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Alden "Seattle" Shoe

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jmonroestyle, May 21, 2011.

  1. jmonroestyle

    jmonroestyle Senior member

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    I recently designed an Alden shoe that is soon to go into production for J. Gilbert Footwear in Seattle.

    Since we get lots of wet weather here, I felt an ideal shoe for our climate would be a welcome addition to my shoe wardrobe.

    The "Seattle" model will be a 5 eyelet plain toe Blucher, made from brown oil tanned Kudu leather on the Plaza last. It will have a commando sole.

    I felt this collection of design elements would make for an ideal wet weather shoe. I chose the commando sole over Alden's plantation crepe sole, because I felt it would be more durable for extended walking on wet pavement. The leather portion of the commando sole is in the shank area of the shoe, so it doesn't make contact with the ground. Since the sole is partially leather, it allows the shoe to breathe, while still offering the wet weather traction and durability of rubber used in the ball and heel area.

    I chose the Plaza last because it is my favorite Alden last, and 1 of only 2 Alden lasts I can wear.

    I thought calling it the "Seattle" would be an appropriate name for the shoe because of our climate here.

    I don't work for J. Gilbert Footwear, and have no other affiliation with this company, other than being a long time customer.

    If anyone is interested in this shoe, and would like to reserve their size, J. Gilbert is now accepting deposits.

    Contact J. Gilbert Footwear in Seattle, and ask for Yenni. Tell her you are interested in Jess Monroe's "Seattle" shoe.

    Jess
     
  2. pebblegrain

    pebblegrain Senior member

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    not a fan of kudu but PTB plaza sounds cool...
     
  3. jmonroestyle

    jmonroestyle Senior member

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    I felt Kudu would be the best leather choice for a wet weather shoe. Also, I rather like the look. It is very different than all my other Alden smooth leather shoes. This leather on the Plaza last will give the shoe a rugged, yet refined look!
     
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    PTB plaza sounds cool...
    +1.
     
  5. makewayhomer

    makewayhomer Senior member

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    what is the combat sole? commando sole?
     
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    what is the combat sole? commando sole?
    thats my assumption. would love to see pics. its an intriguing combination
     
  7. jmonroestyle

    jmonroestyle Senior member

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    Yes, it will have the commando sole (original post has been edited). No pictures yet because so far the only place this shoe exists is in my imagination.
     
  8. tim_horton

    tim_horton Senior member

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    I really like kudu leather. I never pictured it on a shoe but I'm very interested in seeing pics when available.

    Any idea when it will see the light of day?
     
  9. jmonroestyle

    jmonroestyle Senior member

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    Here is a link to pictures of an an Alden boot made of Kudu leather on the Plaza last.

    http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/index...h_Boot_292.htm

    My guess is that this Kudu shoe will be ready in late 2011. Since this will be a limited edition Alden shoe, the only way to be sure your size will go into production, is to preorder it now.
     
  10. tim_horton

    tim_horton Senior member

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    Here is a link to pictures of an an Alden boot made of Kudu leather on the Plaza last.

    http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/index...h_Boot_292.htm

    My guess is that this Kudo shoe will be ready in late 2011. Since this will be a limited edition Alden shoe, the only way to be sure your size will go into production, is to preorder it now.


    I e-mailed them to specifics. Good luck with this endeavor.
     
  11. jhcam8

    jhcam8 Senior member

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    Here is a link to pictures of an an Alden boot made of Kudu leather on the Plaza last.

    http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/index...h_Boot_292.htm

    My guess is that this Kudu shoe will be ready in late 2011. Since this will be a limited edition Alden shoe, the only way to be sure your size will go into production, is to preorder it now.


    I have that boot - wore it all winter in Michigan - perfect.
     
  12. jmonroestyle

    jmonroestyle Senior member

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    I just picked up my new shoes today from J. Gilbert Footwear. I was going to call this shoe the "Seattle" shoe. However, J. Gilbert Footwear ended up naming the shoe after me, so it is now the "Jess Monroe" shoe.

    These shoes are now in stock. So far my size and one other has been sold, so there are 10 pairs in different sizes still available.

    It feels great to have a shoe like this for Seattle's rainy season, when I keep my less weatherproof Alden shoes at home.


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  13. Hadrius

    Hadrius Active Member

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    Out of curiosity, how much was this Seattle shoe?
     
  14. jmonroestyle

    jmonroestyle Senior member

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    The Kudu leather and Commando sole makes the cost of this shoe a little higher than J. Gilbert's other Alden calf shoes. This model retails for $525
     
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    Well done Jess!
     
  17. jmonroestyle

    jmonroestyle Senior member

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    Thanks Dewey,

    I am wearing the shoes today for the first time. They feel great! The Kudu leather is soft and comfortable, yet ideal for rain and snow.

    I am sure these shoes will get lots of wear, especially during our Seattle winters.
     
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  18. youngScholar

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    That's a great looking shoe. You did a good job!
     
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