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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. Roguls

    Roguls Distinguished Member

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    Am I the only one who prefers the original leather?

    I am over CXL.
     


  2. Man with Apple

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    I agree and have experienced it personally. I own 3 different ravello shoes (lhs, ptb, and lwb) and each is a different shade.
     


  3. Roguls

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    Okay, those Ravellos, with a dark sole, are impressive. I wish Alden made more shoes, because I'd love a version of those on a better last.
     


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    +1. I own the cxl version, but stopped by an Alden stockist over the weekend who had the Indy in the original leather on display and it looked fantastic.
     


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    It's funny, I actually own the original leather version (on a commando sole) and like it a lot - but I think chromexcel is good place to start for people getting into Aldens. Can't go wrong with either.
     
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    Request granted. Hard to resist dark soled ravello. Chukkas are likely going back to The Shoe Mart.
     
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    With respect to blucher style shoes, I generally speaking would agree with you; and of course a plain toe being considered even more formal (no ornamentation).

    However, I see it differently for blucher boots, as do many others.

    Keep in mind my discussion is limited to blucher style boots: if a captoe is necessarily dressier than a WT (due to more broguing on the WT, etc.), then it follows that a plaintoe is necessarily dressier than a captoe (due to zero ornamentation). Yet a plaintoe boot is almost universally considered the most casual (particularly if on a wider last like the Barrie) - hence, the chukka style, and many other plaintoe boot styles. So, with blucher boots, IMO, the "formal" continuum from plain toe to captoe to WT simply doesn't work - and, indeed, might just be turned on its head altogether. Some may disagree. I have no problem with that.
     


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    Speaking the truth.
     


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    I've never thought about it like that, but it makes sense.
     


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    other than commando sole, any major difference between these kirkwoods and the daytrippers from leffot that shipped a couple weeks ago? wondering if I need both pair
     


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    Daytrippers are on the Grant last. These are Barrie.
     


  12. kwhitelaw

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    sweet, appreciate it. daytrippers will suffice for now
     


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    Better question... or poll

    If you could have 10 aldens that got you thru all four seasons... that you would kep for a while. What would they be?
     




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    Arrrgggg Barrie Last. Can't. Make. Decision. I just love the grant so much I think I'll have to pass..... :freeze:
     


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