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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

Ravello plaza nsts boots sounds right.
#4 brixton? That's awesome and crazy even in hypothetical world.
Yes, cigar atom. You're only allowed one.
Ravello plaza boots do look extra nice.

Too bad alden is not asking us for ideas or advice.

MrDV -
Great question - and replies.
I'd be happy if they'd just offer more #4 - an NST boot would be great, or perhaps a LWB.
More 4!

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What would you gentlemen order if alden offered a one-time-only special order?

Navy blue shell Leffot Naval Boot.  Of course it will never happen. censored.gif

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Last I spoke with Alden DC they had cigar plain toe Barrie 8E 675$ or so plus a tax is also possible 

 

Is color 4 darker than Ravello?

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Originally Posted by Gerry View Post

Found myself in San Francisco on my way back to Dublin so having looked up Alden on Google maps I took a trip to 170 Sutter. What a nice shop and very helpfull staff. I did not have any particular shoe in mind except that I always wanted a pair of Alden and they are not easy to come by on this side of the Atlantic. Eventually I settled on these:







They feel like a very solid shoe, I can only imagine what the doubled soled ones feel like, anyway the leather does seem nore substantial than my C&J Handgrades so does this mean they will take a while to break in. Either way am loving my first pair of Alden. smile.gif

 

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Gerry, nice pick up. Beautiful shoes. Congratulations. They do take a while to break in so take your time - wear them for an hour or two inside for a while.
I've never visited the Alden San Fran shop - sounds great. Wear your shoes in good health.

+1 on Alden SFO service.  I am lucky to be near enough this store to fit.  As we all know Alden lasts are notoriously difficult to make sense of.  My first ever Alden is the 990.  Robert asked me my typical shoe size and brought out 4 pairs of 990s for me to try.  He kept on asking me to wear different pairs and I every time he put a different shoe on, I kept asking him what size I was wearing.  Every time we would say, "I'm not going to tell you.  Just tell me which one you can walk out with today that feels great on your feet."  Sure enough, what I ended up feeling comfortable with was totally unexpected, and I've never had a better fitting shoe.    

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Originally Posted by stevent View Post


Where does it say SF?

And either way just sounds like you guys are complaining over pretty unreasonable stuff

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Originally Posted by green garden View Post

+1 on Alden SFO service.  I am lucky to be near enough this store to fit.  As we all know Alden lasts are notoriously difficult to make sense of.  My first ever Alden is the 990.  Robert asked me my typical shoe size and brought out 4 pairs of 990s for me to try.  He kept on asking me to wear different pairs and I every time he put a different shoe on, I kept asking him what size I was wearing.  Every time we would say, "I'm not going to tell you.  Just tell me which one you can walk out with today that feels great on your feet."  Sure enough, what I ended up feeling comfortable with was totally unexpected, and I've never had a better fitting shoe.    

Thanks for the info, gg. Another reason to visit the CIty by the Bay (Unionmade being another).
So he had you trying on shell for fit? I've always wondered about that. The one and only time I tried on shell in person, I know the shopkeeper was pretty nervous about creasing and walking anywhere there wasn't carpeting.
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Thanks RE, I figured somebody out there had one. Any pics? I was checking out the blue suede version, and an internet search revealed all the previous incarnations - I think LS first offered the plaza monk strap in 2008. Still not sure about the blue suede in combination with monk strap - might be great, might be a bit much.
cheers.gif Have a great weekend.

LS #8 Plaza monks with silver buckles and ubiquitous Alden Thread argyle socks...

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Weird doesn't show up on my phone

But regardless my point was in general over the mass of people complaining about a pretty fair price. And nothing's preventing somebody to contact the guy here if they want the shoe
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blurry pic after a loooooooong day. got tired of trying to focus

 

no argyles today cool.gif

 

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Looking to buy my first pair of cordovan shoes and wanted some opinions on a pair of chukkas vs longwings. I want a versatile shoe that can be worn with a suit as well as a pair of jeans.

I joined the club today and purchased a pair of LWB color # 8. I had a few gift certificates from jcrew and ended up paying less than half for the them:). Had them shipped to save paying NYC tax so I have to wait until next week to get them. Is it normal to feel nervous about wearing them?
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Thanks for the info, gg. Another reason to visit the CIty by the Bay (Unionmade being another).
So he had you trying on shell for fit? I've always wondered about that. The one and only time I tried on shell in person, I know the shopkeeper was pretty nervous about creasing and walking anywhere there wasn't carpeting.

 

I was at Alden SF and was helped by Robert as well.  I tried on the #8 straight tip on the Grant last.  Robert didn't say anything about being careful creasing, etc.  I was the one who told him I'd be careful and asked him how he dealt with the situation.  He seemed not too concerned and I got the impression that they definitely are the other extreme from say A of C.  There was a German tourist trying on some #8 shoes and he was walking, bending, etc. and the other SA didn't seem to mind. 

 

I guess they get enough customers who aren't as concerned with creases as some of us are that it's not a problem.  Anyway, great staff, creat customer service.

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Thanks for the info, gg. Another reason to visit the CIty by the Bay (Unionmade being another).
So he had you trying on shell for fit? I've always wondered about that. The one and only time I tried on shell in person, I know the shopkeeper was pretty nervous about creasing and walking anywhere there wasn't carpeting.

Yeah, I did ask Robert about people fitting shell after I knew him better (visited more than once).  He cringes.  The store is carpeted wall to wall and they won't object you walking around.  But knowing what we know about shell, I wouldn't abuse the privilege.  Just remember that you're not breaking them in.  You want to ensure that these people can still sell the shoes since it is how they make their living.  Besides, you would know rather quickly if the shoes are a good fit or not.  If you're convincing yourself that it's a good fit, then it probably isn't.  Another Robertism - "Your feet are not going to change, and assume the shoes aren't going to change much either.  They fit or they don't."  I'm being liberal about quoting him because this probably isn't precise, but you get the point.

 

Unionmade is a bus ride away from Market.  Brooks Brothers has a big store in Post which is the parallel street from Alden (Sutter).  If you are a Carmina fan, don't forget Wilkes Bashford has a big presence in Sutter.  I haven't been there.  Just recently got myself acquainted to Carmina.  But will definitely stop by next time I'm in the City.  

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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

What would you gentlemen order if alden offered a one-time-only special order?

Grant last, #4 shell, Medallion Captoe, Low profile commando, Blind eyelets and speed hooks, 270-storm welt w/ antique edge trim and pull tabs.

EDIT: or maybe even #6 shell. Isn't that more reddish than #4?
Edited by El Argentino - 8/30/13 at 5:18pm
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Originally Posted by Beatlegeuse View Post

^ always a good day for snuff, fantastic. My next Alden goal is to buy as many suede LWBs as possible. I feel like I would get more wear out of those than any other combo.

 

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Originally Posted by CEE88 View Post

RTP - that is a great looking LWB. Wear in good health my friend!

 

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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post

I think I agree. Based on my geographics, I think suede should easily be my go-to upper. And it's still relatively "unkown" in the real world (if you follow my understanding).

 

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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post

+1 on your suede gunboats RTP. Looking very suave.

Thank you gents!  @El, if by unknown you mean underrated, I certainly agree.  @Beetlegeuse, I want the tan suede LWB!  Other than the blue suede short or longwing bluchers, not sure if there are others for which I would be interested.

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blurry pic after a loooooooong day. got tired of trying to focus

 

no argyles today cool.gif

 

Not a chukka guy, but this pic looks sweet!  One day I will move on a pair of chukkas, but not before an NST (I know Uncle!).

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