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Bought these beauties from Frans Boone (picture also from fransboonestore.com). On the grant last. I have low-insteps and I think it's a nice last for people in my situation. Most britisch dress shoes (C&J, Loake,...) have proved to be to roomy around the instep for my feet so I'm very happy to have these Aldens. They are my first Aldens, but not my last I think :-)

 

 

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Great looking boot, and welcome to the "brotherhood"!  You know, Alden makes this same boot in color 8, black, and Cigar shell cordovan.  All the best with your new addiction and membership in our enabling group!  Post pics in the wild if you can...

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Next time a pre-order for these opens in Black, I am in.  I love the Plaza last.

 

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Alden Color 8 "Indy" Boot on the Plaza Last.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #75663 of 94623
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Originally Posted by Tuur View Post
 

Bought these beauties from Frans Boone (picture also from fransboonestore.com). On the grant last. I have low-insteps and I think it's a nice last for people in my situation. Most britisch dress shoes (C&J, Loake,...) have proved to be to roomy around the instep for my feet so I'm very happy to have these Aldens. They are my first Aldens, but not my last I think :-)

 

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These are gorgeous!!!

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this!

that!
post #75665 of 94623
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Originally Posted by gentfarmer View Post

I'm still looking for my first pair of Aldens to be worn with raw denim and chinos and the occasional suit. That said I think I have narrowed it down to shell chukkas, shell PTB or shell cap toe boot all in color #8. I already own AE Strand in walnut calf and 1000 mile CXL brown PT boot.

Any suggestions? This would be for dinner, coffee and kicking around San Francisco.

Pondering the very same question myself. I'm leaning toward a color 8 ptb and the 975's. Of course today is my one free day this week and the sf store is closed.
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Originally Posted by gentfarmer View Post

I'm still looking for my first pair of Aldens to be worn with raw denim and chinos and the occasional suit. That said I think I have narrowed it down to shell chukkas, shell PTB or shell cap toe boot all in color #8. I already own AE Strand in walnut calf and 1000 mile CXL brown PT boot.

Any suggestions? This would be for dinner, coffee and kicking around San Francisco.

I only own two pair of Alden shoes (Chukkas in #8 and Ravello) so take my piece of advice with a grain of salt, but I would say that you can't really go wrong with any of the shoes/boots you're considering. As others have said, 975 is also very versatile. Personally, I like boots so would also consider a wingtip boot (on Plaza or Barrie) and/or an NST boot on Plaza, both in #8 shell.

Good luck!
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Alden rookie, looking to pic up some #8. Ideally my staples would be leisure hand sewn penny, chukka, and longwing.

My AE size is 11 EEE, so I will have to find a retailer that can at least offer me a EE width in these. Any other options besides calling up the Alden brick & mortar?
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I bought the snuff suede amoks during AE's clearance sale for about $130, but wasn't sure if I should return it and consider Alden's version. It's going to be around 2 to 3 times the price of my amoks, but I was wondering whether there's a significant step-up in quality to warrant the premium. For transparency, a similar question was posted in the AE thread.  

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Originally Posted by gentfarmer View Post

I'm still looking for my first pair of Aldens to be worn with raw denim and chinos and the occasional suit. That said I think I have narrowed it down to shell chukkas, shell PTB or shell cap toe boot all in color #8. I already own AE Strand in walnut calf and 1000 mile CXL brown PT boot.

Any suggestions? This would be for dinner, coffee and kicking around San Francisco.

Man without a doubt the PTB. You will regret it if you don't-- can wear with jeans or dress up. I'm out in Cali too, and no one wears suits with boots that I know around here (though I'm SoCal). Plus if you walk alot, the extra, unneeded weight of the boots will get annoying fast-- Aldens are quite a bit heavier than AEs. You already own a boot and a heavily-brogued balmoral... a nice plain blucher is what you need to add!
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Originally Posted by JezeC View Post

I bought the snuff suede amoks during AE's clearance sale for about $130, but wasn't sure if I should return it and consider Alden's version. It's going to be around 2 to 3 times the price of my amoks, but I was wondering whether there's a significant step-up in quality to warrant the premium. For transparency, a similar question was posted in the AE thread.  

I think it comes down to personal preference. I bought a couple pairs of Amoks on deep discount when they first came out and thought they were some of the crappiest shoes I've owned. I wound up returning them. To me, $130 is the absolute max they're worth. I love Alden's unlined chukkas though. Why? The quality of the materials and finishing is far superior to the Amoks. Is that additional quality worth an additional $350? Only you can answer that question.

I think Alfred Sargent also makes a nice snuff suede chukka that's worth the money.
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Originally Posted by JubeiSpiegel View Post

Alden rookie, looking to pic up some #8. Ideally my staples would be leisure hand sewn penny, chukka, and longwing.

My AE size is 11 EEE, so I will have to find a retailer that can at least offer me a EE width in these. Any other options besides calling up the Alden brick & mortar?

In my experience, the only retailers that might stock anything in EE width are the Alden stores. You can play the preorder game with other stores, but when it comes to EE and EEE width, be prepared to wait.
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It's been a crazy week, so I haven't had much time to read or post. My contribution is a dslr shot of my shell lwbs. Whiskey, 8, Cigar and Ravello.

 

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^ Beautiful collection.  You need a black pair also (9751).  Most underrated LWB IMO

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^ Beautiful collection.  You need a black pair also (9751).  Most underrated LWB IMO

Thank you, beebs. Please don't get me started. I keep meaning to buy some staples like the 9751 and the king tassels on aberdeen. Then things happen like getting a random call about a whiskey lhs coming in in my size or viberg making the color 8 cxl boot I had wanted for a while. As I've been saying for months, I still haven't set aside funds for my dream shoes, the EG Westminsters in dark oak antique, nor am I sure I'll have the funds in time for a cxl wt boot from AofC in April. And my boy zippyh has been telling me I need a Barbour commander jacket!!

 

Serious issues these are.

 

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I forgot to mention re the issue of a black shell shoe. Recalling the question about whether one of the newer members should go for the jcrew special makeup cadet or the lwb. I can unequivocally say that i believe that the black shell lwb beats the jcrew cadet shoe any day of the week and twice on sunday. I got the jcrew cadet at a 25% discount during a time I was still making unanalyzed impulse purchases. It's a big regret. I rarely wear the shoe, mostly breaking it out out of guilt. Anyway, here's a recent pic of my cadets:

 


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Thank you, beebs. Please don't get me started. I keep meaning to buy some staples like the 9751 and the king tassels on aberdeen. Then things happen like getting a random call about a whiskey lhs coming in in my size or viberg making the color 8 cxl boot I had wanted for a while. As I've been saying for months, I still haven't set aside funds for my dream shoes, the EG Westminsters in dark oak antique, nor am I sure I'll have the funds in time for a cxl wt boot from AofC in April. And my boy zippyh has been telling me I need a Barbour commander jacket!!

 

Serious issues these are.

 

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I forgot to mention re the issue of a black shell shoe. Recalling the question about whether one of the newer members should go for the jcrew special makeup cadet or the lwb. I can unequivocally say that i believe that the black shell lwb beats the jcrew cadet shoe any day of the week and twice on sunday. I got the jcrew cadet at a 25% discount during a time I was still making unanalyzed impulse purchases. It's a big regret. I rarely wear the shoe, mostly breaking it out out of guilt. Anyway, here's a recent pic of my cadets:

 

 

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Doc I can understand your feelings on the cadet, and given the previous pic of your deep LWB bench I see why it doesnt get much air time. I personally wear mine about once a week, and really like them,  If I were given the choices between the cadet and the lwb - I would go: 1) #8LWB; 2) Black Cadet and 3) Black LWB.  I love the #8 but have never felt much of a draw to the standard black version, although Ive got it on the modified and it has a completely different look with a closed heel.

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