Originally Posted by budapest12
+1. I thought it was "odd" at first but it has become an endearing idiosyncrasy of this board and helps keep things interesting. Nobody who follows a shoe thread closely should get TOO worked up about quirkiness.
Indeed. I'm thankful for this thread because I can feel like I'm not the only person in the world with an out-of-control shoe fetish. Let's get back to talking about Aldens.
My contribution: Another installment of my non-shell boot binge. Yenni sent my burnished tan wt boots on Barrie with commando extra fast so they'd get here by Friday in time for my birthday this weekend. Another poor man's whiskey, but they're plenty comfy, go great with selvedge and ladies love 'em (including dear wife :)
this also reminds me: someone had inquired about the NS Church Hill Indys. Same color as above or pretty close. Yes, I justified it to myself by saying that they're on different lasts and can be worn different ways. No one but you guys might agree with me :)
Originally Posted by wdahab
Okay, "yell" was hyperbole of course. But gently scolded for criticizing something sacred. There are a lot of people who stay out of this thread completely, or stay quiet, (that would be me) because of how uncomfortable it makes them.
It also makes this thread very difficult to read, because almost all real discussion/questions get buried within minutes by the onslaught of "nice shoes nephew" "thank you uncle" posts. I mean, to each his own. I'm just the voice saying that not everyone on SF who loves Aldens thinks it's a quaint/cute thing, and that it actively hurts the ability for people to discuss Aldens in a meaningful way.
I'm not trying to invalidate your feelings. I am sorry to hear you find yourself uncomfortable here. Although there are quite a few "superfluous" posts of gratitude and compliments, I don't mind it so much. I feel like Mac has an extensive catalog and consistently posts great combos with his OTCs. We learn a lot from each other and enable our addictions through our posts. Accordingly, I don't mind just pressing the spacebar or scrolling through the thank you posts.
I really hope you can find a way to push past any discomfort or creeped out feelings you're grappling with here. I think just about everyone who posts here makes important contributions or allows us to air questions we ourselves have been sitting on. Not trying to be jerky; rather, trying to be welcoming...
I myself have been meaning to ask (as I contemplate pulling the trigger on yet another boot by weighing JCrew's natty cxl perf toe vs Leffot's) about how and whether veteran members evaluate welt construction when they are selecting boots and shoes. Does the close heel represent a deal breaker for you? Are guys hating the 270 degree welt? Or does it depend?