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Originally Posted by docalden2013 View Post

Dear Seven,

For the uninitiated, do you mind talking about what it is about the Plaza that trumps the other lasts for you? I'm particularly interested in a comparison and contrast with the Grant last, which I really like.

Thanks!

A few comments .....

1. Fit is good; fit is consistent; is agreeable with my foot shape; JGilbert - also a fan of the Plaza - gets plenty of my business.
2. Sleek enough to wear in more formal settings; but not so sleek that it can't
be worn casually (for the most part I like the Barrie last, and have numerous Barrie models, but I personally have a hard time wearing it in more formal settings, particularly those models with a storm welt and 360 degree welt)
3. I like the grant last and find it woefully underutilized; Alden has very few models on it
4. I also quite like the Aberdeen last and Snap last
5. I have models on nearly every Alden last
6. Nearly all of my alden purchases in the foreseeable future will be on the plaza or aberdeen

Hope everyone has a good weekend.

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Originally Posted by docalden2013 View Post

This just rubs salt in the wound I sustained by having just missed this JCrew Ravello-fest by less than a week.

 

Seriously, congrats on some lovely LWBs!!

 

Thanks Doc; I'm sure you'll get your hands on some ravello lwbs soon. 

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Originally Posted by dslonghorn4 View Post

Like others that have posted on this thread, I wasn't completely sold on the brass eyelets on the J.Crew Ravello LWBs. Took them a cobbler to have them replace brass with light brown, and am happy with the result!

Those look very nice. I wanted them because of the brass eyelets, but I like how these came out.
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Originally Posted by Steel28 View Post

My new Whiskey LWB arrived and joined their fast growing family



Nicely done my friend. Good looking stuff.
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Originally Posted by Steel28 View Post

My new Whiskey LWB arrived and joined their fast growing family


Nice whiskey. Great collection.
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Recently acquired these for a very good deal and figured I would poke in this fountain of knowledge for a few scraps of information on this shoe. I am not familiar with shoe terminology but I am learning. After handling such fine craftsmanship I am eager to buy a pair that will actually fit me correctly. After plugging in the numbers online I understand that they are shell cordovan but I do not know the "last" or what the difference between the lasts mean. Thanks in advance! I am not sure what I am going to do with these, maybe throw them up on ebay to help fund my new pair.

 

I apologize in advance for the crappy phone pictures.

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

wear in good health your cap toe boot

Thank you!
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Originally Posted by Randomore View Post

Recently acquired these for a very good deal and figured I would poke in this fountain of knowledge for a few scraps of information on this shoe. I am not familiar with shoe terminology but I am learning. After handling such fine craftsmanship I am eager to buy a pair that will actually fit me correctly. After plugging in the numbers online I understand that they are shell cordovan but I do not know the "last" or what the difference between the lasts mean. Thanks in advance! I am not sure what I am going to do with these, maybe throw them up on ebay to help fund my new pair.

I apologize in advance for the crappy phone pictures.










I believe those are made on the Tremont last. I had a pair but ended up selling them as they were a 1/2 size too big.
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Originally Posted by Steel28 View Post

My new Whiskey LWB arrived and joined their fast growing family




I'm trying to hold off ordering whiskey longwings from Alden SF as I already have the whiskey balmoral wingtips and natural CXL longwings... But these photos are making me reconsider
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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post

Nicely done my friend. Good looking stuff.


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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

Nice whiskey. Great collection.


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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

I'm trying to hold off ordering whiskey longwings from Alden SF as I already have the whiskey balmoral wingtips and natural CXL longwings... But these photos are making me reconsider


thank you gentlemen, my wallet is a bit thinner after 2 pair of shell purchases in one month but I'm extremely happy that went for it: satisfied.gif One more pair in suede and I should slow down. My work environment is very casual so my fresh collection will reflect this.
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Originally Posted by DpprDr View Post

Was about to make the call to pick up some #8 NST boots from Leffot but my girlfriend just got accepted to a 2 year position in Flint; would have been irresponsible of me to walk home with new boots when we might have to move from NYC to the Ann Arbor/East Lansing/Detroit area (from what I hear Flint might not be the best place).

MP: Assuming you're in Michigan, good to know my Aldens will get some good use there!

Pick Flint as your new home and then tell the GF that since you have to live in Flint, you need something nice to make up for it... like some more Aldens! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Flint does have one good thing going for it - the airport. It's tiny but has a surprising number of convenient direct flights from it and if you live north of Detroit (Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, or St. Clair Counties), it's a much easier airport to use than Metro. The parking is so much easier too. Whenever we fly anywhere, we always check flights from Flint first. There are a couple nice areas to live just south of Flint in Grand Blanc, but it's still a pretty quiet, sleepy area. Especially if you are coming from NYC.

I have to get a plug in for Oakland County and say that that's the best place to live. Anywhere south of the city of Pontiac and North of Detroit along the Woodward Corridor to be more precise. wink.gif Plus, the commute to Flint isn't too bad (40 minutes up I-75 to downtown).

If when my wife and I got married a few years ago we hadn't been thinking about having kids so soon, we would have actually moved into the city of Detroit. If you don't mind paying high property taxes and car insurance rates, and can handle dealing with inept government, there are some awesome places to live, especially around Midtown and Corktown. Or if you are industrious and want a home with some real character there are great, affordable options in places like Boston-Edison, Sherwood Forest, Indian Village, Palmer Woods, and the University District).

And as a former Wolverine, I would be remiss to not mention Ann Arbor. It's got a great little downtown and there is always stuff going on. Personally though, because of the demand from students and faculty , the best housing in the walkable areas is grossly over priced IMO - I'd rather stick to somewhere like Rochester, Birmingham, Ferndale, or Royal Oak.

Ok, that's enough log-rolling from me on the Detroit area. Feel free to message me if you have any questions on the area. I am a geographic idiot savant.



Now back to our regularly scheduled Alden discussion:

I wanted to give a shout out to Alden of NYC. I had contacted them a while back about the availability of a specific shoe. It was out of stock in my size at the time (back in November or December) but they promised to notify me when it was available. Yesterday I got an email letting me know it had come in and today the shoes are on route to me. I've had numerous other retailers in the past promise to notify me about something coming in and then they never follow through (and I end up seeing the item, in my requested size, listed as available on their site). It may be a small courtesy, but it is really appreciated.

Thanks again Alden NYC. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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Originally Posted by Michigan Planner View Post

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Pick Flint as your new home and then tell the GF that since you have to live in Flint, you need something nice to make up for it... like some more Aldens! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Flint does have one good thing going for it - the airport. It's tiny but has a surprising number of convenient direct flights from it and if you live north of Detroit (Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, or St. Clair Counties), it's a much easier airport to use than Metro. The parking is so much easier too. Whenever we fly anywhere, we always check flights from Flint first. There are a couple nice areas to live just south of Flint in Grand Blanc, but it's still a pretty quiet, sleepy area. Especially if you are coming from NYC.

I have to get a plug in for Oakland County and say that that's the best place to live. Anywhere south of the city of Pontiac and North of Detroit along the Woodward Corridor to be more precise. wink.gif Plus, the commute to Flint isn't too bad (40 minutes up I-75 to downtown).

If when my wife and I got married a few years ago we hadn't been thinking about having kids so soon, we would have actually moved into the city of Detroit. If you don't mind paying high property taxes and car insurance rates, and can handle dealing with inept government, there are some awesome places to live, especially around Midtown and Corktown. Or if you are industrious and want a home with some real character there are great, affordable options in places like Boston-Edison, Sherwood Forest, Indian Village, Palmer Woods, and the University District).

And as a former Wolverine, I would be remiss to not mention Ann Arbor. It's got a great little downtown and there is always stuff going on. Personally though, because of the demand from students and faculty , the best housing in the walkable areas is grossly over priced IMO - I'd rather stick to somewhere like Rochester, Birmingham, Ferndale, or Royal Oak.

Ok, that's enough log-rolling from me on the Detroit area. Feel free to message me if you have any questions on the area. I am a geographic idiot savant.



Now back to our regularly scheduled Alden discussion:

I wanted to give a shout out to Alden of NYC. I had contacted them a while back about the availability of a specific shoe. It was out of stock in my size at the time (back in November or December) but they promised to notify me when it was available. Yesterday I got an email letting me know it had come in and today the shoes are on route to me. I've had numerous other retailers in the past promise to notify me about something coming in and then they never follow through (and I end up seeing the item, in my requested size, listed as available on their site). It may be a small courtesy, but it is really appreciated.

Thanks again Alden NYC. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

I know Alden NYC has its detractors, but I've always had great service from them... They always call me right away when they get a shipment, they will put shoes aside for me for a week, etc.
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Originally Posted by Randomore View Post

Recently acquired these for a very good deal and figured I would poke in this fountain of knowledge for a few scraps of information on this shoe. I am not familiar with shoe terminology but I am learning. After handling such fine craftsmanship I am eager to buy a pair that will actually fit me correctly. After plugging in the numbers online I understand that they are shell cordovan but I do not know the "last" or what the difference between the lasts mean. Thanks in advance! I am not sure what I am going to do with these, maybe throw them up on ebay to help fund my new pair.

I apologize in advance for the crappy phone pictures.










This is the shoe. It is on the Tremont last. Many believe it runs 1/2 size larger than one's regular size.

http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-mens-wing-tip-bal-shell-cordovan-black/pvc-ald-mxsdlw-9741_ald_m_wing_tip_bal_shell_cordovan.html
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ravello indy plaza (grant last) :)

 

 

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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

ravello indy plaza (grant last) smile.gif

Wow, now THAT is a rare combination!
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