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Originally Posted by irishcafe View Post

those navy cxl lwb on Jcrew's website looks pretty good to me!

https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/shoes/AldenForJCrew/PRDOVR~A1214/A1214.jsp

 

FYI, these are not covered by the promo code . . . but the navy CXL PTBs are!  :slayer:

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^^ Thank goodness I don't have a card there.
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

^^ Thank goodness I don't have a card there.

 

Funny . . . I was just thinking the opposite!

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Originally Posted by halfnhalfnhalf View Post

Funny . . . I was just thinking the opposite!
Ha!
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Originally Posted by Bbombers85 View Post

FYI - J crew has a new #8 lwb priced at $600 and the 20% off card member code works!


ALDEN® SHELL CORDOVAN LONGWING BLUCHERS
Item: 26508
Size: 10 MEDIUM
Color: DARK BURGUNDY
IN STOCK
$480.00 x 1 $480.00

If I had a J Crew card I would buy that remaining size 9 in a heartbeat.
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I find the above statement regarding calf (and suede as well) odd and misguided. Well cared for is the key. I contend that well cared for calf leather of a decent quality can last as long as decent shell cordovan.

I wear and own some shoes made of shell cordovan and others made of calf, both of which have been subjected to regular wear for more than ten years, have been resoled when necessary, and look quite good (perhaps even relatively new). The longevity of a high quality leather Goodyear welted pair of shoes has more to do with care than anything else.  If you take a calf (or shell) pair of shoes and use appropriately fitted shoe trees religiously, polish occasionally, resole when necessary, and dry appropriately after they have become wet, while taking a few other basic care/preventative steps, your shoes can easily last over ten years and look nice regardless of material.

High quality leather (and other non-shell materials) will develop smaller creases than shell. But conditioning and polishing said leather will prevent it from cracking and deteriorating; this is not really difficult. However, if you don't want to spend the time and effort to look after your shoes, then choose shell. It is true that shell handles neglectful wear better than calf. But the idea that shell far surpasses calf in terms of longevity when well cared for, as stated, is humorously exaggerated and wrongheaded. 
Well thanks for insinuating that I am lazy and don't care for my shoes. I can state unequivocally that I am fastidious about my shoes. Bottom line is that IMHO shell is superior in appearance, durability and longevity, and for my budget Alden calf and suede aren't justified by their cost. Perhaps your wallet is fatter and the price is less relevant to you. That said, I love the asthetics of many of the Alden suede offerings. I just wouldn't pay retail for them.

 

Well THAT escalated quickly.

 

COC, just curious - what is your care regimen?

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how does the Hampton last fit compared to Barrie & Aberdeen? i wear 9d on Barrie, 9e on Aberdeen.
just bought the 901 on Hampton in 9e but feels shorter with my toes right up to the end of the shoe.

My Hampton and Barrie sizes are 8.5D and 8D, respectively.
You would think that your Hampton in the Aberdeen size would work ... particularly since the Hampton appears to have a less pointed toe than the Aberdeen.
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My Hampton and Barrie sizes are 8.5D and 8D, respectively.
You would think that your Hampton in the Aberdeen size would work ... particularly since the Hampton appears to have a less pointed toe than the Aberdeen.

The odd thing for me is that I think my Hampton size is the same as my Barrie. My Hampton balmorals feel huge for a 9D, lots of toe room and a little on the long side.

I'm not sure if that's a last issue or just the fact that balmorals are tough to get right.
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

^^ Thank goodness I don't have a card there.
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Funny . . . I was just thinking the opposite!

 

I went back and forth several times thinking both of those thoughts.

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Beat up and look great. Maybe I will give them a brush and a bone after a few more wears.
So far they have seen snow, rain and one puddle. Still holding up great.
I will say I find them a wee but stuff in the ankle.
Definitely a great colour.
Now I need more 😉


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Beat up and look great. Maybe I will give them a brush and a bone after a few more wears.
So far they have seen snow, rain and one puddle. Still holding up great.
I will say I find them a wee but stuff in the ankle.
Definitely a great colour.
Now I need more 😉


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ClassyCanuck: Do these have double leather or Commando soles? I'm getting these or a longwing/shortwing and losing sleep over picking the soles. I'm in the midwest and get a lot of rain unexpectedly so my shoes have to be able to not die if walked in some rain puddles from time to time. Considering Alden of Carmel have both Aldens on Commando as an option or getting double leather and perhaps Topy them just to secure from the rain. How have yours held up in the elements? Thanks in advance!
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Beat up and look great. Maybe I will give them a brush and a bone after a few more wears.
So far they have seen snow, rain and one puddle. Still holding up great.
I will say I find them a wee but stuff in the ankle.
Definitely a great colour.
Now I need more 😉


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ClassyCanuck: Do these have double leather or Commando soles? I'm getting these or a longwing/shortwing and losing sleep over picking the soles. I'm in the midwest and get a lot of rain unexpectedly so my shoes have to be able to not die if walked in some rain puddles from time to time. Considering Alden of Carmel have both Aldens on Commando as an option or getting double leather and perhaps Topy them just to secure from the rain. How have yours held up in the elements? Thanks in advance!

By all appearances those are double leather.

You should get commando given your worries and sleeplessness. biggrin.gif
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If I had a J Crew card I would buy that remaining size 9 in a heartbeat.

More sizes just popped up

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does it work on the color 8 captoe boots?

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Originally Posted by prez View Post

how does the Hampton last fit compared to Barrie & Aberdeen? i wear 9d on Barrie, 9e on Aberdeen.
just bought the 901 on Hampton in 9e but feels shorter with my toes right up to the end of the shoe.

In written literature, Alden suggests that the Hampton and Aberdeen will be the same size, and that each should be one width wider than Barrie. Curiously, the notion of one width wider than Barrie for Aberdeen/Hampton is adhered to by seemingly precious few (and I am not among the precious few), and most go up 1/2 size in length from Barrie when going to Aberdeen/Hampton.
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