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My first Whiskey shell... Wingtip Bal Oxford on Tremont!  So very glad I sized down 0.5 (same as Barrie) -- the tremont feels narrower in the toe box than the barrie (not by much though), but is still pretty round and bulky like the LWB.  Very happy!

Should I be concerned with the creasing so close to the base of the lasing?  I feel like they fit well, but I've never seen any of my shells crease in this spot.

Killin' it Repp, these are fantastic!  Would you ever consider bar lacing?  

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Didn't even notice that.  I'll have to check that out again.  That's pretty perceptive...  Thanks!

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But remember, shoes fit each of us differently. A large gap at the back, often, speaks to poor fit. Uncle Mac's advice on wearing on carpet, and really sessing fit, is way smart. Personally, I learned the hard way.


I'm definitely determining the correct fit, a la Mac break in method.  I tried them on again, and the fit is good.  That pic has an apparent gap because I was leaning and stretching pretty far forward to take that pic with my i-phone; at least that's my guess. I don't think I could go any smaller.  Thanks again for the observation!

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I've found those whiskey wt bals to be a very odd fitting pair of shoes. I've owned two pairs over the years and got rid of both due to the facings touching (almost overlapping) when laced and the collars riding WAY too far up to where they dug into my ankle bones. I own other pairs on the Tremont, and they're actually some of my favorite and best fitting shoes. I've thought of going down an additional 1/2 size from my Barrie size in these, but I just don't think I'd have the toe room. No whiskey wings for me.
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Originally Posted by hkpm View Post

Does the style no. with FD-XXXXX on theshoemart mean factory seconds?

and the XXXXX means the standard Alden style no. I presume.

Could be but I have not experienced this. My FD's only have R for rejects stamped in the lining across from the style numbers. 

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Great whiskey wingtip Repp ! looks like a night for whiskey. 

 

I'm beginning to become addicted. I started off with just the Cigar Indy boot last month, and now have the Whiskey LWB (they came in today from Alden SF)

 

Also just bought two black shells seconds from shoemart tonight (praying they turn out ok). 

 

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone here for all the great posts, and all the great info. I've been chasing the Daytrippers, or any Ravello Captoe Boot. So any leads would be huge. 

 

Does anyone know if Alden does the Wingtip Bal in Natural CXL or has a plain toe loafer in Natural CXL? I'm really digging the Natural CXL that has been posted. Anyways, its almost 3 am and I'm looking at Aldens online........ facepalm.gif

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Do the oils in deer bones taper off over time? I've had one for almost a year now and it doesn't seem to be as oily as when I bought it. I store it in the same tissue paper in which it was sent by the Hanger Project. Could the tissue paper be the problem? The paper has become very oily over time. Can someone who owns a deer bone post how they store theirs? Thanks.

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Is there anything I can do to repair this scratch on my aldens (burgundy cordovan)? I cleaned it with Renovateur and it didn't help much.

use a tiny bit of burgundy cordovan wax and brush
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Do the oils in deer bones taper off over time? I've had one for almost a year now and it doesn't seem to be as oily as when I bought it. I store it in the same tissue paper in which it was sent by the Hanger Project. Could the tissue paper be the problem? The paper has become very oily over time. Can someone who owns a deer bone post how they store theirs? Thanks.

I store mine unwrapped in my shine box.  I would think that the paper would draw any oil out of the bone so I would suggest not wrapping it.

No idea how long they last

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#8 PTB, on this 8th day of, uhhh, 8th anniversary of uhhhh, well I can't think of anything so its just Tuesday #8 day for me
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#8 PTB, on this 8th day of, uhhh, 8th anniversary of uhhhh, well I can't think of anything so its just Tuesday #8 day for me

Makes sense to wear your #8 PTBs with your 990th post. Assuming these are Aldens and not Alden x Brooks Brothers, your nailed the model number with your post count.
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I'm going with the cognac plaza ptb s today I'd post a picture unfortunately I am unaware of how to do so. I must say the plaza works really well IMO. Does the aberdeen fit similarly?
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InterlockingNY - that's very astute of you to notice that. Pretty ironic. Yep, the 990s are in full effect today.
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Great stuff everyone. Uncle Mac, your collection is amazing and inspirational.

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Originally Posted by Calikid View Post

Those are nice.  Frye also has a shell boot available through Neiman Marcus.  I like both the blucher and boot but not with the Frye logo on the side.

 

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You've got to be kidding me. And a 100$ upcharge from Alden.

 

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I think the frye shell offerings are intended to attract more attention to te brand and elevate its name in consumers minds. case in point fryes entry into the upscale neiman Marcus. Think ford gt amongst a slew of midsize cars and pickup trucks. It's hard to believe that fryes would produce an exact style to compete with a market leads and the. List it for $100 more

 

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Alden is definitely seeing a lot of competition lately. the interesting part of the Frye PTB is that it seems to have a nice sheen that is typical of Alden. AE also rolled out a new finish recently too.

Is the glossy finish's secret out? How come I didn't hear of it?

 

Agree with all of the above.  I think they will inevitably snag buyers that are loyal to the brand, who will unwittingly buy these not realizing that they could get a better value from Alden (or another brand like AE for that matter).  I would be hesitant on these for a few reasons beyond their price.  The don't look substantially different to make them a valuable asset over a comparable PTB from Alden or AE.  I also have to assume that these are not made in USA, since they generally proudly stamp the ones that are as such.  They also leave some mystery as to the "guts" of the shoe, and its construction.  It looks goodyear-welted, but again, their made in USA shoes typically say "genuine goodear-welt" on the insole, which again, these do not.  Even the ones that are made in USA and are goodyear-welted seem to use a paperboard insole underneath a leather wrapped foam cushion sock liner, which is substantially inferior in quality to a natural leather insole.  In my experience, manufacterers are usually quick to boast about a shoe being goodyear-welted, so if it doesn't say so, there may be some funny business going on. 

 

 

Anyway, that was just a last thought, since this is the Alden thread and I don't want to attract the Gestapo for talking about other brands. peepwall[1].gif

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