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I was fortunate enough to find an Indy boot on the Barrie last , in cigar to boot. My favorite Alden purchase to date, until I find a pair of #4 cap toes.

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post #46262 of 89975
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

Thank you, Sir.

$500-$600 puts you in the calf range.  If you can spend a little more you can get shell cordovan.

I agree with Frank, I would get either the Perforated Cap Toe in Black or Color 8 or the Strait Tip Balmoral in Black or Color 8. (or the Strait tip Blucher in either color for that matter)

I respectfully disagree with media hound.  I find that a Short Wing Bal is more appropriate for an interview than a PTB.  Assuming you would be wearing a suit.  I doubt that wearing either one would make a difference between you getting and not getting the job.  Unless of course someone from this thread is the one interviewing you.

I think the #8 is a bit more versatile than black in the sense that it can be worn with a blue or charcoal suit.  I consider black to be a little more formal, and don't like the way black shoes look with a blue suit, unless you are a train conductor or mailman.  These points are highly debatable though.  Also, if you are in any of the weddings, they may request that you wear black shoes.

You shouldn't have much difficulty finding either model that I mentioned in calf or shell.  Most people wouldn't know the difference.

Good Luck!

Make sure you come back to post pics of your acquisition.


Edit:  After thinking more about your situation, I have decided that the only thing for you to do is spend a few thousand dollars on a well-rounded collection of Aldens.  I see no way around it.

Edit: Edit:  Actually, Strait Tip Blucher in Burgundy might not be that easy to find.
I love that on this thread there are those who have the temerity to opine with civility and manners. It's almost quaint. As to the matter of which Alden is a good first choice, that is a question fraught with danger and peril. Many have spoken eloquently of balmorals and bluchers. I say if the shoes are for those odd occasions when your not wearing sneakers then buy anything in #8. If your beginning the journey with "Dorothy" and friends down the yellow brick road toward Oz to meet the wizard then blow as much scratch as you can and get whatever the hell suits your fancy. This is about shoes that were designed in the 19th century, but are still hand made in the 21st century. Conventions of propriety and decorum are not as important as they once were. Unless your actually in the 1%, and because there's only 1% I believe I'm pretty safe here, nobody really gives a rats ass. Show up and suit up. With a smile on your face and a shine on your shoes the world can be your oyster. Whether it's Ravello wingtips with a navy suit, or black monk straps with green chinos, its all good.
post #46263 of 89975
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Originally Posted by Winterbourne View Post

Any recommendations for a first pair of Alden's that'll serve me well with some upcoming weddings this spring/summer while also appropriate for job interviews? I'm partial towards wing tips and I want to keep my budget ~$500-600. I'm a young adult if that makes any difference.
Get the unlined PTB from Alden of DC. Call Kathy, she'll hook you up.
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Originally Posted by bespoken pa View Post

I was fortunate enough to find an Indy boot on the Barrie last , in cigar to boot. My favorite Alden purchase to date, until I find a pair of #4 cap toes.

 

Nice. I was thinking about those (Alden SF had them a few months back and may still), since I really like Barrie lasted boots (like my J Crew Cap Toes). But since I actually prefer calf for my Indy boots (really dig the original 405s), I decided against spending the money. 

 

I've become a purist with regards to the Alden Work Boot. For me, the 405 is the one and only -

 

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Originally Posted by Winterbourne View Post

Any recommendations for a first pair of Alden's that'll serve me well with some upcoming weddings this spring/summer while also appropriate for job interviews? I'm partial towards wing tips and I want to keep my budget ~$500-600. I'm a young adult if that makes any difference.
Get the unlined PTB from Alden of DC. Call Kathy, she'll hook you up.


For $500-600...  in suede, maybe if the stock them, but certainly not in shell.  Right?

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No problem.

By the way here's a diagram of their Lasts. As you can see the Trubalnce is just a bit bigger than the Barrie.



Every time I see this diagram I think what the hell have I gotten myself into.
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If you have the luxury of trying on sizes in different barrie lasted shoes, I'd go for it.  BTW, your videos on YouTube have been extremely helpful.  I would estimate that about 4 of my shell cordovan purchases over the last year were in large part, facilitated by your videos.  Thank you very much! worship.gif
+1 on the vids mediahound. They introduced me to the "very rare" Ravello king of all gunboats.
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For $500-600...  in suede, maybe if the stock them, but certainly not in shell.  Right?
It's all about the Benjamin's prepster.
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The Indy in Trubalance may be Alden's widest shoe. My cigar Indy boots in 9.5E are the widest Aldens I own. My 10D whiskey and 405 Indy boots are a bit long but wide enough for me. I am traveling but I will post a comparison of my cigar Indy boots and color 8 tanker when I get back...

I am wearing thin socks with my tanker boots until they break in more, then I will move to thicker socks
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Pretty OT but mediahound, we have freakishly similar interests. I had a Topre Realforce 86U... sold it and I'm using my Leopold Brown 10-keyless right now haha. I'm into the audio equipment too... icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #46271 of 89975
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Originally Posted by Winterbourne View Post

Any recommendations for a first pair of Alden's that'll serve me well with some upcoming weddings this spring/summer while also appropriate for job interviews? I'm partial towards wing tips and I want to keep my budget ~$500-600. I'm a young adult if that makes any difference.

Captoe blucher in color 8. There is an Alden for BB version on the Snap last. The stock model is 2160, and it is on the Aberdeen last. Both fit TTS.

You should have no problem finding the 2160 from The Shoemart or Alden SF.
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Is there anyone who has this build and can comment on it?

 

http://www.unionmadegoods.com/Alden_Wing_Tip_Blucher_in_Burnished_Tan_966_1860.html

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when does lobb have 40% off sales at south coast?
Dunno to be honest they send emails
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Any expert able to identify the brand of these shoes??

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Crockett and jones I think, looks like some black fleece models too.

Sample sale?
That photo is from whyyoumad Instagram I think, shoes are from pitti by blak fleece guy in NYC forget his name so it's C&J and black fleece from earlier seasons

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What's the consensus on extra holes and choppy welts?  Par for the course?







I don't have an issue with that who is gonna look close enough to see?
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Originally Posted by Winterbourne View Post

Any recommendations for a first pair of Alden's that'll serve me well with some upcoming weddings this spring/summer while also appropriate for job interviews? I'm partial towards wing tips and I want to keep my budget ~$500-600. I'm a young adult if that makes any difference.

A lwb is nice and I wore it to interviews in later rounds if I knew the interviewer or if it was a non profit

If you are just starting out I'd get two pairs of Allen Edmonds, black captoe and a brown punch captoe or something similar. It's a lot cheaper and you can have money to spend on trees, saphir Reno, shoe brushes, beer, pizza etc. also easier if you scrape shoes or do something stupid in your new pair of nicer shoes.

They have seconds sales like 2 for 200-250 check the Allen Edmonds thread. Stevesmith here also gets a lot of brooks brothers seconds for sale cheap

Once you get a better feel you can sell the AEs (or keep black captoe I sold mine and kinda regret as I have no black captoe now) or use them as beaters. Ae fit wasn't good for me neither

If you really are set on wingtip, then Ralph Lauren private sale starts in end of April. If you can wait, Marlow wingtip will be about $547 depending on your tax. Most versatile shoe I think as you can dress it up down easily and it's a clean dark brown.

I'm 22 now and started maybe year and a half ago, maybe it's best to just go to dsw and get some flobby clunky shoes in all honesty!

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It's really a lot better for me. Before my Indy boots felt clunky, now that I sized down they feel just right and frankly a lot more comfy and fun to wear. The difference is a minor one, but for my feet, it became very clear that my Trubalance  size is 8D even though my Barrie size is 8.5D. 

I think this can work well in part because Trublance is such a wide last. 

Yeah want to sell my Indys all and get 10Es instead of 10.5d but then I remember my Indys were 220 and 330 new or something and it'd be too much for new ones
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Originally Posted by stevent View Post

Dunno to be honest they send emails

That photo is from whyyoumad Instagram I think, shoes are from pitti by blak fleece guy in NYC forget his name so it's C&J and black fleece from earlier seasons
I don't have an issue with that who is gonna look close enough to see?
A lwb is nice and I wore it to interviews in later rounds if I knew the interviewer or if it was a non profit

If you are just starting out I'd get two pairs of Allen Edmonds, black captoe and a brown punch captoe or something similar. It's a lot cheaper and you can have money to spend on trees, saphir Reno, shoe brushes, beer, pizza etc. also easier if you scrape shoes or do something stupid in your new pair of nicer shoes.

They have seconds sales like 2 for 200-250 check the Allen Edmonds thread. Stevesmith here also gets a lot of brooks brothers seconds for sale cheap

Once you get a better feel you can sell the AEs (or keep black captoe I sold mine and kinda regret as I have no black captoe now) or use them as beaters. Ae fit wasn't good for mIf you really are set on wingtip, then Ralph Lauren private sale starts in end of April. If you can wait, Marlow wingtip will be about $547 depending on your tax. Most versatile shoe I think as you can dress it up down easily and it's a clean dark brown.n dark brown.

I'm 22 now and started maybe year and a half ago, maybe it's best to just go to dsw and get some flobby clunky shoes in all honesty!
Yeah want to sell my Indys all and get 10Es instead of 10.5d but then I remember my Indys were 220 and 330 new or something and it'd be too much for new ones

How can I get in on the RL private sale for those Marlows? smile.gif
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How can I get in on the RL private sale for those Marlows? smile.gif

Follow this thread:
http://www.styleforum.net/t/268417/crockett-jones-for-ralph-lauren-cordovan-marlow-darlton-gifford-garran-lindrick-mccallum-rhett/0_50

One caution I have though is that sizes go very quickly and the discounts drop a certain percentage at a time (e.g., starts at 25%, then 30%, etc.) IIRC. So, by the time the Marlow goes around 40% (which will bring it to the low to mid $500 range), your size might already be long gone.

They are great shoes and a less casual alternative to my stable of LWBs.
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