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post #60421 of 98822
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Alden Ravello LWBs from Alden DC

Without further ado, I have finally received my new Longwing Blutchers from Alden of DC. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I am very excited to receive them, unfortunately my wife has chosen to forget the three or four times that I informed her of their making through out the ordering and production process and so she is not happy that I have yet another pair of Aldens showing up at our house... For fun, I have decided to put some color comparisons against both Whiskey and "Old" Ravello. This should hopefully answer some of the questions of how the Ravello color may (or may not) be changing. With that said, I have concluded that Ravello is darker (almost to the point of being Cigar like under darker lighting) and lightens up well under more natural and outdoor lighting conditions, approaching a similar color to "Old" Ravello under full sunlight. Its an interesting phenomena.

Opening up the green box!



The first sighting of the Alden LWBs under darker conditions. They appear to be dark, but not quite Cigar. They have an unique red undertone to them.



A zoom in showing the sole of the right shoe and the medallion of the left.



And a head down shot under direct sunlight with the sun not reflecting directly off of the shoes at the camera (viewer).



Same head down shot, now sitting directly next to my pair of essentially brand new Whiskey LWB (Ravello Left, Whiskey Right). 



The Ravello LWBs from the front, now it is starting to catch more sunlight and reflect more of the lighter colors. It actually is very reminiscent of the Marlows (which I believe are Horween's Cognac color) from this angle, maybe with a pidge of a red undertone mixed in.



Three-quarter angle shot of the shoe, showing off the nice long wing design and the color under direct sun reflection.



The front and back of the Ravello LWB.



Same photo with the Whiskey mixed in for comparison.



Now onto "Old" Ravello versus "New" Ravello. The NSTs are in the "Old" Ravello. They also have the medium antique edge and light stiching. which I believe helps to lighten the shoe's overall appearance.



Finally, a three-quarters shot of the LWB against the NST. I think here is where you can see that the shoes are actually not too far apart. I think with a little wear, they will lighten up a little bit.



So, I hope that helps to compare the issue of what the "New" Ravello looks like. Cheers and have a great evening!

-Mike

These look great. I wonder how similar the LWB and NST would look if the NST had dark edging (or the LWB had antique).
post #60422 of 98822
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

These look great. I wonder how similar the LWB and NST would look if the NST had dark edging (or the LWB had antique).

Thanks! I don't know but the edging definitely makes a big difference to the shoes overall feel...
post #60423 of 98822

Wow, there were some great acquisitions and pics today.  Congrats to mdubs and his sharp looking darkish ravello LWBs, truly the king of the gunboats. The new color 8 shortwing bal oxford (974) is very underrated.  Congrats to its new owner as well.

 

Work is picking up so its difficult for me to keep up.  Hope everyone is well...

post #60424 of 98822
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Gotcha, yeah I am not a fan of the Crepe either. Frans did have a few left on double oaks a few months ago...

-Mike

Any chance you can expand on why you're not a fan of crepe? I like the look and I've heard they are extremely comfortable, but the opinion of this forum seems universally consistent. No one seems to like them and it would be great to get some input before I take the plunge.
post #60425 of 98822
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

Any chance you can expand on why you're not a fan of crepe? I like the look and I've heard they are extremely comfortable, but the opinion of this forum seems universally consistent. No one seems to like them and it would be great to get some input before I take the plunge.

I'm not sure why others aren't fans. I have a pair of very casual reverse chamois chukkas on crepe and I think it works pretty well there -- the crepe does its all weather thing.

Further, the leather tip on the toe of the sole makes a huge and positive difference. I've got a pair of CXL beef roll pennies on crepe from Rancourt -- which have a completely crepe sole, front to back -- and I can attest that the toes catch on carpet with some frequency. Be careful walking around work with coffee.

If I had to guess, however, I'd say that people here generally shy away from the crepe soled options as crepe makes a shoe look much more casual. I understand why Frans Boone stocks so much of it -- just think about their prevailing weather, it's much more practical -- but if bad weather soles aren't a priority for you, well . . . .
post #60426 of 98822
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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post

Don L & MrDV - you guys are totally bringing it today w/ the Red & Ravello pairings. Great showing.
Gracias argentino.
post #60427 of 98822
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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post
 

ravello lwb being picked up on thursday  :slayer:

 

Glad to hear it worked out.

post #60428 of 98822
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Originally Posted by sashae View Post

JCrew chocolate suede Barrie LWB on waterlock... awesome.

Very nice looking suede. They do look awesome.
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post #60430 of 98822
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Alden Ravello LWB (Continued)

As per the requests, here are some more comparison photos against Whiskey and Cigar...

Three-quarters view with Whiskey on the right, Ravello on the left.

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Hope that this helps to compare Ravello and Cigar....

-Mike
Congratulations, the new ravello looks sweet. Thanks for all the comparison pics, great work.
post #60431 of 98822

Frans Boone on the Plaza last in 8D, 9D and 10D (looks like a new pair or two became available and new pictures went up).  Please buy before I do. 

 

 
 
 
 
post #60432 of 98822
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Originally Posted by budapest12 View Post

Frans Boone on the Plaza last in 8D, 9D and 10D (looks like a new pair or two became available and new pictures went up).  Please buy before I do. 

 

 


 


 





Luckily they aren't 8.5D
post #60433 of 98822
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Originally Posted by budapest12 View Post

Frans Boone on the Plaza last in 8D, 9D and 10D (looks like a new pair or two became available and new pictures went up).  Please buy before I do. 

 

 


 


 






I agree. Someone buy 9D otherwise I'm about to spend $878.05 CAN + duties.
post #60434 of 98822
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Originally Posted by sazon View Post

another shot of the J. Gilbert #8 captoe

Outstanding Sazon, welcome to #8 captoe plaza club.

Wear in great health my friend.
post #60435 of 98822
Guys,

I'm going to gingerly stray from Alden discussion only because I asked a question about dying shell and I got a couple of PM's with questions/comments. A little background. I've been searching for a pair of two-tone shell saddles ever since losing out on a pair from LS on ebay a couple of months ago, but I haven't had much luck. I had been watching a pair of Cole Haan shells on ebay that were really beat-up. Once the owner dropped the price I decided to take a chance. Since this is an Alden forum, I'll only share 3 pictures. What they looked like when they arrived, how they looked after I prepared the leather for dying, and how they look after I finished. My goal was to go with a burgundy/black combination but the leather was so far gone that I had to reverse the order and go black/burgundy. The bottom line, and again, my reason for sharing, is to demonstrate that it can be done. I wouldn't thing of doing this with a $700 pair of Alden's, but it can be done.

Upon receipt....



After preparing the leather to receive the dye.....



And (drum roll please), the final product.......



I'm never going to wear these with a suit or even business casual, but I'll certainly throw these on with some jeans or khakis. Something I didn't realize until I finished is that I don't own any black shell. So these kind of fill a void.
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