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post #42301 of 94675
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Originally Posted by FrankCowperwood View Post

I'm going to risk offending many members in this thread and the vast majority of shoes in my closet by saying that I don't necessarily think that shell is the ultimate goal of Alden ownership. peepwall[1].gif

I know we focus on shell a lot here, but there are many great Aldens in other leathers that we see here too. So go for shell if it is for you, and don't worry if it is not. Enjoy those boots. smile.gif

No offense taken. And this is certainly a personal calculation. For example, I personally have no need for, or desire for, anything in CXL, but I still can appreciate a nice make-up made of it.

The gentleman who apologized for calf needn't do so.

I dare say most Alden buyers do look to acquire at least some shell after their introduction to the company. And some look to acquire primarily (perhaps only) shell after they have been in the game for awhile. I do wonder the percentage of Alden buyers, who, after having acquired, say, a handful of Alden shell models, do go back to Alden calf.
post #42302 of 94675
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Originally Posted by DCRoyal View Post

 I have much more to learn about shoe maintenance, but if I would
have listened to the first person who sold me a pair of alden shell instead of using this forum for research, my shell shoes would have
faaar too much wax paste on them.  As it stands, I have four pair and have not done anything to them with the exception of the mac method.
  And they look great.

A lot if it depends on several factors as it relates to how often you wear the shoes, what kind of weather you wear them in, and how well you maintain them aside from waxing. There are others on this forum far more knowledgeable than I (quite humbling actually) but I would say every 1-2 years depending.

I know the method calls for very periodically using wax, but is it absolutely necessary?
post #42303 of 94675

Torture but in a good way.

 

Over the last year and a half I have stocked up heavily on Alden, primarily cordovan boots. At this point I'm basically set with footwear for September through May timeframe (cooler months = boot weather for me).  Living in the mid-atlantic shoes are pretty mandatory for summer considering the heat and humidity, I have cigar ptb, and a suede pair of ranger shoes for the warm months but I really want a darker pair of shell cordovan shoes to work into the warm period rotation. I just sold off a few things and my paypal account is fully stocked. The alden 990 and the alden for brooks brothers PTB #8 would fit the bill perfectly and are readily available BUT technically I'm still in boot mode for a solid three more months and there is really no need to jump on a purchase that won't be worn for several months and is generally readily available.

 

The smart thing to do is hold out for:

  • killer deal on theshoemart seconds list
  • hope for something nice on alden of carmel irregulars
  • hope for a sale at jcrew or brooks brothers
  • wait to see what unique offerings come out of LS, Unionmade, Epaulet, and other retailers
  • keep tabs on the SF classifieds section

 

Money buring a hole in your pocket is torture, but I guess it's better than wanting something and not having the means.

post #42304 of 94675
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Originally Posted by shaunw View Post

Torture but in a good way.

Over the last year and a half I have stocked up heavily on Alden, primarily cordovan boots. At this point I'm basically set with footwear for September through May timeframe (cooler months = boot weather for me).  Living in the mid-atlantic shoes are pretty mandatory for summer considering the heat and humidity, I have cigar ptb, and a suede pair of ranger shoes for the warm months but I really want a darker pair of shell cordovan shoes to work into the warm period rotation. I just sold off a few things and my paypal account is fully stocked. The alden 990 and the alden for brooks brothers PTB #8 would fit the bill perfectly and are readily available BUT technically I'm still in boot mode for a solid three more months and there is really no need to jump on a purchase that won't be worn for several months and is generally readily available.

The smart thing to do is hold out for:
  • killer deal on theshoemart seconds list
  • hope for something nice on alden of carmel irregulars
  • hope for a sale at jcrew or brooks brothers
  • wait to see what unique offerings come out of LS, Unionmade, Epaulet, and other retailers
  • keep tabs on the SF classifieds section

Money buring a hole in your pocket is torture, but I guess it's better than wanting something and not having the means.

Get the color 8 PTB now and put it into your year-round rotation. biggrin.gif Problem solved. nod[1].gif
post #42305 of 94675
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post


Get the color 8 PTB now and put it into your year-round rotation. biggrin.gif Problem solved. nod[1].gif

 

You could wait for the unlined #8 PTB at Alden DC, which sounds like a pretty good spring/summer shoe. 

post #42306 of 94675
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

..... I do wonder the percentage of Alden buyers, who, after having acquired, say, a handful of Alden shell models, do go back to Alden calf.

I have 3 pair of Alden shells, no exotics, but the last pair I purchased were a pair of natural cxl chukkas. i wanted something more casual.
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Originally Posted by DCRoyal View Post

You could wait for the unlined #8 PTB at Alden DC, which sounds like a pretty good spring/summer shoe. 

I was going to suggest exactly this, I got my pair from Alden SF. I much prefer the dover pattern to the stock ptb.
post #42307 of 94675
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Originally Posted by DCRoyal View Post

You could wait for the unlined #8 PTB at Alden DC, which sounds like a pretty good spring/summer shoe. 

Not a bad option, for summer or otherwise .....
post #42308 of 94675
PSA: Alden SF has whiskey longwings. Not sure what stock they have left. They aren't listed online, so you will have to call.

Hope someone benefits from this.
post #42309 of 94675
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Originally Posted by dsmivtr View Post

Uncle, as they say "no brown in town" but if that was a way to get off work early... satisfied.gif

Hope you are well.

nephew,
if you did not return in proper attire you were either not paid for the day or lost a vacation day
post #42310 of 94675
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Originally Posted by djblack View Post

Are these shell cordovan Aldens? A person is selling them as such. But I've never seen them with that seam in the back. Thoughts?

i vote "no"
post #42311 of 94675
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Originally Posted by TB82 View Post







Wearing my cigar cordovan boots for the first time today. The Grant last is great... Glad that I went 0.5 size larger then my Tru-Balance Indy's.

welcome to the forum
wear in good health your cigar cap toe boot
post #42312 of 94675
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

Hmm, I wonder if I should alert TSM of this.
Quote:
Originally Posted by TB82 View Post







Wearing my cigar cordovan boots for the first time today. The Grant last is great... Glad that I went 0.5 size larger then my Tru-Balance Indy's.

welcome to the forum
wear in good health your cigar cap toe boot

nephew,
you should
post #42313 of 94675
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Originally Posted by tmw View Post

cigar shell Tankers, Barrie last

nephew,
nice shine on your cigar
post #42314 of 94675

Thanks for the heads up on the Ravello LWB at Alden of DC.  I called them up this morning and I am now the proud owner of a pair of Ravello LWB in 10 D.

post #42315 of 94675
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Originally Posted by BootSpell View Post

You made two apologies that were definitely not needed.  Firstly, calf is a great way to "gradually" work your way to shell.  That's how I did it.  Guys who buy shell as their first foray into higher-end footwear amaze me.  Going from $100-150 shoes to $700 shoes in one leap is incredible.

Secondly, the picture may not be as good as say, CTYGGG's, but it's good enough to show that's a great pair of boots there.  I don't wear much black and only have a few pair but that pair or something similar is now on my list.

Thanks for sharing.

nephew,
noy trying to being argumentative but i do not agree with your point. would you feel the same from going from a honda to a bentley
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