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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

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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 #36063 of 87688
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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.

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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.
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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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I hope you do it smile.gif

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

I'd give the edge to a cigar LHS, but I think I need a C width, which doesn't seem to exist.
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

Alden's burgundy or #8 is the best I've seen from any manufacturer

+100
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I'd give the edge to a cigar LHS, but I think I need a C width, which doesn't seem to exist.

 

Being 22, I think I might get a few "stink eyes" wearing a LHS

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Newest acquisition after their first night out. Alden Ravello Medallion Cap Toe Blucher on the Plaza. Really glad I was able to score the last pair at Alden D.C. that also happened to be in my size. This is my first foray into the plaza last and I am quite pleased with the fit and look of these Thanks Che!



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Newest acquisition after their first night out. Alden Ravello Medallion Cap Toe Blucher on the Plaza. Really glad I was able to score the last pair at Alden D.C. that also happened to be in my size. This is my first foray into the plaza last and I am quite pleased with the fit and look of these Thanks Che!


Nice.

I scored these from Alden DC a few weeks ago. They are a wonderful model.
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

Nice.
I scored these from Alden DC a few weeks ago. They are a wonderful model.

Thanks! They really are. Surprised this pair was lingering around for about a year. The fit of the plaza is fantastic. In light of some of the QC talk, I also have to say that after close inspection the quality of these are superb.
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Very good looking! I'm grabbing my Alden x Leffot Ravello cap toes tomorrow. They should've been here today, but I wasn't home when the mail arrived facepalm.gif

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Originally Posted by johnnyrich7 View Post

Newest acquisition after their first night out. Alden Ravello Medallion Cap Toe Blucher on the Plaza. Really glad I was able to score the last pair at Alden D.C. that also happened to be in my size. This is my first foray into the plaza last and I am quite pleased with the fit and look of these Thanks Che!

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Originally Posted by wigglr View Post

Being 22, I think I might get a few "stink eyes" wearing a LHS

Interesting. I feel that way about tassel loafers, but not penny loafers. I wore sneakers and sandals exclusively when I was 22 (I'm 28).
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Interesting. I feel that way about tassel loafers, but not penny loafers. I wore sneakers and sandals exclusively when I was 22 (I'm 28).

Agreed I don't see any issues with a 22 year old in penny loafers.
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Thanks! They really are. Surprised this pair was lingering around for about a year. The fit of the plaza is fantastic. In light of some of the QC talk, I also have to say that after close inspection the quality of these are superb.

mine too
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