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speaking of which, #4 loafer? has anyone seen one?

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This is exactly the slippery slope I trip on just about every time. It started off for me with, "I'll dive into the Alden scene, but only if I can get a J.Crew discount." Then it was, "Oh, LWBs are nice. The cool styleforum guys are talking about shell. I obviously need some shell action." Got a color 8 LWB then decided not only that I needed a shell boot, but also more shell in other places. "I'll go ahead and get that Grant lasted cap toe boot; Kathy from Alden of DC is so nice and accommodating after all." "Oh, wait, summer is coming. I obviously need a loafer. Cigar it is." Wait, what about those Indy boots everyone is talking about? Oh, if I pass up on the Leffot presale for black shell naval boots, there will be a big hole in the color spectrum in the closet." You catch my drift...

 

Olifter, congrats on a diverse shell collection and best of luck in the hunt for whiskey...

Yup. Same problem with me. "I'll dish out for a pair of LeatherSoul X Alden boots" and then I found this forum thread and a few thousand $ later...

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speaking of which, #4 loafer? has anyone seen one?

Lakota House did a #4 LHS for their 10th anniversary as well as a #4 NST boot and a #4 NST blucher.

http://www.lakota.co.jp/updates/index.php?ID=2315
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

speaking of which, #4 loafer? has anyone seen one?

From this post, apparently it exists in Japan:



EDIT: CTYGGG beat me to it.
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#4 boot right there would get bought with the quickness, altho it'll prolly run $1500 satisfied.gif

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#4 is such a glorious color.
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I finally decided to go with the Cigar LWBs given the feedback on versatility issues (a heartfelt thanks to everyone who offered advice and/or pictures). It's hard to say no to whiskey (really more like a "not now" than a no), especially given my posttraumatic stress and disappointment related to having had to give up the whiskey LHS when that darn left shoe ended up longer than the other.

 

So, I'm building a fantasy LWB lineup and would love to hear thoughts on which specific acquisitions should come first and which specific LWBs I've inadvertently omitted.

 

As previously mentioned, the LWB stable currently includes:

JCrew waxed brown "cxl" that isn't cxl-looking

Snuff suede Jcrew

Color 8

Cigar (en route)

 

I'm thinking the next suspects will include:

whiskey

ravello (as if...)

#4 (I'm told by Kathy "aint gonna happen")

natural CXL (not sure if Leydon epaulet or Barrie leffot) --> how dark does it really get after, say, a year?

Alpine brown (would non-SF people know this was a different shoe than the JCrew lwb?)

Black shell (I know some of you don't wear this as much as the others)

 

When does one hit the asymptote / point of diminishing returns on the LWB front?

 

How many of you try to parallel your lwb collection with wingtip boots in similar finishes?

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Getting ready to bust out the snuff suede lwb's (enough carpet treatment for them). Has anyone used Meltonian Water and Stain Protector on suede? Is it worth my while? Should I have gone with the Alden leather defender? Have you treated calf with the Meltonian?

 

Any light shed on the matter will be very appreciated.

 

Thanks!

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I owned the LWB in #8 and the plaza last wingtip boot in #8. Ended up selling the wingtip boot as the two were really similar and the wingtip boots weren't getting any wear. I would try to branch out more in style and colors. You really don't need the boot and shoe version of the same design and color.
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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post

#4 is such a glorious color.

Agreed.

Can anyone explain why #4 is so rare? Whiskey is the lightest color, but somehow ravello and #4 are more rare. You would think that any hides that qualify for whiskey qualify for all the other colors, no? Is it simply Alden creating artificial demand by rotating the "rare" colors and also selling a lot of it to Japan?

Finally, what would everyone's top pick be for a #4 makeup be? I'm not sure, but that #4 LHS is pretty awesome.
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

Agreed.

What would everyone's top pick be for a #4 makeup be? I'm not sure, but that #4 LHS is pretty awesome.

#4 lhs would be fun--without the 4 figure price tag. Probably hard to do a makeup not only due to the scarcity issue, but also the width variability issue.

What about a #4 Plaza lasted Medallion cap toe or a plaza lasted double monk strap?
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Originally Posted by docalden2013 View Post

#4 lhs would be fun--without the 4 figure price tag. Probably hard to do a makeup not only due to the scarcity issue, but also the width variability issue.

What about a #4 Plaza lasted Medallion cap toe or a plaza lasted double monk strap?

Sign me up for a #4 Plaza last double monk.
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I finally decided to go with the Cigar LWBs given the feedback on versatility issues (a heartfelt thanks to everyone who offered advice and/or pictures). It's hard to say no to whiskey (really more like a "not now" than a no), especially given my posttraumatic stress and disappointment related to having had to give up the whiskey LHS when that darn left shoe ended up longer than the other.

So, I'm building a fantasy LWB lineup and would love to hear thoughts on which specific acquisitions should come first and which specific LWBs I've inadvertently omitted.

As previously mentioned, the LWB stable currently includes:
JCrew waxed brown "cxl" that isn't cxl-looking
Snuff suede Jcrew
Color 8
Cigar (en route)

I'm thinking the next suspects will include:
whiskey
ravello (as if...)
#4 (I'm told by Kathy "aint gonna happen")
natural CXL (not sure if Leydon epaulet or Barrie leffot) --> how dark does it really get after, say, a year?
Alpine brown (would non-SF people know this was a different shoe than the JCrew lwb?)
Black shell (I know some of you don't wear this as much as the others)

When does one hit the asymptote / point of diminishing returns on the LWB front?

How many of you try to parallel your lwb collection with wingtip boots in similar finishes?

You'll find a variety of approaches to building a shoe wardrobe here, from getting the rainbow in a particular style, to strictly avoiding doubling up on a style until you have the rainbow. I tend to be on the not doubling up side, so I'd urge you to consider a variety of styles -- PTB, LHS, NST shoe or boot, cap toe shoe or boot, and so on -- before obsessing too much over a single style. That's ultimately a personal style choice, though, and if you post an LWB rainbow pic in 6 months, I'll surely icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif it.
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Sign me up for a #4 Plaza last double monk.

Maybe we could get Kathy at DC to do a SF #4 Plaza double monk makeup with expected delivery circa 2020. wink.gif
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Hope to see your new cap toes soon... smile.gif
Thanks for the encouragement. I don't think I'll need to buy a chambray suit first though. Whatever it takes, right?
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