***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. blue collar

    blue collar Senior member

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    Ravello works with more clothing.

    Whiskey has more impact though...

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    Whiskey. Can't really go wrong with either choice, and don't forget about cigar
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    Here's a whiskey vs. ravello comparison pic.
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    That pic makes me think a whiskey LWB looks untouchable. I like the contrast, and had been planning on a ravello captoe.
     
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    Not to disparage Whiskey, but I have a friend who knows nothing about mens shoes tell me Whiskey sorta doesn't look like leather compared to Ravello. She thought it was vinyl or something and said that Ravello looks more like 'leather' according to her. Just food for thought.

    I would probably still get Whiskey though only if I already had some others.
     
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    Both... multiple times
     
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    I love whiskey, but I feel Ravello has more versatility. If you wear a suit 4-5X a week, whiskey is a hard color to wear, IMO.
     
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    I see tons of posts regarding ravello, whiskey, cigar, color 8, but not to much on calf. Does everyone buy Aldens solely for their cordovan offerings? What is calf's standing is in the community? Do many shoe/Alden enthusiasts care about those offerings, or is it go cordovan or go home?
     
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    My impression is that their calf offerings are only average and that better "deals" can be had by going to AE for calf leather, etc. The fact that they source all their cordovan from Horween makes the product that much better.
     
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    Alden has excellent calf offerings, but they are first and foremost cordovan specialists... and as uncle said, shell is very addictive [​IMG]
     
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    In my personal experience, the calf Alden uses is better than the calf AE uses. I wouldn't write them off. Also, don't forget about all the Chromexcel, suede and other medias Alden uses.
     
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    I have LWB in Black Shell, #8, and Cigar. Not sure but I'm thinking Ravello. Maybe NST instead of the LWB. Any other suggestions?
     
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    i use tongue pads in my #8 lwb's. it's not ideal but it gets the job done. i've tried heel grips before but it didn't work at all.
     
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    do any of you guys have experience in stretching CXL shoes?

    i bought a pair of 9.5D wingtip CXL boots (leathersoul) from B&S a few months ago, but they're kinda loose on me. as an experiment, i bought a pair of 9D CXL pitt boots last week, and while the length is good, the forefoot and toe area are a bit tight. based on this, i think my ideal size is 9E, but special edition makeups in 9E seem to be few and far between.

    so, i'd like to stretch the 9D's, but don't know if this is wise, and don't know what the best way to go about it would be. any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    I have picked up a few pairs of Aldens in suede and CXL. My prospective buys are all suede, CXL, or shell (or shell/calf mixed media). After laying hands on their calf shoes, I like the Alden calf over AE. I will eventually replace my AE dress shoes with comps from Alden. BTW the SA in DC suggested that the Alden calf is sourced from a French tannery. NFI.
     
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    My CXL Indy's have stretched a bit - I notice myself needing to lace them tighter and tighter so as to feel like they did originally. I'm not sure how this has translated to the toe box, if any, but all leather will have some give to it.
     
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