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Originally Posted by cyc wid it View Post

I'd take one out of any number of Pateks, VC's, AP's, ALS or JLC watches over 50 pairs of MTO G&G's.

 

Hence the saying, "to each his own"!

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post #74282 of 91452
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Originally Posted by CJBianco View Post


Thank you, everyone, for the helpful advice. I appreciate it, as always. And the good people at Epaulet were kind enough to allow a return for refund, so I'm taking that route. The Alden x Leffot model looks similar, so I may try my luck with their stock. Or I may try the ShoeMart model for a less playful look (no natural welt, no white stitching). Who knows?

My Best,
Christopher

@CJBianco, Glad that you got this sorted out.  Good luck in your search.

 

I wonder how much time before somebody succumbs to the itch and buys the defective one at full price.

post #74283 of 91452
Need some opinions …

I was planning on getting the king captoe 9015, but I'm attending a wedding in a couple months so maybe this is a good excuse to finally get a pair of black bals. I really want the 9015, but I think it would be less than ideal for this event, particularly with a navy suit, white shirt and silver-black tie. I'm contemplating the 901 or 907, and this one …

http://www.kentwang.com/shoes/benchgrade-plaintoe-balmoral.html#

… from Kent Wang is interesting as well considering the price, but I would probably only wear them for dressier events and I'm sure they're not as comfortable as the Alden's. But for the price they would fill a hole for a formal shoe.

I haven't been much of a black shoe guy, so I'd appreciate any thoughts on Alden's black shell vs black calf, and the KW if anyone has had experience with them.

Thanks!
post #74284 of 91452
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Originally Posted by halfnhalfnhalf View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by cyc wid it View Post

I'd take one out of any number of Pateks, VC's, AP's, ALS or JLC watches over 50 pairs of MTO G&G's.

 

Hence the saying, "to each his own"!

 

That's right, different strokes...

post #74285 of 91452
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Originally Posted by sazon View Post

Thank you!
Thanks!
Sir, Methinks your collection is enviable as well. You have some gems. Except for those garbage ravello NSTs you wore today. You need to recycle them at the leather recycling plant. Send them to me and I can deliver them to the plant, free of charge.

Wow, since both are my size, quit staring at each other's shoes and just send them my way... :-)
post #74286 of 91452
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Originally Posted by brp2 View Post
 

 

I had something similar -- although not green -- on a pair of cap toe color 8 boots.  I figured it was just some form of identification.

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

Cool, I appreciate the picture. Just something that I hadn't seen before and was wondering if anybody else had.

post #74287 of 91452
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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post
 

But how will that sole hold up on wood floors after you have walked in water??

I can't answer that one, I only walk on water.

post #74288 of 91452
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Originally Posted by macjedi View Post

Need some opinions …

I was planning on getting the king captoe 9015, but I'm attending a wedding in a couple months so maybe this is a good excuse to finally get a pair of black bals. I really want the 9015, but I think it would be less than ideal for this event, particularly with a navy suit, white shirt and silver-black tie. I'm contemplating the 901 or 907, and this one …

http://www.kentwang.com/shoes/benchgrade-plaintoe-balmoral.html#

… from Kent Wang is interesting as well considering the price, but I would probably only wear them for dressier events and I'm sure they're not as comfortable as the Alden's. But for the price they would fill a hole for a formal shoe.

I haven't been much of a black shoe guy, so I'd appreciate any thoughts on Alden's black shell vs black calf, and the KW if anyone has had experience with them.

Thanks!

This doesn't really answer your question but consider 9071.  Also, Carmina seems to make some nice black straight tip cap toe bals.

 

If you are just looking for something cheaper that you will only wear for this one occasions and perhaps a few weddings in the future, why not just get some Johnston and Murphys?  Probably nobody will notice the difference, and since you are only going to wear them a few times, they should hold up pretty well.

post #74289 of 91452
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Originally Posted by macjedi View Post

Need some opinions …

I was planning on getting the king captoe 9015, but I'm attending a wedding in a couple months so maybe this is a good excuse to finally get a pair of black bals. I really want the 9015, but I think it would be less than ideal for this event, particularly with a navy suit, white shirt and silver-black tie. I'm contemplating the 901 or 907, and this one …

http://www.kentwang.com/shoes/benchgrade-plaintoe-balmoral.html#

… from Kent Wang is interesting as well considering the price, but I would probably only wear them for dressier events and I'm sure they're not as comfortable as the Alden's. But for the price they would fill a hole for a formal shoe.

I haven't been much of a black shoe guy, so I'd appreciate any thoughts on Alden's black shell vs black calf, and the KW if anyone has had experience with them.

Thanks!

my opinion is not to wear a silver/black tie w/ a navy suit.  the 9015 would look great if you swap out the tie w/ something that matches.  or get the 9016 (black version).

post #74290 of 91452
Or some AE bals? They are comfy and don't break the bank.
post #74291 of 91452
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Originally Posted by ATLVol View Post

Or some AE bals? They are comfy and don't break the bank.
That's what I am thinking of doing. For as many times as I need to wear black straight tip bals... Don't want to break the bank.
post #74292 of 91452
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Originally Posted by macjedi View Post

Need some opinions …

I was planning on getting the king captoe 9015, but I'm attending a wedding in a couple months so maybe this is a good excuse to finally get a pair of black bals. I really want the 9015, but I think it would be less than ideal for this event, particularly with a navy suit, white shirt and silver-black tie. I'm contemplating the 901 or 907, and this one …

http://www.kentwang.com/shoes/benchgrade-plaintoe-balmoral.html#

… from Kent Wang is interesting as well considering the price, but I would probably only wear them for dressier events and I'm sure they're not as comfortable as the Alden's. But for the price they would fill a hole for a formal shoe.

I haven't been much of a black shoe guy, so I'd appreciate any thoughts on Alden's black shell vs black calf, and the KW if anyone has had experience with them.

Thanks!

My apologies for taking take this a bit off thread, but this man needs to get dressed.

 

I highly recommend the KW bal for semiformal and informal wear.  I got them for my wedding and wear for indoor/evening occasions that call for a suit or tuxedo. The GCT shoeshine boys did a nice bull job on them and they look very smart.  Otherwise, my kit is casual, so I wanted something that didn't need to be versatile.  I discovered them on the always-excellent Put This On blog, where they are mentioned in a post about semiformal footwear and in another post about the bals themselves (including this side-by-side photo with an Alden calf bal--no comparison on sleekness).

 

IME, they run large.  I'd recommend leaving time to return for a different size in the event they aren't right.  

 

 

While I'm at it, I'll mention that KW also sells a proper (and surprisingly elusive) three-stud tux shirt.

 

As you were...

post #74293 of 91452
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

Yup. I don't like that logic that everything you own has to be proportional in cost.

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Originally Posted by Vicious49 View Post

Yeah, I buy what I think looks good or I find comfortable in a price range that does not put me in the poor house. If I had unlimited funds, would I buy an IWC over a Christoper Ward watch? Sure, but I don't so a $500 watch is more than good enough for me.


To be honest with you, that shirt in the last pic was $20 from Uniqlo and the corduroy blazer cost me $60 from Lands End but they fit me well so I'm happy with them.

I appreciate these and other recent posts about trying to remain judicious about our spending. It's easy to peruse the various threads on sf and conclude that one is the worst dressed person on the planet. It's refreshing to be reminded that most of us have finite amounts of $ available for our little hobby and therefore have to actually make priorities about which shoes, shirts or accessories are most important. Many of us have mortgages, kids and a wish to go on vacation from time to time. Still, by being thoughtful and planful, we manage to look nice and exercise some creativity. Let's not judge a man by his choice in watch or shoes.

Rant over. Lets get back to discussing shell.
post #74294 of 91452
Those KWs look really sharp....not sure of the price.

You can probably call the closest AE outlet and find some nice cap toe bals for under $200.

I prefer the 5 last which was my first "nice" shoe and remains one of my favorites.
post #74295 of 91452
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Originally Posted by ATLVol View Post

Or some AE bals? They are comfy and don't break the bank.

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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

That's what I am thinking of doing. For as many times as I need to wear black straight tip bals... Don't want to break the bank.

I did an AE MTO and got black shell Harrison's. No Alden, but still awesome.
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