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Originally Posted by Tommi View Post

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?


Only one man's opinion, but here goes...

My casual workplace precludes me from having much use for many pairs of dress shoes. But, even if I did have the opportunity to wear dress shoes more often, I don't think I'd buy/wear a captoe blucher. Its very existence seems rather odd duck to me; to me, straight captoe says "dress shoe" and blucher says "casual shoe". Obviously, the double sole and the cordovan take it down a level or two on the the formality scale; but, even with that combo, I still find the straight cap blucher "off". I realize I'm probably in the minority, but I'm even put off by most punch cap bluchers, though not as much as straight cap bluchers.

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The view from Villa Cimbrone is probably one of the most beautiful things on earth.
...from the Terrace of the Infinite of course. Sazon you are man of the world. Dapper, well shod, and cultured.
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I think cordovan often kicks up the formality with the brighter shine but I know others who feel the opposite.

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Calf inherently more formal.
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Alden's captoes in boots and in balmorals are among my favorite styles... I don't have any captoe bluchers but a lot of people love them. Among bluchers, I prefer the plain toe, NST and LWB. For dressier occasions, it's hard to beat Alden's balmoral captoes in straight tip or in punch toe. The captoe blucher seems more of a "If I owned one shoe, I would get these because it works great with suits and jeans" kind of option, but it probably would start to get left behind in a bigger collection.

All this probably sounds strange coming from someone with two (and soon to be three) straight tip captoe boots, which straddle the dress/casual line even more, but I think those are among Alden's best styles.
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A black calfskin captoe oxford is more "formal" than basically any cordovan shoe, but a black cordovan shoe in the same style is formal enough for more or less 100% of business situations. I don't see any difference in formality between brown/burgundy calfskin or any of the brown/burgundy cordovan shades in the same style.
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You just missed a pre-order that Alden NYC was offering. I think I got the last spot about a month ago when I reserved my size, but give them a call just to double check.

Thanks. I will send an email to inquire the pre-order to double check. Thanks!

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...from the Terrace of the Infinite of course. Sazon you are man of the world. Dapper, well shod, and cultured.

Sir, as are you!
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Originally Posted by Tommi View Post

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?


Only one man's opinion, but here goes...

My casual workplace precludes me from having much use for many pairs of dress shoes. But, even if I did have the opportunity to wear dress shoes more often, I don't think I'd buy/wear a captoe blucher. Its very existence seems rather odd duck to me; to me, straight captoe says "dress shoe" and blucher says "casual shoe". Obviously, the double sole and the cordovan take it down a level or two on the the formality scale; but, even with that combo, I still find the straight cap blucher "off". I realize I'm probably in the minority, but I'm even put off by most punch cap bluchers, though not as much as straight cap bluchers.

For professional business dress, the shell cordovan captoe blucher may be the single most versatile model in a man's closest.
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Originally Posted by Tommi View Post

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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Tommi, these really are a versatile style. A colleague of my fathers, who wore nothing but handmade shoes his whole life, always seemed to be wearing this shoe in either a black or dark burgundy brown. He said he preferred derby's over oxfords because he liked to walk a lot and they allowed for foot swelling over a long day or a big meal. What style and last are those and where did you get them? Very nice!
Edited by BeSpiffington - 1/10/14 at 2:15pm
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For professional business dress, the shell cordovan captoe blucher may be the single most versatile model in a man's closest.

Could you elaborate on the difference in formality and use case of the cordovan captoe blucher versus the cordovan captoe balmoral (either in punch or straight tip)? I'm curious as to your thoughts.

I guess I've worn my black captoe shell boots with suits, so I should have no issue with the blucher...
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Sir, as are you!
Thank you sir. In spite of the vagaries of circumstance we try.
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Hey folks, 

 

I wear a 9D captoe boots on the barrie last. They fit me great.

However when the laces are not tied using the hooks (so just using the bottom holes), I feel like my heels could slip.

 

Of course nobody wears his boots like this but I tried this to imagine how a ptb would fit since I plan to purchase the 990. 

 

So, Do you think I should take another width size for the ptb like 9C or the shoes in 9D will likely fit me (still barrie last) ?

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That is correct. I just got the PTBs last week, but have had the LHS and LWBs for about a month. With the holidays I didn't wear Alden's as much, as I mainly wear them to work.

Other shoes that I have that not ventured out yet is:
-Cigar LWB (although they have been carpet broken in)
-Color 8 Full Strap
-AE Snuff Suede Chukka
-C&J for RL Gianni Boot

I *think* that is all. I like to photograph my shoes before I wear them at my conference table in my office at work and sometimes it takes me time to do that.

-Mike

If you keep acquiring shoes at the rate that you are going, you are going to end up having a lot of shoes.  (You probably already do!)

 

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A photo of the town of Ravello that I took a couple of years ago:

 

 

It's funny that you are the one that took that picture, because it always comes up in google image searches for "Ravello". (And why wouldn't it)

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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post


Did you see the Villa Cimbrone and the Villa Rufolo?

 

 

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^ One of the most beautiful places I've ever been. They chose a worthy name for that shade. Which seems to match many-a-rooftop.

 

 

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A photo of the town of Ravello that I took a couple of years ago:

 

AppleMark

 

Darn you guys!!! I have always really wanted to go to Italy!!! Now you guys are making it even more tempting. That looks absolutely beautiful and just searching the Internet and Wiki about Ravello, Italy, it just looks magnificent. Maybe I should have another Ravello week, but this time Ravello, Italy! :-)

 

Have a good one.

 

-Mike

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