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post #46396 of 79218
My favorite Aldens (Leffot's cigar Atoms). These are pleasure to wear, extremely comfortable, light and actually very sleek. Mac Method in progress.

I'm very happy that I got these.



Edited by Steel28 - 3/21/13 at 6:43am

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post #46397 of 79218

really wish I got in on those cigar atoms

post #46398 of 79218
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Why pre-order this and wait an undetermined amount of time when you can get the same shoe, 9751 (minus the red lining) at TSM, Alden DC, SF, etc...  inside a week and slightly cheaper too?

Only because he has already paid a non refundable deposit to Leffot, and was saying he could switch his preorder order. Outside of that, of course I would go with the 9751 from TSM or Alden SF. Indeed, I bought my 9751s at Alden SF. In that same vein, I have never quite understood why some buy stock models from specialty shops, particularly those shops that have a no try on or no refund policy. Confusing .... nod[1].gif


I see.  That makes sense with the nonrefundable deposit.

post #46399 of 79218

question regarding LHS.

 

I have been looking for a pair of loafers that fit right on and off for a few years.  no real luck except for some cheap bass weejuns but that was only when they were *really* small on me.

 

i guess the issue is, i get that loafers are for loafing an' all, but am i having unrealistic expectations regarding expecting to be able to walk about a reasonable amount without heel slippage?

 

Really tempted by the unlined BB #8 LHS - but before i try them for size --- I just wanted to check how you guys size your Alden Loafers - when you try them on are they *really tight and snug* / almost too tight? ... how should i think about heel slippage and walking .. is it just too be expected?  One advantage with shell i guess i that i need not work too much about them stretching too out.

 

Advices appreciated.  Sure i could sell them if it doesnt work out - but it is a lot of dollar to drop.

post #46400 of 79218

When they are broken in your heel shouldn't slip at all.  They shouldn't be too tight when new.  A tiny bit tight when new is acceptable.

 

In short, your expectations are not unreasonable.

 

Check out Rancourt's loafers also.  High level of customization available, and they'll send you some to try on before you buy.

 

Edit: Maybe not if you are in the UK, but maybe they would.

 

Also, I find that the unlined LHS is pretty forgiving about heel slip even if the fit is sloppy, as it is much more flexible.  The lined version is another story.

post #46401 of 79218

Also consider Oak Street Bootmakers.  A little more expensive than Rancourt, but a better return policy.  IIRC the Rancourt trial shoes cost $50, which you only get back if you order.  You could try on the ones Brooks Brothers sells though, I suppose.  Also, OSB is goodyear welted and has a full length insole, which may be a plus or minus depending on your preferences.

 

Personally, I am hoping to find a proper fit in the BB LHS by Summer.

post #46402 of 79218
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Here are mine. 6 months old, worn about twice a week. Lots of scuffs you can feel and see but don't show up on pictures; brushing does magic on those boots!

Oh, and a question, the tongue piece on the right foot is twisted and curved to the right, and after few minutes of walking, it almost completely shifts to the right. Is this normal (I am guessing not, because it is only happening on the right foot), and can this be fixed?
1. super glue a spot on one side to hold the tongue
2. use a couple stiches thru the tongue to hold it to the lacing area
3. pictures below show a " trainer " i made works great you only need it till the tongue resets itself[IMG]
post #46403 of 79218
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Also consider Oak Street Bootmakers.  A little more expensive than Rancourt, but a better return policy.  IIRC the Rancourt trial shoes cost $50, which you only get back if you order.  You could try on the ones Brooks Brothers sells though, I suppose.  Also, OSB is goodyear welted and has a full length insole, which may be a plus or minus depending on your preferences.

 

Personally, I am hoping to find a proper fit in the BB LHS by Summer.

 

This is correct, so only get the try on pair if you have already decided on Rancourt.

 

Can you customize OSB as you can with Rancourt?

 

Also, Rancourt does Shell Cordovan.  Didn't see it avail on OSB's website, but maybe I missed it.

post #46404 of 79218
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+1 to CXL LWBs. See some of El Argentino's photos of them, they look superb.
Those boots have completly turned around my opinion of black shell . Just gorgeous !!!
post #46405 of 79218
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And every once in a while, the Black Shell gets to come out and play among its more exotic and rare cousins.
Sorry above posts was referring to these boots
post #46406 of 79218
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Get the unlined PTB from Alden of DC. Call Kathy, she'll hook you up.

I saw that shoe a few weeks ago, and if they had it in a 12.5D, I would have snatched both the black and the 8.  It was really sharp and looked perfect for an east coast summer.

post #46407 of 79218
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I wore these yesterday.  My camel suede PTBs are on the barrie last...

(pardon the trash can shot)

Those look great.  Truly a classic shoe.

post #46408 of 79218
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Originally Posted by dusttruffle View Post

question regarding LHS.

I have been looking for a pair of loafers that fit right on and off for a few years.  no real luck except for some cheap bass weejuns but that was only when they were *really* small on me.

i guess the issue is, i get that loafers are for loafing an' all, but am i having unrealistic expectations regarding expecting to be able to walk about a reasonable amount without heel slippage?

Really tempted by the unlined BB #8 LHS - but before i try them for size --- I just wanted to check how you guys size your Alden Loafers - when you try them on are they *really tight and snug* / almost too tight? ... how should i think about heel slippage and walking .. is it just too be expected?  One advantage with shell i guess i that i need not work too much about them stretching too out.

Advices appreciated.  Sure i could sell them if it doesnt work out - but it is a lot of dollar to drop.

I just recieved a pair of black unlined LHS from BB today.
That's how I sized mine. Almost uncomfortably tight but I made sure to have room for my toes. I went down a size but up a width.

Funny thing is I was wearing my lined #8 LHS today. I was surprised at how much the lined ones had stretched as compared to the new unlined ones. They're still snug but not uncomfortable. I've only had the lined ones since last summer.

I still get a little heel slip but it's nothing as compared to some C&J loafers I have. The double leather sole on those was like plywood stiff at first. As the sole is softening up and starting to hinge, heel slip is getting better. They're comfortable now but I still wouldn't want to do a lot of walking in them.
post #46409 of 79218
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I'm talking about the #4 Atom. Cigar Atom is a nice shoe though as well.

Rob, I gave away all my vintage 1977-85 Star Wars figures when I started high school. It still hurts a little when I see a lose storm trooper at a swap meet.
Keep the color 4 atoms, hide them in the back of your closet.
That combo of color, last, and style makes them the sweetest Aldens out there.
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I wore these yesterday.  My camel suede PTBs are on the barrie last...

(pardon the trash can shot)

 

Those look great.  Truly a classic shoe.

Thank you!

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