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what do you want to know? Alden makes a Moc c stitch toe loafer - the lhs - in many colors of cordovan and calf skin leather. It makes a lace-up shoe with a mocc stitch toe in cordovan and many colors of calf akin leather that you don't see as much as the lpafer. My sense is that the Alden makes the lace-up only on retailer order. You have a mocc to lace-up boot that is even more rare than the lace-up and looks like a great casual boot. Enjoy them.
Edited by aldenwear - 1/25/14 at 5:13am
Crazy that you could have such a variety within a "single color" - what better way to increase your margins than to be able to say what you do is much more an art than a science.
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Alden's colors are 100% consistent and do not change over time. Case in point, my Ravello LWB collection.
Yes, all three of these are Ravello... :-)
Cigar LWB, Ravello PTB, Ravello LWB, and RL Marlow
While my Cigar LWB and Ravello PTB are very close, the ravello LWB is substantially different (much more red). Lighting can make all of these shades look pretty close.
My J Crew brown and tobacco LWBs (calf) are awesome shoes, but for full retail I would rather spend $150 more for shell. If you can get the calf for $300-400 I think they are great purchases; at $500+ it's a little overpriced. Nice pics, btw... wear in great health my friend!
My guess is these were items from past seasons that didn't sell and were released to a handful of ebay stores one of them is in Virginia and uses a couple of different usernames on the bay. I bought a pair of brown LWBs from the "Paisley Petunia" about three years ago (not sure if they are still around). They sell nothing but older j crew stock at about half the retail cost and sometimes much less. I have five pairs of J Crew suede PTBs and suede saddles I bought from them through ebay about 9 years ago. I purchased each of them for $25-$50 from the PP and they retailed for about $150-175 in previous seasons. If they are seconds I couldn't tell you how. They were my absolute favorite shoes until I wore them out (when I find what I like, I don't hold back); soles eventually worn down and fell off. Unfortunately there was no way to repair them. J Crew's newer versions are crap. This is why I decided to go with high quality, goodyear welted shoes. I tried various AE but they were much too uncomfortable. I picked up the Alden calf LWB and there was no turning back!
Sorry to ramble. I hope my personal story of Alden discovery and picking up cheap Alden for J Crew on ebay wasn't too off topic.