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

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  1. chantheman

    chantheman Senior Member

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    this. i was the same. charge when shipped. strange i didnt get an email from TSM on this yet. those that were lucky to get their size shipped in the #4 wingtip boot really lucked out
     


  2. REguy

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    While the latest LS offering reminds me of the slippers the pope wears, I give them credit for resurrecting something out of the archives. I love seeing something other than LWBs for a change.

    I'm sure I speak for more than just myself when I say I have more pairs of shoes than I know what to do with and now only buy when I see something unique. That being the case, I say dig deeper into Alden's closet and pull out some relics that'll really shake things up!
     


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    Ditto. I don't think they're so bad. Not everyone's cup of tea, and especially not for this particular audience which is much more into boots and chunky shoes, but that doesn't mean they're inherently awful. Sort of like Alden's wholecut loafers - I have never seen one on a human foot, in real life or on the internet, but they're kind of cool in their way and always draw my attention at Alden Madison.
     


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    on one hand, sure, otoh, this is a style of shoe that every crap shoe maker currently has - it's not exactly an Indiana Jones type find
     


  5. mcbrown

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    Every crap shoemaker also makes black laceups - doesn't mean the same style can't be done better. :fonz:
     


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    Frankly, it is my opinion that the UPS rep you spoke with is full of shit. Canadians are well aware of UPS' extortionist brokerage charges. In Canada, most of the fees charged in a case such as yours would be going straight into the UPS coffer, with only the absolute required amount remitted to the government. For example, a Timbuktu messenger back I ordered several years ago got charged with an extra $80 in fees (for a $180 item). I told them the to send it back. A few days later, the local UPS people phoned me to say that I can broker it myself. I did so, at a cost of an hour of my time and $20 in tax. All I had to do was go to UPS, pick up some paperwork, go to the Customs office (not very far from UPS) and clear my parcel, then go back to UPS to get the goods. I realize geography may not make this viable for many of you, but it is for me. Over the years, I've cleared many of my UPS deliveries myself. Even so, I try to avoid using the company as much as possible.
     
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    While this is not me, this is an absolutely true statement. Alden's dressier offerings get very little play on this thread. But oh well, it is what it is. And, in truth, I like some (but not all) Alden boots and I like many Barrie lasted shoes.
     


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    wanted to show some excellent craftmanship from 'the Shoehealer' who repaired my Indy's in less than a week. Neoprene sole changed for a single leather midsole and dainite outersole

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    Not that I can offer. I emailed this to Leffot but have not gotten reply yet. Alas, I'm thinking about starting a horse ranch.

    Hey Guys,

    I was poking around for information about a supposed Ravello shell shortage, and came across this post by the guys over at Epaulet. Are you getting the same intel they are—that there is basically none on the horizon? If you sense this order will be well into 2013, I will almost be relieved, as I could then try to forget about it and have it be a nice surprise when it arrives.
     


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    I recently purchased the dark brown shell RL Marlow SWB from RL online (made by C&J). I took advantage of the 25% off promo they were running ($850 less 25%). They will serve as a very nice brother to my ravello SWB. My Marlows are quite a bit darker than even my cigar models (which I was expecting).

    For those on here that want the elusive ravello SWB, but can't seem to get lucky enough to track them down, I would highly recommend giving the Marlow a shot (if, in fact, you are willing to go to a darker brown).

    I went TTS. The fit is somewhat similar to the Tremont.

    A good weekend to one and all.
     


  11. fredmull

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    SLAB, those are beautiful. Props to the cobblers. Also, the darkening of the leather looks awesome. What color of polish do you use?
     


  12. sevenfoldtieguy

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    well done
     


  13. Alcibiades

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    Cigar chukkas from Alden Madison Avenue (fourth wear)

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    Chukkas don't a lot of love on this thread, but these and my whiskey chukkas are my most complimented Alden shoes. Chukkas really highlight the appeal of cordovan
     


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    Nothing special, but found these today on my girlfrien's computer from a wedding back in August.

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    Maybe not the best sock/suit combo (stripes on stripes) :embar:
     


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    The Darlton is an incredible shoe - I'd recommend it even over most Alden longwings/shortwings
     


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