They sure are! Flush toe taps from B. Nelson's, as with all my shoes, Alden or otherwise. At the tennis court I'm wearing the same in black shell, and my jumping partner is wearing black calf. All our own personal shoes!
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This is why 270 degree welt shoes need a heel pad.
@MoneyWellSpent can drop some knowledge if I don't have it completely correct.
bkotsko, you have correctly defined the difference, and yes, the heel seat is nailed before the heel stack in 270 degree welted models.
I think Alpina was just trying to say that 270/360 welting isn't dependent upon the type of welt used. In other words, you can have a 270 degree welted shoe with a flat, storm, split-reverse, etc., welt. You can have a 360 degree welted shoe with any of these as well.
Certainly, the stitching goes through the welt when attaching the outsole. However, "rapid" is only used when relating to a Blake-rapid constructed shoe, which borrows from Goodyear's construction technique to improve on the traditional Blake-stitched shoe. Blake-rapid shoes use a Goodyear Outsole stitching machine to attach the outsoles to a midsole. This is referred to as the "rapid stitch", after the midsole is attached using a Blake/McKay stitching machine.
I've got some PTBs (9501) in natural CXL coming next week. A few questions-- I've seen some folks refer to these developing a great patina as they age/are worn. Is there anything I should/should not do with these in order to let them age properly? I'm assuming Renovateur is okay but no other care products besides some brushing? Should I wax the toe at all?
Also, the pictures I've seen online are confusing with regard to the color. Some look quite light and others darker. Does anyone have a pair they can snap a picture of to show me an accurate color? I'd be grateful!
I own the same shoe. They're brilliant. I applied some VSC (per Nick Horween) and besides that just brush. Here's a pic I took last week. Hope it helps & enjoy your PTBs!
(Note: these are 10E from Alden SF; they were much darker and richer in color than the 10.5D I received and sent back to TSM.)