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

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  1. Papa Doble

    Papa Doble Distinguished Member

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    Update: FedEx dropped the packages at an apartment on the other side of our complex, and the guy who lives there just brought them by.

    So, now on to better problems to have, namely deciding between a whiskey PTB and ravello chukka.
     
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  2. Burton

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    uncle, thank you for the information.
     


  3. meso

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    Starting off with rare shell color is like starting a baseball card collection by looking for a honus wagner.
    There's a reason #8 is common... it's way more versatile.
    Rare shell lust is getting a little out of hand.
     


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    These look pretty worn. Deep creases. Very faded... doesn't even look like #8! I would probably love em if I already owned em, but...
     


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    good to hear -- keep both!
     


  6. Papa Doble

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    I thought someone would say that. :) I'd like to, but I think I can only justify keeping one of them, considering they're very similar.
     
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    The thing is, he already has color 8.

    I find cigar at as versatile as color 8. You can't go wrong with cigar or ravello longwings. Whiskey is a bit more advanced.
     


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    I find uses for both pairs - I understand the overlap but it offers good variety. I didn't think I'd enjoy whiskey as much as I have. Probably won't find them again for a while too...
     


  9. Papa Doble

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    Yeah, part of me thinks I'll be kicking myself for letting go of one of them.
     


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    Not the person I was replying to.
     


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    if i see any rare shell available in my size, i jump on it. i figure with the regular price increases and scarcity, i can always sell them for what i paid down the line as long as i've only worn them a few times.
     


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    Guys, I think the reason #8 is more common is more to do with actual leather production. The reason whiskey and ravello is harder to come by (from my understanding) is because the shell needs to have less grain imperfections than a darker color because it's easier to dye over them on say #8 or black.
     


  13. imolazhp_ci

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    exactly right.

    edit...

    it's a combination, but you're mostly correct. in order of "easiest" to produce... it would go:

    1. Black
    2. Color 8
    3. Cigar
    4. Ravello
    5. Whiskey

    that being said, i think Color 8 is more common than Black because it's both more versatile, and an Alden staple.
     
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    That was me, and only for 7.5D... since I guess it isn't a commonly stocked size.
     


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    I have been told that shell is in really short supply right now so the less common sizes are almost MTO.
     
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