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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

I've got both.  1 Pair unlined, 2 lined.  Never noticed that there was a difference other than the lining, and the stitching on the tongue that necessarily goes with it.  Unlined 9.5D (TTS), Lined 9C.  Maybe could have gone smaller with the unlined, but the 9.5D works fine.  Could not have gone larger with the lined, as I tried when I was dialing in.  Started 9.5D, then tried 9D, finally arrived at 9C.

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The length seems pretty similar despite being different sizes. At times I have wondered if BB adjusts their sizing .5 size to compensate for the spacious nature of the Van.

 

 

 

Good Luck

 

Edit:  I recommend the Unlined where possible.  Pardon the inappropriateness of my analogy, but the unlined feels like having unprotected sex with a pair of shell shoes.  (even if you have socks on).  The lined version feels like having unprotected sex with a pair of wooden clogs, at least until they are well broken-in.  (Even with socks on).

 

(and yes, I do know from experience because I have actually tried it!  I don't recommend it however, as its a great way to spread disease, like athletes...

 

...well, nevermind)

 

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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

wow. Glad you keep your socks on

 

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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

Yes, I've seen others mention that as well, which just adds to the mystery.

 

Ryden, I always leave my socks on, even when riding bareback.

 

(Ok, Enough, sorry for the pre-emptive snarkyness)

 

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Originally Posted by Profligate47 View Post


Agreed. Same size 10.5D in lined and BB unlined:
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Thanks your responses.  Bakes, I appreciate your colorful analogy.  I like a shoe with more structure, so as someone who doesn't (always) go for instant gratification, if breaking in the lined pair yields a good feel in the long run, I might still go that route.    And as for size, the differing testimony makes me realize I may have to try these on in the flesh.   mwink[1].gif

 

Profligate: very sharp.

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post #45152 of 86585
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Originally Posted by Steel28 View Post

Gentlemen,
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When I read Steven's (Leffot's) description about Atoms, I thought it's good but I swear, these Atoms not just simply amazing looking and versatile as there is no tomorrow but so comfortable it's hard to believe. I'm planning to wear them casually with denim and with a bit formal trousers as well.

The price of $710 is high and most likely will climb as Alden seems to increase every year but I forgot already what I paid for these.nod[1].gif

Tremont last is exactly what I needed and thanks for all your sizing advice, fits like a glove! I have two more boots from LS on pre-order so will be on tight budget for the next few months. Mac method starts this weekend.








NIce! how did you size?
post #45153 of 86585
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

NIce! how did you size?

Thanks! Went with my Barrie size 8.5D.
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Originally Posted by Dr. D View Post

It's not one of their standard stock items, but Alden has certainly made some shortwing bluchers in shell.

Leather Soul has had barrie-lasted shortwing bluchers in black, color 8 and ravello:
http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2011/09/12/alden-shoes-8-shortwing-for-style-forum-lsw-lsbh/
http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2012/06/15/alden-shoe-barrie-shortwing-in-black-shell-lsw/
http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2010/07/23/alden-shoes-ravello-shortwing-lsw/

I think all the shortwings in whiskey to date have been bals. And no cigar shortwings at all that I can remember seeing...

Yep - I am aware of these. But they are all sold out.

Alden currently does not offer a shell SWB (on a leather sole) that i know of, much less one in cigar. Operative word is currently. I actually purchased the ravello SWB from LS.

I am making a distinction between a traditional SWB as those on the links above (and the Marlow) and the leffot atom which is different in design. BTW, the leffot atom is a great shoe and I gave some thought to buying it myself.
Edited by sevenfoldtieguy - 3/7/13 at 8:46pm
post #45155 of 86585
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Originally Posted by Hermitedge View Post

I appreciate you sharing your experience(s) with the BB boot. I'm quite fond of both, but its the little things that I'm debating in my head atm. Eyelets vs none, reverse welt vs none, the shape of the toebox is slightly similar since the Plaza last is a bit narrower than other common Alden lasts. Maybe I'll deliberate till I change my mind completely.

And my post should not be taken as a slam against C&J shell, or against C&J. It is not meant as that
post #45156 of 86585
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post







I think the Marlow maybe finished better than most Aldens, but not sure it's put together much better. As for clunkiness/blobby... the double leather sole makes it looker even thicker with the more sleek last.  In order of blobby to least blobby... barrie, tremont, Marlow (hands-down).  Without having seen the cigar atom in person, I'd say the Marlows are far and away dressier.  The antique edge and a bigger, rounder last makes it less dressy, imho. 

I got these for about $450 brand new, so I don't consider it "going up and onward from Alden (just different)...





As far as a comparison to cigar and ravello LWBs, they are darker than my cigars and even darker than my ravello.  As a last point of comparison, all of my Aldens are considerably more comfortable than the Marlow.







Has anyone on this thread gone with the Carmina shortwing in saddle shell (similar to whiskey)?  Just curious if it would actually be "moving up and on" from Alden.  Thanks...



I appreciate the observations.
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Originally Posted by Steel28 View Post

Gentlemen,

When I read Steven's (Leffot's) description about Atoms, I thought it's good but I swear, these Atoms not just simply amazing looking and versatile as there is no tomorrow but so comfortable it's hard to believe. I'm planning to wear them casually with denim and with a bit formal trousers as well.

The price of $710 is high and most likely will climb as Alden seems to increase every year but I forgot already what I paid for these.nod[1].gif

Tremont last is exactly what I needed and thanks for all your sizing advice, fits like a glove! I have two more boots from LS on pre-order so will be on tight budget for the next few months. Mac method starts this weekend.







Eggcellent!
post #45158 of 86585
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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post



Alden x JGilbert #8 Captoes, Plaza, Commando.

Continuing to play w/ phone-based photo processing.

Winner, nicely done.
post #45159 of 86585
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Originally Posted by Steel28 View Post

Gentlemen,

When I read Steven's (Leffot's) description about Atoms, I thought it's good but I swear, these Atoms not just simply amazing looking and versatile as there is no tomorrow but so comfortable it's hard to believe. I'm planning to wear them casually with denim and with a bit formal trousers as well.


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Very very nice, I'm so disappointed they didn't have my size.
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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post



Alden x JGilbert #8 Captoes, Plaza, Commando.

Continuing to play w/ phone-based photo processing.

love these. on my to-buy list satisfied.gif
post #45161 of 86585
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Originally Posted by zippyh View Post


It doesn't seem to stick.
I made the corporate address the default, logged out, then checked again.
Default went back to the member address.

i had great success with calling customer service earlier today to make sure my addresses were correct in the system. although the website still shows my old, incorrect address under the corporate number, the discount is applied after entering payment information and the shipping/billing addresses on the final page are up-to-date.

post #45162 of 86585
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

Winner, nicely done.

Thank you kindly, sir.
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

love these. on my to-buy list satisfied.gif

They're a good one. Surprised you haven't snagged a pair yet wink.gif

But seriously Namor, I bless your username every day I see these in my closet. Can't ever say thank you enough!
post #45163 of 86585
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Originally Posted by Winston S. View Post


If his Daltons and Strands are not shell then they have a rubber heel....

regardless, what makes the loudest sound is usually the heel first striking the ground. the rear portion of the dovetail on AE shell offerings is pretty much the same rubber used for their calfskin toplifts. this rubber is significantly harder than Alden toplifts' rubber, and, as a result, my AEs are all much louder than my Aldens.

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Originally Posted by stanford88 View Post

Regarding the BB cordovan sale, it seems that the sizes are quite limited on the website. Would it be better to call them?


i just realized this was the case. darn! the saving-to-cart trick might not work so well. here's to hoping that they will release more sizes by 3/13...

post #45165 of 86585

PSA:

 

Hate to bring up non-Alden items, but

The Wolverine 744 Ltd. 

Horween Cordovan (Beautiful Color) almost a #4

Currently listed in many sizes 30% of regular $750 price

These are not seconds

I think they are $530-$550

 

I got the 721 last year and the shell was beautiful and since Allen Edmonds makes Wolverine's Shell Offerings, they are made beautifully. With the way that shell is being bought up by the Chinese ( as explained to me by Alden, you probably won't get a first quality boot at this price again)

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wolverine-1000-Mile-Shell-Cordovan-744-Ltd-Boots-Free-Shipping-/160938905410?pt=US_Men_s_Shoes&var=&hash=item2578b4cf42

 

 

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