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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

I recently purchased the dark brown shell RL Marlow SWB from RL online (made by C&J). I took advantage of the 25% off promo they were running ($850 less 25%). They will serve as a very nice brother to my ravello SWB. My Marlows are quite a bit darker than even my cigar models (which I was expecting).
For those on here that want the elusive ravello SWB, but can't seem to get lucky enough to track them down, I would highly recommend giving the Marlow a shot (if, in fact, you are willing to go to a darker brown).
I went TTS. The fit is somewhat similar to the Tremont.
A good weekend to one and all.

The dark brown shell on the Darlton/Marlow is a fantastic shade. On some days I like it better than cigar shell.

post #36017 of 94613
How is color 8 like in person?

I think instead of rafs I might get aldens
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Some more chukka love … #8 from TSM.
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Maiden voyage of 403s today. My toes <3 trubalance.

Those chukkas are both looking good... must resist.

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Some more chukka love … #8 from TSM.
Excellent. I'm considering those for my second Aldens.
post #36021 of 94613
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Originally Posted by macjedi View Post

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Some more chukka love … #8 from TSM.

Beautiful
post #36022 of 94613
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

Excellent. I'm considering those for my second Aldens.

Thanks Papa Doble! These were my second Aldens. They're probably the most versatile shoes I own and they're super-comfy … like wearing slippers smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Beautiful

Thanks Alcibiades! I love your cigars as well!
post #36023 of 94613
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

Excellent. I'm considering those for my second Aldens.

I'm considering them for about my 22nd pair... as soon as I clean out some more closet space. The wife recommended I stop buying shoes since I seem to have run out of floor space under my side of the bed, in the closet, on the garage boot rack... So somebody buy the shoes in my signature so I can get some color #8 chukkas! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #36024 of 94613
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Originally Posted by indesertum View Post

How is color 8 like in person?
I think instead of rafs I might get aldens

The post right below yours is the best representation of Color 8 in person.

 

Gentlemen,

 

I have read online that getting an Alden shoe resoled by anyone other than Alden will result in a "less tight" feeling in the shoe, due to differing resoling methods.

 

Can anyone confirm/deny this?

post #36025 of 94613
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Originally Posted by mcbrown View Post

Disagree on this. I can only comment on the Darlton/Marlow wintip and the Lindrick boot, as I don't own any other C&J shoes, but both pairs have their minor "issues". If the finish is better, it's certainly not "a lot" better. Maybe "a little" better. Maybe.
But either way the Darlton/Marlow is a great shoe. I wear mine probably more than any other individual pair I own. Can't recommend it enough (on sale, not at full price).

C&J quality is better and much more consistent than Alden

Stitching on welt
Stitching of uppers
Thickness of leather (C&J shaves theirs for a closer finish)
Alden misses punches on their brogues
Alden ships shoes with obvious imperfections

What I like about Alden is their treatment of shell. The #8 is painted as is the cigar which prevents it from drying out. C&J is notorious for this
post #36026 of 94613
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Originally Posted by macjedi View Post

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Some more chukka love … #8 from TSM.

Alden's burgundy or #8 is the best I've seen from any manufacturer
post #36027 of 94613
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

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Originally Posted by mcbrown View Post

Disagree on this. I can only comment on the Darlton/Marlow wintip and the Lindrick boot, as I don't own any other C&J shoes, but both pairs have their minor "issues". If the finish is better, it's certainly not "a lot" better. Maybe "a little" better. Maybe.
But either way the Darlton/Marlow is a great shoe. I wear mine probably more than any other individual pair I own. Can't recommend it enough (on sale, not at full price).

C&J quality is better and much more consistent than Alden

Stitching on welt
Stitching of uppers
Thickness of leather (C&J shaves theirs for a closer finish)
Alden misses punches on their brogues
Alden ships shoes with obvious imperfections

What I like about Alden is their treatment of shell. The #8 is painted as is the cigar which prevents it from drying out. C&J is notorious for this

On the other hand, I have the following on my two pairs: leather coming unglued down around the lip of the heel, heel pads peeling off on all four shoes, some of that fine upper stitching getting frayed, plus the constant drying out of the cordovan as you said. These were issues that only emerged with time, but they are real.

Don't get me wrong, I love them. But there are wear issues I have never had with Aldens. There may be fewer visible imperfections that come out of the C&J factory, but that doesn't mean they are higher quality in every way.
post #36028 of 94613
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post


Excellent. I'm considering those for my second Aldens.

 

I hope you do it :)

 

Once I'm no longer broke, I will get some whiskey or #8 chukkas. Then again, that may be a while.

post #36029 of 94613
Anyone else think that the small imperfections make these so much more...real?

To know where they're made - by the kind of man/woman who actually worked with the leather - is a cool aspect to think about when handling and wearing these shoes. Every shoe has a story - and it happened from some field, to Chicago, to Massachusetts, to you. And none fit nearly as well as my modified last boots.
post #36030 of 94613
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

I recently purchased the dark brown shell RL Marlow SWB from RL online (made by C&J). I took advantage of the 25% off promo they were running ($850 less 25%). They will serve as a very nice brother to my ravello SWB. My Marlows are quite a bit darker than even my cigar models (which I was expecting).

For those on here that want the elusive ravello SWB, but can't seem to get lucky enough to track them down, I would highly recommend giving the Marlow a shot (if, in fact, you are willing to go to a darker brown).

I went TTS. The fit is somewhat similar to the Tremont.

A good weekend to one and all.


Congrats on your new addition.  I love the Marlow wingtip.  I wear 10D on the Barrie last, 10 D for the Marlow, and 10.5D true to size.  While the Marlow is not as spacious as the barrie last, the 10D Marlow fit perfectly.

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