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I think you took that out of context, RTP. wink.gif

I didn't. I knew Rydenfan was joking.  I just like the look of this avatar...

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RTP, you pull the trigger on the chamois LWB?
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I never got an answer regarding the welterweights in here. Oconnells has a few of them and I was wondering how come I never hear or see anything about them in this thread. Aren't they basically just the PTB with a microcell sole? Or are there some other differences that I'm not aware of which makes them not as popular?

I think many here would simply say that they would prefer spending a couple hundred dollars more for the shell ptb on commando rather than the calf version (welterweights).  With this sale I suppose it would be different...  $300 would be a much more appropriate price for Alden calf.

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I didn't. I knew Rydenfan was joking.  I just like the look of this avatar...
I know. I was just having fun.
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I think many here would simply say that they would prefer spending a couple hundred dollars more for the shell ptb on commando rather than the calf version (welterweights).  With this sale I suppose it would be different...  $300 would be a much more appropriate price for Alden calf.

Ah, so the avoidance is more due to the calfskin. I don't have the same preference of shell over calfskin like most do in this thread. If I had to rank them, for me it would be

1. CXL
2. Suede
3. A tie between calfskin and shell.
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enjoying the sunny weather on the east coast yesterday and wore the Suede indy on brick sole.  I have had them for 4 months or so, wearing about once a week.  One if my most comfortable shoes. You'll notice the right big toe area is wearing, apparently I rub the brake when driving , never noticed until i started wearing suede.  Brushes out easily enough when needed

 

 

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There is something to be said about the neurotic Alden seeker.  While there are many here who are fantastic consumers and bring a great deal of business to Alden of Carmel, DC, San Fran, Madison, TSM, Leffot, Epaulet, Unionmade, etc..., there are a bunch of pains in the rear out there (here).  The purchases that had no real chance of finding a new home, but instead are sent back because of the slightest of so-called blemishes, poor fit, wrong "shade" of cigar or ravello, the slightest of creasing when pulled out of the box, etc...  I have pretty high standards, but sometimes I wonder if there are those out there that have no intention of keeping internet/phone-ordered shoes, but simply want to take some pics and return.
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I originally thought Adam (From AoC) was a total a-hole, but I now know why he has to be such a stickler.

Buckeye Nation, I am sure you are a great consumer and are a valued customer, but there are those that are a major pain in the rear.  I believe that is what the original poster was referring to. Before y'all start replying that the above are reasonable excuses for returns, I will concede that they are, individually.  But if there is a pattern (i.e. you have bought and returned more Aldens than you have kept in the last year), you are likely a pain in the arse to retailers.  Alden QC is not that bad.
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I'm probably a pain in the ass. I haven't returned more than I've kept but it's close. My main problem is if a shoe doesn't fit me perfectly it's going back. The one i really wanted to keep was the CXL chukkas. I loved the way they looked but they rubbed my pinky toes where I knew it would be painful if I wore them for a long day of walking. The other reason is that I've gotten to the point that if I don't love a shoe, it's going back. Most times it's hard to tell in pics if you're going to love a shoe. This was the case with the 975 for me recently. I got them but just didn't love them in person like everyone else does.

 

IMO, any retailer who sells things over the phone or Internet - especially unique (for all intents and purposes) things - has to resign themselves to the fact that a high percentage of their sales are going to be returned.

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Thank you. Did you manage to get the Alden for JCrew 975? The price that they could be purchased from JCrew was insane (I am worried that JCrew may become banned by Alden if they continue to do these sales. They frequently have cool spins on designs.)

The 975 is the classic, and arguably the best LWB, particularly from a usability perspective. I believe that the 974, 975, and 990 are considered to be Alden's foundational shoes, although they may not all be the most popular now.

-M

Yeah I managed to get the 975 in my size 9D. Always kept slipping from me till now. Thanks for asking Mike. Agree with you about 975 and 990. I'm not a fan of shortwings though. PTB absolutely tops in terms of versatility for me. May be someday I will also get the Cigar LWB . I think there are always more Aldens that one can use but a real Alden collection should always have 990 and the Cigar LWB.

 

PS- Where did you get the Ravello Tankers? 


Edited by circleslife - 3/22/14 at 7:03am
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IMO, any retailer who sells things over the phone or Internet - especially unique (for all intents and purposes) things - has to resign themselves to the fact that a high percentage of their sales are going to be returned.
I agree with this. I have to say that some here are real sticklers! Nothing wrong with that, though. To each their own.
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Yeah I managed to get the 975 in my size 9D. Always kept slipping from me till now. Thanks for asking Mike. Agree with you about 975 and 990. I'm not a fan of shortwings. PTB absolutely tops in terms of versatility for me. May be someday I will also get the Cigar LWB . I think there are always more Aldens that one can use but a real Alden collection should always have 990 and the Cigar LWB.

PS- Where did you get the Ravello Tankers?

Sorry...he can't tell you that. He is sworn to secrecy.

Haha @mdubs Just messin' with ya!
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I posted a writeup on 6 months of wearing my Modified Last Natural CXL Indy Boots over on reddit's /r/goodyearwelts and some comments on The Moulded Shoe. My writeup is in the comments comments here and a full album here for anyone interested.

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enjoying the sunny weather on the east coast yesterday and wore the Suede indy on brick sole.  I have had them for 4 months or so, wearing about once a week.  One if my most comfortable shoes. You'll notice the right big toe area is wearing, apparently I rub the brake when driving , never noticed until i started wearing suede.  Brushes out easily enough when needed




Vastly underrated make up, well done.
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I posted a writeup on 6 months of wearing my Modified Last Natural CXL Indy Boots over on reddit's /r/goodyearwelts and some comments on The Moulded Shoe. My writeup is in the comments comments here and a full album here for anyone interested.
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I posted a writeup on 6 months of wearing my Modified Last Natural CXL Indy Boots over on reddit's /r/goodyearwelts and some comments on The Moulded Shoe. My writeup is in the comments comments here and a full album here for anyone interested.
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  • They also sell TruBalance 403s and 405s, as well as a large selection of Alden boots, bluchers and oxfords in some interesting makeups. They have zero shell, and have been told by Alden that Japan and Anatomica France have exclusive privilege to shell modified last, even though Moulded Shoe is the oldest stockist of them.
  • If you want Natty CXL Modified Indy's, they got a crate of them in a month ago, and likely still have plenty of sizes left (my 9.5E were in stock for about 9 months before I bought them).
  • They will try to talk you out of it, but I know for a fact that The Moulded Shoe has a few pairs of old style 405s, with duck canvas lining in stock and on display. They don't want to sell them because they think that duck canvas is shit lining vs leather, so they only get sold to crazy people who want traditional Indy's

 

Copy pasting some interesting bits points from wahab's post. 

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I might have to come out of buying hibernation for those.

That was what, a two week hibernation? wink.gif

Those DO sound good though.
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Yeah I managed to get the 975 in my size 9D. Always kept slipping from me till now. Thanks for asking Mike. Agree with you about 975 and 990. I'm not a fan of shortwings though. PTB absolutely tops in terms of versatility for me. May be someday I will also get the Cigar LWB . I think there are always more Aldens that one can use but a real Alden collection should always have 990 and the Cigar LWB.

 

PS- Where did you get the Ravello Tankers? 

 

Sir, I bought the Ravello Tankers from a fellow SF member here who decided that they were not of his taste. I consequently ended up giving @MrDV the first shot at them, as I knew that they were his favorite shoe. The Ravello Tankers were on the Aberdeen last and were from TheShoeMart. I do have the Ravello NST shoe (Aberdeen also).

 

-Mike

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Gentlemen, the wait is over. O'Connell's finally hits 40% off tomorrow (sorry, not a Ralph Lauren 65% off sale). Someone please buy the Color 8 LHS in 10C and the Black Shell Chukka in 10D, so that I am not tempted. Only other shell remaining is the Tassel Loafer in Color 8... There is also quite a bit of calf and other materials remaining. The opera pump is pretty amazing. :-)

-M

 

Thank you! Although they were a killer deal, I really didn't need them... :-)

 

-M

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