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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. sazon

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    After many years or procrastinating, I've finally added the classic 975.
    Have a great week gentlemen.

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  2. tifosi

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    They are beauties, Saz! Congrats on a classic!
     
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    There is a reason they are a classic...
    Beautiful.
     
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    Did you forget to switch the left boot to bar lacing?
     
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    For those that have the leffot #8 LWB, can you comment how does that go with suits?
     
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    I would recommend the 975 over the LEffot version for suits as I think the darker edge trim is more appropriate business attire
     
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    +1 on that. Leffot's version is dope, but more appropriate for sporty wear.
     
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    I have the AOC AF110 on order and wonder if I should replace that with Leffot version. But where I work I need to wear suits from time to time, maybe 3 times a week? So AF110 would be a more appropriate business attire? Or should I just go with the classic 975?
     
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    Thank you kind gentlemen.
     
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    Bluchers with a suit??? (Gasps and passes out)


    OK, I'm back. I would recommend the 975 over the Leffot's for a suit without a doubt.

    P.S. just having some fun. I do not want to re-debate bluchers, bals, formal and casual wear.
     
  11. rydenfan

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    I would stick with the 110 given the darker welt and edge trim
     
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    For suits, if you're talking about conservative ensembles, a captoe (balmoral) would always be the better option right?

    If you're talking about casual suits, isn't it more fun to rock an antique edge sole?
     
  13. rydenfan

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    agreed...but I was just focusing on between the two models which I would choose
     
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    I know. Just having some fun.

    Is the 110 on commando?
     
  15. tv2177

    tv2177 Senior member

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    so I guess option C would be buying leffot and 974?
     
  16. coolarrow

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    ^^^Congrats on the 975s, saz

    BB shell str8 tips to begin the week:

    [​IMG] Make it a great week, gents.
     
  17. tv2177

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    ya it's on commando.
     
  18. tifosi

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    Hmmmm. Although it is rather sleek, I think the commando would just be too much for a suit. I think the 975 works in all situations. I wear my Leffot LWB with business casual and I don't think it looks out of place. If I was wearing a suit and I had both, I'd pick the 975.

    Edit: But then again, the commando does kinda make them the ultimate all arounder.
     
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  19. MrDV

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    ravello
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    I've owned all three of the shoes in question (975, Leffot antique LWB, BB wingtip balmoral).

    The contrast between the color 8 upper and the antique sole on the Leffot longwings can be pretty striking - I found it pretty difficult to wear the Leffot LWB with conservative suits. To the point where I didn't wear it often. It could work with casual suits though (khaki suits, etc) or on the weekend with denim.

    My BB color 8 balmoral wingtips are among my favorite shoes and get worn once or twice a week. But I wouldn't really wear them with casual outfits like weened chinos or denim.

    The 975 is a happy medium in that it can be worn with a true business suit or with denim. Really the 975 and the 990 are among the few shoes that can fit this role (Ralph Lauren Marlow is another one).

    If you could get only one, get the 975.

    If you could buy two, get a wingtip balmoral and the Leffot LWB (or a cigar LWB, which fits a similar role)

    The best answer, as always, is to buy all three
     
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