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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. wj4

    wj4 Senior member

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    Thanks, dude.

    RE: when to send your shoes in for repairing, I have no idea how to detect when a leather sole is worn out. I assume small holes will appear?
     
  2. pistolero

    pistolero Senior member

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    I emailed them with that very question earlier today. Will post when I hear back. I regret missing out on that makeup.
     
  3. Kashiwa

    Kashiwa Senior member

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    ^^ You'll find this out when their response arrives, but is Blackbird still an Alden retailer? I think I remember hearing that they are not. Not to mention that they only have one shoe (a 12d) left in their whole Alden stock and it is on closeout.

    Somebody needs to make that boot!
     
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  4. sevenfoldtieguy

    sevenfoldtieguy Senior member

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    I have the LWB in whiskey, cigar, color 8 and black shell (and in dark brown calf grain). Adding a SWB in no way throws off one's collection, it diversifies it.

    Without knowing your current shoe collection, it is impossible to give any clear direction, but since you asked, I'l throw in my 2 cents.

    The black shell SWB is a special make-up and the black shell LWB is a stock item. To that end, the SWB is more rare. But that doesn't mean it is a preferable shoe choice. The SWB - even though also on the Barrie last - is quite a bit sleeker than the LWB, IMO (e.g., SWB has no storm welt). Having these two Alden models, which I do, and seeing an in-person comparison, which I have, really drove this point home for me (for good, bad, or otherwise).

    I have the ravello SWB and it is great. I have the black shell LWB and it too is great (wore it today). For me I opted for the ravello SWB before the ravello LWB, but that is mostly due to the fact that I already owned more shell LWBs than shell SWBs. Eventually I will pick up the ravello LWB most likely.

    If I go the way of a shortwing, which I have, I have typically gone with a balmoral - in color 8 and black shell.

    You can't go wrong with either model. Also, as for black shell SWB vs. black shell LWB, both are plenty dressy, but the LWB is easier to dress down, IMO.
     
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  5. thebeebs

    thebeebs Senior member

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    ^ Excellent response, thanks so much! I have thus far held off on purchasing a black Alden shoe, only b/c it seems like the "dressiest" color, and for that I usually go English calf. My Aldens thus far are limited to shell and suede models, all in the "colors" (whiskey/cigar/ravello/8). Maybe I'll pull the trigger on the black SWB.

    Btw, if anyone's interested, I found a GREAT site for colored laces:

    http://benjos.com/
     
  6. kolecho

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    I like the fading of darker shells and darkening of lighter shells. Ravello will darken. Lovely Indy boots.
     
  7. interlockingny

    interlockingny Senior member

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    Couldn't help but to notice this new boot from ShoeMart. Nice makeup:

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    Definitely tempting. I like the all eyelet look.

    Link
     
  8. Akeem

    Akeem Senior member

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    I've been waiting for Leather Soul to do a suede version of the jumper boot, but this will do nicely.
     
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  10. mcarthur

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    nephew,
    looking good in #4
     
  11. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    cigar cap toe
    argyles otc
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  12. MarioImpemba

    MarioImpemba Senior member

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    Daaammn. The elusive #4. Looks sweet!
     
  13. WhoKnewI

    WhoKnewI Senior member

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    agreed #4 is gorgeous
     
  14. marmottan

    marmottan Well-Known Member

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    Exactly. Still I don't find their shells that much desirable (it's only my preferences though), and many of them are now only available in 'extreme' sizes.
    Will order their Navy Suede PTB if available in my size.
    Also, they seem to have a quite interesting MTO service.
     
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    i don't know for sure, but last time i was in the store i asked the SA if they expected more alden makeups and he said he didn't think so. also, alden of carmel no longer lists products from blackbird like they used to. i'm assuming the 18 month lead time is just more trouble than it's worth for some smaller stores.
     
  16. Dbc0919

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    Just got the Shoemart irregular lists. Showing a Ravello wingtip boot in size 9.5D for $399.99.

    Also, see some Whiskey shell LWB's and Ravello and Black shell saddles in 9.5D also $399.99.
     
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  17. calidist

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    PSA - Just received the new TSM seconds list.
     
  18. calidist

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    Beat me to it!
     
  19. thebeebs

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    Wow I'd jump on that if it's your size! (Assuming the irregularity isn't a missing sole lol)
     
  20. MarioImpemba

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    I'd be amazed if they actually had it. Last time I got the seconds list I had to go with my third choice since they said the inventory isn't always accurate and didn't have my first two choices on the list.
     
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