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Thanks to BWV, I just landed a pair of #8 slip-on chukkas on the Plaza last, from LS at a great price. Will be in my hands and on my feet in a few days. But now to play the Alden sizing game. I have been at this for a while, so I have almost everything covered. This one is new for me. I wear 9.5 in Plaza tie shoes and boots, 9.5 in Aberdeen tie shoes and boots, but 9 in Aberdeen slip-ons. My best Plaza size is probably 9.25; I think the last runs a sminch big. How secure on your feet are these slip-on chukkas? Which size, 9 or 9.5, is the question.

 

All I can share is my experience from wearing these a grand total of one day, but here goes. Plaza fits me very well. I got my typical Brannock size, and for my feet they don't run big at all. A bit snug in the forefoot and toe box, actually, but the good kind of snug. The chukka is definitely loose around the mouth of the boot, which is to be expected for this kind of design. The only thing that was slightly disconcerting at first is that my heels would elevate away from the insole a bit with each step. After a few minutes, though, I found that I adapted by walking with less sloppiness, if that makes any sense. By the middle of the day, the relaxed fit felt very natural. I could see this kind of fit being a deal-breaker for some.

 

On a somewhat-related note, I'm enjoying how leather-soled shoes in general make me walk more deliberately. I've spent most of my life on shoes that allow you to get away with all kinds of sloppy walking.

 

Anyway, congrats on the score, and I hope you like yours as much as I like mine.

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Gloomy day in the Great White North

403s in full effect!



I really like this ensembl, Blue Collar. Dirty selvedge (APC?), nicely worn Indys, and some kick-butt plaid.
May I ask who makes that shirt?

Thanks
post #64998 of 86577
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

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

-Mike

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Very very nice! I've used Reno, but now it appears that I'll be experimenting with the cordovan cream in the future.

Thanks guys, much appreciated. Special thanks to bakkes as his post was the one that sprung me into action. I got the Reno and cream in a kit 6 months ago and prior to yesterday, the cream was unopened. I will say that my experience has been slightly different than one of his points in that I have not had any trouble with the cream drying quickly. Just like with other products, I wait 5 minutes before vigorously brushing and the results have been great. So much so that I just put a coat on my AE walnut shell dalton boots. As with my Alden's, the results were beyond my expectations.

Well I'm done with shoe maintenance for the weekend. Yard work beckons.
post #64999 of 86577
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

Guys,

Looking for a little help. Trying to find a color 8 PTB with commando.thinking about the Leffot version with crepe sole but would like to see one in commando for comparison purposes. Tried Alden of Carmel and was surprised that they only carry this shoe in black. Any help is appreciated.

Unrelated, I've got two shoes in color 8 I'll be listing here as soon as I figure out how to include the link in my signature as well putting on eBay later this evening (eBay ID scklc). Both shoes are currently unavailable and have been worn less than five times, which is why I'm selling. One is the jcrew LWB w/crepe. It is a Barrie 9d. Worn twice. The other is alden of Carmel chukka w/commando. Probably worn 3 times. It is Barrie 9.5d.

Just a heads -up.

Jgilbert has a Pre order for that shoe, you can check some pics @ the AoC website , looks very nice.
post #65000 of 86577
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

Guys,

Looking for a little help. Trying to find a color 8 PTB with commando.thinking about the Leffot version with crepe sole but would like to see one in commando for comparison purposes. Tried Alden of Carmel and was surprised that they only carry this shoe in black. Any help is appreciated.

Unrelated, I've got two shoes in color 8 I'll be listing here as soon as I figure out how to include the link in my signature as well putting on eBay later this evening (eBay ID scklc). Both shoes are currently unavailable and have been worn less than five times, which is why I'm selling. One is the jcrew LWB w/crepe. It is a Barrie 9d. Worn twice. The other is alden of Carmel chukka w/commando. Probably worn 3 times. It is Barrie 9.5d.

Just a heads -up.

Yenni at J Gilbert has the #8 PTB Commando open for pre-order right now I believe
post #65001 of 86577
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

Guys,

Looking for a little help. Trying to find a color 8 PTB with commando.thinking about the Leffot version with crepe sole but would like to see one in commando for comparison purposes. Tried Alden of Carmel and was surprised that they only carry this shoe in black. Any help is appreciated.

Unrelated, I've got two shoes in color 8 I'll be listing here as soon as I figure out how to include the link in my signature as well putting on eBay later this evening (eBay ID scklc). Both shoes are currently unavailable and have been worn less than five times, which is why I'm selling. One is the jcrew LWB w/crepe. It is a Barrie 9d. Worn twice. The other is alden of Carmel chukka w/commando. Probably worn 3 times. It is Barrie 9.5d.

Just a heads -up.
I really like that Leffot PTB on crepe. If they still had my size I would own that. From the above posts; looks like JGilbert is the answer.
post #65002 of 86577
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

Guys,

Looking for a little help. Trying to find a color 8 PTB with commando.thinking about the Leffot version with crepe sole but would like to see one in commando for comparison purposes. Tried Alden of Carmel and was surprised that they only carry this shoe in black. Any help is appreciated.

Unrelated, I've got two shoes in color 8 I'll be listing here as soon as I figure out how to include the link in my signature as well putting on eBay later this evening (eBay ID scklc). Both shoes are currently unavailable and have been worn less than five times, which is why I'm selling. One is the jcrew LWB w/crepe. It is a Barrie 9d. Worn twice. The other is alden of Carmel chukka w/commando. Probably worn 3 times. It is Barrie 9.5d.

Just a heads -up.[/

Check with jgilbert, they are expecting some in march
post #65003 of 86577
I really do love this community and how quick many are willing to reach out and help. Thanks to all for the quick responses. I did check jgilbert before posting my original question but their website doesn't seem helpful and I found no evidence of a preorder or an option to get on the list (like the Leffot website worked). Also, to be honest, I thought such a basic and common shoe would be readily available (the ignorant bliss of a newbie, I guess).

As Tilfosi indicated, I think the Leffot in crepe is really nice so I will likely go with that rather than wait for a preorder. If there was a lot of separation between the two, I certainly would not settle but I own both commando and crepe and love them both, so these will be fine.

Again, thanks for all the help. It is truly appreciated.
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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.

365 days a year...  You're doing just fine my friend!  Enjoy the most important part of the wardrobe you wear everyday (from a health standpoint).  Self expression is one of the healthiest things we do.  How we choose to do it is part of what makes human beings great.  To each his own...

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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

I really do love this community and how quick many are willing to reach out and help. Thanks to all for the quick responses. I did check jgilbert before posting my original question but their website doesn't seem helpful and I found no evidence of a preorder or an option to get on the list (like the Leffot website worked). Also, to be honest, I thought such a basic and common shoe would be readily available (the ignorant bliss of a newbie, I guess).

As Tilfosi indicated, I think the Leffot in crepe is really nice so I will likely go with that rather than wait for a preorder. If there was a lot of separation between the two, I certainly would not settle but I own both commando and crepe and love them both, so these will be fine.

Again, thanks for all the help. It is truly appreciated.

If you want to know what JGilbert has or is going to have you need to contact Yenni Song. She has been my contact there as well as many if not all the forum members.
post #65006 of 86577
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

I really do love this community and how quick many are willing to reach out and help. Thanks to all for the quick responses. I did check jgilbert before posting my original question but their website doesn't seem helpful and I found no evidence of a preorder or an option to get on the list (like the Leffot website worked). Also, to be honest, I thought such a basic and common shoe would be readily available (the ignorant bliss of a newbie, I guess).

As Tilfosi indicated, I think the Leffot in crepe is really nice so I will likely go with that rather than wait for a preorder. If there was a lot of separation between the two, I certainly would not settle but I own both commando and crepe and love them both, so these will be fine.

Again, thanks for all the help. It is truly appreciated.

Hey Shawn, check the Alden of Carmel site, but look at the JGilbert listings. The color#8 PTB is the last listed in their "lace up shoes" section. Looks like scheduled for delivery in March
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Originally Posted by skeen7908 View Post

Dear alden experts

I was recently handed these alden shell boots by a friend



Is this colour cigar?

The boots are quite old, and I notice that the shell is very darkened and rough at the bottom of the creases (sorry for poor photos)



I cant seem to get rid of this despite copious brushing and conditioning. It feels like it is dry and coarse, while the rest of the shell is very smooth and glossy

Is it normal? Can I fix it?

Is there a model number inside? It actually looks like nicely patina'ed Color 8 to me.

I recommend using Saphir Reno and if unsure of color, you could stick with their neutral cordovan cream.

-Mike
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Originally Posted by Subutai View Post

Hey Shawn, check the Alden of Carmel site, but look at the JGilbert listings. The color#8 PTB is the last listed in their "lace up shoes" section. Looks like scheduled for delivery in March

We've got a winner. That's the shoe I was looking for. I'm on the AoC website all the time and rarely do I check the JGilbert listings. I think it's because when I first started purchasing Alden's, I went there and they didn't list their prices and that turned me off a little so I rarely have gone back. But the prices of Alden's are pretty much the same across all vendors so this doesn't really bother me anymore.

Very much appreciated Subutai.
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Originally Posted by sazon View Post

I really like this ensembl, Blue Collar. Dirty selvedge (APC?), nicely worn Indys, and some kick-butt plaid.
May I ask who makes that shirt?

Thanks

Thanks Saz!

Spot on! APC New Standard. Filson x Levis jacket.

shog[1].gif…the shirt is actually a 10 year old gap shirt; i love the pattern and can't bring myself to part with it.
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post


Thanks guys, much appreciated. Special thanks to bakkes as his post was the one that sprung me into action. I got the Reno and cream in a kit 6 months ago and prior to yesterday, the cream was unopened. I will say that my experience has been slightly different than one of his points in that I have not had any trouble with the cream drying quickly. Just like with other products, I wait 5 minutes before vigorously brushing and the results have been great. So much so that I just put a coat on my AE walnut shell dalton boots. As with my Alden's, the results were beyond my expectations.
 

 

Have you experienced the greasiness afterward that others have had?

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