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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Having an internal debate about the 990. Everything about the shoe exudes class, it i well built, shows off the cordovan well, etc. But the shoe can look huge, especially in my e width



To me, the proportions of the unlined PTB look more balanced, especially with thinner wool pants. These PTB would look OK with chinos or heaver flannel or denim... But to me a similar chukka would look even better. So in the battle of the plain toe, it would seem that for me 990 would be behind the unlined and the chukka... Thoughts?

I can't speak to the unlined PTB as I have never tried them.  However, I am not much of a fan of the chukka (except for the 6 eyelet version).  While I understand your perspective regarding your E width, I still hold the 990 in higher regard than the chukka.  You and others here may disagree with me, but that's perfectly fine.  It's mjust my preference.

 

p.s. I think your 990s look great, but they could use some Mac love. ;)  Enjoy your PTBs often and in great health, my friend...

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post #60962 of 87549
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Originally Posted by violethour1951 View Post

Rishi K, excellent gunboats & great combo.

 

Thank you very much Sir.

post #60963 of 87549
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That-a-boy RK!  Lookin' great my friend; your kings are representing quite well...

 

Thank you very much RTP.

post #60964 of 87549
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Having an internal debate about the 990. Everything about the shoe exudes class, it i well built, shows off the cordovan well, etc. But the shoe can look huge, especially in my e width
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To me, the proportions of the unlined PTB look more balanced, especially with thinner wool pants. These PTB would look OK with chinos or heaver flannel or denim... But to me a similar chukka would look even better. So in the battle of the plain toe, it would seem that for me 990 would be behind the unlined and the chukka... Thoughts?

I agree with you on the classiness of the shoe. It is the first Alden I ever wanted to buy, from years and years back.

I too think sometimes the Barrie last does it a little injustice. I feel this way especially when I look at my #8 PT Boots on the Plaza (wearing today).

But be that as it may, I would never part with them, or trade them for a chukka or single soled version. I would regret that for sure.


(these are photographing really poor today.)
post #60965 of 87549
just in time for Chicago F/W..I would have preferred additional brogueing around the heel but again it is hard to find 6.5 Barrie in Commando sole, and this color which I prefer...
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post #60966 of 87549
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Having an internal debate about the 990. Everything about the shoe exudes class, it i well built, shows off the cordovan well, etc. But the shoe can look huge, especially in my e width



To me, the proportions of the unlined PTB look more balanced, especially with thinner wool pants. These PTB would look OK with chinos or heaver flannel or denim... But to me a similar chukka would look even better. So in the battle of the plain toe, it would seem that for me 990 would be behind the unlined and the chukka... Thoughts?

This pair looks great and telling from the rolls (or lack thereof) fits you very well. The unlined PTB might be Alden's sleekest sleek shoe and frankly I don't think it could possible be made on the same Barrie last above.
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Sazon: I too think sometimes the Barrie last does it a little injustice. I feel this way especially when I look at my #8 PT Boots on the Plaza (wearing today).

I own this boot. IMO, it is probably the single best Alden model to show off the character and qualities of color 8 shell.
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+1 SFTG, #team plaza last.
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Alcibiades I can see this. I'm only 5'6" so the PTB on the Barrie can look like well made clown shoes on my foot. That's why I enjoy the LW more.
post #60970 of 87549
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Having an internal debate about the 990. Everything about the shoe exudes class, it i well built, shows off the cordovan well, etc. But the shoe can look huge, especially in my e width



To me, the proportions of the unlined PTB look more balanced, especially with thinner wool pants. These PTB would look OK with chinos or heaver flannel or denim... But to me a similar chukka would look even better. So in the battle of the plain toe, it would seem that for me 990 would be behind the unlined and the chukka... Thoughts?

 

being an E width in the PTB as well, I also get the "this seems really wide" - and it is quite surprising how the same Barrie size in a high boot doesn't give me this feeling - i don't know about the chukka but i suspect it would also look quite wide.   I would love to be able to easily try going up half a size and down a width - 8E -> 8.5C as i suspect the 8.5 would be slightly longer and slightly narrower - i would love one of those more experienced in this thread could add their thoughts to this as i might take a gamble with the C width at some point in the future.

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being an E width in the PTB as well, I also get the "this seems really wide" - and it is quite surprising how the same Barrie size in a high boot doesn't give me this feeling - i don't know about the chukka but i suspect it would also look quite wide.   I would love to be able to easily try going up half a size and down a width - 8E -> 8.5C as i suspect the 8.5 would be slightly longer and slightly narrower - i would love one of those more experienced in this thread could add their thoughts to this as i might take a gamble with the C width at some point in the future.

 

While not an expert, I can share my personal experience going up a half size and down a width in the 990 Barrie PTB when I was in the store.  The length felt so much larger, I knew immediately it wouldnt work for me.  I know that doesn't completely answer your question down 2 widths, but I'm glad I didn't go any larger. 

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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Having an internal debate about the 990. Everything about the shoe exudes class, it i well built, shows off the cordovan well, etc. But the shoe can look huge, especially in my e width

Alcibiades, I think you've got the right shoes on your feet. We shell aficionados tend to be our own biggest critics. We hem and haw over the most inane minutia concerning our footwear. My only question is that when your walking, and not looking at your shoes(yes me too), do your feet say they're happy or unhappy? If it's the former the only thing people are going to say is, "Hey, nice shoes". Wear them in the best of health my friend.
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The color mismatch issue comes up on this thread once in a while. I remember this extreme case from a couple of years ago. Take a look at this thread:

http://www.styleforum.net/t/230413/alden-qc-would-you-be-happy-with-receiving-this-pair-of-shoes
post #60974 of 87549
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Originally Posted by NYDRH View Post
 

 

While not an expert, I can share my personal experience going up a half size and down a width in the 990 Barrie PTB when I was in the store.  The length felt so much larger, I knew immediately it wouldnt work for me.  I know that doesn't completely answer your question down 2 widths, but I'm glad I didn't go any larger. 

 

thanks.

i would be interested to know the length difference between a 8.5D and a 8.5C


Edited by dusttruffle - 9/20/13 at 4:14pm
post #60975 of 87549

Source for ptb's in mocha kid suede? I have just recently figured out how nice that stuff is. Bought tassel loafers from Brooks and nst's from NRO

 

Tassels and NST and maybe loafers are the only stock make-up for mocha kis suede. I think Leather Soul did have a special make-up done around 2007. I would love to get the 4X4 Nassau done in mocha kid suede -  to get that shoe or a plain toe derby is above my Ravello desire 

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