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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Very happy that I could join ravello week
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Glad to have you join me! I just thought that it would be fun to start my 2014 (work week at least) with an all Ravello week. Totally random, but I did it regardless and totally enjoyed it!

 

-Mike

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brown alpine grain week next!

 

erm wait nevermind

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Yet another pair of Aldens. My 7th maybe? I've lost count of them. 3rd Alden shell pair in any case.

A rare cap-toe blucher model (with double leather sole) which fit me very nicely and look exquisite. They are the most versatile shoes I can imagine right now. However, I'm a bit concerned about having too many pairs of shoes already and of course I invested a considerable amount of money in them, so it would be a pity if I wouldn't use them much. I'm kind of afraid that longwings and other shoes that fit my style best marginalize them.

Your thoughts?

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New video on TSM's youtube channel, this time on the TruBalance last. It's interesting that they recommend trying a normal size - I don't remember that last to fit anyone TTS on this thread.

Btw, in the Barrie last video they call the 990 and the 9901 "brogues" - which is technically incorrect I believe?

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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

 
what is your favorite pair of aldens?
not the most versatile, or the pair you don't think you'd be able to replace. which alden is the ONE you like the best, just looks.
I would love to see pictures sometime during this weekend. I'll try to post mine tomorrow.

This was very tough, but I would probably go with Cigar LWB.




I love perforations (or what my wife calls hole punches!) My Ravello LWB with antique edges (that I wore today on their maiden voyage) is right there with these though. To me, the beautiful stacks of leather visible in the edges and sole really help to differentiate these shoes and I really like that. I went with the Cigar, since the Vamp piece of Shell is lighter than the rest of the shoe, providing a cool contrast and more character.

-Mike

Splendid shoes.

There are very few Alden models where color 8 would not be my favorite color. However, one of those rare exceptions is the LWB, and cigar wins that battle, followed closely - ever so closely - by ravello.
post #70731 of 94362
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Originally Posted by neutrino View Post

New video on TSM's youtube channel, this time on the TruBalance last. It's interesting that they recommend trying a normal size - I don't remember that last to fit anyone TTS on this thread.
Btw, in the Barrie last video they call the 990 and the 9901 "brogues" - which is technically incorrect I believe?

Hmm, odd. The Trubalance is huge...I sized down a half and I think I could even get away with a full size down.
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Yeah, trubalance is so wide too.  Though the calf runs a bit smaller than the shell, as usual I guess, but maybe if you could be TTS if you're on the wide side and talking about calf... mayyyybe but I still agree with everyone on here, -5.

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Originally Posted by neutrino View Post
 

New video on TSM's youtube channel, this time on the TruBalance last. It's interesting that they recommend trying a normal size - I don't remember that last to fit anyone TTS on this thread.

Btw, in the Barrie last video they call the 990 and the 9901 "brogues" - which is technically incorrect I believe?

 

He probably misspoke and meant blucher.

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^ They know better re Trubalance. When you sell expensive items, you want to get people in the store and learning about your product and its nuances - different leathers vs. shell, Goodyear vs cemented construction, different lasts, etc... It is a luxury product and so it has bells and whistles and you, the customer, psychologically need it to seem complicated to justify some of the price. This is just my opinion and I don't think it's terribly awful (you DO need or SHOULD understand the product you buy) but I doubt more than a freakishly small number of customers goes "true to size" on trubalance and they know it. Yes they are selling online and not everyone can come in, but I think the psychological sales tactic remains.
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post
 

what is your favorite pair of aldens?

not the most versatile, or the pair you don't think you'd be able to replace. which alden is the ONE you like the best, just looks.

I would love to see pictures sometime during this weekend. I'll try to post mine tomorrow.

I only own a few pairs, and it's hard to choose. Favorites not owned are Ravello captoe boots and cigar LWB.

 

I love my gunboats and Indy boots, but my favorites are these:

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by GooseG View Post

I only own a few pairs, and it's hard to choose. Favorites not owned are Ravello captoe boots and cigar LWB.

I love my gunboats and Indy boots, but my favorites are these:

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Those are beautiful shoes. Hard to argue with them. They are extremely versatile in the business world as well.

-Mike
post #70737 of 94362
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Originally Posted by neutrino View Post
 

New video on TSM's youtube channel, this time on the TruBalance last. It's interesting that they recommend trying a normal size - I don't remember that last to fit anyone TTS on this thread.

Btw, in the Barrie last video they call the 990 and the 9901 "brogues" - which is technically incorrect I believe?

I can see people going TTS on some TruBalance models. The regular leather Indy I tried was extremely tight sized down like my other two. TSM probably gets fewer returns just recommending TTS for all...people may be more inclined to keep and work with slightly large, but too tight always goes back.

 

My optometrist commented the other day that he really liked my boot (Innsbruck). I felt kind of sorry...like the little info I gave him was a gateway drug. Expect a new ID on here shortly with the guy buying ten pairs in a month.

post #70738 of 94362

my entry for mdubs' "ravello week" and "my favorite pair"

ravello ptb x leffot

post #70739 of 94362
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Originally Posted by brp2 View Post
 

Seriously, how has no one bought these yet? http://www.styleforum.net/t/374426/alden-for-leffot-ravello-longwings-10-5d/0_100  They look fantastic and seem reasonably priced.  

 

(What I'm really saying is "please, someone else buy these.  They've been up for a while and I'm sorely tempted, while my resolve is slowly failing.")

I'd be on it like stink on a monkey if it were my size.

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Maybe because he's asking full price without the box and its a private seller?

 

Not giving a personal opinion one way or the other on the price but I think a lot of people would rather pay full price in a store

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