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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.

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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.

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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 #49204 of 87663
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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. 

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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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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.

Thanks. I still can't decide so decided to just forget it and not get any NST.  ;)

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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.

You are the doctor. You tell us.
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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.  

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CXL really lends itself to longwings.

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Wow. Great looking Longwings

These are great. Fantastic. Last?

I think CXL leather is a really tempting option for makeups with the shell shortage. My favorite shoe in my Alden collection is my natCXL longwing (leydon) by far. Wish Alden would put more lwbs on this last.

Wear those well. They are just stunningly beautiful.
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post


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.

I think that the roundness of the Barrie works really well for the NST. For me, on the Aberdeen the toe is too pointed and accentuated. I know I am likely in the minority. I also prefer the NST boots on the Barrie for the same reason
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Does anyone know what the increment is in mm when going from a D to an E? I'm unsure whether there is a standard, or it really just depends on the last. Either way, just curious.
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These are great. Fantastic. Last?

I think CXL leather is a really tempting option for makeups with the shell shortage. My favorite shoe in my Alden collection is my natCXL longwing (leydon) by far. Wish Alden would put more lwbs on this last.

Wear those well. They are just stunningly beautiful.

Thank you.  They are on a Barrie last, sir.

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They are wonderful - makes me wonder what some of the other never before seen shades of CXL would look like...
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Originally Posted by Hermitedge View Post

Does anyone know what the increment is in mm when going from a D to an E? I'm unsure whether there is a standard, or it really just depends on the last. Either way, just curious.

I wonder if it is constant going up the sizing scale.  Like is it a 3mm difference from 7D to 7E, and 3mm from 13.5D to 13.5E?

 

It would make the increase proportionately smaller compared to the overall dimensions of the shoe as size increases. 

 

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Edit: This would also cause the shape of the last to change as size increases.  The width of a 13.5E would be smaller relative to the length as compared to a 7E.

 

This leads me to suspect that there is not a constant difference (in terms of mm) between widths as size increases/decreases.  It should be proportional to the length, if the last proportions are to remain constant throughout sizes.

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I think green CXL would look awesome...although I can't imagine Alden using anything like that anytime soon.
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You are the doctor. You tell us.

fight[1].gifTouche, Bakes. It seems I'm at my least sensible place when I'm on this thread. I swear, I'm much more competent and efficient in my personal and work lives. 

 

I work with the unconscious, not in podiatry. Point well taken. I'll call a colleague tomorrow...

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