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Hi folks,
Great pics over the past few days. Hope everyone is wearing their Alden's in good health.

Question about alpine grain as I contemplate the LS alpine grain boot with the brass eyelets: what makes for your reservations about Alpine grain? Is it the texture that makes it difficult to pair with stuff? Is there difficulty in care and maintenance? Comfort issues?

Re the eyelets: any reservations there? Is it a mortal or simply venial sin if a watch or belt buckle is not the same color?

I think I like the boot and am ready to pull the trigger (amazing how the $500 range comes to seem like a relief after catching the shell fever). However I've never seen alpine grain in person. I do feel like the LS guys know their stuff, so can I really go wrong? Obviously, I know we're all biased towards there being room for one more shoe, but I would really welcome earnest feedback about reasons to hold off (especially as I might just be tiding myself over with a boot while waiting for the Leffot naval). For now, I have the LS ultimate Indy and the DC grant last #8 caps for boots and an AE Haight with a comfy dainite sole for boots. Is there any way to wear the Alpine with a suit? Or is it simply a casual affair?

Thanks in advance for your help, guys!

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Hi.  New to the board, but not new to Alden.  Glad to have found a group of folks who will enable more shell purchases.

I have my eye on some cigar shell LHS.

 

I wear an 8D in the Aberdeen Tassel.  How should I size in the Van last?

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Originally Posted by UROCORDOVAN View Post

Hi.  New to the board, but not new to Alden.  Glad to have found a group of folks who will enable more shell purchases.

I have my eye on some cigar shell LHS.

 

I wear an 8D in the Aberdeen Tassel.  How should I size in the Van last?


Many size a half down  (7.5D) and others say half down and one width (7.5C).  I simply go half down but I would try on both.  Good luck!

post #45289 of 89522
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Originally Posted by UROCORDOVAN View Post

Hi.  New to the board, but not new to Alden.  Glad to have found a group of folks who will enable more shell purchases.
I have my eye on some cigar shell LHS.

I wear an 8D in the Aberdeen Tassel.  How should I size in the Van last?

I can wear 11.5D in Aberdeen and went with 11D in Van. I did wait to buy an LHS until I could try a pair on. I know that's not always possible.
post #45290 of 89522
Are there any other shops that sell unlined lhs in color 8 beside brooks brothers ? They don't have my size in stock :-(

Thanks guys!
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What are the qualitative differences between the two trees? Aside from the toe of course. I worry about creasing on my shells.

Both brands have good trees. Don't stress about it so much.

I use AE full toe (not split toe) and Alden split toe (that's all they have). Both work well.
post #45292 of 89522
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Are there any other shops that sell unlined lhs in color 8 beside brooks brothers ? They don't have my size in stock :-(

Thanks guys!

Have you called the web number to have them check all retail stores? That's how I acquire many of my Alden for BB shells.
post #45293 of 89522
Hello Alden Brethren,

I received my second pair of Context Roy Roys the other day and they looked a bit different out of the gate compared to my 2-year old pair. When I tried them on, the shoes felt entirely different to me. Upon closer inspection and comparison they look to be on a different last. They were advertised as Trubalance but the instep and cap look very different to me. None of my dozen or so Barrie and Trubalance lasted shoes/boots fit like this pair.

Could I have your opinion? Any contenders for the last? Perhaps Modified?


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NOS unlined loafer for BB from ebay. got to admit, one of the most comfortable shoes ive ever tried on. Could use some edge dressing
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leffot's ravello day tripper or tsm's ravello wingtip boot? which would you guys keep over the other? i'm leaning toward the wtb.
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leffot's ravello day tripper or tsm's ravello wingtip boot? which would you guys keep over the other? i'm leaning toward the wtb.

The Day Tripper for sure; it's more unique. The wingtip boot comes up more often in Ravello shell...
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How does the barrie last fit compare to the red wing iron ranger?

I ended up getting a 9.5 E in the alden. I usually wear a 9.5 E in the Iron ranger, 9.5 EEE in the AE strand, and a 9H in the RM Williams craftsman. Any input on how the 9.5 E in alden compares to these shoes would be appreciated.
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The Day Tripper for sure; it's more unique. The wingtip boot comes up more often in Ravello shell...

Agree that the Day Trippers are more unique but I much prefer the comfort of the double leather sole of the Wingtip boot over the Day Tripper's single leather sole.
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The Day Tripper for sure; it's more unique. The wingtip boot comes up more often in Ravello shell...

Agree that the Day Trippers are more unique but I much prefer the comfort of the double leather sole of the Wingtip boot over the Day Tripper's single leather sole.

+100, also...

They are both great, but I think you should make your decision based on which one you prefer more, not based on which one is more difficult to acquire.  I personally prefer the wingtip boot, but that's just me.  Many would disagree but that's perfectly fine.  If you're looking to acquire both at some point, keep them both now! nod[1].gif

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How does the barrie last fit compare to the red wing iron ranger?

I ended up getting a 9.5 E in the alden. I usually wear a 9.5 E in the Iron ranger, 9.5 EEE in the AE strand, and a 9H in the RM Williams craftsman. Any input on how the 9.5 E in alden compares to these shoes would be appreciated.
I own both a pair of RW Iron Rangers as well as a few Aldens. I comfortably wear an 8.5e in both my Iron Rangers and Barrie LWB. I also have a pair of Barrie WT boots in 9D which fit me well. But I think that's because my true size is somewhere between 8.5E and 9D. I think that the Barrie last is a touch wider than the Red Wing lasts.
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