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just stumbled upon this thread on superfuture the "horsehide footwear contest".  With a fair few new deliveries just happening recently - shoemart 2nds, JG delivery and others - including  a fair few rare shells -  it would seem perhaps a good time to have something like that here maybe?  People talk about patina trumping babying your footwear.  Has SF had something like that before?  It obviously has its fair share of raw denim fade contests. Dislaimer : i should (with the blessing of the sizing gods) be getting some #8 indy's soon and would enjoy the excuse not to freak out and baby them :slayer:

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MH I noticed in an early post you mentioned selling your #8 Indys, what happened that you decided to part with them. I wear
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When I have a kid, if it's a boy should I name him Alden, Barrie, Hampton, Leydon, Van, or maybe TruBalance?

 

Indy...

Couldn't do that, they crushed me when they stole my childhood football team.  I like Abby (Aberdeen) for my next daughter.,, or maybe Madison, Emily (E.) Paulette, etc...

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Couldn't speak to the width issue going up and down in width and size.  However, I will say this...

 

I would NOT count on heel slippage going away once they are broken in.  (A) Alden slip-ons are on a single leather sole which means they shouldn't be that stiff to begin with, (B) once your foot settles/sinks into the cork bed, it will only make the shoe feel slightly bigger, making the possibility of greater heel slippage more likely.

 

I have always been of the philosophy that a slightly bigger fit is always better than a slightly snug-smallish fit.  However, with Alden slip-ons you really need to be precise with correct sizing.

 

Sorry I couldn't be of greater help.  Good luck my friend...

 

Thank you very much RTP for the insight, I'll have to work on the sizing

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Thank you very much RTP for the insight, I'll have to work on the sizing

Anytime my friend.  I'm still looking for my precise aberdeen and van sizes for loafers.

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has anyone posted up any of the "new" ravello that's been popping up in the last couple weeks? curious what the shade is looking like

 

I got to see them recently -- they are darker than other shades I have seen in pictures, but not as dark as in Doc Alden's photos.  They are a caramel brown, but definitely still "brown".  I am not quite sure of how I can describe them better than that.  As somebody hankering for cigar LWBs as well, I think they could probably satisfy the longing (at least until the chance to snag those came up, in which case all bets are off).  Anyway, they are beautiful and, I think, a versatile color.

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what size you get? I'm hoping to metro into the city on thursday, grab my dad for lunch, then swing through alden and grab a pair before lunch..

 

all hinging on whether the gentleman before me accepts his pair or not :yikes:

 

Any indication on when you will know this?  I still have a slim chance myself of lucking out but I don't know when the cut-off is for the others to decide.

 

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IF I have a kid, and it's a boy, I hope he wears 11.5 barrie and 12 TTS..

 

 

I already gave my family the speech this weekend that should I get in a car crash tomorrow and not make it, they are to log in here and offer my collection to those in this thread.

 

THAT is dedication!

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Couldn't speak to the width issue going up and down in width and size.  However, I will say this...

I would NOT count on heel slippage going away once they are broken in.  (A) Alden slip-ons are on a single leather sole which means they shouldn't be that stiff to begin with, (B) once your foot settles/sinks into the cork bed, it will only make the shoe feel slightly bigger, making the possibility of greater heel slippage more likely.

I have always been of the philosophy that a slightly bigger fit is always better than a slightly snug-smallish fit.  However, with Alden slip-ons you really need to be precise with correct sizing.

Sorry I couldn't be of greater help.  Good luck my friend...

RTP, you are right on the money with this advice. I have a couple of pairs that are "slightly snug-smallish" and it's not pleasant, especially after a couple of hours of wear.
Also, regarding the heel area of the shoe: the sole might loosen up over time such that heel slippage dissipates (I've read about this happening with Yuketen mocs with really thick soles that initially have almost no give), but it might not. It could also get worse as the leather around the heel loosens up.
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IF I have a kid, and it's a boy, I hope he wears 11.5 barrie and 12 TTS..


I already gave my family the speech this weekend that should I get in a car crash tomorrow and not make it, they are to log in here and offer my collection to those in this thread.

As a fellow TTS-12brother, I welcome this and ask to be put at the top of your family's "to PM" list.
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As a fellow TTS-12brother, I welcome this and ask to be put at the top of your family's "to PM" list.

 

noted lol 

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I am just like you Bakes, in that the J Crew perf cap toe boot initiated an interest in the perf cap toe bal.  I am leaning toward the black shell perf cap toe.  I have never tried the Hampton last.  Should I go with my aberdeen size?

Also, I was tempted to go a cheaper route and pick up a pair of AE Fifth Avenue (calf version)?  Anyone have experience with both (AE 5 last and Hampton last)?  The five last works fairly well for me.

I have the black shell and color 8 captoe bals (perf tip) on the Snap last (Alden for BB). They are two of my favorite dress shoes. I also have calf captoe bals (straight tip) in burgundy (Anthony Cleverley) and black (Edward Green).
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IF I have a kid, and it's a boy, I hope he wears 11.5 barrie and 12 TTS..


I already gave my family the speech this weekend that should I get in a car crash tomorrow and not make it, they are to log in here and offer my collection to those in this thread.

Did you mention the collection might be worth the equivalent of a nice little insurance policy? Sleep with one eye open!1159[1].gif
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When I have a kid, if it's a boy should I name him Alden, Barrie, Hampton, Leydon, Van, or maybe TruBalance?

All are good options (along with Cordovan and Horween).

I hope to have a son some day, to go with my twin girls, Patina and Shell.
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not alden related, so please forgive, but I spend the bulk of my time in here.

 

i'm working on some custom shoe bags and need some drawstring "pulls". material and drawstring yarn has been procured. 

 

the brass style from alden would suffice, as would the simple lace lock style that other manuf offer..

 

any recommendations?

 

thanks in advance!

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Did you mention the collection might be worth the equivalent of a nice little insurance policy? Sleep with one eye open!1159[1].gif

 

my fathers eyes popped when the conversation came up today concerning investment lol.. I keep pushing him to head back to NE to visit family (so I can hit shoemart and the other shops up there :rotflmao: )

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Namor,

 

via google images I stumbled on this post - found your sizing pretty interesting.  

 

 

 

Especially the +0.5 same width between Grant and Plaza captoes

- i was a bit hesitant but this is what i felt i probably was

(complicated by the fact that I only had access to Grant sizes that where either just to big or just too small and sold out the D and E sizes in between and the only Plaza I have had available was a Loafer).

 

Your Barrie and TB sizing makes me suspect that sizing C in Barrie might work for me.

 

Sometimes I feel like developing an Alden Habit (especially somewhere where they are not easily accessible) is like a kind of masochistic Treasure Hunt in which you hunt for something that  represents what you want (a shoe / boot shaped on the same last as what you desire) with the prize being "CONGRATULATIONS! YOU CAN NOW SPEND ALMOST $1000!" !!!!

.... There is the bonus additional kicker/booby trap when because of variations between models it might still not fit meaning "UNLUCKY!  WASTED MONIES!".

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