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

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  1. makewayhomer

    makewayhomer Senior member

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    if you wear khaki / tan / lighter colored pants a lot, cigar or ravello will be more versatile than #8. those brown shell shades look much better w/ khaki than #8 does imo, where the contrast can just be too jarring.

    the shoes I wear the most with khakis are my cognac shell loafers from AE, the nearest Alden equivalent is something like a ravello or cigar LHS

    of course, I prefer #8 with denim :)

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  2. Papa Doble

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    I assume these were a custom order? Also, I've never heard of AE cognac cordovan. I have heard of cappuccino/truffle and dark brown.

    I like the AE Patriot, and it's probably nice in dark brown cordovan.
     
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  3. makewayhomer

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    I think they were one off's of some kind, I purchased them on B/S here

    The color is the same as is used on the brown shell Strands (and the C&J for RL line)

    I haven't seen the capuccino/truffle color in person, but here is a pic I found on AAAC. his pictures look a shade dark for some reason, but it's ok for color comparison

    anyways, the point is - I think anything in this color family works better with khaki/tan pants than burgundy/# 8 shell

    From left to right
    Alden Tassel Loafer - Cigar Shell
    AE Dundee (Chukka Boot) - Cappuccino Shell
    AE Strand - Brown Shell
    AE Strand - Walnut Shell
    AE Strand - Walnut Calf

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  4. Papa Doble

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    I understand your point that medium to dark brown can be better with tan/khaki pants than #8. This is one of the reasons I (1) got ravello and (2) put cigar first in my list above. I also wear denim, darker chinos, and occasionally medium grey wool pants, and I think #8 would look great with those. It would also look good with a navy or charcoal suit, should I decide to commit the blucher with a suit "sin."
     
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    I understand your point that medium to dark brown can be better with tan/khaki pants than #8. This is one of the reasons I (1) got ravello and (2) put cigar first in my list above. I also wear denim, darker chinos, and occasionally medium grey wool pants, and I think #8 would look great with those. It would also look good with a navy or charcoal suit, should I decide to commit the blucher with a suit "sin."[/quote]

    Nothing sinful about it. :D

    Today I am donning my Alden for BB captoe bluchers in color 8 with my BB Golden Fleece navy chalk stripe double-breasted suit.
     


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    Of these 3, and for your second Alden purchase, and for your stated uses, the winner is easily the LWB in color 8.
     


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    right, I agree with your thinking

    I mean, my answer has basically been the same for years now:

    if you are trying to decide between a rare color shell or #8, get the rare color. burgundy shell is always going to be much easier to find down the road, and also can be bought a ton cheaper if you are ok with vintage Florsheim/Hanover, which were probably better made than Alden today.

    for anyone on a budget or picking and choosing between models, buying a #8 LWB or PTB from Alden for $650 or w/e...I think that's pretty crazy. lurk on B/S or Ebay and get some barely worn vintage model for $150.

    if you have unlimited funds, then disregard my advice!
     
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    I guess this advice isn't too surprising, and I certainly love the shoe. Interesting that it's easily the winner to you SFTG. I was thinking I'd hold off on getting another brogue, but I'm sure a #8 LWB is in my future either way.
     
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    This is tempting, but I have no idea how the sizing on vintage shoes compares with the commoner Alden lasts...and on top of this, there are individual sellers' varying return policies to contend with. Does anyone know how Florsheim/Hanover sizing compares to the Alden lasts?
     


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    1. Agreed - on going with a rare shell color over color 8 if both are available and the color 8 model is one that is regularly available.
    2. My color 8 LWBs (vintage Florsheim Imperial; - 1972) have a much slimmer silhouette than do my Alden LWBs and are, therefore, IMO, dressier. I think I could drive over them with my car and they'd still be fine structurally.
    3. Buying a color 8 LWB or PTB at regular price (and from a retailer that allows try on) is wise, IMO.
    4. Color 8 is still the king. :nodding:
     


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    My first choice for you would be something different than any of your 3 stated choices, but that wasn't the question. :D And if you've narrowed it down to those 3, I respect that.
     


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    I should've clarified that the 3 I listed are my current plan, but I'm passing it by you guys to get some opinions. So, I'd be particularly interested in hearing anything you would suggest in place of the 3 I listed.
     
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    It is crazy how cheap some of these models go for on ebay. In early 2011 I scored a NOS vintage Hanover PTB (late 1970's) in color 4 for $175. I felt almost guilty as it was quite apparent the seller had no idea the real worth of this shoe.
     


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    I have one pair of old Florsheim Imperial LWB's in #8, so my experience is limited, but I went with my Barrie size & they're spot on.
     


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