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post #65431 of 93962
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

Guilty.
L to R
# 8 plaza
Cigar grant
#4 Barrie
Ravello grant
Mike, you know way too much about shoes. And about my yard.

LoL mrDV! I actually can't believe I got them right! I have staring at your beautiful shoes and boots for too long! Plus your grass is freakishly green.

-Mike
post #65432 of 93962
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Dress shoe rotation

Black
Black cordovan wingtip (either Alden or Brooks Brothers branded)
Black unlined PTB
English Branded Black calfskin captoe oxtord

Color 8
Alden for Brooks Brothers cordovan wingtip
Captoe blucher (either Alden Or Brooks Brothers branded)
Full Strap Loafer
I guess the 990 fits here as well

Brown
Alden Cigar Captoe
Ralph Lauren Marlow Wingtip

Thoughts? I think I am focusing more on "suit shoes" nowadays.. I would need to get a black wingtip and the color 8 blucher while replacing the current versions of my black calfskin captoes and Marlows...

nephew,
consider black cap toe, black wt, black medallion cap toe, black tassels and black full strap
post #65433 of 93962
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

Awesome combo uncle.

nephew,
thank you
post #65434 of 93962
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

nephew,
consider black cap toe, black wt, black medallion cap toe, black tassels and black full strap

+1
post #65435 of 93962
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post


Much of one's shoe collection, IMO, has to do with what one does for a living. For example, some have no need for balmorals or double monks. If that is the case, it may be easier for them to stick to Alden-only shoes/boots if that is what they desire.. For those of us who have a need for balmorals or double monks, it is necessary to look elsewhere, particularly if a sleeker last is desired. NOTE: I own black shell and color 8 shell captoe bals (perf tip) - each on Snap Last (Alden for BB) - and really like them, so I am referring to bals beyond those types of models. And, for context, I am one who almost never wears Barrie lasted shoes with a suit. Just overall too bulky for my taste. I realize many do, and that is fine (and my comment is not meant as a criticism of Barries with suits; it's just not for me).

For shell shoes and boots I look primarily to Alden, but have various models (many of which I really like) from makers like C&J, AE, and Carmina. One of the best looking shell boots produced today is the C&J Lindrick, IMO. On the whole I prefer Alden shell finishes to those of other makers, by quite a large margin.

For suede I look primarily to Alden (casual suede) or EG (dressier suede). And I agree with the sentiments on this thread that Alden suede is many times overlooked.

For calf I look primarily to EG, John Lobb, and C&J Handgrade, although I own other brands as well, including Alden.

For loafers of any leather type I look primarily to Alden (1) because I really like the Aberdeen last and (2) I need a narrow width (availability from Alden is decent on this front). Although I do own loafers from other makers too which I really like (ex. EG Belgravia).

Variety is important to me.

Thank you for taking the time to respond to my thoughts, 7FTG; I always value your input here and in other threads. I wholeheartedly agree about how one's shoe collection is largely shaped by one's vocation. Therein lies my problem. As a private practitioner, I answer to no one but myself--which is great in terms of professional autonomy and the setting of my schedule, but at times trying in terms of figuring out the dress code for the day. There are days that motivate me to wear suits, but I try to dress them down or wear them a bit more playfully (e.g., with colored laces perhaps or a fun pocket square). Accordingly, I go for barrie lwbs at times with the suits, given that their bulkiness looks less formal and that no one really knows much about the indications for bals vs bluchers. I'm still in the process of trying to clarify some style questions and evaluate them outside of my pre-existing, arbitrarily-arrived-at rules of thumb (e.g., although folks here have said ptbs are ok with suits, I sometimes feel like my ptb is more of a naked, incomplete lwb or something). Same goes for boots, even Plazas, with suits; can I really pull that off? I certainly get style compliments from both patients and colleagues, but I feel like a complete novice compared to some of the veterans here with their deep collections and rakish outfits (DonL easily springs to mind with his wonderful combos of shell, tweed and color).

 

I agree about the shell shoes and boots. Alden is a no brainer with regard to shell quality and their all around design and construction (see, e.g., Michigan Planner's earlier post in response to my original questions). As I've said, I thought about flirting with Carmina, maybe Vass and some C and J. I'm just not sure if there is much of an added value that is likely to come from me learning more about their lasts and idiosyncracies. Re the C&J Lindrick, is it Horween?

 

Alden suede is lovely indeed. I especially love my unlined suede models. Super comfy, like slippers. Re Edward Green: I've never held one in hand, but wonder if their suede models are as soft and tender in person as they look in person, almost too delicate?

 

I know there is more to learn about calf shoes. Having drunk plenty of Kool-Aid from this particular thread, I think I've come--with admittedly little self reflection--to a bias that shell is always a better option than calf. However, I read on another thread that, e.g., some British folks prefer calf models. EG again comes to mind, as I think about folks extolling the virtues of French calf. Qu'est-ce que c'est ca? And is it worth the premium price (in other words, how much better is it than Alden's calf)?

 

I love loafers, but hate trying to nail the fit for loafers, so I may stop with my deuce from Alden: the unlined snuff upls and cigar shell lhs's.

 

Time to contemplate whether to keep saving toward the grand plus for those EG Westminsters or whether to prematurely blow a wad of cash on today's gem of the day, the Leffot natty perf toe boots. Anyone pull that trigger yet?

post #65436 of 93962
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Originally Posted by docalden2013 View Post
 Leffot natty perf toe boots. Anyone pull that trigger yet?

 

put them in my cart twice today but couldn't pull the trigger.. I have a pair of natty tankers that havent even been worn yet, not sure I should swing a second pair in that color

post #65437 of 93962
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Originally Posted by Shouldaville View Post

Thanks Mac!

FYI, for Big Foot around here...Leather Soul just put up a 13D Ultimate Indy last pair for $295.

Thanks for the tip! They should be headed my way tomorrow.

See Ya,
Steve
post #65438 of 93962
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Originally Posted by totalair1 View Post

Thanks for the tip! They should be headed my way tomorrow.

See Ya,
Steve

nephew,
that is good news
post #65439 of 93962
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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post

put them in my cart twice today but couldn't pull the trigger..
I did the same kwhite...
post #65440 of 93962
I'm bi
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

nephew,
consider black cap toe, black wt, black medallion cap toe, black tassels and black full strap

I'm biased, but:

Color 8 perf cap toe balmoral.
post #65441 of 93962
Re: J Gilbert 2014 list, does anyone have a pic of the green hunting suede? Interested...
post #65442 of 93962
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

nephew,
that is good news

Uncle it is great news. This will be my 2nd pair of Indys and my first with the commando sole. It will be a nice change. I'm also waiting on the JCrew PCT in King#8 and those should be here later this month/early December.

This was a nice score at the last Pair price!

See Ya,
Steve
post #65443 of 93962
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Dress shoe rotation

Black
Black cordovan wingtip (either Alden or Brooks Brothers branded)
Black unlined PTB
English Branded Black calfskin captoe oxtord

Color 8
Alden for Brooks Brothers cordovan wingtip
Captoe blucher (either Alden Or Brooks Brothers branded)
Full Strap Loafer
I guess the 990 fits here as well

Brown
Alden Cigar Captoe
Ralph Lauren Marlow Wingtip

Thoughts? I think I am focusing more on "suit shoes" nowadays.. I would need to get a black wingtip and the color 8 blucher while replacing the current versions of my black calfskin captoes and Marlows...

So the above is just the portion of your shoe wardrobe that you would categorize as "dress," right?

A few ideas:
  • #8 perf cap toe bal
  • Black, #8, or cigar tassel
  • Black or #8 LWB
  • Black or #8 saddle, depending on how dressy you consider them
  • Black medallion tip blucher
  • Black or #8 monk

I'd suggest NST, but I think you've gotten rid of those in the past due to lack of use?
post #65444 of 93962
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post


Guilty.
L to R
# 8 plaza
Cigar grant
#4 Barrie
Ravello grant
Mike, you know way too much about shoes. And about my yard.


Great, Thanks. Truly an amazing collection. I could be happy with those 4 boots and just a few LWB. Where did you get the brown ones? And do you ever find the plaza last to be too sleek for casual wear?

 

And I know its all speculation at this point, but does anyone have any opinions/thoughts about when light colored shell might surface again?

post #65445 of 93962
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Originally Posted by Nakedsnake View Post
 


Great, Thanks. Truly an amazing collection. I could be happy with those 4 boots and just a few LWB. Where did you get the brown ones? And do you ever find the plaza last to be too sleek for casual wear?

 

And I know its all speculation at this point, but does anyone have any opinions/thoughts about when light colored shell might surface again?

 

pretty solid run of cigar, ravello, and whiskey over the last two months in shoes. can't recall anyone scoring any boots in those three colors

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