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Originally Posted by blue collar View Post

Awesome loafer! However the CXL is a little prone to stretching. All of my CXL shoes do. So mybe be conststant with you socks. If you sport them with wooly socks this time of year, they may be a little sloppy if you decide to go sockless come summer. $0.02

I tried them on with the thin socks I typically wear at work but I do plan to wear them without socks or with loafer socks most of the time as I wanted them primarily for wear with chinos and shorts in the spring, summer and fall.

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post #43772 of 86502
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

The NST on the Barrie is decent, IMO.

Alden should put the NST shoe (and many others) on the Plaza and call it good. smile.gif

The Plaza for the NST boot (frankly, for any boot) is my first choice hands down. I have Plaza lasted boots in NST, plaintoe, captoe, and WT.

I think I have a little more love for the NST boot on the barrie, but I definitely agree that more Aldens should be made on the plaza.
post #43773 of 86502
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The Plaza for the NST boot (frankly, for any boot) is my first choice hands down. I have Plaza lasted boots in NST, plaintoe, captoe, and WT.


Pre-ordered LS Safari snuff suede boots on Plaza last smile.gif
post #43774 of 86502
The reason I posed the NST/LWB/PTB question is that I have been wearing my cigar NSTs a lot less than I expected (basically not at all). For some reason the NST pattern seems a bit more casual than a normal brogue pattern, yet the last and welt are sleek. Cigar PTBs look great, and the PTB in 9.5E fits me like a glove, while Aberdeen in 10E fits well but not as well as the barrie PTBs. Also, the cigar PTB can be worn with both business casual and denim while the NSTs don't go as well with denim (at least for me). There are a lot of eBay buyers from Japan in my size that like rare cordovan, so I may just throw the NSTs on eBay to see what happens (only have been worn twice)

That said, the barrie NST pattern on a boot (tanker) works extremely well IMO

EDIT - I've also always admired the Ralph Lauren cordovan PTB, and I feel like Alden's will just be a better fitting version of it
post #43775 of 86502
Personal opinion is that the NST is far too casual to wear as anything but a heavy boot. NST shoes looks awkward and overly informal, no matter which the last.

Are not lasts moreso designed to accomodate certain foot types rather than manipulate the look of the shoe? At least to a degree? Or are lasts purely aesthetic?
post #43776 of 86502
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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post

Are not lasts moreso designed to accomodate certain foot types rather than manipulate the look of the shoe? At least to a degree? Or are lasts purely aesthetic?

Certain lasts will work initially better with certain foot shapes - however, most shoemakers mitigate this by offering lasts in different widths, so it becomes more of an aesthetic thing. People generally view lasts that narrow or taper towards the toebox as more formal, so if you want that look, you need a last that creates that look regardless of how your foot is shaped. People with wider feet or that need more room in the toebox can get a bigger width in those lasts - this normally creates more extra space in the toe (it basically makes the shoe longer)
post #43777 of 86502

Definitely personal opinion but I find the NST to work fine with jeans as well as a suit.  It happens to be the shoe that first attracted me to Alden.  I have the NST in both Aberdeen (Calf)  and Barrie (Shell). I prefer the fit on the Aberdeen but don't see a whole lot of difference appearance wise between the two when wearing them,

 

I can see why some have a differing opinion but I personally feel the way most do about the NST regarding the PTB.  To me, it is more casual looking that the NST.


Edited by Don L - 2/20/13 at 10:09am
post #43778 of 86502
ordered a Cigar LHS and a LS Ultimate Indy in the last 24 hours. faaaaaaaaaaaaaack.
post #43779 of 86502
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Originally Posted by Don L View Post

Definitely personal opinion but I find the NST to work fine with jeans as well as a suit.  It happens to be the shoe that first attracted me to Alden.  I have the NST in both Aberdeen (Calf)  and Barrie (Shell). I prefer the fit on the Aberdeen but don't see a whole lot of difference appearance wise between the two when wearing them,

I can see why some have a differing opinion but I personally feel the way most do about the NST regarding the PTB.  To me, it is more casual looking that the NST.
It seems to me that a persons perception of what is a casual vs. a dress shoe is based partly upon ones experience and in what era they were born. I was born in the middle of the last century. Dress shoes were dark, by that I mean black. Absolutely no stitching or embellishment. Wingtips? Not in this office. Thankfully today it's about personal style. Wear what makes you feel good. Regardless of what others may think or say. The PTB in #8 to me is a dress shoe. The NST, in all colors except #8, is a casual shoe. I believe the almost exorbitant cost of Alden shoes alone allows one the privalige of wearing them with anything you want. Besides, some times you've got to freshen it up.
post #43780 of 86502
good points. in my opinion, alden doesn't really make any dress shoes except for the straight tip.
post #43781 of 86502
What's everyones preferred lacing methods on boots and LWB/PTB?

I just use traditional lacing on mine. Indy, Captoe and LWB
post #43782 of 86502
I use the European straight lace or Helix lacing on all eyelet boots.

I'm cruising through DC this week. Has anyone seen something noteworthy at Alden DC?
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post #43784 of 86502
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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post

It seems to me that a persons perception of what is a casual vs. a dress shoe is based partly upon ones experience and in what era they were born. I was born in the middle of the last century. Dress shoes were dark, by that I mean black. Absolutely no stitching or embellishment. Wingtips? Not in this office. Thankfully today it's about personal style. Wear what makes you feel good. Regardless of what others may think or say. The PTB in #8 to me is a dress shoe. The NST, in all colors except #8, is a casual shoe. I believe the almost exorbitant cost of Alden shoes alone allows one the privalige of wearing them with anything you want. Besides, some times you've got to freshen it up.

I like this
post #43785 of 86502
anyone know of retailers out there with whiskey LWB in stock these days??

SF, no.
DC, no.
TSM, no.
AofC, no

Thanks in advance
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