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This is largely a matter if taste. The nft is a great and unusual shoe and shows the art of shoemaking with the handstitching. J gilbert's version on the plaza last, I think, makes a great shoe even better. I also think it makes the shoe look a little more dressy than the standard Alden version on the Aberdeen last. You are aware that the standard version is double leather sole? If that is important to you, consider getting that rather than spending the additional money changing a new shoe. The standard model is also about $80 cheaper than the jg make-up. Good luck. If you go with the Lebanon, consider the leffotversion with antique edging. That edging makes the shoe less dressy and so perhaps better fir your use.
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Originally Posted by sammy View Post

Gentlemen,
I'm trying to decide on my next pair of Aldens. I'm torn between two models: 975( longwing blucher in #8) or a special make up for J Gilbet (NST on the Plaza last in #8 with single flex welt sole). My style is more casual as I'm usually in jeans or chinos. I think the 975 is more casual due to the rounded toe of the Barrie last and the double leather sole. However I'm leaning towards the NST on the Plaza because it is more unique and less ubiquitous than the 975. If I get the NST, I'm considering replacing the single sole with a double leather one to make it more casual and rugged. Which of these two would you all recommend? I also own a 6 eyelet captoe blucher on the Plaza last in cigar, which was a special make up for Alden of Madison in NY. Its probably one of my best fitting shoes due to the 6th eyelet, which helps to keep the heel from slipping. This is another reason I'm leaning towards the NST. I welcome your feedback.

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post #55442 of 90153
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Originally Posted by Resistant View Post

How are these rare?

I suppose these are soft toe like The Bureau Belfast has, and also a  flex sole.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Alden-Plain-Toe-Blucher-Shell-Cordovan-Color-8-Size-7-5-/330962826671?pt=US_Men_s_Shoes&hash=item4d0eebf5af

This is the unlined ptb, correct?

They are almost certainly shiemart seconds and, if so, the bin price is about the same as shiemart charges.
post #55443 of 90153
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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post

^^^ Johnnyrich7, sweet looking boots sir. I bet they're super comfortable. ^^^

Thank you! I am quite pleased with them. And yes, they are extremely comfortable!
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Originally Posted by sammy View Post

Gentlemen,
I'm trying to decide on my next pair of Aldens. I'm torn between two models: 975( longwing blucher in #8) or a special make up for J Gilbet (NST on the Plaza last in #8 with single flex welt sole). My style is more casual as I'm usually in jeans or chinos. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I think the 975 is more casual due to the rounded toe of the Barrie last and the double leather sole. However I'm leaning towards the NST on the Plaza because it is more unique and less ubiquitous than the 975. If I get the NST, I'm considering replacing the single sole with a double leather one to make it more casual and rugged. Which of these two would you all recommend? I also own a 6 eyelet captoe blucher on the Plaza last in cigar, which was a special make up for Alden of Madison in NY. Its probably one of my best fitting shoes due to the 6th eyelet, which helps to keep the heel from slipping. This is another reason I'm leaning towards the NST. I welcome your feedback.

I'm almost certain the J Gilbert NST boots have a commando sole. I think either of these styles would work well with jeans and chinos, with the boots more casual than the LWBs (you suggested the other way around). I happen to really like #8 NST boots on the Barrie or Plaza, so I'd give the edge to the boots, though remember the 975 is a classic for a reason. You can't go wrong with either.
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Originally Posted by takashi78 View Post

Yes calf skin, dont like to use polish on my shoes for some reason.

 

If it'll go away with time then i am fine by that.

 

This Alden is my first expensive & good shoe....so maybe thats why i am so paranoid

If it really bothers you I would suggest trying Saphir Reno. I'm not a big polish guy if I can avoid it, and I try to use as little additional substances as possible but reno has worked wonders for me on both calf and shell, Im somewhat amazed by it, and it leaves leather (particularly calfskin in my experience) with a very nice look and feel.  I set a shell wallet down the other day on my kitchen counter, it picked up a similar circular water mark, although I think it was from a frozen blueberry.  I put a tiny drop of reno on, and it looks better than new.  Good luck

post #55446 of 90153
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post


I'm almost certain the J Gilbert NST boots have a commando sole. I think either of these styles would work well with jeans and chinos, with the boots more casual than the LWBs (you suggested the other way around). I happen to really like #8 NST boots on the Barrie or Plaza, so I'd give the edge to the boots, though remember the 975 is a classic for a reason. You can't go wrong with either.

I have the #8 NST boots with commando and really like them.

post #55447 of 90153
While the NST on plaza last is unique and very cool, the 975 is versatile, stunning (imho), and an Alden/American classic. I suppose that since the 975 is much more readily available, I would get the plaza NST with the intention of acquiring the 975 at a not-so-later date. However, if I could only have one, and I do not own another Alden shell LWB, the 975 would be my unequivocal choice! (but that may just be me and my longwing bias) Good luck my friend...
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Totally agree the paypal thing is annoying. It is a constant easily accounted for in pricing. 

 

I don't believe it is dishonest or enough to be banned from a forum

It isn't an issue of dishonesty or malice; it is an issue of protecting the Forum from legal consequences.  If one 's uninformed actions endanger this medium of exchange, I'm sorry, but a fine or loss of membership is a reasonable outcome (esp. if SF had to pay a penalty).  Maybe he can come back at another time (I hope so).  The law stinks sometimes, but there is a reason we have it and lawyers (God bless them... no sarcasm intended).


Edited by ReppTiePrepster - 7/21/13 at 2:47pm
post #55449 of 90153
I don't think the questioner is talking about the Gilbert Mc boots. He is talking about the Nf bluchers with a single leather sole.
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Originally Posted by TactileOne View Post

I have the #8 NST boots with commando and really like them.
post #55450 of 90153
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Originally Posted by sammy View Post

Gentlemen,
I'm trying to decide on my next pair of Aldens. I'm torn between two models: 975( longwing blucher in #8) or a special make up for J Gilbet (NST on the Plaza last in #8 with single flex welt sole). My style is more casual as I'm usually in jeans or chinos. I think the 975 is more casual due to the rounded toe of the Barrie last and the double leather sole. However I'm leaning towards the NST on the Plaza because it is more unique and less ubiquitous than the 975. If I get the NST, I'm considering replacing the single sole with a double leather one to make it more casual and rugged. Which of these two would you all recommend? I also own a 6 eyelet captoe blucher on the Plaza last in cigar, which was a special make up for Alden of Madison in NY. Its probably one of my best fitting shoes due to the 6th eyelet, which helps to keep the heel from slipping. This is another reason I'm leaning towards the NST. I welcome your feedback.
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Obviously, personal preference and need take precedence. I have two 975s, #8 and cigar. If I could have only one Alden shoe, a #8 LWB would be it. I'll eventually get a whiskey or ravello LWB, but for now, I'm very happy with the two I have.

I think your solution lies in getting both...........good luck.
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Originally Posted by Olifter View Post

If I could have only one Alden shoe, a #8 LWB would be it. 

+1

 

First Alden I bought and the last one I would want to get rid of. 

post #55452 of 90153
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Originally Posted by garret86 View Post

any sale on the first?

I heard there might be 10%-20% off occasionally.

thanks, uncle.

they used to have sales in January and July on alden's but has not happen for many years
post #55453 of 90153
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Originally Posted by sammy View Post

Gentlemen,
I'm trying to decide on my next pair of Aldens. I'm torn between two models: 975( longwing blucher in #8) or a special make up for J Gilbet (NST on the Plaza last in #8 with single flex welt sole). My style is more casual as I'm usually in jeans or chinos. I think the 975 is more casual due to the rounded toe of the Barrie last and the double leather sole. However I'm leaning towards the NST on the Plaza because it is more unique and less ubiquitous than the 975. If I get the NST, I'm considering replacing the single sole with a double leather one to make it more casual and rugged. Which of these two would you all recommend? I also own a 6 eyelet captoe blucher on the Plaza last in cigar, which was a special make up for Alden of Madison in NY. Its probably one of my best fitting shoes due to the 6th eyelet, which helps to keep the heel from slipping. This is another reason I'm leaning towards the NST. I welcome your feedback.

I assume you will have to wait for the plaza NST shoe. Yes? Assuming that, and the fact that it comes with a sole you will replace (another $150-ish), I think you should consider the stock 2210 NST on the Aberdeen with double leather sole. It very well may be readily available. The 975 should also be readily available.

There are no wrong choices here.

The 975 is slightly more versatile IMO than either NST model.
post #55454 of 90153
Thanks for the feedback everyone. Just to clarify, I'm referring to the NST shoe, and not the boot. Here is a link to the shoe:
http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/Shoes-Shell_Cordovan_Norwegian_Front_238.htm
They are currently available for pre-orer for and October delivery. The Aberdeen last does not suit my foot- the toebox is a bit narrow for me. Personally, I think the NST style looks better on the Plaza than the Aberdeen last.
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Originally Posted by sammy View Post

Thanks for the feedback everyone. Just to clarify, I'm referring to the NST shoe, and not the boot. Here is a link to the shoe:
http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/Shoes-Shell_Cordovan_Norwegian_Front_238.htm
They are currently available for pre-orer for and October delivery. The Aberdeen last does not suit my foot- the toebox is a bit narrow for me. Personally, I think the NST style looks better on the Plaza than the Aberdeen last.

The plaza NST is a nice model. There is a very good chance you will not actually get those in October if history tells us anything. biggrin.gif
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