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

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  1. ElDave

    ElDave Senior member

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    I would say it's more reasonable to pay $600 for a LHW or LWB than for a rare shell color, assuming your goal is to build a solid wardrobe rather than build bragging rights on the Style Forum official Alden Thread.
     


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    congrats on that score

    I have AE in "black cherry" shell (which was the marketed term they used in their catalogs) - which to my eye is like #6 - and I have Hanover in a nearly identical color. Was yours marked #4 in some way, or is that just what your eyes are telling you ?

    the recent #4 from Alden I saw was much more RED than the black cherry I have, which has more burgundy overtones.

    my vintage shoes next to my current C&J burgundy shell PTB

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    vintage black cherry vs vintage burgundy

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    #4

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    I can't speak for makewayhomer, but my goal is definitely to build a solid wardrobe that suits my needs. Granted, I picked up the ravello PTBs partly because they are rare, but mainly because I happen to love the PTB in that color, and also because I think it will suit my needs well.
     


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    I'm grabbing a pair of shoes 10.5D on Grant last. Do you think I should use AE M or L shoe trees?
     


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    That's a great pick-up
     


  6. makewayhomer

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    well, again, if your goal is to build a wardrobe that means acquiring different colors types and shoe styles. the burgundy shell LWB and PTB are 100% staples - but they are also easy to find at equivalent quality and much lower price than from Alden. but cigar is also a pretty important part of that wardrobe, and even ravello will functionality look a lot better with some outfits than #8 will. so they are not just Ferrari style exotics, they are also functionally very useful. and, they are very hard or impossible to find at any kind of discount.

    so I'm just saying if you have say $1,500 dollars allocated to shoe purchases over the next 2 years and want to start building a small and useful collection, I think it's a better choice to pay full retail for the stuff you absolutely you need to pay full retail for - and save money on the stuff you can save money on.
     
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    we've enjoyed some spectacular fall weather in the pnw, but i'm almost ready for our typical dreariness to set in so i can regularly wear my boots.
    almost.
     


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    I'm more willing to pay for staples. My LWB (color 8) and LHSs (black and color 8) get quite a lot of wear. For the light color that I wear less often, I'll take a cheaper pair of walnut AE Strands.

    Neither is necessarily right or wrong. Just different views/approaches.
     


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    They're all great selections. Have you considered a #8 Chukka? This was the second pair of Aldens I bought and I really like mine. The style/color is really versatile. For the LWB, I got mine in cigar from AoC.
     


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    those ae shoe trees are mighty small compared to the rochester (alden) ones. i use ae large in all of my ae's and rochester medium in my aldens, and i am a 9.5 barrie/9 eee in most ae lasts. for these reasons, i would suggest ae L.
     


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    Thanks for your help. Saving some money here: I have an extra L lying around :)
     


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    I do already own a suede chukka, but I think I'll consider a #8 or cigar chukka.
     
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    I'm honestly curious if there's a story behind this since Alden is a company with a lot of quirks... is there a reason Alden seems to use boxes that are just a bit too small?
     


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