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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

They look so much better in your pics than on AOC site. Based off their pics I was hesitant on buying them. Right now, for a winged boot on Commando, they are the only game in town (in my size).

Tifosi, I highly recommend those boots. Adam will answer any questions you have.

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Indy for sure smile.gif
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Originally Posted by thebeebs View Post

I always liked the BB wingtip.  Do you also own the 975 (LWB-8), and find any redundancy?  I'm considering getting a pair of the BB wingtip but can't seem to justify two pairs of shoes separated really only by the length of the wing (and a few other minor differentiators)

I am not being flippant.

But I see this comparison as apples to oranges for numerous reasons (e.g., last, design, welt, formality). You should own both. biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Tifosi, I highly recommend those boots. Adam will answer any questions you have.

Thanks, Al. I have been in contact with Adam about them. I was at first put off by the fact that they do not have the brogueing around the heel, but I am re-thinking that.
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Well I only have 3 pairs, but the Brown CXL Indy boots beat all others without challenge, much like my Green Irish Tweed.

Although the #8 perf cap toe bals are 3 for 3 in wearings for compliments.
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Natural CXL Indy Boots on the Modified Last (from Moulded Shoe) about 3-4 weeks old now. Not pictured are the custom half-insole sock liners I made out of a piece of Natural CXL I had, since my heels have driven down the padding already, making them a bit roomy in the heel. These are breaking in wonderfully. It's amazing how much narrower the heel is on the modified last. The TruBalance last is just so wide in the heel it's ridiculous, I don't know how anyone can actually fit into it.

These have been Crane's method treated, with Lexol for oil and Obenauf's LP for waterproofing. They are a lovely golden brown color right now, probably a little bit darker than they look in the pics. These are being worn as real boots, since I have to go from office to dirt/mud/snow/sand/wet on a daily basis depending on the weather.

Very nice. I really want to try the modified last - just need to narrow down the choices to a particular shoe or boot.
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Originally Posted by GooseG View Post

Well I only have 3 pairs, but the Brown CXL Indy boots beat all others without challenge, much like my Green Irish Tweed.

Although the #8 perf cap toe bals are 3 for 3 in wearings for compliments.

Green Irish Tweed is good stuff. I am more of an Aventus guy myself.
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Very nice. I really want to try the modified last - just need to narrow down the choices to a particular shoe or boot.

Good news, you don't have very many choices to choose from! Basically a plain toe boot from TSM, or whatever Moulded Shoe happens to have in stock. They order one pair in each size/color/width combination every year. I was just lucky they had exactly my size/width in exactly the color and style I wanted when I got there. Seriously, the modified last is one of those get what they have when it's available kinds of things.
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post


They look so much better in your pics than on AOC site. Based off their pics I was hesitant on buying them. Right now, for a winged boot on Commando, they are the only game in town (in my size).

I think they are fantastic and recommend them.  Not sure I would like this style on a sleeker last.  Barrie works well for this model

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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

Ladies at work seem to notice saddles more than other styles. My wife likes the boots.
1. Leffot #8-alpine saddles
2. Jcrew #8-suede saddles
3. Ravello wing boots
It's been mentioned here before, but most co-workers believe I have a big ALDO collection. I try to enunciate "alden", but they hear what they want to hear.

The worst!!!
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Green Irish Tweed is good stuff. I am more of an Aventus guy myself.

I love Aventus- actually just finished a bottle of it!

Now that it's below 40 outside, I've switched over to Musc Ravageur for nighttime.
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Originally Posted by wdahab View Post

Good news, you don't have very many choices to choose from! Basically a plain toe boot from TSM, or whatever Moulded Shoe happens to have in stock. They order one pair in each size/color/width combination every year. I was just lucky they had exactly my size/width in exactly the color and style I wanted when I got there. Seriously, the modified last is one of those get what they have when it's available kinds of things.

Thanks - I've been looking at these for a while -

Alden NYC:
Cordovan Algonquin Blucher
Moulded:
Burnished Calfskin Boot
Brown CXL PCT Boot
Brown Suede Plain Toe Boot
Natural CXL Indy Boot
Brown CXL Indys

Might start with the Algonquin in shell and see what happens.
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

They look so much better in your pics than on AOC site. Based off their pics I was hesitant on buying them. Right now, for a winged boot on Commando, they are the only game in town (in my size).

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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Tifosi, I highly recommend those boots. Adam will answer any questions you have.

tifosi - in case you haven't seen it, there's also a winged boot at Alden NYC (style 4461) - http://www.aldenmadison.com/SHELL3.html
post #66254 of 79039
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Originally Posted by CEE88 View Post


tifosi - in case you haven't seen it, there's also a winged boot at Alden NYC (style 4461) - http://www.aldenmadison.com/SHELL3.html

I have seen that. They don't have my size, sadly.
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Regarding the discussion about scarcity of shell cordovan causing the long delays for orders: I used to attribute the long delays entirely to the rumoured scarcity, especially for things like whiskey and ravello, but like others have noted, now that color #8 output is slowing down and so is suede, I think much more of the delay probably comes from capacity at the Alden factory. I've also heard over the last couple of years that work to shoes being sent in to Alden is also beginning to slow down.

It seems like Alden is getting much more publicity over the past few years, and there is a general trend back towards higher quality menswear. Alden management may see this as possibly no more than a fad and could be reticent to higher more production staff or increase capacity in other ways fearing that the trend will not continue for the long-term. They'd probably rather just ride the wave and continue increasing prices where they can and seeing how much the consumer is willing to put up with before demand begins to suffer. Let's remember, this is a 130-year-old company that has survived the collapse of the once-thriving New England apparel and footwear industry. They didn't last this long by making rash decisions.

I don't contend that scarcity plays no part in the delays, I just think much more of the hold up is on Alden's end.

As for my three pair that garner the most compliments from women:
  • Brown alpine grain LWB from FransBoone
  • Snuff suede 4-eyelet moccasins
  • #8 wingtip boots

Far and away, the leader in the compliments regard, is the alpine grain LWB. The other two listed above are basically also-rans.

The only pair that my wife has ever complimented me on is my #8 and alpine grain saddle shoes.
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