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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. phototristan

    phototristan Senior member

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    Yeah, they would have been $499. from Shoemart.

    Looks like the left and right shoe may have slightly different colorways.

    Also, be cognizant of what he's not showing in his pictures. Notice he is not showing the back heels for example.
     
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  2. Todd V

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    I have the 966 and I love it. It look a while to break in and get the heel to mold to my foot. But, once it did, I was very happy. It feels like a much stronger shoe than my Allen Edmonds Strands, etc. and the leather feels thicker and more sturdy. I also like the fact that the leather is an even tone and not burnished like an old door knob. :)

    I just wish these were available in dark brown.
     
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    zippyh Senior member

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    Go search the RRL thread for user dastig (aka Robert Shoettker). He's an SA at Chicago Ralph Lauren. He'll hook you up.
     
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    And every once in a while, the Black Shell gets to come out and play among its more exotic and rare cousins.
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  6. interlockingny

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    FIFY

    Nice pair, though.
     
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  7. phototristan

    phototristan Senior member

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    Right, $399. Shoemart shell cordovan seconds. That auction is way high.
     
  8. Winterbourne

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    I really do appreciate all the responses, guys. I feel compelled to get a cordovan shell since the price is only a tad bit higher than the calfskin. That said, I love the #8 color. I always liked burgundy more than black and found it more versatile as well.

    So for the suggestion to consider Allen Edmonds for starting out, if I'm set on cordovan, I notice the price margin is relatively small between AE and Alden in this aspect so I may as well go with the latter, right?

    I understand the cap toe or PTB is most appropriate for a wedding and interview but I'm having a hard time resisting this LWB in #8... http://www.shermanbrothers.com/product.php?ItemId=1116&ProductId=208

    I'm thinking these could be used a little less formally, getting more wear out of them, while still being worn at a wedding so long as the rest of my attire isn't off, i.e., wearing a pin stripe suit with them. My internships and interviews are at least six months away which'll give me more time to acquire a nice cap toe by AE.

    Also I wore a 10.5 on a trubalance in a plain toe boot.. safe to assume I'll also wear the same on a barrie? Sherman Brothers is only a two hour drive from where I live so a quick return wouldn't be difficult if need be.

    Thoughts?
     
  9. Al in Philly

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    #8 captoe boots. Nice sunny morning.

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  10. Bakes11771

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    You and Stevent make a good point. Spend the money on something you like and will wear often, Like a #8 LWB, and then just get a pair of Johnston and Murphy Black Strait Tip Balmorals for interviews and weddings.

    We must warn you though, if you buy Aldens, especially in Shell Cordovan, you are very likely to buy several more pairs subsequently. They really are addicting, and you will come up with reasons in your head to spend another $700 on shoes you don't really need and won't wear often.

    Good Luck!
     
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    That's a great point. My addiction to shell has made me want to buy everything in shell, even stuff I never wear.

    Fellow fans, any idea if there are shell preorders out there? Someone mentioned something about rare colors on Leffot not being listed...
     
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    Those are a glorious burgundy color in the sun.
     
  13. david3558

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    Seriously, those look great. I miss mine (at OP) - are those on the Grant last?

    PS - The Grant, when taken TTS feels rather large in the boot - anyone know if Alden offers leather insoles directly? I've heard from Tom that they do that..
     
  14. Don L

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    Bedford Cords and Cigar LHS

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  15. The Deacon

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    :)

    My Whiskey Shell LWB from TSM are enroute...
     
  16. Al in Philly

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    They are indeed, sir.

    I think they fit fairly well. I have 10D Hampton last shoes and these 10D Grant last boots fit just as well. Granted I don't have any Grant last shoes...
     
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    Show in' some cigar LHS love. Nice!
     
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    Those are fantastic. Where is that make-up from? I do not think I have ever seen a perforated medallion cap toe
     
  19. IRONHORSE

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    Hey Guys heads up I'm going to post in the classified a LNIB Ravello Longwing 8.5d Barrie from Alden DC. Own it for couple months. PM me if interested. Just thought to offer here first.:happy:
     
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    My size! Must resist :embar:
     
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