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

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  1. green garden

    green garden Senior member

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    Most of J Gilbert's make-ups are in the Plaza. You may want to try and look at those.
     


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    Thanks to all of you - great call on NRO. To answer one of the above questions, I didn't have any issues with fit. I just grew to dislike the lack of sleekness of Barrie - especially compared to my 1493 Leydon chukkas.
     


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    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    Looking good as always Mac.
     


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    Very nice Uncle!
     


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    nephew,
    thank you
     


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    nephew,
    thank you
     


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    Without wading through tons of Aden posts .. Is the 405 Indy Shell #8 hand stitched.? Does this stitching pattern make for more circulation say apposed to a plain toe?
     


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    Actually, Alden DC, Madison, San Fran, TSM, etc... all have a wide selection of non-barrie lasted shoes. While you are correct that MTOs are almost impossible to come by, there are many sleek-looking available Alden lasts out there (it may require some looking). Additionally, the leydon last wouldn't be my first choice for the dressier, sleeker look. BB's M-58 and M-75 lasts are excellent. The aberdeen and plaza lasts are great. I spent last weekend in NYC and found plenty of sleeker Aldens on lasts outside of barrie at Alden on Madison, Leffot, Citishoes, J Press, and BB to name a few. If you're looking for a sleek dressy look, Alden has options. But if Carmina or Vass have what you want with greater availability, have at it. But you will not get the classic American-made shoe/look with Carmina. And that my friend, is perfectly fine if that's your choice. It just isn't mine. TBH, I don't mind the wait times because I can not afford to acquire everything I want all at once. The demand and lack of supply actually paces me well and gives me time to decide that I do not need another very similar variation of color 8. Patience is a virtue! [​IMG]

    While I am on the subject, I might as well complete the rant... [​IMG] I find it disturbing that someone would ship American-made classics to some Spaniards to steal/replicate lasts/shoes/boots that have become uniquely American. I am not normally a nativistic jingo, but I'll support the American-made classic because I actually prefer it to the more expensive European producers.

    I know this may rub some of you the wrong way, but disagreement and preference is healthy and perfectly acceptable on a thread that is as civil and friendly as this one.

    My friends, all the best...
     


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    Well, I would like to have the long wing shell cordovan on something other than barrie without MTO for starter...
     


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    BBBF has had a black shell LWB on the grant last in recent years. Not the easiest to find though.
     


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    yea, there is one on ebay in 10D, nothing wrong with black shell, but certainly not my priority
     


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    I'm not sure that the LWB works well on a sleek last. You'd get something like the AE Larchmont, which makes no sense to me... But that's me and my opinion though; I like the barrie last.
     
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    Exactly, it would look like a little kid shoe or something like that if it was on the leydon.
     


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