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Originally Posted by stant62 View Post

Just pre-ordered the NST boots in Ravello from TSM... can't wait for April 2013...

Most are in stock already or is this not the Aberdeen last model?

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Gentlemen,

 

Wish I found you guys sooner. Bought a pair of black Alden shell PTBs in my size, 8D, in a local shop that is no longer a dealer. When I realized within a day they were a little too big, I started poking around the Interwebs and found you guys and read about the Barrie last and how my size should be 7.5. Store doesn't have my size and won't take 'em back.

 

And after seeing Mac's pictures, I was blown away with the beauty and range of shell. 

 

So, where should I start? I have a pair of Alden waxed LWBs from J Crew and some nice light brown bluchers from AE, so thinking whiskey and Ravello should not be the place to start. I have a pair of relatively new black, pebble-grained Florsheim Imperial LWBs (cheaply made, not recommended) and burgundy Red Wing Heritage Iron Ranger boots.

 

Thinking #8 LWBs (which seems the usual answer on this forum), #8 chukkas (love the shell rolls on chukkas) but figure they will show up as seconds soon on TSM because of J Crew volume, or #8 PTBs.

 

So much shell, so little $$$. 
 
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Hi Alcibiades,
either Saphir Cordovan Cream or Reno.
Thereby Saphir only offers 4 Colours of Cordovan Cream (01 Black/02 Neutral/05 Dark Brown/71Cordovan) and none of them matches for the RL Marlow/Dalton i do use Burgol Cordovan Cream which is avaiable in 6 different colours.
The light brown shown in the lower middle matches perfect.
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Joachim
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Have you seen Hangerprojets care instructions for Cordovan Shoes? They recommend
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Not sure I understand why light brown would be a good match for the dark brown RL cordovan.
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

Not sure I understand why light brown would be a good match for the dark brown RL cordovan.

In medium colored shoes, matching polish will generally darken the leather, so you use a shade lighter to keep the color the same.
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Originally Posted by DCwaxedLWB View Post

Wish I found you guys sooner. Bought a pair of black Alden shell PTBs in my size, 8D, in a local shop that is no longer a dealer. When I realized within a day they were a little too big, I started poking around the Interwebs and found you guys and read about the Barrie last and how my size should be 7.5. Store doesn't have my size and won't take 'em back.
That's too bad, but hopefully you should be able to sell them here for a decent percentage of the purchase price. In the future, I'd recommend going through a retailer with a good return policy, such as TSM.

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Originally Posted by DCwaxedLWB View Post

So, where should I start? I have a pair of Alden waxed LWBs from J Crew and some nice light brown bluchers from AE, so thinking whiskey and Ravello should not be the place to start. I have a pair of relatively new black, pebble-grained Florsheim Imperial LWBs (cheaply made, not recommended) and burgundy Red Wing Heritage Iron Ranger boots.

Thinking #8 LWBs (which seems the usual answer on this forum), #8 chukkas (love the shell rolls on chukkas) but figure they will show up as seconds soon on TSM because of J Crew volume, or #8 PTBs.
It would be good to know how you intend to wear them, but I'd probably go with a PTB or chukka in #8 or cigar. You already have some brogues, but you might also consider the RL Marlow wingtips. With the current sale going on, they come to $505.75 + tax.
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Originally Posted by ElDave View Post

In medium colored shoes, matching polish will generally darken the leather, so you use a shade lighter to keep the color the same.

You guys know more than me on this subject, but with this reasoning, wouldn't medium brown, as opposed to light brown, be the correct choice for dark brown shoes? I guess I don't understand why you would go all the way down to light brown for dark brown shoes.
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Originally Posted by DCwaxedLWB View Post

Gentlemen,

 

Wish I found you guys sooner. Bought a pair of black Alden shell PTBs in my size, 8D, in a local shop that is no longer a dealer. When I realized within a day they were a little too big, I started poking around the Interwebs and found you guys and read about the Barrie last and how my size should be 7.5. Store doesn't have my size and won't take 'em back.

 

And after seeing Mac's pictures, I was blown away with the beauty and range of shell. 

 

So, where should I start? I have a pair of Alden waxed LWBs from J Crew and some nice light brown bluchers from AE, so thinking whiskey and Ravello should not be the place to start. I have a pair of relatively new black, pebble-grained Florsheim Imperial LWBs (cheaply made, not recommended) and burgundy Red Wing Heritage Iron Ranger boots.

 

Thinking #8 LWBs (which seems the usual answer on this forum), #8 chukkas (love the shell rolls on chukkas) but figure they will show up as seconds soon on TSM because of J Crew volume, or #8 PTBs.

 

So much shell, so little $$$. 
 


Color 8 LWB should absolutely be your next purchase, IMHO!  It's funny how similar your collection is to mine. Without J Crew I'm not sure I would have discovered Alden.  The following is the order of my purchases.

 

Florsheim Pebble Grain LWB (crap), Cole Haan Jayhawk - brown pebble grain (even crappier), J Crew Tobacco LWB, J Crew Dark Brown LWB, Black Shell LWB, Cigar LWB, Color 8 LWB, Ravello LWB, and Color 8 PTB.

 

Wish I had never spent the $ on the Florsheim and Cole Haan LWBs.  They look pretty good but are terribly uncomfortable and won't last very long if worn regularly.  The $400 could have gone to my next shell purchase!  I suppose I've learned a valuable lesson.

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Color 8 LWB should absolutely be your next purchase, IMHO!  It's funny how similar your collection is to mine. Without J Crew I'm not sure I would have discovered Alden.  The following is the order of my purchases.

 

Florsheim Pebble Grain LWB (crap), Cole Haan Jayhawk - brown pebble grain (even crappier), J Crew Tobacco LWB, J Crew Dark Brown LWB, Black Shell LWB, Cigar LWB, Color 8 LWB, Ravello LWB, and Color 8 PTB.

 

Wish I had never spent the $ on the Florsheim and Cole Haan LWBs.  They look pretty good but are terribly uncomfortable and won't last very long if worn regularly.  The $400 could have gone to my next shell purchase!  I suppose I've learned a valuable lesson.

 

Color 8 LWB for sure, its the cornerstone of any Alden collection.

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For Indy boot owners: where do your/big toe end in relation to the white stitching on the Indy boot? Mine hit right at the beginning/bottom of the white stitching and I'm worried I should have gone down another size.
post #36895 of 87462
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Originally Posted by greekgeek View Post

Most are in stock already or is this not the Aberdeen last model?

This is the Aberdeen last model - shows as out of stock online and I confirmed over the phone (in 9.5D).
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post #36897 of 87462
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Originally Posted by Spaghettimatt View Post

For Indy boot owners: where do your/big toe end in relation to the white stitching on the Indy boot? Mine hit right at the beginning/bottom of the white stitching and I'm worried I should have gone down another size.

Mine hits just past the stitching and I consider them a perfect fit. How's the width and is there any heel slip?
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Originally Posted by Spaghettimatt View Post

For Indy boot owners: where do your/big toe end in relation to the white stitching on the Indy boot? Mine hit right at the beginning/bottom of the white stitching and I'm worried I should have gone down another size.

I go to where my pinky toe is super tight and if the ball of my foot is at the widest point of the shoe
post #36899 of 87462
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Originally Posted by ElDave View Post

Mine hits just past the stitching and I consider them a perfect fit. How's the width and is there any heel slip?

I already know that I bought a size too wide (6E; should have gone 6D I think), and there is definitely heel slippage. I'm planning on selling them and buying another pair, but I'm a bit worried that my problem will not be solved by going to a 6D or C. Given that Alden does not make a 5.5, I might just be shit out of luck.

To be fair, I have a pair of Alden #8 LWBs in 6D (Barrie) and they fit pretty snug.

Any insights?
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Originally Posted by stant62 View Post

This is the Aberdeen last model - shows as out of stock online and I confirmed over the phone (in 9.5D).

Ah OK. they have four in my size... kind of on the fence. The price is about $80 higher than when they first were on the site.

Does anyone know when the next 10% alden sale is at the Shoe Mart?
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