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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

Hate to disappoint, but with color 8, I don't think it's possible, unless you have them re-dyed periodically.

Over time (like a decade or more), color 8 tends to turn lighter and more brownish. Here's another example (not my pic):



Periodic paste wax should do it. Mac has posted pairs with decades on them that still look like color 8. A lot of guys with extreme color change are doing that deliberately
post #49157 of 98801
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

I have a pair of Florsheim imperial burgundy shell LWB's from 1974 and PTBs from 1979 - never re-dyed - that are burgundy through and though. Same with my color 8 Alden 994's from 1990. It is
possible.

Really speaks to the longevity of Alden's, you have shoes older than I am. What ever methods you have used to take care of them, it works.
post #49158 of 98801

For your viewing pleasure:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The navy blue really pops in natural light.  I'm thinking about swapping in a set of colored laces, maybe red or orange.  But for the moment, I don't want to take anything away from the natural beauty of these shoes.

 

Photo tech: Canon 5D classic.  35L.  Indoor lighting.  Post process to simulate daylight.  

post #49159 of 98801
CXL really lends itself to longwings.
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Wow. Great looking Longwings
post #49161 of 98801
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Originally Posted by marnomuth View Post

For your viewing pleasure:



















The navy blue really pops in natural light.  I'm thinking about swapping in a set of colored laces, maybe red or orange.  But for the moment, I don't want to take anything away from the natural beauty of these shoes.

Photo tech: Canon 5D classic.  35L.  Indoor lighting.  Post process to simulate daylight.  


with alden opening up to blue cxl, i wonder how long it will be till they start using navy shell?
post #49162 of 98801
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Originally Posted by mr chorizo View Post

with alden opening up to blue cxl, i wonder how long it will be till they start using navy shell?

Seems like Alden is using less shell, not more. Styles in leather like navy CXL are a direct response to limited shell availibility
post #49163 of 98801
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post


cigar lwb
cashmere otc

Like your gunboats Uncle
post #49164 of 98801
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Originally Posted by docalden2013 View Post

Thanks, guys, for the thoughtful feedback. We all probably knew how this story would end. I'll tell myself I'm going to sleep on it tonight, but in the morning I will likely call right at opening time, have them ship me the shoes and let the chips fall where they may. The few bucks to ship here and back is not enough of a deterrent for my illness. Is there no vaccine for this?

If they don't fit when you get them, I would recommend aborting and waiting for your correct size. You might get lucky and be surprised that a pair turns up sooner than you would imagine. A sloppy fit can ruin a shoe for me. It will annoy you with every step. What's a few months/years for shoes that can last decades?
post #49165 of 98801

Lots of great suggestions on this one.  I would tend to agree, though, that the choice depends on your goal in purchasing a LWB (work/leisure/both in the context of what you own already).  My instinct is to go for #8 as an all around solid choice regardless of the circumstances.  An associate of mine has the snuff suede LWBs which are simply awesome.  Black is a contender if it fits your needs, but I tend to shy away from black brogues as the punching doesn't shoe up as well (with some exceptions of course). 

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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post

Gentlemen, given a choice between three different Alden LWB's, a #8 cordovan, a black cordovan, or a snuff suede, and you didn't own any of them, which one would be your pick?
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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

Color 8 by far. 

 

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Originally Posted by Dino19 View Post

#8 is a favourite here. I would choose #8 too among the 3.

 

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Originally Posted by Michigan Planner View Post


Color #8 is the most versatile of the three and would probably be my first choice but the snuff suede can be pretty nice too.

FWIW, I own both color #8 and snuff suede longwings and my suede ones get worn a bit more... yet I still recommend the #8.

 

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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

I think it depends a bit on the rest of your collection; for me this is a bit too silo'd of a question. For instance, if you own 3 pairs of other #8 makeups but no suede then that would change the way I answer the question. Also, are you looking for something that can me worn both a bit dressier and casual or strictly more casual? I personally prefer a lot of #8 makesups to the LWB so my answer would probably be snuff suede.

 

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Originally Posted by Winterbourne View Post


No. #8 for its color and versatility compared to the other two.

 

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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post


In this order:

8
black
snuff

 

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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post


nephew,
#8 lwb

 

 

post #49166 of 98801
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post


If they don't fit when you get them, I would recommend aborting and waiting for your correct size. You might get lucky and be surprised that a pair turns up sooner than you would imagine. A sloppy fit can ruin a shoe for me. It will annoy you with every step. What's a few months/years for shoes that can last decades?

Dear Bakes,

 

Thank you for being, like so many times before, the voice of reason. You and a couple others have encouraged me to remember it's more of a marathon than a sprint. No need to rush headlong into a purchase just to scratch the shell itch. I know that these shoes are more about expressing a more long-term-oriented aesthetic rather than a gotta-have-the-'it'-thing-now, adolescent impulsivity. I will try to keep in mind some of the posts I've encountered on this thread regarding the regrets our fellow Alden collectors have suffered when they've ended up with an ill-fitting shoe following the impulse buy. I truly appreciate your efforts to keep me grounded. I'm assuming Uncle Mac and the other heavy hitters on this thread acquired their deep collections over time.

 

OTOH, if I should pull the trigger in the midst of a bout of Aldenitis, what time of day is the time that one's feet are most likely at their most full/swollen? I would imagine after a 12 hour workday, but I think I've read that the middle of the day could be that time too.

post #49167 of 98801
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Originally Posted by TactileOne View Post

Wish you hadn't posted that, my craving for a cordovan pair of the NST is being feed daily on here.

You have a choice between Barrie or Aberdeen. The Shoe Mart has the NST shoe in Aberdeen in stock right now and Leather Sole has it in Barrie, both Color 8. 

 

I'm trying to decide between the 2 myself. 


A couple of days ago, Uncle posted some new color 8 and ravello NST both aberdeen and a whiskey NST on the barrie.  I personally thought the whiskey was stunning, but I think I like the sleek look of the color 8 on aberdeen.  The ravello on aberdeen was nice, but it would be third on that list for me.  I have two aberdeen lasted pairs of shell and like them very much, but the barrie is so darn comfortable for me.  Not sure what to tell you my friend.  I don't think you could go wrong either way.

post #49168 of 98801
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post

Gentlemen, given a choice between three different Alden LWB's, a #8 cordovan, a black cordovan, or a snuff suede, and you didn't own any of them, which one would be your pick?

In this order:

8
black
snuff

an emphatic +1

post #49169 of 98801
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post

an emphatic +1

To me black and snuff are about equal since I like them both about the same. However, black is certainly going to be more versatile. I can't really see wearing snuff suede formally for example. 

post #49170 of 98801
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Originally Posted by jkater1 View Post


Does anyone have pictures of this run? TSM pictures kind of make it look closer to ravello, just wondering if that is accurate.


Uncle just posted a new pair of these a couple of days ago.  Yes, they do look darker, closer to ravello.  I thought they were stunning!

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