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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. MrDV

    MrDV Senior member

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    I agree.
    I would want to keep the ravello chukkas and rationalize with "shell character" and "shoes not rembrandts" but in this case, the color difference is too much.
    I do have boots with different shades of shell and I like them. in this case the large pieces of chukka shell are less forgiving. Nothing's breaking it up, the difference seems more obvious.
    I did return cigar Indys because the colors didn't match to my satisfaction. That was over a year ago, and I still haven't found cigar boots.
    For what it's worth I would send them to alden to see if they could fix the color.
     
  2. brp2

    brp2 Senior member

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    All: I appreciate the comments and advice. Since these chukkas were brand new arrivals, I think the following happened: (1) DC got a short run of Ravello chukkas in a week after the LWBs, so they were brand new; (2) they happened to have one in my size, so I ordered it immediately; (3) Joe only looked at the shoe to confirm for me that it was the darker Ravello, and that the edge trim was not antique. So, no aspersions on Alden DC here and absolutely no chance one shoe got sun damaged.

    As for how they left the factory looking so mismatched, I'm still willing to give Alden the benefit of the doubt. In certain light conditions the shoes don't look too far off from each other.
     
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  3. hoit1981

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    Maybe Alden makes all their shoes outside :happy:
     
  4. brp2

    brp2 Senior member

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    Man, I wish the mobile version allowed me to use emoticons.
     
  5. tifosi

    tifosi Senior member

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    I agree!
    I guess if you could memorize the ones you use most you could just type out the code.
    :xxxx:
    :happy: = colon happy colon (no spaces)
     
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  6. ReppTiePrepster

    ReppTiePrepster Senior member

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    I can't speak to the unlined PTB as I have never tried them. However, I am not much of a fan of the chukka (except for the 6 eyelet version). While I understand your perspective regarding your E width, I still hold the 990 in higher regard than the chukka. You and others here may disagree with me, but that's perfectly fine. It's mjust my preference.

    p.s. I think your 990s look great, but they could use some Mac love. [​IMG] Enjoy your PTBs often and in great health, my friend...
     
  7. Rishi Kakar

    Rishi Kakar Senior member

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    Thank you very much Sir.
     
  8. Rishi Kakar

    Rishi Kakar Senior member

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    Thank you very much RTP.
     
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    I agree with you on the classiness of the shoe. It is the first Alden I ever wanted to buy, from years and years back.

    I too think sometimes the Barrie last does it a little injustice. I feel this way especially when I look at my #8 PT Boots on the Plaza (wearing today).

    But be that as it may, I would never part with them, or trade them for a chukka or single soled version. I would regret that for sure.


    (these are photographing really poor today.)
    [​IMG]
     
  10. Thanks SF (a new me)

    Thanks SF (a new me) Senior member

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    just in time for Chicago F/W..I would have preferred additional brogueing around the heel but again it is hard to find 6.5 Barrie in Commando sole, and this color which I prefer...

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    This pair looks great and telling from the rolls (or lack thereof) fits you very well. The unlined PTB might be Alden's sleekest sleek shoe and frankly I don't think it could possible be made on the same Barrie last above.
     
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    sevenfoldtieguy Senior member

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    Sazon: I too think sometimes the Barrie last does it a little injustice. I feel this way especially when I look at my #8 PT Boots on the Plaza (wearing today).

    I own this boot. IMO, it is probably the single best Alden model to show off the character and qualities of color 8 shell.
     
  13. bespoken pa

    bespoken pa Senior member

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    +1 SFTG, #team plaza last.
     
  14. i10casual

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    Alcibiades I can see this. I'm only 5'6" so the PTB on the Barrie can look like well made clown shoes on my foot. That's why I enjoy the LW more.
     
  15. dusttruffle

    dusttruffle Senior member

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    being an E width in the PTB as well, I also get the "this seems really wide" - and it is quite surprising how the same Barrie size in a high boot doesn't give me this feeling - i don't know about the chukka but i suspect it would also look quite wide. I would love to be able to easily try going up half a size and down a width - 8E -> 8.5C as i suspect the 8.5 would be slightly longer and slightly narrower - i would love one of those more experienced in this thread could add their thoughts to this as i might take a gamble with the C width at some point in the future.
     
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    While not an expert, I can share my personal experience going up a half size and down a width in the 990 Barrie PTB when I was in the store. The length felt so much larger, I knew immediately it wouldnt work for me. I know that doesn't completely answer your question down 2 widths, but I'm glad I didn't go any larger.
     
  17. BeSpiffington

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    Alcibiades, I think you've got the right shoes on your feet. We shell aficionados tend to be our own biggest critics. We hem and haw over the most inane minutia concerning our footwear. My only question is that when your walking, and not looking at your shoes(yes me too), do your feet say they're happy or unhappy? If it's the former the only thing people are going to say is, "Hey, nice shoes". Wear them in the best of health my friend.
     
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  19. dusttruffle

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    thanks.
    i would be interested to know the length difference between a 8.5D and a 8.5C
     
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  20. Resistant

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    Source for ptb's in mocha kid suede? I have just recently figured out how nice that stuff is. Bought tassel loafers from Brooks and nst's from NRO

    Tassels and NST and maybe loafers are the only stock make-up for mocha kis suede. I think Leather Soul did have a special make-up done around 2007. I would love to get the 4X4 Nassau done in mocha kid suede - to get that shoe or a plain toe derby is above my Ravello desire
     
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