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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. Bakes11771

    Bakes11771 Senior member

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    Indeed. With the only differences being Trubalance vs Barrie, 270 vs 360, and that horizontal line of stitching across the side of the upper.
     
  2. sevenfoldtieguy

    sevenfoldtieguy Senior member

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    Hard to argue with this.
     
  3. sevenfoldtieguy

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    Hard to argue with this.
     
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    Alcibiades Senior member

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    My favorite: Cigar captoe boots, Grant last, Commando Sole from Alden DC. To me these boots epitomize Alden: sharp, rugged, versatile, practical, luxurious.

    Leffot Tankers, Black Captoe Boots on Grant and King 990 are close behind
     
  5. mdubs

    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    This was very tough, but I would probably go with Cigar LWB.

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    I love perforations (or what my wife calls hole punches!) My Ravello LWB with antique edges (that I wore today on their maiden voyage) is right there with these though. To me, the beautiful stacks of leather visible in the edges and sole really help to differentiate these shoes and I really like that. I went with the Cigar, since the Vamp piece of Shell is lighter than the rest of the shoe, providing a cool contrast and more character.

    -Mike
     
  6. mdubs

    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    Glad to have you join me! I just thought that it would be fun to start my 2014 (work week at least) with an all Ravello week. Totally random, but I did it regardless and totally enjoyed it!

    -Mike
     
  7. kwhitelaw

    kwhitelaw Senior member

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    brown alpine grain week next!

    erm wait nevermind
     
  8. Tommi

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    Yet another pair of Aldens. My 7th maybe? I've lost count of them. 3rd Alden shell pair in any case.

    A rare cap-toe blucher model (with double leather sole) which fit me very nicely and look exquisite. They are the most versatile shoes I can imagine right now. However, I'm a bit concerned about having too many pairs of shoes already and of course I invested a considerable amount of money in them, so it would be a pity if I wouldn't use them much. I'm kind of afraid that longwings and other shoes that fit my style best marginalize them.

    Your thoughts?

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  9. neutrino

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    New video on TSM's youtube channel, this time on the TruBalance last. It's interesting that they recommend trying a normal size - I don't remember that last to fit anyone TTS on this thread.
    Btw, in the Barrie last video they call the 990 and the 9901 "brogues" - which is technically incorrect I believe?
     
  10. sevenfoldtieguy

    sevenfoldtieguy Senior member

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    Splendid shoes. There are very few Alden models where color 8 would not be my favorite color. However, one of those rare exceptions is the LWB, and cigar wins that battle, followed closely - ever so closely - by ravello.
     
  11. GooseG

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    Hmm, odd. The Trubalance is huge...I sized down a half and I think I could even get away with a full size down.
     
  12. tigerpac

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    Yeah, trubalance is so wide too. Though the calf runs a bit smaller than the shell, as usual I guess, but maybe if you could be TTS if you're on the wide side and talking about calf... mayyyybe but I still agree with everyone on here, -5.
     
  13. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    He probably misspoke and meant blucher.
     
  14. budapest12

    budapest12 Senior member

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    ^ They know better re Trubalance. When you sell expensive items, you want to get people in the store and learning about your product and its nuances - different leathers vs. shell, Goodyear vs cemented construction, different lasts, etc... It is a luxury product and so it has bells and whistles and you, the customer, psychologically need it to seem complicated to justify some of the price. This is just my opinion and I don't think it's terribly awful (you DO need or SHOULD understand the product you buy) but I doubt more than a freakishly small number of customers goes "true to size" on trubalance and they know it. Yes they are selling online and not everyone can come in, but I think the psychological sales tactic remains.
     
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  15. GooseG

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    I only own a few pairs, and it's hard to choose. Favorites not owned are Ravello captoe boots and cigar LWB.

    I love my gunboats and Indy boots, but my favorites are these:
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  16. mdubs

    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    Those are beautiful shoes. Hard to argue with them. They are extremely versatile in the business world as well. -Mike
     
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    I can see people going TTS on some TruBalance models. The regular leather Indy I tried was extremely tight sized down like my other two. TSM probably gets fewer returns just recommending TTS for all...people may be more inclined to keep and work with slightly large, but too tight always goes back.

    My optometrist commented the other day that he really liked my boot (Innsbruck). I felt kind of sorry...like the little info I gave him was a gateway drug. Expect a new ID on here shortly with the guy buying ten pairs in a month.
     
  18. MrDV

    MrDV Senior member

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    my entry for mdubs' "ravello week" and "my favorite pair"
    ravello ptb x leffot
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    Maybe because he's asking full price without the box and its a private seller?

    Not giving a personal opinion one way or the other on the price but I think a lot of people would rather pay full price in a store
     
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