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post #63151 of 98822
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Originally Posted by epc2 View Post

Help me pick one, snuff unlined PTB or Brown CXL PTB!!

I like them both and can wear suede all year long , it'll be for chinos and denim and maybe khaki pants.

I know both will do the job, but will like to hear your opinions, I've never owned a cxl shoe so not sure how comfortable and durable it is?.

Thanks.
My Alden CXL PTB is the most comfortable shoe I own. Hands down. CXL is a very tough, durable leather. I would choose it over suede all day, everyday and twice on Sunday.
Edited by tifosi - 10/17/13 at 12:55pm
post #63152 of 98822
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Originally Posted by epc2 View Post

Help me pick one, snuff unlined PTB or Brown CXL PTB!!
Thanks.
+1 for Snuff unlined ptb. I have a tan pair from jcrew. Mine feel light, durable, versatile, and look damn good. Cxl is just as awesome, it may come down to looks or what else you have in rotation.
post #63153 of 98822
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Originally Posted by Michigan Planner View Post

Neither did I. They were an eBay purchase (the only pair of Alden I've ever made from there) and appeared quite old, but in very good shape, when I got them. On the other hand, maybe they were just super old and super faded color #8? lol Either way, they were a good deal.

I'll have to snap some photos of them next to my Indy boots for comparison.

FWIW, here's a pair on Etsy of all places: http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/162062502/alden-whiskey-tassel-loafers-vintage. Mine appear a touch lighter. This person lists theirs as being from the 80s and I imagine mine are about the same age.

I really like these but they look like calfskin to me.
post #63154 of 98822
My Brown CXL PTB. As I said...quite comfy. Quite versatile.

post #63155 of 98822
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

I really like these but they look like calfskin to me.

The Cigar Aficionado link posted earlier says that Alden once made the tassel loafer in "whiskey" and "mahogany" cordovan, so some whiskey tassel loafers should exist out there
post #63156 of 98822
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Originally Posted by philstars View Post

It's called a commando sole.
I'd be all over them if I was looking for a Chukka.
There's also the plantation sole. I don't like it myself.

+1. I recently purchased a pair of plantation sole shoes and I really like them. But IMO, there is nothing that compares to the comfort and 'walking on air' feeling that comes with commando. As the OP states, it is very difficult for anyone to notice that you have rubber soles. The way Alden does commando is in my opinion, one of their highest achievements.

As someone who recently paid full price for commando chukkas without regret, I would highly recommend, especially at a $100 discount.
post #63157 of 98822
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post

Lovely, Sazon.  Jealous of this possession.  Enjoy often and in great health my friend...

Thanks Repp !
post #63158 of 98822
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

#8 lwb

Classic. All you ever need.
post #63159 of 98822
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Originally Posted by sazon View Post

A Happy Thursday to All

Ravello, courtesy of J. Crew



An amazing shoe Sazon, as are most in your collection. Would you mind sharing how one acquires a ravello shoe from crew?
post #63160 of 98822
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

The Cigar Aficionado link posted earlier says that Alden once made the tassel loafer in "whiskey" and "mahogany" cordovan, so some whiskey tassel loafers should exist out there

I saw that. I was talking about the shoes in the link. I'm far from an expert, but when I looked at the creases, they looked like calf.
post #63161 of 98822
Killing time in the Denver airport...

I am generally not in favor of speed hooks- but they do come in handy in airport security lines






post #63162 of 98822
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post


An amazing shoe Sazon, as are most in your collection. Would you mind sharing how one acquires a ravello shoe from crew?

at a retail level, there was one store in manhattan that was offering them. I returned an 11D to them awhile back. might still be there, amongst other sizes. no 11.5D though. those got 'lost' in shipping to me :censored:

post #63163 of 98822
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

My Alden CXL PTB is the most comfortable shoe I own. Hands down. CXL is a very tough, durable leather. I would choose it over suede all day, everyday and twice on Sunday.

I have the unlined CXL PTB as well and it's hard to argue with this. However, I'm also a huge fan of Alden suede. As a compromise, buy the CXL PTB now, and get a snuff chukka later smile.gif
post #63164 of 98822
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Thank you both for the advice. It's much easier said than done.  It's not really me to just bully my way; there are other things to consider.  Raising a young child to be honest and trustworthy requires a good example.  Getting caught in a scheme like the vanilla visas could be more harmful than the value of a grail pair of boots.  I can live with that and without resentment toward my wife.  I will try to find a way to make it work if it's not too late.  If it is, I'll just be patient.  Thanks gents!

Quoting RTP but this question is for anyone. Thinking of putting RTP out of his memory on these but I have a question on fit. I'm wondering how the Plaza last compares to Barrie on length. Alden of Carmel's website gives the impression that they are similar but I always thought Barrie was longer and wider. Lengthwise, can anyone tell me how they thing a Leydon 10 compares to Barrie? Thanks.
post #63165 of 98822
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

Quoting RTP but this question is for anyone. Thinking of putting RTP out of his memory on these but I have a question on fit. I'm wondering how the Plaza last compares to Barrie on length. Alden of Carmel's website gives the impression that they are similar but I always thought Barrie was longer and wider. Lengthwise, can anyone tell me how they thing a Leydon 10 compares to Barrie? Thanks.

I should probably wear a 9.5D in barrie but it can be very snug (9.5D LWBs and chukkas work pretty well) so I go with 10D and enjoy a little bit of extra room.  The plaza in 10D is an absolute perfect fit for me; not snug and little to no extra room.  Not sure about the leydon last.

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