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Wearing olive herringbone Epaulet pants tomorrow... Should I wear color 8 plaza captoe boots, whiskey PTB or tan calf wingtip boots? I'll be wearing a camel sweater...

#8 plaza

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Wearing olive herringbone Epaulet pants tomorrow... Should I wear color 8 plaza captoe boots, whiskey PTB or tan calf wingtip boots? I'll be wearing a camel sweater...

This is a trick question, right? You'll be good to go in any of the 3. However, when in doubt, I often default to 8. Have you already broken in the plazas? I thought they just came days ago...

 

You'll be in the DonL / DV league tomorrow. :bigstar:

 

I keep saying I'm going to Ep up my wardrobe, but the $ keeps going to the category recently known as "shoes I 'need' for spring/summer"

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It would be the maiden voyage for both the plaza and tan. Both are commando sole. I just got my herringbones hemmed, should have had it done months ago
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With these thoughts I would like to point out something that I was told that has greatly helped me with my OCD over the past few years.   When I complained to a craftsman about a job he was doing, and in hindsight he was doing it very well,  he told me:  "if you expect perfection you will always be unhappy, it does not exist.  Expect excellence and I will strive to give it to you."

 

 

If someone I hired for a job told me that I would have fired him on the spot. I rather have someone with the mindset "I will strive for perfection, and give you excellence." 

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Dude I spent the last 2 days literally spending every waking moment studying for an exam. In hindsight I wish I had taken a break now and then because the exam was not that bad. If I HAD taken a break, I would have seen the major PSA about the JCrew deal gahhhhh! I'm so sad I didn't catch that deal. I remember trying the code out with some calf LWB when the code first came out, but giving up real easy when it didn't work. Who knew there would be a glitch. I reallllllly want a pair of LWB!!!!!

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If someone I hired for a job told me that I would have fired him on the spot. I rather have someone with the mindset "I will strive for perfection, and give you excellence." 
You missed the point. He was doing an excellent job and I was being unrealistic OCD and nit picky.
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The importance of buying American is a largely sentimental/emotional notion isn't it? If products are of equal quality, I'll support American, but I won't compromise on quality just to support American.

If e-bay resale value is what you're going by, Nike Jordans might be some of the best "value" shoes. Are we saying that the construction and materials etc. are worth hundreds (sometimes thousands) of dollars? This particular market is driven largely by the emotional attachment to the brand IMO. There's nothing wrong with that: people should just be more honest with themselves about it.


Whose being dishonest with themselves.  If I want to buy a pair of Alden plaza lasted work boots for $800, that's my honest-to-myself choice, right?  Who are you to tell me I'm not being honest with myself??  Shoes are only worth what the individual is willing to pay, period.  Forget all this nonsense about failing to be honest with one's self.  To each his own, my friend...

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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Wearing olive herringbone Epaulet pants tomorrow... Should I wear color 8 plaza captoe boots, whiskey PTB or tan calf wingtip boots? I'll be wearing a camel sweater...

Just to round out the answer pool, my vote is Whiskey PTB.
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No shell for DV or I till Monday. It's raining till then and neither of us like to wear Ravello in the rain. I guess we can get away with that here.
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Much like Alden does, regardless of the last. You can't begin to believe that $800 Aldens are worth the money by any objective metric. Of course from an emotional/sentimental aspect, people will pay up front to wait years for a likely "with character" product, so yes - if you must have glazed Alden shell in a chunky last, go right on ahead.

My last remaining pair of Aldens: Aberdeen lasted black shell cap-toe bluchers. They cost me less than half of $800. They are worth what I paid.

One metric that people missed in the St. Crispin thread when this "worth" discussion was debated there was access. I live in the Bay Area with difficult feet, so I have to try on several sizes/lasts to get a comfortable fit. 

 

I'd love to try Vass and was considering trying them for my shell purchases, but they don't do trunk shows and the 2-3 month wait really kills me (I'm an instant gratification type of guy). So with shell I was really limited to Carmina, Alden, CJ which are all essentially the same price and build. Alden has a storefront here though, while Carmina and C&J are limited to Barneys/Wilkes. 

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Dude I spent the last 2 days literally spending every waking moment studying for an exam. In hindsight I wish I had taken a break now and then because the exam was not that bad. If I HAD taken a break, I would have seen the major PSA about the JCrew deal gahhhhh! I'm so sad I didn't catch that deal. I remember trying the code out with some calf LWB when the code first came out, but giving up real easy when it didn't work. Who knew there would be a glitch. I reallllllly want a pair of LWB!!!!!

The JC personal stylist through whom I've bought stuff has at times allowed me to buy at the sale price when I've missed it by a day or 2. Ask nicely and you may receive.

 

Another way to approach it is that the JC pricetag of 6 benjamins for the lwb in 8 is, even at the JC retail price, cheaper than the Alden retailers' price for 975 stock. If you really want it, pull trigger. LWBs are sturdy, classy and workable in many contexts. Think of the price per day assuming you have them for 15-20 years.

 

Here's to hoping you take the plunge and post fun pics soon.

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My new Brown CXL Dovers from LeatherSoul arrived. Pretty excited. My first step into CXL. Pictures soon.

 

-Mike

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Any thoughts on the color imperfections in the tongue of this boot? The rest of the shoe seems pretty close to perfect for Alden standards.

 

 

 

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Erik, I am just re-iterating what others have posted. I would not worry about the tongue. The tongue will get nice dents from the laces and look beat relatively quickly. Also, the tongue is out of focus when the shoes are laced up.

 

-Mike

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ravello nsts for me today.....doing my best Mr. DV.....

 

 

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Sir, your NSTs luke superb.

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