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Originally Posted by Don L View Post

Enough Ravello and Cigar talk
Whiskey is today's choice

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Don, you're killing me, reminding me about the whiskey lwbs I passed on when Steel was selling them. Special salt in the wound after hearing about the shell shortage Alden is talking about. Beautiful shoes!

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Originally Posted by Alpina View Post

I'm prolly jumping the gun with suede, but I figure if the sun is out and the crocuses are up, it's legit.

 

I busted out the suede lwbs this past weekend when it finally hit 60 degrees in the northeast. Love the blue suede!

 

 

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All of this high-filter photography is great to scroll through.

Please note, alums, that there is still the time and place for massive, high-res, dslr shots as well.

But otherwise, carry on.

DocAlden, I'll run your file by the guys in the admissions office w/ a letter of recommendation.
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Very nice lagsun. I'm also wearing the Alden DC Cigar captoe boots today:



These are beautiful. Great pant combo, good cuff, nice angles on the boots.
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Originally Posted by docalden2013 View Post

I'm over the moon today. Dear wife and I are buying a house and our offer was accepted without too much bs from the sellers. It's a sunny enough day for shell, so I decided to break in the cigar lwbs that came Monday from Adam at AofC. I was neurotically worried about sizing given some of the recent discussions about intra-last variability on length and width (and given my odyssey with the cigar lhs's that I ended up with after the mismatched whiskey lhs's i tried to buy). The cigar discussions have been so fun I decided--perhaps against better judgment--to skip the gradual carpet break-in phase (Mac forgive me) and wore them to take my son to school this morning.

The 3 sessions for one hour on carpet process is no doubt a good idea. But truth be told, I surmise that many (perhaps most?) don't adhere to it. Sometimes life gets in the way. Consider yourself forgiven.
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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post

All of this high-filter photography is great to scroll through.

Please note, alums, that there is still the time and place for massive, high-res, dslr shots as well.

But otherwise, carry on.

DocAlden, I'll run your file by the guys in the admissions office w/ a letter of recommendation.
These are beautiful. Great pant combo, good cuff, nice angles on the boots.

Dear Dean El Argentino,

 

I'm humbled by the admissions offer and proudly accept. If I recall correctly, the registrar's office offered as an incentive one free pair of Color 4 shell, grant lasted cap toe boots, size 9D upon their receipt of my dslr submission. When you receive said dslr work, please forward the boots by next day air to the office address I have sent you via PM.

 

I am also awaiting the El Argentino School of Alden Photography rear windshield sticker for my car. teacha.gif

 

Very truly yours,

Doc

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Originally Posted by StephenHero View Post

What products does everyone recommended for the shell cordovan boots? Anything particular besides generic cordovan polish?

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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post


The 3 sessions for one hour on carpet process is no doubt a good idea. But truth be told, I surmise that many (perhaps most?) don't adhere to it. Sometimes life gets in the way. Consider yourself forgiven.

Dear Seven,

 

Thanks! It's so hard to restrain myself sometimes.

 

When did Pontiff Mac finalize your ordaining? This is much better than all those years in Catholic school. Not even one act of contrition?! No recommendation to give up Aldens for lent? Much obliged. worship2.gif

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Gotta love the carpets at Foxwoods Casino...some dark #8 and Saddleback chestnut
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Originally Posted by docalden2013 View Post

Dear Seven,

Thanks! It's so hard to restrain myself sometimes.

When did Pontiff Mac finalize your ordaining? This is much better than all those years in Catholic school. Not even one act of contrition?! No recommendation to give up Aldens for lent? Much obliged. worship2.gif

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DocAlden: Those Cigars with the light edge look perfect. Love the way you put them together with the laces and socks.

As for my involvement with the Alpine boots: I refuse to comment and incriminate myself on this board, but those are some swell boots.
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DocAlden: Those Cigars with the light edge look perfect. Love the way you put them together with the laces and socks.

As for my involvement with the Alpine boots: I refuse to comment and incriminate myself on this board, but those are some swell boots.

Thanks, Sazon. BeSpiffington inspired me to get back with the colored laces I was experimenting with last spring. He's the one with the mad color matching skillz.

 

So now you're going to take the high road, huh? It's you closeted addicts that keep this thread going. snork[1].gifAt least I own my weakness. In fact, I was just flirting with the idea of springing for the suede unlined lhs's or a chukka from that link for harrisonunlimited someone posted earlier this morning (again, I feel like Sylvester the cat in that looney tunes episode where he signs up for Birds Anonymous and ends up finding his sponsor going nuts for Tweety). Random thought I had was that we should compile another comprehensive list of alden retailers for anyone who wants to hunt for a particular shoe first thing in the morning. I've been using the Alden Faq from last year, but you kind gentlemen have occasionally mentioned retailers not on that list in the last couple of weeks.

 

What are others thinking for their next purchase?

 

Have a great evening everyone!

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Cigar Cap Toe Boots (Grant last)

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Mac is Mac and experience and proven results trump everything.

 

That being said, I feel like the "do they fit? I'll walk on the carpet," portion of the Mac Curriculum is a bit self defeating...that is, if I understand it correctly.

 

It certainly works and in a World  where creased Alden's that are too big or too small, go into reset mode where they are brand new again suddenly, it's great. I can get creases and scratches out of almost anything, but the people who don't know their sizing are usually the same people who don't know how to care for/maintain/repair  shell.

 

Sometimes, just trying on a shell Alden will crease it and extensive carpet walking will certainly crease it. So, if you don't know your size and you do the whole carpet thing and find out that the shoes don't fit; you're either setting yourself up for an unacceptable return (for certain retailers who will not accept returned creased shell...AoC) or you're creating a pair of shells that are going to arrive at somebody else's door creased; which, now that they exceed $800 with tax and shipping, just isn't right.

 

This is not a shot at Mac. I wish that Mac lived in my shoe closet and took care of all of my shors/boots as I've never seen such impressive work done so consistently. I just feel like people paying $750-$850 (or more if you go through Europe or Asia) should receive a shoe/boot that hasn't been tried in. Creases, scratches and other marks left on Alden's don't show up on Alden's radar. With the shell shortage, they'll resell damaged or clearly second rate shoes that slipped by quality control and they'll do it because obviously, we're still buying them.

 

If we don't allow them to do this, it'll make it harder for it to happen. I really don't know of another shoe company from Nike ($80) to Cleverly ($7500)  that would be ok with selling damaged products at full price. All of the people at Alden NY/DC/SF are incredibly nice and seem very thoughtful. This must be coming down from somebody in Massachusetts.

 

i'd like to think that it's just a Whiskey/Ravello/#4/Cigar issue, but it's not. Retailers are beholden to Alden, their master and, if they bitch on behalf of a customer, they go to the back of a line that already is ridiculously long. I recently got a pair of boots from a retailer and they were clearly seconds being sold as brand new. It was not the retailers fault, Alden packaged and sent them as 1st quality. I called the retailer and the explanation was, "that's just Alden. No two pairs are alike. Each pair had some imperfection or something that makes them unique."

 

this is my last bitch sess, but this is the largest Alden community in the World and if nobody here has a problem with it, in a year there will no longer be a seconds or irregular designation.

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I went back and forth on this. I may call to inquire tomorrow, but at least online the LHS was not available in my size. So, I went with what might be an unconventional choice on this thread: the #8 cap toe blucher. On the formal side for my needs, but assuming sizing works out, I think they could be a nice addition.
A rare selection indeed, share pics and wear in good health!
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Sounds like you have it figured out, but for anyone who's struggling, here's a post I made recently describing how to resolve issues with the BB corporate discount.
I had to call them today to get it sorted out.  Turns out my card expired, had it renewed with my new zip, and had to make a new account on their website since they redesigned it a few months back.  They told me you have to create a new account to add the card, not sure if thats true, but they said I couldn't add my renewed card to my existing account.

Edit: as you said in your post...

A good reminder to myself to READ BEFORE POSTING!

I had a hell of a time ordering some black LHS today.

My BB account shows my corporate code in my address book but it wouldn't take the corporate discount off even after entering cc info.
So I tried to create a new account. That failed, saying the corporate code is already in use.
So I get a new corporate code and tried to create a new account.
That failed with "info does not match" or something like that.
It wouldn't even let me create a new account without the corporate code.
At that point I deleted all bb.com cookies and tried again.
Finally success.
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So many cigar boots, so little chance of the Thor boot getting made ... ffffuuuu.gif
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