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Double maiden voyage!
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Excellent combination.  Wear in great health my friend!

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Got in the 9901 today:

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Black shell often doesn't get the respect it deserves. I feel like I can wear this shoe casually as I'm doing today, or formally, with a suit, equally well. 

 

For those wondering, I ended up returning the Black Shell J Crew Cadets and got these instead. Even though it's the same last (Barrie), without a fancy cap toe and with the standard 5 eyelets, these appear a bit sleeker. 

 

And for those who don't think a Black PTB is cool, see Leonardo DiCaprio wearing some (I think AE's):

 

 


Hey Mediahound, nice pickup!  Just curious, I'm pretty sure you have the black shell BB PTB.  If you do, isn't it a little redundant to have both?  I have the 9901 and love them, but in retrospect I would have gone with the BB.  Thought about getting them anyways, but decided to seek out other shells and avoid the redundancy; more bang for my buck.

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Hey Mediahound, nice pickup!  Just curious, I'm pretty sure you have the black shell BB PTB.  If you do, isn't it a little redundant to have both?  I have the 9901 and love them, but in retrospect I would have gone with the BB.  Thought about getting them anyways, but decided to seek out other shells and avoid the redundancy; more bang for my buck.

 

I sold my BB PTBs because I needed to go a size smaller so I decided to go Alden this time around. 

 

2 negatives with the BB version;

 

1. Although they look cool, the metal eyelet paint wears off over time revealing the bare metal (brass?). You either have to have them replaced, repainted, or stripped clean.

 

2. Re-sale value is not as high as an Alden branded shoe as some potential buyers don't believe they are actually Aldens. This is more minor if you plan on keeping the shoes forever.  I believe I read of someone else in this thread who had a buyer claim on eBay who said something like 'You advertised these are Alden but they don't say Alden anywhere on the shoe, you lied.'


Edited by mediahound - 4/17/13 at 6:27pm
post #48754 of 99251
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Double maiden voyage!
Whiskey LWB & HY blue nailhead trousers smile.gif

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whiskey and ravello



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Epaulet Milkshake Indy

Some fantastic entries today fellas. Keep up the great work!

Caught in the wild this morning: NatCXL Indy


Edited by El Argentino - 4/17/13 at 6:38pm
post #48755 of 99251
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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

Got in the 9901 today:






nephew,
looking good
wear in good health
post #48756 of 99251
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Congratulations, awesome shoes.

 

Thanks MrDV!  I love your PTB's!

 

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Excellent combination.  Wear in great health my friend!

 

Thanks RTP!  I still love your whiskey bal wingtips!  I wish the one's at Alden DC would've worked out for me, but I'm not complaining!!!  biggrin.gif

 

 
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Some fantastic entries today fellas. Keep up the great work!

Caught in the wild this morning: NatCXL Indy

 

Agreed and right back at ya El Argentino!  I really like the patina and your choice of laces.  Well done!

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Cigar Cap's today



nephew,
good looking cigar
post #48758 of 99251
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nephew,
good looking cigar
post #48759 of 99251
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Hi-I'm a rookie on this forum, but a long term addict of high end footwear.  Including cowboy boots (I'm from Texas) along with shoe too.  I'm posting a photo of my Alden 864 full strap slip on's in Color #8 shell cordovan that I'm wearing today.  I also own 22241 Ravello Shell Norwegian split toes, 1045 black shell slips on split toes, and a pair of 24061 Whiskey Shell Norwegian split toes which i've not worn yet.  A picture of them is also attached.  There is an issue where the sole, welt, and heel meet that is sloppy.  I'm told Alden is fast track fixing this and they will look perfect when finished.  I went with option over a discount since the special color shells are hard to find and I prefer appearance over lower cost.  Should have those back shortly.  I defininately like to get some other shells in other styles, but many ARE NOT AVAILABLE IN MY SIZE.

When you talk "boats" on this forum my feet take offense since I wear a 14D, and I've been teased all my life about my feet...that I should just wear the boxes, it takes 2 cows to make a pair for me, blah, blah, blah.  However...I'm fine tease away, I would look stupid with little feet.

I've searched pretty hard online for anything special from Alden in the most desired shell colors with very little luck outside of those listed above.  I could wear size 13.5 D too in an Alden.  If for some reason any of you stumble across a pre-order, or even used size in something rare from Alden, or anyone else if you feel it's of comparable quality...please let me know.

I also own a few pair of Allen Edmonds and while they are great shoes I don't think they are as good as Alden.  The main difference for me is in the details.  In particular if you look at the crimp of the welt and sole of the Aldens...it's finished a lot nicer than the AE's which are only sewn, no edge crimping of the welt.  In addition you see stitching around the top of the heels on the AE vs. a nice finish out on the Alden's.  The construction of the Alden's is similar to my high end cowboy boots that cost $2k-$5k so my hats off to Alden on a higher grade of construction.

I see ya'll talking about rare shell colors and it gets me thinking about rare hides in cowboy boots such as anteater, hornback lizard, hippo, rhino, and more!  I can tell you anteater is one of the most awesome hides I've ever owned, just as soft as ostrich, durable, and overall a fantastic product.  I've got anteater boots made by Lucchese when they were based in San Antonio and considered one of the best boots ever made back then.  Lucchese still makes a great boot, but nothing like those San Antonio, Texas ones!  If you could get them, a new pair of Anteater hide boots in a San Antonio version would easily go in excess of $5k.  So don't get me talking about your Shell addiction!



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I've enjoyed reading the posts on this forum and look forward to many years of sharing Alden acquisitions!  I'm new at uploading photos, so I'm not sure if this is working correctly?

See Ya,
Steve


welcome to the forum
i believe you need to get on a preorder list in order to get your size
post #48760 of 99251
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They are both about 2 years old. Toddlers ?

nephew,
as they age they will look even better
post #48761 of 99251
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Outstanding cigars Uncle...you're killin' me!  Which would you choose if you were forced to... color 8 or cigar NST??

nephew,
which would I recommend-#8 NST
post #48762 of 99251
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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

 

2 negatives with the BB version;

 

1. Although they look cool, the metal eyelet paint wears off over time revealing the bare metal (brass?). You either have to have them replaced, repainted, or stripped clean.

 

2. Re-sale value is not as high as an Alden branded shoe as some potential buyers don't believe they are actually Aldens. This is more minor if you plan on keeping the shoes forever.  I believe I read of someone else in this thread who had a buyer claim on eBay who said something like 'You advertised these are Alden but they don't say Alden anywhere on the shoe, you lied.'


Interesting comment on the eyelets and the resale value.  I have not tried to sell any of my Aldens and I doubt I will, but definitely good to know.  Congrats on your 9901.  I wore mine today with a suit for a speaking engagement and a photo shoot.  Was quite pleased.

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Hey Mediahound, nice pickup!  Just curious, I'm pretty sure you have the black shell BB PTB.  If you do, isn't it a little redundant to have both?  I have the 9901 and love them, but in retrospect I would have gone with the BB.  Thought about getting them anyways, but decided to seek out other shells and avoid the redundancy; more bang for my buck.

nephew,
you made a good decision. i do prefer the alden over the bb
post #48764 of 99251
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Outstanding cigars Uncle...you're killin' me!  Which would you choose if you were forced to... color 8 or cigar NST??

nephew,
which would I recommend-#8 NST


What for good sir, the color or the last?  I'm assuming the cigar is barrie, and that you prefer the aberdeen??

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Looking at all of these pictures makes me want to spend so much money...
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