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post #43816 of 86679
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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post

yea that is what I was leaning towards (B Nelson) as I was going to want some taps installed as I somehow manage to butcher the toes on everything I wear 

You might even find a pair of #8 LWBs on a TSM seconds list (should one ever come out again). That would the change to the antique edge and welt less painful in terms of cost. But who knows when they show in your size.

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post #43817 of 86679
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i see at least 2 pairs of alden's literally every time i go to my gym in the locker room.

How often do the rest of you see Aldens in the wild?
I live in San Diego, and NEVER see anyone wearing Aldens.
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I live in Charlotte, NC and have yet to see a pair in the wild. Mostly AE and cheap looking crap.
post #43819 of 86679
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You might even find a pair of #8 LWBs on a TSM seconds list (should one ever come out again). That would the change to the antique edge and welt less painful in terms of cost. But who knows when they show in your size.

unfortunately I'm 11.5, not much pops up..

 

I'll probably just grab the next decently priced pair I can find and send off to B.Nelson.

post #43820 of 86679
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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post

unfortunately I'm 11.5, not much pops up..

I'll probably just grab the next decently priced pair I can find and send off to B.Nelson.

The nice thing about it is that it is #8, so something is bound to come up. You might even catch one of these elusive sales.
post #43821 of 86679
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

How often do the rest of you see Aldens in the wild?
I live in San Diego, and NEVER see anyone wearing Aldens.

I never see Aldens out in the wild. Occasionally a non-descript and non-cared for shell loafer, but that's about it...
post #43822 of 86679
You see them with some regularity here in NYC... Mostly Indy boots, tassels and maybe a bal wingtip or longwing occasionally. Suede chukkas are also popular.
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For the record, I don't look at other peoples shoes.  I just don't care.  Really, I don't.  There was a brief time when I wondered, is that a pair of Aldens? Carmina? John Lobb?  But when most people are wearing square toe Kenneth Cole loafers with their suits, I'm not worried.  I do recognize that some peoplework in a different environment. And to those people, I say, do what you must.  For the rest of us, a LWB or PTB or "dress" boot is better than OK. 

 

Wear them in good health, gentlemen.

post #43824 of 86679
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As former Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Tice
once said "all right everybody calm down". I love when this forum gets more heated than a string theory seminar at a physics convention. Maybe there'd be some prescient argument concerning dress v. casual if any of us went to prep schools in Switzerland. To all of you who have, my sympathies. But damn it, this is America. Alden is an Anerican company that makes American shoes for anybody with enough scratch to get a pair. For what I "shelled" out yesterday for a pair of glorified penny loafers I'm going to wear my Alden's with pink tights under green shorts, and
two different colored socks. TMI, sorry. While we're on the subject does anyone here wear the #2161 STB as their primary black dress shoe, and does it work for you? Sincerely, hot and bothered in cold MPLS.

The black shell 2161 captoe blucher was my first alden shell model, and works great as a dress shoe. I can't say it is my primary dress shoe - but that is because I have numerous black shell and black calf dress shoes. Today I wore John Lobb black calf WT bals. IMO, the 2161 is as dressy as a blucher gets and, quite frankly, it is as dressy, if not more so, than various bals.
post #43825 of 86679
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

How often do the rest of you see Aldens in the wild?
I live in San Diego, and NEVER see anyone wearing Aldens.
Not a whole lot here in MPLS. I think for most guys who are lucky enough to have one pair, unlike some of us problem children, those Alden's are their "good shoes", and rarely see the light of day. Church, interview, or to impress a girl's parents on a date. I see a lot of run-over heeled AE, and rubber soled Rockports.
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I work at Yale, and even here, I almost* never see Aldens or its ilk.  The students seem to all wear boat shoes, even in winter, or those hideous square toed things, and the professors schluff around in those aforementioned sneakers masquerading as "shoes."  It sucks that it's so boring.  

 

*I did, however, see a great looking pair of pullup CXL Indys today.  Now I really want to get a pair to neglect, bring back to life, neglect...for years and years.  

post #43827 of 86679
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

How often do the rest of you see Aldens in the wild?
I live in San Diego, and NEVER see anyone wearing Aldens.

Basically never - unless it is a law firm partner of mine who has purchased numerous preowned shell models from me. biggrin.gif
post #43828 of 86679
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

The black shell 2161 captoe blucher was my first alden shell model, and works great as a dress shoe. I can't say it is my primary dress shoe - but that is because I have numerous black shell and black calf dress shoes. Today I wore John Lobb black calf WT bals. IMO, the 2161 is as dressy as a blucher gets and, quite frankly, it is as dressy, if not more so, than various bals.
Thanks Seven, that's just what I wanted to hear. After years of wearing Gucci, Prada, Ferragamo, Santoni, Church's, Edward Green, and even John Lobb shoe offerings, I've found that the Alden Barrie lasted bluchers are by far the most comfortable for me over a long day.
post #43829 of 86679
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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post

Thanks Seven, that's just what I wanted to hear. After years of wearing Gucci, Prada, Ferragamo, Santoni, Church's, Edward Green, and even John Lobb shoe offerings, I've found that the Alden Barrie lasted bluchers are by far the most comfortable for me over a long day.

My pleasure.

Just so we are on the same page, the 2161 I speak of is on the Aberdeen last.

And perhaps your comment about the Barrie last was independent of our discussion of the 2161 .....
post #43830 of 86679
Since I got into Aldens, I've lived in Baltimore, Charleston, SC, and now Tampa, FL and I have yet to see anyone else wearing some Aldens out in the wild. And I've gotten into the habit of glancing at other people's footwear on a pretty regular basis.
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