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I am also from toronto and sa in harry rosen asked me about alden #8 captoe that i was wearing. He told me he never saw alden codovan in person before and it is far better than ae burgundy cordovan
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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post

I was spooning/deerboning my pair of #8 Captoe Boots tonight, pleasantly enough. My 3-year-old came in and sat down next to me, observing me for a few minutes before the inevitable question came;

"What are you doing, daddy?"

Without thinking much, I answered, "I'm rubbing this spoon across daddy's boots."

"Why come?" (translation: why? / how come?)

"To help daddy's boots last a long time."

There was the briefest of silences. Then an exasperated burst of air escaped my daughter's mouth. "Haha, that's silly daddy. You so funny."

She promptly stood up and ran out of the room. I paused there, mid-brush. I realized how silly this would look to a 3-year-old, how silly this would look to anyone.

Here's to you, Alden brethren.

 

The first thing I do when I get home from work is head straight up stairs to change so that I can crawl around on the floor to play with the kids.  My oldest daughter is nearly 4, but she comes with me almost every day and watches me meticulously remove my shoes and examine them for scuffs/scratches, inserting shoe trees, and brushing before putting them in the closet.  She knows more shoe terminology simply from asking the innocent 3-year-old questions than the average guy out there wearing cheap shoes.  It's hilarious to me.   

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I also suspect that we all see more Alden's than we may think we do.  They may not be the latest shell cordovan offerings that we all know at first glance because we are viewing them day in and day out on this thread.  Alden has been around for a long long time, and their consistent offerings are the timeless classic men's shoes that have been around for decades (if not over a century).  If a decently dressed man in his mid-fifties walks by you on the sidewalk wearing a black calf cap-toe balmoral Alden with a common looking suit, you aren't going to know if they are Alden's from a glance.  You may be able to see the signs of a goodyear-welt or the dove-tail heel as he lifts his foot up while walking, but even that isn't a guarantee that they are Alden's, it just means they are higher quality shoes.  The vast majority of men out there wearing Alden's are the ones that know of their quality and durability, and probably got into them because their dads wore them, or their colleagues or friends recommended them.  They are going to think you are a wierdo if you gawk at their shoes or ask questions because they take them for granted.  Style Forum is a small community in a wide business world out there. 

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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 

 

I wear my toes fairly aggressively too and like the way my shoes look as a result. When they toe portion of the sole begins to tapers off I think it gives the toe a sleeker look. That said, I still use the break-in method so it looks natural instead of appearing as though it's been sanded down at a sharp angle. Not saying taps aren't a great option, just wanted to share my opinion.

 

Also, interesting to note that the bit of leather attached to the toe of my pair with crepe sole has not worn down like the rest of my double leather soles. Not sure if Alden uses a different/tougher leather on those. 

 

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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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I check out everyones shoes.  I'm not ashamed of it.  I can't remember a time when I saw someone else wearing Aldens ITW either in NY or Pittsburgh.  (Except BB Tassels at a dinner party one of my father's friends had)

 

I do the same thing. It's kind of a fun game to play while walking around a city.

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Ravello NST's, Pants by EP

 

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Ravello NST's, Pants by EP


Your Ravello NST's look awesome with the cuffed EP's.
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The theme of this thread has inspired me to share a funny story. Two weekends ago I was in uptown new orleans (trendy area) and while walking out of a coffee shop I noticed a gentleman wearing shell 8's. I said that guy is wearing nice shoes to my girlfriend while walking away my girlfriend utters, yeah they look like shell. I almost fell out laughing, it appears my exuberance and frequent orders from Alden NYC having gone unnoticed.
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Haven't gone unnoticed, I apologize for the iPhone post.
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What the hell does "dress" even mean? Alden is dressier than 95% of the shoes that your coworkers and friends wear to work. You can wear them with a suit and they'll look better than most. You can wear them with jeans and get compliments from ladies.

This debate is pointless and needs to be framed in a different light. The shoes you listed are bluchers, which traditionally are considered to be casual. Balmorals are dressy in the same way a three piece suit is considered dressy.

+ 1

I've seen top banking executive wear Bruno Magli square toe loafers with 'dress' suits and they think they look good.

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In the US, just about anything above sneakers or crocs is considered a dress shoe.

 

Have to wear a black dress shoe for a wedding that I'm in.  I have nothing black.  My color 8 longwings were veto'd.  It's a shame my LWBs are unacceptable while squared toe'd abominations from Ecco are passes.

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In the US, just about anything above sneakers or crocs is considered a dress shoe.

Have to wear a black dress shoe for a wedding that I'm in.  I have nothing black.  My color 8 longwings were veto'd.  It's a shame my LWBs are unacceptable while squared toe'd abominations from Ecco are passes.
As Bill Clinton would say, "I feel your pain". With weddings it never fails that there'll be some hum yuk with black Nikes on. Last year I bought a some of the aforementioned Ecco's for winter. Took them back in two days.
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The theme of this thread has inspired me to share a funny story. Two weekends ago I was in uptown new orleans (trendy area) and while walking out of a coffee shop I noticed a gentleman wearing shell 8's. I said that guy is wearing nice shoes to my girlfriend while walking away my girlfriend utters, yeah they look like shell. I almost fell out laughing, it appears my exuberance and frequent orders from Alden NYC having gone unnoticed.

PJ's? Sucre? Rue? CC's? Or somewhere else?
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In the US, just about anything above sneakers or crocs is considered a dress shoe.

Have to wear a black dress shoe for a wedding that I'm in.  I have nothing black.  My color 8 longwings were veto'd.  It's a shame my LWBs are unacceptable while squared toe'd abominations from Ecco are passes.

Even though they are boring, you may as well invest in a black shoe now. The thing is they come in handy in situations like this and can be worn with black tie. The last wedding I was in I actually wore my black shell Rider bal captoe boots, worked out pretty well (even though it was probably a bad purchase overall)
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My alternative as of right now is to borrow a pair of black shoes or wear a couple of black shoe boxes on my feet--think both would work and would be cheaper.  

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