette than do my Alden LWBs and are, therefore, IMO, dressier. I think I could drive over them with my car and they'd still be fine structurally.
3. Buying a color 8 LWB or PTB at regular price (and from a retailer that allows try on) is wise, IMO.
4. Color 8 is still the king. nod[1].gif
post #35772 of 99249
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

I guess this advice isn't too surprising, and I certainly love the shoe. Interesting that it's easily the winner to you SFTG. I was thinking I'd hold off on getting another brogue, but I'm sure a #8 LWB is in my future either way.

My first choice for you would be something different than any of your 3 stated choices, but that wasn't the question. biggrin.gif And if you've narrowed it down to those 3, I respect that.
post #35773 of 99249
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

My first choice for you would be something different than any of your 3 stated choices, but that wasn't the question. biggrin.gif And if you've narrowed it down to those 3, I respect that.

I should've clarified that the 3 I listed are my current plan, but I'm passing it by you guys to get some opinions. So, I'd be particularly interested in hearing anything you would suggest in place of the 3 I listed.
post #35774 of 99249
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Originally Posted by makewayhomer View Post

right, I agree with your thinking
I mean, my answer has basically been the same for years now:
if you are trying to decide between a rare color shell or #8, get the rare color. burgundy shell is always going to be much easier to find down the road, and also can be bought a ton cheaper if you are ok with vintage Florsheim/Hanover, which were probably better made than Alden today.
for anyone on a budget or picking and choosing between models, buying a #8 LWB or PTB from Alden for $650 or w/e...I think that's pretty crazy. lurk on B/S or Ebay and get some barely worn vintage model for $150.
if you have unlimited funds, then disregard my advice!

It is crazy how cheap some of these models go for on ebay. In early 2011 I scored a NOS vintage Hanover PTB (late 1970's) in color 4 for $175. I felt almost guilty as it was quite apparent the seller had no idea the real worth of this shoe.
post #35775 of 99249
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Originally Posted by sqroot3 View Post

This is tempting, but I have no idea how the sizing on vintage shoes compares with the commoner Alden lasts...and on top of this, there are individual sellers' varying return policies to contend with. Does anyone know how Florsheim/Hanover sizing compares to the Alden lasts?

I have one pair of old Florsheim Imperial LWB's in #8, so my experience is limited, but I went with my Barrie size & they're spot on.
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