or Connect
Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Streetwear and Denim › ***The official Alden thread ***
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

***The official Alden thread *** - Page 4365

post #65461 of 86705

just google this: French Tannery in Demand as Source of Top-Notch Leather 

 

and then follow the link to online wsj. 

Styles mentioned in this thread:

post #65462 of 86705
Quote:
Originally Posted by sazon View Post

Uncle Mac - another home run ! I think those are my fave argyles.

nephew,

thank you
post #65463 of 86705
Quote:
Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

How can you look at those Argyles with that beautiful Ravello full strap???

nephew,
thank you
post #65464 of 86705
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shouldaville View Post

Thanks Mac...yours as well!

nephew,
thank you
post #65465 of 86705
Quote:
Originally Posted by coolarrow View Post

Any love for calf leather?  
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

With showers in the forecast, these waterlocked soles will work today.

nephew,
consider overshoes
post #65466 of 86705
Quote:
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 #65467 of 86705
Quote:
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 #65468 of 86705
Quote:
Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

Awesome combo uncle.

nephew,
thank you
post #65469 of 86705
Quote:
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 #65470 of 86705
Quote:
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 #65471 of 86705
Quote:
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 #65472 of 86705
Quote:
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 #65473 of 86705
Quote:
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 #65474 of 86705
Quote:
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 #65475 of 86705
I'm bi
Quote:
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.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Streetwear and Denim

Styles mentioned in this thread:

Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Streetwear and Denim › ***The official Alden thread ***