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post #70801 of 98859

^ Where could one possibly work and be frowned upon for wearing dressy bluchers?  Please name the situation, I'm genuinely curious.

 

FWIW, and others are entitled to their own opinions, I work with attorneys and financiers from the world's top firms (Skadden, Latham, Quinn Emanuel, Goldman Sachs, Oaktree, Colony, Blackstone, etc) and cannot think of one person at any of these firms who even knows the difference between the two, let alone look at someone funny for not adhering to this nonsensical standard.

post #70802 of 98859
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Originally Posted by thebeebs View Post

^ Where could one possibly work and be frowned upon for wearing dressy bluchers?  Please name the situation, I'm genuinely curious.

FWIW, and others are entitled to their own opinions, I work with attorneys and financiers from the world's top firms (Skadden, Latham, Quinn Emanuel, Goldman Sachs, Oaktree, Colony, Blackstone, etc) and cannot think of one person at any of these firms who even knows the difference between the two, let alone look at someone funny for not adhering to this nonsensical standard.

Exactly. I've worn suits most of my career and I never knew the difference before stumbling across this site about a year ago.
post #70803 of 98859
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Originally Posted by ErikW View Post

My contribution to Ravello week



Erik,

Those are some beautiful LWBs.

-Mike
post #70804 of 98859
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post
 

 

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)

 

While image theft is common on the internet, I can promise you that that was my photo, though I doubt you'll take me on my word alone. I guess I can't blame you, considering that I'm new to this forum and have little credibility. So, just for kicks, here's me on that same hill near the aptly-named town of Scala overlooking Ravello. (Apologies for the beater clothes and shoes. They were my hiking clothes for the day.)

 

 

And with that said, I think I'll just stick to posting photos of shoes from now on.

 

 

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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post
 

 

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

 

I'm sure you'll love it, Mike. An entire week in just Ravello would be a bit much considering everything else that is nearby, but I'm sure you were just using the term loosely :) 

post #70805 of 98859

Love to get some expertise with sizing.

 

I have a pair of Alden 405s that I love.  It definitely took some time to break them in where I really thought I bought a size too small in the beginning.  I usually wear 10 in athletic shoes and went with size 9 in 405s.


I recently got the cordovan captoe blucher as a gift in the same size 9.  They fit pretty tight on my feet and can't figure out if I need to break them in or size up?

 

I'm SURE there is a member on the board who owns both Indy 405s and a captoe blucher.  do you recommend staying with same size?

 

Thanks!

 

picture I took from this thread for reference.

 

post #70806 of 98859
My second whiskey after LWB

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post #70807 of 98859

Would be really helpful. Thanks :)

 

 

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Originally Posted by Francks View Post
 

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) ?

post #70808 of 98859
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Originally Posted by hwiya320 View Post

Love to get some expertise with sizing.

I have a pair of Alden 405s that I love.  It definitely took some time to break them in where I really thought I bought a size too small in the beginning.  I usually wear 10 in athletic shoes and went with size 9 in 405s.


I recently got the cordovan captoe blucher as a gift in the same size 9.  They fit pretty tight on my feet and can't figure out if I need to break them in or size up?

I'm SURE there is a member on the board who owns both Indy 405s and a captoe blucher.  do you recommend staying with same size?


Size up for sure.
post #70809 of 98859
Dranguschu - those whiskey PTBs are fantastic. I've been checking with every big Alden retailer trying to get on a pre-order list for those but nobody is planning on running those again anytime soon. I'll keep checking back to see if that changes.

My favorite Alden - I'm still a relative small-timer with "only" 6 pairs (only on SF can 6 pairs of $500-$700 shoes be described as "only"), but my favorite pair are my Epaulet Color 8 Brixton wingtip boots with all eyelets and antique edge. I have some other Color 8 and burgundy shell shoes, but the shade in my Brixtons came out just the way I like them. Not too dark, with beautiful eggplant undertones.
post #70810 of 98859
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Originally Posted by hwiya320 View Post
 

Love to get some expertise with sizing.

 

I have a pair of Alden 405s that I love.  It definitely took some time to break them in where I really thought I bought a size too small in the beginning.  I usually wear 10 in athletic shoes and went with size 9 in 405s.

 

 

 

 

 

For best results, try to determine your brannock size/measured shoe size. That makes it much easier to provide recommendations based on the standard TTS or size down by half. For instance, it's standard for most folks to size down 1/2 from your brannock for Barrie or Trubalance. If your measured size is a 10, like your athletic shoe size, most would recommend a 9.5 in the Indy boot.

 

The Alden straight tip blucher is on the Aberdeen last, IIRC. Most recommend going TTS or true to your brannock measurement. Good luck!

 

Just noticed this is your first post. Welcome aboard.

post #70811 of 98859

Also, what kind of shoe laces are used on the classic 990s ? (round brown ?)

 

They are these ?

https://www.aldenshop.com/Store/DrawProducts.aspx?CategoryID=150&ParentID=2&PageID=&Action=

 

thanks

post #70812 of 98859
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Originally Posted by thebeebs View Post

^ Where could one possibly work and be frowned upon for wearing dressy bluchers?  Please name the situation, I'm genuinely curious.

FWIW, and others are entitled to their own opinions, I work with attorneys and financiers from the world's top firms (Skadden, Latham, Quinn Emanuel, Goldman Sachs, Oaktree, Colony, Blackstone, etc) and cannot think of one person at any of these firms who even knows the difference between the two, let alone look at someone funny for not adhering to this nonsensical standard.

Agreed completely. I worked at one of those firms for years, and I can guarantee you that most of the partners would have been confused about the difference (construction, formality, whatever) between bluchers and bals.
post #70813 of 98859
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Originally Posted by hwiya320 View Post

Love to get some expertise with sizing.

I have a pair of Alden 405s that I love.  It definitely took some time to break them in where I really thought I bought a size too small in the beginning.  I usually wear 10 in athletic shoes and went with size 9 in 405s.


I recently got the cordovan captoe blucher as a gift in the same size 9.  They fit pretty tight on my feet and can't figure out if I need to break them in or size up?

I'm SURE there is a member on the board who owns both Indy 405s and a captoe blucher.  do you recommend staying with same size?

Thanks!

picture I took from this thread for reference.



Size up. Shell doesn't really stretch like cxl or calfskin, and your feet will lose the battle, or you'll end up selling them before too long. When between sizes, I err on the the side of looser, rather than tighter, with shell cordovan.
post #70814 of 98859
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Originally Posted by dranguschu View Post

My second whiskey after LWB
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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After much trepediation, I sent my whiskey PTB's to Alden for recrafting. My fear was that they would darken them and I didn't want that. While yours are definitely darker than mine, I will be absolutely ecstatic if mine come back looking anything like these. Yours are stunning.
post #70815 of 98859
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Originally Posted by BWV988 View Post
 

 

While image theft is common on the internet, I can promise you that that was my photo, though I doubt you'll take me on my word alone. I guess I can't blame you, considering that I'm new to this forum and have little credibility. So, just for kicks, here's me on that same hill near the aptly-named town of Scala overlooking Ravello. (Apologies for the beater clothes and shoes. They were my hiking clothes for the day.)

 

 

And with that said, I think I'll just stick to posting photos of shoes from now on.

 

 

 

I'm sure you'll love it, Mike. An entire week in just Ravello would be a bit much considering everything else that is nearby, but I'm sure you were just using the term loosely :) 

I never doubted that it was your pic when you posted it.  I just thought that it was funny in the Haha sense of the word.

 

If I did doubt you , the second pic would do little to convince me that it really was you who took the original pic, because the face is blocked out and I don't know what you look like anyway.  Or maybe you just inserted yourself in to the image.

 

Doesn't matter, either way, I believe you and it is not important.

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Originally Posted by hwiya320 View Post
 

Love to get some expertise with sizing.

 

I have a pair of Alden 405s that I love.  It definitely took some time to break them in where I really thought I bought a size too small in the beginning.  I usually wear 10 in athletic shoes and went with size 9 in 405s.


I recently got the cordovan captoe blucher as a gift in the same size 9.  They fit pretty tight on my feet and can't figure out if I need to break them in or size up?

 

I'm SURE there is a member on the board who owns both Indy 405s and a captoe blucher.  do you recommend staying with same size?

 

Thanks!

 

picture I took from this thread for reference.

 

 

 

I assume those are on the Aberdeen Last?

 

I'm a 10 in sneakers, 9.5 won't fit.

I'm a 9D in Aberdeen, and most other Alden lasts.

My brannock size is 9.5D

My Trubalance size is most likely be 9C, but I have never tried anything on.  I'm 9C in Barrie and Van, and folks generally take the same size on those lasts.

 

It is generally the case that if an individual is a 9D on the Trubalance, that they are a 9.5D on the Aberdeen.  Many go up .5 for sneakers from their Brannock size , like I do.

 

So in short. You probably need a 9.5D

 

A lot of people find that they get the best fit by getting a narrow or wide width in a certain size, or by going smaller but wider, or larger but narrower.

 

 

Where exactly is it tight?  All around?

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