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Thanks kwhitelaw. Always dropping good knowledge.
Thank you Shawn.
No fooling, here is how I scored those Ravello LWB from J Crew : It was Christmas clearance time in early January and I was after a certain Thomas Mason shirt from J Crew. I was told that the J Crew Ludlow shop in TriBeCa had the shirt. I had never been to that shop but I figured I’d take walk there since it was only 20mins from where I work.
I open the door and right smack in the middle when I walked in was a display with these shoes. I immediately fell in love, as I love the brass eyelet look. I asked the clerk when these came in?!? He said they just arrived two days ago, and they only sold 1 or 2 so far. They were not on-line or in any other store. The store had been waiting for them for like 18 mons he said. I said, please give me a 10D, immediately. “Buy now, decide later” is the usual rule when you find Aldens, but one look and I had made up my mind.
It was so refreshing to find this model without the usual hype and frantic searching when a Ravello model is spotted.
Not long after, the shoes blew up here on SF and sold out soon thereafter.
Timing is everything.
Wow, quite the amazing story Sazon. I'm not sure if it's the ravello, the exposed eyelets, or the LWB, but I truly love these shoes. But I find myself saying that with all of your shoes. Thanks for taking the time to share such an interesting story.
Hey you with commando sole experience!
Will Alden's low-profile commando sole keep me on my feet on snow and ice? I had Alfred Sargent shoes with 'normal' commando soles once but I had to sell them because snow filled the soles. Eventually I had huge lumps of snow under my heels which made it difficult and extremely dangerous to walk. Since then I've used only Ridgeway rubber soles which work like charm.
Do you think Alden commando soles would have the same problem?
I have a few different pair of Alden boots with commando sole and wear them on frequent long walks in the snow and ice in the winter and have never had the problem of snow building up between the lugs or anything like that. While the sole is relatively low profile, the lugs are still pronounced enough and set far enough apart that the building doesn't seem to be an issue.
Nice! You will love them. My foot is funky... I am between a bunch of different sizes. I am probably like an 8.25 D/E :) But I wear 8.5D in Grant and Plaza (8E may work better for me as there is a bit of extra length) and 8D in Barrie. My Indy's are an 8D as well. However, they are roomy enough that I wear the Alden Foot Balance insole (ahem ahem) in them. I may have even been able to drop a full size down. With these insoles they are the most comfortable and best fitting pair of shoes I own.
I would not size down. I have found the Tremont last has a lower profile than the Barrie. I will be selling a pair of Whiskey short wings because going Barrie size did not work for me.
Thanks. Speaking of whiskey shortwings
Whiskey Shortwings (10E) from Alden DC
Barbour Liddesdale Coat
J Crew Ludlow Suit (these are maligned but I like the fit and the fact I can get two pair of pants with the suit)
Polo Ralph Lauren tie with Labs