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These are some of my most complimented shoes. 

For good reason.

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For good reason.

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Grainy photo of my Leffot saddles that I wore out on a night on the town recently. I must wear these more often. The Barrie last + balmoral lacing and flat welt makes for a surprisingly sleek look

 

I can't tell from the photo - but are you wearing those with dark denim?  If so - fairly easy to pull off?

 

Cheers,

BN

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Grainy photo of my Leffot saddles that I wore out on a night on the town recently. I must wear these more often. The Barrie last + balmoral lacing and flat welt makes for a surprisingly sleek look Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Brilliant boys. I don't wear mine as often, but love them when I do.
I only had a couple of nice shoes when I pre-ordered these from leffot. It was like the movie "the notebook" but with saddles.
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My wife isn't that interested in shoes, or really in accumulating items in general. Clothes, records, scotch, beer, bikes, shoes -- it's no contest. Just more proof she's smarter than I am.

Same here. My wife doesn't like buying anything, especially not clothes for herself.
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Can anyone who owns this pair comment?  I am definitely interested in this make-up and I'm ready to pull the trigger, but I also fear that they will look like this after a few months of frequent wear.

Thanks in advance...


Mine look similar to his. Now that it's warming up again I should get a chance to wear mine so I'll try to post some pics. They are one of my favorite pairs of shoes in my rotation.
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I have 3 or 4 pair of black shell shoes/boots, and I don't regret them one bit.

I don't have black shell but do own 3 pairs of black shoes. I've always thought that black shoes have a place even if the majority of style people think that all you need is brown.
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Looking for Alden sizing advice. Nearly all of my shoes are of the Allen Edmonds variety; although I do have a pair of Alden Indy 404's in Kudu - love that boot!

The 404's are a tad loose overall in 10E (but not inappropriately so for such a heavy duty boot) so I thought I would check in here first before breaking out my credit card. In AE I'm anywhere from a 10E to 10EEE depending on last and whether it's calf or cordovan. I have Park Avenues in both 10EE and most recently 10EEE; the latter being most comfortable. That said whether we're discussing a loafer, boot, or balmoral shoe, my shoe size is a consistent 10 in AE with only the width being in question. I'm looking to change things up and perhaps find some more comfortable lasts and broader shoe designs.

I guess I'm most curious about sizing LWB in Barrie (975), balmoral wingtip in Tremont (974), and Straight Tip blucher in Aberdeen (2160). Is 10E the way to go regardless of last?

Any thoughts on the merits of the Alden 974 versus the AE Cambridge?
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Brilliant boys. I don't wear mine as often, but love them when I do.
I only had a couple of nice shoes when I pre-ordered these from leffot. It was like the movie "the notebook" but with saddles.

AWESOME

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I can't tell from the photo - but are you wearing those with dark denim?  If so - fairly easy to pull off?

Cheers,
BN

Those were navy wool trousers. I have worn them with dark denim as well, they look as good as any PTB like shoe with dark denim. That said I wear them with chinos and trousers more.
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Looking for Alden sizing advice. Nearly all of my shoes are of the Allen Edmonds variety; although I do have a pair of Alden Indy 404's in Kudu - love that boot!

The 404's are a tad loose overall in 10E (but not inappropriately so for such a heavy duty boot) so I thought I would check in here first before breaking out my credit card. In AE I'm anywhere from a 10E to 10EEE depending on last and whether it's calf or cordovan. I have Park Avenues in both 10EE and most recently 10EEE; the latter being most comfortable. That said whether we're discussing a loafer, boot, or balmoral shoe, my shoe size is a consistent 10 in AE with only the width being in question. I'm looking to change things up and perhaps find some more comfortable lasts and broader shoe designs.

I guess I'm most curious about sizing LWB in Barrie (975), balmoral wingtip in Tremont (974), and Straight Tip blucher in Aberdeen (2160). Is 10E the way to go regardless of last?

Any thoughts on the merits of the Alden 974 versus the AE Cambridge?

Buddy, welcome. The Barrie is a fuller last (close to the TruBalance - which your Indy is on) and most size down in either length or width. The Tremont is on the fuller side and some size down or stay true to size (tts). I personally stuck tts on my 974 and Whiskey WT. The Aberdeen is Alden's narrowest last and most go tts on it.

I have owned a Cambridge in both Black and Burgundy and sold my Burgundy for the 974 and need to sell my Black, because I just got the Alden for Brooks Brothers Wingtip (similar to plaza last, typically a tts shoe). The 974 is not quite as sleek as the Cambridge, but it has a nicer feel to it and I love Alden's shell treatment. I can post pics of the 974 and Cambridge soon.

Here is the generic sizing chart. Remember that people's feet fill shoes differently and this isn't gospel.


-Mike
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After a two year wait these Ravello LHS came the other day...

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^^ Well worth the wait. Congrats!
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^^ Well worth the wait. Congrats!

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After a two year wait these Ravello LHS came the other day...

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Congrats! I was on that list too! :-) The Ravello LHS is one of Alden's finest and well worth waiting for.
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^^ If I could score a pair of those..they would be my go to shoe for spring/summer. I'd probably wear them everyday.
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After a two year wait these Ravello LHS came the other day...
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Thats a great pair of loafers. My favorite of the alden loafers.
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How often do new boots come out? I've been watching for a few weeks now, and everything looks the same day after day. I realize a few weeks is nothing, but I still thought I'd ask how often new styles hit the market -- whether it's once a month, once a quarter or whenever Alden feels like it.  

 

I'm asking because I'm fairly settled on the boot I want. I'm hoping for a cap toe boot, in cordovan #8, with eyelets exclusively (no speed hooks) and a commando soul. So far I haven't been able to find all four in a boot for sale online (though I've found more than a few on display on your feet on this board). The closest thing I have found is this number on The Shoe Mart:

 

http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-mens-cap-toe-boot-shell-cordovan-black-shell/pvc-ald-mxsdsy-4065_ald_m_cap_toe_boot_shell_cordovan.html

 

Can that be outfitted with a commando sole after I wear through the first one? That seems like a decent compromise.

 

If so

 

(and last question I swear)

 

The boot I linked to is made on the Grant last. I only own one other set of Adlens, a pair of longwing bluchers built on the Barrie last, size 10. I'd love to stick with the Barrie because I know it, but since my other requirements are fairly rigid, I thought maybe I should branch out.

 

OK. Sorry for so many questions at once, but I'd love to hear anyone's thoughts.

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