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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. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Well-Known Member

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    also Alcibiades I would certainly buy anything cigar or ravello (like longwings) before whiskey.

    Yeah, I've seen you post this before. You arely wear the whiskey, right? It seems like it does the best for casual wear; if I am going wear it casually, I may as well get the J Crew Tobacco Aldens, which seem to be a good substitue (though shell is pretty amazing). The only issue with cigar/ravello in Alden is that I think I may like the Ralph Lauren Darlton "dark brown" cordovan color a bit more.
     
  2. makewayhomer

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    Y eah, I've seen you post this before. You arely wear the whiskey, right? It seems like it does the best for casual wear; if I am going wear it casually, I may as well get the J Crew Tobacco Aldens, which seem to be a good substitue (though shell is pretty amazing).
    I dont own any whiskeys currently, though I have ordered some, and never ended up keeping them. it's mainly that I'm trying not to be a shoe collector: my ideal is 5 or so pairs that each get tons of wear, whether its for work or weekends or whatever. whiskey is just harder to wear with enough things that it's hard to justify for me. any other color would get more wear. if you are ok with 10 or 15 or more pairs, then more power to you, it's just that for me, right now anyways, whiskey is just a luxury I don't need. I could justify ravello or cigar or the RL dark brown color no problem, though
    The only issue with cigar/ravello in Alden is that I think I may like the Ralph Lauren Darlton "dark brown" cordovan color a bit more.
    me too. I think the RL color is closer to cigar than ravello though.
     
  3. Get Smart

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    is "smooth" a term that has been invented in the past 3 days? I never heard it before to describe a PTB

    That term has been around decades. It's what I've always known that shoe as well before Style Forum existed, it was a popular shoe worn by late 60s English working class kids and they called them "Smooths" or "smooth caps" (even there is no cap). I've been referring to them this week so that's probably why all of the sudden it seems like a new term has been invented, when in reality it's a really old term
     
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    That term has been around decades. It's what I've always known that shoe as well before Style Forum existed, it was a popular shoe worn by late 60s English working class kids and they called them "Smooths" or "smooth caps" (even there is no cap). I've been referring to them this week so that's probably why all of the sudden it seems like a new term has been invented, when in reality it's a really old term

    Nice, thanks for the info. I had the same question...though I definitely didn't object to the term since the shoes are smooth one way or the other.
     
  5. makewayhomer

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    That term has been around decades. It's what I've always known that shoe as well before Style Forum existed, it was a popular shoe worn by late 60s English working class kids and they called them "Smooths" or "smooth caps" (even there is no cap). I've been referring to them this week so that's probably why all of the sudden it seems like a new term has been invented, when in reality it's a really old term

    ah, cool, ty
     
  6. Joenobody0

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    me too. I think the RL color is closer to cigar than ravello though.


    It depends on the particular shoes. I have a pair or RL cordovans that is slightly darker (more brown) than my Ravello Aldens. They are nothing like any shade of Cigar though. Another pair of Darltons were a much more chocolate brown color; completely different than Ravello.
     
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    Nice, thanks for the info. I had the same question...though I definitely didn't object to the term since the shoes are smooth one way or the other.

    on the flip side, for the life of me I couldnt figure out what the hell anyone was talking about when all these internet-born terms like PTB LWS LWB etc were first being used. [​IMG]
     
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    Whiskey does have a place in this collection http://youhavebrokentheinternet.blog...ness-time.html EDIT - is it just lighting or do the whiskeys on the end of that photo look darker than these http://www.epauletshop.com/servlet/t...Whiskey/Detail
    I dunno, sometimes its hard to trust lighting, etc the (restored) whiskey's in that photo (in the middle) look like #6 or something to me. and over time, I would think you could darken them up with polishes [​IMG]
     
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    Was home for lunch and shot this. Whiskey LW, Whiskey PTB, and Ravello LW boot. The Whiskey LW's haven't been worn yet.

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    Looks like my line up, except I did the PTB and LWB in cigar and the LWBoot in Ravello. You have excellent discernment.
     
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    I'm kind of curious about how the different shades of cordovan change over time. Does anyone have any new vs. aged photos of their shoes? Or can describe how #8, Cigar, Ravello, and Whiskey evolve? I know there are variables like how much/how often/what color polish is used, but there must be some typical changes regardless.
     
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    has anyone ever made a whiskey cordovan PTB in one of the narrower lasts? Like the Plaza?
     
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    My whiskey and ravello cordos always darken with age. I don't really use polish- buff and renovateur every so often.
     
  15. mcarthur

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    Whiskey PTB's


    looking very nice
     
  16. Dexter_

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    Plenty of pics on this thread and the "Shoes that look better with age" thread on Sufu. From what I've noticed, the darker colors fade over time while the light colors turn to a darker shade.

    I also noticed that the current crop of Cordovan from Horween has darkened quite a bit across the board. #8 is more black, Cigar is darker, Ravello is closer to Cigar and Whiskey is closer to Ravello.
     
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    so who has ravello PTBs? Alden New York? Anyone else?
     
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    Mcarthur. You have one sick addiction. [​IMG]
     
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    ravello cap toes


    Really like those. I wish the Plaza last worked for me...
     
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