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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

Mdubs,

Any chance I can get you to post a pic of the AE Stand in walnut shell and the Alden long wings in whiskey? I tried to search back to your original pic's to no avail.

Will do so tomorrow when I get my Whiskey PTBs and so you can see it with two Whiskeys. My LWBs are on the darker side of Whiskey. Work for you?

-Mike

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post #65192 of 91318
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Will do so tomorrow when I get my Whiskey PTBs and so you can see it with two Whiskeys. My LWBs are on the darker side of Whiskey. Work for you?

-Mike

Absolutely. Thanks.
post #65193 of 91318

I've really appreciated quite a number of the interesting posts and questions from the last couple of days. It's been intriguing to think about which shoes are our most essential, most versatile and/or most frequently worn and which ones emerge in retrospect as our questionable impulse buys. As I near the one year anniversary of my having discovered Aldens and fallen deeper down the rabbit hole of "nice shoes," I find it useful to try to take a macro-level view of my collection, thinking about where it's been and where it might be heading. In addition, as I contemplate my recent full-disclosure decision to forego the super secret visa vanilla gift card approach and let dear wife in on all styleforum-related purchases, I realize that I want to focus less on the quantity and manic-like excitement that comes from each pulling of the trigger for an Alden shoe and instead want to focus more on the building of as "complete" a footwear wardrobe as possible. Accordingly, a number of thoughts and questions have arisen that I'm hoping will spark a discussion amongst my fellow Alden addicts, as I very much value your opinions, experience and good humor.

 

For those of you who have bought fine footwear beyond Alden's offerings, where do you see Alden's place within the pantheon of nice shoes? Do you feel it covers all of your various shoe needs adequately or do you find yourself wishing they would branch in another aesthetic or functional direction (and I don't necessarily mean following AE in making god awful sneaker-like creations)? I'm asking this question because a year into the addiction, I think I've learned enough about Alden lasts, construction and materials to begin to see it in comparison with other makers (whereas for the first few months, I didn't even know what a plaza-lasted shoe looked like, let alone where to go about asking after one). For example, I've seen folks allude to Trickers, which I know nothing about other than that they make Barrie-looking boots and brogues. Do you guys think it's worth it to entertain these alternative brands? On the other end of the spectrum, how many of us also are purchasing "nicer" nice shoes such as John Lobbs, Edward Greens and G&Gs? How many are looking into comparable brands such as C&J, AS or Carmina? I've started to read the Edward Green appreciation thread on SF and have been heartened to see the same level of enthusiasm that we have going here (see, e.g., our friend Namor's numerous and illuminative posts on both EG and Alden).

 

As you reflect on your Alden collections, which shoe types or lasts do you feel are missing or not readily available to you? I love every one of my Aldens and sometimes lament about how infrequently some of them get worn (e.g., my first love, my tobacco fake cxl JCrew lwbs), but sometimes I wish Alden made a chelsea boot or a double monk strap shoe. Where do you guys go looking for such non-Alden fare?

 

I know this post has ended up long-winded and for that I apologize. I hope this does not sound like a troll post. I obviously know this is an Alden thread and want to stay relevant. I guess I'm just interested in how others relate to the brand as a whole and to what extent it meets the breadth of your style needs. I plan on remaining a loyal follower of this thread, but realize that an inadvertent effect of posting and lurking here has been that I've gained a wider appreciation for style in general as a result. I'm eager to see how others aesthetics have burgeoned or morphed as a result of all the cool posts and camaraderie shared here daily.

 

Thanks in advance for any comments you guys are willing to share!

post #65194 of 91318

Hey guys, big fan of this thread. I have my own Alden dilemma that I've been pondering. Might ask for an opinion later, but for now, a question:

 

Are there any on-going pre-orders at the common retailers for a Ravello or Cigar shoe?

 

Thanks!

post #65195 of 91318
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Originally Posted by docalden2013 View Post

I've really appreciated quite a number of the interesting posts and questions from the last couple of days. It's been intriguing to think about which shoes are our most essential, most versatile and/or most frequently worn and which ones emerge in retrospect as our questionable impulse buys. As I near the one year anniversary of my having discovered Aldens and fallen deeper down the rabbit hole of "nice shoes," I find it useful to try to take a macro-level view of my collection, thinking about where it's been and where it might be heading. In addition, as I contemplate my recent full-disclosure decision to forego the super secret visa vanilla gift card approach and let dear wife in on all styleforum-related purchases, I realize that I want to focus less on the quantity and manic-like excitement that comes from each pulling of the trigger for an Alden shoe and instead want to focus more on the building of as "complete" a footwear wardrobe as possible. Accordingly, a number of thoughts and questions have arisen that I'm hoping will spark a discussion amongst my fellow Alden addicts, as I very much value your opinions, experience and good humor.

For those of you who have bought fine footwear beyond Alden's offerings, where do you see Alden's place within the pantheon of nice shoes? Do you feel it covers all of your various shoe needs adequately or do you find yourself wishing they would branch in another aesthetic or functional direction (and I don't necessarily mean following AE in making god awful sneaker-like creations)? I'm asking this question because a year into the addiction, I think I've learned enough about Alden lasts, construction and materials to begin to see it in comparison with other makers (whereas for the first few months, I didn't even know what a plaza-lasted shoe looked like, let alone where to go about asking after one). For example, I've seen folks allude to Trickers, which I know nothing about other than that they make Barrie-looking boots and brogues. Do you guys think it's worth it to entertain these alternative brands? On the other end of the spectrum, how many of us also are purchasing "nicer" nice shoes such as John Lobbs, Edward Greens and G&Gs? How many are looking into comparable brands such as C&J, AS or Carmina? I've started to read the Edward Green appreciation thread on SF and have been heartened to see the same level of enthusiasm that we have going here (see, e.g., our friend Namor's numerous and illuminative posts on both EG and Alden).

As you reflect on your Alden collections, which shoe types or lasts do you feel are missing or not readily available to you? I love every one of my Aldens and sometimes lament about how infrequently some of them get worn (e.g., my first love, my tobacco fake cxl JCrew lwbs), but sometimes I wish Alden made a chelsea boot or a double monk strap shoe. Where do you guys go looking for such non-Alden fare?

I know this post has ended up long-winded and for that I apologize. I hope this does not sound like a troll post. I obviously know this is an Alden thread and want to stay relevant. I guess I'm just interested in how others relate to the brand as a whole and to what extent it meets the breadth of your style needs. I plan on remaining a loyal follower of this thread, but realize that an inadvertent effect of posting and lurking here has been that I've gained a wider appreciation for style in general as a result. I'm eager to see how others aesthetics have burgeoned or morphed as a result of all the cool posts and camaraderie shared here daily.

Thanks in advance for any comments you guys are willing to share!

Whoa doc, bordering on TL;DR.
Anyway, to answer the bolded question, you'd be a fool not to. I like Alden because they fairly closely intersect with my personal aesthetic. But so do Tricker's and C&J. And to a lesser degree, Carmina and AS. I've got a couple pairs of Lobbs and EG but the main thing with them is that I just don't wear them that often. I rarely wear suits so I have few balmorals.

Don't tell anyone, but sometimes I even wear Gucci loafers and like them.
post #65196 of 91318
I enjoy Alden in part because they do not try to be anything more than what they are, they stick to what they do well. Aside from dub monks, there isn't much else I would like to see from them beyond what they currently offer. I think Alden offers something to address nearly all style "needs". I also recognize the quality and aesthetics of other manufactures. I enjoy EG among others. Both offer excellent products and fill a need in the market place.

The EG Galway is a tough boot to top by anyone. However the majority of my boots are Alden shell. Different looks for different folks.
post #65197 of 91318
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dark brown or snuff suede chukka? already have snuff longwing and a Viberg boot that's a lighter suede between tan and snuff, so i'm thinking dark brown

Mix it up. I love snuff suede as much as the next guy --I have snuff suede Alden boots and shortwings, along with C&J chukkas-- but a dark or chocolate brown suede shoe can make either a very dark (like dark denim with a blue shirt) or light outfit (like heather gray suit with white shirt) pop.

Perhaps save the more
post #65198 of 91318
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Originally Posted by bespoken pa View Post

I enjoy Alden in part because they do not try to be anything more than what they are, they stick to what they do well. Aside from dub monks, there isn't much else I would like to see from them beyond what they currently offer. I think Alden offers something to address nearly all style "needs". I also recognize the quality and aesthetics of other manufactures. I enjoy EG among others. Both offer excellent products and fill a need in the market place.

The EG Galway is a tough boot to top by anyone. However the majority of my boots are Alden shell. Different looks for different folks.

I am with you on the double monks and have been eyeing the Epaulet Carmina Salingers for quite a while.

I have mainly Aldens, AEs, and C&J. I have not been willing to go all out on EG or John Lobbs, although they are very appealing as well.

-Mike
post #65199 of 91318
Can anyone tell me if there is any difference between the shell Tanker boot on commando model 4020HC and the Context Tanker 40258HC
post #65200 of 91318

EG's

John Lobbs

C&J

 

Great shoes stiffer - leather sole than Alden - all have casual / formal look 

 

G&G's too formal for any suit I could pair them with

 

Only monks I have are double strap Grenson and never thought I would go there, but the comfort of a monk strap is on a loafer level . Then picked-up Grenson Zero caps in black 

 

Awsome Vass pre-order @ Epaulet also the best double monks are same place

post #65201 of 91318
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Originally Posted by docalden2013 View Post
 

I've really appreciated quite a number of the interesting posts and questions from the last couple of days. It's been intriguing to think about which shoes are our most essential, most versatile and/or most frequently worn and which ones emerge in retrospect as our questionable impulse buys. As I near the one year anniversary of my having discovered Aldens and fallen deeper down the rabbit hole of "nice shoes," I find it useful to try to take a macro-level view of my collection, thinking about where it's been and where it might be heading. In addition, as I contemplate my recent full-disclosure decision to forego the super secret visa vanilla gift card approach and let dear wife in on all styleforum-related purchases, I realize that I want to focus less on the quantity and manic-like excitement that comes from each pulling of the trigger for an Alden shoe and instead want to focus more on the building of as "complete" a footwear wardrobe as possible. Accordingly, a number of thoughts and questions have arisen that I'm hoping will spark a discussion amongst my fellow Alden addicts, as I very much value your opinions, experience and good humor.

 

For those of you who have bought fine footwear beyond Alden's offerings, where do you see Alden's place within the pantheon of nice shoes? Do you feel it covers all of your various shoe needs adequately or do you find yourself wishing they would branch in another aesthetic or functional direction (and I don't necessarily mean following AE in making god awful sneaker-like creations)? I'm asking this question because a year into the addiction, I think I've learned enough about Alden lasts, construction and materials to begin to see it in comparison with other makers (whereas for the first few months, I didn't even know what a plaza-lasted shoe looked like, let alone where to go about asking after one). For example, I've seen folks allude to Trickers, which I know nothing about other than that they make Barrie-looking boots and brogues. Do you guys think it's worth it to entertain these alternative brands? On the other end of the spectrum, how many of us also are purchasing "nicer" nice shoes such as John Lobbs, Edward Greens and G&Gs? How many are looking into comparable brands such as C&J, AS or Carmina? I've started to read the Edward Green appreciation thread on SF and have been heartened to see the same level of enthusiasm that we have going here (see, e.g., our friend Namor's numerous and illuminative posts on both EG and Alden).

 

As you reflect on your Alden collections, which shoe types or lasts do you feel are missing or not readily available to you? I love every one of my Aldens and sometimes lament about how infrequently some of them get worn (e.g., my first love, my tobacco fake cxl JCrew lwbs), but sometimes I wish Alden made a chelsea boot or a double monk strap shoe. Where do you guys go looking for such non-Alden fare?

 

I know this post has ended up long-winded and for that I apologize. I hope this does not sound like a troll post. I obviously know this is an Alden thread and want to stay relevant. I guess I'm just interested in how others relate to the brand as a whole and to what extent it meets the breadth of your style needs. I plan on remaining a loyal follower of this thread, but realize that an inadvertent effect of posting and lurking here has been that I've gained a wider appreciation for style in general as a result. I'm eager to see how others aesthetics have burgeoned or morphed as a result of all the cool posts and camaraderie shared here daily.

 

Thanks in advance for any comments you guys are willing to share!

I tried telling you this in the beginning, but I guess some things you just have to learn for yourself.

 

I don't think you have to stick to just Alden, the same as I think its dumb when people buy a pair of shoes for the mere fact that "Alden" is stamped on the insole.  (or when people buy a rare-make up in the wrong size and stuff tissue paper in the front of the toe and use insoles and heel pads and tongue pads and wear two pairs of thick wool socks to "make it work", just so they can wear an exclusive make-up)

 

With every additional shoe that you buy, the marginal benefit from that additional pair decreases.  (Law of diminishing returns)  You're probably beyond the point of a well-rounded and useful collection, but if you enjoy shoes, keep going.

 

If I see a shoe that I like (regardless of brand), and I think that I would get enough use and enjoyment out of it to justify the cost, then I buy it.  The key is to be honest with yourself about whether you will really wear the shoe enough, or want it bad enough to justify the $700 or however much it may be.  Conversely, sometimes you have to admit that it is just the shoe of the week that you think about buying while you are bored at work.

 

I have bought a lot of Aldens because I like shell cordovan, have plain taste, and don't like narrow shoes.

post #65202 of 91318
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post


Mdubs,

Any chance I can get you to post a pic of the AE Stand in walnut shell and the Alden long wings in whiskey? I tried to search back to your original pic's to no avail.

 

Okay, changed my mind and decided to deliver early sans the PTB because my wife was reading through the grocery ads... Here is the comparison that you are looking for, plus I added Ravello (new and old) into the mix for fun.

 

From left to right: Alden Ravello LHS (old Ravello), Alden Ravello LWB (new Ravello), Allen Edmonds Walnut Shell Strands, Alden Whiskey LWB (sorry, didn't brush first).

 

Hope that this scratches your itch!

 

Thanks,

Mike

post #65203 of 91318
When I step back and contemplate my shoe wardrobe, I realize that I could live a very content life with only a pair of color 8 LHS and a pair of color 8 LWB. While I certainly enjoy my other Aldens in various shades of brown, there is just something classically right about these two Alden designs in a deep burgundy. To my eye they are the epitome of classic American shoe design and are the only ones I would not want to be without.
post #65204 of 91318
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Originally Posted by Dr. D View Post

When I step back and contemplate my shoe wardrobe, I realize that I could live a very content life with only a pair of color 8 LHS and a pair of color 8 LWB. While I certainly enjoy my other Aldens in various shades of brown, there is just something classically right about these two Alden designs in a deep burgundy. To my eye they are the epitome of classic American shoe design and are the only ones I would not want to be without.

 

Agree, those are two awesome shoes! Somehow though, I don't have either!! :-/

 

-Mike

post #65205 of 91318

Been having problems posting pics from my iPhone lately, so here are my shoes from the last two days or so...

 

For my birthday dinner on Sunday I had to go Whiskey LWBs. My current favorite. :-)

 

Then on Monday went throwback to Color 8 tassels.

 

Today went with a little Ravello NST

 

Cheers and good week... Tomorrow is Whiskey Wednesday! Super excited. :-)

 

-Mike

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