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awesome Color #4 Captoe - keep the pics coming as they breakin - congrats

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Wow, Mario has just insulted a great deal of people that follow this thread.  But that's okay.  Tis the season to look beyond our differences, no matter how great.  In the spirit of reaching out beyond my gunboat collection, below is my newest  shell addition.  Not the sexiest piece, but a solid go-to staple in my wardrobe...
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9901 (Black shell PTB)

A wonderful purchase, and one you will not regret. biggrin.gif

Thank you SevenFTG.  We can always count on you to be especially honest and supportive.  Very much appreciated!

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Are you sure Mario??  What's so God-aweful??

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My most prized Alden possession...  Ravello LWB

Wow, georgeous

Much thanks Don L!

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Question: I just received my Indys from J.Crew and I noticed the stitching was undone in one area. Was wondering is this acceptable or will present a problem once I start wearing them? See the pic below.

No. Not acceptable. Return to either J. Crew or Alden and they will repair.
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This wouldn't bother me.  I don't think the stitching will come loose.  But, considering the price point, by all means return them if you aren't happy.

 

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Question: I just received my Indys from J.Crew and I noticed the stitching was undone in one area. Was wondering is this acceptable or will present a problem once I start wearing them? See the pic below.
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Hey so I finally started my collection. I bought a pair of LWB #8 to start but I have examined them at home and it doesn't feel right. I took a few photos maybe you guys can tell me if I am being OCD or not.

 

1. There is a small scratch in the instep of the left shoe.

2. Some discoloration on the inside of the heels

3. There is a large bump or bend on the inner side of the left shoe.

 

I imagine some polish might get the scratch out but what about that bump on the side? Could I fix that or is it just easier to exchange for another pair?

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More stuff from Unionmade!

Those Stockton's look great, anyone have them or something similar?
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Question: I just received my Indys from J.Crew and I noticed the stitching was undone in one area. Was wondering is this acceptable or will present a problem once I start wearing them? See the pic below.

Wouldn't bother me either but if you are concerned, back they go!
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Those Stockton's look great, anyone have them or something similar?

I believe Leffot has Black Alpine Grain restock a few days ago
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Returned my #8 cap toe from JCrew. With so many floating around that were copped on sale, plus the fact I have the #8 cap toe plaza from LS on order, it was hard to justify keeping them.

But so I'm thinking of putting down for a pair of the #8 PTB from Alden of Carmel when they do their fall 2013 order. The comando sole + plaza last is hard to resist. Anyone have any pictures of theirs to share?
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Question: I just received my Indys from J.Crew and I noticed the stitching was undone in one area. Was wondering is this acceptable or will present a problem once I start wearing them? See the pic below.

That would bother me, considering the price paid. I would send them back.
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don't worry... they'll come undone in a few months regardless. It's alden, what do you expect?
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Disagree on both counts. Alden is quality, shell or calf.

 

I think the #8 Shell LWB might be the perfect platform for Shell

 

I only have Whiskey Shell LWB's and I love them and look forward to the aging/patina process to make them even better.

 

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Wow, Mario has just insulted a great deal of people that follow this thread.  But that's okay.  Tis the season to look beyond our differences, no matter how great.  In the spirit of reaching out beyond my gunboat collection, below is my newest  shell addition.  Not the sexiest piece, but a solid go-to staple in my wardrobe...

 

9901 (Black shell PTB)

 

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I would split the difference.  Agree with you on the first as I enjoy calf Aldens as well as their shell.  But on the second, I have to agree with Mario --- the plainer the shoe/boot, the more shell cordovan's unique attributes are appreciated.  But of course, this is all subjective.

 

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The last paragraph = curious, and seemingly unprovoked.

 

Internet is terrible at conveying tone, and I can be terse, so for that I apologize. Adding the "IMO" was my futile attempt at showcasing my personal beliefs are far from any objective fact.

 

It's been discussed in this thread how other makers (C&J, Carmina, et al.) have equal or better quality at a lower price-point when it comes to calf. I did not mean to disparage the fact that Alden's in calf are certainly a step-up from say, a comparable Allen Edmonds, and are still a high-quality, American-made shoe. My only point was from a value-proposition sense, I personally believe the calf offerings miss the mark with prices approaching and exceeding $500, and I don't believe I am alone on this.

 

BootSpell's sentiment echoes my own; I buy shell shoes to showcase the shell/material.

 

I personally feel that adding the requisite brouging and ornamentation of a LWB detracts from the shell, and is harder to distinguish from a well-polished calf equivalent. The most obvious indicator of shell v. calf is in the rolls vs. creases, respectively, which is less pronounced in a shortened-vamp LWB.

 

Perhaps it was my thinly veiled prejudice against LWB's coming through, but I understand their role in a wardrobe and place in classic-Americana.

 

Those Ravellos are indeed pretty ReppTiePrepster !

 

That said, I appreciate the civility of this thread and posters.

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But so I'm thinking of putting down for a pair of the #8 PTB from Alden of Carmel when they do their fall 2013 order. The comando sole + plaza last is hard to resist. Anyone have any pictures of theirs to share?

 

Boots or shoes? Either way, #8 + Plaza + Commando = Alden heaven icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

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I posted here a couple weeks ago ...

Cheers and thanks,
Ryan

thanks for posting a followup, it's always interesting to see what can be done on older shoes. it appears in one of the before pics that there are some cracks on the right shoe, anything done to that? looks like they could use some conditioning that would enhance the patina.


i get that the lwb is the effortless timeless classic shoe that is the staple of every wardrobe, and i don't have anything against them, but i wish more retailers would branch out from doing different leather variations of the lwb on the barrie last. but i guess that's what'll sell based on everyone picking them in their top 3.

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But so I'm thinking of putting down for a pair of the #8 PTB from Alden of Carmel when they do their fall 2013 order. The comando sole + plaza last is hard to resist. Anyone have any pictures of theirs to share?
if by ptb you mean plain toe boot, see my post here for my pair, probably my fav Alden's: http://www.styleforum.net/t/85589/the-official-alden-thread/36180#post_5819785
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