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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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post #42827 of 87457
PSA, the Ultimate Indy is back on LS.

http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2013/02/05/alden-shoe-the-ultimate-indy-lsw-lsbh/
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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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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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leffot color 8 alpine saddles (gloomy morning in sd)

 

 

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leffot color 8 alpine saddles (gloomy morning in sd)
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Those look very nice. How long have you had them and how much wear have you gotten out of them? I bought on the current pre-order and am really looking forward to having them for late in the spring and summer.
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Called the shoemart, about this possible color #4: http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-mens_fd-96800_color_4/pvc-ald-mxs-fd-96800_ald_m_fd-96800.html

 

It's a Leydon last size 12.5, plain toe blucher with a dover pattern ($399.95). Picture she provided shows cigar, but it should be the correct style. http://www.theshoemart.com/mas_assets/detail/ALD/FD-96800.jpg

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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.
the formality of the bal contrasts with the casualness of the leather shades perfectly imo . A beautiful shoe
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I have to say that there are some extremely unusual styles in that list of Shoemart seconds. Some very nice and some very very dubious. I suppose we like a certain subset of styles here on this thread (setting aside choice of material), but I wonder who the heck Alden is making all these oddball shoes for.
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leffot color 8 alpine saddles (gloomy morning in sd)






I've debated this shoe for years... Your pic is pushing me towards the preorder button
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Originally Posted by lummers13 View Post

Thanks shaunW for the heads up, saw plenty I want, none in my size sadly.

Just go to the alden section where you can 'view all' and sort the results from 'Price: Lowest to Highest' and you'll have like 10 pages of seconds where they'll say "Sale" in red with x% off.

That's how I was able to find it last year, however being able to add a pair to your cart and even ordering them might not mean that they have it in stock since sometimes their inventory isn't always up to date (but with so many shoes I can understand that)

http://www.theshoemart.com/cgi-bin/category.cgi?&vendor=ald&category=mxs&browse_vendor=1&start=&orderby=INVENTORY.store_price%20ASC,INVENTORY.brand

The link may or may not work

It looks like all the 2nds that were listed yesterday have been taken down. I highly doubt all of them (including the less sought after styles) were purchased last night.
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leffot color 8 alpine saddles (gloomy morning in sd)

 

 

 

Great looking shoes.  I love saddles, and don't think they get enough representation. nod[1].gif

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It looks like all the 2nds that were listed yesterday have been taken down. I highly doubt all of them (including the less sought after styles) were purchased last night.

Over the past few weeks, I've noticed a few times when TSM's site went into the "show everything" state it was in last night (just for one day each time). I just never noticed the seconds before, because I usually sort by price and stop when I pass from shell to calf around the $600 mark.
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Originally Posted by FrankCowperwood View Post

I have to say that there are some extremely unusual styles in that list of Shoemart seconds. Some very nice and some very very dubious. I suppose we like a certain subset of styles here on this thread (setting aside choice of material), but I wonder who the heck Alden is making all these oddball shoes for.

I agree. There were quite a few I've never seen on the Alden thread, and would not have considered purchasing if they were in my size -- and some still that I might not wear if they were free. There must be people out there who appreciate quality footwear, but whose taste is very different from most on this thread.
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Cigar kind of day for me.

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