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Originally Posted by culverwood
That is not 5 pairs but 5 lefts and 5 rights make 25 pairs or is my maths wrong. (Perhaps my maths is wrong and someone has aleady mentioned this)

Interesting. Remind me how many left and right shoes there are in one pair of shoes. So how many left and right shoes would there be in five pairs of shoes?*

*five!

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Originally Posted by Deipnosophist
Interesting. Remind me how many left and right shoes there are in one pair of shoes. So how many left and right shoes would there be in five pairs of shoes?* *five!
You are missing the point here. It is possible to create 25 different pairs out of 5 pairs of shoes. Look: The letter stands for one pair and the number for left and right. A1,A2 B1,B2 C1,C2 D1,D2 E1,E2 A1,B2 A2,B1 etc etc.
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Originally Posted by Kuro
I've said it before -- foof needs to rethink his career and utilize his ability to attract attention.

He may have to, given the state of the economy. Hope he doesn't end up deferred until 2010 or put on some sort of sabbatical or worse. I hate to think of those longwings denied the chance to pad quietly down the richly carpeted hallways of some white-shoes firm.
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Originally Posted by rammie
You are missing the point here. It is possible to create 25 different pairs out of 5 pairs of shoes. Look:

The letter stands for one pair and the number for left and right.

A1,A2
B1,B2
C1,C2
D1,D2
E1,E2

A1,B2
A2,B1

etc etc.

Rotating shoes a la tires on your bimmer is next level.
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Surely you have trousers of different weights, right?

That would be a disappointment. I thought all trousers must be the same.
sorry i didn't bother reading 50-odd pages of this.
Albert Einstein deliberately had a 'minimalist' wardrobe so he wouldn't waste time deciding what to wear every day. i thought it was a brilliant idea. also, if I bought a pair of shoes that i liked more than any other, i would also buy at least another pair of them too. why not. i wouldnt care what anyone thought of me anyway and if i liked something that much, then its my enjoyment that matters. i say go for it! buy 5 pairs if you want. just think of the fun you can have with your cobbler.
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I knew it: there had to be a tiny scratch somewhere on your armor. That's maybe even better -- self-congratulatory perfection would be tacky.

It's true that storm welts and longwings go hand in hand, but that begs the question in a way, because storm welts and longwings go hand in hand with double soles. And not-so-sleek lasts. So we're be back to square one, as it were.

But I think the last issue (pun not intended) is a minor one. Why not have, say, three pairs with double soles and storm welts, and two or three pairs with regular welts and single soles? They would still be your one shoes, just slightly adapted for purpose. Surely you have trousers of different weights, right?

Are you suggesting some be different from the others??!!

Well, first of alll, I don't like the longwing design without a storm welt. It looks wrong; the upper would look too broad from the sides. You see this phenomenon in car design all the time. The designers add horizontal design elements near the bottom of the car in order to make it look longer and lower. Second, the sleeker last was not merely an aesthetic choice, but intended to provide a better fit. The default Barrie last is all wrong on my feet.

So, you see, the storm welts and last choice have very sound reasoning behind them. It's the single sole that was not as well thought out. Sure, they give the shoes a marginally lower profile, but only barely. Yet, double soles would have balanced against the storm welts much better, while offering superior durability. I think I went wrong.

Fortunately, the mistake is easily corrected.

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Originally Posted by Mild Mannered
sorry i didn't bother reading 50-odd pages of this.
Albert Einstein deliberately had a 'minimalist' wardrobe so he wouldn't waste time deciding what to wear every day. i thought it was a brilliant idea. also, if I bought a pair of shoes that i liked more than any other, i would also buy at least another pair of them too. why not. i wouldnt care what anyone thought of me anyway and if i liked something that much, then its my enjoyment that matters. i say go for it! buy 5 pairs if you want. just think of the fun you can have with your cobbler.

Thanks! I feel so understood.
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Originally Posted by 11211
Rotating shoes a la tires on your bimmer is next level.

Rotating tires is small time.
Single vs double soles are hardly noticeable when the shoes are actually worn on the feet.
You should have at least got one pair with a rubber sole.
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Originally Posted by zbromer
I'm not sure if this was coverered in the previous 66 pages, but how did you go about making a custom order? Does the Alden factory take them? Did you go through a shop? How customized can you make your order?

I actually do dig these and would not mind a pair. One pair.

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Originally Posted by mafoofan

6 1/2 D, which pretty much guarantees nobody but me will ever be able to wear them.

Actually my 10 year old is a 6D, I'd buy a pair from you if you get to the point where 5 is too much.
As someone who has recently purchased three pairs of nearly identical longwings, only by different makers, this suddenly seems less crazy.

Still crazy, mind, but slightly less so.
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Originally Posted by DocHolliday
As someone who has recently purchased three pairs of nearly identical longwings, only by different makers, this suddenly seems less crazy.

Still crazy, mind, but slightly less so.

How the hell can you stand it???
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Originally Posted by mafoofan
How the hell can you stand it???

I'd like to collect a set of fiery chestnut longwings by all the great American makers. No one would ever notice the differences but me. And maybe you.
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