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3 years?  Ouch.  I've had calf going 8-10 years and still in great shape.  Mainly Church's, A. Sergeant, A. Testoni (higher quality rather than lower quality line).  Though they were well cared for and rotated through -- and all see less wear now than they did years ago.
I can see calf lasting much longer in a serious collection where they get worn only a couple to few times per month. Until about 2 years ago I wore 4 pairs of shoes in rotation 5 days a week. 2 pairs of Hanover shell LWBs, one cordovan and one black, brown Alden calf full strap loafers and black AE calf tassel loafers. I still have and regularly wear the Hanover shell LWBs which are on their 3rd soles and 20 years old. The calf shoes always wrinkle and just get worn looking and I never saw the value in resoleing them, simply replaced now by more shell cordovan and a pair of value priced AE calf tassels.

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Ravello LHS

 

 

 

 

 

-Mike

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I am

9D plaza shoes
9.5D plaza boots
9.5D grant boots
I have purchased one grant shoe, in 9D, but had to return it as it was too small. They had no 9.5 D.

What do you wear on Barrie-last shoes/boots? Curious because I know my size on the Barrie and curious how it translates. Thanks.

9C/9D
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My 1st Impression of Alden #401 Indy Boots (Black).
Alden Boots are GREAT! Highly recommend them!
Perhaps 405s will be next!

Great looking boots. Congrats.

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#8



Classic. Well played.....
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LS ravello shortwings for me today.

Too good. These should really be made again. And again.
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Ravello LHS



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Dude! So awesome.

-Mike
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If I want calf I almost never consider Alden.  I can get C&J for a little more or AE for a lot less.  Actually, when on sale, I can get C&J for a lot less.  I'm not saying nobody should buy Alden calf, but I don't see myself doing it any time soon.  For my money, Alden is for shell, other brands are for other things.

I agree 100%. I can justify Alden prices for shell because it is rare, hard to work with and lasts forever. I won't pay Alden prices for calf or suede, even though I love a lot of the Alden suede models. I know I can get 20 good years out of well cared for shell. Not so for calf or suede, which I see as 3 years at best with any regular wear.

3 years seems quite a short window of viability for quality calf shoes, even for heavy rotation. Heck, in the days before my styleforum profligacy, I had Kenneth Cole glued rubber soled shoes that lasted at least that long while rotated among, at most, 4 pairs of shoes.

 

I don't mind paying Alden prices for calf or suede, even if it might be a bit marked up. I know their lasts well, don't feel like taking time to shop around with other brands and their idiosyncratic fits, feel comfy with the Alden retailers with whom I deal, and am happy with what I get.

 

Definitely agree about getting AE for a lot less. I like their quality, but their aesthetics are sometimes questionable. I still shake my head at myself for buying the casual Neumok bal; that AE offering appears to have an identity crisis.

 

I'm excited to see my shells and their patinas 20 years out. Do you have any vintage shell you care to share with us? :)

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#8

9 to the 7 to the 5. Simple and sweet. What denim?

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Definitely agree about getting AE for a lot less. I like their quality, but their aesthetics are sometimes questionable. I still shake my head at myself for buying the casual Neumok bal; that AE offering appears to have an identity crisis.

 

 

For sure.  They have a lot of truly hideous makeups, but they also have some great ones.  I guess they try to cater to every taste (including bad taste).  Anyway, after a great sale acquisition (portland boot in bourbon for just over $200), I'm kind of going through a new phase of AE appreciation after long ago writing them off as a bit too boring and bland.  Anyway, yeah, going off topic so…

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LS ravello shortwings for me today.

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Maiden voyage for some Cigar LWBs today. It's amazing how the color varies depending on the light.


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#8


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Speaking of Grant boots:


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Originally Posted by MrHappyHappy View Post

My 1st Impression of Alden #401 Indy Boots (Black).
Alden Boots are GREAT! Highly recommend them!
Perhaps 405s will be next!



Gentlemen, those are all exquisite samples of Alden's fine boots/shoes. Well done all. Congrats to the new Indys and Cigar LWBs.

-Mike
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I apologize in advance for offending any sensibilities with this first post but I searched to my best ability and couldn't find an answer, so here goes...

 

I'm deciding between these two Natural Chromexcel Indys, but I'm having trouble discerning the differences between the two pairs:

 

Unionmade Stevenson or Indy Blucher from TSM

 

The only difference (my admittedly untrained eyes) can discern is in the soles. Anything I'm missing? I'll be wearing them in Chicago in some moderately inclement weather so I'd imagine the cork soles would be better?

 

Thanks again for any 

Given where you will be living, I strongly encourage you to get these boots with a commando sole.  If you do not, and get them in either the neocork (TSM) or the waterlock (Unionmade) soles, you will not be wearing them with ice on the ground, which can be 4, almost 5, months out of the year.  The smooth soles are treacherous with slippery pavement.  

 

Leffot and, I believe, LS offers this make-up in commando sole.  You may have to wait going with Leffot or LS make-up (or maybe not.  I think Leffot may have this make-up going now), but it will mean a boot you can wear 12 months a year.  

 

Happy Hunting..

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Alden must hate me today. The CXL chukkas came in but there's 1 nail on the heel of the right shoe that is sticking out. Is this something any decent cobbler should be able to nail in ir should I send them back? I can't wear them like this otherwise I'll be scratching up every floor I walk on.


If I had a hammer

I'd hammer in the morn'n

I'd hammer in the evening

All over this land

I'd hammer out justice

I'd hammer out freedom

I'd been hammerin' about love

Between my brothers and Aldens

All over this Land 

 

Be an ingenious American man, get out your hammer, give that fucker two wacks and problem solved.

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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.

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I know I can get 20 good years out of well cared for shell. Not so for calf or suede, which I see as 3 years at best with any regular wear.

 

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. 

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:rotflmao:

I think MC should have offset those pants with a more substantial sole. Perhaps just bypass the double leather and commando andgo straight to a kudu Indy on lug sole. Styleforum rookie mistake.

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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.
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