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

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  1. sstomcat

    sstomcat Senior member

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    Can you elaborate what 6-7 per run mean? I'm curious to know why Ravello/Cigar is in short supply compared to Black or Burgundy?
     


  2. Alcibiades

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    It seems to me that...

    A lot of the European producers are only producing 6-7 pairs per run, so they only need 6-7 shells for any given order. Plus, the European guys are also doing one-off MTO orders of one shoe. Very few of the European shoemakers seem to offer "stock" rare shell shoes.

    Now Alden, on the other hand, has three Alden branded stores that stock rare cordovan colors, plus seemingly dozens of independent retailers globally that like to have rare colors occasionally. In a rare color for example Alden DC may like to get two or three of every size, so that is over 20-30 pairs per run.

    Rare cordovan are less plentiful than black or color 8 because the ligher dyes require hides with fewer imperfections
     
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    A few of us (SF members) collaborated with A Fine Pair of Shoes, a British shoe company, to have some MTO shoes done. Unlike Alden, the minimum is only 6 pairs (which is MUCH less). I guess when I said '6-7 per run' I meant the number of shoes per order. It is easier getting shell for that amount compared to 16 or 20 if obtained all at the same time.

    For your other question, my understanding is the quality of shell needs to be better for lighter colors because any blemish will be much more recognizable juxtaposed to #8 or black where imperfections may be less of an issue.

    If you're interested we have a MTO cognac (dark brown/cigar/whatever you call it) shell balmoral boot order that have a couple slots left. :)
     


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    Or a spectacular Benson single monk strap...As seen here. 2 slots left, so get them while its hot.

    http://www.afinepairofshoes.co.uk/p...-exclusive-benson-monk-in-cognac-cordovan-mto
     


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    I believe they have 2, SF and DC; NY is independently owned but exclusively sells Alden. Don't mean to be picky but the NY store also experiences some of the shortage difficulties.
     


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    True, they do experience shortage issues, but my point was that they are continuously reodering stock rare shell shoes (chukkas, PTBs, LWB, LHS, etc), so that just limtis the overall supply of rare cordovan for custom MTOs. EG, AS, Carmina, etc don't really have that issue as far as I know
     


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    Question - If I wear a 10.5 D suede 904 wingtip on the Hampton last, would it make sense to go up to a 10.5 E on the grant last for a cordovan boot? To leave room for thicker socks, and as the leather won't stretch. http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-me...d-4065_ald_m_cap_toe_boot_shell_cordovan.html

    My foot is fairly brick like and I think the Hampton last worked because the uppers were so supple. I'm worried because D widths often pinch my little toe and are too tight across the vamp/ball of my foot. Yet Alden sizing seems generous...

    The only dealer in my city has told me they are no longer going to carry the brand due to long delays in restocking & customer orders.
     


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    Wait, lighter dyes? And all this time I thought ravello and whiskey were the hides from blonde horses!
     


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  10. Alcibiades

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    Ravello:
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    The Beale's are back in town....

    UNIONMADE GOODS
     


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    What a majestic beast. It's a shame all I see is this:

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    Like the seemingly never ending supply of C&J made RL Marlows?
     


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    This is definitely the number for the cigar NST on the Aberdeen last. Looking at a pair as I type this.
     


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    thanks for the heads up bro
     


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