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Whiskey shortwing Bals with BB argyles and J Crew Oxford cloth sky blue pants

Tom's (from Alden SF) patina on his pair were inspiring; as I always say, wear and enjoy often in great health my friends!
Great looking combo RTP.
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For those new to Aldens, it's worth noting that some of the best make-ups are the regular offerings in black and color 8. This thread is heavily skewed towards exotic shell colors and boots, but the more I buy, the more I appreciate models like the 563/664, 684/6845, 2210/2211, 9015/9016, 975/9751, 990/9901, etc. My opinion only, but one shared by many of my fellow collectors.


Not only is the site skewed towards exotic shell colors, its skewed towards shell in general. Lots of good calf makeups that get zero love. Don't get me wrong there is shell boots I want and shell boots I have ordered but things like a basic Indy will get way more use from me than any shell boot ever would.

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It isn't always about utilitarianism. Alden does have a few calf offerings that I like and own, however shell is where they shine. There is also a huge supply and demand component to it as well. People want what they cannot have. The fact remains at Alden's price point there are makers who provide a better product IMHO. Your comments do have some merit as I have avoided Whiskey shell as it likely would just sit in a box. My whiskey wish list is really limited to the indy and ptb.
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Alden's shell products have just as many QA issues if not more than other brands. I'm not convinced that their shell is of any higher standard than other makers at the same price point. What they do have going for them though is the allure of shell being rare pieces. Lets face it even color #8 is not easily attainable in the popular styles (Tankers, Naval Boots).

 

Anybody can buy a pair of Indy's, they sell them at 20 different stores I could probably think of right now. shell, not so much.

 

I bet if that if there was a contest, in which every male in America were to choose between a ravello shell boot and an Indy.

The Indy would win.

Heck most people I know don't even know what shell is but they all know Indiana Jones wore a boot just like that one in the movies.^^

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Alden's shell products have just as many QA issues if not more than other brands. I'm not convinced that their shell is of any higher standard than other makers at the same price point. What they do have going for them though is the allure of shell being rare pieces. Lets face it even color #8 is not easily attainable in the popular styles (Tankers, Naval Boots).

Anybody can buy a pair of Indy's, they sell them at 20 different stores I could probably think of right now. shell, not so much.

I bet if that if there was a contest, in which every male in America were to choose between a ravello shell boot and an Indy.
The Indy would win.
Heck most people I know don't even know what shell is but they all know Indiana Jones wore a boot just like that one in the movies.^^

If there were a contest in which every male in America were to choose between an Indy and a horrific bicycle toed monstrosity, the horrific bicycle toed monstrosity would win.

I don't think appealing to the least common denominator is the best way to validate your preference.
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Other makers may offer a better shell products at similar price points: Vass, Carmina, C&J

 

But none of them makes shell as shiny as Alden's shell. So it's a give or take, depending on preference. Exclusivity drives a lot of demand as well. 

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Other makers may offer a better shell products at similar price points: Vass, Carmina, C&J

But none of them makes shell as shiny as Alden's shell. So it's a give or take, depending on preference. Exclusivity drives a lot of demand as well. 

Point well taken. Alden's CXL range is nothing to sneeze at either.
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Apropos of the Indy discussion . . . I guess this was inevitable, but J. Crew has just come out with its own version in suede:

 

https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/shoes/casualbootschukkas/PRDOVR~A9648/A9648.jsp?color_name=acorn

 

I don't expect anyone in this thread to agree, but I think they look pretty good.  And, once they're discounted (as they inevitably will be), they'll be a decent value for a Goodyear-welted boot IMO.  It will be interesting to see how well they sell.

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If there were a contest in which every male in America were to choose between an Indy and a horrific bicycle toed monstrosity, the horrific bicycle toed monstrosity would win.

I don't think appealing to the least common denominator is the best way to validate your preference.

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Point well taken. Alden's CXL range is nothing to sneeze at either.


This is basically my point.

 

I mean this as no disrespect to anyone on here but there are a few here that will actively exclude members posts if they are not shell. As to imply they are of some lesser value or lesser significance. Its a forum for the appreciation of Alden shoes. I know everyone is entitled to their own opinion and you don't "have" to like cxl (thou many of us do). This is just my opinion.

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This is basically my point.

 

I mean this as no disrespect to anyone on here but there are a few here that will actively exclude members posts if they are not shell. As to imply they are of some lesser value or lesser significance. Its a forum for the appreciation of Alden shoes. I know everyone is entitled to their own opinion and you don't "have" to like cxl (thou many of us do). This is just my opinion.

I need to do the math after some recent selloffs but my Alden suede collection may be bigger than my Alden shell collection at this point. Alden suede is vastly underrated IMO

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^ gorgeous. god damnit why cant alden make c width barrie shoes?

NAMOR, I guess that I do not completely understand this comment. Alden can indeed make B through EEE width shoes on the Barrie Last. However, I have been told that Alden has depricated several of their A-width lasts on the Barrie without the intent of replacing them. I can speak for that explicitly on the 10.5A and 11A front. But, I have held and tried on a C width last, specially a LWB on the Barrie in 10C (with that said, I have also tried on an 11A and 10.5A, which fortunately did not work for me, as it is no longer available). It is possible, that Alden does not make a C width last in your length (I believe that you are 12 or 12.5) due to the lack of market or some other consideration (amount of wood required to make a last that large!). :-)

With that said, getting narrow shoes kind of sucks as Alden will typically only allow 3 different widths to be made on any particular run. Pre-ordering is the only way for me to get B widths on my Aldens and that requires some patience and perseverance and sometimes I get cut out by the EE or EEEs... :-)

Finally, for any Alden "standard shoe model" (ones available on aldenshoe.com), they can be ordered at any time in any size of which they have a last for and they will make them as soon as possible (presumably when they do another run of that model).

Great information.

1) I feel you on patience with pre-ordering. As a EEE guy, I know the pain of getting cut out of pre-orders by folks with widths on the other end of the spectrum (that is, my A-C width friends) smile.gif
I didn't realize until recently that Alden frequently will only allow 3 widths to be ordered at a time on special orders (eg, for AoC fan shoes-- D and E are givens, so often there's only 1 non-standard width included)

2) I was pleasantly surprised recently ordering a new pair of 975s (in my super wide width) from Alden DC. They added it to the current run and said it should be finished in October. They'll probably show up before pre-orders I placed 9 months ago with other sellers that I was told were "in production". The random wait times are part of the mystique, right? smile.gif
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If there were a contest in which every male in America were to choose between an Indy and a horrific bicycle toed monstrosity, the horrific bicycle toed monstrosity would win.

I don't think appealing to the least common denominator is the best way to validate your preference.


I dunno about that.. but I see your point.

 

Style has alot of ambiguity. I dont particularly think mohawks or green hair is cool but plenty of people do and they have that right.

 

Though I wouldn't join a forum for green hair and mohawks if I didn't like green hair or mohawks.

 

People should have an appreciation for all that is Alden, its one of the last traditional brands in the US. I respect every makeup they produce.

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What day is it??

 

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Whiskey Wednesday of course. Nice looking G-boats Don L!
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