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***The official Alden thread *** Share enthusiasm, reviews, sizing, advice, and photos.

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by jet, Nov 3, 2008.

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  1. bespoken pa

    bespoken pa Well-Known Member

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    I can justify a lot more than that, isn't that why we come here for affirmation and a little enabling? Not that I am complaining.
     
  2. zippyh

    zippyh Well-Known Member

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    Shell fade is good. These are Crockett & Jones for Ralph Lauren but you get the idea. Faded pair was about 4 years old. Other pair was brand new. [​IMG]
     
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  3. El Argentino

    El Argentino Well-Known Member

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    Spectacular.

    So - as #8 gets older, it goes more brown.

    Cigar > Lighter

    Ravello > Darker

    Whiskey > Darker

    Is the end of just about any brown cordo- shoe that middle-brown/carmel color?
     
  4. ReppTiePrepster

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    Not sure there is a pseudo-substitute for Ravello, but owners of the J Crew waxed CXL can chime in on this. As for the black shell LWB question, I wear mine quite a bit but I usually dress it up more often than not. I don't wear jeans much, but when I do I usually go with the Cigar bc the antique edge seems to make it more casual. I'm sure though that others wear denim with black shell.
     
  5. wj4

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    Cigar LWBs today:
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  6. ReppTiePrepster

    ReppTiePrepster Well-Known Member

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    Thank you!
     
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    slide13 Well-Known Member

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    The J Crew LWBs are not CXL, they don't know what they're talking about. Great shoes and great leather though. I have them and couldn't be happier with them. I'm one of the rare few who prefers calf to shell though, at least in most cases.
     
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    I like that J Crew waxed LWB but I don't think it looks anything close to Ravello. I think burnished tan is a fair Ravello substitute. [​IMG]
     
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    You must have missed the JCrew Ravello LWB release at the TriBeCa store a few weeks ago in this thread... singlehandedly sold out to SF users.

    :teach:
     
  10. kwhitelaw

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    still wish I would have grabbed a pair of those ravellos, even tho i'm not a fan of the brass eyelets..

    if anyone is 11.5 and not wanting them, get at me :)
     
  11. Dr. D

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    I was referring to the whiskey captoe bals that Alden NYC sold. They told me last year that more were on the way but they had no idea when they would arrive. Check this thread for a pic:
    http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/...-Aldens-exist-out-there&p=1194696#post1194696

    I would suggest that you wear the pairs you have obtained dozens of times and see how they work for your feet in real life. You may be surprised to find that you like unlined LHS more than lined, or that you want more ravello instead of whiskey, or that you hate the double leather sole and want everything with a waterloc, or that you should have gone down a width in the barrie, or that you don't like the way LWB look with suits, etc. Figure out what works for you and your feet and then increase your collection in a focused direction. While this forum has amazing expertise and provides plenty of eye candy, we tend to get worked into a frenzy over each exotic shell preorder that comes along. In actuality, most models will get restocked at some point and with a little patience and flexibility you can (more than likely) get what you want down the road. Eventually we are all limited by closet space, finances or spousal threats so I would urge you to find a direction and then start hunting. Good luck!
     
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    its going to stretch a great deal.
    what is the style number - they may well be the brown model.
     
  14. PhiPsi32

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    The color looks about right. Hard to say exactly as color reproduction can vary based on the lighting in the photo. And specific batches can vary in color as well. I saw a pair of snuff suede chukkas that had a pinkish hue at Alden DC.

    The unlined suede loosens up quite a bit. I bought my 1494s TTS. They were tight but loosened up nicely after a few wears. Wear them around the house for a bit if you're not sure.
     
  15. Broark

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    You guys are making my next Alden purchase difficult. I went with the natural CxL Indys for my first pair and now I'm looking for something for the summer. So many choices. Not sure what route to go yet.
     
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    Would have been glad to send 'em your way in the event that they don't work out. Sadly for you, I'm the Asian guy with the small frame. Best I could do for you would be a 9.5 AE bal [​IMG]

    That said, have you tried calling Leffot? I decided very last minute and got on the phone Friday with Colin Small at Leffot, who took my preorder over the phone. Very relieving, as it looked like my size was no longer available on the website 10 minutes after I had looked this past Friday morning.
     
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    Thanks. I thought my JCrew "waxed brown" / "tobacco" (they seem to have called it different things over the months) looked quite different from my LS Ultimate Indy's in Brown CXL. The Jcrews are more, well, waxy looking (reminds me a bit of old buster brown shoes I faintly recall having as a kid), whereas the brown CXL indy's have this smooth, milk chocolatey flavor. I'll work on getting some pics.

    Would you mind sharing what tilts you more toward the calf end of the Alden spectrum?
     
  18. Papa Doble

    Papa Doble Well-Known Member

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    This is good advice.
     
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    WJ4, thanks for posting. That second pic seals the deal. I'll be getting on the horn tomorrow and ordering the cigar lwbs first chance I get. Maybe my wife will fall for the old, "no, they're not new, they're just the Allen Edmonds I picked up this past summer" trick...[​IMG]
     
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    docalden2013 Well-Known Member

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    That apparently went down 5 days before I started getting into this thread. I believe I was delusionally attempting to read every post from page 1 onward that week. So tragic, especially as the J Crew personal stylist I've been buying from has helped me get a 25% discount on the JCrew Alden LWBs and shoe trees I bought as my first Alden purchase a month ago. Of course, he ended up leaving 2 weeks later. Ack!

    Did anyone mention whether there was likely to be a JCrew ravello sequel? Let me guess, in a couple of blue moons...
     
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