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post #64921 of 90162

Do I Have Too Many Shoes?

 

Good Evening All,

 

I wished to pose a question to the forum to see what everyone has to say. I also thought that it would be fun to post my shoe family one at a time. I will save you the task of counting, I currently have 21 pairs of shoes (16 in Shell Cordovan, 4 in Calfskin, and 1 in Suede) with four more on the way (3 in the mail, 1 on order). So, how many shoes is too many?

 

Here is my entire collection, the shoes that are still on their way or listed below. Thanks in advanced!

 

Allen Edmonds Cambridge in Black Shell Cordovan

 

Alden Cape Cod Collection Bit Loafer in Black Calfskin

 

Allen Edmonds McTavish in Black Wax Infused Leather

 

Allen Edmonds Cambridge in Burgundy Shell Cordovan

 

Alden Tassel Loafer in Color 8 Shell Cordovan

 

Allen Edmonds Dalton in Burgundy Shell Cordovan

 

Alden Chukka Boot in Color 8 Shell Cordovan

 

Alden Perforated Cap Toe in Color 8 Shell Cordovan

 

Crockett and Jones for Ralph Lauren Gianni Boot in Brown Shell Cordovan

 

Crockett and Jones for Ralph Lauren Marlow Wingtip in Brown Shell Cordovan

 

Alden Straight Tip Cap Toe in Cigar Shell Cordovan

 

Alden Leisure Handsewn in Cigar Shell Cordovan

 

Allen Edmonds Jefferson in Cappuccino Shell Cordovan (MTO)

 

Allen Edmonds Highway 1 in Brown Calfskin

 

 

Allen Edmonds Amok Chukka Boot in Snuff Suede

 

Alden Longwing Blutcher in Ravello Shell Cordovan

 

Alden Leisure Handsewn in Ravello Shell Cordovan

 

Alden Norwegian Split-Toe in Ravello Shell Cordovan

 

Allen Edmonds Strand Perforated Cap Toe in Walnut Shell Cordovan

 

Allen Edmonds Player's Shoe Wingtip in Walnut Calfskin

 

Alden Longwing Blutcher in Whiskey Shell Cordovan

 

On their way (literally in the mail right now):

-Allen Edmonds Harrison in Black Shell Cordovan (MTO)

-Alden Leisure Handsewn in Ravello Shell Cordovan

-Alden Plain Toe Blutcher in Ravello Shell Cordovan

 

On order (shipping someday):

-Alden Shortwing Balmoral in Whiskey Shell Cordovan

 

What do you think?

 

Thanks,

Mike

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post #64922 of 90162
Mdubs,
Impressive collection. I like the walnut shell strands, mine were too dark and looked just like my dark brown shell, I had to return them. You have a second pair of ravello lhs coming? Lucky dog.
I don't think you have too many shoes, unless you wear a 10.5, in that case you need to purge. smile.gif
post #64923 of 90162
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

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Do I Have Too Many Shoes?


Good Evening All,

I wished to pose a question to the forum to see what everyone has to say. I also thought that it would be fun to post my shoe family one at a time. I will save you the task of counting, I currently have 21 pairs of shoes (16 in Shell Cordovan, 4 in Calfskin, and 1 in Suede) with four more on the way (3 in the mail, 1 on order). So, how many shoes is too many?

Here is my entire collection, the shoes that are still on their way or listed below. Thanks in advanced!



Allen Edmonds Cambridge in Black Shell Cordovan



Alden Cape Cod Collection Bit Loafer in Black Calfskin



Allen Edmonds McTavish in Black Wax Infused Leather



Allen Edmonds Cambridge in Burgundy Shell Cordovan



Alden Tassel Loafer in Color 8 Shell Cordovan



Allen Edmonds Dalton in Burgundy Shell Cordovan



Alden Chukka Boot in Color 8 Shell Cordovan



Alden Perforated Cap Toe in Color 8 Shell Cordovan



Crockett and Jones for Ralph Lauren Gianni Boot in Brown Shell Cordovan



Crockett and Jones for Ralph Lauren Marlow Wingtip in Brown Shell Cordovan



Alden Straight Tip Cap Toe in Cigar Shell Cordovan



Alden Leisure Handsewn in Cigar Shell Cordovan



Allen Edmonds Jefferson in Cappuccino Shell Cordovan (MTO)



Allen Edmonds Highway 1 in Brown Calfskin




Allen Edmonds Amok Chukka Boot in Snuff Suede



Alden Longwing Blutcher in Ravello Shell Cordovan



Alden Leisure Handsewn in Ravello Shell Cordovan



Alden Norwegian Split-Toe in Ravello Shell Cordovan



Allen Edmonds Strand Perforated Cap Toe in Walnut Shell Cordovan



Allen Edmonds Player's Shoe Wingtip in Walnut Calfskin



Alden Longwing Blutcher in Whiskey Shell Cordovan

On their way (literally in the mail right now):
-Allen Edmonds Harrison in Black Shell Cordovan (MTO)
-Alden Leisure Handsewn in Ravello Shell Cordovan
-Alden Plain Toe Blutcher in Ravello Shell Cordovan

On order (shipping someday):
-Alden Shortwing Balmoral in Whiskey Shell Cordovan

What do you think?

Thanks,
Mike

i think this should go into the shoe damage thread rather than just alden. Also yeah 21 pairs of shoes is a bit much. you only have 2 feet. There must be some you wear more than others.
post #64924 of 90162
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

Mdubs,
Impressive collection. I like the walnut shell strands, mine were too dark and looked just like my dark brown shell, I had to return them. You have a second pair of ravello lhs coming? Lucky dog.
I don't think you have too many shoes, unless you wear a 10.5, in that case you need to purge. smile.gif

 

HaHa! I am a 10.5! I got 2 Ravello LHS because they have been one of my longtime dream shoes. I ordered one from the factory a year ago and I snagged one off of eBay last week. Of course the one from the factory literally sends me a shipping notification on the day the eBay ones arrive at my house (yesterday).

 

-Mike

post #64925 of 90162
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Do I Have Too Many Shoes?

Good Evening All,

I wished to pose a question to the forum to see what everyone has to say. I also thought that it would be fun to post my shoe family one at a time. I will save you the task of counting, I currently have 21 pairs of shoes (16 in Shell Cordovan, 4 in Calfskin, and 1 in Suede) with four more on the way (3 in the mail, 1 on order). So, how many shoes is too many?

Here is my entire collection, the shoes that are still on their way or listed below. Thanks in advanced! Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


Allen Edmonds Cambridge in Black Shell Cordovan



Alden Cape Cod Collection Bit Loafer in Black Calfskin



Allen Edmonds McTavish in Black Wax Infused Leather



Allen Edmonds Cambridge in Burgundy Shell Cordovan



Alden Tassel Loafer in Color 8 Shell Cordovan



Allen Edmonds Dalton in Burgundy Shell Cordovan



Alden Chukka Boot in Color 8 Shell Cordovan



Alden Perforated Cap Toe in Color 8 Shell Cordovan



Crockett and Jones for Ralph Lauren Gianni Boot in Brown Shell Cordovan



Crockett and Jones for Ralph Lauren Marlow Wingtip in Brown Shell Cordovan



Alden Straight Tip Cap Toe in Cigar Shell Cordovan



Alden Leisure Handsewn in Cigar Shell Cordovan



Allen Edmonds Jefferson in Cappuccino Shell Cordovan (MTO)



Allen Edmonds Highway 1 in Brown Calfskin




Allen Edmonds Amok Chukka Boot in Snuff Suede



Alden Longwing Blutcher in Ravello Shell Cordovan



Alden Leisure Handsewn in Ravello Shell Cordovan



Alden Norwegian Split-Toe in Ravello Shell Cordovan



Allen Edmonds Strand Perforated Cap Toe in Walnut Shell Cordovan



Allen Edmonds Player's Shoe Wingtip in Walnut Calfskin



Alden Longwing Blutcher in Whiskey Shell Cordovan

On their way (literally in the mail right now):
-Allen Edmonds Harrison in Black Shell Cordovan (MTO)
-Alden Leisure Handsewn in Ravello Shell Cordovan
-Alden Plain Toe Blutcher in Ravello Shell Cordovan

On order (shipping someday):
-Alden Shortwing Balmoral in Whiskey Shell Cordovan
What do you think?

Thanks,
Mike

First of all,

1) Great collection
2) The collection is well cared for

I have a similar amount of shoes and have sold a significant amount as well. The main drivers of a shoe collection are the use cases. In my case, I need (or rather want)
1) A rotation of shoes that I can wear to the office with a suit
2) A rotation of casual shoes to wear either after work or on the weekends with jeans, chinos, and occasionally wool pants
3) A rotation of cool weather shoes (mainly boots)
4) A rotation of warm weather shoes (loafers, suede, etc)
5) A rotation of bad weather shoes (rugged boots, "beater" shoes, etc)
6) Special occasion shoes (stuff like patent leather for formal or whatever)

A lot of the posters here essentially can combine the first two categories as they don't appear to have formal dress codes at work. Maybe they only need one "suit" shoe. It seems like a bunch of guys have one (or maybe no) black shoes, for example.

A cool thing about Alden is that the shoes are very versatile. For example, a combination of a 975, 986 and a 403 covers the first five categories entirely. So many guys may only need say 3 Aldens.

However, many of us have dozens. My current philosophy is trying to keep a variety of shoes in each category with evenly distributed colors. If I have too many shoes in any category, especially if they are similar colors (say casual shoes in cigar and color 8), I try to sell them. With Alden, there can be a glut of special makeups in the boot and casual shoe category, so I often end up selling the most of those types. Honestly I am very close to my ideal distributions to the point I will likely try to cancel some preorders I am on.

At the end of the day, do whatever makes you happy, but if you think you have too many and are frustrated with shoes that don't get wear, don't be afraid to sell them. One of the great things about Aldens is high resale value.
post #64926 of 90162
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Originally Posted by sinnedk View Post


i think this should go into the shoe damage thread rather than just alden. Also yeah 21 pairs of shoes is a bit much. you only have 2 feet. There must be some you wear more than others.

 

Hmmm... Never seen the shoe damage thread, will post this there next time, but I wanted to see what the Alden folks thoughts were plus share some pictures.

 

-Mike

post #64927 of 90162
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Originally Posted by Bbombers85 View Post

Bought a massage sole and put it in. Fits like a glove.

There you go.......
post #64928 of 90162
A little Saturday afternoon shoe care:

post #64929 of 90162
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post


First of all,

1) Great collection
2) The collection is well cared for

I have a similar amount of shoes and have sold a significant amount as well. The main drivers of a shoe collection are the use cases. In my case, I need (or rather want)
1) A rotation of shoes that I can wear to the office with a suit
2) A rotation of casual shoes to wear either after work or on the weekends with jeans, chinos, and occasionally wool pants
3) A rotation of cool weather shoes (mainly boots)
4) A rotation of warm weather shoes (loafers, suede, etc)
5) A rotation of bad weather shoes (rugged boots, "beater" shoes, etc)
6) Special occasion shoes (stuff like patent leather for formal or whatever)

A lot of the posters here essentially can combine the first two categories as they don't appear to have formal dress codes at work. Maybe they only need one "suit" shoe. It seems like a bunch of guys have one (or maybe no) black shoes, for example.

A cool thing about Alden is that the shoes are very versatile. For example, a combination of a 975, 986 and a 403 covers the first five categories entirely. So many guys may only need say 3 Aldens.

However, many of us have dozens. My current philosophy is trying to keep a variety of shoes in each category with evenly distributed colors. If I have too many shoes in any category, especially if they are similar colors (say casual shoes in cigar and color 8), I try to sell them. With Alden, there can be a glut of special makeups in the boot and casual shoe category, so I often end up selling the most of those types. Honestly I am very close to my ideal distributions to the point I will likely try to cancel some preorders I am on.

At the end of the day, do whatever makes you happy, but if you think you have too many and are frustrated with shoes that don't get wear, don't be afraid to sell them. One of the great things about Aldens is high resale value.

 

Sir, you bring up many good points that I probably should have mentioned.

 

I live in Southern California, so I do not need warm or cool weather shoes, as the weather just doesn't fluctuate much here.

 

For rainy days, I have two sets of Bostonians that I wear (a set at home and a set at the office). For lighter raining days, or days with a decently low probability of rain, I wear my Alden Perforated Cap Toes in Color 8 or my Allen Edmonds Cambridges in Burgundy Shell. Those two are also my travel shoes. I picked them solely because of their age and the darker color can withstand more of a beating without showing flaws.

 

I am not unhappy with any of my shoes in particular and I do a decent job of rotating through my shoes. I am unhappy with how long I take to phase my shoes in though, but that is more a issue with me wanting to baby my new shoes. My main predicament is that I am honestly running low on places to store them... :-)

 

Thanks,

Mike

post #64930 of 90162
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Originally Posted by brp2 View Post

A little Saturday afternoon shoe care:

 

Holy cow! Those are gorgeous!

 

-Mike

post #64931 of 90162
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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post

good to know, thanks for the info. seems I'll have to grab some saphir cream for future use

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Originally Posted by BootSpell View Post

^^ yes, good input, Bakes. I will also have to get some Saphir neutral cream. I've found that sometimes Reno or VSC don't seem to moisturize enough. And I usually don't want to add any color.

After experiencing success using saphir cream on my whiskey LWB's, I decided to try it on my BB color 8 LHS's. These were my first shells and I got them off of eBay before I knew what shell was. When I couldn't get them to pop I kept polishing with regular shoe polish after almost every wear. By the time I knew what I had I had done considerable damage. I've used almost everything to bring them back to life, including renovateur, a deer bone, and my wife's stockings, among other things. I have been able to undo the damage but was still not able to get them to pop. Well today I tried the saphir cream and boy do they pop.

I was so psyched about the results that one by one I ended up hitting my entire color 8 family. Below is a family shot. Unfortunately my iPad really doesn't do a good job of taking pictures, but here goes:






My babies. They grow up so fast.....
post #64932 of 90162
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post



After experiencing success using saphir cream on my whiskey LWB's, I decided to try it on my BB color 8 LHS's. These were my first shell' sand I got them off of eBay before I knew what shell was. When I couldn't get them to pop I kept polishing with regular shoe polish after almost every wear. By the time I knew what I had I had done considerable damage. I've used almost everything to bring them back to life, including renovateur, a deer bone, and my wife's stockings, among other things. I have been able to undo the damage but was still not able to get them to pop. Well today I tried the saphir cream and boy do they pop.

I was so psyched about the results that one by one I ended up hiring my entire color 8 family. Below is a family shot. Unfortunately my iPad really doesn't do a good job of taking pictures, but here goes:
  Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)




My babies. They grow up so fast.....

 

They look awesome! Keep up the great work! Man, I think I am going to order some Saphir Reno and Neutral Cream!!!

 

-Mike

post #64933 of 90162
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Sir, you bring up many good points that I probably should have mentioned.

I live in Southern California, so I do not need warm or cool weather shoes, as the weather just doesn't fluctuate much here.

For rainy days, I have two sets of Bostonians that I wear (a set at home and a set at the office). For lighter raining days, or days with a decently low probability of rain, I wear my Alden Perforated Cap Toes in Color 8 or my Allen Edmonds Cambridges in Burgundy Shell. Those two are also my travel shoes. I picked them solely because of their age and the darker color can withstand more of a beating without showing flaws.

I am not unhappy with any of my shoes in particular and I do a decent job of rotating through my shoes. I am unhappy with how long I take to phase my shoes in though, but that is more a issue with me wanting to baby my new shoes. My main predicament is that I am honestly running low on places to store them... :-)

Thanks,
Mike

Yeah, I should have figured you lived in a warm weather climate given the relative lack of high boots. I definitely cycle through shoes seasonally. I wore my cigar LSH multiple times a week during the summer and have stopped wearing them. Right now I am wearing boots (wore Leffot tankers today, will wear Context tankers tomorrow, wore AoC wingtip boots and Alden black captoes last weekend, etc) so my casual bluchers aren't getting as much wear. I try to break them out on Fridays. Come summer, boots will be sparingly worn.

If you rotate your shoes, then clearly you get value out of all of them. There are some shoes (mainly ones that I bought because they were "special makeups" or "rare" or something like that) that I wore once or twice then sat ignored for weeks or months, largely because I prefered an other older pair (these include cigar PTBs, cigar Indy boots, Leffot antique color 8 naval boots, whiskey NSTs, etc). Those types of shoes I sell.
post #64934 of 90162
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Originally Posted by BWV988 View Post

Breaking in my first pair of Aldens today. Color #8 Plaza last slip-on chukka from LS. I still have a long way to go as far as Mac-ing them.

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Not everyone's cup of tea, I realize, but I'm pleased with them. Next week my second pair (Whiskey NSTs) arrive!

wear in good health
post #64935 of 90162
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Do I Have Too Many Shoes?

Good Evening All,

I wished to pose a question to the forum to see what everyone has to say. I also thought that it would be fun to post my shoe family one at a time. I will save you the task of counting, I currently have 21 pairs of shoes (16 in Shell Cordovan, 4 in Calfskin, and 1 in Suede) with four more on the way (3 in the mail, 1 on order). So, how many shoes is too many?

Here is my entire collection, the shoes that are still on their way or listed below.

On their way (literally in the mail right now):
-Allen Edmonds Harrison in Black Shell Cordovan (MTO)
-Alden Leisure Handsewn in Ravello Shell Cordovan
-Alden Plain Toe Blutcher in Ravello Shell Cordovan

On order (shipping someday):
-Alden Shortwing Balmoral in Whiskey Shell Cordovan

What do you think?

Thanks,
Mike

That's a lot of shoes but what makes this collection so special is not the quantity but the quality. Amazing.
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