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post #31 of 1268
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Originally Posted by Tarmac View Post
Now, I would like to see this Alden plaza longwing on a single leather sole. Pics?

Yes, I'd like to see "the perfect shoe." Perhaps we all might begin wearing it on a regular basis. Wouldn't that be some sort of "shoe monogamy?" Or would it be a gang bang?
post #32 of 1268
One of the hallmarks of personality disorders - rigid inflexibility.

I'd say you have some tendencies.
post #33 of 1268
How very utilitarian.

If you're going to maximise your pleasure because you favour these shoes over others at the moment, then "why not" also have 5 of the same suits? 5 of the same pairs of socks? Have the same dinner every night? Have sex in the same position every time you have sex?

Simply find the one thing you enjoy in each facet of your life and abandon all others.


Ok ok, I know I'm being a bit extreme here, but really, variety is nice. And with all that money, you will easily find other shoes you love.
post #34 of 1268
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Originally Posted by zjpj83 View Post
The more important question is: how does one make a custom Alden order? There's a bunch of whiskey shoes I want to buy.

Very good question. You have to call up an Alden dealer and see if they'll do it for you. They are reluctant because it takes a long and indeterminate amount of time (9 months, in my case). Also, Alden stopped taking custom orders for some time, so it's only recently that this has become an option.

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I think the idea is very appealing especially combined with all blue shirts. In fact, it sounds liberating. If you can live with the boring aspect of it, everything else is a plus especially time saved shopping for shoes.

Yes, exactly.

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Originally Posted by Tarmac View Post
Nothing wrong with it, its a personal decision. One that doesn't require you to ask others what they think.

Now, I would like to see this Alden plaza longwing on a single leather sole. Pics?

You know me: I ask questions but don't really care what the answers are. I consider threads like these an opportunity for community dialogue.

I'm going to do a blog post on the shoes. They came out exactly as I envisioned, and they appear noticeably neater in finish than Alden's stock shoes.

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Originally Posted by academe View Post
No offense intended,there seems something a tad obsessional about this...

Maybe. It's a passion.

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Originally Posted by Spats View Post
Yes, I'd like to see "the perfect shoe." Perhaps we all might begin wearing it on a regular basis. Wouldn't that be some sort of "shoe monogamy?" Or would it be a gang bang?

Don't you dare clog up Alden with more orders. I already have to wait nearly a year to get more of these as it is.

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Originally Posted by celery View Post
Simply find the one thing you enjoy in each facet of your life and abandon all others.

The only things holding me back from this are: (1) practicality, and (2) not always liking one thing more than all other alternatives combined. It's just that, in the case of the Longwing, neither is an issue.
post #35 of 1268
No. Unless you have a high threshold for boredom I believe you will want some variety after some time. Maximum one duplicate, otherwise you are just wasting money buying the same thing. And why that shoe of all shoes?
post #36 of 1268
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Originally Posted by zjpj83 View Post
The more important question is: how does one make a custom Alden order? There's a bunch of whiskey shoes I want to buy.

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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post
Very good question. You have to call up an Alden dealer and see if they'll do it for you. They are reluctant because it takes a long and indeterminate amount of time (9 months, in my case). Also, Alden stopped taking custom orders for some time, so it's only recently that this has become an option.

Any takers on a group buy of Longwings on the Plaza last in whiskey shell? Maybe LeatherSoul would do it...
post #37 of 1268
I think always wearing the same shoe detracts from the value of always wearing the same shirt.
post #38 of 1268
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Originally Posted by Kuro View Post
And why that shoe of all shoes?
Hmm. Well, I like the Plaza last. Shoes made on it fit me better than any other RTW shoe I've tried, particularly in blucher form. I think color #8 happens to match well with pretty much anything I'd wear (grey, charcoal, navy, brown, etc.). I love wingtips and I think the longwing-blucher combination is the most harmonious configuration for one. But most importantly, other shoes are either less interesting to me or too weird to be the One.
post #39 of 1268
I like the Alden longwing for sure, but there are so many great brands in a number of different styles available. Even if you stick with the Alden longwing, there are different colors available to change things up every now and then.

Five pairs of the exact same shoe? No.
post #40 of 1268
Surely there is an even clunkier gunboat out there with your name on it?
post #41 of 1268
People who have looked at my wardrobe have said ironically, "why don't you get some brown shoes?" There are a few rows of brown shoes and they range from cap toe lace-ups to brown suede tassel loafers, but to the average person I just wear brown shoes. They don't really take much notice.
I have a couple of the exact same suede shoes because I love them and didn't want to be left with a worn-out pair and then not been able to find them again.
Same applies to the rest of my clothes - shirts are all blue (a few white) with small variations - pale, slightly darker, blue and white stripe etc. And suits are navy or grey. Ties are solids basically but in navy, burgundy, purple, dark green, brown. I'm sure I look pretty much the same every day to most people, although I have a couple of faint windowpane cashmere sportcoats in navy and brown.
I don't really see it as a problem although I readily identify with OCD. I actually revel in it.
post #42 of 1268
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Originally Posted by JayJay View Post
I like the Alden longwing for sure, but there are so many great brands in a number of different styles available. Even if you stick with the Alden longwing, there are different colors available to change things up every now and then. Five pairs of the exact same shoe? No.
Eh. I like color #8 the best, despite the rarity of Whiskey and Cigar. They tend to be too light or too dull. If I had a sufficient supply of pairs in #8, I'd consider some in brown suede and black cordovan or calf.
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I don't really see it as a problem although I readily identify with OCD. I actually revel in it.
Kindred spirits.
post #43 of 1268
Thread Starter 
Does anyone know how many pairs I'd need to make sure they last a lifetime, assuming I rotate them and wear them almost exclusively? Would 7 pairs do the trick?
post #44 of 1268
[quote=mafoofan;1675255]

Don't you dare clog up Alden with more orders. I already have to wait nearly a year to get more of these as it is.


/QUOTE] But given enough custom orders it could become next year's standard issue. In the interest of sameness and regularity, surely that wouldn't be a problem, would it?
post #45 of 1268
I like the idea.
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