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Originally Posted by blackboard_knowledge View Post

I am coming off of a pretty bad Alden bender and was hoping that you guys could share your worst Alden damage in a week to make me feel less bad about all of the children in Africa that could have been fed in lieu of my four new pairs of shells.

Earlier this year I purchased whiskey NST, cigar NST, color 8 balmoral wingtips and color 8 full strap LHS in three days. I ended up selling both NST (never wore the whiskey NST and wore the cigar NST around three times). The color 8s get consistent wear (especially the wingtips).

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Spending Monday afternoon watching "Raiders of the Lost Ark" on the SyFy channel, one of my favorite movies, where Harrison Ford sports some pretty iconic boots. . My life is so hard!
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^^ Nice, MrDV. I need to find a better backdrop for my daily pics like you. The office desk background doesn't do my footwear any justice!

thank you sir. I am on vacation this week. I get to take pictures in direct sunlight, I take most of my selfies before 7 am.

 

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MrDV, those are my favorite Alden saddles. I slept on them and regret it, but I'm glad to see someone enjoying them.

thank you. I have a few saddles, these get the most wear.

 

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Still missing a pair aof saddles in my collection.  These are awesome.

 

thank you sir. classic #8 saddles work well year round.

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Very nice sir! I am not a fan of saddle shoes, but those actually look very nice to me. And your lawn is looking as good as always! Its nice living in Southern Cali, right?

 

-Mike

thanks mike. yes, 72 degrees today.

 

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Really like the look, very nice.

 

 I have seen many models lately that I thought I would never consider for my own style but you guys have done a great job convincing me otherwise.  Tassels definitely present a challenge to me, but I find myself coming around lately.

thank you. I still cant bring myself to buy tassels or full strap loafers. if I had to, I would start with cigar or blue suede tassels.

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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post
 

Longwing Party

 

Decided to pull out all of my Longwings for a family photo. I have all of the rare longwings covered. Now I guess I should start thinking of the standard (Color 8 and Black)... :-)

 

 

I find it interesting, the color on the vamp of my Cigars and my Alden DC LWBs are essentially the same in this lighting. The Ravello has just a pidge more red in it in real life. The AoC LWBs are definitely more red. At this point, I really do not have a favorite, I love them all in their own special ways.

 

The only shoe that I have more colors in, is the LHS... :-)

 

-Mike

mike, the light edge ravello pair is awesome, very red in an awesome way. however, I think your (2 tone) cigar lwb takes first place.

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Originally Posted by thams View Post
 

#8 Dovers just arrived - most comfortable shoes straight out of the box.  Love the Horween stamp too.

 

congratulations, I was lucky, they sold out of my size right away. no damage done.

I know I shouldn't care, but I never get the horween shell stamp. I realize most my shoes are lined, but still, I should have more than 1.

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Originally Posted by blackboard_knowledge View Post

I am coming off of a pretty bad Alden bender and was hoping that you guys could share your worst Alden damage in a week to make me feel less bad about all of the children in Africa that could have been fed in lieu of my four new pairs of shells.

 when I buy more than my share within a month, I think of zippyh. he gets multiple pairs or REALLY nice shoes every month.

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A lot of people seem to think tassels and full strap loafers are "old fashioned" or somehow age inappropriate.

Based on the poll from a few weeks ago, I'm on the younger side among forum members, and two of my earliest cordovan models were Leffot's ravello tassels and the Ralph Lauren Marlow tassels. Both are among my favorite (well "were" in the case of the Marlows until one of the tassels fell off). I think they are very versatile and look great broken in. My color 8 full straps are also great during the workweek. If I had to choose between the two styles, I would go tassels.
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 when I buy more than my share within a month, I think of zippyh. he gets multiple pairs or REALLY nice shoes every month.

That supports one of my hypotheses that, similar to wealth disparity, five percent of Alden shell enthusiasts own 80% of the Alden shells released.

Fortunately, for as bad as we think that we have it, Alden releases pale in comparison to things such as sneaker drops. I mean, no one has been killed over a Leather Soul drop (that I am aware of). However, that may change if they do something like a NST boot with commando sole in #4.
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Ravello Longwings

I managed to find a slightly older Ravello Longwing. They have the medium antique edging on them. I really like how the color compliments Ravello. What do you all think? I also have the Alden DC Ravello Longwings with the dark antique edging too.
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AoC Ravello Longwing (Medium Antique) next to Alden DC Ravello Longwing (Dark Antique) Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


Cheers,

Mike

First, those are slick. Hopefully I'm done buying shoes for a while but I would jump quickly and without hesitation on a pair of Ravello long wings with antique edging. Nice pickup.

Now, about your delivery. Your message is so non-chalant. Like you just found a quarter on the cafeteria floor at work. If I found those shoes I would be screaming from the rooftops. That's a lot of cool for such a rare score. Enjoy.
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#8 Plain toe high lace boots / commando sole from Alden of Carmel have arrived!

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Nice. the AF53 is a classic model - great all purpose boot. The plain toe ages beautifully from photos I have seen.
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I've been on the road for the past several weeks and came home to a pile of goodies...

Perhaps the best shoe related item I've ever purchased is this Gerstner toolbox. Nice to see there are still true craftspeople in the US. Thanks again to whomever posted up that sale info.



I also scored pairs of Ravello (Aberdeen 10.5D) and Cigar (Barrie 10D) NSTs. Unfortunately, I think these are going in B&S or being returned. They were sort of an impulse buy, and I don't really need them.


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No shipping notice yet, but my credit card was just charged for the J Crew #8 cap toe boots originally estimated for early December (from last coupon).

This gives me a new hope about mine, which are supposed to ship in early December. There was a previous report of someone on the thread being notified of a delay until early 2014.

Mine were paid for by gift card, so no credit card activity will act as the canary for my order. Will likely be refreshing my account page on jcrew.com many times today! Heck, my productivity was always going to suffer during the short week, anyway. What's one more distraction?
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post
 

Longwing Party

 

Decided to pull out all of my Longwings for a family photo. I have all of the rare longwings covered. Now I guess I should start thinking of the standard (Color 8 and Black)... :-)

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

I find it interesting, the color on the vamp of my Cigars and my Alden DC LWBs are essentially the same in this lighting. The Ravello has just a pidge more red in it in real life. The AoC LWBs are definitely more red. At this point, I really do not have a favorite, I love them all in their own special ways.

 

The only shoe that I have more colors in, is the LHS... :-)

 

-Mike

Like the ravello of Alden DC but the medium antique of AoC.  But would be happy to just get my hands on one.  Still in the DC waiting list.  Amazing collection. :worship2:

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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post
 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Longwing Party

 

Decided to pull out all of my Longwings for a family photo. I have all of the rare longwings covered. Now I guess I should start thinking of the standard (Color 8 and Black)... :-)

 

 

 

 

I find it interesting, the color on the vamp of my Cigars and my Alden DC LWBs are essentially the same in this lighting. The Ravello has just a pidge more red in it in real life. The AoC LWBs are definitely more red. At this point, I really do not have a favorite, I love them all in their own special ways.

 

The only shoe that I have more colors in, is the LHS... :-)

 

-Mike

Truly a collection worthy of envy.

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