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Originally Posted by Don L View Post

Ravello NST today


In a word, splendid.

I really like (and own) this shoe. I also have the EG dark oak Dover (split-toe) and a C&J for BB split-toe. All are browns, but different enough to justify them all. The split-toe is very versatile IMO.

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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

Can I ask why you sized down from your other Barrie shoes? I have the snuff suede ones and wear the same size as my other Barries.

A good question indeed.

My unlined snuff suede PTB from Unionmade is probably my tightest fitting Barrie shoe (same size as my other Barrie models).
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Can I ask a question? So I really have never understood the attraction to split toes or suede. Can someone please give me a well thought out answer to why you find either of these styles attractive?
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Originally Posted by JermynStreet View Post

Can I ask a question? So I really have never understood the attraction to split toes or suede. Can someone please give me a well thought out answer to why you find either of these styles attractive?

Suede Aldens are very underrated. I love suede for a casual spring/summer outfit
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^ agree completely, Alden does suede very well. Doesn't quite carry the same cachet as shell, but they are just as useful in most wardrobes IMO.
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Originally Posted by zazaza View Post

Wilderness Workshop is a completely different animal than the Tannery upstairs. I can't comment on who owns it, but the dude who runs it (jason) is a class act and everyone who works there has been nothing but friendly and helpful.

Contrast that with upstairs where it's high pressure sales by dudes who really aren't well informed on what they're selling.
I had one guy tell me he owns every Alden model that the store carries, but was flummoxed when I asked him which Alden last fit his foot the best.
Another time a different du asked if my whiskey bluchers were made by Stacy Adams.

I think if the guys at the Tannery walked over to Charles St. to team up with the idiots at NRO, we'd reach a critical mass of stupidity. Earth might just cease to exist.

Maybe it depends on which sleezoid salesperson you talk to, but the last time I popped into the Tannery I got a wild hair and asked if they'd give me a discount if I purchased 3 pairs of Aldens. The guy said he wished he could help, but they stopped doing that. This was about a year and a half ago. Realistically, they have to do great in both their locations given all the tourist traffic, so why haggle with goons like me.
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I want to speak out in defense of Leffot as well. I live around the corner from their store and stop by too frequently. Stephen has been nothing but very polite to me even though I’ve only bought a few pair of shoes from him. I’m sure he’s never tried to deceive a customer. The problem here is Alden. I love their shoes and own way too many of them, but they treat retailers very poorly. When a special order shoe is ordered, the retailer doesn’t even know if it’ll be accepted, when it will be accepted, and if the shoe they order will actually be shipped. Sometimes retailers all ask for speed hooks and get all eyelets or vice versa. And then Alden has a bad habit of shipping shoes that should’ve passed any quality control. Alden’s so popular they can get away with treating retailers like this. So trying to manage stock and expectations must be a nightmare. But I still keep buying the shoes anyways.
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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post

I can't stand those guys at the tannery and they have never had my size (10.5D) in a shell shoe or boot.

Cool store downstairs. I assume its different ownership/management?

There's been a restock, have you checked the Cambridge side?

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Originally Posted by zazaza View Post

Wilderness Workshop is a completely different animal than the Tannery upstairs. I can't comment on who owns it, but the dude who runs it (jason) is a class act and everyone who works there has been nothing but friendly and helpful.

Contrast that with upstairs where it's high pressure sales by dudes who really aren't well informed on what they're selling.
I had one guy tell me he owns every Alden model that the store carries, but was flummoxed when I asked him which Alden last fit his foot the best.
Another time a different du asked if my whiskey bluchers were made by Stacy Adams.

Having worked closely with the company - I can say that WW is certainly different but that along with Concepts (the streetwear/sneaker skate shop in Cambridge) are all owned by the same family. Yes - they don't really know about lasts and such - I was probably the only guy who did. (haven't worked there in a while, so don't bug me for discoutns happy.gif)
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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

Suede Aldens are very underrated. I love suede for a casual spring/summer outfit

Especialllly snuff.
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Originally Posted by sellran View Post

I want to speak out in defense of Leffot as well. I live around the corner from their store and stop by too frequently. Stephen has been nothing but very polite to me even though I’ve only bought a few pair of shoes from him. I’m sure he’s never tried to deceive a customer. The problem here is Alden. I love their shoes and own way too many of them, but they treat retailers very poorly. When a special order shoe is ordered, the retailer doesn’t even know if it’ll be accepted, when it will be accepted, and if the shoe they order will actually be shipped. Sometimes retailers all ask for speed hooks and get all eyelets or vice versa. And then Alden has a bad habit of shipping shoes that should’ve passed any quality control. Alden’s so popular they can get away with treating retailers like this. So trying to manage stock and expectations must be a nightmare. But I still keep buying the shoes anyways.

I like many realize that the issue is not the retailers at all. I have had nothing but excellent service and help from the ones I frequently use to get shoes. The problem is 100% Alden and their shit QA of products and their less than appropriate treatment of retailers. in my case they simply told Leffot that they forgot to make a shoe that we took weeks making sure would get made.
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

In a word, splendid.

I really like (and own) this shoe. I also have the EG dark oak Dover (split-toe) and a C&J for BB split-toe. All are browns, but different enough to justify them all. The split-toe is very versatile IMO.

I agree, split toe is my favorite shoe. I have 4 Alden models and one EG Dover in Edwardian, I'd buy a split toe in every shell color if I could find my size.

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Originally Posted by JermynStreet View Post

Can I ask a question? So I really have never understood the attraction to split toes or suede. Can someone please give me a well thought out answer to why you find either of these styles attractive?

Each has their own taste, I actually don't really care for PTB. Everytime I try a pair on I look in the mirror and think it looks like I have clown shoes on and always pass.
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Originally Posted by REguy View Post

I think if the guys at the Tannery walked over to Charles St. to team up with the idiots at NRO, we'd reach a critical mass of stupidity. Earth might just cease to exist.

Maybe it depends on which sleezoid salesperson you talk to, but the last time I popped into the Tannery I got a wild hair and asked if they'd give me a discount if I purchased 3 pairs of Aldens. The guy said he wished he could help, but they stopped doing that. This was about a year and a half ago. Realistically, they have to do great in both their locations given all the tourist traffic, so why haggle with goons like me.

Speaking of NRO, they have clearly been trying to improve their customer service lately. I had been waiting months and months for a pair I bought during one of their sales last summer (yes, in 2012). Not really their fault, since Alden wait times are ridiculously long for any shoe that isn't currently in stock. Over the past couple months, I've been speaking with a new SA named Courtney, who has been extremely courteous the whole way. She has been calling to give me status updates after every time she has spoken with Alden to get an ETA on my shoes, and she just called me again today to let me know they finally received the shoes from Alden, and she will be shipping them out tomorrow.

I completely agree they sucked in the past, but they have made vast improvements in recent months, and if they keep it up I would definitely order from them again.
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This last weekend I went to Alden DC and found they had the unlined cordovan ptb with single waterlock soles in E width's. These are amazingly comfortable shoes! I know LeatherSoul carries these but they never get them in E widths. Just wanted to let you know. When LS came out with them their website was filled with requests for Es and they only had Ds, so here's your chance. Great shoe.


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Originally Posted by sellran View Post

This last weekend I went to Alden DC and found they had the unlined cordovan ptb with single waterlock soles in E width's. These are amazingly comfortable shoes! I know LeatherSoul carries these but they never get them in E widths. Just wanted to let you know. When LS came out with them their website was filled with requests for Es and they only had Ds, so here's your chance. Great shoe.
 

 

What are the benefits of an unlined PTB vs. lined?

 

BTW, I just ordered the 9901 (black shell, standard lined) and think it's pure class:

 

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Perf toe shells today...
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