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post #9301 of 19548
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Originally Posted by Burton View Post

I don't understand why people here like the Alden commando sole.

well, the alden version with the inserted commando sole is rather stupid, imo. full or nothing. actually, it depends on the surface you spend on most of your time.

i just received a pair of boots for christmas(i gifted it myself). they came with a thin rubber sole. it's useful right now in the winter conditions. i certainly will walk it down and deceide then.
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Originally Posted by fritzl View Post

well, the alden version with the inserted commando sole is rather stupid, imo. full or nothing. actually, it depends on the surface you spend on most of your time.
i just received a pair of boots for christmas(i gifted it myself). they came with a thin rubber sole. it's useful right now in the winter conditions. i certainly will walk it down and deceide then.

I agree with you about the sole. I was going to put on the regular commando but I have very good hiking boots. I use the Alden boots for walking the dog - it is very flat here in Chicago area so the JR soles and heels work fine. If it snows, I wear real boots.
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Originally Posted by Burton View Post

Late 2011 I sold all my Aldens (six pairs of shell codovan) with the exception of one pair. These boots drove me crazy until I had them modified. I don't understand why people here like the Alden commando sole. It causes the shoe to curl and dirt and grime get it in between the rubber overlay and the leather sole--don't get it. Anyway, Nick at B. Nelson modified these for me and I think I will keep them.
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i very much like what you had nick do! enjoy wearing
post #9304 of 19548
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Originally Posted by Michael Ay329 View Post

And the antiqued 3 piece shoe trees look awesome
The color of the shoe tree makes me wonder is this a navy leather or black?
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The 3-piece shoetrees are actually wood, and can get stained in various colours. In this case, I presume, it's blue (one of the options springline offers.)

Although I'm not a fan of 'lazy man's shoes', this pair looks very nice and well executed.

P.S. I think have misread your post. Obviously, 'navy or black leather' refers to the shoes not that 'leather' is the material of the trees.

My mistake.
post #9305 of 19548
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

i very much like what you had nick do! enjoy wearing

Thamks. They are quite comfortable and I believe very durable now.
post #9306 of 19548
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Originally Posted by Michael Ay329 View Post

The color of the shoe tree makes me wonder is this a navy leather or black?

Michael

The shoes are navy calf. I've got too many black shoes so I wanted something a little different. They look great with a blue suit. biggrin.gif
post #9307 of 19548
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Originally Posted by Burton View Post

I don't understand why people here like Alden.

FTFY.
post #9308 of 19548
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Originally Posted by meister View Post

FTFY.

Alden was a mid-tier maker AT BEST during the heyday of US shoemakers. Since they are one of the final 2 real US makers left, they are relegated to the title, "Best US Shoemaker". The Horween contract was a brilliant business move, however.
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It's time for my next buy of shoes next week. I need boots (I only wear C&J) Im thinking more of the Chukka that maybe they will go nicer with jeans, chinos?
 
Wich one is nicer? I like nr 1 more, but I dont know they are so many...
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post #9310 of 19548
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Originally Posted by cliche View Post



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they look good, imo.
post #9311 of 19548
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Originally Posted by isshinryu101 View Post

Alden was a mid-tier maker AT BEST during the heyday of US shoemakers. Since they are one of the final 2 real US makers left, they are relegated to the title, "Best US Shoemaker". The Horween contract was a brilliant business move, however.

can you cite any support for your above mentioned statement
post #9312 of 19548
After looking at near 100 pairs of Vintage American Alligator shoes, I've finally found a keeper for myself.


Custom 1950's Stetson American Alligator

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post #9313 of 19548
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Originally Posted by fritzl View Post


they look good, imo.


They do, but somehow I get ''cowboy'' feeling over them haha.

post #9314 of 19548
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

can you cite any support for your above mentioned statement

The support comes from handling and comparing hundreds of pairs of Vintage US shoes (1920's thru 1950's). Also, look at the vintage catalogs and compare the price ranges of various makers.

Edwin Clapp, Crosby Square, City Club, Stetson, and Florsheim (ESPECIALLY in the 30's & 40's) ALL sold Top Tier US made shoes. 100% hand welted, exquisite closed channel soles, the whole works.

Look, this is NOT to take away from Alden as a SOLID maker. The fact is that they didn't even market to the Top US Market at the time. I'd LOVE to throw up some articles of support here, the truth is that there are so few people that really study vintage shoes. The only way to learn about 'e, is to buy them & handle them for yourself.

I DID do a photo comparison of a recent Alden Longwing shell gunboat & a Vintage Florsheim model. I'll post that in the next coupla weeks.

AGAIN, this is not "Alden Bashing". They were just not considered a top US maker until the rest of the top ones went out of business (or outsourced to China & India).
post #9315 of 19548
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Originally Posted by cliche View Post

 

It's time for my next buy of shoes next week. I need boots (I only wear C&J) Im thinking more of the Chukka that maybe they will go nicer with jeans, chinos?
 
Wich one is nicer? I like nr 1 more, but I dont know they are so many...
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I like the Cottesmore better:

http://www.crockettandjones.com/Product/Cottesmore-Chestnut

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