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Originally Posted by mexicutioner View Post

all this talk of "sleek" shoes: do you guys that wear sleek shoes have super narrow feet or something? or do you just have a ton of extra (pointy) room at the end of the shoe, past your toes?

It's just that the last chisels more from the widest point of the shoe to the toe, giving a sleeker appearance. I should post a comparison photo of my Rider balmoral boots with one of my Aldens for a comparison...

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Originally Posted by grendel View Post

No, I think you can get the Vass for around the same price, it's just more of a hassle. You can get calf Vass MTO proxied for $650 I've heard. 

Vass shell baseline is going for about €550 = ~700USD, according to a recent post... very comparable to Aldens.

post #36258 of 86680
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Originally Posted by imolazhp_ci View Post

you're absolutely correct.
though i'm not speaking expressly about cordovan. i would never own a cordovan dress shoe. i think the shine is tacky/cheap looking in a formal setting. IMO, calf looks far more elegant on a proper black balmoral.
there are also far better constructed shoes than alden, i own 5 pairs of alden's, 2 john lobb's, 1 church's, and two crockett's. far and away, they are all constructed more precisely and to a higher standard than alden. of my 5 alden's... 3 have had factory damage. one a tear in the brogueing, loose threads, gaps in the heel tap, etc. i don't love them any less, for the stuff they are good at, they are the best... custom make ups, boots, etc.
on the flip, no boot looks as good as a sleek cordovan boot. cordovan looks fantastic on a penny (LHS) or nearly any loafer for that matter.

I will not dispute that there are likely better constructed shoes than Alden but Alden falls right at about the limit for what I am willing to spend for footwear, and, more importantly, I like the chunkiness of most of the Alden lasts - it fits well with my personal style (my go-to English shoemaker is generally Tricker's, which I find often has a similar aesthetic in terms of shape).

Regarding shiny shoes looking cheap and tacky and not appropriate for a formal setting, I feel the exact opposite of you and I think tradition and conventional wisdom probably feel differently than you as well. Just look at formal opera slippers/pumps, patent leather, or formal shoes for military dress - always shiny. I'm not saying that calfskin is inappropriate or that cordovan is, just that shiny shoes are not inappropriate, tacky, or inelegant by any stretch. The degree of shininess can vary, but they should still have a definite shine to them.

That's just my 2¢
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Alden does sleeker dress shoes just fine, IMO:

911's today

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I mirror,or "bull", the toe-end of all my calf shoes. I feel the shine lends itself to formality as it not only represents an investment in time and care, but parallels the aforementioned orthodox formal footwear such as opera pumps and patent leather. I guess I missed the memo where this is really just turning them tacky. Shell is just that much better because the entire shoe retains some degree of shine with minimal investment.

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Alden does sleeker dress shoes just fine, IMO:
911's today

Alden's "tan" calfskin may be its best. The Obscura boots / shoes were awesome.
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Originally Posted by MarioImpemba View Post

I mirror,or "bull", the toe-end of all my calf shoes. I feel the shine lends itself to formality as it not only represents an investment in time and care, but parallels the aforementioned orthodox formal footwear such as opera pumps and patent leather. I guess I missed the memo where this is really just turning them tacky. Shell is just that much better because the entire shoe retains some degree of shine with minimal investment.

Mario is speaking the truth.
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Alden does sleeker dress shoes just fine, IMO:
911's today

Nice shoes. Nothing at all wrong with Alden calf.
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Originally Posted by mcbrown View Post

Alden does sleeker dress shoes just fine, IMO:
911's today
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Very nice. I'm currently looking for my next pair, and this looks like something I'll definitely have to take into consideration.

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I've always thought the stock model 920 - dark brown calf cap toe bal on the hampton, would be a nice dress shoe.

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it seems like we're all arguing the same point, all caveating that ultimately, the style comes down to personal taste. in which case we can all agree to disagree on two sides of the same coin.
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But that's why this is a discussion forum, after-all, for discussion :D

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Originally Posted by Kashiwa View Post

Speaking of LS. New Arrival. I love cognac!

 

Couple of shots I took with the boots you speak of:

 

 

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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

Welcome back Uncle. Nice combination as usual.

nephew,
thank you
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Originally Posted by mcbrown View Post

Alden does sleeker dress shoes just fine, IMO:
911's today

nephew,
looking good
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